Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Double BagDouble Bag

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

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

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Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium orange-copper with a small, frothy, off-white head that quickly diminished to a film. Some light lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toffee stick are the most pronounced in this malt-dominant aroma. Lightly floral and a touch of diacetyl.

Taste: Malts are still dominant with some alcohol early. Sweet, grainy bread, caramel, light esters and lightly metallic. The finish was more bitter than expected with a rather pronounced late hit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, slightly oily texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Label says it’s so smooth you won’t believe it’s 7.2%. Well I believe it. I don’t think it was hidden all that well to boast about it on the label. It was a fairly smooth, enjoyable beer nothing that really impressed me.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice dark coppery color,however the head ,one finger,is a little smallish and disappears too fast.The aroma is a very full scent of spices,cinnamon,nutmeg?,hops,and others.This tastes ok,but its a little weak.You would think with an alc. content as high as this you would have alittle more flavor.It does have a malty flavor that makes me want chips!
This ,all in all,is a slightly above average beer that leaves you wanting more flavor.I don't think I'd buy a 6 of this again,but I would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-amber with a short light head, a little lacing. Nose is pretty light but the hops and some alcohol is present. Taste is better, more balanced. A good solid hops, slight maltiness, hints of fruits and some alcohol. Pretty decent, but would be better without the mild skunkiness.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour. Small head, but what's there is creamy and foamy.

Malty sharp and sweet nose.

Malty, hoppy, caramel flavors present. Interesting blend of flavors, kind of similar to a copper ale, but much more intense and better with no metallic flavors.

Later in the pint the flavor darkens with brown sugar and oaky/woody overtones. Spicy and zesty, it has a lot of zip to it.

Mouthfeel seems to thicken during the course of the pint. Still stays sharp and clean, though.

Nicely drinkable, along the lines of other autumn ales/ winter seasonals that I have had. 2 or 3 would go down very well sitting by the fire on a winter's day.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear cider-cola color with a moderate white head of big exploding bubbles. Lots of lace left in the stange.

Smell is lots of fruit and malt. There's apple, pear, some peach, and some nutty aromas as well. A very light hoppiness throughout.

The flavor itself is nutty with a nice crisp apple flavor on the back end, a moderate Euro hop bitter bite and a moderately dry finish. The flavor is pretty big, and the alcohol comes through lightly in the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharply carbonated. Nice.

Overall: Nice domestic sticke; one of the better American alts I've encountered.

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Photo of jermar
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great blend of malt, hops, and alcohol! And so smoooothe... This seems to me to be a perfect autumn beer, hiking up the body a bit and the alcohol to combat the coming darkness and chill. I've not had anything else quite like this -- kudos to Long Trail for uncovering such an obscure style and having such a great go at it!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I am drinking the last of the $5.99 sixpack of this, which we bought up in ME. About as clear an amber as you'll find, it's got a nice buttercream colored head, that actually lasts quite a bit. Aroma is also quite nice, some German maltiness, but if you dig deeper, that 7.2 %abv starts showing itself as well. Tastewise, there is a good base layer of malt, but I am also picking up on some small hoppy and tannic flavor which is also very nice. Finishes a bit dry. I do notice the abv by the end of just one bottle. Mouthfeel manages to stay medium, carbonation is pretty low.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cherries, oak barrels, and alcohol, oh my. These three flavors dominate the taste. There's a tinge of smokiness, too. Each flavor is nicely presented, balanced, appropriately subtle. The mouthfeel if soft. The smell is strong and pleasant...again, cherries, oak barrels, and alcohol. This brew is rich and sweet, serious yet playful. When I dabble in mixed drinks, I often have Manhattans. This beer is right for the Manhattan drinker. It's August and hot, yet this one isn't too heavy. In the depth of winter, I expect it to take on rich, warm flavors that strenthen the soul. Double Bag is a sticke, a "secret" beer. Be a snitch. Let the secret out. Double bags are for concealment, but this one deserves exposure. Long Trail has made a kick ass beer.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish amber color. A one inch foamy head, that risided quickly after pouring, laces the glass slighty, it falls as the beer goes down.

Hoppy aromas with a slight sweet nose. Maybe coffee or toffee, nothing over powering.

Good first flavor, hops come right out, with a slight taste of toffee. Bitters come out in the finish. Good flavor, nothing terribly exciting in the flavor.

