Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

546 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 1,535
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 77
Gots: 240 | 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 sommersb
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Clear, amber beer with a head of offwhite head. Not a lot of lacing or retention but still a nice looking pour.

Aromas are pleasant with primarily malty, caramel sweetness coming through.

The taste is initially sweet and malty, but also has an earthy hop presence for some teeth. Mouthfeel is somewhat prickly. Finishes fairly dry for starting out on the sweet end, with aftertastes of toasted grain.

Overall a good ale with balance. (581 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/12/13. Seven months old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an Innis & Gunn tulip.

a: Amber with an inch and a half thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Fruit cup with a leaning to pear.

t: Pear up front over a moderate caramel malt base. Slightly sweet and sour finish. Later the fruit gives way to more maltiness, but still remains a significant element of the taste.

m: Medium with good body. Moderate carbonation tingle.

o: An easy drinking summer beer, tasty and satisfying. (525 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of caramel toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of butterscotch. Earthy bitterness in the aroma keeps this in check. The flavor is sweet rich sugars with some melanoids and a bit of burnt sneaking in there. Earthy bitterness with a touch of burnt butter round us out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a bit of diacetyl here and that usually turns me off to a beer, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it works within the frame of the rest of the brew. (633 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of the can so only flavor notes.

The beer has a rich maltiness towards a hefty brown ale. Caramel sweetness, nuttiness, toasted malt, almost even some coffee and chocolate. There's a punch of deeply sweet and roasted apples in there with that fruit quality coming through. On the back, it attacks of herbal and cleans off quite nicely.

Not the altbier I'm familiar with from Dusseldorf, but it's a higher ABV, richer, and a good drinking beer.

As someone who enjoys some malty brews, this is a decent attempt. (522 characters)

Photo of sevreng
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright, amber hued. Small head on pour, dissipating quickly. Unassuming appearance.

S - Caramel, toffee, and butterscotch dominate the aroma.

T - Nutty with lager-type malt characteristics. Roasted malt nicely balanced in the background. No indication of alcohol.

M - Creamy and full yet crisp. Medium-low carbonation that works well with the flavor.

O - A deceptively strong alt-beer perfect for a breezy summer evening. Could wish for a better head but the flavor compensates somewhat. (495 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a bit of haze but brilliant golden orange and bronze. A fat head of tan foam that falls slowly and leaves lace. Nose is rich malt an a light floral. Biscuit and a bit of sweetness. Tatse is malty and layered. Lots of malt with a softly floral hop backnote to give it a sensational sweetness and wonderfull impression. Medium mouthfeel, crisp and with a slight tingle from alcohol this one finishes dry and slightly bitter, with a long lingering aftertaste of creamy biscuit, smooth light caramel and a malty resonance.

Dapper, well crafted and simply great! There's a restrained hops character on this that seems to stand back politely. (649 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing

S: Very malty and robust with some nutty notes and a hint of dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the robust maltiness with some graininess and goes into dark fruits and an earthy nuttiness. Finishes with a hint of sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nicely brewed American alt with bold flavors and good drinkability. Great deal for the price and drinkable any time of the year. Probably one of the staple brews in New England (565 characters)

Photo of Brewtaster34
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a 12 ounce glass

Appearance: Dark brown in color, held against the light you can see some red. Small head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Malty with caramel. Smells fairly light and appealing wouldn't guess this beer is over 7 abv.

Taste: Almost toffee flavor up front, turns to caramel, a little bit of bread flavor, malts, and a slight essence of chocolate. Balanced, flavorful, simple but very well put together.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium carbonation, full flavored but not too heavy. Very crisp for an ale.

Overall: Very good beer. I cant go more than a week or two with a six pack of this. One I will always go back full flavor very drinkable for a fairly high abv beer. Smooth, flavorful, full bodied, and balanced everything I look for in an ale. A must try for anyone who enjoys a good ale. (842 characters)

Photo of Ctone33
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm drinking this bad boy out of a bottle in a beer glass. The beer is copper colored and I have found that you really have to play with it as you pour in order to get a noticeable head, which is cream colored and retains for about .5 secs. The beer has a faint noticeable smell that is malty maybe with a little fruit. When you taste it there is an initial very malty toffee flavor followed by a smooth hop bitterness and alcohol bite at the end which sometimes persists. This is a beer that stays with you in the back of the mouth, producing continuing flavors after the initial taste. It is very sweet and goes well after dinner. It is tough to drink a lot of these as they are very rich and flavorful. (705 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade, and while it's relatively creamy looking, it doesn't have the best retention.

