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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 701   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.


2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2005
Well this beer has two things going for it anyway, its 5.4% which is decent enough to get u pished and number 2 i cant remember drinkin it, but just remember it wasnt very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9011) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2005
Dark amber coloured, medium sized, firm, off-white head; malty, caramel nose, some hints of hops and a tinge of fruitiness (raisins); sweetish, malty beginning, but then quickly switching over to a fruity (raisins) flavour and soon to a very long lasting dry, (herbal) hoppy aftertaste....Very dry ending; well balanced, could be a stronger brother of a well made Duesseldorf Alt !

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
turbothy (1120) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2005
Pours dark amber brown with beige lasting head. Aroma is fresh and hoppy. Taste is bitter, nutty and ... bitter. Not my favourite style of beer, but this is an okay drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Earthy, floral and spicy Goldings hops in the fruity, caramel malt aroma. Clear brass-copper coloured with a generous and lasting, dense, fine-bubbled, off-white head that leaves some lacing. Caramel, toffee and suggestions of darker malts in the fruity flavour with earthy, perfumey hop flavour and fair, balancing bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pint glass, just above fridge temp. Clear bottle (LCBO, May 2005).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle: Poured a clear red/brown color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention which is quite a surprise since all my previous bitter had no head really. Aroma of floral malt with some nut. Taste is quite enjoyable and refreshing with some robust malt, floral hops and some nice nutty and subtle bitterness at the end. Overall, this is an above average bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle. Rich malt aromas with nuts, dried fruit and chocolatey roast in the background. Some hoppiness on the nose - not really to my taste I’m not a huge fan of Goldings in maltier beers. Drinkable with a decent level of bitterness and just a touch of the thin tinny artificially carbonated feel. The robust malts help this to stand up to the bottling process.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
Don’t like the smell - hard to discern, and upon closer sniffing a slight mustiness. But... a nice mahogany colour with a small head and a nice bitter flavour with a lingering bitter/sourness that felt as if there was caffeine present. This is a good thing. Overall, a good bitter, and one I would drink again.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2005
hoppy aroma. Some barley initially. Pale copper colour with lace and aestheticly pleasant transparent bottle (keep out of sunshine!) Drying,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
A nut brown fruity brew with a nice hop finish. A good tasting beer to have in the summer. It’s got an endearing tartness to it as well. The clear bottle means it won’t age well, so drink it quick.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2005
Curious initial aroma. Looks great: long-lasting head with a little lacing. Beautiful dark colour. Flavour unexceptional, but the dry finish hit the mark.


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