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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

A nice big pop upon removing the cork, it pours a clear medium brown with some hues of red and a +1 finger head of billowy foam.

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!

Drinkability? What an easy sipper! Yeah, I'm sipping to savour and stretch out the session. This is such a remarkable brew, I'll hate it when the bottle reaches empty, not as much as if I ran out of gas but close. ;^) superb effort from Brooklyn Brewing!

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.oz Bottle from the Belgian Cafe...

A- Murky, Dark brown with ruby tones. Small off-white head.

S- Belgian yeast, dark fuits, apple and spice

T- prevailant belgian yeast backed with a balanced malt, dark fruit and spice flavor.

M- Ample high carbonation. Medium body. Dry finish.

D- Good representation of the style, a little more robust yet balanced on the ingredient side, ABV hidden well.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a chalice style glass

Pours dark ruby brown, near black, with about 2 fingers of dense uneven foam. Awesome head retention and lacing. Hard to see light through the glass but there is just enough to give the idea that the brew is translucent.

Smell reminds me very much of a Trappist Dubble with deep dark malts and dark fruit. There's a touch of that caramelized sugar smell on the nose as well. Practically no hops discernible on the nose.

Flavors are dense, rich and dark without being incredibly heavy. The initial flavors rolling over the tongue are heavy of complex malts that seem to range from caramel roast to much darker. There is a fairly heavy mouthfeel here but I think it is from the alcohol rather than any residual sugar, though there is a faint, pleasant sweetness. Carbonation is fine but dense, lending perfectly to the overall texture and mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet and lingering, with a pleasing warmth that travels with the swallow.

Fantastic brew!! Loved Local 1 and I'm really diggin' Local 2 as well. You have to try this one, especially if you are a Belgian beer lover!!

Photo of PatrickJR
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Reddish/rusty translucent brown with a tan 3 finger head. Decent retention and some lacing.

S - Sweet smelling dark bread with a touch of dark fruit and nuts. A good deal of chalk and medicinal aromas are present as well. Accents of spice, licorice, and brown sugar pop in and out.

T - Early palate is full of dark bread; slightly bitter and slightly sweet. The fruits and nuts from the nose try to pull through but are severely muted due to the carbonation. Mid palate some medicinal sweetness swells with bits of chalk and iodine. Sweetness subsides during this phenolic phase leading to a mild to moderate bitterness. Finish is powdery and bitter with some residual sweetness.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with horrendously high carbonation. Despite my efforts at hard pours, warming, and swirling, Local 2 maintains crazy high carbonation that really gets in the way of the flavors and makes it somewhat difficult to drink.

D - It's a decent beer, or could be at least, but the carbonation is the main issue. Many of the suggested flavors from the nose can't fully develop on the palate. Drinkability is hindered because of it's lack of silky smoothness. Not the mind blowing experience that was Local 1, but still a good effort and a decent American stab at a Belgian style. I just wish they would've dialed back the carbonation.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL cage-corked bottle into a fluted champagne glass for Julie's birthday.

A: Poured a dark, hazy, muted reddish brown color with a gigantic foamy head of light brown carbonation. Carbonation seemed nice and this brew even laced a bit in a champ flute.

S: Smells faintly sugar sweet and spicy, with herbal notes of clove and coriander to go with the minty gum and banana ester alcohol aroma of the Belgian yeast and sugars.

T: Taste is deep, sweet and fruity at first. Lots of date, raisin and fig leap from an effervescent, semi-bitter and cleansing Belgian brown sugar and spice flavor. Some cherries and tart citrus flavors dry out towards the finish with a spicy hop flavor and mild honey aftertaste which effects the mouthfeel more then the flavor. Nice Belgian finish with that distinct yeast flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is full-medium bodied but is really well carbonation and drinks smooth and even throughout.

D: A nice sipper and a great beer to open for such special occasions such as these. At 9% ABV and with such heavy and complex flavors, this is not one to session or take down on one's own. Your palate might exhaust a bit, but breaking down the flavor profile is an enjoyable experience.

I dare say not as tasty as some trappists and Belgian ales made by Ommegang, but still quite good. I think I prefer the Local 1, particularly to pair with meals revolving around whitefish and citrus sauces. Though, this one might be better suited for desserts. Nicely done and worth a try for all.

