Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,558
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 79
Gots: 261 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU
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Photo of billybob
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a light brown with a quarter inch head with some lacing. smell is bubble gum, caramel, and fruity. taste toasted malt, and sweet caramel. mouthfeel medium, but not cloying or syrupy with a nice hop balance finish and no after taste. look for long trail double bag you will not go wrong.

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Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Woo-hoo! This is one hell of a beer. A big-ass alt (or double alt as the label says).
Pours a nice brownish amber with a slightly off-white head that lasts.
Hits the nostrils with some sweet malt and floral hoppiness. Faint chocolate appears in both the smell and the taste.
Maltiness is two pronged. First being somewhat dry and bready, underlying this is a faint toffee flavor. This is all snapped by some prevalent juicy hops.
Feels very nice, drinks incredible. I could drink this until every last brain cell died...which may not take too long. Just delicious.
Hell yeah, Venom. You sent another winner. Thanks so much for including two!

After roughly 2yrs, this has gained incredible additional character. Nearly pumpkin-pie-esque with its spicing with ginger and cinnamon notes. Huge caramelly pears and apples. Dry cedar wood closure. Overall rating stays the same, but this beer sure hasn't. Just a fantastic brew, young or aged. This is an absolute favorite of mine.

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Photo of cdoublev
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If anybody has read some of my other reviews, this beer was recommended by the same guy as the Stone Ruination IPA. It pours a clear amber color with a sticky head that stays long enough to be enjoyed for its aroma. This double ale is a smoothe beer that hides its alcohol very well. If taking a blind taste test, I would say it had the same as any other beer on the market even though it sits at a nice 7.2%. It goes down nicely with very little bitterness which is nice if you're just looking for something to have after a hard days work. All in all, this is one of the best beers I sell at work and would recommend it to anyone looking for something new to try.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really nice looking brew. Pours a crystal clear, dark reddish brown color with a awesome, thick foamy off-white head. Quite a bit of carbonation. Thick foamy lacing sticks to my glass.

Beautiful aroma of roasted malts, fruity scent of raisins and light hops.

Full bodied, mild maltsweetness of caramel and toffee initially with a nice roasted malt middle, fruity flavor of grapes and raisins. A light spiciness, very nice dry bitter finish that clings to the palate. Very delicious.

Very nice beer, smooth, balanced and delicious, the ABV really can catch up.


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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle. This is an excellent Ale. It is a Full bodied Ale with a great taste and a good smell. This Ale is medium in color. You cannot go wrong with Long Trail.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the CLASS of the Long Trail Lineup! This beer has a rich amber color, and a pretty good head. It smells sweet and malty. The taste is malty, sweet, and there is a hint of hops with a citrus tinge in there somewhere, strangely enough. It's smooth mouthfeel can lead you to keep drinking..Beware! The strong ABV is hidden well in this intense flavour experience. Bravo Long Trail!

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Photo of mattyblazer
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This beer was more than I expected, I think that "Long Trail" put's out decent product, usually a 7 out of 10 across the board, this was better!

I got a nice half inch head, dicipated after a few and left nice lace behind, I smelled the alcohol mostly at first sniff, the taste has a nice bite, buiscuity malt, then an almost intense alchohol bite that finishes with a fruity hop finish. The after taste is pleasent, with a "milky" mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this .


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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Double Bag was served from a 12 oz. bottle with a label illustrating a healthy pair of bags. In a pint glass, the beer was a beautifully rich red-orange color, and was topped by an ample, fine white head. The nose was rich and enticing, with a lightly roasty oatmeal cookyish maltiness and an excellent citric-vague banana fruity edge as a counter point. The taste was also rich and very well-developed, with a lightly astringent/roasty chewy malt profile that released some oatmeal-raisin cookie-banana and limey citirc flavors in the transition to the tasty, chewy (though still slightly astringent) malty, moderately bittered, light citric-fruity finish. I simply loved the flavors and flow this brew had to offer. To top it off, the body was perfectly bodied (med-full) with just the right amount of lively carbonation. It drank quite well too, even for a stronger beer. Double Bag is a top-notch brew!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this a while back; remembered as being good. Mmmm, sorry now it's been so long! Just had to have more!!! Clear copper color, with a thin, fine head; minimal lace. Caramel-notes in a pleasing malty nose. Sweet, toasty malt flavors co-mingle with caramel, leading to a nice little hop twang at the end. Real good body, and a creamy smoothness. Warming as it goes down, and those hops linger on the palate. A real winner from Long Trail. This one goes down verrry easily!!! Surprised there aren't more reviews for this and the rest of their line. I think this makes 100?!! Hot dog!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5



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Photo of kbnooshay
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- This poured an insanely clear orange amber color with a creamy off-white head that didn't retain very well. The lacing is nice but was only created from the head right at the top, none throughout the drinking.

s- Amazing aroma. Very unique. At first i detected this odd sweetness, possibly banana? The smell has a very faint floral hoppiness to it but more prominent is the sweet caramel malts.

t- So yummy. There was enough hop to balance the malt flavor. The hint of caramel is very tasty. Really clean fruity malt taste. Nice and bold.

m- Moderate but very smooth. Kinda sticky and there is a decent tingle from the carbonation.

d- Wow this is so drinkable. You could throw a few of these back with no difficulty. How is this 7.3 abv? Such a unique bold and drinkable beer from longtrail, I certainly did not expect this. Highly reccomemended.

