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


on tap

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RATINGS: 815   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 13/20
Maria (10212) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
Ahh the bishops finger, had many a time at Joes. fruity nose , with some hops, nice amber brown color, very malty taste with slight hop notes, dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2007
Deep copper beer with a fresh and fruity aroma. Notes of crispe malt, too. The flavour is nice malty with nice citrussy hoppyness, fruity and with dry, bitter end. Not the most complex beer but nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13048) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2011 Draught 5.0%ABV (Gallows Bird, Espoo) Welcoming bitter nose. Covers the tongue with rich maltiness and bitterness. Classis English style. (7:4:7:4:13=3.5)
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Drink Baar, Tallinn) 5.4%
WTF? Clear bottle? A beer of this colour is a magnet for getting lightstruck, the marketting people behind this packaging decision should be shot. Not so much aroma, just a gentle nuttiness. Let this warm to let the aromatic components really shine. Very highly attenuated bitter, really dry nutty and nut-papery bitterness. Despite being pasteurised, this is delicious and so full. (6:3:7:4:14)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5062) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2007
Nut brown colour. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt and some hop. Taste is dry but rich and hoppy. Plenty of malt there too. Quite easy on the pallet despite its relative dryness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Pours a copper orange with a nice, foamy, off white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, floral hops, and some sour. Body is a bit thin. Flavor is a bit citrus, malt, nd some caramel. Finishes with increasing dry biterness. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
[BOTTLED : 28/02/07] Not as good as it was from the cask but still a nice pleasant ale with good flavour and an overall satifying taste.

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