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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,137 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 66
Gots: 147 | FT: 6
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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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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-26-2011 14:04:56 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

11-03-2013 17:25:23 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:58:57 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 02:01:48 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 16:51:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 02:49:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 04:06:17 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:13:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 18:36:17 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:52:17 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:47:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:01:17 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! The malt bill and Belgian yeast really compliment each other. It's dry and fruity with an exceptional malt nose. I'm detecting a bit of citrus, but not much honey. It doesn't have that earthy feel that some Belgians' posess. The taste is great as well. It's incredibly smooth with huge bursts of fruit. The malt bill provides a ton of sweetness along with the candy sugar. The honey adds alcohol and a thin finish. The yeast esters really make this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm not usually a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this one is so fresh and highly complex. Hooray Beer!!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:13:56 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 14:17:59 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 05:10:43 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-26-2014 08:33:14 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-29-2013 03:52:28 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:33:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 1089, but no discernable date; Sampled October 2009
The cork just explodes off this beer as soon as I twist off the cage. Luckily I was prepared for this and didn't lose a drop of beer to the floor. A careful pour yields five fingers of head, some of which actually over-flows my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a pale brown tinted, tan color and the beer is a mix of dark plum colors and brown; the head leaves ample lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear plum tinted, ruby hue. The nose has a complex spiciness to it that is earthy, clove like, with woody pepper notes and perhaps even some savory spice notes. There is a rich, dark fruitiness that just lingers underneath the spice notes; it reminds me of raisins, a touch of brandy and some prune notes. There is a solid malt structure here as well that provides a rich, whole grain bread crust wholesomeness and lots of biscuit character. The malt and fruit notes combine to make me think of toast (that is only lightly browned) and jam (concord grape jam even), while the spice combines with both to produce an almost cola like aromatic note; this cola like note is actually quite prominent now that I have noticed it.

Only lightly sweet with a fairly light body, both of these are not usually found in beers of this strength. The beer finishes with some spicy, hot alcohol notes that likely could have been tempered a bit if this beer had more body. Spicy notes of clove lead in to an astringent peppery note in the finish. There is a bright fruitiness that reminds me most of raisins, but also has some fig / prune notes as well as some berry-like notes. The finish has a touch of roasted bitterness as well as a soft hop bitterness, but really the balance to the fruit and sweetness is the hot alcohol spiciness. The spiciness in this beer also contributes a sort of cola like flavor here as well, and it also makes me think of a Concord grape soda as well. I like the mix of fruit notes that this beer has, and the fact that it is not too sweet also is enticing. I can see this doing quite well as an aperitif, but I can't see it standing up to a main course pairing.

While I like my Belgian inspired ales to be light, this beer seems to be a touch on the light side. The hot alcohol in the flavor also gets accentuated a touch too much as well; though I am admittedly harping on it a bit more than I should, this is a 9% alcohol beer afterall. Still this is a pretty enjoyable beer, and I could actually see this improving with some more age. This is not bad, I just think the recipe needs a bit of tweaking; actually the recipe is likely just fine, I think a slightly different fermentation profile would help quite a bit. As with the Local 1, this beer seems a bit too refined and austere (I am not sure if this is a nice way of saying this is too filtered / conditioned or not); it is well crafted, but needs some more rusticity to it to be really great.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:21:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours black/dark brown witha large foamy, turning rocky head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy dark fruit mixed with dried/stewed apricot, with a bit of cut grass and some fresh honey.

The taste is of chocolate, caramel with some fruitcake and dark sugar. It has a slightly musty, spicy undertone. As it progresses, it picks up anise/licorice notes and honeydew melon. Sweetness is rounded byu a spicy, dry-ish finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at first, but slowly creeps in.

It has a Belgian-eque-ish, effervescent feel with some creaminess. It is on the lighter side of full-bodied.

Complex, big, yet easy to drink for complexity and alcohol strength. This is a well-balanced, well-brewed, delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 13:48:38 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-25-2011 15:01:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 22:19:24 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to a quick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some sweet chocolate, a bit of muskiness, yeast, and some earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile. Caramel, chocolate, black plums, some yeast, a bit of earthiness, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is mildy noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp towards the finish. Aftertaste is soft and short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable strong ale. This beer should be picked up and enjoyed by all.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 20:44:18 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-19-2012 18:47:58 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-03-2014 00:44:49 | More by GClarkage
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.