Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 1,720 |  Reviews: 580
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-brown with a quickly dissapearing tan head. Smells hoppy and aweet with hints of apple.

Taste is alot like the smell. Nutty and malty, spicy and hoppy. Very balanced with the sweet malt contrasting from the hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with with a thick and sticky mouthfeel. Lingers forever on the tongue. Very drinkable for a dark malty brew. Very appropriate for fall in New England.

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Photo of rjniles
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 57md
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. However, the quickly disappearing head does leave some nice lacing behind. The nose is reminiscent of biscuits. The taste is bready with some mild sweetness. There is a touch of hop bitterness that accompanies the upfront flavors.

Very drinkable in spite of the relatively high abv.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with hints of orange, transparent, a thin, tight white head that laces nicely as it goes down.

S - Very quiet, with a hint of malt honey-like sweetness and a bit of herbal bite, suggesting the bitterness that complements.

T - A much fuller sweetness up front, full of caramel notes and dark bread, followed by a smart bitter tack that fades back to bread in the close. The bitterness does build quietly over time, so that by the end of the second glass (bought as a 22 oz. bomber), there is a pretty strong thread of bitter to complement the washes of sweetness.

M - A bit sticky, but with enough carbonation to keep it clean.

O - A tasty malt-tilting brew, with enough hop bittering to keep it from being cloying. A good balance, and a pleasant drink that hides its powerful ABV.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ed2
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mullenite
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware - Guiness Tulip

Appearance - Pours a completely translucent, beautiful red color with a two and a half finger white head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. Carbonation is visible from the bottom of the glass.

Nose - Grainy and herbal with a slightly alcoholic note in the background. There is a noticeable earthy/herbal hop aroma that reminds me of the noble hop family.

Taste - Very complex tasting beer. Initially there is a distinct bready/toasty flavor which is followed up immediately by chocolate. At the end of the swallow there is a nice hop bite with that herbal character from the nose along with a good clean bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol character in the background throughout that seems to enhance each of the components and is never overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, very smooth and slick. A good amount of carbonation cleans the chocolate off the palate easily.

Overall - Really enjoyed this, a bit high in the alcohol range but it doesn't stick out too badly. Just a very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BigPapaLager
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great "double alt" which in the true spirit of its style, drinks like a meal. Poured a large tan head, which was fairly quick to fall leaving behind a sweet and malty tone. This sweet tone made the double bag an easy drinking strong one. Kudos to Long Trail on this one.

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Photo of SoulsAdrift
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of swalter
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a gift from the other Matt. Beer is amber / orange and completely clear with a thin head that breaks. Lacing is a plus.

Aroma is a little weak but smells mildly malty with hints of caramel.

Beer is nice, its a great great alt. Medium bodied, interesting late flavors from the yeast, mild bitterness mild sweetness, complete beer, nice connectivity. A great beer all around.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on leap day 2012. Pours a clear orange red, with a 3 inch sticky off white head, lacing all over. Smell is biscuit, carmel, brown sugar, some pine hops, and figs. Taste is very balanced, lots of malts with a touch of hops in the finish. The body is medium large, plenty of life, more lush than dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice, I remember when this beer seemed giant, now it is easy going down.

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Photo of dwoolley1
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer is a beautiful deep amber. The hue it gives off is a very nice copper color that makes it attractive.

The smell is pretty good. It has a very sweet smell from the malt and probably a little bit from the alcohol has well. The floral hop bitterness is also there but only balances the sweetness from becoming too sweet. With the two, you get a light bittersweet note.

The taste is a bit more bittersweet than the smell. The hop bitterness is a bit stronger and is barely the dominate taste. The malts are still caramel sweet and are detectable underneath the light bitterness. Also, the malts seem to have developed a light smoky note.

The feel is fantastic. On the lighter of medium bodied with light bubbly carbonation to give it a bit of texture. The beer also has a nice smooth and creamy feel to it as well.

Overall, a pretty good classic worth seeking out or revisiting. It isn't your strategic hop bomb but it's definitely a well-made and crafted beer.

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Photo of pikemark
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 silentjay
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure I've had this before, but for the life of me I can't remember a thing about it, so I decided to pick up a single for review so that I can document my feelings.

pours a amberish brown with a small almost white head that quickly recedes to a patchy film yet leaves some decent lace rings.

aroma is, as expected, malty. Caramel, butterscotch, toffee, light molasses, booze, and toast. pretty strong and relatively pleasing aroma.

flavor, again as expected, is malty. Caramel and molasses are the most prevalent with some surprising maple syrup coming in and pushing the butterscotch to the background. a tiny bit of bittering hops add a bit of balance, but don't assert themselves too much. a tiny bit of warming booze stays in the background, but refuses to overpower. Nice.

mouthfeel is great. relatively low level of carbonation with syrupy sweetness makes for a very sticky, oily, and thick beer, yet it finishes surprisingly crisp with some sweet, and a touch of a earthy hop aftertaste.

goes down well. very well for a 7+% beer, where the booze stays in the background as a supporting feature. one of the better alt biers I have had, and one I shouldn't pass over so often.

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Photo of blitz134
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I was shorted a bit in the bottle. Liquid level was barely past the base of the neck. This will complete the trifecta of the series...I had Triple Bag a few months back.

Clear copper bodied with a solid 1" eggshell colored head. Sticky and persistant leaving rings of foam.

Notably sweet with candy sugar. Clean and slightly bready malt. Hints of floral and some dark fruity sweetness.

Taste is much more malty than the aroma lets on, especially in the finish. The similarities to the standard Long Trail Ale show through now. Sweetness is thankfully subdued, but is still there in the form of some dark crystal and plays nicely with the hints of alcohol. Some floral and spicy hopping work in too.

A solid medium bodied beer, helped by the residual sweetness. Nicely carbonated to a fairly low level, just enough to cut the sweet edge, remains smooth.

Overall a tasty beer. Easy to drink given its size. Its a nice interpretation to this catch all style that is usually overly hopped.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from VA in a Laughing Skull glass.
Lovely copper body with great clarity but only a short head despite a aggressive pour. The head, nonetheless, has excellent retention.
Mild aroma with obvious alcohol.
Surprisingly full and complex flavor has hints of toffee, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Somme roasted nuts appear in the moderately bitter aftertaste.
Smooth and full bodied feel where the high ABV is partly hidden.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pouland77
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirt286
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,720 ratings
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