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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 73
Gots: 167 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Reviews by BWED:
Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%

750 ml bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

A- Deep brown in the body with some mahogany highlights. Light brown head shows great retention, and leaves very beautiful and delicate lacing.

S- Vinous up front, with lots of dark fruits. Caramelized sugar, booze, and a hint of honey are in there, too.

T- MIld flavors all around for this one. A little caramel, and spice. The honey sweetness comes in a little as well.

M- Very wine-like. Semi-dry, gives a little bit of a pucker/ lip smack. Spices show in the finish. Very delicate overall in the feel.

O- I was hoping to get some bigger flavors out of this one, but I enjoy its delicate nature, and think it is a great mealtime beer.

BWED, Nov 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a chalice a a hazed russett brown with a lacey one finger white head,aromas were spiced spiced with dark fruit,there is a real white pepper-like mix of spice and citrus,the yeast is not overly phenolic.Candied sugar really stands out on the palate,also some candied orange peel and phenolic clove-like flavors in the finish.Its solid not amazing,but its tasty and not over the top with the yeast.

oberon, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev -1.2%

cam477, May 28, 2014
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Zakk, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Poured from bottle into snifter a hearty
malt amber to brown with a slight head and
weak lace.

S: Malty fruits and candy sugar come off of this
brew immediately. It smells a little of
dessert.

T: malty sweet well rounded not harping on
either malt or sugar too hard.The earthiness
cuts the sugar sweetness in a way that I
have yet to experience previously in
sampling this style.

M: The heartiness of this brew stands out, thick
and heavy aren't the words...maybe just
substantial.

D: This is a very drinkable example of a BSDA
Not too overpowering with the sugar and
enough character and ecclecticness to be
well above average for the style.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -1.2%

tbryan5, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 750 into a chalice style glass

Pours dark ruby brown, near black, with about 2 fingers of dense uneven foam. Awesome head retention and lacing. Hard to see light through the glass but there is just enough to give the idea that the brew is translucent.

Smell reminds me very much of a Trappist Dubble with deep dark malts and dark fruit. There's a touch of that caramelized sugar smell on the nose as well. Practically no hops discernible on the nose.

Flavors are dense, rich and dark without being incredibly heavy. The initial flavors rolling over the tongue are heavy of complex malts that seem to range from caramel roast to much darker. There is a fairly heavy mouthfeel here but I think it is from the alcohol rather than any residual sugar, though there is a faint, pleasant sweetness. Carbonation is fine but dense, lending perfectly to the overall texture and mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet and lingering, with a pleasing warmth that travels with the swallow.

Fantastic brew!! Loved Local 1 and I'm really diggin' Local 2 as well. You have to try this one, especially if you are a Belgian beer lover!!

SIRIUS2, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. Nice high head, high level of carbonation and the head lasts.

S - Bananas, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla and some bread on the nose. Very malty and complex, really enjoyed the aroma.

T - Sweet malt flavor, not overly sweet, but this big beer has some sugars left behind from some of the darker malts. Caramel comes out well, not as much fruit as I would have guessed from the smell. Seems to be some roasted malts also as I pick up a little almond like nuttiness with the vanilla.

M - Nice amount of carbonation, it is high but helps to create a little snap at the end to counter the sweetness. Can definitely feel the alcohol.

D - Very nice, well rounded Belgian Abby style ale. Could enjoy this quite often.

steelerguy, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

A_Pours dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Not much lacing.

S_Clove , banana , dark fruit.Little bit of alcohol.

T_Clove,tart cherries,figs,and spice. Sweet but not too sweet as I find most Belgians. Cant taste the alcohol at all. Very crisp, clean, dry finish.

M_Thin and highly carbonated. Actually kind of refreshing.

D_Most drinkable Belgian I've come across so far.

nickadams2, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

In a goblet this beer was a medium brown color, with a fairly good head. I picked up the sweetness in the aroma easily, and I guess I could tell myself there was also a bit of citrus. The taste was much more rewarding, with honey and orange meshing together well, and also a hint of chocolate. This was a rich beer, with a bit of a tang to it. Enjoyed it a lot

lordofthewiens, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 1069 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The body is almost opaque and has a dark murky brown color with deep crimson highlights. Near the edges of the glass there are some streams of fine carbonation rushing to the surface. The pour produced a nice tall, thick and foamy head. It slowly fades down to a thin cap that hangs on till the last sip.

Smell: Its aroma has full nose of dark sweet malt, funky yeast, spice and a hint of honey and hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a sweet dark malty base with some pleasant sweet honey, tart cherry and other dark estery fruit notes. Funky yeast, mild alcohol and some light spicy notes and add even more complexity. In the finish the hops pop out and add some mild bitterness. The texture is smooth and mellow with soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: Another great Belgian ale from the Brooklyn Brewery.

generallee, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of bigdipip
5/5  rDev +23.5%

bigdipip, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Bottle pours a dark brown body with a tall and creamy tan head. Exquisite sheet lacing adorns the goblet.

Aroma has figs, dates, milk chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of orange peel.

Creamy carbonation hosts a solid medium body.

Taste is awash in dark fruits, with figs and dates imparting a creamy sweetness. Milk chocolate, marshmallows, floral hops, and ripe red plums add to the decadence.

One of the better American exceutions of a Belgian style. This one is fantastic.

merlin48, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn

Billolick, Mar 21, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

StevieDarrier, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: cloudy, chocolate brown in color, 1.5 inch head

Smell: candied fruit. Not overly strong

Taste: plum, candied fruit, caramel, some chocolate at the end. Nice and complex.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and complex Belgian dark ale. I like it better than Local 1 and could have several. The chocolate and fruit combo is really good. This is well worth the price.

tigg924, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with a little bit of alcohol mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the caramel malt with some dark fruit and honey mixed in. The beer is fairly sweet and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 30, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

750mL bottle, cellared for about a year, enjoyed at a recent beer tasting alongside the Local #1. Cheers for holding on to this Derrick!

Poured into a wine glass. Dark, hazy milk chocolate in colour, with a creamy head that survives as a thick ring, and produces some islands of foam and good lacing. Not sure if the aging contributed to the thickness of this brew, as it is quite murky.

Nose is a mix of fruit (banana peel), chocolate, caramel, yeast, mild funkiness.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, which makes for an enjoyable dark. After warming for a few minutes, the chocolate and caramel rises above the fruity yeast notes, and is coupled with a warming sugary base. Smooth, mild carbonation, medium bodied.

Nice dark ale. I certainly think aging had to have some effect on the brew's complexion, as it feels and tastes mellowed out. I haven't tried a fresh bottle of this before, which I now hope to do in the near future!

JohnnyBarman, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GarrettB714, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Chocolate color with massive creamy head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Very fruity and chocolaty with clove, spicy hops and light honey.

Taste: Chocolate, dark fruit and caramel drive the malt base, with a touch of musty earthiness. Spicy finish from the yeast (clove) and hops. Touch of the added orange peel at the finish as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a fairly silky, warming body. Thinner than expected, likely due to the sugar and honey - maybe slightly too thin. Nice dry finish.

Overall: Very strong BSDA. Surprisingly easy to drink with a great flavor profile, but the body is simply a little too thin to be top tier for me.

bsp77, Jun 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

innominat, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jiffymon, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mjtiernan, Dec 19, 2011
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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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