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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

1,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 188 | 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 Guden
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of ghamel
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Crossmd
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.


Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of barleyroad
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of obrendano
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Photo of GarrettMD
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
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

Photo of nickthetick
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper brown into a DFH signature glass with a half finger of slightly off white head that thins out pretty quickly into a ring of bubbles that hugs the glass but leaves no lacing.

S: it reeks of sweet malt with a slight twinge of floral hops.

T: a huge amount of malt hits the tongue and wet leather. There is a pretty good amount of tartness and flowers.

MF: light body but not thin, a tad warm and dry.

O: an ok sticke, I like the one brewed down the street a whole lot more, my point is there are better more available ones, this is however a great example of an alt.

My second bottle was better... My fiancée finally put some shoes on.

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

Had this one in my crystal mug. It has a clear light mahogany amber color and builds a off white head about one finger high.
Dissipated fast and left no lacing.
The smell is certainly speaking of malt. There us also brown sugar and caramel.
Tasting this beer the same sweet flavors take charge in front. In the middle a bread like flavor mingles with this sweetness and balances the beer. In the finish some bitterness enters the palette, leaving a slight delicate bitterness as aftertaste.
Very nice beer for the style

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass. marked 6-21-11 on the neck... bottled on date?

A- Nice clear sunset orange body and a thin head that leaves a silky first ring on the glass.

S- Fruity, malty, pleasing to the nose.

T- Big smooth and slick malt with a smidge of buttery caramel. Toffee and whole grain bread. Hops are earthy and floral, and the beer finishes fairly sweet with some light honey.

M- Flavors are bold, I think that has me slowing down more than the ABV. A beer that needs its time to shine.

O- A singular beer for the most part- not too many other locals like this one. Always worth a buy. Great to have a few of, but it sneaks up on you quick!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a light brown with a caramel latte coloured head.

S: Not much in the nose. There is the distinctive spice of German hops and a bit of biscuity malt with a slight metallic hint.

T: Very smooth and balanced! Malt character is center stage which light caramel, bready sweetness and brown sugar, but hops provide a dash of bitterness that balances everything out. Mouthfeel is about medium-thin and appropriate.

D: A bit stronger than most alts I've tried, but the exceptional balance hides the strength.

Overall: A very nice little brew. Cheap and available in NYC and big bonus points to LTBC for adding such an overlooked style in their regular lineup.

Photo of PDXHops
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru copperish amber with an off-white head a finger or so in height. Good retention, scattered patches of drippy lacing.

For an alt, especially a sticke version, this is pretty tame stuff. Smells of caramel malt and little else. Taste is again pretty malty, but there's just not a lot going on here. Buttery and bready with very light leafy and baked apple notes. Clean and crisp for sure- obviously a brew constructed with care- but not something I'd revisit.

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

12oz brown bottle. Served in a nonic tumber.
It pours a shiny tan mahogany color with a fast-fading beige head. Some patchy and sticking lacing.
The aroma is certainly malt forward. Sweet malt followed by limey citrus and mixed fruit cup. A bit of rummy fuminess advances.
The sweet honey-like malty backbone could easily double as a dopple bock. The German citrusy and metallic tangy Nobles hops and Alt yeast are what keeps this in the Altbier family. The 7.2% ABV makes it a Sticke.

Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of double bag at Consumers... sign read strong ale, with a full, malty body, balanced by three generous additions of noble hops.

A - The appearance in my frosted glass was a medium dark amber. Very translucent, so a real ambery look to it. Head was full and creamy with a creme color (not white) and stuck around for most of the pint.

S - There is a small hint of malted beer without any hoppy overtone. Almost no smell at all.

T - The taste is very smooth and velvety. The malty flavor comes through and no real noticeable hop taste. This is not a hoppy beer. (Since I am not a big hop fan, this is right up my alley)

M - Again, this is smooth with no lingering aftertaste other than a small sweet malt taste. If you like malted beers, you will have no issue with the small amount of aftertaste.

D - Well one down while writing this and getting ready to pour another, so before a growler full is gone I will say the drinkability is top notch. I will probably try and down this tonight.

Overall, I would say this is a mighty fine Vermont beer.

Bottoms up!

Photo of bpw28
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Finger bone white head, very deep amber (about a 23 SRM), very nice lacing.

Smell: Rich roasted malt, dark fruits (figs and plums come to mind), earthy, deep woods, very mellow alcohol.

Taste: Big dark fruits (again, the fig and plum), rich malt, great earthy, strong woods, present alcohol but not overdone, light grassy, slight warming, nice body.

Final Thoughts: This is good simplicity. Not folling with out there flavors, just making a good brew. Enjoy this one deep in the fall/start of winter. It would be perfect. Great brew Long Trail.

Photo of Lillie1128
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 7/19 at the brewery

A - Pours a pretty reddish amber

S - A little yeasty

T - Yum, sweet and malty. You can really taste the caramel malts in this one, along with a little spice and some hops at the end

M - Goes down smooth

D - medium

I'm usually unimpressed with Long Trail, but this is actually a quality beer. It's really tasty. Try the triple bag!

Photo of godlessape
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep whiskey shade of brown with not that much head at all.

Smell: I'm not picking up much aroma with this. Just a faint hint of malt and bready yeast but that's it.

Taste: Wow. This beer is all about balance. A perfect ying of malty sweetness and yang of hop bitterness. Nothing stands out above the other. Perfect.

Mouth-feel: Smooth on the palate--nicely carbonated.

Overall: This beer is stunning. I'm currently doing a road trip thru the North East and turning it into a beercation. So now my big dilemma is: Should I continue sampling other NE brews, or should I head back to Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton and Buy a shit-load more Double Bag Longtrail? Oh how I suffer.

Photo of Criscoh88
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear dark mahogany color. retains a small head, not too impressive. Some lacing.

Smell: Sugary yeast with a small hint of hops. High Alcohol

Taste: A particularly sweet taste of fruit followed by a strong flavor of bread and hops. The aftertaste of alcohol sits much like a whiskey.

Feel: Heavy. Goes down smooth and leaves your lips sticky.

Overall: A bit much for me. Taste is overly sweet and leaves you feeling very heavy. First time I had one of these was by surprise. I don't think i finished it. Decided to give it another chance when i wasn't already drinking. Still a no. I wont get this again.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A nice off white to tan head forms in a creamy way. Gorgeous amber clear color with slow rising carbonation coming up. Head has a little bit of foamy retention character slowly recedes.

Mild malts and spritzy like yeast powder, hints of lactose it seems on the nose.

Taste is quite flavorful. Dense malt and thick palate. Chewy grains and muted hop and yeast like bread punch in the middle. Finishes large with a good yeast like blast, with some residual like alcohol sweetness.

This is one really tasty altbier for sure!

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #16
Served On: 7/20/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Smell: I got sweet malty notes with some pit fruit and very slight brown sugar notes. Maybe even some butterscotch coming through. I also got some pear and a crisp refreshing sensation in the aroma. Nose seemed very complex on this beer.

Look: A clear copper color with no real carbonation bubbles floating around. Head was a solid 2 finger that reseeded quickly. A ring of fairly solid lacing was left behind.

Taste: Definitely an alcohol warmth at first from the 7.2 ABV with a sweet maltiness predominant in the profile. Sweet pit fruit faded into a brown sugar. The finish held onto the sugary sweetness as a bitter aftertaste took over the palate.

This is a great brew. I would certainly consider adding this to my regular rotation. The stronger ABV is well hidden, making this a very enjoyable brew for anytime of the year.

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,487 ratings.