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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BA SCORE
83
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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001

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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 103
Photo of Sharpee1937
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy, smooth and fragrant.

Photo of Dandy-Andy
5/5  rDev +37%

My absolute favorite! I used to buy the Bishop for $5.00 a pint when I lived in Japan. Can't seem to find it here in the US though :(

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amber red in the glass with a decent two finger head that has slightly below average retention. The head dies to a lace cover and leaves some spotty lace in the glass but this is minimal and there is minimal CO2 activity in the glass.

Smell – The bouquet is very complex. There is a pleasant aroma of red fruit/berries including strawberry, raspberry and cherry. There is also a smell of roasted malts, treacle, raisin and prune. This is all rounded off by a very faint whiff of alcohol solvent.

Taste – This beer has a taste that is similar to the nose. There is a lovely roasted toffee/treacle taste running through the whole experience. The middle is dominated by fruity berry tastes similar to the smell; there is strawberry, raspberry, loganberry, blackberry, cherry and some prune. The back end of this beer is a wonderful bitter kick similar to coffee but earthier and sharper.

Mouthfeel – This beer is very creamy, and has a good full mouth feel and supports amazing linger.

Overall – This one is an absolute beast of a bitter! The sweet fruity front is balanced perfectly by the dark bitter back end and there is some depth to this I did not expect from a beer in a clear glass bottle. Sheperd Meame continue to surprise me.

Photo of jesusfgcadiz
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Great!

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An execellent british ale with a relatively strong bitter and full of flavours

Photo of chogm54
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-clear, chestnut brown. Pours a thin white head that fades quickly.

S- butterscotch, caramel malts, hint of dark fruits. great example of an English bitter.

T-roasted malts, golden syrup and hint of coffee. Nice strong choppy bitterness throughout.

M dry texture,medium body and carbonation, good aftertaste.

O. Really tasty beer, I'm impressed how much the bottled version tastes like on tap. Rich in malts and bitterness, yet very session able.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and beautiful copper color forming a medium and thin bubbled beige head. Medium retention and lots of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of caramel followed by citrus and flowery hops. Toffee and roasted malts. Fruity notes, a combination of grapefruit and grapes. Sweet bread and grass

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel and crystal malts followed by pleasant moderate hops bitterness. Strong notes of toffee. Citrus and grassy hops profile. Notes of grapefruit and red grapes. Finished by a dry and grassy bitterness

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Caramel bittersweet aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Very pleasant and easydrinking British Ale

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. This fine beer has the typical Kentish Ale-look with the golden/red-brown color. It’s quite easy to drink even though there is a lot of bitterness in it. Slight taste of some tangy butterscotch and toffee in the aftertaste makes the beer more pleasant to drink.

Photo of Tomais
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes:

Smells malty with blackcurrant and blackberry fruity notes.
Head fades. Mouthfeel was initially very fizzy - I could have poured it more aggressively; smooth once it settled a bit.

Taste: slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue, bitter hops towards back and side of mouth, fruits and berries on the middle of the tongue. Burps citrusy-marmaladey hops. This is a really well balanced beer - the tastes flow and merge and balance each other beautifully.
I loved it.

Photo of doktorhops
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How this one stayed off my radar for so long [I love a good pint of English Bitter] I'll never know, but there it is: a pint of Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger... it even sounds like a saucy sacrilegious poke at the ecclesiastical order. And we all know how much I love a good beer label euphemism mixing with satire, and beer... Ok as it turns out I looked at the back label of this beer and the name is disappointingly innocuous "It takes its name from the finger-shaped signposts which pointed pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas a Becket in Canterburys"... Poo.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear Jersey caramel body with a boisterous beige foam on top. This screams of a classic Kentish Bitter, Oi!

S: Toasted toffee base upfront, followed by caramel notes and a nice earthy hop finish. There is a slight fruitiness in the hops as well - lemon.

