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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 74
Gots: 171 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml cork and caged bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a massive 4+ finger head. I am sensing that Brooklyn beers are well carbonated. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a dark brown with an amber hue.

S. Has a pretty heavy yeast smell. Has some dark fruit, spices. Not overly sweet smelling. Pretty dry smell. Not a lot of alcohol aroma.

T. Taste is off to me at first. Semi sweet. Some dark fruit. Has a dry bready malt flavor. Not all that complex. Has some fig and raisin, a bit of spice.

M. Mouthfeel is actually kind of thin. Well carbonated. Finishes pretty dry just a little bit of sweetness.

O. Not all that impressed with this one unfortunately. Seemed to be pretty average to me. I will seek it out again to see if I have the same experience a second time. Maybe this beer was off or I was off today. Local 1 I thought was pretty good.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark amber with an off white head, served in a wine glass. Moderate carbonation, not much lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly alcoholic with mild toffee and some sweetness and syrup.

Beer is sweet with a mild alcoholic bite, moderately carbonated, medium bodied, a dry finish overall. I enjoyed it I would have it again on draft.

drabmuh, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

bsp77, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of beancounter
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours medium brown with a thick beautiful head.

S-Bready smell dominates with a faint touch of unidentified spice and candy.

T-Malty and candy like with bitterness at the back of the tongue.

M-Thin and watery.

O-Overall, a drinkable beer, but not very complex. Worth a try, but not one that I'll buy again. I'll stick with local number 1.

beancounter, Jun 02, 2011
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.

Mora2000, May 30, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From Notes of a Recent Beer Tasting Party.

Someone brought teh Local 1 and Local 2 to teh beer tasting party that we have about once a quarter. The Local 2 color was a dark amber with a lot of carbonation which led to good white head. The nose had hints of brown sugar/honey and dark fruit. The taste was very sweet dark fruit honey to start then turn dry and very punchy. The mouthfeel is hurt somewhat by the high abv and heavy carbonation. Overall a decent beer.

WoodBrew, May 29, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours rich cloudy brown body

Head: Super big frosty head that stays around for quite some time

Smell: Coriander with light malt and a hint of hops

Taste: Rich coriander and nuts all up in your mouth, no honey and no citrus peels come on the palate

Weight: Medium body with a medium to low carbonation

Finish: Little stickiness on the palate with easy light toasted malt

Snow81, May 26, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby with an off white head that lasts a long time.

S: Dark fruit, belgian yeast, spices.

T: Sweet dark fruit, banana, clove, and caramel malts. The dark fruits just get more prominent as it warms. Excellent flavor.

M: Great carbonation and mouthfeel. Only a slight note of booziness.

D: Very drinkable and excellent representation of the style. I have sought this beer out several times in the last couple of months, which is not my usual MO. I think that says a lot about how I feel about this beer. Just make sure you let it warm. That's when it really comes alive!

djsmith1174, May 22, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip.

Is that my tea? Much too foamy for that, but the color is muddy tea red and brown. The head is a slightly pinkish, very retentive, and sticky.

Definite clove in the yeast character, with some cake-y malt, orange peel, and fig. I think it's a well rounded BSDA nose, and very pleasing to me. Alcohol makes its way out eventually.

Cake-like malt stays strong, with some florals coupled with the orange peel coming out. Bitter alcohol complements. There is a ghost of cocoa powder, or is it just a bit dry? Something of dry red wine about it. Age would either make this very complex or turn it to dust.

Disappointing feel; despite the large head, it isn't even exceedingly carbonated. The body is thin and chalky in an unpleasant way.

I started out really digging this and ended up with a lower opinion than I expected I'd have at the end. It's barely a 4 in taste, the complexity is only just deep enough. About the same level as Local 1; good, could be better.

brewerburgundy, May 22, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle, corked and caged, poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Deep mahogany color with a thick, cream-hued head that does not go away. Retention is excellent, and lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Some citrus on the nose at first, but leads to hints of dried dark fruit, fig, and toast. Some spice is present too. Floral, spicy hop aromas linger in the background.

T: Sweet up front, but not overly cloying. Raisin, fig, and spice dominate at first, along with caramel and toast notes. Belgian yeast lends hints of banana and clove. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish, along with a juicy, spicy hop profile.

Notes: This full bodied brew is quite a mouthful. The flavors are complex and abundant. This domestic take on the style rivals some of it's Belgian counterparts. Quite tasty, and very drinkable.

WYVYRN527, May 19, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark murky brown with 3 inch bubbly light tan head. Good retention.
S: Belgian spice, dark dried fruit, yeast, and cinnamon.
T: Beglian spice, caramel malt, soft yeast, cinnamon, mild citrus, and dark dried fruit. Hint of honey sweetness. Follows aroma fairly closely. A bit light for style.
M: Light and frothy feel...surprising given the ABV. Mildly spicy alcohol burn at the finish.
D: Good drinkability. A solid, but not excellent brew. Certainly worth a go.

mwilbur, May 18, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased for $8.99. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance – Dark amber-brown body with a light fluffy tan head that shows decent retention and sparse lacing. Not necessarily eye candy, but it looks good.

