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


on tap

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RATINGS: 842   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2008
500ml bottle. Reddish copper coloured with no head. Big caramel and red fruit aroma. Full mouth feel with plenty of malt flavour and a decent bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2008
0.5 l bottle. Amber color. Mild sweetish aroma with perfumed english hops, candy and almonds. Dryer biscuity and caramelly flavor with notes of fruity marmelade and salty minerals. Dry crisp finish. Fairly thin and bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ilovesmid (15) - IRELAND - FEB 1, 2008
just an ordinary english ale... nothing special at all. No head ro speak of. Taste was lacking. Was not happy at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2007
This is another good tasing beer from Shepherd Neame ruined by a lack of carbonation.Pouring a good amber well slightly darker but a weak head and aroma of tropical floral and citric hops.Theflavour is a good bitter,let down by the lack of fizz in the beer and the finish is weak with the hops holding it up.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2007
Tasted 6. des-07 Not much aroma but some caramel malt and mature fruits. Its dry on the palate and with a off flavor, might be because its an old bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - DEC 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2008 I drank this last Friday. It was quite okay - it felt like an ordinary english ale - nothing special, but still an okay beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2007
[Sampled in 2004.] Nice brew used for browncakes. Dry, perfume and bitter. Mainstream but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Bottled. An amber coloured beer with a ruby hue and a large lasting whitish head. The aroma is malty and Earthy with a hint of metal. The taste is very fruity and quite rich. Hints of dark toffee and soil. Better than expected. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating also scored 3.3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2007
Fad. Simpelthen ikke min kop te. Sur malt med en kvalmende humle lagt ind over. Bare ikke god.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Fruity nose. Nicely hopped. The body on this ESB is fruitier and although not complex is nevertheless interesting. Highly drinkable.

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