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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 This ale seems to taste of everything - it’s sweet, lemony, hoppy, malty and burnt in taste, but above all strong - it’s 5.4% and tastes it. Similar to Neame’s Autumn Ale Late Red and nearly as good. Man this ale is good!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006
This is Kent in a bottle i can almost see the hop sheds.... lovely malty nutty hop aroma as soon as you open the bottle beautiful malt flavour suggestion of rich fruits, good bitter hop finish. good mouthfeel but head retention is average.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stefano (1901) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
Beautiful dark amber beer with a lasting frothy head. Malty aroma with some lemon and burnt caramel. Interesting flavour and feel to it. Tastes a lot like the Spitfire, with more malt and hops in the flavour. Average.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dedollewaitor (14811) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle (present from brother) Amber with fast disappearing white head. Sweet malty caramel notes. flat carbonation and thin however a bit smooth texture. Little bitter finish! Very ordinary British!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoestring (310) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Lovely looker, deep ruby. head full, dissipates, but laces nicely. Fruity , smoky. Thumbs up.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8266) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
Bottle. Clear reddish colour with a small head. Aroma of hops and malt. Flavour is malty and fruity.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (410) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Overall, I found this to be a solidly above average beer. It has an appealing red tint with a foamy head, pleasant aroma and great taste. It has a smoky quality and slight bitterness with a strong yet balanced aftertaste that is reminiscent of quality barley malt.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
’Kentish strong ale’. Clear, cherryish red body spiralling with spritzy bubbles. Fruit and a little vinegar in the nose, but flavour-wise an appetising balance of bitter hops (E.Kent Goldings) and a honeyish creaminess in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
Aroma: spicy hop and crystal malt Flavour: Bittter with lingering malt and piney hop flavour. Mineral character and candied orange peel as it warmed in the glass. Appearance: Reddish copper. Head disappears disapointingly quickly. Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied with assertive carbonation Overall: A very good best bitter with complex malt and ester profile. Sadly lacking in aroma. Otherwise an outstanding beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8424) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle, fairly standard brown colour with sweet and malty aroma, little bit bubbly but taste was very rich and fruity and malty, some bitterness and hops, and rather pleasant all things considered.


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