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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 83
Gots: 214 | FT: 5
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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 fairdinkum2
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip glass. Tried to pour this gently, at an angle, but created excessive head that required patience to fill the glass.

Color and appearance was a little disappointing. Very murky, opaque dark chocolate look. Smell really didn't leap out of the glass at me. Pretty restrained notions of sugar, raisins and caramel.

Taste was sweet, but did not have an overly long finish. Sweet roasted malts, raisins again and candied fruits.

Unfortunately, the pour was the first hint of the execessive carbonation this beer exhibits. Really has an adverse impact on the drikability of an otherwise decent tasting strong dark ale.

Photo of rdickey
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep brown into a tulip. Huge off-white head sticks around a long time. Looks quite appealing on a cold and rainy night.

Smell: Malt sweetness, together with some citrus notes and a small amount of pepper.

Taste: The sweetness dominates, and the honey becomes more prominent. It never gets too heavy, though, and it finishes surprisingly dry and light without any appearance by hops that I can identify.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is definitely on the high side, which helps keep this one lighter than you might expect given the style and the ABV. It works, although I'd be interested in seeing how it comes out after, say, some cask aging.

Drinkability: Much higher than you'd expect for the style, because it just comes across lighter than Chimay Blue (which I suspect was squarely in Garrett's crosshairs while he was working on this in the lab), Rochefort 8 and the like.

Photo of fastsrt
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance : poured from a 750 ml to a chalice rose a huge head diminished to a lace that stuck to the glass like glue on to the glass, deep brown.
smell: lots of lemon, honey, touch of booze.
Taste: the honey played in to a sweetness that was balanced by the hops nicely this was a well crafted beer. there is not much complexity to the flavor profile just malt, honey, lemon, some spice typical of the style and a bite to balance everything out.
mouthful: this one fell flat on its face here it was to thin to support all the flavors going on.
drinkability: one bottle is all i would be willing to drink. the 9% abv is there and noticeable. it is not hidden like some of the other big belgians I have had.

Photo of spointon
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a deep brown color with a towering billowy tan head that seemed to last forever. Incredible head retention.

S= Very muted smell for a Belgian style ale. Some malty sweetness and candi sugar notes evident, but lacking in Belgian character. Very low yeast aroma.

T= Frankly pretty weak in the flavor department. Sort of a bland sweetness combined with sulfury (and a bit unpleasant) molasses. Yeast character almost entirely lacking. Finished too dry and a bit astringent.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a decently crisp mouthfeel.

D= Wow, as much as I love Brooklyn Local 1, I seem to dislike Local 2. Overall pretty bland and lacking in character. Not recommended at all.

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark cola, near white head, leaves to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Candy and fruit. Candied sugar and cotton candy, dark fruits and maybe ripe banana.

T - Taste follows smell. More cola flavor in the taste, but many of the attributes there.

M - Medium body, good coating, carb might be more than needed and detracts from the overall experience, maybe.

D - For the ABV and big flavors, very enjoyable.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse from the bottle.

A-thick, tan head, black walnut body

S-candy, chocolate smell

T-cappuccino, milk chocolate, with a slight bitter hop finish


D-really nice strong ale. Good introduction beer for someone new to Belgian styles.

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

Poured into a Stone tulip to kick off the NFL playoffs.

A - Dark and brown with a wonderfully fluffy head. Lacing was minimal but consistent down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - MMM... Malts and sweetness over all. Some citrus notes and plums. Very inviting.

T - A non-cloying sweetness up front is met with a nice caramel malt flavor. The orange peel shows up in the middle, married well with some hop bitterness. It opened up as it warmed a bit, displaying more of the alcohol and caramel flavors. Wonderfully complex!

M - The carbonation was mild, and the beer left a nice carpet of flavor across my tongue. It wasn't too heavy but it had some nice "staying power" on the palate.

D - A little heavy for a sessionable beer, but highly drinkable. Would be fantastic with a nice roast. Pair this with some food and it will be a fantastic complementary beverage.

Big fan of Local 1, but Local 2 might be better. At a very reasonable price, this is a beer that could make its way to my table frequently.

