1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,271 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 83
Gots: 215 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,271 | Reviews: 520 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of peterjk
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured for a 750 into a Belgian Goblet.

A: Red Brown with light brown head, surprisingly only a hint of cloudyness

S: Nutmeg, Ginger, Yeast, Floral, hints of sweeter darker notes

T: Cold: Dough, Yeast, Finish is long with Spice and tangy sweetness. A touch of hops bitterness, hints of roasted malt, cola sweetness.

The sweetnees emerges more as the beer warms up but the flavor is still dominated by dry herbal and bitter flavors.

M: Lots of small bubble carbonation foam fills the mouth. Medium bodied.

D: This is not a bad beer by any means but I prefer the Brooklyn Local 1 for sure. For me this beer is to dry and herbal, great in a golden sassion but not so much in a double. I was looking for a more pronounced sweetness and roasted malt character.

This beer reminded me some of Orval, but with out the wild yeast esters and tartness.

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local 2 is a darker, chestnut color. It's clear and backlighting reveals nice burgundy highlights. The cork popped out with some force. Carbonation looks to be rather active, but not overly so. It yields a light caramel colored head that stands two and a half fingers tall. It was slow to dissipate. Light, sticky strands of lace lined the glass.

The nose is good, but isn't quite a standout. It's very earthy and floral up front. Perhaps even a little musky. It is rather fruity smelling. Plum, raisin, and cherry are all noted in roughly equal amounts. Smells nice and malty. Light pepper and perhaps other, lighter spices are present. Belgian yeast is noted, but it smells like it needs more. Local 1 had the same problem. I halfway expected it here. Alcohol is mixed nicely and is only mildly noticeable. This is a good smelling beer with a rather deep roster of individual parts. It's good, but it doesn't quite gel the way I'd like.

The flavor is above average. It's not bad at all, but I was hoping for a little better. Pepper is noted on the first sip and really resonates throughout. It's a rather strong pepper flavor with which I'm not quite enamored. It has a nice malty base, but isn't very sweet at all. The raisin, plum, and fruit flavors are easily noted and add depth and range. It has strong earthy and floral undertones. Unfortunately, Belgian yeast is barely noticeable. I was hopeful that Local 2 wouldn't commit the same sin of Local 1, but it does. It needs much more in terms of Belgian yeast. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable. Not for a 9% abv beer at any rate. It finishes a little dry and earthy with a splash of dark fruit.

Local 2 has a light body that doesn't seem to appreciably change with a little warming. It's too thin. Carbonation is surprisingly light, but it's not quite smooth. It needs work there, too. Drinkabilty is above average. The flavor's passable, but it doesn't 'wow' in any way. It's a little big at 9%, so this 750 will be plenty.

I had high hopes for Local 1 and 2. Brooklyn Brewery rarely disappoints. Unfortunately, Local 2 is just about as disappointing as Local 1. Local 2 also suffers mightily from the lack of Belgian yeast. More prominence in that department would dramatically improve it. I also believe the pepper flavor is too strong. It would also benefit from more body. It's not a disaster by any stretch, but I'm now convinced that Brooklyn does not excel with Belgian beer styles. Local 2's worth a try. Ultimately, I find it a little better than Local 1, but that's, in part, due to my preference for BSDAs over BSPAs. Not by much though. Ultimately, it is a little disappointing.

Photo of bonkers
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours deep brown with a massive white sticky head. The foam on this one was a bit out of control even when I went for my refill. The aroma was full of wildflowers. The beer is on the sweet side, not overly so, citrus is a prominent flavor. The beer is medium bodied, has well hidden alcohol and is meant to be enjoyed slowly. I liked it but was left wanting more.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this brew was an opaque black color with a towering four fingers of cream/tan colored head. The retention was excellent and the lacing impressive too. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel malt and a light amount of Belgian yeast. The flavors were better pronounced than the aroma, lots of Belgian yeast, complex sweet malts and a good balance of bittering and citrusy hops. The sweetness was like a fruitcake with pleasant dark fruit notes esp. figs as well as caramel and honey-like sugars. The alcohol was noticeable but not overwhelming and the same could be said for the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation a bit high. Comparable to the first Brooklyn Local and enjoyable.

Photo of natelocc787
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Expected a lot form this beer ans was let down. Brown dubbel colcor when poured with outstanding head and lace. Nose has green apples and caramelized pear with Belgian yeast. Taste has light green apple, honey and ginger, light maple and dark belgian candi sugar. Mouthfeel was unimpressive. Got foam with every sip. Didn't get through this one fast.

Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jxhill for the opportunity to try this one. Never would have found it out here!

Bottled marked 0919. Could this be a best before? I don't think I could wait that long!

Cork pops with the slightest of ease. It's a good thing I was ready or it would've gone across the room.

Pours into a chalice at a little cooler than cellar temperature. It's my etched NB glass and, with this beer, the etching is just too much. Foam rises again and again as I fight to keep it under control. I might be switching back to the old glass next time.