Smell – Citrus fruit, bread, figs, and plum. Very sweet and floral.

Taste – Up front you get tangy and tart fruit. This initial blast of fruit fades quickly into heavy notes of fig and ripe plums. The finish hints at caramel and delivers a distinct note of chocolate that hits quickly and disappears just as fast. Subtle clove spice is woven in.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body. Soft and fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability – Local 2 is a very sweet and pleasant Belgian-style dark ale. Simple and pleasing combined with good drinkability make for an enjoyable experience. It’s unique, carries a distinct personality, and is worth a try.

Sam21, May 09, 2011
Photo of TheGrunt
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very traditional style dark ale. I've drank lot's of pretty similar German made beers. Color and smell has a hint of smokey flavor, but in taste there is almost none. Very mild flavor being a dark belgian style ale and in that sense Local 2 is pretty much in line with other Brooklyn beers I've tasted. That is fine although pretty neutral taste without any "Wows" or "Yacks".

I like this beer a lot. I am not a big fan of very strong smokey dark beers, so this is pretty much one of the best ~9-10% alcohol content dark ales I've tasted in my life. If you are looking very strong tasting and deep beer you may be disappointed with this one, but I like the straight and smooth taste of Local 2 a lot. Thumbs up and high recommendation from me!

TheGrunt, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark murky brown. pours a thick off white head that quickly settles. no lacing

S-dark roasted caramel and Belgian malts and sugars

T-comes in with Belgian malts and leaves with a good dark roasted salted caramel malts. its very, very light tasting for the style. not trusting the ABV here.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-goes down extremely easily. there's really nothing negative about this. forgettable, but not bad. its good for beginners i'd say. definitely something i wouldn't mind getting again.

AdamBear, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A deep garnet / brown brew pours into a thick four finger khaki head which settles slowly into a thick froth, leaving thick, chunky lacing.

S -- Plum, raisin, sweet bready malts, hefty yeast profile.

T -- Candi sugar, honey, dark fruits, subtle floral hops and dry yeasty spice notes. Very well balanced.

M -- Robust but only medium bodied which is somewhat deceptive. The carbonation plays to this by drying and cleansing the palate on the finish.

D -- A must try. Excellent representation of an American created Belgian influenced brew. Well done.

CPeterson, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked the #1 beer and have seen this one on the shelves for a little while now without trying it...so it is time. Let's see what this offering is like from Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a large 2+" head after a reserved pour. The head started falling pretty quickly to end up maintain at about an inch from the bubbles rising. The foam itself is creamy and tan. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially get some dark fruit and sweet malt with some reserved bready aromatics. The flavor seems to favor the malt, but there is a more significant hop profile than you normally get for this style, but this isn't unwelcome or necessarily out of style. There are some spicy aromatics that I am not sure aren't actual spice additions, but I will read on that later. There is some evident spice in here.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced and the carbonation, though high for most beers, does this beer really well. Again, the flavor is a bit more hoppy than you typically get for this style, but in this case, they are playing it well and it adds complexity that you don't normally get here as typically the malts are the showcased ingredient. The malts are still in charge of this beer, but there are spicy notes that can't be ignored either. The hops are only in the early additions as the finish is all malt. The malts are well blended and even though the beer is dark, it doesn't finish acidic at all. The 9%ABV is very well hidden and it contributing to the spicy character, and I am definitely warming up as I have made it through about half the bottle.

Opinion: I am impressed with this beer. Though it departs from the classic examples of this style, it does it well and still manages to "hang" in one of the toughest categories on the planet. If you are a fan of Belgian beers, and especially the Strong Dark category, I would definitely recommend that you try this beer as soon as you can. I will be drinking another bottle or so before it is all gone and that is the best tribute that I can give a beer.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown, bordering on a murky purple. Opaque as hell with some carbonation sticking to the glass. A big, frothy head rises from the liquid, 2.5-fingers in height and light tan in color. Excellent retention as it lasts well throughout the drink. Lacing is sparse.

S - This beer has a big influence from the Belgian yeast, dry and a bit spicy. Heavy smells of grapes and raisins, mixed with honey. It has some more traditional Belgian smells such as cloves and banana.