Photo of kenito799
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 0z bomber poured into an Unibroue Fin du Monde glass.

Darkish-medium brown brew with giant rocky head, lots of lace, looks the part well. Aroma is full of candi sugar maltiness with nicely natural fruity Begian yeasty sweetness. Very nice. On the palate the mouthfeel is just the right creaminess with active bottle-fermeneted carbonation to give this a perfectly authentic effect. The flavor is interesting...the effect is bitter an dry, at first it seems that the malt is not balancing the bitterness, but as you drink there is lip-smacking sweetness and gradually the effect is a lot more drinkability than if massive sweetness was there at the outset to balance all the alcohol and bitterness. This ends up being a really nice interpretation of the style--strong and dark, bitter, more robust and aggressive than a dubbel but along that malty brown flavor line. Well done and far more successful IMO than Brooklyn Local 1.

Photo of HisDorian
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up to do a beer tasting with Brooklyn brews. Boy, I'm glad I did!

First impression, as soon as the cork is popped, you can smell the caramel and vanilla coming right out of the bottle, and seems to be soaked into the cork. Had a couple bottles of this, and they all were very aromatic right from corking.

Poured into short stemmed wine tasting glassware. Big white head with lots of bubbles. Solid brown color with a copperish tint. Again, the smell is absolutely awesome. Taste holds up with the smell. Vanilla and caramel right off the bat with some chocolate and molasses behind it. Not quite as bubbly as champagne, but still very carbonated feeling. I can feel the bubbles in my nose as I drink it. Great tasting beer that I can have a glass or 2 of at a time, and wonderful in the middle of an evening to try something new.

I will definitely be buying this one again.

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

Appearance was mahogany-dark finish just a bit lighter than a belgian dubbel. Smell was sweet and warm. My first taste seemed to be dominated by brown sugar and molasses. On the second and third taste, a wonderfully complex beer emerged. Although a little bit drier, this reminds me a bit of Trois Pistoles (which is a good thing to me). Mouthfeel was very complex (are those raisins I taste?). Absolutely wonderful drinkability. An exceptional beer from Brooklyn. Great job!

Photo of seaoflament
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to try this one last night at La Bella Pizza, thank Joey for bringing the bottle. I've wanted to try this one for a while now.

Poured a dark caramel with a very fizzy and rapidly descending half inch of foam.

The glass was pretty much filled to the top so I had to wait and take a few sips before I could get any aromas out of the beer. First, there was an alcoholic note followed by some caramel, dates, raisins, and a bit of chocolate. Then some dark Belgian candy sugar and brown sugar.

The first sips were of caramel, a bit nutty, yeasty, and chocolate in the finish. Way back in the aftertaste was a nice flavor of chocolate covered oranges. Some earthy hop bitterness towards the end and a bit of alcohol as well. More toasted malts as it warmed up. Not as complex as I was hoping for but not bad.

Very fizzy mouthfeel, it was a bit difficult to drink as the carbonation stung the tongue and I couldn't swallow that quickly. I could feel the gaseous beer in my stomach. It also felt a bit thin and didn't have enough malt sweetness lingering at the end, probably because the fizzy carbonation took everything with it.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this at the Foodery in Philadelphia, PA. I poured it into a goblet.
A: The body is a deep browncolor. The head is freaking huge, a light tan color, fine retention, great lacing and big size bubbles. This is terribly carbonated. I didn't even have to finish taking the cage off before the cork poped and hit the sealing.
S: The aromas are roasted, sweet honey and liquorish.
T: The flavors are a bit sour, roasted caramel and chocolate.
M: The mouthfeel is thin.
D: This is a good beer.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of maddogruss
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown, amber body with an off-white head with excellent retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, honey-like smell with some nice banana esters, some slightly sour clove smells, and some hints of orange peel as well.

T: A fairly sweet, honey taste with a roasted malt aftertaste. A fairly robust beer overall. Honey was more evident in the aftertaste.

M: Slightly overcarbonated, but still pretty smooth for the style. Overall, felt pretty nice.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty drinkable. Unlike the local 1, the alcohol is not as in your face. The strong, robust malt taste with honey notes and sweeter honey aftertaste makes this beer pretty drinkable, overall.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with great hed retention and lacing. Like a great dark belgian should be.

smell: sweet bready malts with mild cocoa aroma

taste: nice sweet dark belgian but not overwhelming at all. very stuttle and perfect fruity flavor.