Photo of mikereaser
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 12/1/09

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown with an inch of foam that slowly disappeared

S - yeast and peppery aroma, some brown sugar and berries

T - malty, berries at first, then dark fruit, plums, raisins, brown sugar

M - good carbonation, smooth, slightly creamy

D - good flavor, a bit sweet, but nice array of flavors

Photo of angelmonster
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 3 finger off white head, body is dark brown. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is of grape juice, sweet caramel malt, and some alcohol. No hops are detected, kinda underwhelming

Taste is of dried prune, sweet malt and honey. No hops are detected. After taste is of some alcohol and peppery yeast.

Mouth feel is good. Good amount of head was present throughout the beer adding some nice texture to it. Carbonation was on the aggressive side but not too much

Drink ability was good. Not as smooth as Local 1 but still not too hard to finish a 750ml bottle. Not a big fan of beers with honey added and it was apparent in here. Dont think I'd buy it again but it was worth a try.

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.

Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Dark chestnut with 1-2 finger bubbly beige head like a cola with low retention and random lace spots.

S: Yeasty and peppery with brown sugar, fig, and biscuit finished with citrus

T: Mouth-filling flavor of fig, currant, brown sugar accented with high yeast quotient and big citrus orange peel presence. Lightly spicy herbal hops finish this big-flavored beauty.

M: Highly carbonated which provides palate coverage with the immense flavor. Very dry and the aftertaste is woody and peppery. Alcohol is not readily detectable.

D: A really nice ale from Brooklyn with a wide variety of aromas and flavors.

Photo of azorie
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well I don't know if its a dubbel but its sure tastes like one.
Poured slowly into a tulip glass, nice dark candied brown, looks like a dubbel. did not get much head but it does have nice lacing in the glass.

Its smells like honey, and cloves, and alcohol. You can smell the yeast very nice, and the malt.

The taste is very nice, rich, sugar hits you first its a nice strong dark ale as promised, very complex mix of candied sugar, honey, clove, and other spices like pepper.

nice and thick mouthfeel, hits the back of the mouth and coats it, I enjoyed it.

Drinkability well its a sipper but a 750ml was easy to drink, not one you drink fast.

Photo of biophiliadude
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Champagne bottle into tulip glass!

A: 3/4 inch head and big bubbles (yay bottle conditioning!) Brown body with red hues. Wavy lacing.

S: Banana's and bubble gum!

T: Slight banana, bready, slight citrus. As it warmed up in my hands the bubble gun sugary fruit was evident.

F: Tickles, medium to heavy bodied. Syrupy at the end.

D: Smell was great, taste was interesting. When going for bubble gum and bananas I think I'll stick with wizendoppelbocks. Still very glad I tried it, and the individual bottle conditioning was a great idea, beautiful looking beer!

Photo of HardTarget
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged, corked tall brown bottle, so proud, so cocksure.

A: 5
What a pretty beast. Gratuitous head retention, it just sits there like a patient fluffy tan cloud. Tightly packed microscopic bubbles, just a coffeed cream dream of a head. Body is pretty much black with some tan edge, but with an odd murky looking pour with a clear finish.

S: 4
Plum raisin dark fruit standard issue for the style. Mild alcohol and a whiff of Belgian yeast, maybe a bit of anise.

T: 4.5
Mildly Christmas profile, spices and fruits go a bit fruitcake, bit holiday punch. Lingering yeastiness which seems Belgian, but also has a clean American profile as well, bit of an odd combo, but enjoyable. There is a lime rind finish which I find a bit cleansing which prompts the next sip... and the next.

M: 3.5
Started very bubbly, almost champagne, but settled down to an almost cask level.

D: 4.5
Alcohol jumps on you pretty quick, but it's a very enjoyable beer. The flavors are full, but not filling, which makes you look forward to the next sip. I could see getting a couple more of these.
Cellar potential, but I see them holding rather than gaining flavors.

Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produces a great three finger sized crown of light tan cranium that dwindles down and stays about a finger thick through the whole serving in a Chimay chalice. Awesome lacing, and has a dark ruby reddish copper colored body that is pretty hazy.

The aroma is yeasty and grape upfront, then floral, sweet molasses and fig. This does finish up with an herbal/metallic characteristic.

