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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
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528 Reviews
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Reviews: 528
Hads: 1,328
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 93
Gots: 254 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.97 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 15, 2015
Misc.: Born on July 21, 2014; Wire hood

Poured a dark caramel brown color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki-tan, rocky head. A few spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, dark fruit, plum, brown sugar, light molasses, grape juice, purple grapes, red apples, pear juice and juicy berries. Very nice. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got dark fruit in grape juice, plum, purple grapes and red apples. Also caramel, toffee, brown sugar, faint molasses, light chocolate, berries - blueberry/blackberry like - and some booziness late. (Taste - 3.88)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.13)

Overall this was a pretty good beer, just not quite there in my opinion. Would still have it again though. (Overall - 3.88)

3.97 | 89 | B+ (1,250 characters)

Photo of FrankSchramm
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VERY nice: Very deep caramel brown color, smooth drinking, caramel flavors are most prominent, slightly floral. Medium body, big and full on the palette. It may very well not last until the entree is served... (209 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pleasant warm amber with slight off white head and fine efferevescence. Smells of cloves, esters, prune, mollasses. Tastes sweet roasted malts forward, bit of molasses mid note, pleasant dry finish and subtle hoppy note (more citrus than pine).
Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasant amount of carbonation to prevent the malts from becoming syrupy and imparting a pleasant tingle to the tongue. Clean finish.
Solid beer - palate cleansing - good with a burger or something fatty and quite good by itself.
I wish it came in smaller bottles - a 4 pack of this would be perfect. (587 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a fizzy tan head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Little bit of a lighter nose, but still good. Chocolate, slight roast, dark fruits, yeasty, slight spice. The taste is quite good. Some caramel malts, dark fruits, hint of spice. Touch of sweetness with a hint of dryness in the finish. Body is a touch light for a 9% beer. Still, very good. (430 characters)

Photo of dikebrewery
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hit up Lee's wine and liquor the next day after my Duvel experience on the strip. I was bound and determined to continue my drunken stuper into the following day. I found this little gem and took it back the hotel. Popped the cork, called over a call girl and ordered up some pay per view porn. Woke up the next morning hungover with 137 dollar's in pay per view porn charges on the room. Oh and I think I got a STI that night too but the beer... man the beer is awesome. (471 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt caramel brown with a tan head of foam that's light enough to pop and dissolve as it falls, but firm enough to last and constantly refresh. Leaves wet shimmering lace to slide down the glass and twinkle at you. Nose is light brown sugar and hearty soft bread. Dark fruits mingle with a bit of orange peel. Caramel underscores the dark fruits, while hints of candi sugar waft upwards to entice. Taste is mild and very light from the champagne yeast I think.

This beer is 100% bottle refermented and I think that means that the primary fermentation with Belgian yeast is filtered then they pitch champagne yeast into the bottle for a secondary fermentation . (If I have this wrong please let me know) . According to Brooklyn this method is seldom used but they prefer it because it allows the beer to age more gracefully and gain complexity as compared to carbonating before bottling.

The flavor is rich with bread but feather light. The dark fruits are vibrant but subtle and the orange peel seems to uplift them as it's lightness permeates the drink. You don't taste the sugar on the palate in this one and I like that. The textures in the beer excite the tongue. The fruits play on the midpalate while the bread and caramel rolls through under them. The richness of the bread remains light and elusive until the swallow where you gain only a brief but wonderful sense of how rich it is. The mouthfeel is medium. The finish is not quite dry where some sweetness from alcohol mixes with a controlled hops presence to offer a finish that resonates with a bit of that caramel and an even more sumptuous look at all that fruit. (1,656 characters)

Photo of TPatterson70
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great look. Missing a smell. Carbonation kills the palette initially and there is very little taste up front. Finished with Carmel, alcohol and malt. It's ok. Very flat flavor. Carbonation has to much punch. A 91 BA score is generous. (234 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a caged cork bottle, ferments in bottle according to the label. This brew pours with a three finger head which takes a while to dissipate. There is moderate lacing with both a collar and some of the head remaining on the top until the end. The color is a beautiful, opaque reddish-brown.

The smell is musty and dank along with some fruits, maybe apples and pears, along with sweet malts and bread

The taste follows the nose with a musty, dank taste followed by sweet malts then a bready taste. Light peppery hops come in at the end and even though the alcohol is very well masked there is a warming effect which would make this brew effective as a Winter Warmer.

Overall, if you like the Belgian Strong Ale's, whether "Dark" or not, try it. (756 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle.

