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


on tap

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RATINGS: 877   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.

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tomer (3517) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 1, 2008
0.5L bottle, clear copper red colour, quite beautiful. Small stable fluffy head that lasts for a while. strong and dominant aroma of hops with whiffs of herbs and tea, some sour bread notes acompanying. Taste is very bitter withy almost no sweetness whatsoever, also sour bread and barnyard aromas. Aftertaste is also dominated by strong bitterness with touches of sourness.

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Shared w/ SkyCop32. Picked up at Maruhn Getränke in Darmstadt. Pours a nice golden orange color. Aromas of floral and fruit. Flavor toasty malt, hop bitterness with a slight hint of citrus.

jfb (6256) - GERMANY - OCT 22, 2008
(bottle) pours a copper-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of roasted malts, light bread and bitter herbal hops. flavour is the same, with a more grainy quality. medium body and cabonation with a roasted-bitter finish.

Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2008
this beer tasted too astrigent for me, the aroma reminded me of sweet tea, it bites off strong but the rest is unpleasnt licorice and a bit woody. it is possible I got a bad batch.

Muggus69 (2493) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2008
Notes from old review... Served at cellar temperature in Duvel glass. Nice big sweet aroma; biscuity, nutty toffee and a tad of citrus hop. Clean bronze body with creamy white head atop with lace. Rich full body. Biscuity malts, notes of toffee, hop flavour lifts at the end. Finish lingers a bit, reasonably bitter. Tasty drop this one.

tlind2 (1720) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2008
500 ml bottle. Deep copper color, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Bitter flavor with some metallic notes and a touch of cured wood.

esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2008
Bottled. Copper to amber coloured beer. Pours with a rich, floffy and a bit cloudy head that leaves very nice lacing. Hoppy aroma has fruits (apricot, water melon), pine and resin hops and some floral notes. Malts are caramel sweetish. Flavor is dominated by the pine-like bitterness and balanced with some malty sweetness. The finish is long and quite straightforward: bitter without notable fruity aromas. Palate is medium bodied, soft carbonated and in the finish sticky bitter.

MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle at EBF08. Weak nutty aroma. The flavour is malty and nutty, quite round. Roasted hint in the finish. Clear chestnut colour.

skortila (5873) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2008
Aroma has some malts and hops. Not very strong. Clear, copper-brown coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is sweet, malty with more hopbitter in the end. Touch of butter. Not really special.

MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Yeah, quite enjoyable, a mixture of sweetness and bitterness in this bottled beer, Indeed i enjoy it and would suggest other bitter fans would too. Nice enough.

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