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

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RATINGS: 812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
malachite (16) - ENGLAND - APR 14, 2007
Bottled, UK Amber colour, pleasant hoppy aroma. Full bodied, soft aftertaste,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1096) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2007
A stunning lightly roasted malty flavour with citrus overtones. Nice head and good aroma. Good value.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Malty aroma with some hops. Light sweet flavour with caramel & soft citrus fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Absolutely smashing beer! Pronounced caramel flavours, fruity, hay-like notes. Full-bodied beer with nice lingering vanilla flavours. Fairly tart, decent bitterness. Dark malt flavour. Long finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13610) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Fruity aroma, hint of vanilla? Very nice. Nice copper color with a a beigeish head that laces lightly. Starts malty, goes a bit fruit, stronger malt comes on. The finish however seems semi-dry, and it is definitely bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2878) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Just bought a bottle, poured with a suddy head, sharp tasting with an almost blood orange colour, superb Very nice, well worth it **Note, I have had this many times since and will rerate soon**

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
Yum, yum. Worth its reputation - very hoppy, nice roasted malt flavours, lovely colour. Satisfying long dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2007
0,5l bottle Light small yellowish head, darkish (for ale) copper color. Aromas of banana and caramel. A little bit bitter and dry with lots of hops. A little bit dull ending.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
[220-20060303] 500mL. Earthy toast aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a few tiny bubbles and an off-white creamy head. Roasty-toasty malt flavour with some hoppy bitterness. Medium body, dry after. Nice but not fond of dryness after.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2007 I last had this more than ten years ago and you could for a brief time buy it here is Alberta. Must retry one day, adjusted rating September 28 2007. What a fucking light struck mess I hate clear botttles. Page 425 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide 252 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.


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