Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger Kentish Strong Ale

Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger Kentish Strong Ale

Rated 3.664 by BeerPals

Brewed by Shepherd Neame Limited

Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom

Style:  English Strong Ale

5.4% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 941 Last updated 6 months ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank1309
Overall Percentile97.2
Style Rank17 of 349
Style Percentile95.1
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.744
Weighted Score3.664
Standard Deviation0.371

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  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 3.8 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    500 ml capped and translucent bottle. Poured in an English tulip pint a clear and dark amber-chesnut coloured ESB with a one finger beige , dense and creamy foamy head that had a very long retention and tons of micro bubbles. Soft carbonation. Poor lacing. The aroma is solid sweety malts, toffee, caramel, light fruity, a spicy touch and earthy hops. The flavour is toasted malts, riped and syrupy fruits, raisins, pears and floral and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is crispy, quite thick and bitter. The texture is a bit oily. This medium bodied ESB has a dry hoppy bitter finish. An easy and pleasant ESB with the expected well marked hoppy bitter side. A bad point ? Yes ! The unappropriate translucent bottle !

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    ear ligy rubcy olor with brownish bubbly foam head, lacing to glass. Aroma is malty, barley with some light caramel. Nice bitter taste with some sweet sugary taste as well. Aftertaste is turning nice bitter. (Barnsley 201210)

  • BRADPEAR 272 reviews
    rated 2.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 3

    I wonder where the Bishop placed his finger before making this concoction. Known locally as "Flow Through" this brownish bladder grabber will ruin a good crib game. Not a person in the room who drank this could stay long at the table living up to its local name. Decent flavor-sorta smell of burn pecan shells, ok mouth feel, then the piss fit. Small print reads "a Diuretic Delight" Talk about truth in advertising!

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Impressive! A very fine example of a great English Ale. It had a little bit of everything going for it - loved the deep amber colour and hints of orange at the finish - without being overwhelming. A superior drink.

  • FOGHORN65 196 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I had one last night for the first time in a while and drank it next to a Spitfire. This is a good ale but the spitfire is smoother. This was stouter and more bitter. More flavor.

  • JUTUMULL 749 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Very nice reddish/dark brown color. Much foam. Aroma is good and rich with fruits, hops and malt. Taste is bitter, but at the same time surprizingly rich with different parts such as berrys, bread and hops. Very good beer from SN once again.

  • VANDERLA 265 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A: Warming dark orange/amber. Clear, good bubbling and a big beige frothy head S: Good lifted hop aromas on the pour; from the glass a honeycomb/amber malt profile F: Rich malt and floral, metallic hop flavours. Hints of herbal bitter principles, such as wormwood or gentian, supported by a good actual bitterness. M: Full palate, medium body and good length. Leaves a rich impression. O: Good, hearty ale. Big profile. Probably leave it at one I think.

  • GAZ 69 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Awesome. Pours beautful dark copper colour. Cap dissapeared quickly. Aroma is a great mix of roasted malts and hops. Taste is well balanced with some fruit notes and nicely bitter at the end. Very smooth and easy to drink and one of the best i've ever had. I would love to try this cask conditioned. Fantastic pint. Can't wait to try it again.

  • BIEGAMAN 551 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Appearence well intact: nice looking bottle, good colour and proper head. Foam stuck around and would leave good lacing. Shinning ruby-brown colour. Aroma is Kent hops. Could be stronger, especially considering the lovely scent these hops lend. Mouthfeel in the same manner, that is to say, developed and good character but somewhat restrained. Like it's trying to be too well mannered. Flavour is light buttery texture, some nutty notes. High-Medium bodied, some bitterness. The Kent malt makes up the majority of flavour. Tasty with satisfying finish. However, flavours seem to trail off. Taste kinda falls apart and really wears thin near the end. Carbonation is decent, but I think this would be better on tap. This is very much within the British manner, a beer full of character but still mild mannered and more concerned with being quaffable than bold or distinct.

  • BOBHOPPS 406 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    First impression when i opened the bottle was the "skunky smell" but to my surprise it did'nt last...Golden brown,very malty and hoppy a quite enjoyable feeling,i must admit i love english ale beer,and this is no doubt a very good one especially with a strong cheddar sandwich...

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