Nearly three fingers of dense, foamy cream coloured head quickly forms on top of its muddy blood orange body. Rusty highlights can be seen along the sides of the glass. Splashes of lace stick on top of the alcohol film that's left behind after a few swirls.

Its complexity is the first thing I notice. Like other high alcohol Belgians I've had, its nose takes its time revealing itself. There's a subtle but lively vinous thread running throughout. Cake-like chocolate is drizzled with sweet, raw, earthy honey. Fruity notes of plum skins and raisins are amplified by its almost equally sweet alcohol character. It smells more chewy and dense and dessert-like as it warms.

The taste has a much more lively berry and dark fruit inspired sweetness. Sticky strawberry jam and fleshy plum syrup shift to a bready, chocolaty, caramel center. Its alcohol content first comes through with the warming sensation it imparts. As it warms, its sweet and dry qualities seep into its taste profile.

Rounded, smooth, and clean with a dry finish. Medium to full bodied with a chewy texture. It remains remarkably drinkable despite its high ABV.

This was a treat from a brewery I really haven't had enough from. How rounded and clean the alcohol came across makes me think it's reaped some of the benefits of aging. I'd still love to try this fresh. I enjoyed how the honey pulled through in both the nose and taste; adding depth and giving it a unique sweetness. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a bubbly head almost like champagne. Smells like honey, citrus and apple. Tastes is citrusy but not over the top. Very refreshing and light, could drink this beer all day. (187 characters)

Photo of founddrama
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma reads like a champagne. Honey is subtle but somehow also the dominant note. Citrus adds a bit of acid to what otherwise reads like a sweet dubbel. (156 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter during a bottle share. Pours an opaque ruby red brown. Minimal head that quickly dissipated. Aromas of fruit, mainly citrus, dominate this Belgium dark strong ale. Malts, caramelized sugars, grains are all also noted. Much thinner in the mouth than expected. Flavors are as above. Very smooth and drinkable. Scored well in the bottle share. Aftertaste of citrus is noticeable. (433 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into shaker pint. Billowing tan head settles to a thin layer atop hazy iced tea colored liquid. Minimal lacing. Aroma is subtle, fig, bread, citrus, and dark fruit. Taste is stronger with citrus, malt, caramel, and honey sweetness followed by a slight floral bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, high fizzy but soft carbonation, and a sweet finish. (373 characters)

Photo of King-Ding-A-Ling
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass, hoping that like local #1 it would open more up on the nose and it did.

fleeting Frothy white head settling into a nice persistant creamy layer, cloudy dark brown with ruby tones. (i may have agitated the yeast when taking it out of the cupboard.

Enticing aroma. Fruit heavy both fresh and dried. Maybe dried plum, bruised green apple, sweet tarts. No real toasted malt aroma as i expected. Very enjoyable

Tastes Similar to the nose with a few additions. Alcohol present but not over the top, toasted malts are soft but present. Taste of apple leather, caramel, toasty malts finishing with sweet tea.

nice carbonation, bright of the start, settles nicely, light to medium body, lighter than expected which i dont mind at all

I have to say this beer gave me a boner! Delicious fruit character, high alcohol without the imposing burn, slight dark notes that satisfy my soul, yet still refreshing. Sad this is my last bottle (957 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.
Dark tea in color with ruby highlights. Billowy bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Dark malts, subtle spices
Taste-Dark fruits, plum, dark malts, Belgian spiciness. Very smooth for the strength. Big character and depth of flavors. A great food beer for the table. Excellent! (334 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, completely opaque, mahogany color, with two full fingers of white head that disappeared into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of toasted malt, followed by candied sugar, Belgian yeast, honey, dried stone fruit, such as fig, raisins and dates.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Toasted malt up front, immediately followed by flavors of candied sugar, Belgian yeast, tons of honey and dried stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 9.0%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol there is on the palate; there’s practically none!

Overall: Wow, what a beer!! Great flavors of malt, sweet and fruit! Delicious! (839 characters)

Photo of Beerfull
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. I normally drink what most people would call harsh beers. Most of my friends wont drink the random beers I have in my fridge, but when I give them a taste of this beer they always love it. This beer has convinced dozens of my friends to try craft beers. This is amazing considering it is 9% alcohol. (325 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Had a five year old bottle at a bar, and after five years, this beer rated like a barleywine. Sweet and malty.

