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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 532
Hads: 1,342
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 96
Gots: 255 | 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: 532 | Hads: 1,342
Photo of microbrewlover
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a caged cork bottle, ferments in bottle according to the label. This brew pours with a three finger head which takes a while to dissipate. There is moderate lacing with both a collar and some of the head remaining on the top until the end. The color is a beautiful, opaque reddish-brown.

The smell is musty and dank along with some fruits, maybe apples and pears, along with sweet malts and bread

The taste follows the nose with a musty, dank taste followed by sweet malts then a bready taste. Light peppery hops come in at the end and even though the alcohol is very well masked there is a warming effect which would make this brew effective as a Winter Warmer.

Overall, if you like the Belgian Strong Ale's, whether "Dark" or not, try it.

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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle.

Nearly three fingers of dense, foamy cream coloured head quickly forms on top of its muddy blood orange body. Rusty highlights can be seen along the sides of the glass. Splashes of lace stick on top of the alcohol film that's left behind after a few swirls.

Its complexity is the first thing I notice. Like other high alcohol Belgians I've had, its nose takes its time revealing itself. There's a subtle but lively vinous thread running throughout. Cake-like chocolate is drizzled with sweet, raw, earthy honey. Fruity notes of plum skins and raisins are amplified by its almost equally sweet alcohol character. It smells more chewy and dense and dessert-like as it warms.

The taste has a much more lively berry and dark fruit inspired sweetness. Sticky strawberry jam and fleshy plum syrup shift to a bready, chocolaty, caramel center. Its alcohol content first comes through with the warming sensation it imparts. As it warms, its sweet and dry qualities seep into its taste profile.

Rounded, smooth, and clean with a dry finish. Medium to full bodied with a chewy texture. It remains remarkably drinkable despite its high ABV.

This was a treat from a brewery I really haven't had enough from. How rounded and clean the alcohol came across makes me think it's reaped some of the benefits of aging. I'd still love to try this fresh. I enjoyed how the honey pulled through in both the nose and taste; adding depth and giving it a unique sweetness.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a bubbly head almost like champagne. Smells like honey, citrus and apple. Tastes is citrusy but not over the top. Very refreshing and light, could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of founddrama
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma reads like a champagne. Honey is subtle but somehow also the dominant note. Citrus adds a bit of acid to what otherwise reads like a sweet dubbel.

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Photo of uvachief
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter during a bottle share. Pours an opaque ruby red brown. Minimal head that quickly dissipated. Aromas of fruit, mainly citrus, dominate this Belgium dark strong ale. Malts, caramelized sugars, grains are all also noted. Much thinner in the mouth than expected. Flavors are as above. Very smooth and drinkable. Scored well in the bottle share. Aftertaste of citrus is noticeable.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into shaker pint. Billowing tan head settles to a thin layer atop hazy iced tea colored liquid. Minimal lacing. Aroma is subtle, fig, bread, citrus, and dark fruit. Taste is stronger with citrus, malt, caramel, and honey sweetness followed by a slight floral bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, high fizzy but soft carbonation, and a sweet finish.

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Photo of King-Ding-A-Ling
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass, hoping that like local #1 it would open more up on the nose and it did.

fleeting Frothy white head settling into a nice persistant creamy layer, cloudy dark brown with ruby tones. (i may have agitated the yeast when taking it out of the cupboard.

Enticing aroma. Fruit heavy both fresh and dried. Maybe dried plum, bruised green apple, sweet tarts. No real toasted malt aroma as i expected. Very enjoyable

Tastes Similar to the nose with a few additions. Alcohol present but not over the top, toasted malts are soft but present. Taste of apple leather, caramel, toasty malts finishing with sweet tea.

nice carbonation, bright of the start, settles nicely, light to medium body, lighter than expected which i dont mind at all

I have to say this beer gave me a boner! Delicious fruit character, high alcohol without the imposing burn, slight dark notes that satisfy my soul, yet still refreshing. Sad this is my last bottle

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Photo of hosehead83
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.
Dark tea in color with ruby highlights. Billowy bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Dark malts, subtle spices
Taste-Dark fruits, plum, dark malts, Belgian spiciness. Very smooth for the strength. Big character and depth of flavors. A great food beer for the table. Excellent!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, completely opaque, mahogany color, with two full fingers of white head that disappeared into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Tons of toasted malt, followed by candied sugar, Belgian yeast, honey, dried stone fruit, such as fig, raisins and dates.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Toasted malt up front, immediately followed by flavors of candied sugar, Belgian yeast, tons of honey and dried stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 9.0%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol there is on the palate; there’s practically none!

