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


on tap

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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
LCBO bottle. A citrus taste and a mild bitterness, detected a slight taste of alcohol and a pleasent hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2006
Clear nut brown with a large pillowy head that didn’t last but left a bit of lacing. Some creamy toffee on the aroma, which comes through on tasting as sweet. This sweetness is compensated with some bitterness, but the flavour just seems a little bit bodyless - shallow and sharp. Moderately lasting aftertaste. Ok, but it’s just suffering from the pasteurisation like lots of others unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StueyD (1438) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2006
A dark, amber, brown beer with a strong, off white head. A distinctly toasted malty nose, with a citrusy, orange-like finish. The taste is dry, rich, with the toasted malt notes again. There is a citrusy element in the flavour towards the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2006
Keg @ Pig & Whistle, Stockholm
Served freezing cold with plenty of carbon dioxide. No head, some maltiness, and butterscotch in taste followed by a sharp bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
500mL clear bottle from LCBO, thankfully not skunked. Pours to a dark amber with a large off-white head that fades in a few minutes, but leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Slightly floral aroma. Tastes of dry malt and a touch of fruitiness, well-balanced with the hops. Low carbonation, mouthfeel is rich but slightly flat. Overall, a good beer, but will be appreciated more if you don’t drink it every day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1068) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Poured a dark and clear red body with a thick head. The aroma is earthy, with hints of oak, hops, roasted maltand cookies. The taste is roasted malts with a lot of hops, this is quite bitter, but it has a lot of hops aroma and oak. The aftertaste is a long lasting bitterness. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2006
I used to get this brew in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I drank it all the time. That was back in the 90’s. Not sure if it’s still available out there. I remeber it had a solid malt base with a bitter finish. Well carbonated and ballanced. Beautiful deep amber. A great brew worthy of everyday consumption. I still wear my Bishop Fingers T-shirt to this day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2006
Bottle 12/07/2001 Amber coloured sweet on the palate and strong in alcohol. Slightly bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Off-white creamy and long lasting head. Lovely dark red clear body. Flavor of berries. Smooth bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quevillon (2661) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
D’une bouteille. Pas trop amère, mais pas beaucoup de saveur. Très légé goût caramel et de meil. Passable.

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