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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 71
Gots: 158 | FT: 6
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Photo of klewis


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Pours a murky brown with a big, bubbly, fizzy head.

S: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and light citrus.

T: Slightly sweet with a moderate phenolic flavor. Prominent candi sugar taste with an nondescript fruitiness.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation. A soda-like fizziness annihilates the palate.

D: Low drinkability due to over-carbonation. If this were to be fixed, this might be a better beer. Disappointing after Local 1.

04-23-2009 02:52:52 | More by klewis
Photo of mnj21655


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into tulip

Pours a dark hazelnut with ruby hints at the edges. Near three fingers of pillowy light tan head that is quite persistent. Aroma is complex and inviting but seems to quickly become more subdued. Lots of fruity esters ranging from green apple to plums. There is a good maltyness, some honey, and a bit of flowery hops here. Taste is quite good. Malt character is a bit more subdued and both hop flavor and bitterness a low. Fruity esters are the centerpiece here with green apple giving way to some plums. Clove-like phenols are present in the background. The late palate and finish are dominated by a very rose-like alcohol. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with high carbonation for a creamy, though not heavy, mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good, lots of complex and interesting flavors. Very enjoyable.

04-22-2009 01:02:43 | More by mnj21655
Photo of medic25


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle. Nice dark mahogany color, with a thin white head. Faint malt aroma. Taste is quite dry, fairly fruity (plum or fig?) with a little hint of bitterness. Alcohol is a little apparent, finishes fairly cleanly. Overall a nice American attempt at on of my favorite Belgian styles; not my favorite example, but good nonetheless.

04-22-2009 00:56:22 | More by medic25
Photo of rajendra82


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I had not expected the pour to be this dark, the color of the body was dark brown bordering on black like some fine chocolate, nor had I expected to develop a three finger thick head. The pleasing appearance got me further excited to taste this latest offering from Garrett Oliver. The smell was a mix of floral and orange peel aromas and was wonderful as well. The taste perfectly captured the essence of orange peel and honey used in this construction, and the zesty sweet taste was rapidly followed by a dusty dryness as a result of the judicious use of all consuming Belgian yeast. There was some cherry and apples in the flavor as well, but the taste was fleeting and basically begged to be sipped again. No sign at all of the alcohol. The high carbonation kept the body airy and soft. Just like the darker versions of superheroes, this beer is what Duvel would be in opposite world.

04-20-2009 02:10:49 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Buebie


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

De-corking brings a pop and plenty of hiss as well as a terrific aroma.

Poured from the brown 750ml into an oversized snifter. 2+ fingers of off white sudzy head slowly receed, leaving misc lace globs. Leaving a thick quarter inch retention cap, very nice retention for a belgian.
Blackish brown in color with no light penetration.

The aroma is flower like with a good amount of pollen like sweetness, dark fruits, cloves, fermented honey and a spice kick of hops and plenty of malty aroma. Just a faint cry of chocolate.

Plenty of carbonation all the way through, but brutally so up front, although typical for the style. It does add some creamyness to the mouthfeel. Its crisp light and clean.

The taste up front is a buttery sweetness that quickly vanishes and becomes much more bitter with roasted grains, resembling burnt toast in flavor. There is some ginger like clove taste, fermented candy sugar, a touch of maple and more bittering of hops and grains. Finishing with an orange peel bitterness. There is really no heat on this, very nice for a beer that is 9%.

The orange peel adds alot of bitterness to this, but its very much enjoyable. I cant say I've ever had anything like, great beer.

04-19-2009 23:43:16 | More by Buebie
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Dark pour, reddish amber. Two fingers of creamy head.

Aroma is of brown sugar, Belgian yeast, dark malt, spice. Also got that Belgian candied sugar scent going on.

Pretty standard taste for a BSDA. Slight hints of citrus peel. Pretty sweet, with lots of candied sugar and candied dark fruits.

Feel is creamy and smooth, body is probably on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is pretty good. It's probably a little too sweet to rate higher for me.

04-17-2009 05:45:22 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even a gentle pour gives a large glass of warm light brown foam that slowly turns into a dense dark brown body with tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has aromas of dark sugar and some sweet cola notes but otherwise it is pretty clean, even as it warms a bit.

