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

Picked this up as soon as my local stop started carrying it.

Pours a medium-dark brown with a finger of solid off white head. Lacing and retention are both good.

Smell is sweet and spicy, strong malt, cinnamon, caramel, pear.

Taste is beautifully complex, strong sweet malt with caramel, darkened banana, plum, black cherry and mild nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, smooth and sticky, with just a slight hint of alcohol.

Drinkability is good. I daresay this is better than Local 1 but I won't go that far. This is a damn good beer and I drank every last drop.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a redish dark brown, nice head, dissipates down to a quarter inch. Some wet lacing.

Aroma of figs and malt, some "clean" continental malt aroma, similar to german pilners. Light on the spice, this makes me happy. A saison ester spice aroma also. Flavor, very delicate spice, some dried fruits, a bit of cacao dust dryness/flavor, fruity esters, some lemon rind notes to it. Finished dry. Hop bitterness extremely well balanced, no hop flavor past the bitterness really. A very good beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really into the Brooklyn Local 1, so I am really looking forward to its darker cousin, Local 2.

This beer looks absolutely incredible: a thick, foamy, creamy head that leaves lace all over the place; dark brown body is shot through with ruby hues. If not held directly to light, it almost looks like a deep, abyssal black. The head remains for the duration.

While it looks stupendous, there's an aggressive nose to Local 2 that I'm not sure about. Raisin, brown sugar and plum are all but steamrolled over by the alcohol. The alcohol has a powerful pull like that of rubbing alcohol. Basically pretty unbalanced, although some chalky milk-chocolate/cocoa comes in with some warming and almost balances things back out.

Flavor is thankfully much more welcoming than the aroma. While the alcohol offers a flare and an underscoring of the flavors, it's those flavors that win out. Licorice, anise, cocoa, dark chocolate and carob meet with dark pit fruits and a sweetness that I can't really describe, although knowing this beer was brewed using Belgian dark sugar and raw wildflower honey, I can cheat and report that those are indeed the sweet elements I'm tasting. With warming the beer becomes even more complex, as an exotic feel emerges thanks to some sharper, Indian-like spicing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, and the carbonation seems built of microscopically small bubbles--they're felt and they're fizzy in their own way, but they don't sting or intrude. About as authentically Belgian a texture as I've had in any U.S. Belgian-style brew.

Not quite as drinkable or flat-out fantastic as Local 1, but they probably shouldn't be compared too closely. They're different beasts, even if they're birthed from the same womb. But this is a fine beer, and one with a unique personality, even among others of its kind, Belgian or otherwise. With complexity and depth, this is a slow sipper and probably a candidate for cellaring and tasting every few months or so.

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An monstrous "pop" from the champagne cork...

A - Three fingers of quick rising fluffy ecru colored head... Excellent retention... Beautiful rich mahogany color...

S - Strong yeasty aroma... Some slight floral characteristics... A vague spiciness... Apricot and pear... Orange... Honey... Tart cherries... Raisins... Not as sweet as I had expected... Nice aroma with a lovely complexity...

T - The maltiness of this brew becomes much more apparent on the palette... Caramel and toffee dominate at first... Chicory... The fruit than rises to the forefront accompanied with a subtle spiciness... Raisins... Finally the palette is left with a mix of yeast and subtle alcohol warmth...

M - Slight carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied... Smooth... The finish is slightly thin and slightly dry... Not what I expected given the complexity of the aroma and taste...

D - A nice all around enjoyable brew, but it wouldn't be confused with the true Belgians that serve as the paramount examples of the style...

Photo of paulieatworld
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ah, another domestic belgian replica.

poured from 750 into a snifter. pours a solid, murky brown with a frothy tan head that quickly receded.

smells of typical belgian yeast: fig, plum, various dark fruits with a subtle wood note?

taste is quite heavy on the dark fruits up fruits, followed with a significant amount of orange spice and a semi-dry finish.

i definitely dig what the bottle re-fermentation has done for this beer. a solid amount of carbonation saves what i feel is a somewhat mediocre replication of a belgian dark ale. this one is lacking some zip and i would have like to seen a dryer finish on this one. all in all this is a solid beer from a solid brewery. Garrett's done some marvelous things for the industry. but for the money you're gonna invest in this bottle - there are far better true belgians darks available at or around this price point.

