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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Reviews: 570 | Ratings: 1,681
Photo of jadpsu
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack of this on a visit to my daughters in Red Bank, NJ. Alt, a German Brown Ale! I have found Brown Ales to be a personal favoite. This one turned out to be no exception.

Pours a clear copper/amber in color with a creamy off white head of average retention.
AROMA: Bready malts, dark fruit, and the sweetness of caramel.
Taste: Great! Malty, bready, thick sweet but manages to finish with some hop bitterness. Thick and chewy and excellent.
Alcohol of 7.2% is not noticed in the nose or taste but does show up with a warming after glow.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orange/brown,head diminished and retained a tight collar.
The aroma was fruity and whiffs of floral hops,bit of an astringent whiff.
Taste was delicious, hops hit up front but quickly followed by an immense malt character, I give the malt the edge here however is balanced well,and finishes quite smoothly.
Mouthfeel, is bubbly and creamy.
The drinkability on this is fantastic!I was surprised at how good this was!..excellent stuff..

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Photo of Citadel82
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Alt Biers. This one is exceptional. Poured into a strait sided glass it had a rocky two finger head which lasted a five minutes or so leaving plenty of lacing. Floral/malty balanced aroma. First sip was initially sweet (almost like a mild ginger bread) with a sharp long hop finish. I bought two sixes of this while in VT on business at a store in Woodstock, down the road from the brewery. (also picked up hit the trail and long to follow) Had the long trail on draft at Mulligans in Manchester. Sadly, my palate was fatigued from too many "american adjunct lagers" at the Equinox down the road.

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Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent strong stickebier. Love a malty powerhouse like this. It just tastes like real beer.

The only stronger beer i've had in remotely the same the category was Derf's (if anyone remembers that!)

This one's a winner in six packs @ 7.2%...8.99? Yes please.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine. Has a light, clear-brown appearance with a lasting lacing on the side. Aromas are quite strong with alcohol, malt, caramel, and some fruit flavoring. Maybe some burnt sugar or a maple flavor? Taste is great with a sweet, definitely maple flavor. Mouthfeel has a slight dairy feel, but it is pretty light and drinkable. Overall, a fantastic drink.

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

A: Poured out "Lincoln Penny" copper. The thin head disappeared less than a minute after I poured it into glass with a slight cider-like translucence.

S: Sweet, almost fruity fragrance, but tart. A hint of caramel as well.

T: Sweet and wheaty up front, but complimented by the hoppy bitterness. Dry aftertaste. Splits a good difference between sweet and dry.

M: Very filling and thick with a good amount of carbonation. Almost forces you to savor every sip.

O: Just a really tasty beer. I've only had the Hibernator before this. I was a little worried it wouldn't be to my taste due to my preference for porters, but I was pleasantly surprised. As a caveat, it is very filling. I would recommend taking one's time with it.

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

I thought the cows on the label of this were a little strange when I first saw them, but boy are they appropriate, because this is creamy. Creamy feel, and it has a sweet creamy taste to it as well, there's like a mocha sort of flavor in here. A little bitterness and JUST enough alcohol seep through to give it some balance, and you're left with this semi-sweet, slightly bitter, almost coffee-like aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer. Definitely a new favorite.

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

Definitely the superior Long Trail ale. This is well worth picking up a 6-pack next time in northern New England. One of the best beers I enjoyed up there over Labor Day weekend!

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Photo of walshclimb
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking reddish browh with 1/2" tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves continuous to spotty lace. Very active bubbling in the body. Smelss big and malty with a hint of sweetness. The initial flavor is excellent big malt with light bread and a very smooth transition to nicely balanced malt and bitter hop aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with slightly dry texture and lively9 carbonation. This is a great beer and one that I wish were more widely available. It has a very nicely balanced flavor that is just a little sweet. This is a big beer that feels a lot more traditional than some of America's other big beers. It is not overwhelming in any way. No need for making faces due to overabundant hops. Very pleasant and smooth.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taste gets better as it warms. I'm not the kind who can pick out every individual yeast ester and give you a real world counterpart. I can tell you that this beer reminds me of a very good ESB. This very much tastes like Fuller's ESB. Not one of those hopped up ambers. The biscuity malt. The fruit flavors. All of that. Some differences, I assume. But I would need to have a Fuller's and this side by side to point them out to you.

