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

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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2010
Pours a amber color with a small head that fades to a nice lace. Aroma of floral caramel malt and a bit of chocolate. Caramel citrus hop flavor. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Very nice brew. I’ll for sure have more.

3.3
thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Hyltebruk.
Pours lovely clear pale chestnut. Fine, frothy, off-white head with fine duration. Aroma has toasted caramel, light fruity, some apple, subdued grassy bitterness. Small bubbles, prickly carbonation. Flavour has toasted caramel, mild roasted hints, some berries and apple. Slight metallic edge, but also a fírm, grassy bitterness. A good, classic ESB.

3.2
Travlr (26433) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From notes. Bottle. Clear golden color with a medium white head and good lacing. Aroma of licorice and floral hops. Flavor is bittersweet with light spice. Thin body.

3.1
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Clear coppery amber pour with a short beige head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is fruity and malty with notes of caramel, apple, pear and nuts, with a hint of dark fruit. Flavour is more malty, with the caramel, nut and wood notes standing out, but there is still a noticeable hop presence giving it some fruitiness and a bit more bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with moderate to low carbonation and a shortish bitter finish. Not a bad ESB overall although it is a little on the boring side.

2.8
Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle, 1999-04-20 one of the first non international beers that I tasted, become boring (for me) a couple of years ago especially when it’s gone "folköl" i.e. 3,5%!

3.3
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2009
A clear amber colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of hopbitters with mals and fruits. The tastet of bitterhops, malty caramel. There are fruits and sweetness. The aftertaste is dry with bitter and a little sweet.

3.3
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - OCT 14, 2009
50cl bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber brown with half finger off-white head. Aroma is malty with a touch of caramel and toffee. Flavor is very smokey. Strong hops also and maybe some dark fruit. Short finish is bitter. Nice beer that would pair well with a grilled steak.

2.8
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Faintly metallic, sharp fruity bitter.This lacks the richness, or body, of the cask version and, obviously, has more carbonation. As it lost some of the chill though, the flavour developed and improved.

3.2
gunnfryd (15513) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma isfruit, malt, apple, hop. Flavour is fruit, malt, apple, hop, caramel. Medium to full body. Pleasent beer.

3.4
KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle. Medium brown to darkish amber. Low head. Malty aroma, a touch sour, smoky, sweet too, with caramel and a touch of dark fruits. Flavor: medium rich malt, caramel, tabacco, pears, citrus fruits. A touch sweet, with sour notes and good hops. Finish dry smokey, tabacco, light malty, woody. Slightly whiskey-like. Hops not terribly strong, but linger a long time. Relatively light body, low carbonation. Interesting and very nice. Light and not really full flavor, subtle.


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