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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,500 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,500
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 202 | 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: 1,500 | Reviews: 549
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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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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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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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A:
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.

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

T:
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.

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

O:
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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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.