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

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RATINGS: 701   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.


Bretwalda's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, - JUN 18, 2012
Nothing satisfies me like a Bishops finger...or ten! At least in a Sheapered Neame pub anyway.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wojt0k (20) - Łódź, POLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Atrakcyjnie wyglądające klarowne bursztynowe piwo z początkowo ładną średniopęcherzykową pianą. Piana szybko znika ale zostawia ślad na szkle. Bardzo ładny orzeźwiający aromat obiecuje wiele, chmiel zdradza obecność goryczki. Za to z butelki niewiele przyjemnego aromatu. W smaku już trochę gorzej. Goryczka faktycznie wyczuwalna troche tak jakby to powiedzieć... mało goryczki ale intensywna. Piwo treściwe ale pijalne.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Coolmac (57) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 14, 2014
Beautiful amber with thin head. Caramel on the nose and the taste follows with more of the same. Nice bitterness. Good drink

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godfather50 (74) - SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Lovely balance in the beer between malt sweetness and bitter. Hops play a smaller part Thwnks I normwlly like. The malt is round and richer than pale. The ABV lets you know that you must respect this beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NallePalle (153) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
Can. Overall a decent bitter, somewhat more taste but less aroma compared to others in the category.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2014
This is a legendary brew and the aroma is sweet malty with notes of dark fruits and a slight touch of toffee or something like that. The taste follows up on the aroma, but in the aftertaste there’s some herbal touch or spiciness that I really can’t put my finger on. I was a little surprised actually, as I thought that it would be really boring, but it wasn’t. It’s a solid brew

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2926) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Oddbins. Appearance - amber and very bright. Nice head. Nose - caramel biscuits with ginger. Taste - more ginger biscuits with toffee all over them. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly decent finish, though I think it could handle being a touch more bitter. Overall - not bad, but could do with some more biscuit and hops bitterness on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (134) - - NOV 2, 2014
Cor acobreada e translúcida; espuma levemente bege de média formação e alta pestilência com excelente lacing; Aroma de caramelo, pão, nozes e um leve toque de frutas vermelhas; Sabor de pão e caramelo com bom amargor já no início, evoluindo para um amargor mais pronunciado no final; retrogosto amargo e seco com um toque de pão; Corpo leve e média carbonatação; excelente drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
christhoel (195) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Brown/Reddish beer with a frothy head, and a well carbonated appearance. The beer has the English style hopped aroma and flavor, but with this beer it is not too extreme which is why the beer flows smoothly and is overall a very pleasant drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvciek (180) - - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with tiny head. Aroma is mostly malty, nutty and caramel with some flowery/grassy hop notes. Creamy mouthfeel and balanced bitteress.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle of 50 cl. A nice aroma of roasted malt, with a lil bit of caramel in, reinforced with great amber orange colour. Little, light head. For the taste, we’re in front of a nice challenger, with a heavy bitter-sweet taste, which is followed by a nice, smoky palate. Great beer, go try it ! and Cheers !


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