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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 532
Hads: 1,343
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 96
Gots: 257 | 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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Reviews: 532 | Hads: 1,343
Photo of tmm313
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of dueserdo
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Bubbly taupe two finger head settles into dense layer with a few lacings. Light cola brown in appearance, no visible carbonation.

Aroma of fresh beer, malts, deep rich fruits. Complex , rich, balanced.

Smooth, Malt and rich raisiny, carbonation on the first sip. Alcohol is present but not as much as #1. Chewy.

Good beer worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2992 (October 18, 2012); Consumed April 22, 2014

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with a big fluffy head that very slowly settles down to 1+ finger of foam that leaves some nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruits, floral and earthy hops, and a bit of spiciness all stand out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light yeastiness along with some spiciness and dark fruits. A nice floral undertone plays well throughout, while some caramel and dark chocolate maltiness lends some sweetness. Finishes with some subdued spiciness and citrus notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the prickly side, which works

O: Extremely easy to drink at 9% (I'll give the age some credit for that) and a really nicely rounded American-made BSDA. At under $9 for a 750 mL, it's also a really good deal (in terms of larger format bottles, obviously). Definitely worth trying

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this to try because I have had luck with Brooklyn. Split with good friend and guru. Outstanding smell and taste an is scary easy to drink for something that is 9%, unreal. I will certainly be buying this again as it was a pretty good value at $9.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany brown color with two fingers of a tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer has a big strong dark fruity smell composed of some aromas of raisin, plum and red grapes. Along with these aromas are smells of yeast, which bring with them aromas of banana and a bit of a spice smell of clove and coriander. Other aromas of a honey sweetness as well as some orange and candied sugar are there as well, mixing with the rest, as well as a nice bready and lightly boozy smell, with overall produce a very pleasant fruity and sweet Belgian dark aroma.

Taste – While the taste begins rather sweet it is slightly drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a nice roasted malt taste mixed with lots of darker fruit flavors. The heaviest dark fruit flavor is that of a cherry taste, but other big raisin and plum flavors are mixed with it. Right from the start there are some other sweeter flavors of a more candied sugar and honey flavor as well. The darker fruit and candied/honey flavors fade a bit as the taste moves forward with some rather yeasty flavors taking their place. With the advent of the yeast, so too comes flavors banana as well as of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of nutmeg all there. These flavors meld quite nicely with the darker fruit flavors and darker roasted malt tastes creating a nice blend of spiced darer fruit and roast. With hints of a boozy alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice crisp and smooth dark fruit and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit thinner then I would have anticipated for a Belgian Strong dark of 9 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the higher and more prickly champagne like side. Both are good for creating the nice crisp feel of the brew which complements the slightly drier nature (well for a Belgian Strong Dark at least) well, but yet the body still all the while has enough thickness and oomph to support all the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion. A nice mix of fruitiness, roastiness, spice, and booze, all with a slightly drier and nice crispness and drinkability.

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Photo of PeterParker
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, orange peel, red grape, pear, apple, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, light must, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, prune, red grape, pear, apple, orange peel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly bready, and lightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy dark brown color with a huge tan head that lingers and leaves very little lacing
S-Spicy with a strong malt aroma and dark fruits
T-The malt was not as strong as the smell, and the dark fruit mixes in with it. The aftertaste has a slight bitterness and a mix of fruit and spice that stays with you til the end
M-high carbonation and medium body
O- I like dark strong Belgian ales and this one makes me like them even more

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in May of 2012.

Appearance: Rich dark brown body. A bubbly light tan head collapses and leaves a lackluster amount of lace throughout. Very creamy cap tops the body throughout.

Smell: Sweet orange and lemon. Coriander and other Belgian spices. Very minor presence of yeast.

Taste: Overall the body is very sweet… you can certainly taste the honey. Sweet citrus… particularly orange. Yeast from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Pretty high carbonation. Sweet finish. Medium body.

Overall: This is incredibly easy to drink. It is a bit too sweet for my liking. The sweetness overall takes away from the complexity this beer could offer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange sort of beer, but a good one. A 750mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Mahogany dark. Light head. Vague head.

S: Not the best. Sweet lager.

T: Spicy and Belgian, Pretty cool. Lots of fruit, And Belgian yeast I guess. YUM.

O: Overall drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from CJ's in Potsdam NY for $10 - 2011 Edition

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, banana, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and banana. There is also grapes/raisins/figs, a hint of orange, and some pepper.

