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Blackback Pub & Flyshop

Not Rated.
Blackback Pub & FlyshopBlackback Pub & Flyshop
BA SCORE
97
world-class

142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 13.38%
Taps: 9
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1 Stowe St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1820
United States
phone: (802) 505-5115

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Notes:
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(Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010)
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pwbres, Jul 16, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +5%

It's always a good sign when you drink at a bar where locals come to drink. It's even better when that bar carries some of Vermont's best, and through that proxy, some of the world's best beers on a regular basis.

The only minus that I arguably see going against Blackback is their pub fare -- they recently changed from Mad Taco to Maggie's Kitchen, and no offense to Maggie because her food is absolutely delightful and delectable, they don't quite have the kinks all resolved yet. The first time I went in, I ordered her sliders which took over half an hour to arrive in front me; the second time I ordered their poblano chili and the Green Mountain Salad, which took slightly less time, but still took a lot longer for what should be relatively simple pub food. (I wasn't the only person that night that noticed this the nights I went -- there was a local group of five people that decided to have conversations about how long they'd been waiting from around minute 27 of not having food in front of them at the bar)

That being said, the food itself was great -- every bit of the slider was like a perfectly crafted masterpiece, the fluffy french brioche-esque buns mixes splendidly with the veggie/meat/chili patty, and the serving size was just enough to leave me full for the rest of the day's activities. The Poblano chili came highly recommended by the new owner of the pub and for good reason; every hearty bite was as satisfying as the next; there wasn't that much of heat to the dish, but all the ingredients tasted fresh and well-blended together. The Green Mountain salad was as fresh and delicious as you would expect out of any restaurant serving food prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Overall, great draft/bottle selections, great food and prices, but they could probably benefit greatly from working out some glaring logistics issues in the kitchen.

amano_h, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

vtbeerandbud, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Speedbump, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

mendvicdog, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Nichols33, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Dicers, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

wingwalker3, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

esktime, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SkiBum22, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

RKing44, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

OtisCampbell, Jun 16, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Love the Black Back for food from the Mad Taco and local brews from Hill Farmstead, Lawson's and Alchemist.
Ambiance is a touch small and low ceiling make it feel a bit cramped, but I sit at the bar usually so that makes it feel a bit more open. Service is great, attentive servers. Selection of beer is nice, not as expansive as The Res. but still great. Food is wonderful and relatively cheap for how delicious it is.

BoldRulerVT, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Mikeypnh, Jun 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

markgugs, Jun 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

MrDave, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

sdaly3, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

smccann, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BColton1, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

ari32, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

jeg518, Jun 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Resuin, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Slatetank, May 30, 2014
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2.78/5  rDev -37%

First time visiting during the HF anniversary. Chose this place over the other 2 bars because their website and numerous other places said they open at 11am, and the other 2 bars were opening at 11:30. Turns out, they decided to open at 11:30 also. Off to a bad start. Wait in line about 2 hours, and I'm not very far back so I know I'll get a seat at the bar. Finally the doors open (last of the 3 bars to actually open the doors) and as we start moving in, they decide to throw open another door behind me so that a bunch of people I was in front of get in first. Needless to say, I did not get a seat at the bar. We are told they have 22 lines pouring, and I see 22 beers listed on the board. Can i have an Abner? Not on yet. Damon? Nope. Edward cask? Not yet. So of course, after hanging out and drinking everything else, I still never got these beers. The other really awesome thing was that none of the prices on the board were correct. I order 2 beers that should be $13... they charge me $18. 2 that should have been $15, they charge me $17. Or I was getting half pours for 50 cents less than the full pour that the menu said I would get. Overall just really unhappy with the experience at this place.

Mikeluzzjr, May 25, 2014
Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury, VT
97 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.