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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: 1,571
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 82
Gots: 274 | 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 FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but not too bad. 22oz. bomber date 3/15/05, relatively fresh, no sedimentary residue.

Poured brownish/red with decent carbonation but no head or lacing. Smells very earthy, reminds me of an Octoberfest, with bad intentions. Vegetable and late fall esters (if you live in New England, you'll know what I'm talking about.

A pretty tasty offering with a nice alcohol kick. Very drinkable even at 7.2

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Photo of LPorter33
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Apperance = barely any head. Color is a clear fine looking deep amber with few bubbles.

Smell = Very nice floral hops, like smelling a bountiful flower garden.

Taste = mmm...lots of flavor to this one.Initial hops is quite bitter with a good touch of sourness present Alcohol is perfectly balanced as it doesn't ruin the flavor and taste at all. Lastly is almost a buttery popcorn flavor that lingers in the mouth. Aftertaste that trails is a little too bitter, the only thing I do not like about the taste.

Overall = I'd give the taste a 5 if it was a little less bitter. This is still an extremely tasty beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark copper colored beer. Has a small off white head and some lace. The aroma starts with a light sweet malt followed by a floral hop with a bit of graininess in the background. The flavor has the malt start at the tip of your tongue and slide down the middle. While the hops nip at the sides of your tongue and then join the malt at the back of your throat foe a well balanced finish.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label is kind of corny which somehow doesn't convey the gravity of this beer. The beer is big and yet very refined. Pours a very nice clear mid gold with good head. The dominant nose and first flavour is malt. The beer becomes more complex with every sip unitl you start to realize that the alcohol is almost invisible. Very food friendly and very well made.

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Photo of pikemark
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this ffrom a six pack I got, was excited to see a whole fridge of Long Trail beers. In my mug it looked like a nice amber color, maybe a little darker but very little head. Smelled very malty, lacing wasnt bad though. The taste was interesting. Most of the Long Trail stuff has a very mellow aftertaste to it. There is a bit of hoppiness to it but its very smooth. A solid beer, nothing too exceptional, definitely nothing bad about it. I would love to have a keg of this for a party.

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

This is a "tail" (bad joke) of two beers for me. I had the opportunity to sample this in the summer of 04' and I just didn't like it...then. Since then I have had the opportunity to expand my beer horizons and sample/enjoy a variety of crafted beers, which have advanced my palete. I get a chance to revisit this beer now and what a difference a year makes!

Beautiful warm copper hues dancing of orange & red, a oddly aromatic ivory head of about 1/2" of loose foam with little lace that had a coy nose...alcohol? malt? sea air? mulling spices?

Initial tongue is crisp, which gives way to the smoothest, rich malt that just rolls and rolls...nice. Pleasantly bitter on the swallow with just the right mix of hops to the deep malt. Don't be fooled by the cartoon cow on the label, this is a sophisicated brew that deserves a quiet, slow savor. And with a ABV over 7, you wouldn't want to slam these down anyway.

Without question the best beer I have given a 2nd chance to, and I am much better for it.

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

A really nice find at my local beverage distributor. No wonder this was one of the last complete six packs left. For $7.99 it was a steal.
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into my Konings hoeven chalice. It's a clear, rich amber color; served it a bit cold so no head or lacing to speak of. Smells sweeter than it tastes but the smell speaks of the complexity; the only downside that I'm getting out of the smell in this serving is a slight metallic tinge.
Attacks with a nice, hoppy bite while subtle candied flavors flow over the tongue. Minimal astringent qualities, at times has an almost buttery mouthfeel and finish.
This is a far more sophisticated brew than the cows on the bottle would lead you to believe.
Wonderfully smooth for 7.2% alcohol.
A really solid, all around beer. It has a little something for everyone.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 17.1.2005

Beautiful looking brew. Deep amber? barely orange color. Not red. Moderate carbonation. Very nice head that has left nice lacing on the glass. Has settled down to about 5mm of head. Very nice. The way the bubbles move through the beer is beautiful. Has really nice 'legs'.

Very nice nose. Mostly sweet, caramelly malts. Munich and vienna I imagine. Very nice and rich. Also get a touch of something spicy. I'd say it was hops, but I can't be sure. Maybe just a touch fruity. Just barely.

Wow. Really incredibly rich tasting beer. If it wasn't for the hint of astringency in the finish I'd give it a 5 for sure. Really perfectly balanced between rich, warm malts and bitter, spicy hops. Really nicely done. So subtle yet so rich. The hop character in this beer is what really impresses me. I love the rich malty goodness, but the hop flavor is so subtle yet so flavorful and unique. I mean, it's a fairly bitter beer, but the hops are not citrusy, they're more spicy and maybe a bit earthy than anything else .

Excellent mouthfeel. Really nice and substantial without being overly thick. Right on.

