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The Bouncing Barrel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Brewers - TopazExceptional1
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooExceptional1
Brighton Bier - English GardenExceptional1
Hambleton - Stallion AmberExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Heineken - John Smith's Bitter (a.k.a. Cask and Original)Excellent1
Sharp's - SpecialExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldExcellent1
Yeovil - Lynx WildcatGood1
Old Dairy - Copper TopGood1
Kent - ProhibitionGood1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Kentish GoldGood1
Bespoke - Chip off the old blockGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - IncubusPoor1
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Not Tried0
Caledonian - Flying Scotsman (superseded by 3.5% version)Not Tried0
Rudgate - Jorvik BlondeNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
1648 - 3 ThreadsNot Tried0
Mauldons - Silver AdderNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Wantsum - Ravening WolfNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HealthNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Ay UpNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Special Relationship Anglo-American Pale AleNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Evening Not Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Goacher's - Silver StarNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Thieves 'N' FakirsNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Sun TopNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent
Picture 2. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent

Visits Details

04 Jun 2016 (Jack William)
MId Saturady afternoon - well patronised - over 20 in. Comfottable place.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80GoodI really like this APA - just on, perhaps a little prematurely - as it was rather hazy.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Thieves 'N' Fakirs4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
12 Nov 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Yeovil - Lynx Wildcat4.30Good
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
03 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Unplanned visit after my planned Triangle bus ran early. Only customer upon arrival and one there when I left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heineken - John Smith's Bitter (a.k.a. Cask and Original)3.80ExcellentThe blackboard said only Taddy Special which is a non-existent beer. Close examination of the cask label found John Smith's Bitter. A rare beer darn sarf even more so on gravity dispense
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
23 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A group of kilted, be-sporranned customers were outside. My colleague and I had a heated conversation about the spelling of Peculier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00ExcellentRight temperature, good head and condition
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
26 May 2014 (Baymart)
Friendly company
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Special5.00Excellentdarkish, fruity, malt - a well kept beer
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70GoodOrange fruity golden ale
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Acceptable
05 May 2014 (Tobes)
Popped my head in to have a look and was informed by the landlord children were welcome, so went in to find the remaining beers from their 1st year anniversary beer festival! Very friendly owners & great conversation with locals. So much better than the Black Dog at Whitstable.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Brewers - Topaz4.70Exceptional
Hambleton - Stallion Amber4.20Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
1648 - 3 Threads4.30Not Tried
Mauldons - Silver Adder4.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Health3.60Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Ay Up3.90Not Tried
Mad Cat - Special Relationship Anglo-American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Evening 3.40Not Tried
03 Apr 2014 (Gareth S)
Multiple half pint tasters
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brighton Bier - English Garden3.80Exceptional
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Good
Bespoke - Chip off the old block3.40Good
09 Nov 2013 (Judy G Garland)
Early Evening Session - Ale board had just changed so have only listed ales consumed!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the Moo7.00Exceptional
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Excellent
26 Aug 2013 (davenunk)
Popped in lunchtime with my other half, we each had a pint of Incubus, it was not in the best condition, just about OK for gravy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00PoorWould be OK to make gravy
08 Aug 2013 (HSB)
Lunchtime. Not too busy but a good atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Kentish Gold4.60Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Flying Scotsman (superseded by 3.5% version)4.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Jorvik Blonde3.80Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried

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About The Bouncing Barrel

The pub sign. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional9
Excellent12
Good14
Acceptable3
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5EA.

Located in a former care business office in Bank Street this latest addition to Kent's Micropubs opened its doors at noon on Saturday 4th May 2013 in time to catch the May Day bank holiday traffic. Real ales, cider and wine sold - the casks can be viewed through a window. No bar so usually table service applies. Wall mounted bench seating on the sides with old electronics workshop benches as tables. Lower height bench seating in the window with little wooden ledges between seats for balancing one's glass. The large front window in an attractive lattice design. Externally the building has a first floor bay window overhanging the frontage. At May 2013 opening hours are: Monday 5-9; Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-2 & 5-9(ish); Sat 12-11; Sun 12-2.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 80 different beers and tried 33 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 5EA