T- The light roasted sweetness has hints of dark sugar and becomes more raisin flavors with each sip although the sweetness gets lighter as it warms. There are some fruity yeast notes with a dry clove flavor softly supporting them. The faint tart hint in the finish has some bubblegum hints and a flat citrus note to it, there is a slight carbonic acid bite to the tart note aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with lots of scrubbing bubbles and no real alcohol heat.

D- The tart orange flavors in the finish really start to dominate as the beer warms masking much of the more subtle flavors. The dark sweetness and yeast qualities are nice but make the upfront flavors a bit drab. I had high hopes for this beer and it just didn't have a lot to offer and I missed much of the flavors that were in the written description.

04-16-2009 13:31:29 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of mjw06


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

a dark brown, almost black, allowing no light through. a light spacey two finger sized tan head with small bubbles continuely rising, seemingly from nowhere of a black abyss. descent retention, and very little lacing.

a deep, rich, clean and crisp smell with a caramel tone and a little bit of spice.

a very complex taste that morphs upon entry and continues to do so until finish. the taste enters very sweet, mellow, and balanced. i do get the honey sweetness here, paired with the malt sweets. as it moves towards the mid-tongue it reveals the origin of its sweets with a very balanced caramel-chocolate mixed taste. that is the best way to describe it as the two flavors cannot be seperated with this selection. the spice introduces itself not long after, however im unsure as to exactly the spices are i detect in this beer. after you have met the complexity this brew, it finishes with a bit of warm alcohol.

the mouth is medium to heavy bodied, a bit spikey and not all that great in the way the carbonation feels in the mouth.

a very drinkable selection, however its carbonation slightly takes away from its taste and drinkability.

04-16-2009 02:43:37 | More by mjw06
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Dark chestnut. Thick off-white head that falls fast. Visible carbonation.

S: Tight nose with some sweetness and a touch of malt.

T: Nice sweet caramelly malt sweetness. Slight spice. Much better than Local 1.

M: Decently thick. Nice body.

D: Very drinkable, very tasty.

04-15-2009 04:06:54 | More by drseamus
Photo of patmcd

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Drank on 4/10/2009.

Poured a dark, dirty bronze color, with an incredible, fluffy, and large tan head. Smells 'Belgiumy' and yeasty accompanied with spiced-dark fruits, sugar, and nutmeg.

Tastes very sweet with undertones of a brown sugar syrup with sweet honey and a speck of cherry and other fruits that lightens it up. There is some spiciness in the aftertaste that offsets the yeasty composition. A very enjoyable taste, and it manages to be unique.

In my mouth it felt a bit heavy and thick, but very enjoyable. It still had a nice crisp taste to it.

It got a little too sweet for me towards the end, but the high ABV wasn't even apparent, which made it extremely drinkable, and I solely had the entire 750ml bottle.

04-14-2009 22:02:57 | More by patmcd
Photo of weeare138


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Appears a hazy, dark brown with a light tan head that floats atop the dense liquid and slowly fizzles out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, caramel, raisins, and cocoa.
Taste is of cocoa dirzzles raisins, caramel, and a touch of honey. There is a mild dose of earthiness found in the bottle, as well.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy up front, leading to a sugary, demi-dry finish.

04-14-2009 17:31:50 | More by weeare138
Photo of chrisny4205

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

Super dark brown but not quite black. Excellent head retention. There is almost a brown outline near the edge of the glass with a very dark center.

Strong earth and yeast smell. This covers up the citrus and spice smell rather well.

First taste to hit the palate is a deep earth Belgium taste. Then the honey and citrus come through followed by some sort of a cream honey. Don't know what that is.

Typical Belgium mouthfeel. There is some creaminess to the beer.

Two at the most then gotta switch up the beer. Not a bad thing.

04-12-2009 21:14:08 | More by chrisny4205
Photo of tsparkinson


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Believe it or not this was hard to find in FL. But Luckily for me me i live close to the Total Wine Store.

Popped the cork, and poured into a glass. The color was very similar to Harviestouns Old Engine Oil. The Chocolate Malts were easy to recognize. Strong in Alcohol content, yet the taste was very smooth. I will be picking this bottle up again very soon. I am a big fan of what Brooklyn Brewery is doing.

