Poacher's Choice - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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BA SCORE
82
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: GreenCard on 10-21-2007)
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Ruby amber with a great 2 finger head of creamy beige/auburn foam that has average retention dying off in 3-4 minutes to a generous cover that leaves spotty lace. There is plenty of busy streaming CO2 in the glass.

Smell - The aroma of this is dominated by sweet barley malts. There is heavy burnt brown sugar smell, bread red liquorice, cherry, and Damson.

Taste - Again the heavy sweet brown sugar dominates. The fruit is much milder and less detectable than in the smell. Red liquorice and light plum, maybe the slightest hint of something nutty but the sweet overtone makes it very hard to say. In an odd way this one tastes like the flat Pepsi laced with sugar my Granny used to serve her sick Grandkids when we were sick to feed the tummy bug and speed its process through the system.

Mouthfeel - Quite full and creamy with a heavy sweet linger, there is a pretty decent boozy warmth that kicks in soon after this one hits the belly.

Overall - Very sweet and lacking the fruit flavours the smell promised. Overall this beer to me is rather like a child's soft drink in terms of taste

Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of glod17
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of crabman111
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kitsune
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jschitt
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of SiW
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chemister
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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 MechMessiah
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dsolonenko
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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 :)

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BeerGogglesReviews
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep ruby with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows confectionery-like grape notes, I suppose from the damson. There's some faint liquorice and soft caramel too. Mostly just the grape/bubblegum note though.
Similarly fruity taste, very sweet and grape-like. Not much behind it.
Could use a little more carbonation.

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Poacher's Choice from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.