Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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: 233 | 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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy easy drink, with good malts and hops working in tandem. Copper, whote head. Some spicy yeast. Citrus, pepper, and malts and biscuit yeasts in taste. Medium mouthfeel, with creaminess. Unclassifiable until I saw its an alt. Nice with food. A must try.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly dissipated into delicate patterns of lacing floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and caramel malts in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has some notes of bitterness, caramel and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a light amber with some brown streaks. White head. The nose is a bit nutty with some slightly-toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of earthy hops. The flavor is light malt, chopped peanuts, toffee, and light earth. Decent body. One of the better brews that I've had from Long Trail. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head that quickly departs from the scene and leaves little lacing

Smell: Interesting blend of caramel/toffee malt sweetness with more than a touch of hops and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a malt blast, though not overly sweet (as I was thinking this might have some doppelbock characteristics); within a couple of seconds, the hops kick in and build and build to complement the sweetness; somewhat fruity (cherries and oranges) in the middle

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice altbier; like the balance a lot

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very unique brew. pours thick and milk chocolate brown color. lets just a little light through, and sports a lasting two inch head. smells like dark german malts, caramel, and crusty bread. the flavor is very malt forward without much sweetness. the alcohol content is very well hidden. it can be felt but not tasted. mouthfeel works well, rich and creamy beer but somehow drinkable to the max. full bodied but not heavy, moderate carbonation. this is one of the best long trail brew is my opinion, and im glad they started making it available all year. great with a nice hearty meal on an early fall night.

Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My cousin picked up a bottle and we split it between ourselves. The color was pretty nice, it poured as a transparent brown color with a fizzy tan head on it that turned into just a little film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer is mostly grains and malts. The taste is a little bit light. I wasn't able to really pull too much from the flavors in there besides some grains and caramel. The mouthfeel was light and drinkable. This brew didn't really impress me all that much. I'd try it again if I could.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky apricot with butterscotch borders. The two fingers of foam is some combination of ivory, pale orange and khaki, probably favoring the last of those. A thick band of lace above the nonic bulge pulls the appearance score up one notch.

The aroma is strangely subdued. It features a faint, earthy, nutty maltiness and a musky hoppiness, but neither one jumps out of the glass. Looks like I'll have to wait for the taste bud soaking to get a bead on Double Bag. Note: warming helps a little.

This is very good beer. I have always been impressed with the abundant, yet balanced, flavors of a well-brewed altbier. A sticke (like this) is even better because the flavors are even bolder.

There must not be too much chocolate malt (pale, crystal and wheat are present as well) because LTDB tastes more pale than your average brown ale. Caramel apples and sugar-crusted pecans lay down a solid bass line.

Top notes are due to a surprising amount of herbal-grassy hoppiness that leads to a tight and drying finish. Other flavors include cocoa, vanilla bean and wood. This is wonderfully complex beer that deserves to have its taste score increased. The body/mouthfeel is fine. Sure, it could be a little more full, but ease of drinkability might suffer as a result. Spot-on carbonation cannot be faulted.

Long Trail Double Bag has been on my radar screen for some time now. I'm pleased to say that it has lived up to my high expectations and is a beer that I would gladly purchase on a semi-regular basis if it was available locally. Thanks to far333 (a BA's BA) for sending me a bottle out of the blue.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this a few times while living in VT back in 2000-01 first time drinking since,poured a clear lighter bronze color with a thinner white head that settled into a soapy-like top with a decent amount of lace behind.Fruity esters in the nose along with some brown sugar and well some bubble gum wich was a little odd I wouldnt have expected to come across that.Pretty fruity up front dare I say gummy wormish?Fruity flavors and brown sugar sweetness meld into a nice dryer spicey finish with an herbal tinge true to alt beer style.Does not feel like 7.2% alc thats for sure goes down quite easily,I am revisiting the Long Trail beers they are readily available here in in western NY this is a very nice offering.

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, copper/burgundy color with a small, tan head. No lace to speak of.

S - It smelled very malty almost like a brown ale. Also, some earthy and grassy notes.

T - This one in very sweet and malty. The hops are basically drowned out by the sweetness.

M - It was soft and chewy with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is okay. It is not the best altbier by any means and seems a little unbalanced.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, russet brown in color with a creamy light tan head that holds well, eventually dropping to a good collar and whispy surface covering that leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly fruity over a mainly toasty and deeply caramelish maltness. Some spicy & floral hops dance in the background.