Very drinkable beer. Just a little astringent in the finish, but not really at all. I just can't bring myself to say this beer is perfect. It's damn close, just a little astringent in the finish...damn! Nto cloying at all. I love this brew.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped.

This altbier poured a clear, copper color with light tan, creamy foam that settled, but clung to the glass a little, leaving some lacing. The smell was fruity hops with malt and a faint caramel aroma and a bit of a slightly vinous odor. The taste was tangy and malty with fruity hops. There was a nice hoppiness overall. There was also a bit of a vinous taste and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was dry and airy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly malty and hoppy. This was a decent altbier, though a bit thin for a sticke altbier. I have also had this one on-tap though took no notes.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truely a great session beer. Immensely drinkable and smooth. I wish this was more readily available outside of the NE area. Had it this past weekend during a visit to a friend at Sugarbush, VT. Pours a medium brown with hoppy floral scents. Taste is smooth, creamy, slightly hoppy and toasty. Perhaps a little tiny bit of brown sugar somewhere in there. Goes down very easily and could be quite dangerous at 7%+ ABV. Truely a gem worth finding if you're in the area.

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Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a gas station on the way back to Boston from a day of ice-skiing at Jay Peak.
Pours a clear, hearty, flaming amber with a small-medium sized, dirty off-white head. Big aromas of caramel apples, toaste malt, and spicy hops. Very good. Taste does not disappoint. Rich, malty cookie dough sweetness up front. There's a spicy, toasty edge along with it too. Malt turns fruity as the bitterness picks up into the sweetish, spicy bitter, warming finish. Medium bodied, with a near-syrupy feel. A very tasty sticke-alt beer that is very drinkable for the punch it "secretly" packs.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy easy drink, with good malts and hops working in tandem. Copper, whote head. Some spicy yeast. Citrus, pepper, and malts and biscuit yeasts in taste. Medium mouthfeel, with creaminess. Unclassifiable until I saw its an alt. Nice with food. A must try.

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Photo of nomad
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Ooh, ahh," what a pretty ale to behold, glistening true amber with striking clarity and orange undertones. Builds up a nice head with some lacing that fights hard to stay. But the color, oh, the color is a beaut.

Smells of Munich malt. If someone asked me, "What does Munich malt smell like?," I'd point them to this beer. Toasty, warm, sweet, soft malty scents. Strong but not overpowering. Kind of coy and alluring.

Long Trail must lager the snot out of this beer. It has a slightly sweet profile that drags out long and deftly smooth, I'm talking teflon slick and marathon long, before an exacting balance of hop dryness at the finish. All cushy Munich malts and barely caramel body with quasi-minty nips late on the palette. Though the carbonation is appreciatively low, the mouthfeel is a little thin, though lagered clean and slippery. Drinkable if ever that word was invented.

The cream of the crop for Long Trail ales and, like all of their brands regardless of style, much too easy quaff. Now the task is on me to savor the sixpack of this long lost favorite.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather good! An excellent choice if you are in Vermont and looking for a beer that is excellent, yet different from the norm. Pours a dark orange/amber color. Head is light and lacy. But quite delicious. A very dark sweet, like molasses, was dominant here. The bitter hops were a nice complement, but more noticeable with the aftertaste. Given this beer blind, I don't think I would be able to warn you about the high alcohol content, so drink with caution. Thumps up to this one.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sand bagged by the double bag--yet again. The brewers do a pretty good job at masking the alcohol in the beer. I could still notice it, but it tasted much more like 5%, and in my holiday-spirit induced arrogance I forget that is actually 7.2%. It poured mohagany in color with very little head and spotty lace. The hops are sweet and there is a strong taste of brown sugar. I also noticed a bit of citrus. Sweet malts were also noticable in both the aroma and flavor. The feel was smooth with the perfect carbonation to compliment the beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pretty beer, the colour is of a very clear medium/dark amber. The head was very short leading to a thick ring and a large light lace.
The body is full and the carbonation very light.
The aroma has a nut like quality to it.
The taste was surprizingly pleasant as I was expecting a much sweeter product. What I got was an initial hoppy taste replaced quickly with a moderate carmel like malty sence.
I particu;arly enjoyed the packaging, the label was great as was the beer.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear copper with a nice looking head. Mighty fine. Aroma is of sweet malts and a pleasant alcoholic touch. Bready, very inviting. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with the carbonation prickling the tip of the tongue. At the same time the beer feels nice and light, not watery, just smooth and light. This is one smooth and elegant beer. The majority of the flavor is comprised of bready malt, and a slightly warming alcohol. Taste earthy/woody at the same time. It's not an overly complex brew, but it hits all the right notes.