04-12-2009 13:49:57 | More by tsparkinson
Photo of Douglas14


4.13/5  rDev +2%

Well, I'll start by noting that the Local 2 impressed me way more than Local 1. I feel that this beer hits the style perfectly! It pours out a black color with a huge, fluffy, not dense head. I definitely get a ton of spices from the nose...very typical. I didnt get as much orange peel as I thought I would've. The taste is highly of spices as well. The Local 2 has a light mouthfeel, which is helped by the carbonation. I definitely can't tell the high ABV...comes as a nice little surprise.

Overall, great beer...definitely worth trying. I'm glad Brooklyn nailed this beer.

04-12-2009 03:47:12 | More by Douglas14
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Ooh, a nice champagne-like pop of the cork... which unleashes a wave of honey, malt, and yeast tang. Anywho, to tackle the appearance first: Upon pouring the first thing I notice is a frothy, off-white Belgian head. Characteristically nice retention. That tops a hazy dark brown brew. Bits of lacing, not that much.

The smell has some raw honey, among many other things. Dusty, bubble gum yeast. The citrus peel noted on the label (alongside honey) is also in evidence. Prunes and raisins, candied fruits. Wonder Bread dough. I can't pick out the spice, but something definitely tingles my nostrils. Spring-garden floral notes.

Dark bread taste, surprisingly lacking in the dough quality one might expect from a yeasty beer, though the yeast is indicated in other ways, as noted in just a bit. Caramel. Prunes, raisins, hints of heavily candied cherries. Dates giving way to some honey flavor. A wee bit of cocoa powder? A dusty, tangy yeast undergirds things throughout. The taste finishes with honey sweetness and alcohol drying.

A bevy of tiny prickles from the rather ample carbonation gives way to an exceptionally silky, creamy feel. Medium bodied, but honestly quite a bit lighter than I anticipated. Goes down quite smooth.

04-12-2009 00:26:20 | More by TheMistler
Photo of psulovesbeer


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Looks deep brown with a hint of red in the light
Smells of a deep sweet bread with a little dried fruit
Taste is deep malt and yeast in a Belgian quad sense. Sweet dough and a bit of raisin.
Mouthfeel is full and tasty makes you more
The I my thing keepin you from sipping all night is the abv

04-12-2009 00:19:29 | More by psulovesbeer
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

The Local 2, poured into a tulip glass, has a very, very dark caramel brown color with a big foamy head. I like the looks of this. This foam, of course, receded, but not entirely; it did leave some minimal lacing on the glass. A yeasty mildly fruity aroma with the spiciness of a good Belgian brew. A caramel characteristic emerges as the beer warms.

The highly carbonated, almost effervescent, palate borders on a nimble mouthfeel. The toasted malt is noticeable in the flavor profile upfront, showing some slightly caramelized notes. As the beer moves back the Belgian yeast and hops announce themselves. A slightly sweet center gives way to a finish spiced with clove, cinnamon, and cardamom. An earthy finish eventually signs off with the notes of alcohol, but not in an unpleasant way.

A solid brew, for sure. Not overly caramelized, like some examples of this style, but still appropriately sweetened.

04-11-2009 20:57:03 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of david131


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

A- A deep, dark red with a creamy and massive light brown head.

S- White bread, candied fruit, alcohol, coriander, and and little citrus. Smells very fresh.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with just the slightest sour edge.

M- Very smooth at first with a nice dry and clean aftertaste.

D- A nice citrusy take on the style that drinks pretty nicely. This could age nicely.

04-10-2009 05:59:51 | More by david131
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Poured a beautiful,slightly murky cayenne-amber with a huge rolling 4 finger plus head that was towering to say the least and rapidly rose, only to very slowy receed leaving a splotchy and foamy lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and feverish at first, but soon settled to a less then medium showing. Overall a really nice presention of color and head retention starts this out strong.

S: The special Belgian yeast makes its presence known immediately with an equally impressive aroma of fresh wildflowers, tart tangerine peels with a light funky sourness from the wild yeast bearing dark fruit and pear juice. An underlying touch of Belgian candie sugar sweetness adds just enough accent to balance out the citrusy lemon peels. Well balanced with an incredible smoothness.

T: The flavor starts out with a light tartness of sour tangerines and fruit (melons, pears) contributed by the special Belgian yeast. A fresh burst of wildflowers along with dark warm plums and malting add depth and complexity. Hints of vanilla bean as well some spicy alcohol notes and dried fruit (pineapple) also contribute to this spritzy, spicy, tart and intriquing flavor. Dried caramel with notes of dried chocolate blends well to balance out the spicy and spritzy nature of the beer giving it warmth and a nice maltiness.