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the top us belgians on the market

Photo of KarlHungus
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brownish-red color. The head is two inches in height, and doesn't really recedes. It just lingers around looking nice. This is exactly how I think a Belgian Strong Dark Ale should look. The aroma is of dates, plums, anise, and a nice soft malty presence. The taste is more malty than the aroma, but the spices still come through. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than full bodies, with a lot of fine carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but not great. Very good is good enough in my book though.

Photo of faernt
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good food beer. The carbonation is amplified to cleanse the palate (really this should say it cleans off the oils from the inside of your mouth...the palate is just part of the mouth blah blah) I had it with barbequed pork and it worked well. It had bitterness and mild sweetness. It is a beautiful brown color and the bubbles are tight. They're not creamy but they are small.

It worked well with a meal. I hope and think that this was the intent of the design. Thanks for another respectable and well considered contribution to the table. Beer should respect food and this one does.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a 2 inch tan head. Head retention is very good, lacing is decent. It smells like dark fruit, honey, candy sugar and a bit of peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some orange peel and bread/biscuit noticable too. There's also a mild bitter dry finish that gets sweeter as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has high but soft carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. If the carbonation was a bit lower, the drinkability would be better for me. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've gotta say that I'm digging this beer. My tongue is saying that it's a Belgian Dubble, but drier. That must be partially due to the nearly 100% fermentable honey used in the brewing process. I'm not going to go into the flavors here, because the previous reviewers did plenty of that. I'll just add my general thoughts.

I like Local 1, and I sort of assumed this would be taking the 1 in a crazier direction. Not so. This is a solid beer. Clean, flavorful, extremely interesting and can stand by itself. It's completly different than Local 1, and doesn't compete against it; it complements it.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I saw this sitting on the table at the store right next to a bottle of Local 1, all I could think was "it's about goddamn time!" I've been waiting to try this since I first heard it announced back in the winter.

Pours a deep cola brown with a ginormous tan head. The bubbles fizzle out loudly as they hit my 'stache.

The aroma is of dark fruits and the usual Belgian brewing spices. If you're into that sort of thing (fuck yeah, I am), it's just really pleasant.

The flavor is actually somewhere between Maudite and Trois Pistoles. It's mildly malty and has the dark fruit and spice kick working together. Alcohol is generally well-hidden, but occasionally pops in to give you a little kick in the teeth. This stuff is fo' real.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and full-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. Bone-stankin'-ass dry on the finish.

Drinkability is about as high as you're gonna get given the abv and the price (about $9). This is the perfect counterpart to Local 1. Think of it as the evil shadow twin.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass, shared with my brother.

A-Beer was brown, murky, almost remniscent of iced tea, though darker. Light did not pass through very easily. Big fluffy tan head, rocky as it receded. This head lasted beautifully.

S-Fruity, of ripening stemmed fruits, with a slight citrus. Darm maltiness coming through, as well.

T-Belgian yeast-influenced fruitiness. Sweet, slightly toasty malts. Citrus is perhaps a nuance within the flavor profile, but minimal. Black pepper near the end, with a thorough spiciness throughout the flavor. Finishes with a residual sweetness and perhaps a hint of honey.

M-Medium-full body. Carbonation was moderate-high level, nearly effervescent in feel.

D-Medium drinkability. I feel like there was a lot to this beer, but I just couldn't pull it all out of it. I surely enjoyed drinking this beer.

Enjoyed after fiasco on the lake involving a jammed-up pontoon motor that necessitated getting towed back across two lakes. After a quick dinner at the bar down the road, we enjoyed this bottle as we watched the sun set. Thanks to my girlfriend from packing this bottle in on her return flight from NYC.

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a tall head that hangs around and doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. I expected it to be lighter in color ... not sure why. The aroma has definite notes of orange and sweetness with just a touch of spice. The flavor is quite sweet and has just the faintest hint that it comes from honey. There is a lot of citrus in the flavor as well as some yeast spiciness. The finish is sweet and leaves some of the citrus on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is good, but leaves a lot of sweetness.

