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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

550 Reviews

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,558
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 79
Gots: 262 | 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: 550 | Hads: 1,558
Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a darker shade of copper tinted body...you could see through but there was also some haze...one finger of off white head formed and receded to a full ring...not much lacing

S - Sweet caramel and toffee...dark fruits...all in all the nose was a little on the lighter side

T - Lots of sweet caramel here...it never becomes too much but the caramel has a dark, sticky flavor to it which is very nice...the grainy malt comes through just a touch in the middle...but the fruits are stronger in flavor in the middle...soft, earthy hops make a presence to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with the right amount of carbonation...sweet

O - I enjoy trying Altbiers and Long Trail's version is very nice...the caramel flavors really stand out and are supported nicely throughout the beer

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rusty copper color with almost zero head in my snifter glass. Minimal lacing as well. This beer is fairly clear, in spite of the fact it's a darker beer. The nose is caramel malt, nutty aroma, and that's about it. Fairly weak nose on this beer. The taste follows suit, with a little bit of hops thrown in. The feel is thin, with a nutty aftertaste. Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer. Glad I got to try the style though. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass (later sampled by a borrowed stange, nothing changed):

A: clear yet dark amber/brown colored body with a short slightly creamy looking head, spotty lacing drips down the side of the glass as it goes down

S: malty and slightly fruity

T: rich and well balanced through the fruitiness that is slightly in the background

M: medium, sessionable, no aftertaste yet dry earthy finish, slightly crisp

O: this is a good beer for its style and good to me

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a rich and remarkable take on an Altbier. Assertive, fruity, yet rather well balanced.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. Menu with a minimal description of the brew. Served in a pint-shaker glass.

A - Clear deep amber pour, short creamy head touching the rim, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malty, fruity and softy floral nose...

T - Nice malty range with a sweet fruity range that is very pleasing, peaches, prunes… caramel. Soft hoppy earthy finish…

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rather crisp as it flows with a nice soft bitterness in the finish.

O - Very inviting, quite the treat…

Notes: Nice surprise. Finding this on tap locally was very pleasing. I´d sure love to try a bottled version.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown with a small tan head that falls to a ring but leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is too light, caramel notes with some toffee hints hints of fruit. Seems little light but it is to style.

Taste is nice malty caramel notes hints of toffee light fruitiness. Very smooth and sweet malt notes abound finish is light floral hop notes. Finish is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth about medium carbonation is on the light side.

Overall enjoyable American try of a rare German style. Easy drinking tasty brew with lots of flavors dancing on your tongue. Only thing kind of disappointing is the nose isn't as good as the taste buds say it is.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with with an off white head that recedes rather quickly.

S: Smells sweet, with caramel, some fruitiness, and booze.

T: Like the smell, sweet. Caramel, a bit fruity, with earthy, herbal hops coming through in the finish, along with some alcohol. Very tasty.

M: Thick, full body with little carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Could use a bit more carbonation, but other then that, solid.

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Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a copperish light-amber color with little head even with an aggressive pour.

S - Smells floral but tame and not overpowering. A hint of something sweet comes through also.

T - Smoooth, extremely impressive for 7.2% beer. A near perfect balance of bittnerness and sweetness. Finishes with a lingering zest of hoppiness.

M - Fairly carbonated but overall mouthfeel is light. I read a review below where one stated this to be a filling beer, but the contrary. While it no adjunct light beer you'll find college students doing kegstands with, I find it remarkably easy drinking for a well rounded and complex brew.

O - Overall this one is a keeper. I first bought a case last year and was extremely impressed. It's no surprise that I had no apprehension in picking it up again this winter, as well I imagine I will purchase it again in the future. Very nice work long trail!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orangey copper. Clear with a small off-white / light khaki head. Okay retention & alright lacing.

S: Fruity esters & richly malty and sweetly malty. Plums? – sort of jam quality – fruity and sweet. Melanoidans, bread crust, malty sweetness. Touch of toffee with a hint of diacetyl. Hint of alcohol that is estery and sweet. A hint of hops emerges as it warms. Nicely interesting, inviting, and with good strength. Overall it is quite sweet & fruity – for the style or regardless. It smells fine, with good strength, but it doesn’t clearly say Alt.

T: Estery, fruity sweetness – more sweet & generally fruity than leaning to any particular fruit. Rich malts. Bread crust, melanoidans, with an underlying doughy & toasty quality. All leaning strongly to malty sweetness. Even with all the sweet richness, it is not all that robust and varied.