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

Cold, cork-topped 750mL bottle poured into wide-mouth Chimay glass. Beer pours a deep red brown color with a thick chestnut head which stands around for a while. Deep, spicy aroma.

First sip has an edge of carbonation followed by a mellower, caramelly sweet nutty flavor. Earthy bitterness follows the sweetness, but there's zero aftertaste. It's deceptively lighter bodied than it seems, and more uplifting than the 9% ABV would suggest.

The beer does more for the sweet parts of the palate than the bitter; examining more carefully, notes of honey are apparent -- I'm impressed by how well the honey flavor is executed actually. There is apricot in the front, and kind of an orange-peel tinge to the bitter side of the experience, but it's not as citrusy a Belgian ale as the label suggests.

Very, very good. I think I liked Local 1 better, but 2 is of similar quality.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a murky red-brown body with nearly two inches of persistent khaki-colored head. Citrus and pith come through loud and clear in the aroma, with hints of brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee. Citrus and pith hit early, with a sweet orange juice quality, followed by some brown sugar with chocolate notes and a tinge of roastiness to balaince things out. Medium bodied with full effervescent carbonation (no doubt from bottle conditioning). Relatively dry and clean toward the finish. Overall, a great Belgian strong dark. Not the best I've had, but an extremely good drinkable one (despite the complexity and ABV), and a suitable follow-up to Brooklyin Local 1! Awesome

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

1 Pint, 9.4 oz. Chalice type glass

A: Pours dark brown, with normal brownish head. Light carbonation. Head stays the long run with slippery lacing.

S: Malts are present. No alcohol. Can't get much else out of it. Kinda sweet.

T/M: Smooth, citrus and roasted malts. Honey. Sugar with spicy hops and yeast. Alcohol is strong. Finishes dry.

D: Good brew here. Taste is adequate but not exceptional. Looks good but smell is just ok. Alcohol is strong so you might want to drink slowly. I would try again maybe once more. This beer is great with cheese and crackers.


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

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Dark woody brown body, with a lighter sepia color on the edges along the light. The head is a beige color, and comprised of many compact little bubbles.

S - A sweet, molasses malt character is matched by citrus, peach, dark floral honey. The candy yeast character reminds me of fresh-baked sweet muffins.

T - The dark malt character meets me up front, with a touch of bitter orange and honey on the back end. The finish has a touch of chocolate, but it does get pretty lost amidst the sweet malt, fruit, spice, and floral notes.

M - Lacks a bit of "pop," and the finish isn't striking enough to justify the lack of zippiness on the palate. It ends up feeling pretty heavy.

D - This brew begs for complementary food - though I'm not necessarily surprised, considering Garrett Oliver's longstanding reputation for pairing beer with food. A spicy blue cheese like Bayley Hazen Blue, a simple, delicious duck confit, or a rustic duck pate. Yes, I think the flavors pair well with duck, ok? Definitely a well-crafted brew, though, personally, I like Local 1 better.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped a 750 to share with the little lady this afternoon. Dark brown/amber and a bit murky at 50°. The tan head is creamy but settles to a thin film rather quickly.

A nice yeasty Belgian character to the aroma, with spiced fruits, some citrus spice and a good earthy malt backbone. The taste is again slighty yeasty, with nice citrus and fig spice. Some nice whiskey soaked fruitcake. That defines the little alcohol that slips through all this complexity. A fine BSDA I believe.

This is all done with a medium body and an ale that does not fill you up. More than just a sipper I would say, but at 9% it is wise to take your time. Glad to have snagged this beer on a recent trip to Buffalo, NY.

Photo of peabody
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy brown with 2 fingers of brown creamy suds. Lots of bubbles on/in this one. Some lacing around the rim of the glass.
Smell is corriander and belgian yeast. A sweet sugar caramel with a fruity raisin and plum skin aroma. No alcohol present.
Taste is dry and spicy. Raisin and caramel and pumpkin pie. Otherwise, kinda plain. No alcohol in the taste.
Aftertaste is sweet caramel and allspice.
Drinkability is pretty good here since you can't tell this one is a 9%er.

