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

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RATINGS: 670   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Cask at Pig and Wistle, Chignal Smealey. A full flavoured beer and also hops in evidence. A little unbalanced with the sweet bitterness. Needs to ferment further maybe.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
Soapy aroma with floral malt. Dark amer clear colour with good head and lacing. Sharp burnt bitter flavour with malt. Smooth gassy palate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2004
Amber color and a low sticky head. Toast and caramel tastes with some toffee. Quick light bitter that lingers. Odd balance but with a medium body.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Quickly disapearing head with a strong sour skunkish aroma that doesn’t carry over into the taste. Caramel malt flavor thin body with bitterness hops only. They need to add a little aroma hops to make this even better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is dark copper-red. The liquid is clear and the small foam is quite firm. The smell of this ale is somewhat sour, full of caramel, diacetyl and hops The body is surprisingly light for the great bitterness. There are clear flavours of diacetyl and caramel, although it is quite low on the sweetness. The carbon acid is mild, soft and short, probably due to the nitro-tap. Overall, the taste is simple and straightforward. There is some bitterness and butterscotch but it does its job - no more, no less. Its aftertaste is quite simple at first, but grows into a large amount of bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2004
Dark brown color, liveley carbonation, spare head. Malt bandaid nose. Roasted malt taste, kind of weak.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brberry (16) - USA - OCT 1, 2004
Good hoppy aroma, and a decent follow up in the taste. Carbonation is a little annoying, could use more hops in the flavor. Overall a good beer, didn’t see the great aromas everyone else talked of.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommythetank88 (1) - USA - SEP 28, 2004 does not count
SOMEWHAT OF A PEAR AND FRUIT TASTE. THE AROMA WAS VERY STRONG (IN THIS CASE NOT A BAD THING) I GOT A CARAMEL TASTE TO IT TOO.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2004
Strong and full of rich malt and hop flavours. I found this one very aromatic (especially compared with the shallow lagers I had tried previously). Woody, smoky, and molasses undertones.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2004
Bottled, 5.4% ABV. Not much aroma, just a little caramel and hops. Brown color, beige head, good lace. Light sweet, light hops, caramel. Bit smooth with a dry finish.


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