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


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RATINGS: 865   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theread (58) - Wagga Wagga, - JUN 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2010 Malty sweetness with a dry hop bitterness in this ale. I cant get it where I live so I have to travel 140 kms to the nearest next large town to buy it at a large liquor chain. It is well worth the trip each and every time. Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thejackpacker (380) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2017
Can from systembolaget, stersund. Aroma of pineapple (weirdly enough) but very strong for me. Taste is thick grass / hay, chestnuts, big alcohol (vodka) hit. Very cosy and yummy I must say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saintbase (680) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAY 22, 2017
Greetings from Bydgoszcz, Poland to all Beer Geeks and Hopheads around the world!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinivini (2074) - Gomel, BELARUS - MAY 8, 2017
Clear copper ale, moderate well-lacing head. Sweet caramel, biscuit, floral hops and a hint of butter on nose. Similar taste. Hoppy enough. Dry spicy finish. A good ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matoss (69) - Warszawa Ursus, POLAND - APR 21, 2017
W aromacie słody, karmel, lekka ziołowość. Kolor jasny, klarowne, ładne, bez piany. W smaku karmel, słody, na finiszu pojawia się nieco goryczki.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (2159) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2017
Old tasting notes. Orange color topped by a huge rocky tan head. Nice toffee-like malt aroma. Delicious toasted malt flavor with a big dose of bitter hops to boot. Quite tasty and flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (1062) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Eh Ive had better ESBs but this was alright I suppose. Slightly skunky aromas consisting of wet leaves, cereal, caramel and some toffee. Flavors mostly consist of caramel, toffee and some nuts. Pours a beautiful brown color with a frothy khaki-colored head. Fairly light-bodied with some malty chewiness at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodsquad (205) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2017
Bottle as gift. Pours clear, ruby brown with foamy beige head. Aromas of honey, toffee apple and feint whiff of farmyard. Flavours follow nose but with big, bittering earthy hops in attendance. It has a soft, smooth palate with moderate carbonation. A strong and smooth ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (5700) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2017
Flaske delt med Steven p indisk restaurant i Fortis Green: klar og dyp rdlig kobberfarge med eksemplarisk skum. En fyldi og god esb i beste engelske stil, preget av god malt og lokale, klassiske humler. Fruktig og med gode jordtoner. En god match til mltidet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marian1990 (458) - Gdynia, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Zakupione chyba w Lidl data waznosci: 07-2017 Aromat: pierwszy niuch i skunks, ktory psuje wszystko. Dalej czerwone jablko, karmel, moze troche tofii, biszkopt bardzo slaby gdzies tam w tle, lekka nutka miodowa. Wyglad: bursztynowe klarowne , piana bia?a drobne i srednie pecherze, pozostaje nawet dlugo, oblepia szklo Smak: lekko slodkawe, zaznaczona ziolowa goryczka, troche dluga. Odczucie w ustach: wysycenie do?? wysokie, raczej lekkie, brakuje troche ciala. Ogolnie: takie sobie, no i niezbyt udana warka.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GriZZZly (172) - - FEB 20, 2017
Ar: Intensywna slodowosc, baaardzo karmelowo, dobra palonosc, dobra intensywnosc, dosc slodko, karmel dominuje. Nuta dobrego alkoholu, lekko nawet barleywineowa/whiskaczowa. Wyg: Ciemno bursztynowe, z lekka rubinowoscia, piana cienka, gruboziarnista, szybko sie do ringu przy szkle redukuje, metnawe. Sm: Wysycenie srednio-niskie, dominuje palonosc, troche puste i wodniste, slodowosc lekko palona dominuje, wyrazne nuty karmelowe. Dobre, pijalne, ale stanowczo zbyt pustawo. Pos: Slodowa palonosc, mila, bardzo delikatna palona goryczka, dosc dluga.

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