Double Bag
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #15
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,629
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Reviews:
598
Ratings:
1,771
From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  100
Gots
  375
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 598 | Ratings: 1,771 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt sienna from the bottle, quarter-inch off white head that settles to a thin ring. Nose leads with sweet red apple, treated leather, imitation banana, clove, baking spice, gingerbread. Taste is pretty mild and follows - school lunch MacIntosh apple, brown bread, sweet molasses, treacle, very mild noble hop. Mouthfeel is moderate, light carbonation, and overall pretty smooth. Hides the 7.2% pretty well.

Feb 01, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old bottle; Notes of rich dried fruit, slightly boozy sherry, amber brown malts, clean caramel, dry dark toffee, toasty brown bread, dried fig, dried apricot, dates, dark fruit, a sense of chocolate, with mild earthy herbal floral hops. Slick medium bodied and clean feeling.

Oct 15, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber appearance with a small beige head and moderate lacing. Aroma of soft fruit, toast and toffee. Caramel malts and nuts highlight the flavors early on but herbal, spicy hops factor in to the aftertaste. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lasting finish.

Sep 20, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Ive probably had 100 of these bottles and never reviewed one of em....wow!
the beer is a bright clear amber color and gives off a bit of a blush when I hold the glass up to the light. A thin eggshell white head foams up less than .5 cm and fades to a thin edge layer quickly after the pour.
Aroma is caramel and bready malts with some light fruit or grape scents and a balancing dose of spicy hops. The ABV is hidden on the nose.
First sip reveals a medium to light body with fine tingly carbonation that rolls across my palate with ease. Texture is smooth and does leave a bit of stickiness on my lips after each sip. The beer drinks really easy, probably too easy for 7.2%
Flavor is similar to the nose, with more grape notes coming through here. I still get caramel and bread but also the grape and some toasted grains too. The hops are spicy and herbal tea and come through with a little bite on the finish. I also get some hint of the ABV now with some black pepperyness that I always attribute to booziness.
The beer is tasty and well balanced, pretty big kick but well hidden. Im reminded of why I like this one. Worth drinking if you want a break from IPAs and stouts, solid beer all around.

Aug 01, 2020
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Tantonys from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice malty beer with sufficient hops. Good hops, not very aromatic, but decent for this double alt. You can't go wrong, but still ... a decent after work beer

Jan 22, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a 16 oz shaker glass
clear dark amber color thin dissipating head

notes of malt and hops and a kind of roasted aroma

taste was malty and fairly sweet

refreshing crisp mouth feel medium carbonation

finish smooth and sweet.

A pretty good representation of the style.

Nov 06, 2019
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izraelc from New York

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

This is an interesting one. Pours dark amber. Smells malty. Tastes like a hoppy red ale but with a roasted malt body. Finishes slightly sweet . Two different styles blended nicely together. Make it a double.

Sep 17, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent amber with a quickly receding off white foamy head. Smell is very muted, mild stone fruits,hops. Taste is of toffee,cocoa nibs, stone fruits,hop bite. Feels well carbonated, smooth, creamy, finishes juicy. I don't get the lower ratings. This is a delicious example of Stickebier-

Jun 08, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a finger of light beige creamy foam with average retention and irregular streaks of lacing. Clear new penny copper color, orange-amber in front of light.
Multiple malt aromas greet the nose; caramel, toasted, some dark malt and wheat.
Faint herbal hops, fruit (banana and over ripe melon), and alcohol in the back ground.
The taste begins semi-dry and mildly bitter, malty rich. The bitterness increases during the middle from hops and peppery alcohol. The finish is quick, crisp and dry, almost Lager-like.
A light bitter and boozy aftertaste lingers. Medium bodied, extra CO2 in reserve, the head returns with a strong swish. Smooth, malty, almost session-able. A happy revisit from way back. Nice mix of flavors, big malt backbone, high ABV yet not to filling.

Mar 24, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger tan head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: toasted grain; mildly sweet; a touch of hop spice;

T: rich and toasty from start to finish; moderately sweet; virtually no hop character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: sweeter and less complex than I remember;

Jan 28, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark amber color, only a medium foam head and some glass lacing
Smell - Malt. It dominates the nose. A hint of hops and believe it or not some toffee. Decent aroma.
Taste - First thought is this is a very rich beer, not one to chug. Fairly sweet caramel with the malts and full bodied. Low-medium carbonation. It's hard to describe the taste other than "malty" cause the malt is the main ingredient. If you were forcing it you could pick up vanilla, chocolate, coffee notes. There is maybe a slight hop bitterness but this isn't a hoppy beer. This is more of a dessert beer than a party beer. Can't taste any alcohol which makes it smooth sailing.

