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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) - Goldilocks is DeadExceptional1
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Boutilliers - Happiness PatrolExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberExcellent1
Four Candles - Rye Session PaleExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HirundoGood1
Alechemy - RitualGood1
Hop Fuzz - MartelloGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot 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
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Wantsum - GolgothaNot Tried0
Intrepid - New World AmberNot Tried0
Kent - Brewers ReserveNot Tried0
Franklins - Resurrection PaleNot Tried0
Hop Monster (Georges) - Mad Dog MildNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Cit-Chew-EckaNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Sean of the RedNot Tried0
Elgood's - Black Dog MildNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Windswept - HurricaneNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

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
28 Jul 2018 (Wittenden)
Fairly busy on a windy Saturday lunchtime.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is Dead5.30ExceptionalOutstanding pale ale.Amber,berry fruits,long bitter finish.My first 5 star of the year.
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Martello3.80Not Tried
14 Jul 2018 (Wittenden)
Away with the messages on a hot Saturday noon.Quiet.
Four Candles - Rye Session Pale3.60ExcellentPale gold,spice,long bitter finish.Another beer from Four Candles-Dr Rudi's something or other-seen but not tried.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not TriedTempted.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Sean of the Red5.10Not Tried
23 Jun 2018 (Wittenden)
Few more in this time,on a hot Saturday noon.
Boutilliers - Happiness Patrol4.80ExcellentBurnished pale ale.Summer fruits,nettley hops,steel in the backbone.
Kent - Black Gold4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Cit-Chew-Ecka4.50Not Tried
09 Jun 2018 (Wittenden)
Farmers Market winding down visit:a party of beer and cider lovers entered in front of me.
Hop Fuzz - Martello3.80GoodFruity,toffeish,amber.Dry finish.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00Not Tried
Franklins - Resurrection Pale4.40Not Tried
Hop Monster (Georges) - Mad Dog Mild4.90Not Tried
26 May 2018 (Wittenden)
Saturday lunchtime: a few in.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExcellentMulti dimensional.Yum.
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Wantsum - Golgotha5.50Not Tried
Intrepid - New World Amber4.20Not Tried
12 May 2018 (Wittenden)
Midday on a damping Saturday.One other customer commenting to the barman about an obscure (to me) Blues singer.
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.
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.
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.
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

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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 53 times, seen 136 different beers and tried 51 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 1BB