S: The malt is typically toffee-forward, but with that faint German touch to it. Namely, stone fruits and just a hint of diacetyl. There's a hop profile that's very mellow yet still noticeable. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Loads of toffee start this one off. The flavor even gets faintly nutty at times, with some nice apricot notes right after the swallow. There does seem to be a touch of alcohol flavor (along with a faint burn) on the finish. I have to say that overall, the flavor profile isn't my cup of tea.

M: It's actually kind of coarse, and even slightly angular in feel. This helps to give it pretty good drinkability in spite of its maltiness. Carbonation is light, which somehow suits this one.

O: This isn't my (double) bag, as the scores reflect. Still, I don't hate it. Decent to try if you're looking for something different, but I wouldn't recommend a full 6 pack. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Cheld
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Dark glass from a can
Appearance- a light caramely color with a thick head, the head sticks around for quite a while and leaves significant lacing.
Aroma- mild malty smell, not as strong as expected for a 7.2% alcohol beer.
Taste- Smooth. So smooth. A great balance of malt and hops... Nothing too powerful, but it all plays together nicely.
Mouthfeel- light and crisp for the most part
Overall- a very nice beer, and a good change from all the IPAs I've been having lately. Very very different, as no one part of this beer stands out, but it all comes together well. Definitely something to have again in the future (641 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper color with a very thin, wispy head. Rich malt nose with a twinge of alcohol in the background. Blend of caramel, toffee, and booze in the flavors, followed by a crisp hop bitterness. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

A big, malty beer with enough balance and complexity to keep you interested sip after sip. Heavy on the residual sugars, it tastes and feels much like a barley wine. Deep and inviting for a big beer. (424 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clear reddish amber with a skiff of beige head that doesn’t amount to much; finally settles to a thin (but consistent) film. Okay retention; good lacing.

S:
Slight beer sourness with some strong caramel malt notes. Simple and straightforward.

T:
Strong malt up front with a hearty hop backbone. Cherries, earthy hop flavors, biscuity malt, and a touch of burnt almost-chocolatey sweetness at the finish. Really has a lot going on.

M:
Almost milky cream feel with a lingering but not stifling finish and a good level of carbonation.

O:
Really good beer. It looks okay, smells good, tastes great, and has a phenomenal mouthfeel. It just gets better as you go. It is a little restrained on the smell front and doesn’t have a great head, but it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I especially like that neither the look of it nor the smell told me what it would taste like. The flavor is surprisingly complex and is not what I would have expected on opening the bottle.
Would have again. Worth getting ahold of. (1,023 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Pale, clear peachy copper color; pours with a white head that faded to large chunky lace.

s: Subdued biscuity toffee and a little something mineral-y.

t: Surprisingly muted; I found grainy, lightly sweet bready malts, some biscuits and grapes. Lingering minerals and sulphur; a little unclean.

m: On light side.

o: I had an altbier of regular strength last week that was more flavorful. (393 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in color with lite carbs. The head is thin but lingers a good while. In the aroma I picked up a lot of malts. I could smell toffee and sweetness. There was also a sulfur aspect too.
Taste was all malts. I didn't pick up much hops in flavor oe bitternss. Additional flavors were bread, toffee and some mild fruity esters.
Drinks smooth on the palate. It's fairly clean with pretty much no aftertaste. (410 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: golden caramel, very clear. large 4 finger solid white head

s: aroma is dominated by sweet malts. some syrup-like toffee notes and dark berries as well. just the faintest hit of some hops in here as well.

t: sweet caramel and toffee malts right away. there is some earthy spice in here as well. fresh dough. the finish is very faint generic hops. this is a nice malt-forward beer. not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here are nice

m: light to medium mouthfeel. there is carbonation in here, but can't really feel it

o: as mentioned before - its not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here work really well. drinks really smooth, and is quite enjoyable. (678 characters)

Photo of gregO59
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - dark but translucent enough to see through.
smell - not overpowering , malty with caramel overtones. taste - smooth and easy on the way down nice aftertaste makes you eager for next sip. mouthfeel - not overly carbonated, smooth and silky on the way down. overall - a very drinkable offering from long trail. Decent price for a quality beer. I like it served ice cold after work is done. At 7.20 ABV the taste is well balanced with the alcohol content . It seems to sell well because its spot on the shelves in local shops

sometimes sold out. Not real heavy if you don't want a stout but something a little lighter. (632 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper hue with a white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Very aromatic flora and hoppy scents.

