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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
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExceptional1
Wantsum - Black PrinceExcellent1
Kent - PekkoExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Iron Pier - PorterExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent2
Kent - Lemon ScreamGood1
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)Good1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - New World GoldAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Wantsum - HengistNot Tried0
Kent - Brewers ReserveNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenNot Tried0
Four Candles - Comet Single HopNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Mad Dog - Erik the RedNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Session IPANot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - EnglishNot Tried0
Salopian - Deep StateNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Saltaire - New GroundNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - RedNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Go with a Smile (collaboration with Boutilliers)Not Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Kent - The New BlackNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

22 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Very quiet and an enjoyable visit with some banter with other customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentExcellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - New World Gold4.60AcceptableTasty but suspicion of an odd back-taste once near the bottom of the glass with the beer warmed up a tad
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Kent - The New Black4.80Not Tried
10 Aug 2019 (Wittenden)
Noon on a blustery Saturday.A couple in,drinking cider.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20ExceptionalInspirational,good for body and soul.Apricots.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Red4.20Not Tried
Iron Pier - Go with a Smile (collaboration with Boutilliers)4.40Not Tried
27 Jul 2019 (Wittenden)
Whitstable was en fete for the Oyster Festival on a drizzly Saturday,though, thankfully, this little pub was comfortably busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)4.80GoodDeep red,spicy.Biscuity malts,gooseberries. In great condition, though not my favourite style.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
16 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Late lunchtime - quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Lemon Scream4.70GoodWeird stuff - the name was a good clue. Certainly citrus - but also some aromatic flavours in here as well.
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40Not Tried
Saltaire - New Ground4.60Not Tried
13 Jul 2019 (Wittenden)
Early doors on a warm Saturday lunchtime.Filling up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentEver reliable.
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40Not Tried
Saltaire - New Ground4.60Not Tried
22 Jun 2019 (Wittenden)
Busy on a midsummer Saturday lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentWhat could be better on a Summer's day?
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Not Tried
Salopian - Deep State5.20Not Tried
08 Jun 2019 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime during a summer's monsoon.Busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Porter5.30ExcellentDark,chocolatey Porter.Intriguing malt bill.
Dorking - DB Number One4.20Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Mad Dog - Erik the Red4.70Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Session IPA3.80Not Tried
25 May 2019 (Wittenden)
Early doors on a mild Bank Holiday Saturday.I was the only one in,but by looking at the hordes without,I would suggest it would be packed later.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Pekko4.50ExcellentIn the single hop pale ale series:initial herbal flowery hit,followed by berry fruit.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20Not Tried
Four Candles - Comet Single Hop4.80Not Tried
11 May 2019 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon on a showery Saturday.Quiet.Other beers not noted.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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

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About The Black Dog

The pub sign. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional8
Excellent53
Good23
Acceptable8
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 70 times, seen 170 different beers and tried 65 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 1BB