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Bishops Finger | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: 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
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
260
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Englands oldest brewery poured a bownish color with minimal head,kind of a funky smell almost skunked and a little musty.Taste is slightly fruity with some dryness in the finish,pretty drinkable but nothing spectacular.It's still nice to find ales from the island across the pond.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Imaster
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of stephenlee
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Jan 2011. This is ale with a pedigree - the label proclaims Shepherd Neame as Britain's oldest brewer (from 1698).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep ruby-brown colour with good carbonation. A thick, creamy off-white head tops the liquid and remains for 5 minutes or so before dissipating to a surface film. A rich aroma of roasted malt and caramel, with notes of hops and a hint of burning. A whiff of alcohol.

A strong malty flavour with good bitterness. Slightly sweet with caramel notes, but mostly a distinctive roasted flavour tempered by hops as you swallow. A warming hint of alcohol on the palate. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated and mildly astringent, leaving a dry sensation. Aftertaste of bitter hops and malt.

Highly drinkable. This is probably my favourite ale from Shepherd Neame, and is the beer that springs to mind when someone mentions strong English ale. A good flavour makes it an drink for all seasons. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TheBrk
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of RickyS
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rastaman
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of sloejams
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Heathrow Airport in London. The Wetherspoon Restaurant in Terminal 4 has 4-5 beers on cask and proudly hangs the Cask Marque at the entrance. Pours a turbid amber color topped with a few bubbles. The flavor is textbook English Bitter – toasty malts, low hop presence. I enjoyed.

I wish LAX had places like this to grab a pint.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MaevaS
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Sammy
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golding hops, great hoppy aroma. Some barley initially. Pale copper colour with lace and aestheticly pleasant transparent bottle (keep out of sunshine!) Drying, tad metallic. Understated carbonation. Drinkable but a 500 ml. for 3 is more than enough.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of maxist
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500mL clear glass bottle, 5.4% abv version. Served in a small tumbler. Beer is mild in aroma, toasty and slightly yeasty, with a hint of sourness. Nice color -- crystal clear, of course -- dark red amber. Flavor is just dry and leaves a pleasant bittering, as ESB should. Years of drinking American ales leads me to find the hop flavor here rather dull. The real highlight is the thin unsweet toffee flavor, layered over a heavy, biscuity malt base. Mild carbonation lends a very enjoyable, if wet, mouthfeel. I'm not sure how excited I can get about ESB these days but I'm happy enough to drink this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The nun's delight! Clear, bright amber with a reddish tint and a creamy head. (The aroma is slightly skunky). The body is moderately light with a gentle carbonation. The flavor is assertive with a strong malt presence and an assault of hops. The hops win out in the finish, leaving it dry and long lasting. Though it's not a very complex ale, it is full of bold malt and hop. An excellent beer to pair with English cheeses.

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Photo of mick_cooper
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.
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