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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,287
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 86
Gots: 225 | FT: 6
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,287 | Reviews: 526
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of steelerguy
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kraken
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 05/01/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Cork was removed from the bottle with a resounding pop. Light pour evokes a massive 4 finger off white head. Head clings to the sides of the glass and displays wonderful staying power. Color is a dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights.

Nose- Some caramel, and notes of alcohol. Hints of apples and Citrus. Not over powering, but very subtle.

Palate- Interesting. Fairly light, very well carbonated. Caramel, raisins, some notes of date. Not heavy as some other BSDAs. Citrus comes through in a way reminiscent of grand mariner. A bit of sweetness, some vanilla comes through. Coats the mouth and is a bit cloying. Finish is long, with hints of orange and caramel. Little bit of hop bitterness in the finish along with a touch of booziness.

Mouthfeel- Dry, slightly oily, very active.

Drinkability- Moderate. Fairly complex and strong.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle date code of 0751.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brownish amber with some hints of ruby and orange. Huge four finger light tan/beige head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of spicy and funky Belgian yeast with lots of malt and dark fruit hints. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funk and clove, pepper, and some cinnamon spicing. Some of the champagne yeast is detected as well. Big deep malt presence with hints of caramel, toast, biscuit, and some roasty chocolate hints. Big dark fruit scents with hints of dark grapes, cherry, raisin, plums, prune, fig, and dates. Also some fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear along with some citrus orange peel. Belgian candied sugar and some honey hints add to the sweetness. Hints of grassy hops in the background. A very good and complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty Belgian taste with dark malt and lots of fruit esters. Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of funk, cloves, cinnamon, and pepper. Sweet Belgian candied sugar with some notes of sweet honey. Big bready malt presence with a taste of biscuit, caramel, grains, toast, and some chocolate roast. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, and apple. A little citrus orange peel and some lemon. Big taste of dark fruit with notes of dark cherry, grapes, plum, prune, raisin, dates, and fig. Some earthy grassy hop bitterness comes in towards the finish. A very nice and tasty combination of spices, sugar and fruit sweetness, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Starts rather sweet and finishes very dry. Alcohol heat is tame.

Overall: A really good dark Belgian ale. Good spices and fruit esters with a solid dark roasty malt presence.

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crytal snifter. Semi-opaque mahogany colored with an inch high thick head of foam that settles out to a finely bubbled cap. Very low, almost imperceptible aroma of toasty malt and pear. Flavors of toasted malt, hints of cocoa, ripe fruit and marshmallow. Slightly metallic in the finish, some clove and plum lingers, along with a subtle bitterness. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, but somewhat full. Decent beer overall, but I was expecting more depth.

Photo of decasere
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a bottle at my local whole foods in Plymouth Meeting PA. Being a fan of Brooklyn i knew right away i had to get a bottle of each of these. They come in a 25.4 Oz Cork topped bottle and i shared it with my wife!

Poured into a pint glass (maybe should have used my goblet) it has a huge off white head which dissipates quickly and leaves practically no lacing. The color is a dark brown with a tinge of red.

The aroma is enticing, sweet candy like with a touch of warm spice, perfect for a cold Pennsylvania night.

The flavor is very right on for a Belgian style ale, no real hops flavor but you can taste the sweetness from the candi sugar and the honey, also you can get a warmth from the alcohol since i is 9.0 ABV. IT finishes smooth and sweet on your tongue.

Overall a very enjoyable Belgian style dark ale, highly recommended a must try.

edit: had the rest of the beer in my Chimay Tulip and allowed to warm up to room temperature, the hops asserted themselves a bit more, and gave an overall more rounded flavor with a dry finish, try it in a tulip warmed up a bit it gets even better.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly. I can't tell anything along the line of smell because of allergies. This is the worst time of year for me to be reviewing anything, lol. The taste doesn't really have the flavor intensity I would like for a beer at this price level. The taste is well balanced, but I am having trouble finding the honey advertised on the back of the label. There is a sort of mapel taste upfront, maybe that's what they were talking about. The spices from the belgian yeast is there, just not very strong. The mouthfeel is way way way too carbonated. So much so that it almost takes away from the flavor. It definatly takes a notch off drinkability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my love affair with Brooklyn Local 1 it's hard to imagine another bottle fermented beer from Garret Oliver and company that can match that brew. This one pours a deep tawny brown semi clouded cola hue with a nice light beige head that forms thick and rises well above the rim of my Allagash chalice. Effervescent fine bubbled head has a velvety texture that is reminiscent of other Belgian or Belgian style ales.

Aromatics bring out a slightly warming booziness hidden in the honey and orange peel aromatics like a good small batch tea this one really hits your senses. A slight bread and biscuit malt yeast driven sweetness is there as well with slightly spiced edges. Dark fruit skins including plums and raisins that come to mind with a fruity layer of tart acidity. Cookie dough with subdued creamy chocolate layers in the background with herbal mint like hop profile blending with that orange peel serenade.

