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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double BagDouble Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

553 Reviews

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Reviews: 553
Hads: 1,570
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 81
Gots: 271 | 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 Act25
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could be one of Long Trail's best, and altho VT is filled with craft, I'm regularly underwhelmed by LongTrail and Magic Hat.

A: Pours a very fizzy, bubbly 1 finger head over clear copper brown body, but I dont observe as much stickiness or lace as I would like to see. Bubbles are large and tan.

S: Dominated by sweet malts, dark bread, sugar. (Too sweet for me, but true to style - better in Dusseldorf!)

T: Follows smell. Somewhat crisp apple-like start, malty ales, then over the tongue lots of caramel and brown sugar, makes this too sweet for me and too back of tongue coating to love.
Lots of subtle nutty, mineral back notes, but too little hops, and too much sweetness for me.

F: Mouth is medium but the finish is too sweet and cola like for me.

A slight bit of booze at 7.2%, too much sweetness, an interesting mineral back note. Not much hop. I'd pick this over other long-trails, but only in a pinch.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a dark yellow almost brown with a thick head that lasts for a bit. The smell is very sweet, both from the alcohol as well as the malt. The taste was really nice, balancing the sweet malt with the bitter hops to cancel out a bit of the intense alcohol flavor. I found it very nice and a good sipping beer that is easy to pair with large meals. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Straight to the point...
The overwhelming taste here is...booze.
That shouldn't be the forefront of any beer.
Other flavors include caramel, toffee, prunes. Like drinking a port.
Some nice flavors in there, but the booze hits first and lingers around the other flavors for too long.
Not my kind of thing.

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Photo of mikeyv35
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Date: 08/30/14
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Bottled: 07/18/14
Glass: Lawson's Tulip

* First, I need to mention that I made the mistake of sampling this side by side w/ Freigeist Hoppeditz (a true Doppelsticke Alt from the Dusseldorph region of Germany), which was a huge mistake as it showed all the glaring weaknesses of this attempted American rendition.

Pours a light brown almost golden in color w/ only a few bubbles of carbonation that produced little to no lacing. Aromas of candied sugar, treacle, caramel, light toffee, and that somewhat signature German yeast/basement mustiness. The taste was almost like the nose, candied and caramel/toffee up front, leading into booziness and herbal hops. Medium bodied and a touch lush and slightly sticky, versus clean and crisp like a good Alt should. Somewhat drinkable, the stickiness that it should not have hinders it severely.

Overall, a good try from Long Trail at a true Doppelsticke Alt, but I still felt bad for it in the glass next to Freigeist! It is very hard to duplicate such a delicate German style that is so refined, which is why so few American breweries dabble in them.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

DATE REVIEWED: August 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hobgobin stange... OCCASION: Lord of the Rings return to school prep... APPEARANCE: stately brown/orange body; strong, two-finger off-white head; spongy at first, sinewy as it clings to the glass; handsome... AROMA: surprisingly fragrant bouquet from an alt; blanketing caramel malts; some wet leaf and earthy tones... PALATE: heavy, full-bodied and long in its aftertaste; soft hops play at the teeth; palpable yet palatable ... TASTE: vibrant toffee and toast make this a brown with bite; the earthy malts make a course, somewhat complex sip; hops are floral and complimentary ... OVERALL: a Long Trail brew to get behind--a malty ale that brings the weight of 7.2 % ABV subtly; powerful and energizing...

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Photo of illpass78
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear rust brown with some decent carbonation and moderate lacing.

Aroma: Smells of caramel malt and booze. Some grass, too.

Taste: Tastes like a boozier version of their original. The alcohol gets more pronounced as it warms. There's some nice caramel in there, too.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light of body for a big-ish alcohol beer.

Overall: To me, this essentially tastes like a boozed up Long Trail Ale. It's nice, but I like the approachability of their original a little bit more,

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Grade A amber maple syrup in color. Very thin head, short-lasting.

S: Strong smelling Munich malts. Earthy and caramel sweetness. Some grassy hops.

M: Medium body, light feel, medium carbonation. Not notably creamy or smooth. A good amount of alcohol warmth.

T/O: Lots of caramel. Booze makes a showing as well. Orange, blue curacao, very sweet. Bitter builds, light cocoa dusted almond flavor. A little tinny in the finish. One of the maltier beers. Nice grassy and toasty hay tones. Not as dry, crisp, nutty, or bitter as I prefer my altbiers.