Overall, excellent product. Very pleasurable. I really liked the malty beer for what it was.. not all beers need to be extremely flavored. I would certainly buy it again. I give this beer an A

Aug 23, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
BB sometime in 2017 (would love to try fresh but was amazing so here is review)
Light brown with thin off-white head
Licorice, fruity toffee
Sweet caramel, fruity chewing gum, spicy
Smooth and crisp with a tinge of alcohol, dry finish
Overall im shocked by how good this is, so complex and refreshing

Jul 25, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well its not great. Doesn't taste too bad although on the blah side, as if someone just threw this beer together. Needs carbonation badly and the lack of this kills whatever the beer could be. Would not buy this again.

Jul 02, 2018
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Jsteez from Utah

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty, slight pepper, toasty caramel throughout. A thin head with no lace. Maybe some figs, dates, and a touch of some unidentifiable fruit. Low bitterness, slightly dry, but not too much. A slightly off brown/copper color. Sweet with some cinnamon and spice. Low carbonation; Did I mention malt? A damn malt bomb! Full-bodied and boozy. Seems like a good beer for a crisp fall or winter evening. I prefer a lighter alt, but this one is worth trying at least once.

Apr 24, 2018
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from 22oz bottle in a pint glass in March 2018.

Appearance: Dark amber with a moderate & creamy tan/brown head. Head left only a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Balanced aroma of caramel, nutmeg, toasted malts, and a little cocoa as well, but overall the caramel and nutmeg dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: There is a balance between the caramel, roasted malts, and some bitterness from hops. There is a sweetness, with just a little hoppy bitterness bitterness adding some complexity.

Mouth-feel: Medium alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body.

This is a nice, malty ale that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. This is a medium-bodied brown ale, which is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would definitely buy this again.

Mar 25, 2018
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TheRedEagle from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer. I started drinking it while making my dinner and the next thing I know I'm sitting on my ass feeling really nice! Overall a very tasty beer, but I don't think I would get a case of just this beer. It definitely belongs in a variety pack (for me at least).

Jan 18, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear amber with a small off white head that dissipates to a thin film. Little to no lacing is left behind.

S: Cooked sweet red apples and pears, caramel, toasted brown bread, hay.

T: Cooked apple and pear, brown sugar, caramel, slight cherry, toasted brown bread, and a touch of grass. Very sweet.

F: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. Slick with residual sugars.

O: A decent enough beer for what it is. Not something I really care for, though.

Jan 01, 2018
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Phishagonia from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been enjoying this beer for 15 years or so now. This double altbier pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin coating of a bubbly head. Smell is of bready malts, but not as much as, say, a doppelbock. The taste follows suit; i get bready malts up front, a hint of caramel, and a smooth finish. Back in the day, the 7.2 ABV was fairly strong. It is well hidden on this one, and I just keep wanting to have more. This brings me back to my Vermont winters. Cheers, Long Trail. Please do not take this away for a few years like you have been with other beers in your lineup.

Oct 30, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours dark orange with a hint of brown with roughly one finger of head. The aroma is malty, with faint notes of burnt bread. The taste is sweet upfront with some late but prolonged bitterness. Medium body and with some mild carbonation bite. 

Sep 27, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at the local supermarket. First time I had seen this and I have liked other Long Trail beers. Poured into a pint glass not much head or carbonation. Scent is malty faint alcohol and appearance is nice dark copper. Taste is malty and nice for sipping. Better as it warms and is exactly what is described. Not my favorite but good for a late night.

Sep 23, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from VA in a Laughing Skull glass.
Lovely copper body with great clarity but only a short head despite a aggressive pour. The head, nonetheless, has excellent retention.
Mild aroma with obvious alcohol.
Surprisingly full and complex flavor has hints of toffee, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Somme roasted nuts appear in the moderately bitter aftertaste.
Smooth and full bodied feel where the high ABV is partly hidden.

Sep 16, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a mixed 12pck in PA near the WV border. This poured a hazy amber with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Aug 28, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Medium amber and clear, thin finger of head in a shaker on tap at The Good Life in Massapequa. Malt-forward and smooth, some caramel sweetness, mild nut tones, and a vague pale fruit impression. Smooth, medium-bodied, and mild.

Jul 05, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper red color,medium carbonation. Even though malt is a primary flavor it is balanced with some sort of mild hop background taste. It was a good beer that I would try again as it was an easy middle of the road beer meaning it wasn't extreme in any way. Just a unique beer

Jun 13, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

The appearance is a clear yet dark amber/brown colored body with a short slightly creamy looking head, spotty lacing drips down the side of the glass as it goes down. The smell is malty and slightly fruity with some nuts that try to carry over slightly. The taste is a rich and well balanced malty fruitiness. On the palate its about a medium in body, comes across fairly sessionable, no aftertaste with a dry earthy finish, slightly crisp. Overall, this is a good beer for its style and good to me.

Jun 07, 2017
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