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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 528
Hads: 1,327
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 92
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it went really quick, particularly for a strong dark. No sign of high a.b.v. although a little on the sweet side, it smelled great with an attractive, sweet and slightly yeasty nose. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Oh, and tasty too.
Two months later bottle, on the sugar sweet side.Not as drinkable. (295 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of honey really stand out in the nose, which also has notes of citrus and dark fruits along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose but is slightly more complex; the flavors of honey are accompanied by notes of candi sugar, caramel, citrus, dark fruits and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. (708 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been dying to try this one for a long time, ever since I fell in love with the local 1. thanks to a wonderful trade with thebrewo, I finally got to try this. it pours a light brown dried date sort of color, allowing plenty of light to pass through, but still holding on to all the richness of a darker malt body. a huge frothy head rises up, tan and permanent, beautiful. the nose is sweet like brown sugar, malt driven, with Belgian candy sugar, a robust and intriguing yeast train, dark chocolate, and molasses. very complex but calculated, theres a lot going on, but its more than just a mishmash of different parts, its comes together amazingly well. the flavor reminds me a lot of dogfish heads raison d'etre, with that familiar raison like dried fruit character and the Belgian abbey style sweetness. there might be oats in this too, its got that similar flavor and feel. the spicy sweet finish is just right, long and lingering, and the alcohol is only there once it warms up. it reminds me of fresh baked spice bread in a lot of ways, thanksgivingish. great feel with a fuller body and quite a bit of carbonation. it coats the palate with its warming flavors, and leaves a very satisfying feeling behind. I was fortunate enough to share this bottle with some good friends, but would have had no problem consuming the entire thing by myself. this is really outstanding, every bit as entertaining as the local 1. (1,418 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a moderately tall head that fritters away way to quickly but leaves webs of lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Malty aroma with chocolate, orange, caramel and some dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a chocolate and honey flavor that is subsumed by complex fruits (orange and dark fruit), nuts and some hoppy bitterness; after the swallow, the chocolate and malty flavors return, but the balancing flavors never fade and they lead to a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability; There are a lot of elements that make this beer easy to drink - it lacks any cloying sweetness, the alcohol is well-hidden, and the balancing flavors add another dimension; it is not a typical BSDA and, at first, I didn't get that and intended to mark it down for the lack of dark fruit complexity and the somewhat lighter than expected body; having thought about it some, I think this is a very nice beer that carves new territory; a do wish there was just a little more dark fruit, but that is a quibble (1,064 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this one to be a little better than the Local 1. The beer poured out as a soft muddy looking brown color with a very light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some interesting citrus notes along with some more earthy tones also. The taste of the beer is pretty nice also. It's got a pleasent sweetness to it along with a soft Belgian yeast flavor too. The dark malts mix well with the lively bright fruit nots in it. The mouthfeel is soft and very drinkable. Overall this beer is quite nice I think. I would drink it again. (552 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Local 1 came with a lot of promise and acclaim. As rarely seen, the beer met the hype. Now the Local 2 has a lot of convincing to to in order to prove that is belongs behind the labling.

The beer pours with a sturdy, malty texture. A froathy, loosely knit head forms above the beer and carries some yeast and sediment with it. Dark brown with burgundy hightlights, it takes the appearance of Belgian Quadrupels.

Dark fruits, moderate malts, and zesty yeast qualities take the foreground while peppery notes and toast brings up the rear. Soft orange peel, corriander, and acidity promises great complexity and variety in the beer.

Flavors of dark dehydrated fruits of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, and grapes take the lead but weave in and out of the dry toasty character. Rum soakes cherries come through as the beer warms, along with peppery and spicy notes that provide balance with the lower hop additions.

Toastier and dryer than, say Chimay Blue, but very well attenuated, the cotton-candy sweetness seemingly evaporates in the mouth and makes drinkability a breeze. Quite dry for such illuding to sweetness and fruitiness in the nose. This beer is in the mix with the Trappist Strong Dark Ales but is just slight of the Westvleterns and Rocheforts. (1,262 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some light dry fruits. Taste is also a very well balance mix between some candi sugar, some dry fruits such as figs some Belgian malt and light fruity ester. Honey and citrus notes are not as dominating as expected after the reading the beer description. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and way superior to Local 1. (520 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +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. (1,744 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ochre with generous orange peel highlights and abundant bubbles. The golden beige hued head is soft and airy and unsticky, with an almost featureless upper surface. Looks like Brooklyn Brewery needs a lesson in Belgian-style ale head and lace creation. With respect to the latter, very little makes it to the glass.

The aroma isn't deep, rich, dark or powerful. It's a little on the tart-n-tangy side (unripe figs) which doesn't bode well for the flavor. The best BSDAs have some of the greatest noses in all of beerdom. This one is disappointing... and improves a bit by the bottom of the bottle.

Brooklyn Local 2 tastes better than it smells. It still isn't the cat's pajamas, but it might open up and complexify with warming. Even though they shouldn't have much to do with the flavor profile, too many sharp-edged bubbles aren't helping. I'm starting to think that bottle conditioning is more miss than hit. Too quiet early and too boisterous after a bit of aging.