Overall – I like most of the beers this brewer makes and this one is no different. A great candidate for cellaring, my bottle from 2011 is drinking fantastic. Well rounded and complex flavours. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of themanilow
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage served in a snifter

A- A darker brown with nice Carmel colored head which dissipates nicely leaving its mark behind.

S- Fruit and honey scent bellows from within

T- rich flavors of fruit and honey mixed cornucopia of citrus rind

M- Slight carbonated feel. Whether it be spices or carbonation sense it leaves a tingle to enjoy after the sip.

O- I was pointed to this beer and wasn't disappointed. Rich in flavor and great in taste. Wouldn't back down from another bottle if given the chance.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle, Batch stamp 3412 B (B is upside down). Served in a Karmeleit tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown-amber color. Big thick rocky light tan head with lots of persistent lacing. Mostly big sheets, but some strands and islands as well.

Smell: Yeasty, dry, hint of mustiness, orange peel

Taste: Sweet up front, fruitiness, some citrus, herbal, honey, hint of phenol in that order. Honey begins to become more prominent as the beer warms up closer to room temp. The finish is very mildly bitter - compliments the other flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation, slick under the carbonation, with a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Delightful - great with a meal (spaghetti & meatballs) and I think it would be good without food as well. A good special occasion beer. Split the bottle with the Mrs. and we finished it off in short order, meaning it is fairly drinkable as well. I suspect it would be a bit dangerous without food, but with food, it goes quite well.

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Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a deep brown with a three finger tan head that slowly broke down to leave a small film with some lacing.

S: dark fruits, spices and caramel.

T: Caramel, malts, fruits and yeast. Alcohol in the tail.

M: Higher carbonation with a medium body.

O: went looking for this beer on a recent trip to NY and found it at a grocery of all places. I found this beer easy to drink and enjoy. It is a good beer for a fall evening (raining and cool tonight). Well done, it makes me look forward to Local 1, which I also have in my cellar.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a dark crimson/brown color with with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, spiciness, alcohol, bready malts, and dark fruits.

Taste: Citrus, caramel, toffee, chewy malts, mild hop bitterness, spicy yeast, alcohol, and a tiny bit of mocha.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, chewy, medium to full bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Every quality makes this delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very dark red with a thick, 2 finger foam that linger for a while. No lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of white wine, a bit of roasted and chocolate malts. Sweet and sour with some floral notes as well.

Taste- Some caramel and chocolate malts, noticeable but not overpowering. Some dark fruitiness with a slight sourness. Some Belgian yeast flavor in the background. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation and body.

Overall- Good beer, very well balanced.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown with some red and a good carbonated head.

The aroma has a bit of bready and Belgian yeast character, but not too deep. Lots of sweetness and dried plum and dark fruits.

The flavor follows with a sweet caramel malt, but not too much. There's some dark fruit of dried plums and cherries. There's a hint of alcohol in there to clean it up, along with tons and tons of carbonation. It's a very drinkable beer with the dark fruits and reasonable about of sweetness. Not too much of the Belgian yeast character. The finish has a drying character of dried bitter plum.

The body is medium.

I actually think this is better than Rochefort 8. It hides the alcohol so well and is really easy drinking.

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Photo of TCMike
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer color is a dark brown, with a hint of rust. Produced a big 3 finger, beige head.

Aroma is of light citrus, and a woodsy/leather like smell.

Taste was similar, but with a little hop presence, and a noticeable, but not overwhelming alcohol after taste. High carbonation, and light-medium body.

Tasty, would buy again.

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Photo of lenbert
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown with goodly sized head that dissipates slowly. Leaves behind nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Slight aroma, hints of tropical fruits.

Taste: Very sweet, more tropical fruits and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a heavy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: I love malt forward (sweet) beers, so this one is a winner to me!

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Photo of RaggaD
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked bottle poured into a tulip glass

Picked this up at Whole Foods last week on a whim.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head but very little lacing

S: Sugar, Malts and Fruit

T: Very sweet, almost too much for my taste. Lot's of raisin which isn't always my favorite

M: Nicely carbonated, crisp

O: Not bad at all, but at $11 there are better offerings for me

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date apparent.

Pours a dark brown color with a massive white head. Smell is quite mild. Detecting dark fruits and some belgian yeasts, but again, its not too strong. The taste is quite flavorful. Very fruity and fizzy at first, with a strong taste of red grapes on the back end. Yeasty. Almost tart in fact. No alcohol apparent. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Easy drinking, sort of like drinking a grape soda.

Overall an enjoyable beer that I'm glad to have tried. Nothing world class here, but its nonetheless a solid Belgian style ale. Would have another.

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90 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.