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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 709   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Not much of a head here, but it does have an eye-appealing reddish-brown body. It’s like smelling buttery toffee with vanilla, apples, nuts, and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink, it’s got a nutty, buttery toffee flavor, all juicy and fruity, with a mild hit of bitterness in the finish. I could envision me drinking a goodly bunch of these in a night.

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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Couleur ambrée, faible mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de caramel, d’herbes et de bonbon, semblant ainsi un brin sucrée. Faiblement maltée en bouche, quelques pointes de doux caramel et de houblon épicés. Corps d’épaisseur mince à semi mince, finale un soupçon amer, étalement court. Vraiment ennuyant à mon sens. Bouteille, LCBO, Mai 2005.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
Deep orange amber, moderate head. Mild fruity hops, caramel. Pleasant palate of bitter hops, mild citrus, light caramel. I liked it a lot.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
Brown color. Very small head. Aroma is quitye nice, kinda round and fresh. But the flavor is not really me. It has a nice bitterness but an unpleasant tang.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
500ml clear bottl;e. Amber colour, full and fluffy cream head. Perfumy hops in the aroma, slightly nutty malt and caramel. Rich malt base, nice hopping - has a slightly sharp bite, lingering hops in the finish. Very fine carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
Aroma:good caramel,good fuit.... Appearance:redish good head.... Flavor:good caramel,good bitterness.A good english ale...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tessic (913) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
This Ale pours a dark orange colour with a nice tan frothy head. Nice carbonation. Scents of sweet malts and a little ripe fruit. First sip was slightly bitter but with nice malt flavours. Bitterness shining through on the second sip too. Maybe a little heavy on the bitter hop side for me but nice just the same. A little roasted flavour in the middle and the palate is slightly floral.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2005
[bottle from tesco] nose is caramel with a little fruits. body is thin. not a winner.

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 (9100) - 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 !


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