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


on tap

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RATINGS: 727   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
Nice looking ESB with a moderate character. Good balance, pretty light, nothing wrong with it but I wouldn’t marry it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
That was good beer, diidnt get too much of a good stink of it cos drank it out of the bottle, english beer is surely the best though, so nice and english beery, gooooood beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2005
Mm. Smells of malt, hops, estery fruity, really fresh. Taste is rich and malty with a pleasant bitterness. I love the fruityness. Fizzy and rather large for such a not strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14693) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2005
50cl bottle. Chestnut brown with lasting beige head. Attractive yeasty, toffee, hop aromas. Creamy toffee in mouth with dry hop and toasted toffee finish. Yep, like this. Has some of the plums and cherry fruit of the draught.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2005
Very clean pour with with a big head, a little coffee coloured. Nice clear dark amber. Nose doesn’t give me much, faint old fashioned hoppy, butter notes at best. Really starts to sing in the palate; more obvious sweetish malts and some solid body, perhaps a touch ABV driven. Finishes with great smooth bitterness that goes on and on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2005
Deep brown colour with a medium sized and medium lasting head. Sweet aroma and bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
Pleasant-looking chestnut-brown brew is supported by big chocolate aromas and thick malt. Interesting texture starts off feeling thick and milky, finishes feeling a little grainy. Nice chocolate-malt flavour. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2005
A Mes rate: Ahh Moris would be proud. I really quite like this. Nice amber brown colour with a head that looks like it is there for the duration but sinks to almost nothing. Once its has it lasts well and leaves surprisingly heavy lace. Fruit, cream and hops in the nose. Sweet malts in the flavour that is followed by a quick but tasty fruit kick for the finish that goes bitter eventually. A bit of toffee in there too. Overall it is fruity and creamy and rather enjoyable. Liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a clear amber, with a big shortlived head. Aroma is fruity, and hoppy. Taste is bitter, and malty. Nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
See-thorugh reddish body with a light, bubbly tan top that laces down the glass nicely. Malt sweetness hides behind subdued hops. Fruit bursts out of the finish but they are also subdues - this time the hops are more pronounced as a nice bitter edge emerges. Not bad - easy drinking and enjoyable.

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