Upfront in the taste are figs and cherry, and the honey is detectable. This beer also reminds me of a German lebkuchen as well.

This has feelings of a chewy/sticky/warming appeal.

Local 2 has all the traits to make it a great beer in its style category.

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown capped by a fluffy cream-colored head that threatens to overflow my chalice. The head retains moderately, with the final result being an even film on the brew and a thick collar that deposits sticky lace and covers the glass with bubbles during a swig.

S: Candi sugar, caramel, honey, plums, and oranges.

T: Starts off toasty and bready. It's also sweet, with touches of honey and caramel. The mid-taste brings forth bits of candi sugar and an earthy hop flavor, which pulls into the end taste to offset the fruity (plums, oranges) and malty finish. I don't get much in the way of spices.

M: Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation. A slight hint of booze that fades as the beer warms up. It has a malty finish, but not much of an aftertaste.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. It's not exactly a quaffer, and I feel the heaviness, but it doesn't bog down in flavor or get too hot after multiple sips. Pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of hops4me
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lite brown appearance with a solid fluffy head. Head leaves a decent amount of lacing in its place. Smell is sweet malt and the spiciness from the Belgian yeast. The taste has a caramel sweetness and some toasted grain. The typical banana and spicy flavor is clearly evident. The mouthfeel is light to medium with excellent drinkability.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark color with a ruby tint when held to the light. Big foamy tan head that falls slow. Decent lace.

Sweet malt aroma with a mild tinny, metallic smell.

Sweet and malty in the taste with a slight bitter chocolate flavor. Mild caramel undertone with a tanginess to it. Deep fruit flavors.

Rather full in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Rather decent interpretation of a Belgian style dark ale from a great brewer. Not perfect but enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

brooklyn local #2

OMG! i think i found the worlds best beer .

P/A=pours a dark burnt caramel color with a off white three finger head that cascades like a guinness.

S= chocolate, hazelnuts, caramel,chocolate malt, barely their citrus.

T= chocolate malt, Hazelnut, caramel, heaven.

This is the best beer i've had best 7 bucks i've ever spent you have to be stupid not to like this.

Photo of cameraman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan colored head, dissolving away slowly to a thin layer on top. A dark bread fragrance followed with a yeasty spiciness that rounds out the whole scent. A strong malty front with touches of caramel and chocolate, with a hint of banana and citrus flavors. A medium heavy feel at the front, then it gradually thins out. There is ever present feel of carbonation spreads across the palate. This is a solid beer,
pleasing visually and a fragrant aroma, the creamy texture and hearty and robust flavors are just extras on top.

Photo of apbarwood
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, murky brown color with a huge head of fluffy, tan foam. The head stays for a good while before leaving copious amounts of lacing stuck to the glass and swirling around the surface. The aroma is a nice blend of caramelized sugar and fruity hops. Those carry through on the palate with a chocolate/caramel quality becoming more pronounced. There's an initial fruity sweetness hinted at in the beginning that quickly turns into a wonderfully dry finish. As far as American-made Belgian styles, this has been one of my favorites thus far. It has a lot to offer in terms of it's complexity and yet remains very drinkable. Very highly recommended.

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That is an exceptional pour, right there. Damn near opaque blackness, too dark to see any haze, and on top of it there is just a perfect, tight white head that's all soapy and rocky.

Smells earthen and chocolatey with some lightly fiery nodes of alcoholic yeast. Some fruit nodes come out as it warms.

Tastes a bit too much like peat, not enough like booze and fruit. It's a good blend, still, but doesn't hit the pinnacle of 5-star Belgian darks. I never thought I'd penalize a beer for being too smooth, but the back end of this almost tastes like a nitro stout and it's just a little off for the style.

Photo of Berthold
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured from a 750ML bottle to a chalice a dark brown (SRM27) with a thick tan head supported by moderate carbonation. Lacing on glass was moderate. Aroma is honey and citrus with sweetness of brown sugar noted. Low hops noted. Flavor is highly citrus orange with a deep honey sweetness. Brown sugar sweet at very end. You really need to like orange marmalade for this beer to work for you. Full bodied with a slight astringency from the citrus and a lingering bitterness from the orange peel. Not a beer to have with meal but certainly with fruit and cheese afterwords.

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.