Bishops Finger | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom
shepherd-neame.co.uk

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,365
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
297
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
64
Trade:
0
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Photo of Curt3
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fisherbray
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jabberwock
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Chestnut brown, pours with 5mm off-white head, that holds very well.
S- Smells lovely, and clearly for me from 20Cm away which is most unusual! Roasted grains, even a hint of smokeyness to it.
T- Toasty grains, and into a malty richer finish, with a gentle hoppy/bitter note at the finish.
F- Refreshing yet fulfilling, a great beer for a winter's night.
O- I haven't had this in a while, but used to enjoy it regularly. Another one of such beers that escaped review until today. It has a beautiful balance, everything comes together so well. I'd had this in the fridge and it shouldn't be that cold, so I'll leave it to warm by 5C+ and re-check my notes above.
I can't find a BBE anywhere on it, not the lables, glass incl bottom, can... but it was bought recently from a busy shop so should be well in-date.

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Photo of JonnyCastle
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Neilos
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - seems like it's been a long while since we saw any new English brews 'round these parts.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent chunky splattered lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of grainy and crackery caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee, some oily nuttiness, indistinct dark fruity notes, a stoney flintiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and leafy noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, stale bar-top nuts, some ethereal cocoa powder, a still rather muddled black stone fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more understated leafy, herbal, and grassy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with maybe a bit of hop astringency not playing all that well with the other children here. It finishes off-dry, just, as the malt starts a slow, winding spiral into oblivion.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasant enough version of the style, with perhaps a minor lacking on the anticipated robust malt front. At any rate, quite quaffable, in that 'I guess I will have another pint of this after all, girl dear!' manner. Or something.

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTuomi
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hebdomeros
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour from the bottle into a straight pint glass produces a tall, frothy, creamy head that promises more than the beer eventually delivered. Colour is a clear dark amber or honey, with light carbonation.

Smell and taste essentially treacle toffee with some bitterness in the aftertaste. The taste opens up and the bitterness recedes somewhat as the beer warms. It's not unpleasant, but one-dimensional. The 5.4% alcohol doesn't announce itself in the taste, but there's enough to make one aware in due course that this is beer.

Overall: nothing special, but a safe choice in the absence of anything more inspiring. The second pint is probably better than the first.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dandy14
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mangeke
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spike
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Perfectly clear, chestnut colour. Looks fantastic when back lit with a ruby core and copper edging. The thin off-white head quickly reduces to a smear.
S: Lightly smokey treacle with spiced red fruits. Wish it was a little stronger.
T: Fruity, rich malts with a light, bitter finish. Not too earthy.
F: Medium body with light carbonation. Some alcohol. Dry, rich mouthfeel.
O: Haven't drunk Bishops Finger in maybe 20 years. A very pleasant surprise. A lovely smokey, rich but still quaffable brew.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From estucerveza. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing The Secret Monster Society. Ultra drinkable. Caramel with perfectly adjusted english earthy hoppyness. Not watery at all, unlike other kentish ales

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Photo of Tsotsi
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smoothe taste with a good firm head.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmaggot
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper beer with thick golden head, excellent retention.
Smell - caramel, toasted malts, some fruitiness.
Taste - caramel, fruity, pleasant earthy bitterness.
Light, soft carbonation, quaffable.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served reasonably cold into a pint glass. Purchased while on vacation in the UK.

Appearance - a clear dark golden, slight amber beer with a finger and a half of white head that lasts for a bit.

Smell - clean with some grainy and lots of dark fruit flavors. A wonderful mix of berries and currents and plums all together.

Taste - like the nose but even more intense. The fruity characteristics make this very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - smooth, fairly light, modest carbonation and an easy drinking way about it.

Overall - a very good ESB, one of my faves. Certainly worth a try for anyone with access to it. Enjoying this while on vacation in the UK.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlaB
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color, with a good top off white head that disolves inn a quick pace. Sticky lacings on the glass.
The aroma is bread,caramel and toffee, and the flavour follows the nose in most aspects. Malty with bittering earthy hops inn the finish, and good lenght inn the aftertaste. The beer is medium carbonated with a medium body. Mouthfeell is smooth and clean. All inn all is a good and very drinkable beer, but it maybe lacks a little caracter to give it a top rating.

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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 297 ratings