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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 528
Hads: 1,329
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 93
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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Reviews: 528 | Hads: 1,329
Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle served at about 45F in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany brown with an exemplary, mixed density tan head. The head has poor retention, but moderate lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is, as expected, fruity, as well as bready, lightly spicy and yeasty, with hints of brown sugar.

The flavor profile is complex, and suggests dates, plums, raisins, orange(!), cherries, yeast and medium/dark malt. The high ABV is well-hidden. The flavor has sweet/bitter in balance rather than leaning to the sweet side like, for instance, St. Bernardus. Also less spicy than average for style (but no complaints about the flavor mix.)

M: Smooth and creamy; medium body is a tad thin; a bit sticky in the finish; Lively medium+ carbonation; slightly astringent.

O: This could pass for a fine Belgian dark ale -- is there a higher complement? Glad I have a couple more bottles which I will let age a bit longer. Improved with warming. Exceptional. (985 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (771 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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!! (780 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/18/09

Pours a dark brown color with a tanned head of foam. Nice retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. Nose is yeasty with some phenols, dark fruit character, some sweetness like dark brown sugar an a bit of clove. Medium feel and highly carbonated. Quite warming and spicey. Alcohol isn't hidden at all but it is still quite drinkable. Taste includes notes of yeast, mild bitterness, brown sugar, bread and spice like cloves. Overall not bad. (488 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (3,002 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a regular snifter twice over time. A loud pop once the cork is removed. The cork has a 1 printed on it, where are the local 2 corks?

A- Local 2 boasts a dark look to it. With a full glass from far this looks almost black, & brown when held up to light. In smaller quanities this has a dark mahogany color. The head was sturdy with two inches of off white/ beige foam. Great patterns of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Very strong, I smelled this once i popped the cork. I'm getting some sweet candy with caramel from the european malt. The sweetness overpowers any chamce of getting some hops in the nose. Ripe apple and other fruits. Some slight alcohol, no big deal. Fruit appeal came out more with warming.

T- Brooklyn Local 2 is to BSDA as Local One is to BSPA, in other words it nails the style perfectly, adding it's own uniqueness. This is in part to the addition of the honey which is light but present. Dark fruits abound such as plums, apples, raisins with some banana. Orange peel is a key ingredient but only shows minimally. Some spices also with yeast also.

M- This feels great on the mouth as I let the flavors dissolve. Goes down extra smooth with a dry aftertaste. The fruits stick around as some sweetness from the honey is felt on the tounge. A lot of bubbles and carbonation in here as well. Only a mild bitterness after time.

D- At 9% not an everyday beer but this size botle was fine over an hour and change. A great example of the BSDA style and I look forward to local 3, if that ever happens. cant wait to see what some time will do. (1,578 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn (489 characters)

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

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. This is a complex, but very subtle beer. I wish the flavors were a bit richer, yet at the same time it reaches a fantastic level of drinkability (it feels like a beer half its strength). The hazy brown beer has a sweet honey and dried dark fruit (raisin, date, berries) flavor with slight notes of caramel and cocoa in the background. While on one hand it's very easy to drink, you could also stop, slow down, and really think about this brew. The bottom line is that this is good stuff, give it a try. (538 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 2: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Caramel in color, long livid bubbly head.

Smell: Raisens, fruity yeast character hinting at fresh peeled appleskins.

Taste: A very well balanced brew, brown sugar, caramel, and a dry yeastiness. Bready, biscuity, nuggets. Raisens still present. Very light orange citrus. Full of Belgian dark ale qualities and very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying. Nice lush drying mouthfeel. Almost champagne like.

