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The Black Dog (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonExceptional1
Tiny Rebel - XLPAExcellent1
Bedlam - AmagansettExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PrinceExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent3
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Harry HopExcellent1
Romney Marsh - Modern BritishGood1
Romney Marsh - MurmurationGood1
Alechemy - RitualGood1
Iron Pier - Cast Iron StoutAcceptable1
Williams Brothers - Fraoch Heather AleAcceptable1
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Windswept - HurricaneNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Tonbridge - American PaleNot Tried0
Ilkley - Radle Me ThisNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Perpetual ParadoxNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Wantsum - FortitudeNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Sugar Plum Shake (collaboration with Tiny Rebel)Not Tried0
Kent - The New BlackNot Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kent Red AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - LiberatorNot Tried0
Wantsum - HengistNot Tried0
Kent - Brewers ReserveNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

11 May 2019 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon on a showery Saturday.Quiet.Other beers not noted.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40ExceptionalA cracking heavyweight porter.Bitter chocolate,damsons.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Not Tried
27 Apr 2019 (Wittenden)
I came in to warm up on a hellishly unpleasant Saturday morning.Busy.
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90ExcellentA dry dark mild:smokey and roasty.Strawberries on the aroma.Great stuff.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Hengist5.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
05 Apr 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening a few folk dotted around the bar area. My first visit here and appreciated the gothic bohemian atmosphere much akin to The Fez although less cluttered.
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Harry Hop3.70ExcellentMy hop cravings satisfied yet again, superb!
Romney Marsh - Modern British3.80GoodTraditional easy drinking bitter
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Liberator4.60Not Tried
13 Oct 2018 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon on an unseasonably hot October Saturday.Talk was of micropubs near and far.
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70AcceptableRather thin for the strength.Roast,a bit dull.
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Sugar Plum Shake (collaboration with Tiny Rebel)5.00Not Tried
10 Oct 2018 (Jack William)
Early afternoon, a few in and out.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Good
Williams Brothers - Fraoch Heather Ale5.00AcceptableLacked body for a 5% ale. Not keen on the flavouring.
Kent - The New Black4.80Not Tried
Westerham - Grasshopper Kent Red Ale3.80Not Tried
22 Sep 2018 (Wittenden)
Mid day on a wet Saturday. Filling up with the newly bedraggled.
Romney Marsh - Murmuration5.00GoodMalt led, some blackberries. Not sure which iteration of Murmuration this was. Not really to my taste.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
08 Sep 2018 (Wittenden)
Pleasantly busy during my winding down of the farmers' market visit.
Bedlam - Amagansett5.00ExcellentWall fruit,melons.Rich,oily mouthfeel.Burnished gold APA.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Perpetual Paradox4.20Not Tried
02 Sep 2018 (Archie14)
Love this Micropub, probably in my top 3.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Tiny Rebel - XLPA4.20ExcellentVery pale, delicious
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
25 Aug 2018 (Wittenden)
Buzzing on a Saturday lunchtime.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentTop notch today Excellent floral,herbal beer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Ilkley - Radle Me This3.60Not Tried
11 Aug 2018 (Wittenden)
A couple of groups of drinkers in on a Saturday lunch time.
Alechemy - Ritual4.10GoodA pale ale.Grassy hops,orange essence. A bit sweet.
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Windswept - Hurricane4.50Not 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 62 times, seen 153 different beers and tried 60 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 1BB