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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 74
Gots: 175 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Sammy, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -25.9%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

metter98, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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

brentk56, May 16, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

BEERchitect, May 15, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 11, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kylehay2004, May 05, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  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.

Knapp85, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 31, 2009
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

oberon, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 03, 2013
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
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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.