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Photo of Skidz
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright amber brown and sits a stunning deep amber with a large foamy, slightly off-white head. Absolutely perfection in a tuliped glass, great head retention; lacings up and down the track.

Smells thick and malty, nice toasty background. Doughy and sweet caramel aromas pour out over the top. Mild herbal hop aroma in the back.

Tastes mildly sweet, good malt profile. Toasted and filled with nutty and wooden undertones. Alcohol seeps through, accompanied by a nice herbal spiciness blended with a light, yeasty breadiness. Finish is well bittered and is full of herbal hop goodness.

Smooth and just plain slick in the mouth with nice, easy carbonation in a medium body. Hits you where it counts.

I was definately surprised by this beer, very surprised. Absolutely declicious by every standard and in every measure, and it looks like a million bucks. I'd take another 6-pack, but the two I've are giong to be thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of taez555
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, tan and very clear body under a small off-white head.

The nose was a mix of sweet malt, mild touches of fruit, yeast, caramel, some mild earth and even faint hints of alcohol. I know it’s hard to describe, but this beer has a very “clean” smell to it.

The taste was of big caramel and Munich malt and a surprisingly big hop taste. It was almost like a German IPA made with German noble hops. Very clean tasting with a lingering, but oh so mild, bitterness. Very crisp from start to finish. Mild fruits find their way in with a mild grain.

Actually quite a nice beer. An attempt at a stickbier(super alt) says the label. It sort of reminds me of a big malt and hoppy German dunkel crossed with an Oktoberfest. But what do I know. I think I’ll have another.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour with a copper color to it and an average sized beige head. Not a huge aroma by any means, a slight trace of hops can be noticed if you try hard enough, but this brew is all about the malt. The malts really give this beer a nice, smooth, creamy taste. Very full-bodied and very drinkable. This beer goes down with the greatest of ease, but is strong enough to be a sipper. This is comparable in a way to Samuel Adams Double Bock. I see a lot of similar characteristics. Either way, this beer is a must try if you have the opportunity!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. I picked up a 6 pack of the LT Double Bag from the LT brewery this past weekend. The bottled on date is clearly marked for 9/22/04.

I love this front label. The cows say it all!
The top label reads that "With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation."

Appearance is a copper color with a nice, fluffy 1" head. Excellent sticky lacings sustain to the sides of this glass.

Aroma is floral, buttery, and hoppy.

Taste has a sweet front with a buttery, soft presence. I detect just the slightest diacetyl flavor in between. There is a also a fruity element on the finish. Esters and a hoppy snap blend well. Alcohol warmth in each sip, but nothing too much.

This brew is a German Stickebier or a double alt and is very hard for me to compare to any other beers that I've tried up to this point. I think that the Double Bag is in a class by its own and a personal favorite that supplies quite the buzz after just a few.

I've been lucky enough to have this beer at the brewery a few times and its even better on draught. Unfortunately, its rare to find this beer on tap anywhere but the brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT.

* [ Update ] Oddly enough, the day after I wrote this review I recieved an email from LT stating that Double Bag will now be available in MA & NY. Excellent news!

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity yeast finish. The taste is awesome. It is full of malts, bitter hops, and a slightly dry, but fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good altbier. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a great drinker.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy white head that fades rather quickly to a few pools of bigger bubbles. Spotty lacing without much strength. Quite clear auburn with a red tint in appearance.

Sweet caramel malt aroma; subdued floral tones but not much else.

Sweet maltiness with some dark fruit flavors yet no tartness. This one is driven by its malt character with some hints of almond and walnuts. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste.

Very chewy mouthfeel; full bodied.

Surprisingly drinkable given the 7.2%abv for an alt! This is a beer you can drink all night long without you really noticing. A pleasant drinking big beer for the style.

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Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz with some other BAs. The humorous swiss looking logo seemed rather appropriate for the style.

Once poured, it was a rich copper with almost no head and excellent clarity. The aroma was typical for an amber, a nutty malty smell, very slightly smokey, and no apparent hop constituent.

The taste was excellent, and really a surprise. I've not had many domestic alts that I've found this good. There was little excess malt sweetness, nutty and amber malt flavors, dry, and with a slight acid tartness.

Compared to other alts, this one sits very high on my list. Definitely recommendable.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orangish-brown in color and was very clear. It came with a thin head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma here is brown sugary sweet with strong, heavily-toasted caramel malts.

Taste – The big, toasty malts are wonderful at the taste. There’s that musty sense that you often get with the style as well. The super big caramel sweetness came in with a bit of butter and pleasantly rounded things out.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium in the body. I enjoyed the malty body to this one but the deep, rich, sweet finish is what sets this apart from the pack.

Drinkability – This is an excellent effort at a little known style here in the US that is brewed out of CT. Somebody thoughtfully did their homework on this recipe. Well done, Long Trail.

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