It was surprisingly well carbonated Dorr a beer from 2009. (173 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Look: An opaque dark brown, with a huge, foamy, light tan head. Dark orange highlights can be seen at the bottom of the glass when held to the light.

Smell: The aroma is fainter than expected. Yeasty malt, floral hops, peppery phenols, and a swirl of caramel are pleasant enough, but lack the dark fruit flavors usually found in a strong, dark ale.

Taste: While the flavor is more complex than the aroma, it remains lacking. The taste is light for a big beer, and is unusually malt-forward for the style. In addition to yeasty malt, citrus hops, caramel, and prunes can be tasted. While the dark fruit is now detectable, it could still have a larger presence.

Mouthfeel: The medium-light body only makes the aroma and flavor seem more two-dimensional. A watery character and an all too smooth finish continue the too-light-for-the-style trend.

Overall: As a strong dark ale, this beer disappoints. It's perfectly tasty and drinkable, but could be much more so with a heavier body and more complex aroma and flavor profiles. There are a plethora of far better options available when it comes to this type of beer. (1,120 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Blackish brew, slightly watery. Tan head.

Smell- Prunes, dates, molasses, licorice, booze.

Taste- Dark malts, spice, brown sugar, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel- Smooth yet well carbonated. Creamy for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Overall- Has a aftertaste that reminds me of Guinness (not good... slightly metallic and nasty chocolate malts that have no business being in this kind of beer, also a hint of something gross).

Really disappointing. I was expecting a top notch Belgian strong dark and instead was treated to something barely mediocre. Trois Pistoles is much cheaper and trumps this beer HANDS DOWN 10/10 times. (641 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Beautiful dark ruby pour with an off white billowy pillowy fluffy head that rose and rose and rose. It's a Belgian!

S- Wine, grapes, faint muted fruity Belgian yeast, bubble bath? A bit of alcohol and a hint of hops trying to make it's way through all the other complex aromas

T- Some yeast, fruit, grapes? Really surprised with the bitterness here. This bottle is from January, 2014. Tonight's date is October 14, 2014. Some slight oxidation

M- Rich, lightly carbonated and nearly full bodied. Balanced nicely

O- This is the second of three bottles that I picked up on closeout at my local Hannaford supermarket. They were clearing out a lot of beer that wasn't moving. Luckily for me I was able to pick these up for $2.75 each!!! It's a nice beer for the style. For someone who is new to Belgian Strong Ales, give this a try, the Belgian yeast isn't too up front. A good, complex new. Try it! (901 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown amber color. Will pour a massive head if you're not careful. Great lacing.

S- Grape, yeast, malt (like the powder), funk, and some bready notes. I keep thinking I smell raw honey. Changes pretty steadily as it warms.

T- Grape and what tastes like earthy hops up front. Notes of chocolate, toast, raisin, alcohol, pepper, and light orange comes next. Slightly bitter, bready finish. Each sip is a little different. Profile loses sweetness and becomes more bitter as it warms. Honey-like flavors come out as it warms as well. No one flavor dominates another.

M- Medium thick body with light, prickly carbonation. Not overly drying.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. I've found this style to be really hit or miss for me, and this one definitely hit. I'm walking away with the impression that someone put a lot of thought and work into the crafting this beer. Wonderful balance between a multitude of flavors. Cheers to the brewer. (949 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 7, 2014.

It is a downright gorgeous pour with its deep amber color and ruby red highlights flickering against the light. Big but short lived cream colored head.

The aroma tends to lean toward the grape and wine-like fruitiness more than the Belgian malts and Belgian sugar, given its style. It is pleasant enough but not what I had hoped for.

The body is about medium but it is smooth.

The taste has an appealing toasted pale malt note but it also has an abundance of dark fruits akin to grape more than any other I can think of. The fruitiness tends to offset everything else and to me takes away from what I expect in this style. Not that it is bad but it not what I expected. (738 characters)

Photo of dueserdo
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I like to try anything new and different and I think this one id different for me. Normally I am a hoppy taste person. This strong dark ale is amazingly smooth and the flavor is outstanding. Highly carbonated, my first pour created a 2 finger head and the pour was gentle. The 1st pour from the 25 ounce bomber was surprising due to the large head that stayed for a long time. Can't wait for the second pour to finish the bottle. I would definitely buy this again. (464 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. My research on the bottle code of “1749” tells me the beer was bottled on 6/23/2009, so it’s almost 5-years-old.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, brown sugar, honey, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, chocolate, fruit and spices. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark Belgian-style beer to drink for a while. (945 characters)

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.