Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

546 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 546
Hads: 1,535
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 77
Gots: 242 | 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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Reviews: 546 | Hads: 1,535
Photo of IIPAHOP
4.73/5  rDev +21%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with hints of orange, transparent, a thin, tight white head that laces nicely as it goes down.

S - Very quiet, with a hint of malt honey-like sweetness and a bit of herbal bite, suggesting the bitterness that complements.

T - A much fuller sweetness up front, full of caramel notes and dark bread, followed by a smart bitter tack that fades back to bread in the close. The bitterness does build quietly over time, so that by the end of the second glass (bought as a 22 oz. bomber), there is a pretty strong thread of bitter to complement the washes of sweetness.

M - A bit sticky, but with enough carbonation to keep it clean.

O - A tasty malt-tilting brew, with enough hop bittering to keep it from being cloying. A good balance, and a pleasant drink that hides its powerful ABV. (801 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought the cows on the label of this were a little strange when I first saw them, but boy are they appropriate, because this is creamy. Creamy feel, and it has a sweet creamy taste to it as well, there's like a mocha sort of flavor in here. A little bitterness and JUST enough alcohol seep through to give it some balance, and you're left with this semi-sweet, slightly bitter, almost coffee-like aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer. Definitely a new favorite. (465 characters)

Photo of PJKSR02
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Get reacquainted with an old friend! For years, one has been able to pick up a Double Bag bomber, or six-pack, nearly anywhere in Vermont. Lately, 12-packs have become more common, and are a bargain at their price point! (222 characters)

Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent strong stickebier. Love a malty powerhouse like this. It just tastes like real beer.

The only stronger beer i've had in remotely the same the category was Derf's (if anyone remembers that!)

This one's a winner in six packs @ 7.2%...8.99? Yes please. (265 characters)

Photo of Mrbseward
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color with a little head that leaves some lacing behind. Smells of malts, some hops, but mostly an ether type smell. Taste has a good balance at the presentation till the end where it starts tasting like it smells. Feel is overall pretty smooth. It's a pretty average beer with a different taste. (317 characters)

Photo of miribus
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer and I'm not a huge fan of bitter dark brews. This is a tad more bitter than brown ales like Old Brown Dog, or Pig's Ear, somewhat more stout but with a similar color. It is moderately carbonated which makes it a lot more drinkable than a similar tasting (but much less metallic) steel reserve 211.

My first one here is a 24 oz bottle I got from a local grocery. The head retention was very good for the first 18 Oz or so, very good lacing.

If you like brown ales and wanted to try it, go for it. (524 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, brownish orange. Minimal head, but this was the sort of bar where if you put a head on a guy's Bud Light he might offended, so I'll let that slide.

Smells surprisingly hoppy, for an alt. Earthy, bocky grain against nobel hops with some esters of ethanol.

Tastes good up front, super sweet in the middle, and very alcoholic in the back. Starts out pretty well balanced with a good blend of hops and zippy malt. Then the zippiness zips further, becomes far too intense and sweet.

I dunno. I remember hearing about Double Bag way back in 2005 or so--back in the day, it was possible for malt bombs to generate buzz, believe it or not. Maybe my pallet has just been destroyed by the extremeness of the modern beer scene, or maybe this was just an off batch. Either way, I was let down. (806 characters)

Photo of aqualung23
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not that familiar with the style, but damn this is a tasty beer. Great malt backbone without being too sweet and a nice mild hop character. Very drinkable at 7.2%. (167 characters)

Photo of Beerparrot
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had had it years before and didn't care for it, this one was given to me from the rep, the other may have been old. The malt character jumped right out and there was no hint of the strength. Very tasty, malt sweetness without being too much. It was easy to drink and enjoy. I would like to try more of this style for comparison. (330 characters)

Photo of mmg4dance
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my go-to's, Long Trail is consistently good. I like that it is 7.2%, so you can catch a decent buzz of of 1 or 2, however you can't taste it. Relatively bitter, but something that could get you through your family picnick in a pinch. I reccomend it to all of my beer loving friends. (289 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If you're looking to stick every rating here on at least one beer, this fits the just-above-the-middle-of-the-road rating. It's got a bitter aftertaste that takes away from the initial taste, but not so bitter that it runs it. It's...just above average. (253 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malta aroma. Brown in color. Low bitterness value at 33 ibus. Penetrating malt flavor lingers on the tongue. High abv is subtle in the taste. Not a highly prevalent beer style so don't really know how it stacks up. (219 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Ive enjoyed this beer since its release. Finally reviewing it.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with half a finger of bubbly head.
Smells rich, malty and notes of alcohol.
Tastes quite nice, a rich, soft and not too sweet malt profile. Good alcohol kick here too.
Finishes a touch sweet.
This beer was one of the first big beers I ever had and I continue to enjoy it to this day. (411 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with a white head; leaves some lacing, but not much. Looks appetizing.

Smells sweet, like honey. No alcohol smell despite the high ABV.

The label says it's "worth milking" because of the high ABV. But there is no boozy taste. It's sweet, and pleasant. It is worth milking, but you won't have to. It's got hints of caramel and gets a slightly warm, malty taste from the alcohol.

The aftertaste is of hops, with the bitterness that entails. But it's not overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit off. It's too light-bodied, nut not bad. It's, well, average.

I really enjoy this beer--it's got so many things going for it, including the really nice taste, that they far outweigh the average mouthfeel. (733 characters)

Photo of matridium
4/5  rDev +2.3%

This beer is good.
Little low on carbonation.
Nice alcoholic profile with a tinge of bitterness.
However the multiness is what shines in this fine alt.

