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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BA SCORE
83
good

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of wickerman1
5/5  rDev +36.2%

wickerman1, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Wservati
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Wservati, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely a classic English ale. Beautifully balanced malt and hop profile with a bit of an alcohol nip.

John, Sep 25, 2001
Photo of Bierschenker
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brought this along from Ireland.

This beer was consumed in a Pint glass.
The colour is a beautiful copper brown.
On top a nice creamy head with mediate bubbles.
The scent is very pleasant, hop and malt. Sometimes the most basic elements form the greatest dish. No carbonation present.
The taste is as superb in simplicity as the scent. Malt, hops and slight yeast.
The mouthfeel is watery and creamy at the same time.
The aftertaste gives more hop bitterness and some lemonpeel.

I am convinced!

Bierschenker, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%

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. (4.5)

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. (4.8)

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. (4.8)

Mouthfeel – This beer is very creamy, and has a good full mouth feel and supports amazing linger. (4.5)

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 (4.6)

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of putnam
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gator-skin pattern of cream-colored foam crusted onto the sides of the glass and onto the surface of the redwood-brown liquid.
The smell of this beer is alluring. Deep twisted knots of polished caramel and seasoned oak revolve around a respectable load of charred green hops.
Dry ale. Creamy, viscous texture though. Little expolsions of water-filled caramel toast. Branchy, papery dryness is assertive and rules on the finish.
A stylistic mid-point between London Pride and Anchor Liberty perhaps.

putnam, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of Daredevil
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful pour gives a firm long lasting head (almost as in a belgian abbey brew) ... smell is exceptional well matured hops with hints of banana ... the taste is matching the expectations of the bouquet, offering some charcoal grilled tomatos paired with mango chutney and rye bread in the palate ... quite exotic ... a very interesting example of a strong ale ...

Daredevil, Mar 09, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Tipper27, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of jesusfgcadiz
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Great!

jesusfgcadiz, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of olibeer22
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

olibeer22, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of OrangeWillis
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

OrangeWillis, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Rayman68, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of eric5bellies
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bobardier Conical Pint Glass.

A - Pours a rich redish copper colour with an off white head that retains well and laces.

S - Aromas are well defined malts, burnt caramel and grains.

T - Some very nis flavours of toffee and carmel malts. The finish is long and flavoursome.

M - So smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation.

D - This is a top ranking English ale of the highest order, it has everything that you could need.

eric5bellies, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shepherd and Neame a long-time champion of English beer. A pleasant surprise to find it represented in that least likely of venues, Heathrow Airport, amidst the overpriced chique boutiques and fast food. From the cask, a slightly turbid amber, moderate head fairly sudsy. Reasonable malty, fruity aroma. On the palate, mild dry bitterness, with good body - the higher alcohol shows - some malty, fruity flavours provide some complexity and interest.

An excellent parting shot.

AylwinForbes, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Globetrotter
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this review should probably be taken in the context of the three pretty horrible Russian beers I had before finally cracking this open. My, what a refreshing change! Even the clear glass bottle didn't seem to effect the situation as I poured this beautiful clear copper liquid into my pint glass. A nice off-white contoured head built to just a bit more than a finger before settling at about one centimeter, which deposited some nice lace rings as the liquid descended. There's a nice strong malty nose with an enticing touch of flowery hops. The mouth is prickly and heavy. There's a good crisp malty opening, followed by a full hoppy bitterness that leaves a nice fresh aftertaste. Thanks, I needed that!

Globetrotter, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite flavorful and impressive with a cask-style carbonation out of the bottle that accentuates sweet, fruity, dusty plum malts. Drinkable without being dinky or noticeably light. Hints of cocoa and a nice hop presence that develops from light, dry resin to spritzy lemon.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of Kevichella
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Kevichella, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

TheBrk, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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
Photo of Johnq1964
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Johnq1964, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an awesome deep bronze color with an ivory rocky head that lasts the entire glass. Lacework is intricate and copious. The aroma is of a roasty biscuity maltiness some buttery esters and a wiff of fresh english hops. Its a very well balanced nose. The taste is mosly malty, but dry, chocolatey and roasty, rather than a 'dark fruit' christmas pudding maltiness. Theres quite a bit of fruity yeast character, that classic dry english yeast flavor. Theres a bit of diacytl too, but its very complimentary, not over the top. Hops definitely play second fiddle. They have a fresh earthy taste. The mouthfeel is medium and softly carbonated.

This is a very tastey ESB that I highly recommend if you like English ales. Its maltier than most, but not underhopped. Unfortunately its in a clear bottle, fortunately theres lots of brewery and beer info on it.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 04, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

becsug, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

hansavijaticar, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

houtappel, Feb 17, 2014
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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.