Bishops Finger | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.34%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 110
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
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fallenshadow
1/5  rDev -72.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickCairns
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers."
MJ's "Guide" gave it 2 of 4 stars.

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Photo of Matheus_Ferreira_Rosa
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fridayletmedown
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this one for the first time in a couple of years.

Overall a nice english ale (or esb/premium bitter/strong ale to be, eh, precise). Lovely smell: toffee, dried fruits, butter; light floral hops; and some mineral note I cant really nail down. Taste is basically along the same lines. To conclude - tired of modern style pale ales or even ipa? - try this. Lots of flavors, but in another way.

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Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber colour, small headthat leaves a ring, and a good lace with teardrops. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, nuts, butter. Medium body, thick rough palate. Taste of caramel, dark fruits, nuts. Astringent finish. Good one.

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Photo of Sexmortus
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of killcore
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I split half of a 500 ml bottle at a holiday party. It was a smooth bitter, relatively balanced and low abv. This is the kind of beer I often enjoy when I'm in the UK.

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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.65 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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