Drinkability: A nice sipping beer. Balanced and complex, can stand up to other imported beers in quality. Highly reccommended. (621 characters)

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

Nice to see another beer in this series, I hope this continues. Pours a dark orangey chestnut, or perhaps a shade darker. Nice one inch or so head to start that is fairly tightly beaded and settles to a thin cap. Smells nicely yeasty scents of apples, brioche, banana, and hints of toffee and spice. The taste has some similar qualities as well as quite a bit of citrus laced throughout and less of the bready and apple notes. Still, very nice overall. Very smooth and slightly sweet on the finish, and perhaps slightly vinous. A pleasure to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden. (580 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in the basement since 2009, someone talked me into opening this today, you know who you are ;) Pours a solid dark brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell on this is just short of amazing. Citrus like orange and lemons on top of caramel and burnt sugars mixed with sweet fruity malts that remind me of sweet cherry, raisins, and apricots. Almost mead like honey aroma on this one. Taste is a bit on the sweet side but more caramel and burnt sugar than fruit on the palette. Still a bit of ethanol in the flavor even after 2 years; this seems to be a recurring issue for me and Brooklyn's bigger beers. Medium to thin body, high level of carbonation with a sweet syrupy although somewhat bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew that smells fantastic, but fails to deliver on taste. For me this is a bit over carbonated, which ruins the mouthfeel, and still somewhat hot for a brew that is only 9% abv. (949 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, dark brown with a light tan head that floats atop the dense liquid and slowly fizzles out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, caramel, raisins, and cocoa.
Taste is of cocoa dirzzles raisins, caramel, and a touch of honey. There is a mild dose of earthiness found in the bottle, as well.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy up front, leading to a sugary, demi-dry finish. (411 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a lot of brown sugar and a faint sour edge. To say this beer is aromatic is an under statement, it is sitting an arms length away on the table and I can smell it from here. Lots of malt and caramel and a fainter spice apple cider aroma. No hop aroma but a fairly strong scent of dates.

Starts out sweet with a wheat toast with applesauce flavor. Lots of brown sugar flavor with some cinnamon toast flavor. No real bitterness just a slight herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty ale that doesn't give the slightest hint that it is a 9% ABV. (647 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red grape with veins of scarlet kindled when exposed to the light. I love both the colour and the tone; it is deep and concealing with a sophisticated presence. Its beautiful head, pure as the driven snow, maintains its composure and lay perfectly still and utterly placid, unyielding to neither time nor air. Its lacing glints. It looks elegant, it sits with poise; this is a beer with social grace.

The aroma is incredibly reminiscent of many of the great Belgian dark ales; Gulden Draak and Trois Pistoles (Canadian, but Belgian inspired) are both uncanny matches. It carries that same bouquet of dark maltiness lathered in a floral, piquant spiciness. Remnants of citrus can be found but they are distant relative to notes of heavily caramelized brown sugar, roasted grain and rotted fruits.

The taste resembles something like a currant and wild berry compote served over chocolate biscuits and a spiced red fife wheat. It has a wholesome graininess, a dark side, unchecked spiciness and unsweetened fruitiness. The phenols make it almost herbaceous if not for all the grape-y fruit. It's the taste of dead fruits and dried flowers. I'm curious to know how (and what) might pair with this food wise.

I felt the mouthfeel was dull and listless but I quickly realized that it was just the subtlety of the wild honey sweeping over all the spiciness, graininess and fruitiness and concluding the sip with an agreeable and very humble sweetness. Like its head, this beer has poise. Even the alcohol, present in taste and aroma, seems to evaporate. It tastes pebbly, peppery and savory but drinks with transcendental smoothness.

Often times we wish our 330ml bottles would afford us another glass or two. The odd time, however, we find a beer we appreciate and admire so much and are fortunate enough that it comes only in (elegantly made) full size 750ml bottles. Take your time with it, Local 2 is a beer to be sipped over the course of an evening or afternoon while rediscovering a favourite book, music album or memories of times past. (2,049 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even a gentle pour gives a large glass of warm light brown foam that slowly turns into a dense dark brown body with tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has aromas of dark sugar and some sweet cola notes but otherwise it is pretty clean, even as it warms a bit.

T- The light roasted sweetness has hints of dark sugar and becomes more raisin flavors with each sip although the sweetness gets lighter as it warms. There are some fruity yeast notes with a dry clove flavor softly supporting them. The faint tart hint in the finish has some bubblegum hints and a flat citrus note to it, there is a slight carbonic acid bite to the tart note aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with lots of scrubbing bubbles and no real alcohol heat.

