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The Black Dog (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Session PaleExceptional2
Gun - Red AleExcellent1
Kent - Brewers ReserveExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberExcellent1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent1
Mobberley - Boom JuiceExcellent1
Bad Seed - Summer AleExcellent1
Tonbridge - American PaleGood1
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Vibrant Forest - CydoniaNot Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Electric Bear - PersuasionNot Tried0
Phipps NBC - Black StarNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Heavy Industry - Electric MountainNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's AleNot Tried0
Oakham - Dr. PhobiaNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
Rudgate - AstridNot Tried0
Rudgate - Wild MildNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Bude - Black RockNot Tried0
Froth Blowers - John Bull's BestNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

24 Jun 2017 (Wittenden)
My regular end of the farmers market visit.A number of beer lovers appreciatively drinking.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentVery fresh:oranges before becoming marmalade.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Bude - Black Rock5.10Not Tried
Froth Blowers - John Bull's Best4.40Not Tried
10 Jun 2017 (Wittenden)
Very quiet on a quiet Whitstable Saturday noon. A party of elderly beer lovers had passed through.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentSurprisingly I'd never tried this from cask. Grand malty, biscuitty best bitter.Not at all cloying.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Rudgate - Astrid4.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Wild Mild4.00Not Tried
27 May 2017 (Wittenden)
A hot Saturday in East Kent:where better to cool down than the Black Dog?
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentBarley straw, herbaceous hops.Pretty close to perfection.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
13 May 2017 (Wittenden)
A few in on a Saturday lunchtime.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentThunderingly good.
Gun - Red Ale4.40ExcellentDark Tan.Raspberries.Stalwart.
Heavy Industry - Electric Mountain3.80Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's Ale4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Dr. Phobia5.20Not Tried
22 Apr 2017 (Wittenden)
Early Saturday afternoon for my regular Farmers Market libation.Only a few in.
Mobberley - Boom Juice3.60ExcellentA Tropical Pale Ale.Hops from Kiwi, eh?. Stone fruit and raspberries, followed by a long bitter finish.Light gold in colour.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not TriedResisted temptation.
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
08 Apr 2017 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon on a sunny Whitstable Saturday.Quiet.
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00GoodRemarkably sweet.Woodshavings: not my favourite beer from Tonbridge.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
25 Mar 2017 (Wittenden)
Midday on a windy spring Saturday.Filling up.
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50ExcellentToffee.Fruity hops.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Not Tried
Phipps NBC - Black Star5.00Not Tried
26 Nov 2016 (Wittenden)
We'd come for the non-illumination of Whitstable's Christmas lights.This little pub was packed until word came that Samba Pela Mar were performing outside the Church at dusk.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExceptionalDelicious. Marmalade. A modern Kentish classic.
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Electric Bear - Persuasion3.80Not Tried
Vibrant Forest - Cydonia5.00Not Tried
24 Sep 2016 (Wittenden)
Very busy on a balmy early Autumn Saturday early afternoon. I was hoping to find a Kent Green Hop beer.
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00ExcellentFor some reason I'd thought this was a dark 'un.Barley straw.Trees 'n' meadows.Modern and approachable.Grand.
Dark Star - Dark Star The Original5.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50Not Tried
10 Sep 2016 (Wittenden)
A breezy Saturday noon.I was away with the messages, and happened to pass by. Busy.
Bad Seed - Summer Ale3.80ExcellentPale and hazy pale ale.Stone fruit, reassuringly earthy.
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Vibrant Forest - Cydonia5.00Not Tried

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About The Black Dog

The pub sign. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BB.

Micropub in central Whitstable in the High Street. Formerly a delicatessen called Olivias. Various problems dogged the opening date but it finally opened for business on Sunday 22nd September 2013. A very narrow building with black tiled floor and a traditional bar counter at the back with 5 unused handpumps for decoration only although are however adorned with the current pumpclips, behind which is a viewing panel into the same level cellar where the real ales and ciders are dispensed on gravity stillage. The bar walls are part tiled, part upholstered with a number of pictures hung. High level bench seats are along the full length of both side walls and are accompanied by high tables. The interior has a dark gothic feel. From the bar up one step to pass the entrance to the cellar on the way to the toilet.

We have visited this pub 35 times, seen 92 different beers and tried 40 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 1BB