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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BA SCORE
83
good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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wickerman1

Ireland

5/5  rDev +36.6%

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

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +36.6%

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

New York

4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Belgium

4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Switzerland

4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
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 ...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 15:10:20 | More by Daredevil
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olibeer22

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

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

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 14:19:49 | More by ngandhi
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Kevichella

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 19:26:32 | More by Kevichella
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TheBrk

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 05:34:38 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-13-2014 17:31:04 | More by becsug
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-02-2013 18:12:32 | More by hansavijaticar
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houtappel

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

02-17-2014 16:25:41 | More by houtappel
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Jetulio

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

Russian Federation

4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 22:46:20 | More by Graphirus
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up again after a long time ago having this and remembering that I did not particularly enjoy it. But my tastes have grown to become a lot more developed over the years, and I thought I would give this one another try.

This poured a pretty dark red with a thin head sitting over the top of the glass. Smell is extremely hoppy, no skunk evident in this bottle, which is surprising considering the clear bottle. The flavor is of bitter hops and a bold caramel flavor that comes to a clean finish. Carbonation is abundant but not excessive, and surprisingly this time, this is very easy to drink.

That last bottle I had must have been a bad one, but this one was great. I'm sure i'll be greeting my fridge with another one of these sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 02:28:06 | More by funkengruven
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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.