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


on tap

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RATINGS: 686   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
Dark copper, some lacing. Clear bottle, no skunkiness present thankfully. Sort of a soy aroma to it. Bitter finish but it’s almost drowned out by the body which is somewhat cloying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gorbalev (2926) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2005
Pasteurized clear bottle. Light brown colour, small white head. Some caramel in aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Sort of a skunky ale taste, but not as bad as the clear bottle might have indicated. Still, this does not travel well at all - a very poor offering and from what I can see, a poor representation of a good beer. Until the cask sample.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2005
Bottle from Sainsburys. Pours a light brown/copperish colour with a coarse fluffy head. Aroma is boiled sweets, banana, apples and dusty malt. Flavour is sweet and tastes like its been boiled (which of course it has), packets of boiled sweets and sweet shops, with a touch of acidity on the back of the tongue. Better than other Sheps products but still not good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Clear bottle, deep clear rusty orange. I concur with IPFreely - it did start out skunky (which I expected with the clear bottle) and then mellowed out to a yeasty ale aroma. Moderately tangy, fruity, nicely bittered, moderately sweet. Trailing bitter, medium light body, goes watery though. A mature and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
imdownthepub (10325) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
Bottled, Platinum Edition, Pasteurised. Dark amber beer with no head. Hash, flat tinny beer, over carbonated. A very poor sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle. Clear amber with a very creamy/frothy beige head. Aroma started out skunky but after letting it sit for a couple minutes and reswirled it I picked up some fruit notes, some tea and malt. Mild hops. Medium bodied. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (3391) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
Fruity aroma, malty, sherry notes. Light brown color. Light bodied, fruity, malty and sourly. Then a quite dry and bitter finish. A bit light and quite bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Aug, 2003 Bishops Finger is a decent ale. From first gulp to last swallow it always pleases and delights. It invites you to sit down and relax, and gently encourages you to take another pint. Not a session beer, but a pint to enjoy. [3.2]
Sept, 2004 A smooth and delicious ale - some fruit and chocolate notes. Mild hops. One of my favourite premium ales. [3.6]
March, 2011 A smooth ale with some barleysugar notes. Hops gradually emerge. Pleasant, but felt somewhat lacklustre when compared with Abbot. [3.1],br> June, 2012 Chocolate notes and rough tobacco hops on a flat pale malt. Hmmm. [2.7]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20847) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
Bottled. Redbrown colour with a small yellowish head. Malty flavour with notes of caramel and hops. Hoppy flavour with notes of caramel and malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
stouby (3737) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Bottle, at Winn. Brown with large light brown head. Light malty, moderate hoppy with pine-notes. Bitter flavor, long duration. To bitter in my opinion.

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