T: Tasty toasted toffee biscuit toasts its way tracing a tantalising dance across my taste buds. Classic English Bitters are generally a malt/hops balancing act and this ale is no different. With flavours of; toffee, caramel, earthy and citric hops finished with a tea-like tannin in the finish. Tastes as English pub as an ale can get really.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D: As English as shepherds pie and a Friday night biff-up followed by some hard slapper shagging/snogging. This brew really takes me back to my jaunt across the capital 'U' capital 'K', with memories of working menial jobs for little pay which all got spent on rent, beer and food, ahhh, those were the days. Anyway reality, you big douche, time to be in the present and presently this is a decent English ale, not the best, nothing like a Citra, St Peter's or Pride of Oxford, but nonetheless a good drop.

Food match: Traditional English fare: shepherds pie and a Friday night biff-up followed by some hard slapper shagging/snogging... and crumpets.

Photo of safaricook
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this at a visit to my first Irish pub in years at the Moynihans on Madeira.
It was served in the Bishops finger Pint glass and drunk on the breezy terrace with the ocean in view.

Offwhite creamy head that left substatial lacing and reduced slowly to a rim. Body is a clear amber with not much bubbles to mention.
Nose is a flowery English hop, caramel and sweet cherries. Nice!
Taste follows nose with the hops being more resinous and piney. And this addictive caramel flavor.
Body is medium and a bit flat but suits the style though not being English, I miss my bubbles.
Overall a really good example of the style that differs from the Fuller's ESB by the flowery hops. It seems I love this style.

Photo of Kevichella
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured it from the bottle into a pint glass and it is a deep, dark copper with a large frothy head that reduced fairly quickly, leaving a little constant ring.

Smell: Smells chocolatey and rich, though not too strong

Taste: Tastes like chocolate and nut

Feel: Feels both smooth and fizzy at the same time when held in the mouth. My tongue started to tingle.

Photo of Graphirus
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours deep copper with a small off.white head that don not stay longer. Small lacing

S - Moderate maltiness, some hops notes and fruity esters.

T - Medium bitterness that stays for long. Maltiness is evident with some notes of caramel.

M - In the mouth feels medium-bodied, Medium carbonation

O - A very good Strong Bitter with the right amount of bitterness to make it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with three fingers of fluffy head with short retention, but leaving laces.
Light aroma of English noble hops, caramel and malt sweetness.
Flavor of English hops, caramel malt, nuts and currants with hints of pepper and minerals. Bitter than what I expected which is welcome. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very flavorful beer, balancing malt sweetness with a pleasant bitterness. Not overly complex, but it is assertive.

Photo of Geert
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: nice brown colour, very clear. Small head which lasts.
S: Low in aroma, some dark malt. I'm thinking I smell some Brett.
T: Nice toffee malt. Fairly bitter.
M: Quite dry, highly carbonated for an English ale.
O: Misses something in aroma and taste/mouthfeel could be fuller.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber; clear; frothy, beige, long-lasting head

Aroma: Slight dried fruit; malt; light floral hops

Taste: Peppery hops and juicy malt on start; sweet, malty fruity on mid; dry and hoppy on finish

Remarks: Very refreshing and well balanced

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of jonb5
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Brown, small off white head, clear.

S: The malt used for this really reminded me of the malt used in some beers from Bamberg, had a real malty sharpness. There were also notes of slightly sour fruits.

T: Burnt caramel which was balanced out by some bitterness, had hints of wheat and dark chocolate. Possibly some Fuggles hop.

M: Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: Fairly wintery, not a bad ESB but not the best.

Photo of djura
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found it in Romania.

A - Very beautiful amber to cherry red color. One finger foam lasting few minutes. Lots of bubbles staying couple of minutes.
S - To be honest,didn't feel nothing written on the bottle. Mostly fine pale aromas.
T/M - It is high bitter,and that is ok,but it is to much carbonated. Tick,caramel taste.

O - Above average,fine ale.

Photo of Radome
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle bought in England.

A - Deep copper color, orange highlights. Brilliant clarity. Bone colored head piles 1 inch high and is fluffy, then fades to thick sheet with serious lacing.

