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


on tap

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RATINGS: 786   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GreyShadow (18) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2006
From a 500ml bottle. Clear dark red colour with a nice off white head. A very malty aroma. Malty, hoppy flavour with some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2006
Nice enough malty nose and pours red amber with a pale tan foamy head. Flavour is a little overdry and astringent in the finish with some sharp acid at the back of the throat. The metallic quality others have mentioned also detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MPA (866) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Amber with huge, dense off white head. Caramel, dark fruit and malt in aroma. Toasted malt in flavour along with caramel. Sweet with a nice lasting, bitter finish. Quite surprised this ended up scoring so high with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
KingofCastle (207) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
500 mL bottle: This is good but why drink this when you can down a Fuller’s London Pride Ale or Hopgoblin? An average ESB at best. Medium dark brown, thin head, lots of lacing. Hops are too sharp & body not sweet enough to help out, just leaving a sharp & bitter mouthfeel and finish. Got more pleasant as it warmed but like I said, grab a Fullers in the can! This is just too harsh, almost metallic. The 5.4% might make it a little too malty too. Inferior example of style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours a light brown with a medium off-white head. Malty, hoppy and bitter taste that I felt was a bit watery. Thin bodied with bitter finish. Pretty good, far from my favourite ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. On recommendation from Max. I’ll chalk it up to cultural preferences.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2006
0.5 L (colourless!) bottle, ’bbe’ June 07. Clear dark copper coloured body without much pearling. A generous but unstable froth. Hoppy aroma with notes of ’sweet spices’ (carob, poppyseed?). Malty notes hinting at dark bread become apparent a bit later. Malty taste, again dark bread and/or treacle, a strong metallic note. A long harsh bitter aftertaste, in the end reminiscent of an overdone dark bread crust. Solid body, a bit astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (5394) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle: Orange brown with an off-white head; aroma of caramel; bursts in the mouth with rich burnt malts and a bitter aftertaste, fruity undertones appear as it warms. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
I bought this beer on the sheer fact that its name is hillarious, and I’m glad I did. Its a rich in flavour, sweet smelling drink, which is great for black and tan’s.

   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!

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