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RATINGS: 637   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Aroma reminds me of an ESB. Rich caramel malt and aromas with some hop. I also detect some alcohol in the aroma. Poured with a cream colored head that lasted for a while. The flavor reminds me of a very strong ESB. Good medium body with a malty flavor that is balanced nicely with some hop bitterness. The alcohol is also evident in the taste. This is a very well made beer. I was expecting more of a typical amber ale but was surprised by a very enjoyable and tasty beer. It does not taste like other Alt beers that I have had but it is very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2004
A definate altbier with attitude. Tases more like an American Ale on alcohol steroids. Yeasty hopped up mouth with all alcohol finish. Not enough roasetd malt for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
lively carbination danced to the top where it created a thin lathering cover to the brilliant amber clearness that lay beneath. Sweet fresh sticky warm caramel aroma with notes of chocolate bars, mixed nuts, and buttery toffee..caramel & toffee flavors, medium bitterness near the end...not as sweet as the aroma let on...alcohol makes a slight appearance...hops cover up what could have been amazing malt action..balanced..but less complex as it should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Medium dark amber appearance, small head and moderate lacing. Big malty/alcohol aroma. Lots of flavor, starts moderatly malty and sweet, turns nuttier and finishes rather hoppy with a nice piney bitterness. Noticeable alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Poured with a small frothy light tan head that lasted a while; good lacing. Clear med-dark amber color. Complex aroma of spicy hops, caramelly malt, and fruits (pear, fig, and a hint of coconut). Some alcohol aroma evident especially as the glass warmed. Flavor started moderately sweet with a light acidity and moderate hop bitterness. Caramel malt and hop flavors along with layers of fruit emerged mid-palate and progressed to a yeasty-bready character toward the finish. Lingering aftertaste continued to develop long after. Palate was med-bodied and moderately carbonated with a dry texture at cooler temps that softened as the glass warmed. A nice beer that didn't drink like a 7.2% abv brew; quite smooth and easy drinking but the effect was surely felt. Thanks to John B. in MA! (not an RBer but a good homebrew forum buddy... ;^)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Pours a clear copper color with no head. Very nice floral hops on the nose, maybe some malt also. Nice hoppy bite, smooth and easy to drink also. A delicious beer with some bitter to finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Translucent copper colored, little head to speak of. Aroma of fresh cut grass and malt, saaz? Very good beer, maybe the best I've had for the sytle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Strong Ale by Vermont standards only since everything here has to be below 8%abv. Otherwise it would have to go through different restrictive legal processes. But besides that it is one of the better brews of the state with a good strong malt backbone and enough hop and depth to make it a good summer brew. Try one I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3510) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Pours an amber/copper color with a 1.5cm increasing fine off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with a hint of some sweetness in there-maybe some cascade hops? Middle and finish are very very hoppy. Start is somewhat mild and a little sugary. The hops later in this are intense, though. Hides the ethanol quite well. Palate is decent. Not too bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6839) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel, grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of honey and toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Doesn't all come together that well, and the finish is somewhat grainy and metallic, but it definitely shows potential.

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