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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

546 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 1,541
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 78
Gots: 248 | 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: 546 | Hads: 1,541
Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice reddish-brown hued beauty with not much head, which I attribute to my pouring.

The aroma was of sweet malt, light aromatic hops, and a definite apple fruitiness. Quite surprising and appealing. It begged to be tasted.

The taste was quite different. There was a lovely bitter hop foretaste, followed by some fruitiness reminiscent of bananas, underlying malt, and a long bitter aftertaste. Very good, indeed.

This is one of the best altbiers I have had in a long time. (497 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple cream colored head over rich gold clear ale. Nose is lightly toasty, malty sweet, and flowery fresh hoppiness. The taste is just as the nose, very drinkable with flavors of sugar sweet malt blasted away by quite bitter hoppiness and some slight warming alcohol too. Finshes long, warming and bitter...a superbly crafted Sticke Altbier. (342 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber body, beige head, almost yellowish. Aroma is well structured, very malty (maple, nutty) accompanied by subtle grassy hops and a mysterious woodiness that I couldn't describe better than cedar powder. Very crisp mouthfeel, highly carbonated medium body. Honeyish malt, grassy/earthy finish with a nice mild bitter touch. Solid (336 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice copper color with light carbonation. Smell consisted of a variety of things. Some caramel, malts, nuts, toffee, and some toasted aroma. Taste is quite malty mixed with some nuts in there. Some hop bitterness comes towards the end and mixes with some spiciness. I wished there was a little more carbonation in this beer. But other than that it's a good beer. (375 characters)

Photo of Hagbard
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color with a small off-white head that fades quickly. Malty aroma that is very understated. No hint of hops in the smell. Very malty beginning. A little hint of caramel in the background. Also, some dark fruits. As the beer sits a bit, a moderate bitterness joins the malty sweetness in a nice harmony. This fades to the aftertaste without much of a change. The carbonation level is fairly low. The drinkability I rated on the low side, because I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this beer. I didn't really like the first one or two I tried, but as the week passed, and the six-pack dwindled, it definitely grew on me. Still not my favorite though, and I'm not sure I'll revisit it soon. (755 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into a pint glass, small very slightly off-white head, which quickly depletes to a film of bubbles. Laces slightly during the drinking process. The definition of amber in color, with perhaps the slightest tinge of orange lurking in there. Malty aroma, with evidence of alcohol even in the nose. Powerful malt in the taste as well, with the hops and alcohol pretty much balancing themselves out in the background. A warming yet drinkable ale, apparently made for the slopes from which Long Trail originates. (607 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-copper color, minor head is fomred despite vigorous pour. Depsite this solid straks of lace are deposited on the side of the glass.
Aroma is carael, malt liquor, brown sugar with some spicy hop aroma hiding in the background.
Flavor of light caramel, heavy, gritty hops taste. Very spicy and dry pure alochol taste on the back end.
Mouthfeel starts smooth and lively but finishes wit an alcholic spicy kick. Slight buring sensation on the tongue.
Drinkability is somewhat limited by predominat alcohol hit. (528 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was an absolutely crystal clear amber that had an orange glow when it was in the sunlight. The head was thin, rising up to just shy of a finger, and light tan in colour. It had a medium density to it and dissipated in a hurry, quickly leaving just a thin ring of bubbles around the circumference of the glass. Not a stitch of lacing remained in this beer's wake.

Smell: A good, classic beer smell is the best way to describe the aroma of this one. It was nice and malty, having more of a bread-like quality to it than that of an overly sweet malt. This was combined with a light hoppiness that was definitely present, but somewhat indistinct. I couldn't tell if it was spicy, floral, etc., let alone what type of hops it was. As the beer sat, the malt grew to be the most dominant aroma and was joined by an odd fruitiness that seemed to be a combination of cherries and melon.

Mouthfeel: This beer was medium-bodied and creamy, buttery smooth on the tip of the tongue. A lot of carbonation kicked in as the beer moved back in the mouth. This, combined with a tingle from the alcohol, provided a lot of "texture" as the beer hit the throat.

