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


on tap

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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
Medium white head, red-amber colour. Definitely tastes smoked. Well-balanced, not too bitter, very good thirst quencher with just the right amount of bitterness. Smoked aftertaste. Altogether very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2004
bottled 330ml and 500ml. Amber colored. medium off white head. medium bodied. good balance between hop and malt. pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Quite a delicious ’anytime’ beer is this one. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a dimple glass, a short soapy off-white head formed atop a clear amber body. Aroma was malt driven, lightly roasted grain, toffee and a little caramel. Taste was quite balanced with intensely sweet malt tones and floral, Kentish hops adding a little citrus-fruit. Mouth feel is a little watery, though, and the medium carbonation didn’t seem to help. Much better as it warmed showing a little complexity and good length with a lightly bitter and sweet malty swallow. Quite a nice tasty drop..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (591) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
Aroma: some floral notes with lots of malty toffee. Appearance: dark tea amber, good holding just off white head, good lacing. Flavour: malt, hops & some spiritousness. Palate: thin to medium mouthfeel with a long hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Cask at Pig and Wistle, Chignal Smealey. A full flavoured beer and also hops in evidence. A little unbalanced with the sweet bitterness. Needs to ferment further maybe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1398) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
Soapy aroma with floral malt. Dark amer clear colour with good head and lacing. Sharp burnt bitter flavour with malt. Smooth gassy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivo (2544) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2004
Amber color and a low sticky head. Toast and caramel tastes with some toffee. Quick light bitter that lingers. Odd balance but with a medium body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Quickly disapearing head with a strong sour skunkish aroma that doesn’t carry over into the taste. Caramel malt flavor thin body with bitterness hops only. They need to add a little aroma hops to make this even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is dark copper-red. The liquid is clear and the small foam is quite firm. The smell of this ale is somewhat sour, full of caramel, diacetyl and hops The body is surprisingly light for the great bitterness. There are clear flavours of diacetyl and caramel, although it is quite low on the sweetness. The carbon acid is mild, soft and short, probably due to the nitro-tap. Overall, the taste is simple and straightforward. There is some bitterness and butterscotch but it does its job - no more, no less. Its aftertaste is quite simple at first, but grows into a large amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2447) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Dark brown color, liveley carbonation, spare head. Malt bandaid nose. Roasted malt taste, kind of weak.

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