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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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1,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 54
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 StonedTrippin


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

this is a very unique brew. pours thick and milk chocolate brown color. lets just a little light through, and sports a lasting two inch head. smells like dark german malts, caramel, and crusty bread. the flavor is very malt forward without much sweetness. the alcohol content is very well hidden. it can be felt but not tasted. mouthfeel works well, rich and creamy beer but somehow drinkable to the max. full bodied but not heavy, moderate carbonation. this is one of the best long trail brew is my opinion, and im glad they started making it available all year. great with a nice hearty meal on an early fall night.

08-20-2012 12:43:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

10-19-2004 02:51:19 | More by WesWes
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

05-13-2011 17:39:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Mora2000


2.9/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

06-03-2012 03:37:29 | More by Mora2000
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

12-16-2010 00:21:17 | More by mdfb79
Photo of mendvicdog


3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-09-2012 16:13:06 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of jwc215


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

01-31-2007 00:03:57 | More by jwc215
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 15:37:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of smcolw


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

02-24-2008 18:21:39 | More by smcolw
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-06-2014 03:09:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

07-04-2005 00:08:01 | More by Gavage
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

09-20-2008 19:33:57 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of weeare138


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

07-20-2005 18:53:53 | More by weeare138
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -8%

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.

05-15-2011 18:39:43 | More by yourefragile
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-27-2013 16:14:22 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of woodychandler


3.93/5  rDev +1%

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.

04-18-2006 08:34:39 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

08-05-2004 02:42:29 | More by Billolick
Photo of akorsak


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

This is a goblet of Double Bag served chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a nice thick light brown-copper color, with absolutely no head (a fairly common occurrence for Long Trail, in my observation).

Smell: The ale has a malty aroma that provides hints of sweetness (and therefore is not overpowering).

Taste: The malts are a biscuity grain flavor, providing a hint of sweetness without overdoing it. The malts come across as fairly complex but have mellowed compared to the draught version.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and has a firm taste, with the malts acting as the driving force.

Drinkability: Well made beer that is presented better in a bottle than on tap.

08-13-2006 02:22:39 | More by akorsak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-18-2012 20:46:27 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a three finger cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty but finishes with some bitterness. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

05-26-2009 22:25:10 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a clear beer that is on the more orange side of amber. A little bit of white head is present but not too much.

Smell is a little sweet with toasted grains, fruitiness and a faint scent of banana. Faint scent of pecans and faintly woody.

Taste is sweet with a quickly drying grassy hop flavor. Fruity and bitter hops are aggressively used to tame the sweetness of all the malt. Flavor of roasted malts and nuts predominate with a little banana in the background. Hop flavor is medicinally herbal in flavor. A complex Altbier here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability suffers a little from the bitterness level, after a bit it gets tiring. A good beer for exercising your taste buds but I don't think I would want to drink 3 of these in one night.

09-25-2005 04:11:54 | More by Zorro
Photo of duceswild


3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-05-2014 04:23:08 | More by duceswild
Photo of BARFLYB


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass twice. Found this one on a whim.

A- LT double bag holds a deep copper look to it with rising bubbles. A careful pour yielded only an inch of off white head, but more of an incline could of easily added to that. Nice sheets of lace on this all the way down.

S- Reminds me of a few Lagunitas offerings with a rich caramel smell from some toasted malt additions. This also gives off some baked bread. Some earthy smelling hops hiding in the background. Has a good strong scent to it that's noticable.

T- Malt sweetness up front and a lot of it. Big caramel notes that takes the cake as far as taste. The hops used kind of only round out the taste and don't make their own impression, not bitter in any way. A nice fruit basket taste in the middle plus some faint brown sugar. The malts come back in the finish, they are huge.

M- Kind of weak for a strong ale, double bag feels more like your average beer. DB has a less than medium feel with light carbonation. For a strong ale, this one is not so strong, perhaps a style change is due. This one kind of reminds me of a weak bock.

D- I finished the bomber in a 1/2 hour so this is very drinkable although kind of one sided. 7.2% is pretty much in the middle of the spectrum, so this left me feeling nice after a shitty day, but with the option of drinking more if need be. Perhaps an AA meeting is due in my future.

The funny thing is that throughout enjoying this it kept on reminding me of lagunitas products. Perhaps they share some of the same recipes, and with the low prices, they at least have to be very similar.

05-27-2009 03:57:27 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly fruity (dark), lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/tangy, malty, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well, would not think this to be a 7.2% ABV brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, would recommend.

07-06-2007 01:19:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-19-2013 21:47:43 | More by ejimhof
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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