Not too filling, easy going down though, but not too light either, maybe a medium bodied, could be trouble.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head that quickly departs from the scene and leaves little lacing

Smell: Interesting blend of caramel/toffee malt sweetness with more than a touch of hops and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a malt blast, though not overly sweet (as I was thinking this might have some doppelbock characteristics); within a couple of seconds, the hops kick in and build and build to complement the sweetness; somewhat fruity (cherries and oranges) in the middle

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice altbier; like the balance a lot

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Photo of JMendyka
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my pewter Jagerstein at refrigetor chilled temperature.

I peaked a look at the color from my friends glass and found it to be somewhere between amber and stout/porter black. The kind of color that would decieve the average drinker into thinking that this was going to be a beer as thick as motor oil.

But that's not how they roll in VT. The smell betrayed a sweeter character, almost over emphasizing the malt properties.

The taste was a bit on the hoppy side. That is to say that, the aftertaste left you remembering more of the hops than the also very strong, caramel malt taste. The mouthfeel was perfect for a cool summer night. This would probably be a great beer from late April to early June and late September to early November. I could drink a few of these at a time, but would probably want to move on to something lighter after that.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

poured from a 12 oz. bottle
nice copper brown color with an initially substancial head that dwindled but stuck around in a thin layer. some patchy lacing. yeast and floral smells over malt and hops - quite interesting. maybe a little whiff of butter in there too. tasted sweet malt at first before a quick hit of pleasant spiciness before all is overwhelmed by estery hops bitterness. this brew has solid complexity in its shift of flavor as it progresses along the palate and a good, long, bitter malt finish with some citrusy notes to kick it off. felt smooth yet medium-bodied in the mouth. abv just apparent enough without being entirely masked or distracting. a solid, strong, and warming brew that is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice amber. Small bubbles constantly coming up from the bottom of the glass. Head is small from the bottle and goes away quite fast.

There is a smooth nutty taste that comes on fairly strong and goes away within 3-4 seconds. Excellent mouthfeel. Not too thick, but surprisingly easy to drink considering the ABV.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Not my favorite thing, but I have very little experience with Altbier. I'll have to drink the others in the 6-pack and bring up an overall review in a week or so.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5.13.05

copper and clean. nice carbonation and flowing head with good retention

sweet malt is up front, honey biscuit with a hops edge, florals in the mix, with good concentration the alcohol is noted

taste etc...
medium to full mouth feel, very well balanced, I really thought the malt might bowl me over but honestly the hops are more apprent in the flavor and aftertaste. the alcohol level is hidden unbelievably well. very easy drinking. this is much like their regular long trial ale (a personal fave) in it's body and overall drinkability.

it's definitely worth a try. it has a very interesting bitterness to it that I can't place, almost reminds me a touch of the aftertaste of Three Floyd's Alpha King. good stuff.

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Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Nose: bursting with fruity esters, pungent (and more than a hint of mischievous alcohol) and with honey notes (which I didn't pay as much attention to a few years back), toffee, and a touch of biscuit and very faint herbal/aromatic hop. A brilliant copper in color, and with fine carbonation. Medium pour elicits a one finger head (sorry, time for the ubiquitous Duvel tulip again), off-white to-tan in color, which lingers for a minute or two before subsiding and leaving enough lace (plus a Gilligan's Island of foam) to make me wonder about the protein count -- guess I won't need the eggs with my bacon this morning?

The taste: even better than I remember! Fruity, with subtle notes of banana, orange, apple, and berry, even into the sinus passages oy veh! Great gobs of fruit. It's like the time the Fruit of the Loom guys got together for a luau and had a human sacrifice with their friend, the pineapple (you notice how ya never see him anymore??)

Nice restrained use of hops for aromatic and bittering purposes, bitterness lingers alongside the best of 'em (think of the subtle lingering bitterness of a Sam Smith or a really good pilsener.)

Mouthfeel is good, but deceptive - it REALLY isn't thin, only drinks like it is, more like medium-bodied, a bit of coating on the tongue. On the sweet side (oh no, watch out for the sappy Woody Allen ending!) but finishes like it WANTS to be dry, and the bitterness helps a lot here.