M: a medium viscosity with a light hint of effervesce tingling the tongue. The finish is warm with dark fruit and warm dried honey and alcohol adding a nice closing sweetenss.

D: Very good drinkability may be an understatement Complex, tart, fruity with a nice dark malting makes this a very smooth and well appreciable drink per style. Highly recommended.

04-10-2009 01:14:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Redwood21


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

A: the head dies out so quickly and begins fizzy any way. the dark color saves the style but at 8.7% the head could be better

S: there is a touch of plum and raisin but its not very prevalent

T: so so smooth like macerated fruit and beer delicious. this beer is so smooth with some earthy tones the malts aren't strong and the bitterness is muted. very solid beer

M/D: a little light in body, but amazingly drinkable

04-08-2009 01:50:40 | More by Redwood21
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Mostly black with some brown around the edges. One and a half fingers of white head with spotty lacing.

S: Nice big dark fruit smell right up front. Some candi sugar in there as well. This probably has the best smelling yeast out of all the brooklyn beers.

T: NIce big roast up front. Some chocolate. Nice amount of dark fruit with some sweetness to balance it out. Nice and complex.

M: Nice medium body that was not heavy on the tongue. Well carbonated.

D: Insanely drinkable. For the ABV this beer packed a nice taste that you normally associate with a beer of at least 10%. I did enjoy the one but I think I have to give the edge to two.

04-05-2009 16:47:52 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%

Dark, murky brown. off-white head sits a while on top. Aroma is chocolate-covered cherries, raisins, cranberry juice, and faint honey -- very interesting.

Taste starts sweet, with hints of chocolate & raisins. Not as interesting as the aromas suggested, but still quite tasty. I'm not really picking up on the citrus peel flavors that the bottle mentions -- maybe a very slight hint in the finish. A prickly carbonation sets in quickly, which sort hinders being able to finish tasting the beer. This over-carbonated settles after it sits a while, but kind of kills the mouthfeel early on. Let it warm up before drinking!

04-05-2009 00:54:32 | More by bobbyc881
Photo of Hoppington

New York

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%

The bottle discretely states: "Ale brewed with honey and citrus peel". Sounds good to me so I bought a bottle.

I have mixed impressions here. It is a decent Abbey influenced beer, but the taste is not evoking either honey or citrus peel. Still, its a good beer - but pretty much a straight belgian style ale...and not particularly distinctive.

The malt notes strike me as a bit muted and the overall mouthfeel is a bit more liquidy than I would expect for this style. Also there is a slight lagerish nose which turns me off a bit.

I'm not going to pan it completely, but I probably won't be drinking this one again unless they refine the recipe a bit. This has potential, but it's just not quite there yet for me. It needs to be more distinctive and exhibit a bit more character. This one seems a bit timid.

04-05-2009 00:40:32 | More by Hoppington
Photo of brokenleadedcask


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

#0079 Poured into Tulip

When I popped this caged and corked 750ml bottle I got an instant whiff of black cherries, which was kind of odd since this is brewed with honey and orange peel. Slowly pouring this deep dark brown liquid into my tulip it created a ton of head, some staying for a few minutes but not the lacing. Once in the glass there were Belgian style smells, yeast and sweet hop aromas. A kick of spicy citrus slams into my taste buds at first sip, accompanied by notes of caramel, raisin, and honey followed by an after taste of alcohol. Brooklyn is a great brewery but this one didn't wow me, it was a pleasant experience, but a "one and done" for me.

04-04-2009 03:37:31 | More by brokenleadedcask
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! The malt bill and Belgian yeast really compliment each other. It's dry and fruity with an exceptional malt nose. I'm detecting a bit of citrus, but not much honey. It doesn't have that earthy feel that some Belgians' posess. The taste is great as well. It's incredibly smooth with huge bursts of fruit. The malt bill provides a ton of sweetness along with the candy sugar. The honey adds alcohol and a thin finish. The yeast esters really make this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm not usually a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this one is so fresh and highly complex. Hooray Beer!!

04-02-2009 00:13:56 | More by WesWes
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.