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


on tap

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RATINGS: 756   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Bottle and can: Filtered.
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redders1974 (346) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Big fan of shepherd name as a go to supermarket beer and this is another decent offering pours dark amber with small head that leaves some lacing some berries and caramel with a nice finish kind of reminds me of an old ale nly less pronounced on the flavour.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
Liking Odd sounding beers I thought I’d give this highly acclaimed ale a go. Unfortunately, I found a bad egg in my portfolio, just not me, but I will give it the respect of of Review.. The nose is a little malty, but overly soapy and perfumed. It does pour a fine looking Bitter though, a medium copper-ruby of good body with a small, soapy head. In the mouth it’s not too bad, pleasantly solid, well bodied, good form, but on my taste bud’s was a very dull, overly bitter, astringent mono tone malty character, flat and not very flavoursome, and an abrupt, meagre finish with some minor hop elements.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (526) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 11, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. Clear dark orange with a frothy to minimal/creamy tan head. Roasted aroma with hints of berries, mud, carbonation. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Moderately sweet with a stinging bitterness. Strong roasted and dark fruit character, with a heavy bitter and alcohol finish. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Rich and warming, but has some nasty undertones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (446) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
Dark amber, with a small cream coloured head. Medium body with low carb - just the right mouthfeel for an English bitter. Little aroma but there is some malt there. Tastes good - caramel malt, berries, slightly nutty and moderate bitterness. Nice balance, good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWS9 (549) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Sweet caramel/toffee. Simple malt taste, which is actually beneficial. Quite straightforward bitter. Nothing fancy but works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kasslerino (25) - - MAR 20, 2015
Mörkt rödfärgad med tunn skum krona. Smak som ger både bitterhet och sötma. Måste säga att den är överraskande god. Tror dock den hade gynnats av lite mer alkohol då den saknar lite "kick"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMJL (253) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Zapach z butelki jest dosyć delikatny – głównie słodowy z dodatkiem kontynentalnego chmielu. Piana średniowysoka, niezbyt drobna, powoli opada do niskiej, całkiem nieźle oblepia ścianki szklanki. Piwo ma piękny kolor czystej miedzi; jest idealnie klarowne. Aromat ze szkła to słód wpadający suszoną wiśnię – bardzo przyjemny, ale nadal delikatny. Smak to już zupełnie co innego – jest intensywny i złożony. Solidne uderzenie słodu – mocnego, dającego wręcz odczucie gęstości, wspaniała słodycz w typie suszonych owoców – głównie wiśni. Wszystko to jest kontrowane przez całkiem solidną goryczkę, kontynentalną, ale dosyć krótką i bardzo przyjemną. Piwo jest raczej nisko wysycone i może i niezbyt pijalne, ale w tym stylu nie można tego nazwać wadą. Jest to naprawdę świetny ESB i kolejne – po Supermarine Spitfire …tzn Shepherd Neame Spitfire :D - piwo z tego browaru, które bardzo przypadło mi do gustu. Wygląda na to, że zdecydowanie przedkładam Shepherd Neame ponad czczone przez niektórych Fullersa czy Belhaven…

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1734) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
30.6.2014. Red beer with little head. Aroma with wood, vanilla, some berries, sweet malts. Taste is quite stuffy, bitter, red berries, wood, lacks some taste still. A bit sour. Flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2830) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2015
Amber with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, plums, cherries, some spices and nuts. Sweet and quite fruity with some bread crusts. A bitterness that’s a little harsh at the end at first but sits better as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekboniek (237) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Butelka. Barwa bursztynowa, klarowna. Aromat leśny, suszone owoce. Niewysoka goryczka. Pijalne.

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