Flavor brings out the tart combination of orange peel citrus qualities with dark toasted malts bringing deeply sweet fruit notes like raisins, plums, etc. Very tart with a welcoming dash of honey coating the palate the roasted edges are nice and warming with the 9% abv. Refermentation in the bottle, brings cohesion of flavors.

Mouthfeel is again effervescent with carbonation rolling tight, medium bodied with a slightly heavy honey textured finish. Bitter orange peels, and dark roasted malts leave behind some roasted bitterness but the overall mouthfeel is crisp and carries itself well without coming off a cloying trainwreck of massive flavor.

Drinkability is decent not a beer to be had in number meant for special occasions or for meal pairing much more than everyday drinking. I believe that's the difference from this beer and it's golden brethren in the fact that if I could afford it I would drink Brooklyn Local 1 everyday. Solid all around slightly spiced honey orange and dark malted biere.

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle served at about 45F in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany brown with an exemplary, mixed density tan head. The head has poor retention, but moderate lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is, as expected, fruity, as well as bready, lightly spicy and yeasty, with hints of brown sugar.

The flavor profile is complex, and suggests dates, plums, raisins, orange(!), cherries, yeast and medium/dark malt. The high ABV is well-hidden. The flavor has sweet/bitter in balance rather than leaning to the sweet side like, for instance, St. Bernardus. Also less spicy than average for style (but no complaints about the flavor mix.)

M: Smooth and creamy; medium body is a tad thin; a bit sticky in the finish; Lively medium+ carbonation; slightly astringent.

O: This could pass for a fine Belgian dark ale -- is there a higher complement? Glad I have a couple more bottles which I will let age a bit longer. Improved with warming. Exceptional.

Photo of PeterParker
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have put off trying this one for a while. Let's see if it's worthwhile.

Pours reddish brown, opaque with minimal light through the red bottom. Finger of head that leaves good lacing.

So much Belgian yeast on the nose. Bready malts and hints of bubblegum. Smells very Belgian.

Taste follows the nose. Belgian yeasts and bready malts. A bit of sourness on the back end. Caramel and yeast with slight fluffy marshmallow notes in the aftertaste. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, but slick. Lower carbonation. Leaves the aftertaste on the palate for a while.

Overall it's good. I wouldn't call it great but I'm glad I tried it. Wouldn't seek this out but would definitely have it on tap when I'm out.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar and figs wrapped in orange peels, with hints of what I want to call roasted malts, but they don't smell very roasted.

Tastes somewhat similar to how it smells - Belgian candi sugar and dark malt flavors up front followed by a flavor best described as a combination of citrus and dark fruits. The citrus flavors seem to linger a bit longer than the dark fruits after the mildly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a great thickness with soft carbonation that makes it go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good - I could drink an entire bottle just trying to figure out the order of flavors, then I could drink another one enjoying said flavors.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. I won't attempt to explain it any more, just go try it yourself.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even a gentle pour gives a large glass of warm light brown foam that slowly turns into a dense dark brown body with tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has aromas of dark sugar and some sweet cola notes but otherwise it is pretty clean, even as it warms a bit.

T- The light roasted sweetness has hints of dark sugar and becomes more raisin flavors with each sip although the sweetness gets lighter as it warms. There are some fruity yeast notes with a dry clove flavor softly supporting them. The faint tart hint in the finish has some bubblegum hints and a flat citrus note to it, there is a slight carbonic acid bite to the tart note aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with lots of scrubbing bubbles and no real alcohol heat.

D- The tart orange flavors in the finish really start to dominate as the beer warms masking much of the more subtle flavors. The dark sweetness and yeast qualities are nice but make the upfront flavors a bit drab. I had high hopes for this beer and it just didn't have a lot to offer and I missed much of the flavors that were in the written description.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to snifter.

Huge fluffy head that quickly sinks leaving little lacing. High carbonation is immediately apparent from the formation of the head followed by fine bubbles from the body. For me, the high carbonation is a little out of style in a BSDA, but it gives a light festive character to the otherwise cloying candy sweetness of this ale. The nose is fairly one-dimensional, the malt and yeast are there, along with some candied fruit. Not the complexity you get from other BSDAs, but no off notes either. The taste is definitely a strong point here, candy flavors and the honey coming through really nicely, a little distracted by the carbonation. Don't really feel the citrus peel as much, but the malt is nice and roasty. Nice sour finish. The carbonation really kills the mouthfeel for me, but also makes it more drinkable than other BSDAs.

In fine, good taste and easy drinking, but high carbonation makes this more of an odd than an exemplar BSDA.

Photo of apbarwood
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, murky brown color with a huge head of fluffy, tan foam. The head stays for a good while before leaving copious amounts of lacing stuck to the glass and swirling around the surface. The aroma is a nice blend of caramelized sugar and fruity hops. Those carry through on the palate with a chocolate/caramel quality becoming more pronounced. There's an initial fruity sweetness hinted at in the beginning that quickly turns into a wonderfully dry finish. As far as American-made Belgian styles, this has been one of my favorites thus far. It has a lot to offer in terms of it's complexity and yet remains very drinkable. Very highly recommended.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.