Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,453
Reviews:
584
Ratings:
1,736
pDev:
12.14%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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Ratings: 1,736 |  Reviews: 584
Photo of beernut7
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality strong ale. Nice roasted malt aroma and a deep copper color introduce a nicely balanced body of mild malt sweetness. The smooth medium body makes for an easy drinking warming beer.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not knowing what to expect, I anticipated that this beer would be heavy and rich. I was correct in that it was rich and inviting, yet not heavy. Contrary to my belief, this beer has a lovely rich texture and taste, with an abundance of malt. I thought this beer was so good, I was saddend to find I had only one. It's almost dangerous, being 7.2%, but a pleasure to drink. This is why I love beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice citrusy nose. Body is very malty, just a little sweet. Has moderate bitterness with more citrusy flavor giving it a more refreshing taste than you'd expect from a beer of it's darkness. Very drinkable and pleasant. My main complaint was that there was no head. Maybe the trip from CT to GA by mail harmed the carbonation a bit, though.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not alot of head, looks like a cloudy red uneventful ale. Sweet maly and cherry nose. It does taste so much better that it looks.. what a shock... Bursting with malty bitterness and a wonderful.. full mouth. I was taken off guard but for once, in a good way. There is also a spice bite in the finish. I like the bitterness alot, and am unaware of the 7.2% ABV. Great for cold weather months...

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Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Woo-hoo! This is one hell of a beer. A big-ass alt (or double alt as the label says).
Pours a nice brownish amber with a slightly off-white head that lasts.
Hits the nostrils with some sweet malt and floral hoppiness. Faint chocolate appears in both the smell and the taste.
Maltiness is two pronged. First being somewhat dry and bready, underlying this is a faint toffee flavor. This is all snapped by some prevalent juicy hops.
Feels very nice, drinks incredible. I could drink this until every last brain cell died...which may not take too long. Just delicious.
Hell yeah, Venom. You sent another winner. Thanks so much for including two!

After roughly 2yrs, this has gained incredible additional character. Nearly pumpkin-pie-esque with its spicing with ginger and cinnamon notes. Huge caramelly pears and apples. Dry cedar wood closure. Overall rating stays the same, but this beer sure hasn't. Just a fantastic brew, young or aged. This is an absolute favorite of mine.

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

I first tried this beer several years ago and didn't really appreciate its uniqueness. Mature, malty, but not sweet…deep, dark red color with a respectable head…pleasant background of hop bitterness. Great brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this a while back; remembered as being good. Mmmm, sorry now it's been so long! Just had to have more!!! Clear copper color, with a thin, fine head; minimal lace. Caramel-notes in a pleasing malty nose. Sweet, toasty malt flavors co-mingle with caramel, leading to a nice little hop twang at the end. Real good body, and a creamy smoothness. Warming as it goes down, and those hops linger on the palate. A real winner from Long Trail. This one goes down verrry easily!!! Surprised there aren't more reviews for this and the rest of their line. I think this makes 100?!! Hot dog!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

100

Prosit!!

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Photo of John
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly this is described on the label as a "double alt". Never heard that term before, so I've learned something new! Anyway you catagorize it, this is an excllent brew. Deep copper color, great looking head. Rich malty aroma. Flavor and body are rich with a hint of chocolate. A pleasant alcohol warming sensation follows each swallow. Hops balance things out nicely. Good drinkability for such a strong, rich beer.

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beaut of a beer with a nice and clear copper colour and creamy/sticky head that retains very well. Soft floral aroma initially, backed by a near pungent hop nose -- very aromatic.

Ultra-smooth and malty with biscuit malt flavours, near milky mouthfeel, even nectar-like sweetness followed by a coarse/mildly astringent hop character and balanced bitterness. Semi-dry finish.

An incredible beer, IMO. Well worth seeking out if you are anywhere near the Vermont area.

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Photo of pbrian
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich and complex ale. A hint of alcohol on the nose first lets you know what you're in for but a grainy malt sweetness balances it off nicely. Extremely drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date scored.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy bubbly light tan head.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel and toffee with an almost butterscotch aroma meet up with the scent of heady ester alcohol.

Taste: Rich chewy malt, a little toasted, a hint of diacetyl, a touch of caramel and a good dose of sweetness which is cut by an ample semi tangy hop bitterness, a fuming estery alcohol and a toasted grainy flavour. The toasted grain/malt and a vanishing hop leaf flavour linger for a bit while the alcohol warms the body a bit.

Notes: A very intense and interesting brew, well balanced and finishes quite clean for a brew that boasts 7.2% abv. This brew is called a Sticke (secret) Alt Style Ale, an obscure sub-style of the Alts that is only brewed as a specialty ( once in a blue moon ) in Germany, Long Trail has done it justice for an American brewed version.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,736 ratings