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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double BagDouble Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

553 Reviews

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Reviews: 553
Hads: 1,572
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 82
Gots: 274 | 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 stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picke dup in upstate New York. Very good attempt at a Dusseldorf altbier. Nice copper color with light carbonation and mellow roasted bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle from the six-pack -- put off reviewing until the last because I was honestly having a hard time describing exactly what I smelled/tasted in this beer -- leaving it as "malty" just wasn't descriptive enough for me. XD Bottling date is June 17th, 2015.

This one has a very nice color to it -- dark red-orange, bordering on light brown but not quite there (plus it's a little too shiny and clear to really come across as "brown.") Very clear, but just dark enough that it's difficult to see the bubbles without holding it up to the light. With the help of a light, though, it's easy to see tons of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Only low point appearance-wise is that hardly any head forms when pouring; there was a thin layer at first, but within a minute or two it's already reduced to a ring around the inside of the glass with scattered bits in the middle.

Smell is pretty noticeably malty, but I'm finding difficulty really describing what I'm smelling beyond that. It's sweet, "beery," and without any obvious hop presence -- the hops in there are probably mostly if not entirely for bittering. Maybe a little caramel-y and something that reminds me a bit of brown sugar... almost a candy-like smell at times. Definitely a very sweet, malty smell. After drinking a bit and taking another smell, I'm noticing a bit of the biscuity malt becoming more noticeable in there. Reminding me of a yeasty biscuit/roll sort of thing.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are more distinct from each other than the smells. It's definitely malty, of course. There's a good bit of a biscuity/crackery sort of flavor along with the darker, sweeter caramel-y and brown sugar/candy-like sorts of things. A bit of an earthy something in there too -- maybe that could be from the hops? There does seem to be a bit of bitterness right on the end, just enough that the sweet malty flavors don't linger much. Alcohol seems to be detectable in the taste (though oddly I'm not getting much of the mouth-warming sensation that sometimes comes with 7%-and-up beers), though it blends in with the sweeter flavors well enough that it's not unpleasant. A tiny bit of grassy/leafy-type bitterness builds up on the aftertaste after the halfway mark, but this is still far from a bitter beer by any means.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice overall -- a bit of a thicker, slipperier sort of feel to it than a lot of beers, though not to the point of feeling almost sticky like some of the big, sweet doppelbocks I've had. Sometimes the carbonation seems maybe a teeny tiny bit pricklier than I'd like, but other times it feels pretty nice... not sure what's going on there.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer -- I picked it up without knowing anything about the style or the brewery, and it turns out to have been a pretty good decision, as I've definitely enjoyed gradually drinking my way through this pack of sweet, malty, nearly indescribable cool-weather beers. The hiking/camping theme of the brewery seems appropriate, I could see myself really appreciating one of these when sitting around a campfire on a cool night. I noticed during my most recent beer stock-up trip that the standard Long Trail Ale (regular altbier vs. Double Bag's double altbier) is also available around here now; I'll have to try that one at some point and see how the two compare.

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Photo of Coachrick
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A favorite when tasted at the brewery. Malt forward but with enough hoppiness and alcohol (7.2 abv) to keep it interesting. Faint fruitiness and ester aroma that grew as it sat but never was pronounced. Excellent drinkable alt bier. Get it if you can.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 ounce bottle, it pours amber with a small head. Lacing as the beer is enjoyed. Malty to the nose and tongue. Tiny bubbles also continue as you enjoy the beer.

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, left a quarter in white head that dissipated almost completely. Leaves a fair amount of lacing behind on the glass.

The smell is fairly muted, sweet fruity yeast/malty aroma to be had.

A well developed malt foundation with an earthy herbal hop bite, of the types of hops to find in a beer this quality is probably my favorite. Dark brown bread and a grassy finish. Not bad at all. The bitterness lasts for a long while through the finish.

Medium light bodied, fairly mild carbonation. Oily feel coats your mouth after a swallow.

I wouldn't seek this brew out, but it was a pretty good one to try.

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Photo of jrschaef
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the superior Long Trail ale. This is well worth picking up a 6-pack next time in northern New England. One of the best beers I enjoyed up there over Labor Day weekend!

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very malty, full bodied brew with a meh after taste. I personally thinking they went too far with the malts, neglecting the other aspects of the beer. Nothing about it DiD or for me.

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Photo of IIPAHOP
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Mrbseward
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of miribus
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of aqualung23
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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%.

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Photo of Beerparrot
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of mmg4dance
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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Photo of Kooz
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of matridium
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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Photo of yarnbomb
2/5  rDev -48.7%

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.

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Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.