D- The tart orange flavors in the finish really start to dominate as the beer warms masking much of the more subtle flavors. The dark sweetness and yeast qualities are nice but make the upfront flavors a bit drab. I had high hopes for this beer and it just didn't have a lot to offer and I missed much of the flavors that were in the written description. (1,135 characters)

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

Pours a five+ finger very light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt malt nose. Flavor is malty, dark fruit and some yeast. $10.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (274 characters)

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

Thanks goes to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy tan head, with tons of thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop, chocolate, dark fruits. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, slight chocolate note, and some figs/raisins/plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it. (462 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date apparent.

Pours a dark brown color with a massive white head. Smell is quite mild. Detecting dark fruits and some belgian yeasts, but again, its not too strong. The taste is quite flavorful. Very fruity and fizzy at first, with a strong taste of red grapes on the back end. Yeasty. Almost tart in fact. No alcohol apparent. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Easy drinking, sort of like drinking a grape soda.

Overall an enjoyable beer that I'm glad to have tried. Nothing world class here, but its nonetheless a solid Belgian style ale. Would have another. (619 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- beautifull rich brown color with a rich and lush head. Due to the natural carbonation the head is super thick with a fine bubble structure. Lacing is beautiful.

S- really nice smell, a touch of the strong alcohol come theough but meshes well with the orange, honey, and bright acid notes.

T- opens up with a nice smooth malt, then gets bright with citrus and some sweetness. The finish is a smooth sweetness with mild bitterness notes like dark homey.

M- great feel, the carbonation is very prominant but makes the flavors pop on your palate. Full body with flavors all the way through. Nice smooth finish with just rouches of the alcohol twang.

O- a stellar beer, super drinkable with great flavors. Nice complexity and a real fresh taste and feel. Highly comended as a sitting beer, has similar characteristics to a champaign as far as drinkability due to the carbonation level and alcohol level.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone (946 characters)

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

Thanks to Johnmichaelsen for sending me this brew, review 1,001 for me. Poured into 10oz glass and shared with a couple of friends. Poured a deep reddish mahogany color with an inch of dark khaki head that had very good retention and light lacing.

the aroma was very deep and rich, some fruits some grains and a nice yeast spice. On the tongue, the flavors were magnified. Lots of deep fruit flavors, some earthy grain and tangy yeast.

The body was full and well rounded, without being heavy. Drinkability was excellent, I could have easily drank this large format bottle and wanted more. If this were on tap near me, I'd drink it regularly.

Overall, a great brew, a must try. (679 characters)

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

A: Poured a beautiful,slightly murky cayenne-amber with a huge rolling 4 finger plus head that was towering to say the least and rapidly rose, only to very slowy receed leaving a splotchy and foamy lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and feverish at first, but soon settled to a less then medium showing. Overall a really nice presention of color and head retention starts this out strong.

S: The special Belgian yeast makes its presence known immediately with an equally impressive aroma of fresh wildflowers, tart tangerine peels with a light funky sourness from the wild yeast bearing dark fruit and pear juice. An underlying touch of Belgian candie sugar sweetness adds just enough accent to balance out the citrusy lemon peels. Well balanced with an incredible smoothness.

T: The flavor starts out with a light tartness of sour tangerines and fruit (melons, pears) contributed by the special Belgian yeast. A fresh burst of wildflowers along with dark warm plums and malting add depth and complexity. Hints of vanilla bean as well some spicy alcohol notes and dried fruit (pineapple) also contribute to this spritzy, spicy, tart and intriquing flavor. Dried caramel with notes of dried chocolate blends well to balance out the spicy and spritzy nature of the beer giving it warmth and a nice maltiness.

M: a medium viscosity with a light hint of effervesce tingling the tongue. The finish is warm with dark fruit and warm dried honey and alcohol adding a nice closing sweetenss.

D: Very good drinkability may be an understatement Complex, tart, fruity with a nice dark malting makes this a very smooth and well appreciable drink per style. Highly recommended. (1,675 characters)

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