Very good beer (168 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
2/5  rDev -48.8%

I had one good one, once. It was a 16 oz can and was really tasty. But I've had it again, more times than I could reasonably remember, and all have been awful. Skunky and funky and no bueno. Many bottles, many pints. All terrible except for one. It's almost mythical and actually I keep trying this beer like a sucker, hoping for another good one. (347 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Burnt orange in color, with just a bit of haze. White head hangs low ,with some really nice speckled lacing.

S- Malty sweetness. Subtle caramel, a little nutty, and a very subtle raisin note.

T- Wonderful malt notes, like the aroma. Caramel and nutty, and a toasty, biscuity flavor comes in. Hop bitterness comes in to balance things, earthy, but still overshadowed by the malt.

M- Medium-full body. Nearly creamy. Malty sweet throughout, but this finish has some good bitterness, and leaves dry.

O- The malt notes are great. They are mellow, but the depth is nice, even after being settled out in lagering. Hop bitterness is great and cuts the sweetness some, but doesn't take over the beer. (737 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could be one of Long Trail's best, and altho VT is filled with craft, I'm regularly underwhelmed by LongTrail and Magic Hat.

A: Pours a very fizzy, bubbly 1 finger head over clear copper brown body, but I dont observe as much stickiness or lace as I would like to see. Bubbles are large and tan.

S: Dominated by sweet malts, dark bread, sugar. (Too sweet for me, but true to style - better in Dusseldorf!)

T: Follows smell. Somewhat crisp apple-like start, malty ales, then over the tongue lots of caramel and brown sugar, makes this too sweet for me and too back of tongue coating to love.
Lots of subtle nutty, mineral back notes, but too little hops, and too much sweetness for me.

F: Mouth is medium but the finish is too sweet and cola like for me.

A slight bit of booze at 7.2%, too much sweetness, an interesting mineral back note. Not much hop. I'd pick this over other long-trails, but only in a pinch. (921 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a dark yellow almost brown with a thick head that lasts for a bit. The smell is very sweet, both from the alcohol as well as the malt. The taste was really nice, balancing the sweet malt with the bitter hops to cancel out a bit of the intense alcohol flavor. I found it very nice and a good sipping beer that is easy to pair with large meals. Would highly recommend. (372 characters)

Photo of SoulFroosh
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Straight to the point...
The overwhelming taste here is...booze.
That shouldn't be the forefront of any beer.
Other flavors include caramel, toffee, prunes. Like drinking a port.
Some nice flavors in there, but the booze hits first and lingers around the other flavors for too long.
Not my kind of thing. (304 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Date: 08/30/14
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Bottled: 07/18/14
Glass: Lawson's Tulip

* First, I need to mention that I made the mistake of sampling this side by side w/ Freigeist Hoppeditz (a true Doppelsticke Alt from the Dusseldorph region of Germany), which was a huge mistake as it showed all the glaring weaknesses of this attempted American rendition.

Pours a light brown almost golden in color w/ only a few bubbles of carbonation that produced little to no lacing. Aromas of candied sugar, treacle, caramel, light toffee, and that somewhat signature German yeast/basement mustiness. The taste was almost like the nose, candied and caramel/toffee up front, leading into booziness and herbal hops. Medium bodied and a touch lush and slightly sticky, versus clean and crisp like a good Alt should. Somewhat drinkable, the stickiness that it should not have hinders it severely.

Overall, a good try from Long Trail at a true Doppelsticke Alt, but I still felt bad for it in the glass next to Freigeist! It is very hard to duplicate such a delicate German style that is so refined, which is why so few American breweries dabble in them. (1,140 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

DATE REVIEWED: August 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hobgobin stange... OCCASION: Lord of the Rings return to school prep... APPEARANCE: stately brown/orange body; strong, two-finger off-white head; spongy at first, sinewy as it clings to the glass; handsome... AROMA: surprisingly fragrant bouquet from an alt; blanketing caramel malts; some wet leaf and earthy tones... PALATE: heavy, full-bodied and long in its aftertaste; soft hops play at the teeth; palpable yet palatable ... TASTE: vibrant toffee and toast make this a brown with bite; the earthy malts make a course, somewhat complex sip; hops are floral and complimentary ... OVERALL: a Long Trail brew to get behind--a malty ale that brings the weight of 7.2 % ABV subtly; powerful and energizing... (753 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear rust brown with some decent carbonation and moderate lacing.

Aroma: Smells of caramel malt and booze. Some grass, too.

Taste: Tastes like a boozier version of their original. The alcohol gets more pronounced as it warms. There's some nice caramel in there, too.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light of body for a big-ish alcohol beer.

Overall: To me, this essentially tastes like a boozed up Long Trail Ale. It's nice, but I like the approachability of their original a little bit more, (548 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Grade A amber maple syrup in color. Very thin head, short-lasting.

S: Strong smelling Munich malts. Earthy and caramel sweetness. Some grassy hops.

M: Medium body, light feel, medium carbonation. Not notably creamy or smooth. A good amount of alcohol warmth.

T/O: Lots of caramel. Booze makes a showing as well. Orange, blue curacao, very sweet. Bitter builds, light cocoa dusted almond flavor. A little tinny in the finish. One of the maltier beers. Nice grassy and toasty hay tones. Not as dry, crisp, nutty, or bitter as I prefer my altbiers. (551 characters)

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.