Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Launched 1958.
Bishops Finger takes its name from the finger-shaped signposts which pointed pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury and was the first strong ale to be brewed by Shepherd Neame after malt rationing was eased in the late 1950s. It is one of the UK’s oldest bottled beers, brewed since 1958.
Bishops Finger holds EU Protected Geographical Indication, recognising its unique provenance. Uniquely, it is brewed to a charter which states it can only be brewed by the head brewer on a Friday and that it must be brewed using 100% natural ingredients, Kentish hops and barley, and the brewery’s own artesian mineral water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (2208) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2013
Pours clear copper brown, big white head, kept in place initially by a steady stream of bubbles - perhaps a touch over-carbonated for me. Toffee malt aromas, touch of metal, touch of chocolate. Taste has more toffee sweetness, and finishes with a crisp bitterness. Pretty good, considering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidtjm (161) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2013
Darkish amber pour, almost no head, strong malty aroma. Taste is of bitter malt, plenty of character. A very nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (647) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle lidil. A chestnut colour with white brown foamy head with lacing. Aroma is toffe malts. Taste is sweet malt quite fruity with a very bitter finish. A nice beer, long lasting bitter aftertaste let’s it down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (636) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
Chestnut coloured ale with a cream head. Good malty flavour, quite bitter with some caramel abd a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (1719) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle, 500 ml at home, poured into a Guinness pint. ABV 5.4% Beautiful chestnut brown colour on the body, crystal clear, with light activity in it, really shines in the glass. Two fingers of off-white head sitting on top, with good retention, leaving light lacing on the glass after it collapses, and a quite thick layer of foam on the beer’s surface. Aroma of lighlty roasted malts and chocolate, light alcohol, red grapes, floral hops. Taste of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a little metallic on the finish. Quite bitter, floral hops, bitterness has a long duration. Medium thick body, average carbonation. Pretty good, I can’t believe I paid only 1.80 for this great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (399) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2013
Copper colour, thin white head, bitter flavours, not a bad drop at all. Don’t drink it too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andreslepage (68) - ARGENTINA - DEC 1, 2013
Fuerte. Se siente el lúpulo desde el primer momento. Y mucha hierva verde. Caramelo presente también. Una bitter para tener en cuenta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
petewhitley (309) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jono89 (3) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
caramel, leaves, golden, amber, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, average carbonation, thick feel, bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moscicki (129) - Tarnow, POLAND - NOV 10, 2013
A decent ESB. Pours clear dark brown with short lasting head. Nice aroma of toast, roast and bread. Moderate sweet, oily on texture, limited bitterness, sweet-bitter finish. Nice session beer.

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