Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,693 Ratings
Double BagDouble Bag
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
Ratings:
1,693
Reviews:
572
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
346
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,693 |  Reviews: 572
Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Mississippi
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice rich color, like a peach toned iced tea. Low head very little head retention with moderate lace.

S- There is a very boozy front note with hints of nuts. Very light, slightly watery on back end.

T- Very light flavor, A little malty on front end. gets a bit watery in the middle and finishes light and slightly bready.

M- Light, no coating at all and the watery middle is not very desirable.

O- A very light beer, the wateriness is not pleasant. The malt flavors would be nice but they die out far to quickly and there is no complexity to the flavor. Not very drinkable

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Photo of PDXHops
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru copperish amber with an off-white head a finger or so in height. Good retention, scattered patches of drippy lacing.

For an alt, especially a sticke version, this is pretty tame stuff. Smells of caramel malt and little else. Taste is again pretty malty, but there's just not a lot going on here. Buttery and bready with very light leafy and baked apple notes. Clean and crisp for sure- obviously a brew constructed with care- but not something I'd revisit.

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Photo of Naes
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is an amber color with a two finger white head.
Its aroma is faint, but is malty sweet.
The flavor starts out roasty and incredibly sweet but is given some balance by a little bit of hop character near the finish. There is also a slight alcohol warmness in the flavor as well.
Mouth feel is medium bodied, but semi thick from the sugar, a bit syrupy for me.

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Photo of sourlinus
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CLNBeerlover
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ElGuapo
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
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 johnwetterstrand
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of JedediahK
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Tahaelmagbri
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of joek440
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of blt2646
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of mikeyv35
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Date: 08/30/14
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Bottled: 07/18/14
Glass: Lawson's Tulip

* First, I need to mention that I made the mistake of sampling this side by side w/ Freigeist Hoppeditz (a true Doppelsticke Alt from the Dusseldorph region of Germany), which was a huge mistake as it showed all the glaring weaknesses of this attempted American rendition.

Pours a light brown almost golden in color w/ only a few bubbles of carbonation that produced little to no lacing. Aromas of candied sugar, treacle, caramel, light toffee, and that somewhat signature German yeast/basement mustiness. The taste was almost like the nose, candied and caramel/toffee up front, leading into booziness and herbal hops. Medium bodied and a touch lush and slightly sticky, versus clean and crisp like a good Alt should. Somewhat drinkable, the stickiness that it should not have hinders it severely.

Overall, a good try from Long Trail at a true Doppelsticke Alt, but I still felt bad for it in the glass next to Freigeist! It is very hard to duplicate such a delicate German style that is so refined, which is why so few American breweries dabble in them.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of wenkalman
2.77/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Moderately dark amber color with NO head at all. Straight pour down the middle at a moderate speed and no head. A lighter shade of gold around the base of my tulip, turns to the darker amber as it gets to the bulb.

Smell - Smells sweet, notes of fruit; dates, plums and pears.

Taste - Unique....very sweet, beginnning to the end. Slight sour apple taste at the end.

Mouthfeel - Very bad, but I think I have an old bottle. I checked the year, and it is an 09; but judging by complete lack of head and little to no carbonation, I think it might be old.

Drinkability - Unique...but I couldn't see myself drinking more then 1; so I would say it is low.

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Photo of mynie
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, brownish orange. Minimal head, but this was the sort of bar where if you put a head on a guy's Bud Light he might offended, so I'll let that slide.

Smells surprisingly hoppy, for an alt. Earthy, bocky grain against nobel hops with some esters of ethanol.

Tastes good up front, super sweet in the middle, and very alcoholic in the back. Starts out pretty well balanced with a good blend of hops and zippy malt. Then the zippiness zips further, becomes far too intense and sweet.

I dunno. I remember hearing about Double Bag way back in 2005 or so--back in the day, it was possible for malt bombs to generate buzz, believe it or not. Maybe my pallet has just been destroyed by the extremeness of the modern beer scene, or maybe this was just an off batch. Either way, I was let down.

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Photo of flanmedic51
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank it from the bottle and noticed it was a bit sweet with hop bitterness and noticed more of a alcohol taste and realized what the hell the ABV was...I was surprised. I detected some citrus notes as well. I was warm and fuzzy when it hit the gut. I have to say that I won't be looking to get it again. Too much of an alcohol taste causing more of a bite than I would like when enjoying a beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit dissapointed with this one. It was a nice enough burnt orange colour with a nice, yet modest, thin white head. The aromas were all over the board, but they contained the "melon-like" aromas that I have only previously picked up in the recent Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale from Yards. The taste was very melon-y and not very "alt-like" (or "double-alt-like") at all, IMVHO. The mouthfeel was creamy yet thin and the drinkability was not the best. This brew is definately Interesting and different, but it is also definately not one of my favorite alt biers or strong ales!

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Photo of KTCamm
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber color with minimal foal.

Smell is malty and fruity.

Taste is harsher than I liked - the hops start and finish and hang around a lot longer than I would care to say. In between there is a mixture of tastes I can quite pinpoint, none of it terribly pleasing.

I would not go back to this one. Way to bitter without enough taste throughout the offset it.

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rusty copper color with almost zero head in my snifter glass. Minimal lacing as well. This beer is fairly clear, in spite of the fact it's a darker beer. The nose is caramel malt, nutty aroma, and that's about it. Fairly weak nose on this beer. The taste follows suit, with a little bit of hops thrown in. The feel is thin, with a nutty aftertaste. Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer. Glad I got to try the style though. Cheers.

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Photo of callmemickey
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber body... moderate white body.. little lacing...

S: Bland malt character... soft...

T: Sweet roasted malts... some milky caramel.. not much going on here... slight bitter hop finish

M: Medium bodied... a kind of viscous feel towards the end..

D: Over all its ok... i'd probably never choose this one again though.

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Photo of sleazo
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A_Clear brown with an off wite one finger head. Settles in as a decent sized cap.

S_Aroma is not very strong. Mild fruity esters and sweet malt.

T_The beggining of this is very fruity, pineapple and papaya like tropical fruit dominate. This is followed up by an extreme malt rush akin to a dark liquid malt extract. The finish is mildly boozy and give a slight bitter edge which veers towards the vegetable side of things.

M_Slightly on the thicker/syrup side of things, mild carbonation.

D_Meh. The fruity esters tend to dominate here and it isn't too good of a thing. A passable beer at best, at best.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,693 ratings.
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