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


on tap

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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2839) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Just bought a bottle, poured with a suddy head, sharp tasting with an almost blood orange colour, superb Very nice, well worth it **Note, I have had this many times since and will rerate soon**

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
Yum, yum. Worth its reputation - very hoppy, nice roasted malt flavours, lovely colour. Satisfying long dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2007
0,5l bottle Light small yellowish head, darkish (for ale) copper color. Aromas of banana and caramel. A little bit bitter and dry with lots of hops. A little bit dull ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
[220-20060303] 500mL. Earthy toast aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a few tiny bubbles and an off-white creamy head. Roasty-toasty malt flavour with some hoppy bitterness. Medium body, dry after. Nice but not fond of dryness after.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2007 I last had this more than ten years ago and you could for a brief time buy it here is Alberta. Must retry one day, adjusted rating September 28 2007. What a fucking light struck mess I hate clear botttles. Page 425 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide 252 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2007
(Bottled) Clear, dark copper color with a medium, fluffy and tanned, quite lasting head. Berry-fruity aroma with some nutty hops and toffeeish malt. Moderately bitter, pretty fruity and lemony flavor with a long, woody-hoppy finish. Medium-bodied, bitter, dryish, somewhat stingy palate with soft but foamy carbonation. A reasonably pleasant, but pretty straightforward bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Can. Pours clear deep copper red, with medium tan head. Quite stringent malt aroma with some hints of toffee and herbal hops. Medium bodied. Very bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Pours a nice amber colour with a nice white head. Aroma is fairly hoppy, with a waft of caramel. Flavor is quite bitter with some earthy undertones. Aftertaste lingers and has a bit of a bready taste. Fairly strong carbonation. Overall a bit too bitter for me, but for those with more of a preference towards bitters, should be nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stopherbomber (111) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2007
this is a strong malty flavoured ale with a good aftertaste to it. reasonably priced at somerfields at the moment as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2007
A nice dark color with a lacey white head that stuck with the glass until the last swallow. The aroma was nice, to quite nice, with a hint of molasses and strong hops. The flavor was wonderfully light and refreshing with a clean a finish that was satisfying, too very satisfying. The only draw-back was it ended just a wee bit bitter for my tastes. Otherwise, a beer that lives up to it’s commercial deScription. Cheers.

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