Blackback Pub

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

75 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
214
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
6.73%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
Blackback PubBlackback Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1 Stowe St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1820
United States

(802) 505-5115 | map
www.theblackbackpub.com

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Added by mariano42 on 05-20-2010

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 214
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Place is tiny, in a BA quality beer rich little town. Fishing stuff all over the ceiling and scattered around the place. When you go to the Alchemist, this spot is just about a block away and well worth stopping in for a visit.

We were treated to several quality tap selections from places like Trapp, Hill Farmstead, DFH and high quality others. Quality is the operative word here. Boutigue beers in a tiny bar setting. Toss in an outgoing and entertaining, bartender/owner and you have a highly enjoyable and worthy place for a beer or two, either before or after the Alchemist.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ScottP
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place has really turned itself around from the olden days of "drink whiskey, watch Yankees, and shut up". Beer selection features many local and delicious offerings (Hill, Lawsons, blah blah blah) as well as some great out-of-state goodies such as Almanac, Base Camp, Rodenbach, etc. Vibe is fun, tunes are great, and the décor is just wonderful. Great place to kick back and enjoy a few pints and make new friends.

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Photo of DLSheidy
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.95/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rubin90
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great atmosphere! Small but cozy and comfortable. The bartenders were awesome, very attentive and knowledgeable about the beer they serve. They were very generous with allowing samples. Their beer list is amazing! The best I have ever seen! I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Waterbury.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of junkman1
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Brian29
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of dljames10
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
3/5  rDev -32.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of indianabeerman
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of sunofneurot
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BranfordBound
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Went here on Saturday night, 9/26 after having dinner at Proh Pig. Just stopped by for drinks so no food rating there. Bartender and patrons were super friendly and everyone was having a good time. Beer list was solid, not as many as Proh Pig, but I think greater diversity than them when it comes to the local stuff. Had Hill Farmstead Mutual Admiration on tap since they kicked the Focal cans. Overall a cool place to stop for a drink, makes me think every place in VT serves top level beer!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.64/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of OnryAndMean
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LostHighway
4.15/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Small but nice place! Please note that I'm apparently an atypically hard grader, most of my scores for both beers and places skew negative, but this is a very good pub and I'd happily return.
The tap list isn't exceptionally long but they did have more than half-a-dozen Hill Farmstead & Grassroots offerings along with a good selection of other beers. My only criticism, and this is far from unique to the Blackback, is that the tap list was too IPA and DIPA heavy. As much as I like these styles IMO they aren't great food beers and the Blackback has a very good kitchen. There were no saisons on the tap list when I was there and few lagers and true pale ales. Weihenstephaner Vitus was as close as they came to a hefeweizen. I know the public clamors for IPA, DIPAs and Imperial Stouts but great tap list diversity is good thing as far as I'm concerned.
The food I tasted was considerably above average for pub fare.
As noted Blackback is small so it can get both crowded and noisy but it has a good convivial feel.
I've had excellent service there - knowledgeable, attentive without being obtrusive and friendly without being smarmy or overly familiar.

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Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.