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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   IBU: 39   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

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4.6
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.


2.8
Larry_Duffman (527) - - MAY 26, 2017
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours amber with almost no head. The aroma is heavy on caramel with some bread and dark fruit. The taste is caramel, bread, some dark fruit, and earthy. It’s a little thin, but the alcohol content is well hidden. This is okay.

3.9
malrubius (2863) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle from practically anywhere around here. Amber mostly clear with lasting head and a little lace. Woody earthy toasty caramel brown sugar aroma. Medium-heavy toasted caramelized brown sugar sweetness some mild fruitiness and woody earthy medium-light bitter and pretty dry finish. Medium body, oily. It dries up really nice for what it is, and has a nicely toasted sweetness. Very good.

3.9
eRock_2013 (461) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2017
Wow, can’t recall the last time I had a beer from Vermont, also had not previously heard of a "double altbier;" regardless, this is a delicious super-malty brew, pours a rich slightly cloudy amber-brown color, cool caramel and brown sugar malt aroma. Medium-full bodied with a lot of texture, almost chewy like caramel toffee. Flavor is multiple layers of sweet malty and red fruit notes, reminiscent of a doppelbock. Finish is very slightly boozy, with overall a delicious and sweet savory profile. Thoroughly enjoyable!

3
ehaak26 (499) - - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World into a pint glass. Little to no carbonation. Aroma is all malt.

3.7
meccahh69lol (195) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2017
While this isn’t quite a barn burner, this is a very solid offering from Long Trail and the best beer of theirs that I have tried so far. It pours a nice rosy brown with a thick tan head. The taste is of a malty mouthfeel with chocolatey notes and a bit of a yakky baltic aftertaste. It goes down relatively easy, but sneaks up on you. Never really had an altbier consciously before, but this is basically a mid point between an amber ale and brown ale with a bit more alcoholic kick. Worth a shot if you’re in the mood and like dark, malty brews. Otherwise, it is not a tragedy to miss out on this one.

3.7
drdisque (830) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2017
On tap at Valhalla. Pours light clear copper. Hoppy and light bodied for an Alt. However, to manage 7.2% out of a lager is pretty impressive and this beer doesn’t tip its hand at all, it tastes really smooth with no off flavors and a clean finish. Good, if unexciting beer.

4.1
tekstr1der (482) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2016 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.

3
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2016
On tap at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Clear, copper-orange with a small an off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of orange, caramel and honey. Taste of caramel, wood, orange, honey, alcohol and bitter resin with a bitter rotten fruit aftertaste. Very strange. There is a clash between the basic malt and fruit flavor and the weird aftertaste. Medium/full body and medium carbonation with a nice mouthfeel. There is much to like in this beer, but nearly as much to dislike. It's a pity about that aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
tapefuzz (479) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 Draught. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and full of malt with some fruit. Big taste of caramel malt. Some grass and pine towards the end. Bitter finish. Medium body. Medium, fizzy carbonation. Oily, slightly heavy mouthfeel.

3.3
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Bottle. It pours a deep orange color with a small off white head. The aroma is thick with orange, caramel and honey. Light hints of earthy hops. The flavor is the same. Orange, honey and caramel. Very thick and oily on the palate and sweet for the style. A decent amount of earthy bitterness in the finish. Overall, not bad, but a little too sweet and syrupy for me to rate it high.


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