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Photo of sommersb
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-21-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Clear, amber beer with a head of offwhite head. Not a lot of lacing or retention but still a nice looking pour.

Aromas are pleasant with primarily malty, caramel sweetness coming through.

The taste is initially sweet and malty, but also has an earthy hop presence for some teeth. Mouthfeel is somewhat prickly. Finishes fairly dry for starting out on the sweet end, with aftertastes of toasted grain.

Overall a good ale with balance.

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Photo of scotorum
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/12/13. Seven months old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an Innis & Gunn tulip.

a: Amber with an inch and a half thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Fruit cup with a leaning to pear.

t: Pear up front over a moderate caramel malt base. Slightly sweet and sour finish. Later the fruit gives way to more maltiness, but still remains a significant element of the taste.

m: Medium with good body. Moderate carbonation tingle.

o: An easy drinking summer beer, tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of caramel toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of butterscotch. Earthy bitterness in the aroma keeps this in check. The flavor is sweet rich sugars with some melanoids and a bit of burnt sneaking in there. Earthy bitterness with a touch of burnt butter round us out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. There is a bit of diacetyl here and that usually turns me off to a beer, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it works within the frame of the rest of the brew.

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Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of the can so only flavor notes.

The beer has a rich maltiness towards a hefty brown ale. Caramel sweetness, nuttiness, toasted malt, almost even some coffee and chocolate. There's a punch of deeply sweet and roasted apples in there with that fruit quality coming through. On the back, it attacks of herbal and cleans off quite nicely.

Not the altbier I'm familiar with from Dusseldorf, but it's a higher ABV, richer, and a good drinking beer.

As someone who enjoys some malty brews, this is a decent attempt.

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Photo of sevreng
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright, amber hued. Small head on pour, dissipating quickly. Unassuming appearance.

S - Caramel, toffee, and butterscotch dominate the aroma.

T - Nutty with lager-type malt characteristics. Roasted malt nicely balanced in the background. No indication of alcohol.

M - Creamy and full yet crisp. Medium-low carbonation that works well with the flavor.

O - A deceptively strong alt-beer perfect for a breezy summer evening. Could wish for a better head but the flavor compensates somewhat.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a bit of haze but brilliant golden orange and bronze. A fat head of tan foam that falls slowly and leaves lace. Nose is rich malt an a light floral. Biscuit and a bit of sweetness. Tatse is malty and layered. Lots of malt with a softly floral hop backnote to give it a sensational sweetness and wonderfull impression. Medium mouthfeel, crisp and with a slight tingle from alcohol this one finishes dry and slightly bitter, with a long lingering aftertaste of creamy biscuit, smooth light caramel and a malty resonance.

Dapper, well crafted and simply great! There's a restrained hops character on this that seems to stand back politely.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to almost nothing

S: Very malty and robust with some nutty notes and a hint of dark fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the robust maltiness with some graininess and goes into dark fruits and an earthy nuttiness. Finishes with a hint of sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nicely brewed American alt with bold flavors and good drinkability. Great deal for the price and drinkable any time of the year. Probably one of the staple brews in New England

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Photo of Brewtaster34
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a 12 ounce glass

Appearance: Dark brown in color, held against the light you can see some red. Small head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Malty with caramel. Smells fairly light and appealing wouldn't guess this beer is over 7 abv.

Taste: Almost toffee flavor up front, turns to caramel, a little bit of bread flavor, malts, and a slight essence of chocolate. Balanced, flavorful, simple but very well put together.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium carbonation, full flavored but not too heavy. Very crisp for an ale.

Overall: Very good beer. I cant go more than a week or two with a six pack of this. One I will always go back full flavor very drinkable for a fairly high abv beer. Smooth, flavorful, full bodied, and balanced everything I look for in an ale. A must try for anyone who enjoys a good ale.

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Photo of Ctone33
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm drinking this bad boy out of a bottle in a beer glass. The beer is copper colored and I have found that you really have to play with it as you pour in order to get a noticeable head, which is cream colored and retains for about .5 secs. The beer has a faint noticeable smell that is malty maybe with a little fruit. When you taste it there is an initial very malty toffee flavor followed by a smooth hop bitterness and alcohol bite at the end which sometimes persists. This is a beer that stays with you in the back of the mouth, producing continuing flavors after the initial taste. It is very sweet and goes well after dinner. It is tough to drink a lot of these as they are very rich and flavorful.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade, and while it's relatively creamy looking, it doesn't have the best retention.

