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Poacher's Choice - Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 18.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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Photo of Kitsune

Russian Federation

4.11/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

07-26-2014 13:33:45 | More by Kitsune
Photo of Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-26-2014 12:43:50 | More by Gottesverachter
Photo of vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-23-2014 18:37:40 | More by vinicole
Photo of jschitt


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

04-09-2014 19:30:02 | More by jschitt
Photo of SiW


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-18-2014 21:49:54 | More by SiW
Photo of MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-25-2014 23:55:32 | More by MisledTitan
Photo of Chemister

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-09-2014 19:26:49 | More by Chemister
Photo of Fernando_Bastos


4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-06-2014 15:55:54 | More by Fernando_Bastos
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

12-31-2013 00:54:14 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of MechMessiah

Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +38.1%

12-21-2013 13:26:54 | More by MechMessiah
Photo of dcmchew


3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-07-2013 17:37:09 | More by dcmchew
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-10-2013 17:14:57 | More by harpus
Photo of dsolonenko


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

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 :)

05-10-2013 16:08:04 | More by dsolonenko
Photo of Ciocanelu


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-09-2013 12:05:31 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of FLima


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

11-04-2012 20:36:58 | More by FLima
Photo of BeerGogglesReviews

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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

10-02-2012 23:40:40 | More by BeerGogglesReviews
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

08-03-2012 04:26:45 | More by chel29
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

07-31-2012 06:27:45 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Eramen


2.73/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

07-19-2012 19:19:51 | More by Eramen
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

07-12-2012 19:08:35 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of rarbring


2.43/5  rDev -32.9%

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.

05-21-2012 20:16:46 | More by rarbring
Photo of BrazilianAussie


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-06-2012 01:45:35 | More by BrazilianAussie
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-28-2011 07:05:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of mike130

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

03-16-2010 20:11:13 | More by mike130
Photo of crowncapcollect

United Kingdom (England)

1.53/5  rDev -57.7%

A poacher would only choose this if he could poach himself a bottle.- I had to pay for mine, and won't be doing so again. It looks okay, but it smells nasty and tastes worse. It's rather like a fake alcopop gone badly wrong. I only drank 1/4 of it, before tipping it down the sink, and it's a long time since I've done that.

12-15-2009 20:59:29 | More by crowncapcollect
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Poacher's Choice from Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
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