Beautiful amber color with nice head. Head goes down. But a nice lacing stays for a while.

Taste lingers. Makes you crave more.

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Photo of ericj551
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bag pours a clear red orange with a healthy head. Smell is rich and malty, almost vinous, like red wine. Its sweet and fruity with just a hint of diacetyl. Taste is sweet caramel malts with nice flavors of dark fruits. Spicy hops back up the sweet malt flavor with a nice spiciness. Diacetyl is there in the aftertaste but light and balenced, a very enjoyable level. Double Bag is my favorite beer from Long Trail.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Foamy white 1.5 finger head atop an red amber brown translucent body. After head dwindled, enough still remained to get those nice aromas.

S - Malts, cheddar cheese, nuts. Incredibly, strong rye smell came forth as it warmed. Served in a pint glass. Will try in a snifter next time to get more volatiles.

T - Very complex. Initially spiced, slightly sweet, and even a bit peppery. Then it turns slightly bitter, and ends lightly sticky, sweet, and warming on the tongue from some alcohol detectable in the finish.

M - Excellent medium body. Nice foam from the head. Sticky and bitter finish leaves you satisfied, but wanting another sip.

D - Very drinkable, especially with a flavorful meal of cheese/beef/pork.

Will buy again, possibly a six pack!

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Photo of 401J
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


You know how you see something on a shelf several times and you've already made up your mind on how it tastes? Yeah? You should be ashamed of yourself..

as I am me.

This brew has been long recomended to me and for some reason I had made up my mind it would be some sort of participant of the pissing contest that goes on with brewers that try to hop the bejesus out of their product... but alas,, so wrong.

Poured beautifully.. Tight bubbles. head hung around and laced up like a pair of Chuck Taylors..

The nose was straight Ike Taylor.. It struck me extremely hard but had me hooked and jonesin for more.. It was honey all the way, really beautiful but a bit one dimensional..

Taste was way up my alley.. Full bodied, on the sweet side and extremely drinkable..

Great beer overall.. I will def be enjoying again soon..

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Photo of Murph
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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 AaronRed
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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 DukeBedford
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color, with one-finger head which disappears fairly quickly. Clear and very smooth. Malty, with minimal hops. I haven't figured out yet how to describe the smell, but it's clean and fresh. I really like this one. I've switched to this (from Sam Adams Boston Ale) as my default brew, with food or just by itself.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep orangish gold - crisp amber. White head, with a consistency somewhere between creamy and seafoam. Doesn't last incredibly long, but leaves a nice full layer of head over the brew.

S: Very floral - quite a pleasant scent. Some sweet citrus notes - like sweet, canned tangerines.

T: Sweet, sugary - something similar to the sweet syrup in the tangerine can. Quite nice, a honey essence. and a light bittering finish. Very tasty, and absolutely no hints of alcohol in there. VERY well hidden. Some toffee like qualities in there.

M + D: Medium carbonation, a fuller body. The surprisingly tasty flavour and well hidden alcohol makes tihis decievingly easy to drink. Sip away the best you can!

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Long Trail has brewed a great Strong Ale with their Double Bag Ale. The beer pours a dark amber color with a nice white head. The head thins but stays throughout the pint and laces nicely down the glass. The smell has a distinct malty sweetness to it and there are noticeable alcohol notes in this beer. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with a caramel aftertaste. The alcohol warms the throat and is noticeable on the back of the throat and pleasant. The hops are not detectable but keep this beer in a great balance. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich but not overpowering or heavy. This beer has a great flavor and mouthfeel and it would be easy to start drinking these and not stop; be cautious of the high ABV though or else it will be a short night!

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Photo of JoeBCBC
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark caramel color with a 1 finger fluffy, foamy beige head. Good head retention.

S- The aromas are awesome! Sweet malt, citrus, cherries, sourdough bread, and a clean hoppiness.

T- Very Complex. Chewy malt at first, then a frutiness, and clean hop bitterness on the finish. A warmth from the alcohol coats your mouth as it all goes down.

