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


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RATINGS: 846   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 UKs 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 brewerys own artesian mineral water.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (3985) - Velp, - OCT 8, 2012
Clear ligy rubcy olor with brownish bubbly foam head, lacing to glass. Aroma is malty, barley with some light caramel. Nice bitter taste with some sweet sugary taste as well. Aftertaste is turning nice bitter. (Barnsley 201210)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SonOfAnarchy (146) - ST HELENA - NOV 30, 2016
500 ml bottle. Dark amber (the label calls it "chestnut brown") body, pale cream-colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, dried fruit. Taste is sweet, moderately bitter, with flavors of roasted malts, caramel and some dried fruit. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
u3pyg (22) - BULGARIA - NOV 28, 2016
500ml bottle. Very nice beer overall. Taste of caramel, and english hops. Good bitterness. Good head and lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nurmis (473) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2016
0,5l bottle from a tesco. Pours brown. Full bodied. Caramel and toffee with some floral hops. Nice smooth bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VueltaBirrista (58) - Murcia, SPAIN - OCT 21, 2016
Tiene un tono marrn rojizo y su espuma es color beige. Huele a tostados y caramelo. Su sabor tiene matices dulces a fruta incluso algo de chocolate al principio y remata amarga.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (2198) - 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 (890) - 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 (185) - 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 (245) - 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 (161) - 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 (299) - 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!

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