If'n ya think I'm rating this one a wee-bit high? Yep, you are correct sir and . . . (aside: if it's any consolation this reminds me a bit of "Eye of the Hawk" in terms of gusto, relative SRM, and drinkability - uh, make that an *aggregate* of the original Mendo/CA-brewed version and the new and gradually-improving 'toga Springs version) I will explain it as such: tasting this now in the early part of summer, 2005 brings me back a buncha years to when I was a dumb college grad living in Slummerville/Medford. I am now a dumb thirty-something bachelor who no longer has a smokin-hawt Polish American girlfriend, and living in Minneapolis - so there, how the mighty have fallen, eh? A big THANK YOU to the Monk and whoever tha heck he got it from for the bottle!

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

Pours a nice but unassuming amber colour with a thinnish, slightly sticky head.

The smell is in the same league, with a malty alcohol feel to it. A slight hop sweetenss can be picked up in the back, as well as a touch of butter.

Flavour and mouthfeel are good, with a silky yet chewy feel and a taste that is sweet, buttery, floral and earthy all throughout. The finish has a tart alcohol taste that is noticeable, but not as strong as the alcohol in the smell, meaning it's pretty much just right.

I enjoyed this one overall. In college, I was a big Long Trail fan but never really took a liking to the Double Bag at all for some reason. Now, I'm not as high on LT as I was in college (though I still like the brewery & its products very much) but have a newfound appreciation/liking for the DB. Funny how things work sometimes.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but not too bad. 22oz. bomber date 3/15/05, relatively fresh, no sedimentary residue.

Poured brownish/red with decent carbonation but no head or lacing. Smells very earthy, reminds me of an Octoberfest, with bad intentions. Vegetable and late fall esters (if you live in New England, you'll know what I'm talking about.

A pretty tasty offering with a nice alcohol kick. Very drinkable even at 7.2

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Photo of LPorter33
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Apperance = barely any head. Color is a clear fine looking deep amber with few bubbles.

Smell = Very nice floral hops, like smelling a bountiful flower garden.

Taste = mmm...lots of flavor to this one.Initial hops is quite bitter with a good touch of sourness present Alcohol is perfectly balanced as it doesn't ruin the flavor and taste at all. Lastly is almost a buttery popcorn flavor that lingers in the mouth. Aftertaste that trails is a little too bitter, the only thing I do not like about the taste.

Overall = I'd give the taste a 5 if it was a little less bitter. This is still an extremely tasty beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark copper colored beer. Has a small off white head and some lace. The aroma starts with a light sweet malt followed by a floral hop with a bit of graininess in the background. The flavor has the malt start at the tip of your tongue and slide down the middle. While the hops nip at the sides of your tongue and then join the malt at the back of your throat foe a well balanced finish.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label is kind of corny which somehow doesn't convey the gravity of this beer. The beer is big and yet very refined. Pours a very nice clear mid gold with good head. The dominant nose and first flavour is malt. The beer becomes more complex with every sip unitl you start to realize that the alcohol is almost invisible. Very food friendly and very well made.

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Photo of pikemark
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this ffrom a six pack I got, was excited to see a whole fridge of Long Trail beers. In my mug it looked like a nice amber color, maybe a little darker but very little head. Smelled very malty, lacing wasnt bad though. The taste was interesting. Most of the Long Trail stuff has a very mellow aftertaste to it. There is a bit of hoppiness to it but its very smooth. A solid beer, nothing too exceptional, definitely nothing bad about it. I would love to have a keg of this for a party.

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

This is a "tail" (bad joke) of two beers for me. I had the opportunity to sample this in the summer of 04' and I just didn't like it...then. Since then I have had the opportunity to expand my beer horizons and sample/enjoy a variety of crafted beers, which have advanced my palete. I get a chance to revisit this beer now and what a difference a year makes!

Beautiful warm copper hues dancing of orange & red, a oddly aromatic ivory head of about 1/2" of loose foam with little lace that had a coy nose...alcohol? malt? sea air? mulling spices?

Initial tongue is crisp, which gives way to the smoothest, rich malt that just rolls and rolls...nice. Pleasantly bitter on the swallow with just the right mix of hops to the deep malt. Don't be fooled by the cartoon cow on the label, this is a sophisicated brew that deserves a quiet, slow savor. And with a ABV over 7, you wouldn't want to slam these down anyway.

Without question the best beer I have given a 2nd chance to, and I am much better for it.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,689 ratings.
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