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


on tap

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RATINGS: 821   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2501) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle Poured dark copper colour with an off white head. Aroma has a decent whack of crystal malt and EK hops. Fruity flavour with a quite bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (22515) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2007
Draught. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma with some weak hints of hops. Sweet malty caramel flavor. Dry malty finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 Bottle. Clear, golden beer with an off-white head. Quite malty nose, with just a little hoppiness. Malt-dominated flavor as well, some roast as well, and some bitterness. Malty and fruity finish. Medium to full body. Quite pleasant one, but a bit too focused on the maltyness. Rating: 6-4-6-4-13-3.3. 070602

Bottle. It pours a clear, quite dark golden body under half an inch of off-white head. Some lacings as the beer disappeares. The aroma is quite bready and malty, slightly roasted and with some caramel. A little cheesy hop touch as well. The flavor is also on the bready side, dark bread of course, with balancing hops, caramel and roast, and in my opinion, a little too less bitterness. Still, this more or less full-bodied is a quite nice one, but I prefer this style a bit more balanced or hop-dominated. Anyway, it’s still quenching and moreish. 090919

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Note to self: Two "4’s" in a row. Weird. /note

Poured a ruby tinted copper with a holding, creamy ecru head leaving a coating of lace all the way down. Extract-brew maltiness with a touch of wood and light roasts. I like. English malts dominate English hops, but it’s a delicious struggle. Wychwood wanted to do this with Hobgoblin but couldn’t achieve the same quality result. A very well-made ESB. Bully!     (P.S.: Heidi liked this and would have given it a 19 or 20 as a Strong or Bitter. Plus she likes the fact that she tasted the Bishop’s finger. Sicko.)

<font size=-4>Pint bottle at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Joe, Toronto, ON, CAN</font>

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
On draft at the Dubliner in Gothenburg, but not the cask version. Interesting beer. Clear golden color with a small head. Some caramel and malt in the aroma. Didn’t really seem like a bitter. MIght have been a bad keg, because it seemed a little sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
tap. it has a golden color with a small head. malty aroma as well as malty taste. ordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Nice head and a dark amber color with a malty aroma with a hint of cheese. The flavour is sweetish malty with hints of licorice and caramel and a nice bitter finish. Ok and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VilleH (31) - Vieremä, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2007
Malty, pretty strong aroma. Amber brown with thin, white head. Soft and malty flavor with balanced aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle purchased in Cork City, IRE. Amber brown, with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, roasty, light alcohol, dried fruit, and raisins. Lightly hoppy taste, with caramel, slightly mettalic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Pours a nice frothy white head which sits atop a copper colour body. I am not a big fan of the hops used in the beer; for aroma and flavour, I find them a bit overpowering. I found the finish slightly too dry and a bit like pine. A decent beer which is probably must better in cask, or maybe I’d enjoy this beer on another day.

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