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


on tap

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RATINGS: 875   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.

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Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Bottle. Reddish brown color with an off-white head. Aroma: Lightly roasted malt, fruit, wood, english hops, caramel and sweet fruit. Flavor: Lightly roasted malt, fruitiness, wood, nuts, caramel, butter, grassy/herbal english hops and actually a bit of alcohol. Light to medium body.

OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2008
500 ml bottle. Two-finger dense beige head over a clear, plain brown colored body. Pleasant nutty malt aroma with toffe/caramal and some fruity and mild hoppy notes. Taste is almost full malty, has a sweet inviting caramel flavor, properly mixed with refined bittering hops. Fruity tones. Good body. LIngering malty-bitter end. Harmonious and moreish.

AndrewC (376) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
This is one of those beers that has a reputation attached. You know the kind; the ones that people tell hushed stories about around camp fires. Well maybe if I were in front of a roaring fire in an isolated old country pub on a pitch black night and the only other occupants were a three legged cat and a toothless old crone then just maybe I’d be allow myself to buy-into the reputation. However, I’m not. So to the beer... Rich mahogany coloured beer with an oaky resinous nose. Deep oak resins and red fruit-skin tannins dominate the body with a resinous raisiny bitter finish. Nice but not the stuff of legend.

Xev (10) - SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2008
Yup a very good ale, one of my favorites, it was this one that got me into to the ale family...

tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2008
500 ml bottle, bought at Sainsbury´s, Newhaven - shared with Roger. Brown color, big off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, fruit, hops. Flavor is fruity and fine sweetness, malt, hoppy bitternes.

sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 30, 2008
No 430
Rated: 10.06.2008
Bottle transparent (white), 500 ml
Appearance: Pours very clear, essential, strong tea like, deep amber body colour, body carbonation is mild, head is initially quite huge, slowly decreasing to medium, off - white, almost beige in colour, there is quite nice lacing on the wall of the glass.
Aroma: Juicy sweet - malty aroma with hints of carmelized malt, slightly burned malty touch, earthy English hops, aroma generally rather weak and faint but fresh, nice and inviting to drinking, slightly dark bready.
Flavour: Rusty metalic front with medium malty character, roasted malts and nice, well pronounced bitterness, very focused and essential in its earthyness, medium bodied, finish is average to long, some notes of orange at finish strenghtened by moderate alcoholic character on palate, tangy, chewy malts.
Palate: Body is medium, texture is smooth, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is lightly astringent.

iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2008
50cl, bottle. Darkish reddy brown colour. Overwhelming aroma of berries and a hint of roses. Not too bitter.

cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle at home ... copper ... light fruity cherry malt ... mettalic fruit malt ... bit dusty little dry hop.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pours light brown with a thin white head. Smells earthy with some rosey hints. Tastes slightly spicy with touches of sweet malt. Decent.

LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 2, 2008
Bravi bravi mi piace: Shepherd Neame si conferma un produttore molto onesto, e anche la sua Bishop’s Finger è stata capace di allietarmi la serata, farmi digerire e mettermi un bel sorrisone. Buono l’aroma molto floreale, buono il sapore con dignitosa presenza di luppolo; sì sì, mi va mi va... spero di poter assaggiare (con disimpegno) anche le altre: sono l’ideale per le serate in cui sto a casa e ho voglia di bere bene e tranquillo.

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