Photo of drperm
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9 July 2009.

First of all, I need to take some time to describe the meal this was paired with, because it was an EXCELLENT food-to-beer match and I'm damn proud of it.
A summer dinner salad with arugula (home-grown), green leaf lettuce (mom-grown), grilled German potato salad (potatoes, green beans, bell pepper, corn, oil-vinegar dressing), prosciutto, hard-boiled eggs, and baked goat cheese. The Local 2 was fantastic with the salad as a whole, and truly sang in perfect heavenly harmony with the goat cheese.

Now, on to the beer:
My first thought is, "Brooklyn does Unibroue." As I continue to sip and taste, though, I realize this ale has its own thing to say from its own brewery. It is a seamlessly smooth Strong Dark Ale, but I'm tempted to call it a Dubbel because it's very close in character to my favorite representations of those.
An earthy nose is prevalent, with an ongoing nutty, roasted malt quality and something wonderful I can only describe as "savory caramel." Strong hints of chocolate continue to show up as well. Not at all too rich or sweet (on the one hand), OR too watery (on the other), as some of this style can be. Great spritz at the end. The 9% is hidden well, and it goes down *very* easily.

"Well-balanced" describes this one well, and it is equally enjoyable on its own or with food. It doesn't quite possess the "wow factor" to merit all 5's, but I have nothing but praise for this one.

In addition to the aforementioned food pairing, try with anything roasted, or duck, or wild game sausages, or French (lavender, sage) meat dishes.


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

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Served in a Chimay goblet. Very nice, fairly mild for the style. Pours a brown/reddish highlights color. Dense, but some light getting through. Big off-white head with minimal lacing.

Nice aroma, spices (pepper), dark fruit and Belgian candi sugar.

Taste is similar, complex but with enough caramel malts to smooth everything out. Spicy, rich but smooth.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Right amount of carbonation and less than extreme flavor while still covering the Belgian Strong Ale spectrum.

Drinkability is good. I shared this bottle, but would be happy sipping the whole thing over an evening and experiencing the 9% reaction. A very approachable Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Photo of Moxley
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cola brown with a foamy 1/4 in white head.

S - Citrus spice with heavy malts in the nose.

T,M&D - Thick and full bodied with lots of carbonation and malty sweetness. The combination of citrus and sweet malts is oddly complimentary. Not too boozy despite it's 9.0ABV. Good beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brownish red color with a light tannish colored head. Head lacked retention and not to much lacing.

S- Smells of dark fruits, bit of alcohol, caramel malts and bread.

T- Tastes of light roasted malt sweetness, brown sugar and fruity flavors (apple and raisins).

M- Pretty light overall in body and nice carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this one a lot more than the Local 1, but there others I'd seek out before this one.

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

Brooklyn Local 2, bottle shared w/ proteus93 and others at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. My portion poured into a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown/ruby body, capped by a foamy, light tan head with great retention. The spongy, swiss cheese-like lacing has good stick, and a nice dusting of tan head never truly leaves the surface of the beer.

Aroma: Very light, with notes of chamomile, honey, faint and slight roast, and various other spices - cloves, coriander, slight peppercorn. The overall experience is very "green," too - not sure what I mean by that, but there it is anyway. Other stray belgian-esque notes - bananas, candi sugar, bubblegum - round out the nose.

Taste: Waves of sweet, moderately to heavily roasted sugars constitute the base of this flavorful brew. Dancing on top of this foundation are spices similar to the nose - pepper, cloves - a handful of green, earthy, grassy notes, overtones of honey, and a few nutty yeasty notes. A very varied but also incredibly unique-tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: This brew's best component. Incredibly light and effervescent, soft, even, and incredibly gentle and fluffy. A near-perfect feeling brew, very authentically Belgian in its presentation.

Drinkability: You know, I've never had the Local 1, and I think I'm the only one around who really hasn't, so I don't have that to use as a frame of reference. It seems likely based on what I've read about Local 1, I would be more "in to" that beer - a more traditional Belgian, so it seems. However, I really liked this one - it's a little less authentic, heavily spiced, floral, fruity, sweet, dark - and honestly not too alcoholic for the style (and forget about trying to find that alcohol). I'd like to do a side-by-side with these two at some point in the future. In fact, I intend to.

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.