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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,305 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 59
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 HopEnthusiast
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer.

Pours a dark copper color and has a excellent off white head that leave decent lacing. The aroma give off a nice mixture of smells from malt to citrus to hops to spices. As for the taste, this is a very sweet beer. A medium bodied brew with a decent warming effect to it. Quite delicious and at 7.2 is a beer that you could drink all day. Not the greatest but would definitley accept as a gift.

HopEnthusiast, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of kevd193213
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle. Browish amber pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Taste of malt, chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. Sticky mouthfeel but not overwhelmingly sweet. Great full finish. Very accessible in my area and a great intro to altbiers.

kevd193213, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost the perfect pint. Two fingers of creamy head with lots of structure. The beer was an orange/amber color that was crystal clear with no visible carbonation. Some spotty lacing.
Nice looking beer

Aroma was slightly fruity with a touch of sweetness.

Flavor was quite nice and smooth. Despite the comment on the label, I could detect a bit of warming from the alcohol as I worked my way through the pint. Starts with a bit of fruit and a touch of sweetness. Then it moves to a very nice malt flavor profile that I enjoy. Finally some nice bitter hops come into play and linger for a short while. The after taste finishes with a touch of sweetness again. Some nice grain flavors through the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just shy of thick. You get a hint of a sticky sense. Again I have to mention the warming effect from the alcohol. Not really a bad thing. Just noticed it.

Yes, for a 7.2% ABV, this is quite drinkable.

A good beer. Not sure I'd chase it, but if someone offered it to me, I'd be very happy and accept their gift.

Reagan1984, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dude, I don't know; this seems to be a well-liked beer, but I just wasn't diggin it. It has a nice clear amber color, but the head was smallish and didn't hang out long. Left some thin strings of lace. Very malty aroma with a bit of hops. The flavor is incredibly malty with a pronounced fruitiness and some grassy hop leaf in the finish, but what I really get in the finish is a pretty harsh alcohol presence. Somewhat bittering and unpleasant. The feel is nice, smooth and soft. Light body. Overall I found the second half of the glass to be less enjoyable than the first, which is never a good thing. The malty twang becomes a bit irritating and the alcohol is harsh. For all my criticism, it's not a terrible beer, perhaps it's just the style that I don't care for.

Hoagie1973, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to johnnnniee for the trade.

A - Poured amber into a pint glass, with a huge head, that subsided into a whispy layer with ring around.

S - Sweet - malts and fruit, and alcohol.

T - Sweet & malty, and roasted. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin, medium to heavy carbonation.

D - Alcohol is well hidden.

tedpeer, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of tedstertm
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a very small off-white head. The beer smells very malty-sweet and a little fruity. There is also some alcohol scent coming up. The beer tastes pretty sweet too with hints of caramel apples and little alcohol burn on the finish. It's a pretty full bodied beer with a slight sting on the front of the tongue.

Note:
This beer is significantly more palatable after a few months in the cellar.

tedstertm, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of inthewoods
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is copper in color light head. Smell was very fruity mostly apple. The alcohol is very noticable in this beer but is not over powering at all. Very sweet and crisp with a little hop at the end. Overall I would say this is a very good beer and will drink again.

inthewoods, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a clear copper color with a few stray bubbles rising to the top, where they meet a finger and a half of ivory cream colored head. Head is pretty creamy and dense, retains a thin and spotty lace but leaves a nice coating of stick on the sides.

Smells of deeply caramelized malt, on the sweet side for sure, with a bit of toasted grain. It's also buttery, but in a toffee sort of way rather than diacetyl. Altogether, it's nice, but not terribly interesting.

Taste is sweet and malty, with loads of caramel like the smell, and some buttery toffee, as well. Some earthy and toasted grain flavors with a bit of bitterness round out the finish and provide nice balance for the sweetness. Here and there I also find some fruit and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is a hefty medium body and it's quite creamy with a good amount of carbonation, but not so much that it detracts from the creaminess.

This is quite a solid beer. At first I was thinking that it was maybe a bit too sweet for my taste, but the toasted grain and bitterness complement it nicely and keep it quite drinkable. Good stuff; I'd certainly have again.

number1bum, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of mesperon
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber with thin disappearing head. Weak and mildly malty aroma with a bit of green apple. Starts with a citrussy bitterness and fruitiness. Slight peppery alcohol, biscuity malt base. Finishes with a faint grassy hop bitterness that lasts a little. Decent, not too impressive.

mesperon, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks johnnnniee for this one, poured into a pint.

Dark amber body, creamy yet short light tan head, decent retention.
Aroma is fruity, with some noticeable sweet maltiness but also a grassy hoppiness, along with some spices.
Medium body, creamy, with a well balanced combination of sweet maltiness, mostly caramel, along with fruitiness and a hoppy, grassy bite and some unexpected spiciness; alcohol is well hidden.
Nicely crafted.

brdc, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a ;int poured from the tap at the brewery.

A: It poured a bright, clear, orange tinged amber with slight white head that disappeared quickly. There were clumps lacing down the side of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S It hit the nose with a sweet sugary and lightly toasted caramel aroma. There were hints of ripe apples and pears.

T: It was dominated by toasted sweet malts with lots of caramel and brown sugar. There were hints of white fruit and very light bite from hops. The flavors were well balanced and the alcohol was hidden.

M: It was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It finished tangy warm and clean. There was a slightly sweet aftertaste that lingered for a short while.

