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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 39   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gongoozler (1) - - JUL 12, 2012 does not count
Excellent late night beer with strong aroma and a nice dark copper appearance. This is the best beer out of the Long Trail Brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2001
Have to agree with the other comments, a very nice beer with a great aroma and taste. Only problem is that it loses it fizz way too early. Definately worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
metalboozer (28) - Jamison, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2004
I bought a sixer of this while in Maine and it didn’t disappoint. Flavor consists of caramel & coffee. Could not taste much alcohol despite high ABV. For $7 a sixer this is a great buy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
In keeping with the tradition of altbier from Dusseldorf, Long Trail decided in 1994, to brew up a stickebier or "secret beer" which is a bigger, stronger, rarer version of alt. Double Bag is a stickebier, or "double alt" that is a bigger, maltier, stronger version of Long Trail Ale. This beer was indeed a secret, much like the stickebiers of Dusseldorf, it could only be found on draught at the visitor center of the brewery. It was not advertised, and if you wanted it, you had to know the secret, and ask for it. But a beer this good can not stay a secret for long, and it got out of the double bag. So Long Trail decided to bottle this one, and make it availble year round. Long Trail Double Bag pours to a beautiful, bright, deep copper color with an off white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is very malty, with aromas of sweet malt paired with some herbal hop aromas, and some estery fruit aromas. The body is slick on the tongue with lots of good caramel and toffee flavors with subtle flavors of estery fruit. Double Bag finishes with more big malty flavors up front, then ends with a wonderful, snappy, zesty burst of herbal/grassy hop bitterness. Double Bag comes in at 7.2% abv and is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength. I love this beer, and this beer style. Big malty character up front and a big burst of herbal hop bitterness in the finish. I think it is fantastic that a domestic brewery would do this very rare style of altbier. Double Bag is a very drinkable beer with lots of flavor, and would work well with hearty dishes. Match this one with some grilled bratwursts, or perhaps a classic German meal of saeurbraten, red cabbage, spatzel, and pumpernickel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fitch (1) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
Chimay Grand Reserve is far-and-away my all-time favorite, but I savor it only on special occasions. Second all-time fave is/was Sam Adams’ seasonal Double Bock, but they haven’t made it available consistently like they used to before the company went public. So-o-o-o, LT DB has become my goto brew since then. It’s almost as tasty as the SA DB, it’s got similar high alcohol content, but it’s also cheaper, and widely available all year round.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
I’m a bit torn about this review. Part of me wants to dog this beer just so the rest of you will continue to denigrate it based on the cartoon cows on the label and the generic "brown ale" quality that fails to impress the uninitiated. But in fairness to the brewers who have worked long and hard and in secret to make this alchemical miracle, I can’t speak afoul of it. Uerige aside, this American interpretation of the style is phenomenal. The dark horse of any beer tasting, this beer is in contention for best of show at any tasting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chumpeey99 (3) - USA - AUG 22, 2001 does not count
An excellent beer. Wonderful taste, can sometimes be a bit overpowering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Bottle. Brown with ruby overtones, clear, average white head that stayed with the glass. Aroma smells like the bottle looks: cow, grass, farm, and yeah malt and hops, but that's a good thing to me, because I like that Vermont air. Tough beer to describe on flavor: malt is to the max, well balanced with hops; after that, vanilla, cherries, other fruityness, back to malt, and hint of red wine. Fantastic. There's alcohol in this? Yeah, plenty, but you can't taste it. Soft, subtle, complex, yet such big maltiness. Easy to drink in the way that's it's just a great beer. Seriously underrated in my opinion. The bottle was gone before I had a chance to tell it just how I felt. Ok, enough drunken sentimentality, just a great beer, and I'm glad that this stuff is back in Mass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ACJayhawk92 (4) - Concord, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2013 does not count
What a wonderful brew. A higher alcohol altbier, but doesn’t taste that way. Quite sweet, wheat and caramel-like entry, a (very) slight bitterness and then an extremely smooth finish with creamy, bready notes. Beautiful cloudy amber, creamy and luxurious mouthfeel. A very underrated beer that deserves the praise it receives here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 3, 2001
Malty, candyish aroma. Moderately full-bodied. Thick, almost cloying lightly carmelized malt upfront. Dries out in a BIG way by the end. If this is how all Sticke beers taste, then I’m getting my arse on a plane to Dusseldorf tomorrow, because this beer was flippin’ fantastic. My thanks to Kaya161 for sending me this gem.

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