The body is medium-full with a decidedly malty edge and a very fine and gentle carbonation that's creamy in the mouth. The carbonic acid and alcohol combine to give it a little bit of a tingle though.

The flavor displays sweetish toasted malts with a dark caramel edge entwined with dark fruits (deep red berries, raisin) and spicy hop and alcohol character. It finishes dry with a lingering nutty maltiness that soon turns to mild bitterness and spice similar to that of Caraway seeds.

An exceptionally well brewed beer. Very well balanced with the alcohol mostly hidden. Light enough to enjoy more than one, but also full of flavor. Highly recommended.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and contains mostly caramel along with nuts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops in there and the after taste was dry and a little sweet. Essentially it was what I’ve come to expect from this style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

D: Tasty, goes down real easy, not very filling and I didn’t really notice the 7.20% ABV much at all. I thought this beer went well with my turkey & stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. In retrospect, I should have brought a 12-pack with me instead of a sixer as I ended up not being the only person that drank it.

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

Trying to go back to some of the basics that got me into craft beer and review them. Next is Double Bag, one of my go-to beers throughout college and soon after.

Pours a fizzy and bubbly 1/2 finger head over very clear orange-copper brown colored beer.

Nose of crystal malts, semi dark malts, a little bit of brown sugar and sweetness, followed closely by some decent earthy and little herbal hops, a bit of fruit as well.

Taste starts with a fairly crisp ale, nice darker malts, a bit of caramel and brown sugar, semi sweet, a slight bit of a nutty spice flavor, mixed with more herbal and earthy hops, adding a bit of minerality, the slightest pronunciation of booze, and a decent bitterness. The finish adds a slight warming booze sensation, with a lingering minerality and herbal hop content, the bitterness ramps up a bit, a little spicy hop addition as well.

Mouth is medium to slightly bigger bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, a slight bit of booze but good for 7.2%, a bit of sweetness and minerality, the herbal hop flavors don't go as well as I remember. In fact this beer is not as much like I remember it. I remember it being a lot more malty, perhaps my tastes are a lot different and more in tune, or perhaps it has to do with the freshness as I was probably used to drinking older ones and this was bottled 12/22/10 so barely 5 weeks old.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label lists this as a Sticke-Alt.. American Strong ale on here? Semantics aside, this is a hell of a beer. So smooth for its 7.2% ABV and is a nice malty beer with tons of taste. A great bready/biscuity aroma and just fantastic taste. This is a great beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10-21-2009
4.5 A 4.0 S 4.0 T 3.5 M and 4.0 D
I bought this at Quick six in West York, poured chilled from the 12oz into a double walled tumbler.

A - A very cleary dark rum shade of amber w/ very good clarity and 2 fingers of light cream head, the head creates a thick snowflake like lace pattern. The top appears like baby swiss with small holes in the head and the bead is tiny.

S - I really like the malt odor of the ale - it is sweet w/ caramel notes of vanilla and lemon notes which are accented but slight almondlike nut odors are kind of nougat-like in candy smell

M - A sweet feel at first w/ a candy tinge and herbal hop tinge which gives a mild balancing bitterness. The moderate carbonation lightens the malt heavy feel slightly and has warmth, but not hot from alcohol. The texture has a residual spice element in the finish

T - The taste is nutty w/ smooth notes of caramel malt and a mild hop flavor as the wave of malt passes. Herbal hops are fresh and add a dry spice element to the taste. The flavor has nutty qualities, but not roasty, more creamy. The hops are bitter, leafy and give an astringent aspect like tea. The ale finishes semi-sweet w/ mild nutty toasted malt in the last sips like sweetened cereal, very appetizing.

D - A great beer w/ very good drinkability. The taste is sweet and yet still refreshing w/ nice malt/hop balance - I recommend this as it does not taste like a 7.2% - the abv is well hidden -Kudos, Long Trail!

Edit re-review on 6/20/12
A A deep amber tea-like look with hazed appearance and thin tan cap
Smell is mix of fruity yeast and floral hop ester with light woody accent. The feel is slight herbal and moerately toasted with sweet texture w/ light spice and moderately full feel with a still moderate carbonation level with low alcohol influence.

