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Blackback Pub

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
98
world-class

76 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
216
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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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 216
Reviews by kingcrowing:
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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been hearing about this place for quite a while, last time I was in town I actually couldn't find it when looking for it. It's literally right across the street and up one or two buildings from The Alchemist.

Came in, this place is very cozy as others have said it's fairly small, maybe 12 seats. But he's got about 10 taps of awesome stuff as well, when I was there on 9/9/10 he had:
Aged Petrus
Cisco Darkwoods
Burton Baton
Youngs Chocolate Stout
Hill farmstead Earl, Edward, Florence, and the Nelson single hop IPA.
Allagash Dubbel

Basically he's got a somewhat small selection but everything he's got is fantastic. He had some sandwiches and knockwust, also a cheese plate. All pretty reasonably priced. His beers were all in the $6-8 range for decent pours in the proper glassware. I think that's a bit pricey however everything is really good so it's worth it.

Next time you're in the area check this place out, the owner is an awesome guy. Very personable and nice and right as I can in he told me about all the beers and gave me a sample before I bought it.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of reds2harleys
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Excellent place in every way. A must stop if your in VT for a Beercation. Superb beer list. Friendly staff. Tasty food. I go on one or two beer runs to VT a year and this ( along with the Pro Pig ) are must stop.

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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

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.