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


on tap

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RATINGS: 786   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaid6 (26) - Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
one of my favorites Bottle, pours slightly carbonated reddish copper colour with an off-white foamy white head. A sweet bready malt aroma with a fruity hoppiness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3696) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
nice amber color, good carbonation. aroma is quite hoppy. flavour is the same, but i’[m getting a big metallic bite. yuck, once the metal is gone, you get a slightly sweet, and bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Nice light brown pour with a persistent off-white cap of fine bubbles. Silly clear bottle, and in spite of my best effort to choose a bottle that was hidden from the store lights, skunking is the first thing noticeable about this beer. If a brewer is so dense as to put their beer in clear bottles, then any faults in their beer that result are fully in their court. So...skunk, and lots of it. Under that, some earthy woody notes and a bit of brown sugar. Flavor shows a blood-like metallic note, but beyond that there is a pleasant rustic malt. Some viney hops meander around the edges. Palate is a bit rough, like this beer was not intended for this much carbonation. I supect much better on cask, and I’ll have to give it a shot that way sometime. Tastes better than it smells. Looks nicer than it tastes. Not that nice overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2007
(Draught) Pours clear, deep red. Caramel, cookie, toffee and a bit buttery malt aroma with some earthy, light grassy and spicy, hop tones . Creamy malt flavour with a medium bitter finish where you can detect a hint of dryness. A bit fruity. Light spicy but pretty soft mouthfeel. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle. Red-brown colour. Aroma of dark malts and dark fruits. Flavour of chocolate malt, good flower hoppiness, prunes and raisins. The finish is long lasting, bitter with some fruitiness and a slight smoky touch to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle, pours slightly carbonated reddish copper colour with an off-white foamy white head. A sweet bready malt aroma with a fruity hoppiness. It is a little thin and watery, with too much carbonated. There’s a fruity maltiness, but is is astringent and metallic. Disappointing for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (506) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2007
500ml bottle. Pours amber, small, off-white head. hoppy, sweet spice aroma. thin palate, finish is a little ’false’. otherwise tastes of toasted malts, treacle; finish is fruity and quite sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
Nearly no aroma to speak of, except slightly sourish Kentish Goldings - very familiar to me after brewing my last brown ale. HUGE head on this sucker, possibly due to it having been transported by plane from Ontario. Taste reminds me of the Fullers 2006 vintage. Strange chemical taste in the initial sip, followed by amber malting and leading out on a wonderful warm aftertaste. Great carbonation, thin body. I can’t quite wrap my taste buds around those Goldings, and the pleasant aftertaste lasts about three seconds and subsides into a growing layer of bitter hops. Not unpleasant, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 From a bottle 11/12/06. A lovely almost ruby brown in the glass, full head that gently dissipates. Dry, bitter and very hoppy. A long lingering finish. A favourite of mine. I’ve re-rated this. Its good, but not that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2244) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
500 mL bottle. Lovely, deep chestnut brown. Head doesn’t last, but lacing does. Aroma of floral hops and citrus, followed by brown sugar. Sweet malt up front, but excellent hops in middle and end. Got some dark friut once it warmed a bit. A little thin and tinny. Long finish. I like the style and I like the beer.

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