M: Just slightly over medium body with carbonation a touch under matched. Smooth and rich feel. Chew and texture from dextrins & sweetly sticky sugars. Barest hint of creeping warmth.

D: An intriguingly sweet & richly malty “sticke” style alt. Certainly not as darkly or robustly malty as many stabs at the sub-style, but rich nonetheless. I like the estery, fruity sweetness. Very drinkable and potent with a well disguised 7.2 % abv.

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Photo of KypFisto
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out "Lincoln Penny" copper. The thin head disappeared less than a minute after I poured it into glass with a slight cider-like translucence.

S: Sweet, almost fruity fragrance, but tart. A hint of caramel as well.

T: Sweet and wheaty up front, but complimented by the hoppy bitterness. Dry aftertaste. Splits a good difference between sweet and dry.

M: Very filling and thick with a good amount of carbonation. Almost forces you to savor every sip.

O: Just a really tasty beer. I've only had the Hibernator before this. I was a little worried it wouldn't be to my taste due to my preference for porters, but I was pleasantly surprised. As a caveat, it is very filling. I would recommend taking one's time with it.

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Photo of cscott73
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful copper color, hint of red under my kitchen light. A little less than an inch of head that dissipated but did not disappear. Excellent lacing
Smell - Caramel malt, slightly sweet, very enticing, like the color.
Taste - Wow! Caramel, candy, hops are in there, complimenting the malt. Smooth and balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, feels sticky (in a good way). Slight bitterness.
Overall - I've not had this style before, and that will change starting this weekend. Very good beer, especially on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a great looking beer! A beautiful copper/red color that is crystal clear with just a bit of foam that is already sticking to the glass.

S: All malt here, sweet with just a hint of metallic aroma which may dissipate as it breathes. Just a wiff of hops in the background to round it out.

T: Really nice smooth malt flavor and a nice balanced bitterness that holds on at the back of your mouth. Hops are more up front in the taste and it strikes a nice balance with the malty aroma.

M: Rich & smooth. This beer is perfectly attenuated striking a nice balance of sweet and dry.

O: A really nice beer for the post winter months. Well crafted.

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Photo of Zraly
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light mahogany-amber color with a nice two finger head. Nice and clear. Nice smell of fresh biscuits and hops.

Wonderful caramel, bread, and toasted malt plays an important role here. The hop leaf note melds seamlessly with the malt. Toffee, honey, and fruit play a second role in the malt department -- just layers of sweet -- but balanced -- rich flavors. Creamy and medium to full-bodied. A bit of chew to the mouthfeel and the carbonation helps cut through to reveal a clean finish. So easy to drink and pleasing to the palate it is criminal. At over 7% ABV, I need to be careful because I could throw these back without much thinking involved.

I paid $7.99 for a six pack and feel like I just robbed a bank. A big "cheers" to Long Trail for making a mighty fine altbier (er, stickebier, according to the label). I think I found a new "go to" beer -- I must keep a few of these around at all times.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice

Appearance - dark copper color with 1 finger of white head

Smell - toffee, caramel, dark cherries, whole grain bread

taste - toffee, caramel, malts, whole grains

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly sweet, slight bitterness on the finish, good hearty beverage on a cool night without necessarily being too heavy

overall - this is a really good example of the Altbier style, readily available and affordable, I would love to drink more of this

Price point - single purchased for $1.79

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/amber with a copper head. Leads to a bit of lacing.

Smells of roasted grain, caramel malts, a touch of honey, and faint floral hops.

Taste is heavy on malts and cereal grain with a moderate offering of fresh hop bitterness. Honey and some molasses flavors offer an even sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Nice body and very drinkable despite ABV

Cool sticke!

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber in color. Clear. Forms a small off-white head that doesn't bother sticking around for long.

S: Lots of sweet caramel malt and some light floral hops.

T: Caramel malts, butterscotch. Moderately sweet. Floral on the finish.

M: Medium body. Appropriate carbonation. Very mild bitterness.

O: A better than decent beer, though I'll admit I'm not entirely familiar with the style or the sub-style.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a bright copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled predominantly of malt and caramel. Not overly aromatic, but nice nonetheless.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and an almost bready quality. This is a solid, well-constructed beer. Basically, it tastes like an altbier should.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a focused, well made, likeable beer.