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

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into my good ol' Duvel tulip. The ale appears a dark crimson brown color with about three fingers of foamy rust colored head. The head fades a bit, but lingers till the glass is empty, and leaves behind no noticeable lace. Flavors and aromas are of spicy yeast, wildflower honey, floral and fruity, citrus, mostly lemon peel and essence, black pepper, cherries, apples. Local 2 falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. Nicely done and worth seeking out if you are a fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

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

I drank this beer about two weeks ago, so I unfortunately don't remember all the nuances of scent and flavor that have been captured by previous reviewers. I felt I needed to say, however, that this beer tasted much more like a Belgian triple to me than the strong dark ale it is listed as. I usually love honey in beer, but maybe it was too much this time. I felt the honey, hibiscus, and sweetness dominated all the other flavors. I'm not a big fan of triples, and I was disappointed by this beer.

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

25.9 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip, between four friends on my balcony. One of the "Last Hurrah" bottles of the night, as my wife and I are moving to New York in exactly one week from Virginia.

Appearance: Dark mildly hazy amber color, thick white head w/ great ice cream retention and lacing. Vanilla ice cream. Thickness. Tons of density. A good one, and most impressive.

Smell: Honey sweetness. Reminds me of a homebrew I made a while back with good comb-in honey. I'm glad I didn't skimp, but this reminds me slightly of that. Big time flowery malt, wild flowers, floral wild bouquet -- something like that. Perfume intensity, which is great.

Taste: Yep. Lots of honey they used it seems like here. Perfumed malt. A bit of good spice and pepper too, and some good light but bright citrus. Lemon juiciness, which I like, and I can pick it out over the other citrus here. Honey tea with lemon, anyone? Mildly sour finish that's very intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, slightly creamy, with a bigger body and a great feel.

Drinkability: Worth the price tag overall. Maybe a bit sweet, and maybe a bit too much honey, but if that's your thing, then you're good here. With some more hop balance this could be incredible, but I'm glad I tried it, and sweeter beers always end up doing something interesting, even if it doesn't make them better, with age. At least that's what I find.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had tried Brooklyn Local 1 and was a little overwhelmed with the amount of spice in it. After reading some reviews I thought maybe the 2 would fit my preferences better and I was right.

Aroma - Spice is present but so is a lot of sweetness.

Appearance - Lots of carbonation and a big tan head. Cloudy amber and dark in color.

Taste - Spicy clove but also a lot of dark fruits and banana. This is a delicious beer.

Notes - Better than Local 1 and a very good mouthfeel.

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 1069 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The body is almost opaque and has a dark murky brown color with deep crimson highlights. Near the edges of the glass there are some streams of fine carbonation rushing to the surface. The pour produced a nice tall, thick and foamy head. It slowly fades down to a thin cap that hangs on till the last sip.

Smell: Its aroma has full nose of dark sweet malt, funky yeast, spice and a hint of honey and hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a sweet dark malty base with some pleasant sweet honey, tart cherry and other dark estery fruit notes. Funky yeast, mild alcohol and some light spicy notes and add even more complexity. In the finish the hops pop out and add some mild bitterness. The texture is smooth and mellow with soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: Another great Belgian ale from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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

served from a 750 into a Lost Abbey goblet.

A: pours hazy brown, on the dark side with reddish-brown highlight. lightly colored tan head of 3 fingers with good retention and lacing.

S: honey-like aroma immediately noticeable; followed by yeast, plums, prunes, grapes, brown sugar.

T: honey-like sweetness to start, gradually picking up some spice (clove), then caramel/plum mixed with only a slight alcohol flavor. on the dry side but still packs a good amount of flavor. some spicy continental hop also in the finish, along with a licorice aftertaste. not bad.

M: fairly dry and light; prickly carbonation.

D: very nice for a strong dark. honey-like flavor makes this fairly striking among strong darks.

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!

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