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Poacher's Choice - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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BA SCORE
82
good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of glod17
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

glod17, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of crabman111
3.5/5  rDev -3%

crabman111, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Kitsune
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Kitsune, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

vinicole, May 23, 2014
Photo of jschitt
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

jschitt, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of SiW
3.5/5  rDev -3%

SiW, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of MisledTitan
3/5  rDev -16.9%

MisledTitan, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Chemister
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Chemister, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Fernando_Bastos
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Fernando_Bastos, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of MechMessiah
5/5  rDev +38.5%

MechMessiah, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -16.9%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3%

harpus, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of dsolonenko
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 :)

dsolonenko, May 10, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

FLima, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of BeerGogglesReviews
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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
http://youtu.be/qU90WdgBcZk

BeerGogglesReviews, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of chel29
5/5  rDev +38.5%

chel29, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Eramen
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark copper, almost ruby in colour with sizable head that shrinks but retains well enough. It's slightly hazy as well.

S - Berry, such as cherry and blackberries, undiluted juice drinks, candy, icing and other assorted sweet things.

T - Tastes as artificial as the smell, the same flavors add cake and pastries, but also with a hopiness and a bitter twang. The bitterness almost seems out of place in such a candied, almost-'fake' tasting beer. It didn't win me over needless to say.

MF - Abundant carbonation, perhaps too much so, medium body.

O - Something to try if you want a beer that's a little different. For me at least, it is a 'little different' in a bad way. I'll pass next time.

Eramen, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy copper body with big and quite long lasting cream coloured head.

sweet aromas hits the nose like damson jam and red wine.

Tastes like red liquorice and hops with yeasty spikes.
Ponterfract cakes come through with the after taste and redcurrant runs throughout. very tasty.

Surprising considering the big fruit and dark tastes not over heavy, solid enough and nicely low carbonated .
Real 'good.

EmperorBevis, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of rarbring
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The brew is dark amber with medium sized bubbles, a high off-white head that leaves little lacing and few curtains.

Smelling of sour strawberry candy, a bit chemical.

Starting sweet, then Basset's candy all the way, licorice, coconut, artificial flavors.

Medium low carbonation, soft and sticky, a big body, a slightly sharp quick bitterness.

This did not really do it for me. Too much candy, and not in a good way.

rarbring, May 21, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BrazilianAussie, May 06, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 28, 2011
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Poacher's Choice from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.