Overall: Wow, what a beer!! Great flavors of malt, sweet and fruit! Delicious!

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Photo of Beerfull
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. I normally drink what most people would call harsh beers. Most of my friends wont drink the random beers I have in my fridge, but when I give them a taste of this beer they always love it. This beer has convinced dozens of my friends to try craft beers. This is amazing considering it is 9% alcohol.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Had a five year old bottle at a bar, and after five years, this beer rated like a barleywine. Sweet and malty.

It was surprisingly well carbonated Dorr a beer from 2009.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Look: An opaque dark brown, with a huge, foamy, light tan head. Dark orange highlights can be seen at the bottom of the glass when held to the light.

Smell: The aroma is fainter than expected. Yeasty malt, floral hops, peppery phenols, and a swirl of caramel are pleasant enough, but lack the dark fruit flavors usually found in a strong, dark ale.

Taste: While the flavor is more complex than the aroma, it remains lacking. The taste is light for a big beer, and is unusually malt-forward for the style. In addition to yeasty malt, citrus hops, caramel, and prunes can be tasted. While the dark fruit is now detectable, it could still have a larger presence.

Mouthfeel: The medium-light body only makes the aroma and flavor seem more two-dimensional. A watery character and an all too smooth finish continue the too-light-for-the-style trend.

Overall: As a strong dark ale, this beer disappoints. It's perfectly tasty and drinkable, but could be much more so with a heavier body and more complex aroma and flavor profiles. There are a plethora of far better options available when it comes to this type of beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian candi sugar and Belgian yeast esters of pear, citrus, and peach accompany toasted malt. Good fruit character, albeit a little over carbonated.

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Photo of spacebear09
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Blackish brew, slightly watery. Tan head.

Smell- Prunes, dates, molasses, licorice, booze.

Taste- Dark malts, spice, brown sugar, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel- Smooth yet well carbonated. Creamy for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Overall- Has a aftertaste that reminds me of Guinness (not good... slightly metallic and nasty chocolate malts that have no business being in this kind of beer, also a hint of something gross).

Really disappointing. I was expecting a top notch Belgian strong dark and instead was treated to something barely mediocre. Trois Pistoles is much cheaper and trumps this beer HANDS DOWN 10/10 times.

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Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A- Beautiful dark ruby pour with an off white billowy pillowy fluffy head that rose and rose and rose. It's a Belgian!

S- Wine, grapes, faint muted fruity Belgian yeast, bubble bath? A bit of alcohol and a hint of hops trying to make it's way through all the other complex aromas

T- Some yeast, fruit, grapes? Really surprised with the bitterness here. This bottle is from January, 2014. Tonight's date is October 14, 2014. Some slight oxidation

M- Rich, lightly carbonated and nearly full bodied. Balanced nicely

O- This is the second of three bottles that I picked up on closeout at my local Hannaford supermarket. They were clearing out a lot of beer that wasn't moving. Luckily for me I was able to pick these up for $2.75 each!!! It's a nice beer for the style. For someone who is new to Belgian Strong Ales, give this a try, the Belgian yeast isn't too up front. A good, complex new. Try it!

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Photo of tmm313
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown amber color. Will pour a massive head if you're not careful. Great lacing.

S- Grape, yeast, malt (like the powder), funk, and some bready notes. I keep thinking I smell raw honey. Changes pretty steadily as it warms.

T- Grape and what tastes like earthy hops up front. Notes of chocolate, toast, raisin, alcohol, pepper, and light orange comes next. Slightly bitter, bready finish. Each sip is a little different. Profile loses sweetness and becomes more bitter as it warms. Honey-like flavors come out as it warms as well. No one flavor dominates another.

M- Medium thick body with light, prickly carbonation. Not overly drying.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. I've found this style to be really hit or miss for me, and this one definitely hit. I'm walking away with the impression that someone put a lot of thought and work into the crafting this beer. Wonderful balance between a multitude of flavors. Cheers to the brewer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 7, 2014.

It is a downright gorgeous pour with its deep amber color and ruby red highlights flickering against the light. Big but short lived cream colored head.

