Bishops Finger | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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3.65/5
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288 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#36,079
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
288
pDev:
15.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
61
Trade:
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of GregSemenza
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTuomi
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hebdomeros
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dandy14
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mangeke
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spike
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +25.5%
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 +1.9%
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 -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmaggot
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +7.7%
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 +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlaB
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of mishi_d
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On cask at the RAF Club. Pours a brownish amber with a short creamy head that doesn't really last and leaves a few spots. Nose is muted with a bit of floral hops, very slight fruits, and a bit of mustiness. Flavor is more light fruits, a bit firmer bitterness than expected that lingers into the finish, and a bit more of that mustiness. Overall, a below average strong bitter.

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a seriously good beer. It pours bright brown and clear with very little head. The aroma is floral and with suggestions of toffee and sweet malts. The taste is similar and overall very well balanced. Fairly light bodied and with hardly any noticeable carbonation, especially after a few minutes. 

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlegShora
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JamFuel
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 288 ratings