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


on tap

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RATINGS: 841   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours darker amber with forthy, short lived off white head. Aromas of hops and fruit, unfortunately with some skunkyness. Flavour of nuts hops and grains. Dry bitter finish. Medium carbonation and good body. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2007
Red-brown colour and the aroma brings some nuts, hops and fruit. Flavor is fruity and some malty feel. This one is to thin and watery. No character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1946) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2007
Bishop’s Finger is a dark amber beer with a large, creamy beige head, although this quickly disappears. Light and hoppy fruit aromas greet the nose. Upon tasting, one’s tongue receives a pleasant amount of dry malt with a medium lasting bitter hop finish. There’s nothing terribly elaborate about this bitter but it’s very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
50cl can from systembolaget. Pours a nice clear, sparkling brown with a small and fleeting white head. Aroma is mild, but has some faint tart, sour hops and some mellow malt. Body is a little thin and carbonation slightly bubbly. Flavor is very working class and straight forward: not very malty or sweet, not too bitter, but manages to hit you with a little malt and hop character by the finish. Balances nicely into a medium finish where some bitterness shows up. Nothing to get worked up about, but pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with decent head. Malty aroma, roasted malty taste with some caramel and licorice. Semidry hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/06/1996
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greens

amber color, malt aroma with a hint of hops, malt flavor with hop undertones and a slight bitter finish

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Score: **+/4
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tranquillity (1860) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
Ruby/copper with a beige medium head with small bubbles. Aroma of damp caramel and roastyness. Taste liqurice, then flowers, with a long bitter finish. Silky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2007
A very pretty red hue, with a small but sustained head. Quite a bitter flavour, though well balanced by some sweet maltiness. A fairly decent straight foward brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9120) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2007
bottle. Copper colour, rich head. The flavour is dominated by roasted malt. Pleasantly hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2007
500ml bottle bought from Tesco. Long time since I’ve had this from bottle, as, following the UK beer splits I have exactly been rushing to re-sample the pasteurised bottles that I have tried many times before. Rich coppery colour, but not much head. Smoky malt features strongly in the aroma although it also has a somewhat ashy quality. There’s a touch of paper as is to be expected. Also some berry fruit. The flavour is less fruity, with more dry malt and earthy, spicy hops coming through quite strongly. The fruity notes return in the aftertaste. Fairly bitter mouthfeel but the returning fruit provides decent balance. Pretty good for a pasteurised beer.

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