The aroma tends to lean toward the grape and wine-like fruitiness more than the Belgian malts and Belgian sugar, given its style. It is pleasant enough but not what I had hoped for.

The body is about medium but it is smooth.

The taste has an appealing toasted pale malt note but it also has an abundance of dark fruits akin to grape more than any other I can think of. The fruitiness tends to offset everything else and to me takes away from what I expect in this style. Not that it is bad but it not what I expected.

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Photo of dueserdo
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I like to try anything new and different and I think this one id different for me. Normally I am a hoppy taste person. This strong dark ale is amazingly smooth and the flavor is outstanding. Highly carbonated, my first pour created a 2 finger head and the pour was gentle. The 1st pour from the 25 ounce bomber was surprising due to the large head that stayed for a long time. Can't wait for the second pour to finish the bottle. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Bubbly taupe two finger head settles into dense layer with a few lacings. Light cola brown in appearance, no visible carbonation.

Aroma of fresh beer, malts, deep rich fruits. Complex , rich, balanced.

Smooth, Malt and rich raisiny, carbonation on the first sip. Alcohol is present but not as much as #1. Chewy.

Good beer worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2992 (October 18, 2012); Consumed April 22, 2014

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with a big fluffy head that very slowly settles down to 1+ finger of foam that leaves some nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast, dark fruits, floral and earthy hops, and a bit of spiciness all stand out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light yeastiness along with some spiciness and dark fruits. A nice floral undertone plays well throughout, while some caramel and dark chocolate maltiness lends some sweetness. Finishes with some subdued spiciness and citrus notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the prickly side, which works

O: Extremely easy to drink at 9% (I'll give the age some credit for that) and a really nicely rounded American-made BSDA. At under $9 for a 750 mL, it's also a really good deal (in terms of larger format bottles, obviously). Definitely worth trying

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this to try because I have had luck with Brooklyn. Split with good friend and guru. Outstanding smell and taste an is scary easy to drink for something that is 9%, unreal. I will certainly be buying this again as it was a pretty good value at $9.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany brown color with two fingers of a tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer has a big strong dark fruity smell composed of some aromas of raisin, plum and red grapes. Along with these aromas are smells of yeast, which bring with them aromas of banana and a bit of a spice smell of clove and coriander. Other aromas of a honey sweetness as well as some orange and candied sugar are there as well, mixing with the rest, as well as a nice bready and lightly boozy smell, with overall produce a very pleasant fruity and sweet Belgian dark aroma.

Taste – While the taste begins rather sweet it is slightly drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a nice roasted malt taste mixed with lots of darker fruit flavors. The heaviest dark fruit flavor is that of a cherry taste, but other big raisin and plum flavors are mixed with it. Right from the start there are some other sweeter flavors of a more candied sugar and honey flavor as well. The darker fruit and candied/honey flavors fade a bit as the taste moves forward with some rather yeasty flavors taking their place. With the advent of the yeast, so too comes flavors banana as well as of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of nutmeg all there. These flavors meld quite nicely with the darker fruit flavors and darker roasted malt tastes creating a nice blend of spiced darer fruit and roast. With hints of a boozy alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice crisp and smooth dark fruit and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit thinner then I would have anticipated for a Belgian Strong dark of 9 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the higher and more prickly champagne like side. Both are good for creating the nice crisp feel of the brew which complements the slightly drier nature (well for a Belgian Strong Dark at least) well, but yet the body still all the while has enough thickness and oomph to support all the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion. A nice mix of fruitiness, roastiness, spice, and booze, all with a slightly drier and nice crispness and drinkability.

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Photo of PeterParker
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have put off trying this one for a while. Let's see if it's worthwhile.

Pours reddish brown, opaque with minimal light through the red bottom. Finger of head that leaves good lacing.

So much Belgian yeast on the nose. Bready malts and hints of bubblegum. Smells very Belgian.

Taste follows the nose. Belgian yeasts and bready malts. A bit of sourness on the back end. Caramel and yeast with slight fluffy marshmallow notes in the aftertaste. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, but slick. Lower carbonation. Leaves the aftertaste on the palate for a while.

Overall it's good. I wouldn't call it great but I'm glad I tried it. Wouldn't seek this out but would definitely have it on tap when I'm out.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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