Double Bag | Long Trail Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,709 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:
1,709
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
351
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,709 |  Reviews: 575
Photo of jhlosito75
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 11/8/16

A: Dark caramel with some brown at the core and burnt gold around the edges - nicely clear - pours with a medium size, light beige head, fades to a small collar and a few wisps

S: Malty but somewhat mild - dark bread, toast, biscuits, bread dough, and bread crust - dark caramel, molasses, toffee - some floral and grassy malts, hint of citrus - lightly earthy - slight oxidation - but mostly bread

T: Very bready, with some bread, toasted bread, toasted grains, grainy bread, biscuits, crackers - some sweetness, with caramel, dark caramel, molasses - earthy, some oxidation - floral and grassy notes, some citrus - some heat

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side, very smooth, a touch oily

O: When one bag isn't enough

I was fairly certain that I reviewed Double Bag years ago. But apparently not. This is a unique beer that does not really fit any styles. It's probably not for everyone, but the bready biscuits are charming.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost-clear copper with nearly zero head, just an off-white right. Nice color though. Aroma is slightly malty and just a hint of earthy hop. Flavor is a whole different bag... Delicious waves of malty goodness bread/cracker mixed with a nice dose of caramel. Very slight earthy bitter catches up at the finish, leaving the palate very clean and ready for a another sip. Again, delicious.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coppery brown ale with a foamy tan head. The aroma is sweet grain and biscuit malt with a bit of yeast. The flavor is toasted malt and a hint of brown sugar with yeast and some grain and earthy qualities. Smooth, with a dry finish and a bitterness that is subdued. An interesting beer in many ways - one I hope I get to drink again!

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Photo of jklemm18
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have personally consumed many four packs of tall boy cans of this so I'm somewhat shocked I never actually reviewed it. Pours a medium amber with red highlights and little head. Nose is caramel malt and dark fruits. Very sugary sweet smelling .
Deep burnt malt flavors with caramel and sweet fruits. Some late bitterness gives a touch of balance but this is what you thought it was. Texture is thick and keeps the booze from taking over. Different and worth a try if you've not yet sampled one.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of isles1wars
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nater919
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KristenV85
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this beer. Very malty. I like malty. And, at 7.2% it doesn't taste watery.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Stephan16
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rjp217
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This “double altbier” pours a fairly dark reddish brown color with a thick creamy white head. The smell is yeasty and malty with some grain and faintly sweet notes. There is also a hint of alcohol in the scent. The flavor is much the same with some standard yeast as well as biscuit and caramel malt flavors dominating in the initial flavor with a hint of alcohol. There is some bitter piney hoppiness in the finish also, however. The finish is semi-dry and very creamy. The body is medium, but a little lighter than I would have guessed. This is definitely a nice homage to this traditional German style. The flavors are simple, but pretty on point. It is a great addition to the Long Trail roster.

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Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,709 ratings.
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