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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BA SCORE
83
good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001)
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 100 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Englands oldest brewery poured a bownish color with minimal head,kind of a funky smell almost skunked and a little musty.Taste is slightly fruity with some dryness in the finish,pretty drinkable but nothing spectacular.It's still nice to find ales from the island across the pond.

oberon, Jun 14, 2003
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

beerhunter13, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Imaster, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ant1, May 09, 2014
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

innominat, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

stephenlee, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Jan 2011. This is ale with a pedigree - the label proclaims Shepherd Neame as Britain's oldest brewer (from 1698).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep ruby-brown colour with good carbonation. A thick, creamy off-white head tops the liquid and remains for 5 minutes or so before dissipating to a surface film. A rich aroma of roasted malt and caramel, with notes of hops and a hint of burning. A whiff of alcohol.

A strong malty flavour with good bitterness. Slightly sweet with caramel notes, but mostly a distinctive roasted flavour tempered by hops as you swallow. A warming hint of alcohol on the palate. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated and mildly astringent, leaving a dry sensation. Aftertaste of bitter hops and malt.

Highly drinkable. This is probably my favourite ale from Shepherd Neame, and is the beer that springs to mind when someone mentions strong English ale. A good flavour makes it an drink for all seasons. Worth seeking out.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -18%

Keegan, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of TheBrk
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

TheBrk, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think its Ok, but its a bit smelly. The body is thin, but theres some nice flavours of citrus, roasty chocolate in there, i think its OK, but theres better stuff from the mother country.

rastaman, Apr 04, 2002
Photo of Boffone
3/5  rDev -18%

Boffone, May 13, 2014
Photo of sloejams
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Heathrow Airport in London. The Wetherspoon Restaurant in Terminal 4 has 4-5 beers on cask and proudly hangs the Cask Marque at the entrance. Pours a turbid amber color topped with a few bubbles. The flavor is textbook English Bitter – toasty malts, low hop presence. I enjoyed.

I wish LAX had places like this to grab a pint.

sloejams, Feb 14, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tux_alin, Nov 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

MaevaS, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golding hops, great hoppy aroma. Some barley initially. Pale copper colour with lace and aestheticly pleasant transparent bottle (keep out of sunshine!) Drying, tad metallic. Understated carbonation. Drinkable but a 500 ml. for 3 is more than enough.

Sammy, May 26, 2005
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

beerinabottle, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The nun's delight! Clear, bright amber with a reddish tint and a creamy head. (The aroma is slightly skunky). The body is moderately light with a gentle carbonation. The flavor is assertive with a strong malt presence and an assault of hops. The hops win out in the finish, leaving it dry and long lasting. Though it's not a very complex ale, it is full of bold malt and hop. An excellent beer to pair with English cheeses.

NeroFiddled, Aug 10, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mick_cooper, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Ciocanelu, May 24, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of surfadelic23
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask at a pub in Bath. It was a solid ale but a little on the uninspired side. It had a dark reddish color with an off-white head. It's smell packed way more of a wallop that the taste as it was rather full-bodied. Overall, the is a good bitter and very easy to drink. If I ever see it on cask in America, I'll definitely have this again!

surfadelic23, Feb 21, 2006
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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.