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Photo of Guden
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light copper brown with decent clarity and a half finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bread and caramel. Big, malty and full with a small floral hop component in the background.

T - Light maltiness with a lot of caramel and some definite alcohol presence. Not overly strong or complex but sweet and alcohol balance each other out somewhat.

M - Light and smooth with a bit of creaminess. Goes down really easy.

D - There's nothing here for me to get too excited about, but its balanced and lacks flaws so I could have a few more, and it was worth the addition to the mix and match six pack.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty caramel color with a small head. Smell is of grains, some sweetness. Taste is malts, grains, some bitterness at the finish, different but in a good way. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Dogfish Head bulbed pint. No born date.

Pours a lucid copper with gold reflections and a healthy two finger head, very light brown. No lacing to speak of.

Smell consists of some overripe fruit, honey and earth.

Smoothness is the key here, honey and rasin blend with a hint of pine resin and creme.Sweet, slightly cloying and coating of the mouth. Glides across the palate. Women are going to love this beer. Opens up a little bit as it warms.

Overall, a really pretty pleasant drink that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again. A lot of layering in terms of especially smell and flavor. Unique in terms of styling and very well executed.


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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny copper/burnt orange body, trace head,
excellent lacing

S: mild nose/malt, pine, raisin, toffee

T: sweet malt, honey?, nutty/toffee, light raisins,
hint of pine, mild bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth/light crisp

O: Delicious Long Trail offering. This style is
often overlooked and they nailed it. I would
get this again and recommend it to others.


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Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tuliped glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that reduced to one finger and left some lacing on the side of the glass. A nice red/amber color with slight signs of carbonation through the middle of the glass.

Smell: malty, honey, raisins, and a little bozziness towards the end. Just wish it had a stronger scent to it.

Taste: Boozy, caramel and toffee notes, bananas, raisins, honey, and slight bread notes too. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, boozy, medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

Overall: I liked this beer a lot. Even though there was not much going on in the nose, taste and mouthfeel made up for that characteristic. Will enjoy more of these in the future.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber in appearance. This beer has a nice aroma that serves it well. The feel on the mouth is ok, lingers a little, but not to bad. The taste is very nice and clean. Overall we feel that Long Trail has done it again. nice beer. This beer will go well with a good sweet ham or pork chop.

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Photo of obrendano
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is easily one of the more complex beers I've had in a while

A - shiny orange like a dark pumpkin, clear as day, head is a little wispy and unstable

S - notes of everything that makes an interesting beer interesting...fruity floral hops, caramel, alcohol, overripe dark fruits....

T - caramel malt base showcases many different notes with each sip. hops are present and bring some citrus. also in the mix are grape and raisin, roasted cashew, a little cherry, cigar tobacco, and an almost astringent finish. it's a lot to take in all at once

M - really superb silkiness, a little bubbly under it, not too light or too sticky

D - this one might throw off people who aren't accustomed to bold and complex brews. would not recommend as a first or even 30th beer for a beginner, but longtime enthusiasts can easily find something to get behind within this one

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice brown color, crystal clear. Almost no head, but a layer of bubbles stays around. Lacing is just OK.

S - Nutty, roasty aroma with a nice malt backbone. Maybe even a little yeast breadiness too.

T - Same flavors show up as in the aroma. Nutty flavor dominates. There's a little bit of alcohol noticeable. Fairly simple beer, but has a very balanced taste. Subtle flavors jump in and out like cherries, smoke, even a hint of leather, but overall, the caramel malt backbone and nutty overtones are what dominate the taste.

M - Very smooth, light to medium bodied. Finish is sweet and lingering. That same nutty flavor stays around until the next sip.

O - The only other beer of this style I have had is Alaskan Amber, and this compares very nicely with it. Not up to par with it, but still a pretty good beer. Readily available and fairly cheap. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice rich color, like a peach toned iced tea. Low head very little head retention with moderate lace.

S- There is a very boozy front note with hints of nuts. Very light, slightly watery on back end.

T- Very light flavor, A little malty on front end. gets a bit watery in the middle and finishes light and slightly bready.

M- Light, no coating at all and the watery middle is not very desirable.

O- A very light beer, the wateriness is not pleasant. The malt flavors would be nice but they die out far to quickly and there is no complexity to the flavor. Not very drinkable

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.