Double Bag Strong AleMarch 1, 2004 Bridgewater Corners, VT
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Bridgewater Corners, VT
Alcohol (wt.): 5.7
Alcohol (vol.): 7.2
What a beauty! Color: an almost glowing mahogany with a beautiful head, and a nice mellow sound. The nose reeks of fine hops and aromatic malts, leaving the drinker on a precipice of desire. On the palate, there is a subtle and pleasing bitterness, which does NOT linger on the tail, but rather blends neatly into the warming invitation of the dark maltiness of the beer.
- Fred Eckhardt
It’s got a handsome orangey glow to it, but it doesn’t form much of a head. The nose is quite nice, fruity, with some almost minty hop aromatics. The palate is well-balanced with moderate hops up front giving way to a solid biscuity malt center, leading to a clean, dry finish. At 7.2%, it’s dangerously drinkable; if youj were careless, you could easily end up “double bagged.” Excellent with sausages or a big pork chop.
- Garrett Oliver
Silly name but serious beer. Lovely aroma, melding both nutty, toffeeish, sweetish malt and lemony, lime-like.hop. Atttractive, deep copper-red color. Firm, smooth body. Long, malty flavors dovetailed with equally slow build-up of hop bitterness. Modeled on the sticke beers of Dusseldorf. Very credible.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.