Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,527 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 75
Gots: 232 | 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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Ratings: 1,527 | Reviews: 557
Photo of gravityrider2
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Silky smooth sporting a 7.2% ABV. Kudos

Photo of nolongerhip
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong and light with flat finish. Golden look. Tasting like a Rousse from tap, but stronger alc.

Photo of Cure_Tap
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost tastes like chocolate milk(they may sound gross),but this beer kicks ass!

Photo of gautch726
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber color, moderate hops, not too much flavor. Very easy to drink.

Photo of PJKSR02
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer but like most beers from this brewery, a very watery taste

Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Mrbseward
2.87/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of miribus
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of xNoQuarterX
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got some kick too! 5 words

Photo of matty
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavorful and warming..a very good brew.

Photo of aqualung23
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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%.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mmg4dance
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Snuggs13
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice taste, light for the alcohol content. Finish is good, with a pleasant aftertaste

Photo of erikcx
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty, well crafted, but not my favorite style

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A "Double Alt" this is like making an imperial Berliner Weisse. It should never be done. However, it's quite tasty when it's cool outside!

Photo of bmeehan
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Very good but a little malty for my taste and it strangely seems to lack carbonation...

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of drnknthwds
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

You all sound like a bunch of pinkys up hoity toities...I love this beer and think it kinda feels like milk in my mouth

Photo of Kooz
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.