After reading Deron’s post, revealing his top picks for American Strong Ales, I just had to get my hands on some of my own. My first choice, albeit not on Deron’s list, was Long Trail Double Bag, which offers up an ABV of 7.2%.
Double Bag poured a transparent, deep amber, with about a half-inch of head which dissipated rather quickly, as is evident in my photo. The aroma was a sweet one, reminiscent of nuts from the malts, with a slight floral scent, lent from the hops.
At first taste, my mouth was treated to sweet, toasted malts, with a hint of caramel. A smooth, full-bodied swig, this gulp finished with a bit of bitterness, from the hops and high alcohol volume. I found this American Strong Ale to be rather drinkable, which surprised me, especially for a brew at 7.2% ABV. I would most definitely buy this again.
My next American Strong Ale tasting will be of Great Lakes Nosferatu, courtesy of Deron himself.
P.S. The little guy pictured next to my Long Trail is my munny. I got him for Christmas and got to decorate him myself. Ain’t he cute?
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