T - The flavors in this beer are more narrow in scope than the vast array of aromas in the nose. This taste has a strong focus on the Belgian yeast, raisins, and honey. It's quite sweet but has a decent amount of alcohol in it. It actually reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus 12 in that its sweet and has some alcohol heat to it. Finish is moderately long with a sweet and fruity aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. You may want to swirl this a few times to cut the carbonation a bit. Leaves a sweet feeling after its gone.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Reminds me a pretty good, lighter Quad. Very easy to drink and not bad for the price.

nhindian, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of jhubeifc
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this during my layover at Laguardia Airport....figured I should sample something local....sure glad I did.
This is an excellent beer.
Poured a dark and cloudy brown with a good off-white head which left some lacing. It smelled smoky, with sweet carmelized sugar and spices. It tasted as strong as it's 9% apv. It was sweet as the label suggested but the citrus was masked behind the smokey hops. The only downside of this beer in my opinion was that it was a little too carbonated for me. Not that this should dissuade you from trying it. It is an excellent beer. I brought one back to Taiwan with me!

jhubeifc, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of funkymuppet
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well - a great drink overall. Seems very similar to a dubbel: pretty sweet and malty throughout, and good carbonation. Seems very well-balanced indeed. Fairly alcoholic smell. which I think is in-style. Says it's brewed with honey and citrus peel - can definitely get the honey richness, but left a little wondering where the citrus peel is - unless it's orange, in which case you can get a bit of that spice in the aftertaste...
Very nice - good value at $11/bottle.

funkymuppet, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark brown in color with a fizzy foamy off-white head. Little retention on this. No lacing at all.

S - Belgium candy like sweetness upfront with tons of spices. Caramel malts some banana and clove sweetness. Maybe a little alcohol tinge.

T - Sweet plum and grape with some candy sweetness and toasted sugars. Spices pull through as well. Just like the nose. Finishes with a nice sweet alcohol warmth.

M - Mouthfeel is bubbly and coarse. Although not bad. Well carbonated in other words. Like champagne.

D/N Glad I picked this one up. Very good stuff here.

depechemode1983, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite sweet; label says it uses honey which is very believeable. Definitely has a candied sugar type aroma with spices and yeast in the background.

Pours dark brown with a fairly decent head.

Taste has a fairly good sweet body to it, the honey noticeable and the Belgian candied sugar as well. Sugary without being overbearing; it's done well. Some Belgian spice is in the background...hanging around softly but not challenging the sweet character of the brew. A tiny citrus note was present as well though not always noticeable on every swallow for me. A little citrus peel bitterness hits on the swallow, helping to round out the taste with some lingering sugar. Carbonation is quite high; the cork came out with some serious force...this is one thing I would put as a fault for me.

All in all, extremely drinkable and delicious. It isn't the most complex Belgian ale out there but it's a good contender for drinkability.

NODAK, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Brooklyn analogue of a Burgundian bottle. Shortest damned cork I've ever pried off a bottle of beer, just sayin' - it makes it a whole hell of a lot easier.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red brick amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, billowy, and pleasantly creamy ecru head, which settles fairly slowly, eventually giving up but a few parabolas of gymnastic arch lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately sweet bready caramel malt, musky honey, muddled dark fleshy fruit, zingy yeast, white and black pepper, and mildly bitter earthy, floral, and citrus hops. The taste is a reversal of sorts, the yeast (I guess) playing various tricks on the palate - musty flowers, long-cut grass, and citrus rind - followed in kind by a supporting biscuity, grainy caramel malt, some almond nuttiness, gritty brown sugar, and the slightly obfuscated, yet still nice and spicy yeast proper, in a lesser overt role. Oh - 9 points of alcohol, and nothing, not even a feeble warming, swuh?

The carbonation is average, given the bottle conditioning, and swirling, but not harsh, the body a stoic medium weight, just a little prickly, but ultimately smooth. It finishes on a pushy drying trend - yeast and hop essences the main culprit, though the malt is complicit in its waning capability as a going concern.

Brooklyn sure does an admirable job of aping the grand Belgians - here, the dry fruity and yeasty characters a strong testament to that. An easy to drink (hah!), if perhaps a bit too dry example of the style, though the more-or-less subtle hops and crazytown reserved heat do well to stay under the high bar of typical American booze influence, as it were. Pretty good stuff, the gift of game is strong in this one.

biboergosum, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, thick white fluffy head, loud crackling coming from the head, lots of sticky lace on the head. Smell is yeasty, honey comb, dark fruits, raisin, spicy with hints of citrus. Taste is of dark fruit, light alcohol, smokey, yeast, biscuit, cherry and licorice. Very complex and really impressive as it warmed. Medium and at times thin mouthfeel, slightly high carbonation and good weight overall. Drinks very well, after a full bottle I still wanted more. One of the better American made Belgian style beer. Great stuff.

peensteen, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent brown body with better than moderate level of carbonation. The head is rather frothy and starts out at an inch or more.

S - Roasty, almond, strong malt, subtle fig.

T - Mildly pungent fig, raisins and roasted malts. This is a tasty beverage.

M - Very mild coarse feel. It has a little stickiness to it as well. This brew goes down well.

~ This is certainly a good beer. It offers a nice 'head'. Share this with a freind or enjoy the bottle on your own. If you keep it to yourself you may not want to drive afterward.

cdkrenz, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of tfarmstrong
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark brown, with good head and lace

S - Sweet and simple was hoping for some more here

T - Smooth with almost no hops, fits very well into the Double/Quad category.

M - Smooth again, with moderate carbonation. Could use slightly less carbonation

O - Very good beer but not quite a trappist.

tfarmstrong, Mar 20, 2011
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.