Beer No. 56 Bishops Finger

Beer Type:  Strong Ale

ABV:      5.4%

Brewer:  Shepherd Neame

Bottle conditioned:  No

Bottle size:   500 ml

Country of origin:  England

What the label says:

A classic Kentish strong ale.  Bishops Finger takes its name from the name of an ancient signpost on the Pilgrim’s Way to the shrine of Thomas a Beckett and Canterbury Cathedral.  One of the oldest names in British beer, this classic British Ale is brewed with chalk filtered mineral water drawn from deep beneath the brewery and Shepherd Neame’s signature Kentish hops.  Its authenticity is assured by its protected geographical indication status.

What the Beerdrinker says:

This is a very dark chestnut coloured beer with a tight foamy head.  It has a really oaty and grassy nose.  The initial taste is one of chocolate, giving way slowly to more bitter chocolate flavours.  There is a strong oaty taste, reminiscent of bran flakes.  All the flavours are subtle and make for a complex and thoughtful beer.

The beer is very fizzy on the tongue and appears to be over gassed, but once the beer has been left for a while for the gasses to disperse,  the treacle and malty flavours become more prominent.

A really pleasant beer.

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