Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Long Trail Brewing Co. - Double Bag

Purchased From: Sonoma Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Collins glass posing as a Stange

Like Long Trail's Long Trail Ale, Double Bag is an altbier, but as the name suggests its a 'double altbier.' Not exactly a real style, but does it bring double alcohol and double flavor? The brew is a full-bodied amber with very low active carbonation and a creamy off-white foam head. The head is of modest size with solid retention and thin, but elegant lacing.

The nose is malty and lightly spicy with hints of molasses sugars and a very mild honey. The lightly toasted malts provide a nice caramelized sweetness to the beer. The hopping is moderate, but the malts are center stage. There's a bit of an floral spiciness to the beer, and it hides its 7.2% ABV well. The mouthfeel is velvety and beer produces a long-lasting toasted finish.

Final Verdict: B+

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