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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,488 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 545
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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to go back to some of the basics that got me into craft beer and review them. Next is Double Bag, one of my go-to beers throughout college and soon after.

Pours a fizzy and bubbly 1/2 finger head over very clear orange-copper brown colored beer.

Nose of crystal malts, semi dark malts, a little bit of brown sugar and sweetness, followed closely by some decent earthy and little herbal hops, a bit of fruit as well.

Taste starts with a fairly crisp ale, nice darker malts, a bit of caramel and brown sugar, semi sweet, a slight bit of a nutty spice flavor, mixed with more herbal and earthy hops, adding a bit of minerality, the slightest pronunciation of booze, and a decent bitterness. The finish adds a slight warming booze sensation, with a lingering minerality and herbal hop content, the bitterness ramps up a bit, a little spicy hop addition as well.

Mouth is medium to slightly bigger bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, a slight bit of booze but good for 7.2%, a bit of sweetness and minerality, the herbal hop flavors don't go as well as I remember. In fact this beer is not as much like I remember it. I remember it being a lot more malty, perhaps my tastes are a lot different and more in tune, or perhaps it has to do with the freshness as I was probably used to drinking older ones and this was bottled 12/22/10 so barely 5 weeks old.

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10-21-2009
4.5 A 4.0 S 4.0 T 3.5 M and 4.0 D
I bought this at Quick six in West York, poured chilled from the 12oz into a double walled tumbler.

A - A very cleary dark rum shade of amber w/ very good clarity and 2 fingers of light cream head, the head creates a thick snowflake like lace pattern. The top appears like baby swiss with small holes in the head and the bead is tiny.

S - I really like the malt odor of the ale - it is sweet w/ caramel notes of vanilla and lemon notes which are accented but slight almondlike nut odors are kind of nougat-like in candy smell

M - A sweet feel at first w/ a candy tinge and herbal hop tinge which gives a mild balancing bitterness. The moderate carbonation lightens the malt heavy feel slightly and has warmth, but not hot from alcohol. The texture has a residual spice element in the finish

T - The taste is nutty w/ smooth notes of caramel malt and a mild hop flavor as the wave of malt passes. Herbal hops are fresh and add a dry spice element to the taste. The flavor has nutty qualities, but not roasty, more creamy. The hops are bitter, leafy and give an astringent aspect like tea. The ale finishes semi-sweet w/ mild nutty toasted malt in the last sips like sweetened cereal, very appetizing.

D - A great beer w/ very good drinkability. The taste is sweet and yet still refreshing w/ nice malt/hop balance - I recommend this as it does not taste like a 7.2% - the abv is well hidden -Kudos, Long Trail!

Edit re-review on 6/20/12
A A deep amber tea-like look with hazed appearance and thin tan cap
Smell is mix of fruity yeast and floral hop ester with light woody accent. The feel is slight herbal and moerately toasted with sweet texture w/ light spice and moderately full feel with a still moderate carbonation level with low alcohol influence.

The taste is good with semi-dry herbal hops with slight fruity tinges of yeast and mild caramel body with slightly creamy malt and gentle spice in the hops with light alcohol taste and dark cherry element from the yeast. The finish is sweet and tangy wtih slight tinge of alcohol. I think this is a good double alt with nice malt but doesn't really become cloying, still a good quaffer even though it appears my palate may have changed in 3 years

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Poured a burnt copper color with a thin white layer of a head. Toasted malt aroma with hints of caramel. Caramel malts on the tongue, with light graininess, and some hop bitterness balancing things out. Medium bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, but overall drinkable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gift from the other Matt. Beer is amber / orange and completely clear with a thin head that breaks. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is a little weak but smells mildly malty with hints of caramel.

Beer is nice, its a great great alt. Medium bodied, interesting late flavors from the yeast, mild bitterness mild sweetness, complete beer, nice connectivity. A great beer all around.

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/22/10.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, swet fruity malts, and caramel malts. Decent smelling.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, wheat, caramel malts. Again, decent and above average.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth going down.

d - A pretty good alt. Didn't blow me away and not my favorite beer from Long Trail, but it's well made and has a great mouthfeel. Would drink again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label lists this as a Sticke-Alt.. American Strong ale on here? Semantics aside, this is a hell of a beer. So smooth for its 7.2% ABV and is a nice malty beer with tons of taste. A great bready/biscuity aroma and just fantastic taste. This is a great beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange

Pours copper- nice clarity - with a thin head that almost immediately becomes a thin lacing.

The smell is of caramel with hints of butterscotch.

It has a nice malt profile. Sweet caramel, butterscotch, graininess. Sweet, but restrained by a crisp, balancing earthy hop bitterness.

It's medium-full bodied. Creamy and coating with just a slight astringency from the hops in the finish. It still goes down very smoothly, though (almost too smoothly). The alcohol is incredibly well-covered.
A very nice interpretation of an altbier.

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

Ring lace after each sip. Initial pour gives a one-finger head which lies down quickly

Creamy malt aroma, very low hop bite aromas. No notable alcohol warmth

More hop in the taste than the nose. The alcohol provides some very nice warming qualities. The malt base is dry and is tertiary in the flavor profile. Rich body with a proper level of bubbles.

This is a creamy beer with good balance and full flavor.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11? for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly bland, with some biscuit malt and not much else. The flavor is also lacking, with some bread, grain and a hint of grass. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a nice two finger head. Thick lacing develops through the drink. Slow rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of caramel, nuts, and some bitterness. The flavor leans towards the sweet maltier side, with caramel, honey, butter, and stronger than expected bitterness. Alcohol level is slightly noticeable.

Medium - medium heavy in body. Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start. Finish is crisp with a long malt and buttery aftertaste. Easy drinking. One of the better Long Trail brews I have had.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts, slightly sweet. Additionally there are light to moderate aromas of floral hops.

T: The beer taste quite malty with some biscuit malt flavors as well as some caramel malt sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness mid-taste.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer that hides the alcohol very well. A pretty good example for the style, though I'm probably a little more harsh in reviewing it than others after having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf drinking altbiers.

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

This poured with a thick, off-tan head. The color was a clear, deep amber. The nose had a predominantly malty sweetness to it, underlain by a faint hoppiness. The mouthfeel was medium and I got a pleasant mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was lightly hoppy and very refreshing. This was a tasty beer that I would want to drink again.

Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a filtered, clear copper with a bubbly, thick creamy head. Long lasting retention with foamy clumps of lacing. Aroma is caramel and nutty malt, light butterscotch and faint leafy hops. Creamy smooth body with light carbonation and a sticky butterscotch sweet finish. Toffee and caramel malt sweetness dominate the flavor with a leafy and earthy hop flavor in the finish (but not particularly bitter). A little sweet, but the depth of the toasted malts are pleasant and is the best Long Trail beer I've had to date.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with 'bottled on " dating. pours almond, clear, with sticky well developed lacing. Nose is of some alcohol, malt and nuts. Malt is the deal here. Lots of rich, smooth, sweet and tasty malt. Nuttyness evident. Deeply flavorful. Warming at 7.2%. This is a fine sipper from the skillfull folks at LT. Widely available about New England. Very worthy ALT beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a rich amber with a 1 finger off white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is of sweet caramel and rich syrupy malt and sugary biscuits.
Taste is of rich, syrupy cocoa and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rolling with a light amount of carbonation. Very chewy and rich.
Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent take on a German Sticke. Very enjoyable.

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.