D: It is a well structured brew with excellent balance and mouth feel. It hits the ABV well making it an excellent session beer.

dnichols, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pour, with good head retention and dark brown color. Sweet and woody on the nose, smelling of brown sugar but oddly, and rare, this beer imo, tastes nothing like it smells. Sweet malty brown sugar on the front followed by spicey, high hoppiness, udetectable high hoppiness. Beer smelled to me, more like an english brown, but tastes like a highly hopped American strong ale. Says it's an altbier, but I think BA has it right, as an American Strong, as I've never had this hoppy of an alt. Excellent beer, nonetheless.

bigdeuce, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber with a very thin cream colored head which drops immediately leaving no lace.

Scent is alcohol, fruit, raisins, vegetal and vinous notes.

Taste is raisins, dark fruit sweetness, big thick malt character. Caramel. Bread, maple and spices. Nice sturdy bitter hop finish.

Very little carbonation; med-thick almost chewy mouthfeel.

Surprisingly drinkable with a remarkably well hidden ABV.

A very unusual brew. Lots going on. Would enjoy another.

sethmeister, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | 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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of TrevorGW
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice dark fruit Aroma. Intense flavor that you would expect from a double. The malt backbone is rich and could use more of a bitter counterbalance. The dark and maple-y sweetness is a bit cloying, but this is certainly a good beer to try. Liquid fruit cake is not my thing at the moment. But I recognize that this is a well-crafted beer that I will likely appreciate more as I deviate towards the maltier styles.

TrevorGW, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pumpkin pie treat of nutmeg spice and sweet bread pudding. Cinnamon breads containing spice so nice. Confident body, confident head, balance hiding "almost over-the-top, yet comfortable alcohol." Autumn leaves and a Novemeber to remember. French toasty toffee. Granola, Oatmeal, grade B syrup. Highest regards. Sip with Chai tea.

SeanRedd, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of JRed
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, fluffy head floats on top of bubbling amber beer. Floral aroma with touches of fruit and a splash of vanilla extract. Now for the taste: smooth, malty, full-bodied brew that disguises alcohol extremely well with medicinal flavor that slicks the tongue. Nonexistent carbonation while in the palate creates a syrupy characteristic to the beer, a well balanced thickness like molasses or milk.

JRed, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I received in trade with paulthebeerguru. Didn't know what to think of this beer from the label. Good example of why one should never judge a beer by its cover.

After about twenty second of pouring, virtually all head dissolves. The color is a very clean, pale amber. Sort of strange and a little intriguing. The aroma is of roasted malts, piney hops, plum, grapefruit, and other dark esters as well as some hints of alcohol.

Taste consists of a sweet mix of dark malts, caramel, and some stale fruits. Amazing balance of hops. Faint alcohol, also. Oh, so pleasing. Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation. Very smooth and milky. One of my highest rated, for sure!

SirSketch, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah a nice reddish amber color with a thick and sticky looking light tan head. Lacing is splendid looking as the head slowly wanes.

Aroma of deep earthy malt, extra-ripe banana and other fruits, some hop notes. Taste is caramel and sweet malts, Spice and hoppy bitterness in the end, and some pretty fair warmth from the alcohol (despite the claim on the bottle) . No complaints here, it all works very nicely together.

Big body, lazy bubbles. This one has good feel and is a bit filling in the process. Good one to sip and them move on to something else.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body with a small tan head that left some lacing. Sweet biscuity aroma with a hint of caramel and hops. Roasted malt flavours mixed in with caraml and a sweet nuttiness, and some grassy hops in the finish. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel seems to suit the flavours perfectly, and I can't see much room for improvement. Likewise the drinkability is just short of exceptional, and only the dangerously hidden alcohol could be a negative factor. Awesome brew. Well done Long Trail!

bobsy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed was the 7.2% alcohol content. Pours an almost syrupy texture, amber colored with a thin white head that leaves a little bit of lace. Very rich malty, spiced taste that stays with you until the spicy hoppy finish. There isn't a dull moment with this beer. Good beer.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber/red with as mall 1/8 off white head. Aromas of floral hops dominate. First taste is way smooth and much less hoppy than the aroma indicated. There are a couple of favors at work here that I cannot easily identify. Is it smoke? Oak chips? Overall not a bad beer.

ATLbeerDog, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-sh/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt, caramel, and somewhat a small hop. In the taste, small roasty, buscuity malt. A smooth and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small malty and clean aftetaste. Nice ale, good color, small hints of a pils backround.

OWSLEY069, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, as it should be. Appealing amber/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head. Head dissipated after a minute or two but bubbles continue to rise. Good looking brew. Aromas of toffee, sweet malts and alcohol esters. Good flavors, roasted malt and sweet malt which is cut by floral hops, hints of caramel and nuts. A little alcohol heat appears at it warms up. Very smooth, perfect light/medium carbonation. For 7.2% this is unusually drinkable and could be dangerous (convince your girlfriend to drink a pair and you'll have a fine night!). Well balanced and probably Long Trails best beer.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of sleazo
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A_Clear brown with an off wite one finger head. Settles in as a decent sized cap.

S_Aroma is not very strong. Mild fruity esters and sweet malt.

T_The beggining of this is very fruity, pineapple and papaya like tropical fruit dominate. This is followed up by an extreme malt rush akin to a dark liquid malt extract. The finish is mildly boozy and give a slight bitter edge which veers towards the vegetable side of things.

M_Slightly on the thicker/syrup side of things, mild carbonation.

D_Meh. The fruity esters tend to dominate here and it isn't too good of a thing. A passable beer at best, at best.

sleazo, Aug 18, 2008
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.