The taste is good with semi-dry herbal hops with slight fruity tinges of yeast and mild caramel body with slightly creamy malt and gentle spice in the hops with light alcohol taste and dark cherry element from the yeast. The finish is sweet and tangy wtih slight tinge of alcohol. I think this is a good double alt with nice malt but doesn't really become cloying, still a good quaffer even though it appears my palate may have changed in 3 years

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date scored.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy bubbly light tan head.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel and toffee with an almost butterscotch aroma meet up with the scent of heady ester alcohol.

Taste: Rich chewy malt, a little toasted, a hint of diacetyl, a touch of caramel and a good dose of sweetness which is cut by an ample semi tangy hop bitterness, a fuming estery alcohol and a toasted grainy flavour. The toasted grain/malt and a vanishing hop leaf flavour linger for a bit while the alcohol warms the body a bit.

Notes: A very intense and interesting brew, well balanced and finishes quite clean for a brew that boasts 7.2% abv. This brew is called a Sticke (secret) Alt Style Ale, an obscure sub-style of the Alts that is only brewed as a specialty ( once in a blue moon ) in Germany, Long Trail has done it justice for an American brewed version.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured a burnt copper color with a thin white layer of a head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Caramel malts on the tongue, with light graininess, and some hop bitterness balancing things out. Medium bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but overall drinkable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color, a clear, bright garnet. Head, a fine, off-white 1/2" ring.
Aroma: soft, yeasty, malty, and already giving off whiffs of alcohol. Sharp, yet sweet, yielding some minor-key fruity character. Mmmm
Complex, and wonderful flavor, yum, yum,-and let me say it again, yum. Big, bold, bursting with malty flvor, showing no hops at all. Medium body, long, tasty finish. Bright, cheery, delicious. Each sip bought a delivery of more and more satisfaction!
This was a good one! Big thanks to Bierman9 for it!

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ring lace after each sip. Initial pour gives a one-finger head which lies down quickly

Creamy malt aroma, very low hop bite aromas. No notable alcohol warmth

More hop in the taste than the nose. The alcohol provides some very nice warming qualities. The malt base is dry and is tertiary in the flavor profile. Rich body with a proper level of bubbles.

This is a creamy beer with good balance and full flavor.

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/22/10.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, swet fruity malts, and caramel malts. Decent smelling.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, wheat, caramel malts. Again, decent and above average.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down.

d - A pretty good alt. Didn't blow me away and not my favorite beer from Long Trail, but it's well made and has a great mouthfeel. Would drink again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gift from the other Matt. Beer is amber / orange and completely clear with a thin head that breaks. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is a little weak but smells mildly malty with hints of caramel.

Beer is nice, its a great great alt. Medium bodied, interesting late flavors from the yeast, mild bitterness mild sweetness, complete beer, nice connectivity. A great beer all around.

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange

Pours copper- nice clarity - with a thin head that almost immediately becomes a thin lacing.

The smell is of caramel with hints of butterscotch.

It has a nice malt profile. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, graininess. Sweet, but restrained by a crisp, balancing earthy hop bitterness.

It's medium-full bodied. Creamy and coating with just a slight astringency from the hops in the finish. It still goes down very smoothly, though (almost too smoothly). The alcohol is incredibly well-covered.
A very nice interpretation of an altbier.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish. The taste is awesome. It is full of malts, bitter hops, and a slightly dry, but fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good altbier. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a great drinker.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts, slightly sweet. Additionally there are light to moderate aromas of floral hops.

T: The beer taste quite malty with some biscuit malt flavors as well as some caramel malt sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness mid-taste.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that hides the alcohol very well. A pretty good example for the style, though I'm probably a little more harsh in reviewing it than others after having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf drinking altbiers.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11? for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly bland, with some biscuit malt and not much else. The flavor is also lacking, with some bread, grain and a hint of grass. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears orange to amber in color and transparent. The glass is absolutely teeming with bubbles. The head is somewhat thin and wispy, but manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malts, assorted fruit

T: Sweet and malty fruits that make my jaw and cheeks tense up. Wasn't expecting that. I just had an IPA and apparently my palate has to adjust to the other end of the spectrum. There we go...no more jawbone aching. Apples, plums, and perhaps raisins blend very well with a sturdy malt character.

M: Really silky smooth feel. Adequately carbonated with a lasting finish.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me. My wife and I went camping in Canada and split a warm sixer of this after sitting in the front row of the Sting / Annie Lennox concert. I will always have a soft spot for this beer. Good stuff.

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