Bishops Finger | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Bishops FingerBishops Finger

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

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

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Photo of vauxhaulastra
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of vinicole
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear chestnut brown. Long lasting but thin head.
Malt and floral hops aroma.
Taste reflects the aroma with added leaf hop bitterness.
Moderate feel.
Standard English ESB.

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Photo of safaricook
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this at a visit to my first Irish pub in years at the Moynihans on Madeira.
It was served in the Bishops finger Pint glass and drunk on the breezy terrace with the ocean in view.

Offwhite creamy head that left substatial lacing and reduced slowly to a rim. Body is a clear amber with not much bubbles to mention.
Nose is a flowery English hop, caramel and sweet cherries. Nice!
Taste follows nose with the hops being more resinous and piney. And this addictive caramel flavor.
Body is medium and a bit flat but suits the style though not being English, I miss my bubbles.
Overall a really good example of the style that differs from the Fuller's ESB by the flowery hops. It seems I love this style.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kevichella
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured it from the bottle into a pint glass and it is a deep, dark copper with a large frothy head that reduced fairly quickly, leaving a little constant ring.

Smell: Smells chocolatey and rich, though not too strong

Taste: Tastes like chocolate and nut

Feel: Feels both smooth and fizzy at the same time when held in the mouth. My tongue started to tingle.

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Photo of psm90
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of exonthebottle
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Graphirus
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours deep copper with a small off.white head that don not stay longer. Small lacing

S - Moderate maltiness, some hops notes and fruity esters.

T - Medium bitterness that stays for long. Maltiness is evident with some notes of caramel.

M - In the mouth feels medium-bodied, Medium carbonation

O - A very good Strong Bitter with the right amount of bitterness to make it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tzunoi
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TheBrk
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with three fingers of fluffy head with short retention, but leaving laces.
Light aroma of English noble hops, caramel and malt sweetness.
Flavor of English hops, caramel malt, nuts and currants with hints of pepper and minerals. Bitter than what I expected which is welcome. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very flavorful beer, balancing malt sweetness with a pleasant bitterness. Not overly complex, but it is assertive.

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Photo of Geert
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: nice brown colour, very clear. Small head which lasts.
S: Low in aroma, some dark malt. I'm thinking I smell some Brett.
T: Nice toffee malt. Fairly bitter.
M: Quite dry, highly carbonated for an English ale.
O: Misses something in aroma and taste/mouthfeel could be fuller.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of SoPeL
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Johnq1964
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of simont1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of the_danish_swede
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of olibeer22
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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

Photo of Robert-Simmonds
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jonb5
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Brown, small off white head, clear.

S: The malt used for this really reminded me of the malt used in some beers from Bamberg, had a real malty sharpness. There were also notes of slightly sour fruits.

T: Burnt caramel which was balanced out by some bitterness, had hints of wheat and dark chocolate. Possibly some Fuggles hop.

M: Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: Fairly wintery, not a bad ESB but not the best.

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Bishops Finger from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.65 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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