caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Gorbalev (2926) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.....
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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!
Aurelius (4197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
imdownthepub (10325) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, Platinum Edition, Pasteurised. Dark amber beer with no head. Hash, flat tinny beer, over carbonated. A very poor sample.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Geiserich (3391) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity aroma, malty, sherry notes. Light brown color. Light bodied, fruity, malty and sourly. Then a quite dry and bitter finish. A bit light and quite bitter.
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Aug, 2003 Bishops Finger is a decent ale. From first gulp to last swallow it always pleases and delights. It invites you to sit down and relax, and gently encourages you to take another pint. Not a session beer, but a pint to enjoy. [3.2]
Sept, 2004 A smooth and delicious ale - some fruit and chocolate notes. Mild hops. One of my favourite premium ales. [3.6]
March, 2011 A smooth ale with some barleysugar notes. Hops gradually emerge. Pleasant, but felt somewhat lacklustre when compared with Abbot. [3.1],br>
June, 2012 Chocolate notes and rough tobacco hops on a flat pale malt. Hmmm. [2.7]
joergen (20847) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Redbrown colour with a small yellowish head.
Malty flavour with notes of caramel and hops.
Hoppy flavour with notes of caramel and malt.
stouby (3737) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Bottle, at Winn.
Brown with large light brown head. Light malty, moderate hoppy with pine-notes. Bitter flavor, long duration.
To bitter in my opinion.