Double Bag
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Altbier
Ranked #19
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,423
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Ratings:
1,778
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 16, 2022
Added:
Mar 08, 1999
Wants:
  102
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
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Photo of JohnniEMc
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

For this one, it really shouldn't take more than one brown twelve ounce bottle, emptied into a clear Imperial pint glass, to understand what's going on. The color is a dark copper, somewhat bright and somewhat translucent. There's almost no head and no glass lacing at all. The aroma is a pleasantly malted one, not too sweet, but malty and basically hopless. It's a good thing there's more hops in the taste here. Instead of becoming a sweet maltfest, this is a great example of how barley malt and hops can get along nicely. Of course, as an Altbier, it shouldn't have the hoppiness of an American IPA. That it doesn't and remains true to its style only garnishes respect. Malty, earthy and hoppy enough and with an adequate body, this is a good one. It's been around for more than twenty years for good reasons.

Apr 16, 2022
Photo of ANIMOUL
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 12 oz bottle pulled from a variety pack. Pours dark amber with minimal head and lacing. Tastes of sweet dark malt with a slight caramel roasting. Very good.

Jan 22, 2022
 
3.95 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2021
Photo of hman43
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours cloudy brown with an off white head. He retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a malty and slightly nutty aroma. It has a vinous like quality to it with some bread.

Taste: It has a vinous quality in the flavor as well with some nutty flavors. There are some light bready elements as well. There is a hint of cherry in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with some alcohol warming.

Overall, an interesting tasting beer with vinous flavors which adds a different dimension to it.

Sep 25, 2021
 
4.08 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Aug 08, 2021
 
3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey on May 16, 2021
 
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Apr 12, 2021
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BubbleBobble from New York

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
 
4 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Dec 27, 2020
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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
 
3.96 by infuturity from Massachusetts on Sep 21, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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
 
3.78 by generalraider from New Jersey on Jul 14, 2020
 
3.63 by RyanPollie from California on Jun 24, 2020
 
3.5 by GC2020 from New Hampshire on May 20, 2020
 
3.82 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Apr 03, 2020
 
3 by SkiBum22 from New York on Feb 03, 2020
Photo of Tantonys
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Tantonys from Maine

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
 
4.7 by rugbyallen11 from Massachusetts on Jan 20, 2020
 
3.78 by paulytasker from New York on Jan 10, 2020
 
3.8 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Dec 26, 2019
Photo of mickyge
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mickyge from Massachusetts

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by izraelc from New York

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
 
3.48 by Radome from Florida on Jun 29, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_995920

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
 
3.19 by Sundayonmonday from Connecticut on Jun 08, 2019
 
3.93 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on May 22, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Amendm from Florida

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
 
3.75 by Izzo from New York on Feb 17, 2019
Photo of CTHomer
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

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
 
3.79 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
 
3.91 by zotzot from Vermont on Nov 24, 2018
 
4.26 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Oct 09, 2018
 
4.1 by biointen from Massachusetts on Sep 02, 2018
Photo of PMakowski
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by PMakowski from New Hampshire

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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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Samlover55 from New York

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
 
3.75 by mcthfg from Korea (South) on Jul 15, 2018
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1778 ratings