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Photo of pbrian
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich and complex ale. A hint of alcohol on the nose first lets you know what you're in for but a grainy malt sweetness balances it off nicely. Extremely drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of Drufus
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours Light amber with a small head.

Smell is malty and sweet, with maple syrup and apricot notes.

Taste is freakin awesome. Nicely balanced and damned smooth. Slightly tart on the swallow

Mouthfeel is a little bubbly.

Outstanding drinkability, By far the most drinkable brew at this ABV.

Just a great beer that is hard to point out individual details, but is just an excellent beverage that always leaves me smiling and satisfied.

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Photo of Zraly
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light mahogany-amber color with a nice two finger head. Nice and clear. Nice smell of fresh biscuits and hops.

Wonderful caramel, bread, and toasted malt plays an important role here. The hop leaf note melds seamlessly with the malt. Toffee, honey, and fruit play a second role in the malt department -- just layers of sweet -- but balanced -- rich flavors. Creamy and medium to full-bodied. A bit of chew to the mouthfeel and the carbonation helps cut through to reveal a clean finish. So easy to drink and pleasing to the palate it is criminal. At over 7% ABV, I need to be careful because I could throw these back without much thinking involved.

I paid $7.99 for a six pack and feel like I just robbed a bank. A big "cheers" to Long Trail for making a mighty fine altbier (er, stickebier, according to the label). I think I found a new "go to" beer -- I must keep a few of these around at all times.

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Photo of granite
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into alt glass

A--- Polished copper with a one inch white head that faded quickly leaving behind lace and legs.

S---Malt, brown sugar, apricot and slight esters.

T---Slight caramel sweetness and saltine crackers flavored base malt forward. More intense malt with just enough bitterness to balance followed. It finished with a subtle alcohol presence that was warming.

M---Medium bodied

D---One of my top all-time favorites and I drink it year-round. It’s just dry enough to quench on a hot day and at 7%, it could melt a snow bank if you happen to fall in one after a 6-pack.

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Photo of delta490
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Has a bright, slightly cloudy copper color. Short-lived creamy white head leaves a small amount of lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet, with notes of caramel, bread and fruit. Taste is very similar with just a slight hint of bitter hops on the finish. Has a very small carbonation and nice mouthfeel, not too thin or thick. This is a great big-flavored ale

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 17.1.2005

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber? barely orange color. Not red. Moderate carbonation. Very nice head that has left nice lacing on the glass. Has settled down to about 5mm of head. Very nice. The way the bubbles move through the beer is beautiful. Has really nice 'legs'.

Very nice nose. Mostly sweet, caramelly malts. Munich and vienna I imagine. Very nice and rich. Also get a touch of something spicy. I'd say it was hops, but I can't be sure. Maybe just a touch fruity. Just barely.

Wow. Really incredibly rich tasting beer. If it wasn't for the hint of astringency in the finish I'd give it a 5 for sure. Really perfectly balanced between rich, warm malts and bitter, spicy hops. Really nicely done. So subtle yet so rich. The hop character in this beer is what really impresses me. I love the rich malty goodness, but the hop flavor is so subtle yet so flavorful and unique. I mean, it's a fairly bitter beer, but the hops are not citrusy, they're more spicy and maybe a bit earthy than anything else .

Excellent mouthfeel. Really nice and substantial without being overly thick. Right on.

Very drinkable beer. Just a little astringent in the finish, but not really at all. I just can't bring myself to say this beer is perfect. It's damn close, just a little astringent in the finish...damn! Nto cloying at all. I love this brew.

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Photo of cscott73
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful copper color, hint of red under my kitchen light. A little less than an inch of head that dissipated but did not disappear. Excellent lacing
Smell - Caramel malt, slightly sweet, very enticing, like the color.
Taste - Wow! Caramel, candy, hops are in there, complimenting the malt. Smooth and balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, feels sticky (in a good way). Slight bitterness.
Overall - I've not had this style before, and that will change starting this weekend. Very good beer, especially on a cold winter night.

