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The Black Dog (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Blackedge - Pike Pale AleExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent4
Triple fff - Citra SonicExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HirundoGood1
Lines - Small Beer ‘Cryo Hop’ – LINE AD (Phat Firkin)Good1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Triple fff - Stairway To HeavenNot Tried0
Titanic - SteerageNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Full Nutty JacketNot Tried0
Beachy Head - South Downs AleNot Tried0
Exeter - LightermanNot Tried0
Kelham Island - LegendNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Slater's - PremiumNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made NorthNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)Not Tried0
RedWillow - FecklessNot Tried0
Wantsum - GolgothaNot Tried0
Gun - Pale AleNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - American Amber Ale (Cascade, Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe)Not Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama JazzNot Tried0
360° - BestNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is DeadNot Tried0
Mallinsons - SimcoeNot Tried0
Northern Whisper - BeltieNot Tried0
Roosters - CreamNot Tried0
Tempest - Elemental PorterNot Tried0
Four Candles - Citra Single HopNot Tried0
Dark Revolution - VelveteenNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

12 May 2018 (Wittenden)
Midday on a damping Saturday.One other customer commenting to the barman about an obscure (to me) Blues singer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hirundo4.50GoodBarley straw pale ale.Grassy,herbal hops.Quite sweet.Not what I was expecting from Thornbridge.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Four Candles - Citra Single Hop4.80Not Tried
Dark Revolution - Velveteen4.80Not Tried
28 Apr 2018 (Wittenden)
Noon on a cold April Saturday:the pub filled during my visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentPretty near perfect:so complex for its strength.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Roosters - Cream4.70Not Tried
Tempest - Elemental Porter5.10Not Tried
23 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Just time for one pint. People were discussing the amount of plastic used in crisp packets and the idea of re-inventing crisp tins came up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50Excellent
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Mallinsons - Simcoe3.90Not Tried
Northern Whisper - Beltie4.80Not Tried
14 Apr 2018 (Wittenden)
Ah,the Black Dog on the first springlike day.I've yet to have a dull beer here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Gold4.00ExcellentDark brown pale ale. Roast notes forward.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is Dead5.30Not Tried
10 Mar 2018 (Andrew)
Eclectic. Liked the Led Zep posters.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70AcceptableNothing wrong with it but once you've had it at the Pottle it's never going to be as good.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama Jazz4.80Not Tried
360° - Best4.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40Not Tried
09 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - genuinely pleased to see 6 of us even if the request for “mead” was not.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentA very nice brew in tip top condition.
RedWillow - Feckless4.10Not Tried
Wantsum - Golgotha5.50Not Tried
Gun - Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Arbor Ales - American Amber Ale (Cascade, Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe)5.60Not Tried
23 Sep 2017 (Wittenden)
On my way to buy onions.Popular today.No Kent Green Hop beers on yet...
BeerABVScoreNotes
Blackedge - Pike Pale Ale4.00ExcellentPale chestnut.Citrus hops .Cucumber on the finish.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)4.80Not Tried
26 Aug 2017 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon on a hot Saturday.Busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lines - Small Beer ‘Cryo Hop’ – LINE AD (Phat Firkin)3.20GoodDry and fruity,but with a high level of turbidity. Unsure if this is the right name, as the pumpclip was difficult to read, and the website is out of Pseuds' Corner.Enamel raspingly hoppy.
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Slater's - Premium4.40Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made North3.80Not Tried
12 Aug 2017 (Wittenden)
Pleasantly busy on a Saturday lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Triple fff - Citra Sonic4.10ExcellentOatstraw.Rich piney hops.Delicious.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Beachy Head - South Downs Ale4.40Not Tried
Exeter - Lighterman3.50Not Tried
Kelham Island - Legend4.60Not Tried
22 Jul 2017 (Wittenden)
Brief escape from the al fresco consumption of oysters outside in the High Street.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExceptionalAlways top notch here.Delicious, minty hops.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Triple fff - Stairway To Heaven4.30Not Tried
Titanic - Steerage3.80Not Tried
Kelham Island - Full Nutty Jacket4.30Not Tried

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About The Black Dog

The pub sign. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional5
Excellent39
Good16
Acceptable5
Poor1

Website.

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 47 times, seen 123 different beers and tried 45 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 1BB