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Bishops Finger - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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 LimaThomas

1/5  rDev -72.8%

06-10-2012 03:18:47 | More by LimaThomas
Photo of kojevergas


1.35/5  rDev -63.2%

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an pub (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 10th, 2010. Pours a strange cherry-gold and looks overcarbonated. Head of moderate thickness retains two fingers decently. A clear bottle? This brewery should know better.

Smell: A light scent of esters; berries. Not getting the toffee or roast the label describes. Unappealing.

Taste: A note of stale bread with a nasty finish. If I'd brewed this, I'd have thought I'd done something seriously wrong. Truly awful.

Mouthfeel: Far too coarse and a bit too wet. This beer feels stale on all fronts. The beginning is too dry; the head does nothing creamy or worthwhile.

Drinkability: I wouldn't buy this again or have another. I'll be lucky to finish this glass.

Stay away from this one, regardless of what beer style you like. This is best reserved for Altar Boys, because they're known for enjoying Bishops Fingers - if you know what I mean.

10-10-2010 18:51:39 | More by kojevergas
Photo of kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

After noticing it on offer in the local Sommerfield and having sampled some English bitters recently I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did not pay much for it. Upon pouring it out of the bottle it poured a nice mahogany colour with an off-white head, which lasted less than 10 seconds before disappearing.

The smell of the beer is that of a typical bitter, nothing to distinguish it from any other bitter, but not unpleasant.

However this was as good as it got.

The pint was very disapointing and seriously lacked any body. It had a very bland taste, with only a hint of fruity aftertaste that gave it any note. This was a very disapointing, watery beer. The fact that it did lack any body may result in this being a decent all night beer, but not for me, I didn't even finish the bottle.

06-24-2006 18:15:34 | More by kmacphail
Photo of scruffy1

2/5  rDev -45.5%

06-24-2012 20:03:40 | More by scruffy1
Photo of IrishRedRock


2.03/5  rDev -44.7%

Pretty nasty stuff. I drank it in England and it was still bad. Does not look appealing at all, no head and looks like shit. Bitter aftertaste, and smells like someone pulled the bishops finger. Yuuuuuuuck

06-20-2002 14:12:25 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Naerhu


2.13/5  rDev -42%

Why the hell is this in a clear bottle? Sure its a beautiful colored brew, but get a clue! Clear bottles contribute to skunkyness. Why in the world cant these brewers get it through their heads? Instant minus 2 on the apperance.

I refuse to review skunked brown bottles, but clear and green bottles are just asking for it.

A - Beautiful dark amber body with rock off white head.
S - Amazing amounts of skunk coming off upon opening the bottle. This quickly recedes, but never disappears. Slightly sweet aroma, with a nice bit of malts. Cant detect any hops through the skunk.
T - Very dry with a nice malty breadyness. I can only imagine this would be a great beer, but for its skunkyness.
M - Smooth and mild carbonation.

02-26-2006 13:41:40 | More by Naerhu
Photo of ToppyBeerMaster

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%

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.

05-13-2012 20:34:30 | More by ToppyBeerMaster
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -29.7%

The best thing about this beer is it's appearence, an attractive gold and ruby colour. It had a nice fluffy head and a smooth lace most of the way down. However the smell and taste was less impressive. Had a sweet malty flavour. My associate said it was quite plain. It lacked a range of flavours. it would go well with sweeter foods like a tomato based pasta. Nothing special in the taste department but what the heck. It's a beer. nothing more nothing less.

03-05-2006 00:47:38 | More by shamus
Photo of AlexLMS


2.6/5  rDev -29.2%

Appearance: bright and light copper colour. Moderate to low, foamy and off-white head. May not be long lasting but leaves some lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, earth hops, some biscuit presence and a very slightly toasted aroma.
Taste: sweet malts and very bitter hops. Wood oaks notes.
Mouthfeel: very dry, average carbonation, medium alcoholic presence and a medium to full body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: interesting beer dominated by the bitter flavour. Too focused on the bitter side and not as well balanced as I could expect from earlier reviews.

08-18-2008 22:56:05 | More by AlexLMS
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Russian Federation

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

03-21-2014 15:20:48 | More by shardin
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

04-04-2002 16:45:31 | More by rastaman
Photo of GreenCard


2.83/5  rDev -22.9%

Appearance: dark amber, great clarity, medium layer of tannish foam (with an island of suds) that slowly disappears to almost nothing

Aroma: under the fog of a pretty thorough skunk-stench there is some toasty malt, caramel, diacetyl, a bit of fruit and some hard-to-discern hops

Flavor: toasty/roasty malt-base w/ an overlying caramel essence, a touch of fruitiness, a bit tart, the hop flavor comes through around the same time as a pert bitterness, finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste, a quite short flavor progression but the bitterness seems to stack up as you drink it

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, minerally and a bit astringent

Overall Impression: Dinged this one on the aroma for the inexcusable skunkiness. When will they ever learn? Brown bottles! An OK beer which is probably a delight on cask.

02-03-2004 18:31:10 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Dogbrick


2.9/5  rDev -21%

Got a bottle at the cafe in the Tower of London. Brown color with a thin beige head. Little lacing to be had. Very sweet aroma of malt, along with a hint of sourness. Medium body with an odd flavoring. It is mostly sweet caramel malt, with an underlying sour fruit and smoke character. The finish is on the thin side. Overall this beer is lacking in many areas but it is not terrible.

04-15-2004 14:10:40 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Boffone

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-13-2014 21:45:08 | More by Boffone
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-17-2013 18:09:37 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-25-2014 23:55:21 | More by tjdrewry
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-01-2012 00:52:42 | More by jjm2503
Photo of yossarian

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-25-2012 20:50:57 | More by yossarian
Photo of bh123


3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-31-2012 19:26:22 | More by bh123
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-13-2014 16:13:48 | More by Schmoog
Photo of Radome


3/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

03-28-2013 23:18:14 | More by Radome
Photo of petluo


3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-04-2012 19:38:08 | More by petluo
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-21-2013 10:10:14 | More by pipinmalikonj
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours as a deep red colour with a thick creamy white head and good carbonation. There is a quite sharp nose to it, with a hint of sugary sweet toffee beneath, and a noticeable yeast aroma. The flavours are quite fruity upfront, lots of sour berries. There is lots of bitterness in the flavours, a dry hoppiness and a carbonic texture. Nothing special, very average, and slightly underwhelming beer.

12-26-2009 12:51:31 | More by PartyBear
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-28-2011 20:00:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.