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Photo of scottum
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice copper amber with a white head. One will fall in love with the malt flavor of this wonderful Alt ale. The mouthfeel is superb. Feels so good and tastes so good. A touch of hops finishes the sip quite well. This brew has everything going for it. We drink it all night long! If you're in the VT area get yourself a case. You will not regret it.

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a kick ass beer....a double alt is something new to me but it seems to fit that is rich, sweet and syruppy, but also exhibits alt bier like characteristics...pours an impressively clear dark orange.....nose smells a bit like a scotch ale minus the smokiness....malty...some alcohol (like rum..and even some nuttiness....with some floral hop notes....I mentioned the body, but it finishes with a nice tight dry hop bite....that really seems to balance this out and make it special....the taste is very malty....sweet plums,pears,mangos....but then there is that nice dry finish....this is really a dandy..a big giant ZAP thanks to Bierman9 for this beauty....

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Photo of godlessape
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep whiskey shade of brown with not that much head at all.

Smell: I'm not picking up much aroma with this. Just a faint hint of malt and bready yeast but that's it.

Taste: Wow. This beer is all about balance. A perfect ying of malty sweetness and yang of hop bitterness. Nothing stands out above the other. Perfect.

Mouth-feel: Smooth on the palate--nicely carbonated.

Overall: This beer is stunning. I'm currently doing a road trip thru the North East and turning it into a beercation. So now my big dilemma is: Should I continue sampling other NE brews, or should I head back to Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton and Buy a shit-load more Double Bag Longtrail? Oh how I suffer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a Long Trail glass, im so fashionable with all my matching

A - pours a rich semi-dark brown color with a full finger of antique white head

S - some definite malty sweetness with some tea like aromas, an uncomplicated but enticing odor

T - very well balanced, the malty sweetness battles the hoppy bitterness, this juxtaposition is crafted masterfully, i have always loved this beer and having it again reminds me why, reminds me of drinking it while playing Dungeons and Dragons (god, im such a nerd)

M - extremely well-balanced as i mentioned, and this coupling goes down very smooth, the higher than average ABV and smoothness and flavor can combine to give some trouble to those unaware, prolly my favorite long trail year round brew

D - very high, even though a higher ABV than most macros, the ABV is masked very well in the flavor, what a high quality beer. well done Long Trail

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Photo of nomad
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Ooh, ahh," what a pretty ale to behold, glistening true amber with striking clarity and orange undertones. Builds up a nice head with some lacing that fights hard to stay. But the color, oh, the color is a beaut.

Smells of Munich malt. If someone asked me, "What does Munich malt smell like?," I'd point them to this beer. Toasty, warm, sweet, soft malty scents. Strong but not overpowering. Kind of coy and alluring.

Long Trail must lager the snot out of this beer. It has a slightly sweet profile that drags out long and deftly smooth, I'm talking teflon slick and marathon long, before an exacting balance of hop dryness at the finish. All cushy Munich malts and barely caramel body with quasi-minty nips late on the palette. Though the carbonation is appreciatively low, the mouthfeel is a little thin, though lagered clean and slippery. Drinkable if ever that word was invented.

The cream of the crop for Long Trail ales and, like all of their brands regardless of style, much too easy quaff. Now the task is on me to savor the sixpack of this long lost favorite.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack of this on a visit to my daughters in Red Bank, NJ. Alt, a German Brown Ale! I have found Brown Ales to be a personal favoite. This one turned out to be no exception.

Pours a clear copper/amber in color with a creamy off white head of average retention.
AROMA: Bready malts, dark fruit, and the sweetness of caramel.
Taste: Great! Malty, bready, thick sweet but manages to finish with some hop bitterness. Thick and chewy and excellent.
Alcohol of 7.2% is not noticed in the nose or taste but does show up with a warming after glow.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orange/brown,head diminished and retained a tight collar.
The aroma was fruity and whiffs of floral hops,bit of an astringent whiff.
Taste was delicious, hops hit up front but quickly followed by an immense malt character, I give the malt the edge here however is balanced well,and finishes quite smoothly.
Mouthfeel, is bubbly and creamy.
The drinkability on this is fantastic!I was surprised at how good this was!..excellent stuff..

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Photo of Citadel82
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Alt Biers. This one is exceptional. Poured into a strait sided glass it had a rocky two finger head which lasted a five minutes or so leaving plenty of lacing. Floral/malty balanced aroma. First sip was initially sweet (almost like a mild ginger bread) with a sharp long hop finish. I bought two sixes of this while in VT on business at a store in Woodstock, down the road from the brewery. (also picked up hit the trail and long to follow) Had the long trail on draft at Mulligans in Manchester. Sadly, my palate was fatigued from too many "american adjunct lagers" at the Equinox down the road.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.