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


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RATINGS: 690   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2221) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
bottle. copper body, fluffy white head. sweet malty aroma with notes of bread. rich malty body, cookie-malts. some chocolate in the bitter finish. average ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2005
Ruby brown with a decent cloudy head, no lacing. Strong malt presence in the nose, a bit fruity, some Weiss-style espers (bubblegum) at first. Thin carbonation but fairly full-bodied. Malts at first and pleasant bitterness, but lingering, highly aggressive hops in finish is too much for my tastes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1417) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2005
For a pasteurised ESB, this is fairly good - if you can get past that ’boiled vege’ aroma. Poured a clear (pasteurised) amber colour with a 1cm tan head. Good head retention and some lace. Hoppy aroma has toffee-like malt, some stone fruit and faint woody notes. However, it’s undermined by that distinctive pasteurised boiled vegetable smell. Medium-bodied, with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a dry, chocolatey bitter finish. The palate is the best thing about it. Flavour is satisfyingly bitter, with some chocolate notes and boiled lollies in there. (500ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Nice fancy 500ml clear bottle put a Dark copper-brown ale in My pint glass. Modest head but good lacing...fairly pungent aromas of fruit ( apricot) over a musty burlap undertone. Good malt spine of caramel malts upfront but it is quickly balanced off by resinous pine-like hops that continue to get increasingly bitter until the finish where they leave a lasting metalic after taste....this is a quality bitter but these styles of ale are not my favorite so that bias may explain my overall rating....it reflects my impression that this brew has nothing unique to distinguish itself in this style.

   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 (2927) - 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 (2049) - 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 (4230) - 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 (10481) - 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.

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