The body is a beautiful ruby red color with great clarity. The head is towering and very sticky. Lacing is eventually evident once it finally settles.

Aroma is excellent (I'm really wishing I wasn't slightly congested) and spot on for the style. Great dark fruit and spice with that characteristic yeast aroma that you get in good Belgian style beer.

Flavor is very nice as well. There is a light sweetness up front that gives way to mild fruity flavors of plum and raisins. Subtle spices of clove and allspice all meld together wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but it works well. The flavors seem to dance across the tongue and the carbonation is not too heavy, which I really like.

Overall, this is a great American version of the style. As I re-read my notes on flavor, I notice how everything is subtle and in perfect balance, just like the authentic Belgian versions. It's rare to find something like this that is brewed in America. Well worth the trade!

Photo of david18
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure of the difference between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Quadrupel, I think they might be the same, but if they are the same then I can compare this the the St. Bernardus 12 that I just had. The local 2 is an excellent strong dark ale and I'm not even a fan of the style. I tend to like pales, blondes, strong pales and tripels. This is one of the better in its style that i've had. Great color, great carbonation, great aroma, an all around great beer. I you have to choose between the Local 1 and Local 2, I would always go with the one, but both are great!!

Photo of selecter70
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a nice fall day, out grabbing some fine cheese and while I don't regularly go for Brooklyn (not because of antipathy or any ill-will), I was glad that I picked this one up. A Belgian dark ale sounded perfect & while it lacked some Belgian qualities, I still think it's a fine dark ale, robust & tasty. The pour is a dark ruby-red to dark brown with a nice sticky, dense tan head about 1 finger. The aroma is a fruity flower with cinnamon which led me to expect a sweeter & tacky dessert beer. While the flavor is somewhat sweet, it is not too sticky and rather drinkable with nice tart grape, clove & of course rich chocolate qualities. Overall, and more pleasantly, drier than expected, I'd definitely go for another on a nice cool fall night.

Photo of allengarvin
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large Chimay glass, this beer is a very dark reddish-brown color with a dense head on top. Very fruity, very floral nose, with hints of sweet grape. Very yummy tasting: candy sweetness at the front, with fruity grape, or caramelized apple; the malt profile is subtle, with a hint of smooth chocolate. The yeast character adds a few spicy phenols, and a touch of bitterness is apparent at the end. This beer is not about the individual components, though; it is remarkably well-balanced for a Brooklyn beer, and the sum of the parts makes for one delicious beer.

Photo of roblowther
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of birthday boy Danny....Prost! Dark chocolate brown with a light tan head that is thick, creamy, and very, very persistant. Smell is of brown sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon. mmmm....Taste is oranges, cloves, a hint of sweetness (milk chocolate?) and a strong dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice, tingly and slippery. Drinkability is very good but the dry finish holds it back a tad. Still, a very, very good beer. Definitely a great interpretation of the style and one I will buy whenever I can find it. Hooray Danny! Hooray beer!

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

A: Dark brown with ruby edges. There is a thick dense tan colored head that sits on top of the beer.

S: There is some bready, funky yeast aromas with alcohol, some fruity fig and molasses.

T: A sweet honey and toasted malt flavor with fig and dark cherry flavors. The yeast flavors are there with all the funk and spice and there is a strong alcohol warmth and flavor that really asserts itself without being too overpowering. There is also a citrusy bitterness that finishes dry with the alcohol warmth and peppery carbonation tingle.

M: About right, maybe a little thin at first before the carbonation fills it out.

D: Oh yeah, this is good. A little much after a few, but one glass will do you right.

Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

Dark amber brown, with some murkiness. Tall, rocky, marshmallowy, light khaki head. Great lacing. Nose of charred malts, tropical fruits, raisins, dates, cocoa, and yeast. Tangy fruit and sweetish candied malts up front. Grainy, vegetal bitterness plays lightly in the background. Earthy notes before big Concord grape flavors take over. Juicy, sweet (not cloying), and slightly tart. Yeast and lightly roasted malts mix in with the grapes and some latent banana in the finish. Medium-full body with a soft, perfectly-carbonated mouthfeel. Very nice!

Photo of mhatters
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle corked and caged, poured into an oerbier goblet

Pours a dark brown with ruby notes. A huge billowy off-white pours head.

Sweet, spicy, a hint of orange peel and coriander, a matly note too

Rich, full taste - lots of yeast, bready, malty, hints of honely, chocolate, and candi sugar.

Nice feeling on the tongue (tiny bubbles) - creamy from the head still on the top (will it ever dissipate?)

An interesting and enjoyable offering from a solid, quality brewery - if you see this, buy it

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

Light coppery, juicy looking ale with off-white, coppery tone of a head. Weak aroma of citrus peel, spice, ginger, and coriander. First thing that stands out is that the alcohol is well hidden. Flavors of citrus, citrus peels, some floral, spices such as coriander and ginger seep through. Carbonation is biting on the tongue and scrubs away flavors. One of the better ales from BK Brewery.