T: Malty biscuit flavor with a decent hop background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – well-built and well balanced. (319 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color, with a creamy white head and some chill haze.

Smell: The aroma of pungent grainy malt is made more refined by fresh floral hops. And yet, the bouquet is not quite balanced, as the smell of multigrain Cheerios really fights for the forefront.

Taste: Sweet cereal grains are also present in the taste. They fail to mesh with a roasty chocolate flavor, as well as some sulfuric sourdough.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, with a slightly bitter, yet otherwise crisp, clean finish.

Overall: Interesting, but not in the most appetizing way. Could see it growing on me, however. The juxtaposition of the flavors, while not outright complementary, definitely gives one something to mull over. (738 characters)

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Dark copper and clear in color. Little to no head.

Smell - Sweet cherry and grape aroma. Malt sweetness. Clean with no hops.

Taste - Very malty sweet up front. A nice spicy hop in the back end. Finishes crisp but malty. Lingering spicy bitterness. Nice clean malt-forward beer with enough hops to balance it out.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - A very nice, clean, crisp beer. Definitely malt-heavy without being out of balance. Crisp finish with lingering bitterness keeps you coming back for more. In no way would I guess this was over 7% ABV. It's a bit big for the style (altbier), but it's a great beer. (655 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a really nice deep copper. It has a little bit of brown, along with some ruby. It's a really nice color. About an inch of head pops up on a fairly aggressive pour, retention is decent, and lacing is light. Great start!

S - Nice strong smell. I like when a beer can tell me what it's going to taste like, and this one does. I know it's going to be a malty, sweet, full-bodied beer by the first whiff. Mostly caramel and toffee. I need to smell more toffee, but I'm pretty sure this is it.

T - Normally I'm not a huge fan of sweet, but this one pulls it off nicely. There are some solid earthy notes to go with the sweetness. Nice, complex profile.

M - Full-bodied, as advertised. It suits the other attributes quite nicely.

O - I'm surprisingly okay with this beer. I was wary of the malt-forwardness coming into my first taste, but it really was pleasant to drink. I wouldn't recommend it for the summer, but thankfully it was cool out tonight. Not bad at all! (974 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber in color, minimal head, low carbonation, clear

Smell: rich caramel malt and toffee

Taste: rich caramel malt and toffee with slight citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light carbonation, medium body, very sweet with slight bitterness at the end

Overall: This is so readily available around here, I keep on forgetting how good a quality this beer is. This is a nice and sweet malty treat. It is sweet without ever being cloying. I do like this one on the colder side though. (488 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear brown with ruby chestnut hues. Slight khaki head with very little retention. The color is fantastic

Aroma: Lots of malts. Toasty graininess. Candied fruits. Caramel. Some brown sugar. A little spice (maybe cinnamon). The aroma screams autumn to me

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp fruity sweetness followed by some rustic spice with a pleasant hop bitterness on the end. Spicy and warming. Alcohol is noticeable as it warms. Complex and delicious

Mouthfeel: Crisp and full-bodied. Clean. Very pleasant on the palate.

Overall: Impressed by this one. My favorite from Long Trail (602 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red-orange beer. Soppy foam holds short. Super clear.

Grainy, toasty, and lightly fruity. All malts. Light roast, caramel, wet grains, stewed apple, and a hint of peach.

Quince tartness, apple, well-toasted grain, dried apricot, toffee, and some leaky booze. Nice ale fruitiness. Malty, but not richly so. Stinging alcohol wakes up in the swallow. Bitterness comes in waves and peaks at around medium. Throat lozenge sweetness with that medicinal note.

Medium thickness. Leaning alcohol level. Carbonation is just about medium, as well.

Nice commodity altbier with some flair. Doesn't stand alone... but it never dissappoints. (630 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz.

A: Pours a pretty, clear dark brass with a nice white head.

S: Smell brings moderate toffee, crisp yeast and caramelized grain, some fruity esters (grape, dried peach).

T: Taste brings mildly sweet dark bread, light molasses, crisp grain, very mild spicy hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: Pretty nice altbier. Could drink a lot of this. (372 characters)

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