Taste: There was a subtle, underlying layer of malt and sweet fruit. The malt was both roasted and sweet, with some caramel characteristics as well. Over the top of the aforementioned flavors was a sharp hops bitterness. This rose up quickly and dominated the brew through from start to finish. The hops were somewhat spicy and herbal, sometimes even taking on a menthol-like quality. A little sweetness rose up in the aftertaste to mingle with the bitter hops. Occasionally, some strong hits of alcohol came through. On these drinks, it completely dominated the flavor and was rather irritating. These occurances were very few and far between, though, and did not detract from my overall enjoyment of this beer.

A pretty good brew. A little more malt to balance it out wouldn't hurt.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut. (2,059 characters)

Photo of BCMan
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer produced a frothy head that quickly dissipated. It was deep amber in color and smelled...mediciney. The flvor popped at first but it didn't last. I found myself wanting to keep drinking this beer as if it made me thirsty for it. I was happy to try this beer since it is not available in Pennsylvania, land of crap liquer laws. This beer also has an interesting story behind it. I would definetly recommend it. I think I could live happily in Vermont. (460 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
2.82/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit dissapointed with this one. It was a nice enough burnt orange colour with a nice, yet modest, thin white head. The aromas were all over the board, but they contained the "melon-like" aromas that I have only previously picked up in the recent Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale from Yards. The taste was very melon-y and not very "alt-like" (or "double-alt-like") at all, IMVHO. The mouthfeel was creamy yet thin and the drinkability was not the best. This brew is definately Interesting and different, but it is also definately not one of my favorite alt biers or strong ales! (581 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-tan in color with a very small head that doesn't last. Smell is very sweet with some alcohol notes in the background. The taste is much sweeter than I remembered. Hints of nuts, hops and something like cherry? Medium to full bodied. Very smooth aftertaste.

A solid beer that I will have more of. (306 characters)

Photo of littlebibs
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer, especially during the fall months as it gets
cold out, this beer has a nice warming effect. Like some of
my favorites, Magic Hat's Jinx and Gritty's Halloween Ale this seasonal style
brew has a special combo of flavors, some sweet nutty/bitterness
in a dark amber strong ale. The creamy head leaves you soon after you fill your glass but
most time you beat it down just because it is a great drinking
beer. Retained it lace well. I like the rather salty after taste bitter/dry finish, its a nice
change for the fall/winter months. At 7.2% it will leave a big smile
on your face after a couple! (620 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it diminishes in size the laced formed is a nice coating upon the glass. Nose has a nut like sweetness, and the hops play a part in the fresh crispness, start is also sweet and loaded with malt, top has a moderate feel to the palate. Finish is frisky in its carbonation and the hops prankish in their spicy bite; bone-dry aftertaste that lingers on perpetuating the taste of the hops till the last drop is drained form the glass. (534 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-brown with a quickly dissapearing tan head. Smells hoppy and aweet with hints of apple.

Taste is alot like the smell. Nutty and malty, spicy and hoppy. Very balanced with the sweet malt contrasting from the hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with with a thick and sticky mouthfeel. Lingers forever on the tongue. Very drinkable for a dark malty brew. Very appropriate for fall in New England. (412 characters)

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

Pours a nice copper with white head. Smells of caramel malts and breads. To me the taste profile is very similar to their standard ale, which IMHO is quite nice. A very easy drinking beer for having a relatively high ABV. The label isn't bad either. If in New England seek this out. (282 characters)

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

Nice dark coppery appearance with decent head and nice lacing. Smell of malt with hints of alcohol. Taste is full bodied with a slight astringency from the higher alcohol content. Decent mouthfeel for a 7.2 abv. A definite sipping beer...very warming....seems very suited to a winter's day in front of the tube watching the Pats. (329 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color, a clear, bright garnet. Head, a fine, off-white 1/2" ring.
Aroma: soft, yeasty, malty, and already giving off whiffs of alcohol. Sharp, yet sweet, yielding some minor-key fruity character. Mmmm
Complex, and wonderful flavor, yum, yum,-and let me say it again, yum. Big, bold, bursting with malty flvor, showing no hops at all. Medium body, long, tasty finish. Bright, cheery, delicious. Each sip bought a delivery of more and more satisfaction!
This was a good one! Big thanks to Bierman9 for it! (506 characters)