The flavor profile falls on the lighter Belgian brown ale side of the BSDA spectrum rather than the darker Belgian stout side. Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, a few chocolate shavings, sugared pecans, lemon zest and plenty of clove and black pepper. No hint of the wildflower honey.

Additional positives are good sweet-bitter balance and well-buried alcohol. The hop bill includes Perle, Aurora and East Kent Goldings. In truth, little hop flavor is appreciated. Not a problem, given the style. Warming helps to some extent, but it doesn't turn an above average BSDA into a really good BSDA.

The body/mouthfeel score could just as easily been lower. It doesn't have the silky smooth expansive creaminess of the best Belgian ales (few American-brewed Belgian-styles ales do) and the initially harsh carbonation hasn't eased much in the 15 minutes since cork extraction.

My hope was that Local 2 would be better than Local 1. It isn't. Although I have a great deal of respect for Garrett Oliver, the unfortunate truth is that Brooklyn Brewery beer is oftentimes less than impressive when compared to the best that American craft beer has to offer. (2,139 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, dark burgundy color with a tan, thick, one-finger high layer of foam. The head left behind some intricate lace.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet malt with some dried fruit aroma, mostly raisin.

T - Very complex blend of flavors. It was fruity with some raisin and orange peel tastes. It also brought some sweet caramel malt flavors and was topped off with some spicy Belgian yeast.

M - A fizzy, sharp ale with a medium to full body.

D - Yet another outstanding tasting brew from Brooklyn. Makes me want to find Local 1. (556 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not believe I had never had this one before, but me and Rich decided to grab a bottle and split it the other afternoon before the Phish show. Served nice and cool and poured into twin Chimay glasses, this one was consumed on 12/04/2009,
 
The pour was really nice, darker then I would have though with a nice caramel color and a nice inch and a half of head on top of it that settled down really nicely and thoroughly coated the sides and the bottom the glass. Aroma is nice and light, some touches of caramel and grapes and a good dose of citrus peaking its head out for sure, especially as it warms as it really seems to get quite more pronounced I have to admit. Smooth and really nice, even flavor here. Starts out a touch tart with a nice rounded and well worn fruit flavor, touches of figs playing with some brown sugar and a nice touch of orange peel. Warming brings out some more touches of sweet notes, grape skin, a light spicy note and a hint of a boozy underbelly now showing themselves as well. Nice smooth and even feel to it as it was well carbonated and really slid across the palate quite nicely.
 
Overall a very nice hybrid here, I like the light tartness that the citrus brings to it and the nice drying out of the palate that it provided, I have to say it was quite nicely done. A bit rich at times, but it went down smooth and was well enjoyed. (1,378 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to haningj2 for sending me this beer in a trade back in the summer time. I just never got the chance to drink it.

A: I poured Brooklyn Local 2 into my Piraat tulip glass to reveal a dark brown beer with plenty of bubbles and a fluffy off-white head.

S: The yeast really took this one over. I don't get much (if any) of the honey or orange peel advertised on the bottle. Plenty of bready characteristics and typical Belgian esters.

T: A pleasant sweetness of dark fruit, candi sugar, and lots of bready malts. The yeast is less pronounced than in the nose, but still gives that "Belgian" flavor. Again, the honey and orange are not all that noticeable in terms of the flavor. A very light chocolate note and some mild alcohol come through as the beer comes to temperature.

M: A good effervescent feel on the tongue along with a fairly full body.

D: The alcohol is not overly present, but it can certainly sneak up on you. The flavors are good, but not great, but better than I was expecting from the nose. (1,016 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours out a deeply hazy, dark brown body with some amberish-hues to the edges and capped by a fluffed, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish, with accents of dark candi sugar and gooey honey. Fruity, with touches of cherry and plum. Spicy, with both savory hop and yeast notes. Oh, and let's not forget the darkened, delicately toasted maltiness.

Taste: Dark, lightly toasted malts with a few stray, sweet additions of caramel, chocolate, honey, and dark candi sugar. Fruity tastes of plum, sweet Michigan cherries, and even a dash of dried orange peel. Earthy, finely floral, spicy hop character follows with no more than a light, fleeting bitterness. Some peppery alcohol notes and Belgian yeast hints in the latter half. Rebound of toasted sugar tastes. Finishes remarkably dry and with a definite, crackling crispness (which is not to say it wasn't crisp from the very beginning).

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated with an elegant, effervescent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Brooklyn Local 2 is lively, fresh, and inviting. Also, the crisp nature and well-hidden alcohol makes this one fairly easy to down. Recommended if you're a fan of the Belgian Darks. (1,176 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of light brown foam on a hazy, dark brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - Brown, malty notes of caramel and toffee with some weak fruity character, plums and dark cherries.

