Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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

Style: German 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

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Ratings: 1,745 |  Reviews: 587
Photo of IPAlot
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I should state that I have seen this beer in a variety of states and degrees of quality, and have memories of an extremely flavorful beer which I surely would have scored better.

App: beautful ruby orange, very transparent. Thin head.

Smell: Low gas, scarce lace, aroma surely disappointing for a strong ale.

Taste: Some caramel, chocolate, prunes, raisins, a bit of coffee. They had some heavily roasted stuff in here, but not a lot. Weak relative to what I expected.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant creaminess makes this above average, but lacks the malty fullness I like in styles with these aspirations.

Drinkability: The alcohol sneaks up on you since this beer is quite smooth and drinkable. I find it funny that drinkability is used as a criteria for shared thoughts on beer, since it seems such an individual choice.

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

Not too impressed with this offering. Poured a deep amber, just a wisp of a head. Had a sweet porter taste to it. Hops were definitely lacking. The ABV was not over powering. A good malt base though. It went down smooth enough. A good beer, but just not impressive.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is perfect for the winter time, as the higher ABV definetely provides much needed warmth. An aggressive pour brings about a small tannish head that lasts a few minutes. While the malt flavors dominate, they don't overpower. I was a little nervous that it was going to be too sweet for my liking, as some stronger ales are, but this brew was very drinkable and very well balanced. Another great beer from Long Trail.

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

A powerful, thick brew that demands attention when enjoyed.

A dark coppery colour with a bubbly, sticky lace that rejuvenates with a little swirl. A sweet caramel malt in the nose, thick and rich, with a shade of the ol' alcohol. Heavy, thick (I think I experienced 'chewy,' in reference to a beverage, for the first time) and rich caramel malt. Although the hops are not forward, the brew remains balanced. Heavy body that remains pretty clean for such strength.

This beer grows on me as I write. Not easy drinking, but worth the effort. The alcohol is warming this belly.


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Photo of yen157
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Without even seeing the label I knew this beer was going to be a big beer. Although the alcohol didn't come through in the aroma, the thick, malty, sweet smell had to have been hiding something quite sinister. In color it was copper leaning towards brown with a head that managed to hang in there for a while. When I poured it there was a little bit of sheeting on the glass. The carbonation was big. Mind you, I don't mean it was overcarbonated, just that it had big bubbles. I guess because it was more viscous than some. Also, big malty taste with caramel and bread crusts. The hops were bitter enough to balance. After the beer was swallowed it was warming. That's when I knew it was well over 6% abv. Very nice, hearty ale all around. Another good one from Long Trail.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt."

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

Clear, russet brown in color with a creamy light tan head that holds well, eventually dropping to a good collar and whispy surface covering that leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly fruity over a mainly toasty and deeply caramelish maltness. Some spicy & floral hops dance in the background.

The body is medium-full with a decidedly malty edge and a very fine and gentle carbonation that's creamy in the mouth. The carbonic acid and alcohol combine to give it a little bit of a tingle though.

The flavor displays sweetish toasted malts with a dark caramel edge entwined with dark fruits (deep red berries, raisin) and spicy hop and alcohol character. It finishes dry with a lingering nutty maltiness that soon turns to mild bitterness and spice similar to that of Caraway seeds.

An exceptionally well brewed beer. Very well balanced with the alcohol mostly hidden. Light enough to enjoy more than one, but also full of flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Murph
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a creamy tan head that sinks to a thin lasting head and leaves a nice cligning lace all the way down. The smell is just loaded with toasty caramel maltiness. There is also some decent spicy alcohol aromas floating around in their. The brew opens up with the intense creamy maltiness flavors that have some light caramel flavors to them. The chewy malt flavors last right through to the end with some nicely subdued hop bitterness and some warming, spicy alcohol in the background all along. This is one intensely creamy and chewy brew but it manages to not get into the too sweet area and does not becoming cloying or sticky which keeps the drinkability high. This would be a great brew to enjoy in the cold winter but fit me just as well on a cooler summer morning.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a little too malty for me, but not an undrinkable beer. as a strong ale, this one is pretty good. somewhat sweet malt and a smooth rich consistency. i can't say i would get it again, but it was not the worst strong ale i have had

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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



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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 1,745 ratings