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


on tap

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RATINGS: 836   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 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 (2996) - 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 (5219) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PintPilgrim (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
I love the colour of this beer - looks like a bottle of scotch. big distinctive aroma of hops (often wife complained about me drinkin this one because of the smell) strong malt and hop taste with the dry hop finish dominant. great beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours darker amber with forthy, short lived off white head. Aromas of hops and fruit, unfortunately with some skunkyness. Flavour of nuts hops and grains. Dry bitter finish. Medium carbonation and good body. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2007
Red-brown colour and the aroma brings some nuts, hops and fruit. Flavor is fruity and some malty feel. This one is to thin and watery. No character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1939) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2007
Bishop’s Finger is a dark amber beer with a large, creamy beige head, although this quickly disappears. Light and hoppy fruit aromas greet the nose. Upon tasting, one’s tongue receives a pleasant amount of dry malt with a medium lasting bitter hop finish. There’s nothing terribly elaborate about this bitter but it’s very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
50cl can from systembolaget. Pours a nice clear, sparkling brown with a small and fleeting white head. Aroma is mild, but has some faint tart, sour hops and some mellow malt. Body is a little thin and carbonation slightly bubbly. Flavor is very working class and straight forward: not very malty or sweet, not too bitter, but manages to hit you with a little malt and hop character by the finish. Balances nicely into a medium finish where some bitterness shows up. Nothing to get worked up about, but pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with decent head. Malty aroma, roasted malty taste with some caramel and licorice. Semidry hop finish.

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