T - Rich malty profile up front, lots of toffee and toasted malt. Sweet caramel appears in the middle with some restrained yeast notes; figs and a bit of pepper. The finish is smooth and mild with the malt turning a bit darker leaving lingering flavors of fruity chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a well crafted example of the style. At first I thought it was more of a dubble, but the complexity came out as it warmed and the character darkened as well. The alcohol is a bit warm in the finish and this hurts the both the mouthfeel and drinkability slightly. The aroma is also kind of weak for some reason. This is a nice beer with a lot of potential and I am inclined to think that it would improve with a bit more age. (1,048 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Local 2's deep chestnut body is capped by a fluffy head of light tan that displays excellent retention and leaves almost solid walls of lace about the glass. The nose is floral and sweet with a hint of candy and some mild caramel. In the mouth it's delicately spritzy with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor is as the nose suggests with sugary caramel and delicate fruit (apple, lime, grape) peppered by yeasty spiciness and moderate phenols. The bitterness is restrained allowing the maltiness to shine, but it also pushes back at mid-palate, and then ushers in a dry finish - no doubt bolstered by the alcohol, which only presents itself at the end. Perhaps I'm swayed by the label, but I also get a hint of honey on the tip of the tongue in the finish. Very nicely balanced, and remarkably drinkable. (846 characters)

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

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, dark murky fig molasses brown color.

Nose some darker malts, dark fruits, honey apple, light fig date like, touch of phenols, hint of booze, touch of citrus, fruity Belgian esters.

Taste light booze Belgian esters, hint of phenols, nice fruits light apple pear like, fig date as well, molasses and candy, bit of bitterness, hint of powdered cocoa, light grassy too. Finish is drier but sticky, molasses honey and fruity esters lingering, light booze as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice carb, some warming slight tingly booze.

Overall great beer. Well done Belgian additions, between the esters, fruit, booze, and even the light phenols bring a nice addition and go well. The fruits, honey, citrus, etc, all go really well. It's a nice winter style sipping Belgian beer. (835 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)

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this with Mughugger, HombreWing, Evets, BitterBeerFace - thanks to mughugger for breakin' it out. Poured chilled into a sampler glass after a resounding pop! from the cork -750mil corked and caged

A - A deep brown that is almost opaque with light poking through the liquid - a healthy light tan head with very fine bead crowns the ale

S - The smell of cocoa ripe dark fruit and dates w/ mellow wood notes. The nose is spiced w/ yeast esters providing a sufficient amount of aroma and mild nutty sweet malt odors are pleasant

M - Dancing carbonation circulates the malt texture around the mouth. Dry and yet a mild toasted sweet malt essence w/ roasted texture is experienced

T - The sweet crisp roasted malt is layered w/ vanilla, cocoa, toasted dark bread and brownie/biscuit-like malt flavors. There is a dry hint in the taste possible honey influence. The spice notes are there with citrus peel creating contrast to the yeast and dark malt layers. The taste is of a serious belgian dark w/ complexity from yeast and malt playing off each other.

D - A great beer, It has similarities with Westvleteren in that it has a great feel that the flavor syncs up and the aroma keeps you coming back to experience more. I will be interested in trying this and letting it slowly warm to experience more of the nuances - supervb! (1,346 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown with frothy crème head. Nose is spices, sweet tones, and a bit of a toasted dough thing. Flavor is nice. Nice earthy robust levels. Dark sugar sweetness. Honey is in there? Yeah I'll buy that. Spices mix in pretty well also. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decently full. Another home run by Brooklyn. When do we get Local 3, 4, and 5? (367 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby hued with 3+ finger of tan /peach head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Slight fruittyness, plus hints of chocolate

T: Some dark fruit, cherries & figs mostly up front, plus a touch of woody hops. Green apple tartness & & some grapefruit surfaces as this warms. Tartness, cherries, candi sugar dryness & figs all show in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, pretty smooth carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, ABV is well hidden. I liked this better than #1, but also prefer this style more too. Good effort Brooklyn! (522 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Three finger head of fair cream and thickness. Dark pinkish red (look at it and you'll know).

Sm: Fresh estery berry hops. Very floral. Nice and complex.

T: Complex body with very dark floral/berry taste, slight caramel, a bit of alcohol, and a resurgence of berry in the finish. Maybe caramel, but it's too complex to discern. Slight cream at the end.

Mf: Nicely coarse, maybe a bit too much. Adequately dry, but muddy. Doesn't hit the mark in either category. It strikes a nice carbonation balance, however.

Dr: It hides its high ABV well, but it's too pricey by Irish standards to consider buying again. Maybe it's more affordable stateside (I think I can safely guarantee it). (755 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,933 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thick, foamy head. Slow to dissipate. Chunky lace. Very cloudy liquid, dark brown, but light does shine through.

Brown sugar with lightly toasted white bread aroma. Lots of yeast.

Overall, very malty with a strong alcohol kick. Rich body with ample carbonation. Smooth to drink The yeast is quite present. An vanilla ice cream-like finish. Long alcohol trail after the swallow. (384 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,630 characters)

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