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


on tap

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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13846) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Draught (not cask, no yeast)
Copper brown, good creamy off-white head, some lace. Oaky hoppy, a bit honeyish aroma. Flowery, oaky hoppy bitter flavor. Medium-bodied. From fresh tap this is ok session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3461) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2006
Pours a clear brown with a tanned head. Nice lacings. Strong hoppy smell. Medium sweetness with some caaramel aromas. Lots of hoppy sourness. Medium bodied. Dry hoppy finish. Boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
Allmost identical to Newcastle Brownale bu a bit darker and more aromate...definetly recommended

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Euro lager aroma with some malt sweetness evident. Crystal clear reddish amber with an average-sized rootbeer float-like off-white head. Excellent, picture perfect lace. Has some good body and bite in the aftertaste. Somewhat like a red wine, mellows a bit a few minutes after pouring. Dougy qualities. Reminds me somewhat of a German helles. As an ESB, this is much dryer than Fullers ESB. Unique bottle shape for a beer; the wide body and thin, long neck cause a "glug, glug" sound as it is being poured. A gift from a buddy of mine who got it in Ontario (Toronto, I believe). I will agree with him that it has some considerable favorable qualities. Although I prefer my ESBs with a little more sweetness, Bishops Finger nearly is able to make me forget about that.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unibaren (154) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2006
75 cl. bottle - Restrained citrus hop aroma - but not bad. Nice amber colour, ok head, but a clear bottle can not be good for the beer. Flavour is sweet malted with a bit of caramel- and roasted flavours and a lot of hop bitterness. Nice ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Pours a nice amber colour. With decent white head. Good balance. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chevboy (37) - Millgrove, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
beautiful deep copper colour with an offwhite head that remains for the entire drink. Quite bitter at the start, then it retreats to a slighty fruity and hoppy. Very nice malt flavour. A great aftertaste is left behind. Best beer i have had in some time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
Small, offwhite head; brown body. Nutty, earthy aroma, with sweetish malt notes. Powerfully nutty taste, quite bitter. Ends in dry, sharp aftertaste. Roasty, pine needle notes linger. Nice, although a bit one-dimensional, and perhaps a bit too agressive for the lack of complexity. (Bottle.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3173) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle 500 ml: Nun’s delight : Big, off-white, foamy long lasting head. Nice amber colour. Lovely hoppy, fruity and flowerish aroma. Malt, caramel, citrus and tasty hops in the flavour. Medium body. Long dry and sweet/bitter finish. A very enjoyable ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Beaútiful, deep, reddish copper - clear and filtered - with a decent, off-white head. Appears very bitter at first, but things are levelled out by some very smooth and tasty caramel malt. 270201

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