An ale that bursts of sweet spiciness, creating an instantly recognisable flavour. It sports a deeply dark ruby appearance and carries a potent fruity aroma with tones of liquorice. Incredibly sweet and fruity with a prevalent maltyness that leads you to a bitter finish. A smoothly satisfying ale which will please those in search of sweetness.
It poached my heart
Everything about this ale grabs your attention. It has an interesting name, an eye catching and colourful label, a seductive ruby red colour and a fantastically spicy smell. Above all of this, it is perhaps the boasts of liquorice that really make it stand out. Now the promise of liquorice may fill some of you with fear as you pray that mercy is shown to your cowering tongue, however, do not let it put you off.
Like any sensible person, I have a keen disdain for liquorice but I am a huge fan of this ale. The hints of liquorice are only in the smell and it forms a highly complimentary partnership with the roasted malts. Poacher’s Choice is an extremely fruity and sweet ale, luring you into a false sense of security before slowly revealing its bitter qualities which come in waves after swallowing. There is an enduring spiciness to this drink, unleashing more and more flavour with each mouthful. Not particularly hoppy, but pleasantly malty it provides a refreshing drinking experience. I’ve heard from a few places that this ale is a fine dinner companion, pairing particularly well with pie (pie and ale, who woulda thunk it?).
As a budding ecologist I have a deep rooted hatred for anything poacher related. This ale is the only exception. I love it. Overall it is a distinctive and highly flavoursome brew which provides a gloriously spicy sweetness that is satisfying and refreshing. If only real poachers were so sweet… but they’re not, I hate them and I bet they drink lager.Save the rhinos!