S: The malt is typically toffee-forward, but with that faint German touch to it. Namely, stone fruits and just a hint of diacetyl. There's a hop profile that's very mellow yet still noticeable. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Loads of toffee start this one off. The flavor even gets faintly nutty at times, with some nice apricot notes right after the swallow. There does seem to be a touch of alcohol flavor (along with a faint burn) on the finish. I have to say that overall, the flavor profile isn't my cup of tea.

M: It's actually kind of coarse, and even slightly angular in feel. This helps to give it pretty good drinkability in spite of its maltiness. Carbonation is light, which somehow suits this one.

O: This isn't my (double) bag, as the scores reflect. Still, I don't hate it. Decent to try if you're looking for something different, but I wouldn't recommend a full 6 pack.

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Photo of Cheld
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Harpoon Dark glass from a can
Appearance- a light caramely color with a thick head, the head sticks around for quite a while and leaves significant lacing.
Aroma- mild malty smell, not as strong as expected for a 7.2% alcohol beer.
Taste- Smooth. So smooth. A great balance of malt and hops... Nothing too powerful, but it all plays together nicely.
Mouthfeel- light and crisp for the most part
Overall- a very nice beer, and a good change from all the IPAs I've been having lately. Very very different, as no one part of this beer stands out, but it all comes together well. Definitely something to have again in the future

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper color with a very thin, wispy head. Rich malt nose with a twinge of alcohol in the background. Blend of caramel, toffee, and booze in the flavors, followed by a crisp hop bitterness. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

A big, malty beer with enough balance and complexity to keep you interested sip after sip. Heavy on the residual sugars, it tastes and feels much like a barley wine. Deep and inviting for a big beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish amber with a skiff of beige head that doesn’t amount to much; finally settles to a thin (but consistent) film. Okay retention; good lacing.

Slight beer sourness with some strong caramel malt notes. Simple and straightforward.

Strong malt up front with a hearty hop backbone. Cherries, earthy hop flavors, biscuity malt, and a touch of burnt almost-chocolatey sweetness at the finish. Really has a lot going on.

Almost milky cream feel with a lingering but not stifling finish and a good level of carbonation.

Really good beer. It looks okay, smells good, tastes great, and has a phenomenal mouthfeel. It just gets better as you go. It is a little restrained on the smell front and doesn’t have a great head, but it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I especially like that neither the look of it nor the smell told me what it would taste like. The flavor is surprisingly complex and is not what I would have expected on opening the bottle.
Would have again. Worth getting ahold of.

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Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Pale, clear peachy copper color; pours with a white head that faded to large chunky lace.

s: Subdued biscuity toffee and a little something mineral-y.

t: Surprisingly muted; I found grainy, lightly sweet bready malts, some biscuits and grapes. Lingering minerals and sulphur; a little unclean.

m: On light side.

o: I had an altbier of regular strength last week that was more flavorful.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in color with lite carbs. The head is thin but lingers a good while. In the aroma I picked up a lot of malts. I could smell toffee and sweetness. There was also a sulfur aspect too.
Taste was all malts. I didn't pick up much hops in flavor oe bitternss. Additional flavors were bread, toffee and some mild fruity esters.
Drinks smooth on the palate. It's fairly clean with pretty much no aftertaste.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: golden caramel, very clear. large 4 finger solid white head

s: aroma is dominated by sweet malts. some syrup-like toffee notes and dark berries as well. just the faintest hit of some hops in here as well.

t: sweet caramel and toffee malts right away. there is some earthy spice in here as well. fresh dough. the finish is very faint generic hops. this is a nice malt-forward beer. not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here are nice

m: light to medium mouthfeel. there is carbonation in here, but can't really feel it

o: as mentioned before - its not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here work really well. drinks really smooth, and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of gregO59
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - dark but translucent enough to see through.
smell - not overpowering , malty with caramel overtones. taste - smooth and easy on the way down nice aftertaste makes you eager for next sip. mouthfeel - not overly carbonated, smooth and silky on the way down. overall - a very drinkable offering from long trail. Decent price for a quality beer. I like it served ice cold after work is done. At 7.20 ABV the taste is well balanced with the alcohol content . It seems to sell well because its spot on the shelves in local shops

sometimes sold out. Not real heavy if you don't want a stout but something a little lighter.

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

A: Pours a clear copper hue with a white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Very aromatic flora and hoppy scents.

T: Malty biscuit flavor with a decent hop background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid brew – well-built and well balanced.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.