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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Serving beer in a clear bottle is a disgrace!!! OK creamy head, light amber clear body. Good hoppy aroma. Also a nice bitter hoppy taste with a good bitter aftertaste. Not the most interesting beer but alright. Probably better on draught!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
A solemn toffee cream perfume attracts attention...An assertive lawnmower bitterness dominates, leaning towards chalkiness...Random gooseberries zoom by and pop up intermittently, vanishing like the rest into a faint aftertaste...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
Reddish brown colour. Bit of hops in the aroma but not much else. 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4366) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
(5oo ml bottle) Pours a huge, rockym almond head and a copper body. Nose of tinny hops and caramel malt. Surprisingly full-flavoured front of a bitter that dies quicker than a frog on a roadway. Average.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
Dark amber/auburn. Beige, rocky head. Aroma of butter, pepper, & slightly burnt caramelized sugar. Medium body. Earthy flavour of caramel, butterscotch, pepper, & moderate hops bitterness. Lightly sour & ever-so slightly skunked.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2003
Good strong flavour and great amber colour make bishops finger a great beer. Slightly creamy head and decent flavour make it hard to beat.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2003
Reddish brown. Bit of hops in the aroma. Tastes a lot like the Spitfire, with more malt and hops in the flavour. Interesting flavour and feel to it, resiny perhaps.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2819) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2003
Nice ruby-brown colour with a decent head. Nice nutty/toffee malt and citric hops in both the aroma and flavour. Body is a little weak, but the well balanced flavour makes up for that. Quite a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Overall not that bad. Darker in colour with no head. Caramel slightly in the nose but was very apparent in the taste. Not bad, easily drinkable

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (10781) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Beautiful dark amber beer with a lasting frothy head. Malty aroma with some lemon and burnt caramel. Bitter and lasting hop finish.


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