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. A large beige head forms with good retention. Light lace is left as the foam recedes.
S: Brewers yeast, some fruity esters, and some alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast and fruit. Sweet sugary malt and alcohol. A strange mineral flavor.
M/D: A medium body that is way over carbonated. The alcohol is noticeable, but still a good beer to sip on.

Not bad, but kind of bland IMO. Worth a try, but not my favorite for the style or brewery.

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of psyphin
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Huge slight off white head on top, no lacing.

S - Boozy with typical belgian esters. Dark fruit and malt hidden behind.

T - Heavy malt, fruity with a heavy alcahol heat.

M - Slightly thin with aggresive carbonation.

D - The overwhelming sensation of the alcahol detracted from an otherwise interesting beer. Worth a bottle for sampling, definitely not intended for session drinking.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly. I can't tell anything along the line of smell because of allergies. This is the worst time of year for me to be reviewing anything, lol. The taste doesn't really have the flavor intensity I would like for a beer at this price level. The taste is well balanced, but I am having trouble finding the honey advertised on the back of the label. There is a sort of mapel taste upfront, maybe that's what they were talking about. The spices from the belgian yeast is there, just not very strong. The mouthfeel is way way way too carbonated. So much so that it almost takes away from the flavor. It definatly takes a notch off drinkability.

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

A dark ruby amber color as the underbelly of an awesome tan bread dough rising to the top of my glass. Dark honey and roated malts with brown and candi sugar in this overall yeasty sweet nose. A littl hard to absorb though. Tastes starts with German brand Ritter Sport with milk chocolate and butter biscuit. The middle gives the honey and orange peel some lovely play with dark roasted, Belgian sweet malt interplay. The finish gives the hops some creedence with this Belgian style ale. Slightly chalky palate but overall sweet with some hoppy and orangey herbalesque hints. Brooklyn just keeps pumping out great beer after another. What i wouldn't give to try one of their tap only releases in IL!!! ALAS?!?!?!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is spicy with hints of ginger, orange peel/zest, and some sort of coriander-like spice. Moderately sour, fruity sour - kind of blood orange. Some lemongrass. Some malt. Smells dry and bitter, with a lemon balm vibe. Smells pretty good.

Pours a dark dirty cola color with a large rocky/foamy head. Looks great.

Dark bready malt base with soft nut and biscuit with hints of chocolate. Good dose of alcohol. Moderately spicy, fruity, and funky - ripe melon (cantaloupe mainly), anise, and hints of nutmeg, coriander, and pepper. Floral and rose-like, it has a nicely soft and delicate air. Lemon balm dry bitterness manifests with some orange peel. Fairly light body, dry and gin-and-tonic-like. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Not my favorite Belgian-inspired ale. It's dry, floral, and light-feeling - a gin of beers. Its flavor is light and delicate. I need to re-try this someday as I seem to not appreciate it nearly as much as the average BA. It's not bad. I love Local 1, but this isn't of the same caliber...

Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is yeasty and lightly spicy with some sweet and bitterish notes. I also sense a bit of dark fruits and a light nose of chocolate. A complex but very nice aroma.

First sip and....mmmm. Very tasty. I'm tasting dark fruits, chococlate(light), a very nice sweetness coming from candy sugar and the honey(I guess), a yeastiness, and a slight spicy bitterness in the finish. Wow. Is this yummy or what?! No signs of any alcohol intrusion at all and that's another plus. This tastes so Belgian, in a blind taste test I would testify that this was brewed in Belgium. It is that good for me.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation just a tad below medium. Head retention and lacing are great!

Photo of AaronRed
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. No doubt, this is a champ. Mellow, smooth, with tastes of figs and other sweet dried fruits. Pours a nice dark hue with a tight cream lace. It really seems as if it is from Belgium. Has a balance not often found in American Belgian type ales. It lets you know it is serious because you cannot detect the alcohol right away. A must try.

Photo of redneckchugger
2.21/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours brown with a tan head, about two fingers with a slow pour.
Smell is of stereotypical Belgian-style yeast and candi sugar. Lots of banana and clove notes. Very typical, but not in a good way, more like a bland imitation.
The tastes is as bad as the smell, its just bland to the point of being awful. The usual elements of a Belgian beer are there, the candi sugar, the yeasts esters of banana and clove, some dark fruits like plum and raisin from the malt, but its all a disjointed mess. The sweetness is cloying, the banana and clove almost artificial.
The mouth feel is particulary bad, its almost waxy, like drinking a a banns and clove scent candle.
I have a friend who maintains that most American produced belgian style ales are awful, and while i still disagree with him, after drinking this beer i see where he is coming from. This is a horrible beer. I said bland earlier, but its worse than that, its fake. This is the worst attempt at a belgian style beer i have seen in a long while.

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