S - Aroma is full of earthy English hops, but somehow they don't come across as fresh. Nothing else makes it through.

T - Taste is a mix of light bready malt and earthy hops. Not overly complex. The hops only provide light to moderate bitterness, yet somehow they seem a bit harsh. There is a metallic note that detracts at first, then disappears.

M - Medium body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Low hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - A forgettable beer. Other than appearance, I don't think anything about it stands out from the crowd.

Photo of ToppyBeerMaster
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown hue, dark fruit nose, sweet sultanas, dates, slightly rough upfront, caramel, toffee in the middle, strong tasting, slight bitter aftertaste, full bodied dark beer.

Typical english ale, similar style and feel to other Shepard Neame beers. Would be best enjoyed on a cold pommy day served slightly chilled to bring out the flavour of the beer.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me level with you

I'm not a huge fan of Bishops finger, not drank it in years.
Bottle was on offer thought I'd give it another chance.

Very brandy looking shade for the body big brash white frothy head.

Rich aroma heavy on the hops with hints of figs and sweaty dockers.

Quite a bitter peppery taste, starts very dry malt then goes right into a bitter harsh aftertaste too soon, I think on cask it would deliver a little more depth.

Okay mouthfeel and good carbonation makes an easy drinking beer that's easy to find though a little dull but decent.

Photo of flyingpig
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Brown mahogany coloured with with a bubbly, slightly off-white head that is about a thumb width tall and has excellent retention, staying for several minutes. The beer is still and has great clarity.

A nut aroma with some lighter malts and even fainter caramel. It is sort of earthly smelling and to be honest it's not the strongest smelling beer in the world.

A bread and malt flavour with an earthy, nutty flavour to it and a little caramel. It isn't great but it's a drinkable, sadly not one that stands out against the crowd.

Medium with a smooth, mildly carbonated feel to it. The mouthfeel is pretty good on this beer, shame the taste couldn't quite match it.

Easy to drink and good on the palate but not the greatest tasting or smelling beer in the world. To be honest I was expecting a lot more from this beer than it actually delivered.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cristal clear copper amber color with a tan one finger head that persists for a short while. Retention is good and above average. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is bready, toasty malts, caramel and toffee. Not overly complex but still good.

Taste begins malty with toasted grain, caramel and toffee. A slight roasted character contributes a little to add bitterness but towards the end the earthy hops really kick in bringing way more bitterness and good balance to the toffee-like malt notes.

Body is medium leaning towards low. Carbonation is high, maybe a bit too high. Finishes dry due to hop bitterness/astringency with a boost from the carbonation.

Overall a nice ESB with a fairly simple but well done malt bill balanced by the right amount of hops. It does lack more depth in the malt department and the carbonation could be lower to enhance the other flavors.

Photo of seanyfo
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured into standard uk pint sleeve

BBE May 2012

A- chestnut brown body with excellent clarity. Tan head is a rocky 2 finger that reduces to a sustained thin layer over time with good lacing/legs.

S- chestnuts, some toasted malts with a hint of toffee sweetness

T- toasted malts up front, slightly astringent with a very subtle sweeter malt hint. Hop bitterness comes through eventually in the finish.

M- carbonation is a bit too high, medium body.

D- definitely doesnt have enough sweeter richer malts on the palate to balance the toastier malts and hop bitterness and therefore be a top ESB. Carbonation also just a bit too high and that takes away from the smooth feel you want from the style.

Photo of LeathChuinn
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50ml bottle and served at room temperature in a half pint glass.

A: A reddish amber colour with a 1 and a half finger off-white, fluffy head. Decent amount of lacing to the glass.

S: Aroma is mild, malty and with a hint of caramel and damp grass.

T: Definite tastes of caramelised malts and chocolate malts with a taste of chocolate resins, nuts and a fruity finish.

MF: Smooth and light carbonated. Lingering bitter finish.

O: Very drinkable.

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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.