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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 Many esters transported by caramel malts...Butterfalls and sugar lakes...Alcohol and veggies decrease interest but faint citrus and grassy end bitterness redeem...A light bodied curiosity...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Altbier? We should refer to this as Maltbier! This SOB is loaded with the flavor of malt from top to bottom. It has a deep chestnut hue and a large tan head. It may have the face of an Alt but it has the body of Strong Scottish Ale. Interesting, to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Pours with medium, tightly carbonated (almost looks creamy), very light brown head. Light amber color. Nose dominated by sweet malt with some slight hop notes. Medium palate, low carbonation. Flavors are dominated by bitter and drying hops, with just a bit of sweet/roasty/nutty malt. Bitter hop finish. This is not my understanding of the ’alt’ style - as malt should be in the forefront, not hops - thus I would say this beer is a bit unbalanced as hops really dominate. Extremely smooth finish for a 7.2% ABV!! Decent brew - just overdone with hops (you would think it came from the West Coast).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Malty with nice bit of hops, and sweet worty aroma. Amber/copper color. Very little head. Medium carb and body. Really malty taste. Sweet, slightly hopped with a mild bitter finish. Good ale, and you can tell it’s got the 7+% alc. Tasty, lingering after.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2002
Clear rust color; minimal head; malty cardboard nose. Dry chocolate to start. What the hell is this supposed to be? Very unfocused. Heavy paper notes and no sweetness to counter an unending dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Tiny bubbles in the ring-whisp head. Aroma is dark vinegar and buttery. Buttery flavors, rye breadiness, and toasted malt contribute nicely. Hops try to finish but are soon dominated by a sweet nuttiness. Very reminiscent, IMHO, of Sea Dog IPA with the nutty aroma and flavors. This is over-the-top for an ’Alt’, however I expected something a bit more striking. Still a delicious beer. Thanks, beer buddy Venom.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Nice citrusy nose. Body is very malty, just a little sweet. Has moderate bitterness with more citrusy flavor giving it a more refreshing taste than you’d expect from a beer of it’s darkness. Very drinkable and pleasant. My main complaint was that there was no head. Maybe the trip from CT to GA by mail harmed the carbonation a bit, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davhgbrew (887) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2002
Maybe I’m missing something here, because this beer is rated pretty highly by raters I usually agree with, but I just don’t see it with this beer. The aroma was of like a belgian or a scottish ale, the head was white and frothy, but the texture tasted a little thin in my mouth, the finish was nice though and the high abv% was hardly noticable. I don’t think I would reach for another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Re-rate 3/25/02: Down a point or two, but I've had some real treats since then. I can't get over how smooth this is. This is nothing like a barleywine! Someone should smack that Volgon guy in the head. 8/20/01: Almost a barleywine. Strong malt and alcohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2002
Very nice Altbier with a good malty aroma. Body has a nice bitterness to it, but could use a little more maltiness to balance the hops and the %7.2. All in all, a very drinkable altbier.

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