M- Good carbonation. Just right. Not too thin, not too thick. Makes this beer very drinkable and easy to lose track of! Very enjoyable.

O- This is a great great beer. It's the first German Alt i've ever had, so i'm not sure about style guidelines, but i'd definitely buy more of this. Lot's of complex flavors, and they come together well.

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Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a gas station on the way back to Boston from a day of ice-skiing at Jay Peak.
Pours a clear, hearty, flaming amber with a small-medium sized, dirty off-white head. Big aromas of caramel apples, toaste malt, and spicy hops. Very good. Taste does not disappoint. Rich, malty cookie dough sweetness up front. There's a spicy, toasty edge along with it too. Malt turns fruity as the bitterness picks up into the sweetish, spicy bitter, warming finish. Medium bodied, with a near-syrupy feel. A very tasty sticke-alt beer that is very drinkable for the punch it "secretly" packs.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a great looking beer! A beautiful copper/red color that is crystal clear with just a bit of foam that is already sticking to the glass.

S: All malt here, sweet with just a hint of metallic aroma which may dissipate as it breathes. Just a wiff of hops in the background to round it out.

T: Really nice smooth malt flavor and a nice balanced bitterness that holds on at the back of your mouth. Hops are more up front in the taste and it strikes a nice balance with the malty aroma.

M: Rich & smooth. This beer is perfectly attenuated striking a nice balance of sweet and dry.

O: A really nice beer for the post winter months. Well crafted.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I received in trade with paulthebeerguru. Didn't know what to think of this beer from the label. Good example of why one should never judge a beer by its cover.

After about twenty second of pouring, virtually all head dissolves. The color is a very clean, pale amber. Sort of strange and a little intriguing. The aroma is of roasted malts, piney hops, plum, grapefruit, and other dark esters as well as some hints of alcohol.

Taste consists of a sweet mix of dark malts, caramel, and some stale fruits. Amazing balance of hops. Faint alcohol, also. Oh, so pleasing. Medium to full bodied with very little carbonation. Very smooth and milky. One of my highest rated, for sure!

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Photo of Skidz
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright amber brown and sits a stunning deep amber with a large foamy, slightly off-white head. Absolutely perfection in a tuliped glass, great head retention; lacings up and down the track.

Smells thick and malty, nice toasty background. Doughy and sweet caramel aromas pour out over the top. Mild herbal hop aroma in the back.

Tastes mildly sweet, good malt profile. Toasted and filled with nutty and wooden undertones. Alcohol seeps through, accompanied by a nice herbal spiciness blended with a light, yeasty breadiness. Finish is well bittered and is full of herbal hop goodness.

Smooth and just plain slick in the mouth with nice, easy carbonation in a medium body. Hits you where it counts.

I was definately surprised by this beer, very surprised. Absolutely declicious by every standard and in every measure, and it looks like a million bucks. I'd take another 6-pack, but the two I've are giong to be thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of jwhite1979
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night the bartender told me that I am the only one who drinks the Double Bag.

I haven't reviewed many beers, and I'm not exactly sure what constitutes a full-bodied beer; nevertheless, I think you could easily make a meal of one or two Double Bags, so I'll call it full bodied until somebody corrects me.

The flavor is sweet, like biscuits and caramel and other pleasant things. The head is fairly thin in disappears quickly. The color is a simply gorgeous deep amber--it looks like you're pouring a New England October into a glass.

I love this beer, but it's quite rugged and should be respected. A bartender in Lewiston stocks it in the fridge just for me. How cool is that?

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack for a cook-out, poured into a pilsner style glass.

The label listed this beer as "Altbier" or mystery beer, and that kind of made me nervous. My friend claimed that the double bag is two beers mixed, claimed he tried it at the Long trail Brewery, and they made a sort of black & tan in their pitcher.

that being said, this was a great summer beer, perfect for the cook-out I bought it for.

The appearence was amber, dark gold, with a little to no head.
Defintely well carbonated, lots of bubbles travelling up the long pilsner glass.

The taste was excellent and reminded me of an American strong Ale. I still can't believe that this beer has 7% ABV. They hid it very well with a nice hop presence, lightly malted.

This turned out to be a great session beer, but be careful, that 7% sneaks up on you.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,681 ratings.
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