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


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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.

hens' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hens (736) - Tallinn, Estonia, - NOV 16, 2012
0.5l bottle. Sweet caramel,hops aroma. Medium bitter, fuity tofee palate. Enjoyable. Nice bitter taste and soft caramel finish. Dark brown, reddish color with small white hat. Good evening beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (2050) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2016
440ml can from Systembolaget. Clear mahogany, several small bubbles in glass, slightly tanned head, some lacing. Caramel aroma, toasted malt, toffee, plums and earthy. Sharp carbonated, fizzy mouthfeel. Malty roasted taste, toffee, biscuits, nutty, plum, bitter sweet orange and red grapes. Earthy and woody bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phfyysik (768) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2016
Pours caramel brown with creamy off-white long lasting head. Aroma is caramel, toasted bread, dried fruits, some malts, toffee, cream. Taste is dark berries, caramel, toffee, nuts, some cream, oil, raisins. Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ndburns (175) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2016
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours a clear amber brown with a medium off-white head. Aromas are caramel and bready malt, some floral hoppiness. Taste is sweet and malty, somewhat metallic. Slightly bitter and hoppy at the finish, but metallic tinges.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartholos (243) - GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle. Amber colored with a orange hue, clear and with medium smooth tan head. Caramel and toffee in the nose along with some citrus, cookies a floral touch. Light sweet in the beginning, pleasently bitter in the middle and the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a foamy mouthfeel. There is a slight alcoholic warmth in the finish that grows into the aftertaste and stays for a while. Flavor is mostly malty, caramel and cookies however well bedded in the bitter taste, and with a light floral and citrus note, as well as a slight peppery touch. Aftertaste is medium, warm and bitter dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PKrzysztof (144) - POLAND - SEP 4, 2016
PL: Miedziane, klarowne. Piana brudnoszara, duża. W miarę szybko schodzi. W zapachu karmel, orzech, tytoń. W smaku orzechowe, karmelowe, mocno przyprawowe. Do tego także owocowe. Smaki tutaj tańczą ze sobą, naprawdę przyjemnie. Standardowo niskie wysycenie, nawet treściwe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (259) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - SEP 2, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2016 Pours clear deep amber with a medium lasting beige head; nice lacing. Herbal and spicy hop notes on top followed by toast, biscuit, nuts, some caramel. Mellow bitterness leads the taste accompanied by light sweetness and and lighter sourness. Medium carbonation and body. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blueshawk (386) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2016
- durchsichtig braune Farbe mit guter feinporiger Schaumbildung - nussig-malziges Aroma - Carbonisierung etwas zu hoch - geschmacklich dominiert dann die Hopfenbitternis verbunden mit einem leicht holzigen – aber nicht unangenehmen - Aroma - man braucht schon ein paar Schluck um sich an dieses Bier zu gewöhnen - auch der Abgang verbleibt unverändert bitter-nussig, allerdings schleicht sich jetzt eine gewisse Wässrigkeit ein Fazit: Ein Bier, welches einer gewissen Eingewöhnungszeit bedarf

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Estebanik (775) - Lublin, POLAND - AUG 26, 2016
Piana całkiem bujna. Raczej gruboziarnista, choć stosunkowo trwała. Szczątkowo zdobi szkło. Aromat ciasteczkowy, może minimalnie trawiasty. W smaku ciasteczkowe z nieco ściągającym, trawiastym finiszem. O dziwo wydaje się momentami nieco alkoholowe. Fajnie pełne. Klasyczne angielskie piwo, sięgam po nie niemal zawsze jeżeli pojawia się w lidlu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2016
A light fruity aroma, malty, light bitter, quite nice. The small beige fizzy head disappears fast, the body is dark red. A bitter and malty taste with a long finish. The body is light to medium strong, creamy and dry with a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
I_LUV_BEER (196) - - AUG 20, 2016
Served in a shaker from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear ruby amber colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toast, some grassy notes. Taste is slightly dry bitter with toffee and nutty notes, a hint of vanilla in the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth, interesting, complex enough to enjoy and yet not too complex to stop you from reaching for another one straight away. Excellent stuff!

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