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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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533 Reviews
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Reviews: 533
Hads: 1,349
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 98
Gots: 267 | 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: 533 | Hads: 1,349
Photo of Beerfull
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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

Belgian candi sugar and Belgian yeast esters of pear, citrus, and peach accompany toasted malt. Good fruit character, albeit a little over carbonated.

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Photo of spacebear09
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

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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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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.