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

Medium brown shiny carmel in color. Hard pour produced a nice full size fluffy tan head. Filled the glass nicely. Sublte toasted carmel malt smells. Nutty too. Very pleasing. Taste is all malt, all the time. Very good toasted, nutty quality to it. Touch of sweetness like hazelnut or something. Moderate carbonation, no hop presence noticed, but doesn't detract from the enjoyment of this one. Flavors were all very good and the toasted flavors and high abv, 7.2% make it a nice drinkable belly-warming ale. (507 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to have to get a color wheel so that I can say what color beers are... It's, you know, brown and red... Pours clear with a small dense head that is gone in a few quick minutes.
It smells a bit malty...
And, heck, it tastes a bit malty and a lot hoppy.
I like how kelticblood wrote, "Well balanced malt,hops,bitterness,and alcohol all in high amounts," except for the alcohol bit :)
Finish is all bitter hops - pretty powerful and then gradually fading. Verra nice! (479 characters)

Photo of kaszeta
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

The brewery calls this a double alt, and it's not a bad description of it. It pours with a nice amber color and a thick white head. It has a nice aroma with a strong maltiness to it and a moderate hops smell. It has a wonderful rich malty taste with just enough hops to give it some nice bitterness and a good finish. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but that doesn't really take away from it's drinkability. Quite a good beer. (467 characters)

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. Dark copper/light mahogany colored with a light orange head that dissipates quickly, but laces the glass. Aroma is a little hoppy, with some hints of pine and citrus and little bits of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, but carbonation tingles a bit. Taste is crisp, not strong considering the ABV. Flavor changes throughout the finish and aftertaste. Malt and hops upfront, citrus, caramel and plum in the finish, and some caramel, fruit, and alcohol in the aftertaste. Excellent beer. (504 characters)

Photo of BigPapaLager
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great "double alt" which in the true spirit of its style, drinks like a meal. Poured a large tan head, which was fairly quick to fall leaving behind a sweet and malty tone. This sweet tone made the double bag an easy drinking strong one. Kudos to Long Trail on this one. (270 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a kick ass beer....a double alt is something new to me but it seems to fit that style....it is rich, sweet and syruppy, but also exhibits alt bier like characteristics...pours an impressively clear dark orange.....nose smells a bit like a scotch ale minus the smokiness....malty...some alcohol (like rum..and even some nuttiness....with some floral hop notes....I mentioned the body, but it finishes with a nice tight dry hop bite....that really seems to balance this out and make it special....the taste is very malty....sweet plums,pears,mangos....but then there is that nice dry finish....this is really a dandy..a big giant ZAP thanks to Bierman9 for this beauty.... (681 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Average appearance.I expected more from the appearance from this beer.Poured a small head that reduced to almost nothing.The color is a dark amber to red.Aroma is excellent with a well-balanced blend of hops and malt.First sip delivers an immediate warming feeling to the stomach due to the ABV.Alcohol is noticed but not overpowering.A very creamy malt thickness with a real bitter finish.Full bodied with a ton of malt.This is Long Trail's best brew.Well balanced malt,hops,bitterness,and alcohol all in high amounts.I would certainly buy this again,but drinking alot of these would be out of the question.Sweet malt taste with trace amounts of lacing.Hail the Double Bag! (674 characters)

Photo of Greenlabel
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've had a beer which labels itself as a "double alt". Whatever it is, it's definitely a fine product. Nice amber color and lasting head with a definite malty emphasis although hops are by no means lacking. Excellent body which might be expected from a 7% brew. Would make a good winter seasonal but fortunately it's a year-round product. When I purchased a 6-pack in NH, it was priced no higher than Long Trail's other products which makes it quite a bargain. I had a Sierra Nevada Celebration just after the Double Bag and didn't find it to be any tastier - and I love the Celebration. (598 characters)

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.