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Poacher's Choice - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GreenCard on 10-21-2007

This rich, smooth brew has a softly spiced sweetness with dark liquorice notes and a fruity damson aroma. Poachers Choice is a gutsy ruby ale that is well matched with hearty game pie or a tangy mature cheese.
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Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of chel29
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of MechMessiah
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Olegophren
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this licorice taste! Bitter, sweet, fruity, strong!

Photo of Rockboy08
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fruity, aromatic, murky when poured

Photo of jschitt
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Lukie
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An orange reddy brown, weird colour, that is clear as day against the light, but impossible to see through otherwise. The head is offwhite and bubbly, with clinging lace.

A big rich smell of raspberry and boysenberry, gives way to more sweet cherry and raspberry jam. The "licorice" that is added makes it smell of red licorice, the non-real stuff. Haha.

Badger are insane, and that is great. They take your everyday brews, and go whacky tabacky on it. Big malty sweet red berries give way to the red licorice flavour and some dry spiciness. It's just incredibly indepth, and incredibly drinkable.

Just a really interesting beer to drink, and very enjoyable. Badger are still one of my favourite breweries.

Photo of Malt_Man
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into handled pint mug.

A) Deep copper colour, clear with thinnish but persistent white head and a few bubbles.

S) Very fruity; blackcurrant jam!

T) Follows the nose; blackcurrant / fruits of the forest are right there. Soft malt and almost no bitterness. Nice.

M) Fairly substantial, not a gulping beer. Nicely warming.

O) Great beer; certainly the best one that I have had from this brewery. Recommended.

Photo of Kitsune
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was chilled to +5 or something but poured very slowly into room temperature glass. There was no foam at all. No bubbles, nothing. Best before 4 month to go.
Colour is beautiful brown, clear.
Aroma: lemonade or cola, very sweet and caramel.
Taste: it is very rich, dense, full-bodied, concentrated and ropy (14.5%). Body is so much full and it is wonderful. You can feel A LOT of caramel, rye bread, pine with a bit of hoppy bitterness. It is pretty sweet over all. Alcohol 5.7% is invisible but you feel it in your stomach.
It is good for cold weather, its sweet and warming, very tasty. It is totally different of ordinary ale or beer and you will not drink it more than one at once.

Beer with "Baikal" piny lemonade for those who know what is it.

Photo of dsolonenko
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear dark orange/ruby color, nice creamy head.
S: Smell is awesome! Heavy sweet with cherries and prunes. Funky? Just some.
T: Caramel sweet, some spice to it especially in the aftertaste. Almost no hop bitterness. Warm. Cherries again there too.
M: Light, a bit watery to my taste.

This beer never let me down. Enjoy it a lot!
p.s. I don't really like liquorice, so I ignore it in the smell and taste :)

Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh wow! Nuts, raisins, malt, wheat, barley and that certain (I don't know what). It's very mysteriously tasty. It's gorgeous. It's pretty much a rich Garibaldi biscuit in a glass. Wow, wow, wow. Food wise, it would love a hefty or blue cheese, a spicy pizza or a crispy duck.
Nevermind the buzzcocks, this is the badger's nadgers.
B G Score 80/100
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Photo of mike130
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tall Samuel Smith's Lager glass. Pours with a decent one-finger head, a little of lacing and with decent retention that fades to a .5 cm cover on top of the beer. Light brown in color, with an orange hue, doesn't look half bad.

Smells extremely fruity - loads of berries and a bit of malt comes out as well. No hop presence in the smell, just loads of malt and fruit.

Taste is like the smell, but stronger - lots of wild berry flavors, along with a touch of darker fruits like raisins and then a bit of malt followed by a slight hoppiness. Very much on the sweet side, though not overly, so beware hopheads.

Quite a thick, strong mouthfeel - very fullbodied and creamy, not very carbonated but not flat either. Drinks quite easily, but it is a very flavorful beer so can't see myself downing this anytime soon. Overall, a tasty, worthwhile effort from Badger.

Photo of Chemister
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fullsweep
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL poured into a glass.

Pours a dark brown/reddish color with a very thick, 3-finger head of off-white foam. Dissipates slowly, but leaves only a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, malts, berries and perhaps some burnt sugar (a la the topping of a nice creme brulee).

Tastes sweet and rick, fruity. Dark fruits (dates, figs) and berries (especially raspberry) with the aforementioned burnt sugars. Light on the hops, heavy on the malts--this is a very rich brew.

Very drinkable, but it might be for a special occasion.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep magenta-copper hue with a minimal head that forms in a white collar around the edge of the glass. Lacing is decent, and it has a full body. The colour is nice at the very least.

Nose is incredibly sweet, with a big stewed dark fruits aroma dominant. The more I smell, the more I get candy aromas coming off: artificial strawberry syrup, Jolly Ranchers and the strawberry cream from inside a Krispy Kreme donut. It's different, I'll give it that, but almost too much. Hopefully, the flavour tempers this a bit.

Taste is also odd, however, with a very big fruit pie character coming through: pastry, currants, with nutty marzipan characters making an appearance at the end. It's certainly not unpleasant, but it's very full and very sweet—fortunately, the slight nutty and grainy upturn in the tail stops it from being too heavy.

Feel is a bit too carbonated, and even a little astringent—I imagine it's a different beer on-tap.

Yeah, not bad at all. A very interesting brew and one with a lot more character than your usual English Ale, if not the refinement and class.

Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger head, but that left persistent marks. Deep copper color.
Outstanding smell, clear licorice aroma, fruits and herbal hops. Low carbonation and medium body.
Balanced flavor of malt sweetness, licorice and bitterness. The 5.7% ABV is completely hidden. I did like this beer. I preferred this one to the peachy or the ginger versions from Badger.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up from a supermarket a while back. Described on the label as a rich ale with notes of liquorice and damson.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A deep coppery-amber colour with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet plummy notes with hints of caramel malt, plums/damsons, dried fruit, subtle brown sugar, stewed leaves, faint liquorice and a whisper of diacetyl in the background. Unusually sweet but rather nice.

Tastes of caramel malt and sweet damsons, with a lingering dry finish. Notes of plums/damsons, dried fruit, caramel, subtle brown sugar, a twinge of roasted grain, stewed leaves, faint liquorice and ale yeast. Pretty sweet, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sugary damsons, stewed leaves and faint malt.

An odd flavour combination but quite effective. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are sweet and plummy with hints of fruity malt and liquorice. Body is OK, though could stand to be a tad thicker for the style. Pleasant, and the sweet, fruity character suits the time of year. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle directly from Scotland. Poured into a de Molen sniffer. The beer pours a dark amber ruby color, with a nice fluffy head.

Smell: liquorish, sweet candy, alcohol, red and dark fruits and roasted malts.

Taste: Sweet malts, ginger, liquorish, dark fruits and strawberry. Sweet-bitter aftertaste with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full bodied.

Overall: A bit too sweet and a bit too artificial for my pellet, but a very surprising beer that I would love to drink again.

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Poacher's Choice from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.