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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

06-30-2014 16:17:05 | More by wickerman1
Photo of Wservati


5/5  rDev +36.6%

02-05-2013 23:42:48 | More by Wservati
Photo of John

New York

4.8/5  rDev +31.1%

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

09-25-2001 09:46:31 | More by John
Photo of Bierschenker


4.63/5  rDev +26.5%

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!

12-21-2007 17:11:50 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of putnam


4.58/5  rDev +25.1%

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.

07-29-2003 21:18:07 | More by putnam
Photo of Daredevil


4.55/5  rDev +24.3%

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 ...

03-09-2006 15:10:20 | More by Daredevil
Photo of Tipper27

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.5/5  rDev +23%

08-08-2014 19:44:58 | More by Tipper27
Photo of olibeer22


4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-24-2013 04:55:01 | More by olibeer22
Photo of OrangeWillis


4.5/5  rDev +23%

04-02-2013 20:27:16 | More by OrangeWillis
Photo of Rayman68


4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-26-2014 21:08:48 | More by Rayman68
Photo of eric5bellies


4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

10-08-2010 13:31:17 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of AylwinForbes


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

03-23-2008 01:28:08 | More by AylwinForbes
Photo of Globetrotter


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

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!

12-07-2003 19:28:34 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of ngandhi


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

08-03-2004 14:19:49 | More by ngandhi
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United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

10-26-2013 19:26:32 | More by Kevichella
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-17-2013 23:31:21 | More by TheBrk
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

06-15-2013 22:33:47 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-11-2013 12:22:03 | More by Johnq1964
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

07-04-2005 05:34:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-25-2013 13:11:08 | More by Slatetank
Photo of becsug

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-13-2014 17:31:04 | More by becsug
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-02-2013 18:12:32 | More by hansavijaticar
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-17-2014 16:25:41 | More by houtappel
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-07-2012 09:17:52 | More by Jetulio
Photo of Graphirus

Russian Federation

4.24/5  rDev +15.8%

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

10-02-2013 22:46:20 | More by Graphirus
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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.