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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 84
Gots: 224 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 1,279 | Reviews: 523
Photo of bosco7
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully. Dark brown color with a pale tan sticky head.

Cherry, black pepper, prunes, wildflowers, and cocoa in the nose. Surprisingly bright and fruity.

Starts with that bright cherry flavor and is then followed by black pepper, brown sugar and chocolate. Underneath these flavors are some malty toffee notes. A light yeasty funk lines the entire sip. Heavy spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Most digestable. I really enjoyed this lovely beer. Highly recommended.

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

Nice light tan head with light lacing that holds on for dear life.

Smells of alcohol light brown sugar raisins

Also tastes of brown sugar raisins. Some bitter twang which I remember of Local 1.

Smooth effervescence, medium to full body with a touch of creaminess; very nice.

Mouthfeel is this beer's best feature. Very enjoyable on all points. Strong drinkability; that's good. Strong alcohol; that's bad. Dangerous!

Photo of yelterdow
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Paramus a few weeks after the store opened in March, 2009. I'll pair this beer with an Angus burger, and serve it at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Belgian style tulip. Batch 0429.

Appearance- Pours a nice raisin color, with a light brown four-finger head rising prominently atop the surface. Great structure, as the bubbles pop and subsequently collapse onto themselves. Lacing is subtle and tiny.

Smell- Honey and orange peel mingle with a spicy character from the Belgian yeast strain... super clean and fragrant, and very fresh.

Taste- Spicy and all-encompassing, the malts and hops are in sublime balance with the yeast. It has a lot in common with Local 1, but this to me is a little smoother and round. The finish is enormously gratifying, with a big European hop bitterness that offsets the more Belgian qualities of a dark ale... yum! I like this a lot.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The carbonation, as active and persistent as it is, works nicely in keeping the flavors and spices alive and dancing in the mouth. A great burger beer, as I have just discovered... but I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of this on its own.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, thick light tan head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring, some lace spots stick to the glass, real nice retention, looks good. Smell is nice, sweet and malty, some orange peel, quite spicy, caramel and brown sugar notes through the middle, lightly fruity, some wheat and a touch of yeastiness. Taste is similar, very malty, light biscuit and some caramel, wheat, oranges, some peppery alcohol, sugary middle, brown sugar and some light fruit, bit of raisin, very dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, pretty full in the mouth, very drinkable. Didn't enjoy as much as the Local 1, but I like the opposite effect these two bring. Thanks Russ!

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

750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. Great example of an American interpretation of a Belgian dark ale.

Appearance is a murky brown, watered espresso-like appearance with a full head and a bubbly lacing.

Esoteric smell with strong spice and dark fruit elements with a touch of earthy mushroom/cherry wood flavors.

Taste is very sweet and wet with alcohol prevalent throughout. Malty flavors with earthiness reminiscent of an American stout.

Finish is exceptional and savorable in its drinkability. Full-bodied on the back end, with a sweet smoothness and maltiness that is well worth the price.

Photo of ericj551
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Local 2 pours a cloudy black/brown with a fluffy, foamy head that lingers for the entire beer. The aroma is sharp and estery with plenty of dark fruit and malt with a hint of spicy hops. The flavor start out with a hint of sweetness followed by dark caramel and dry dark fruits. There is a bit of nice bourbon like wood flavor, with plenty of fruitiness that makes the beer seem sweet despite its dry finish. The alcohol is hidden, and the beer is incredibly smooth and dry for its strength. Another great one from Brooklyn, and a steal at $7.

Photo of becktone
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 4-15-09

Eye: In color this beer is dark brown with ruby red hihlights. Head sits at a healthy full finger, is tea-stained tan in color, and has the consistancy of something between creamy and frothy....kinda meringue-ish but not quite there.

Edit: As I get closer to the end of the bottle, with every pour, this beer forms a magnificent head and with each pour comes excellent retention and awesome lacing, consistancy of the head in subsequent pours is that closer to frothy and the lacing is rocky. Excellent!-because this has been and is evident in each pour the score has been altered. Prolly one of the best beers out there that keeps giving you a great pour with great retention and great lacing every time...prolly some of the thickest lacing I've ever seen, besides Duvel.

Nose: Spiciness is evident...like a earthy spiciness, big yeasty notes as well. Dark fruits are here as well, though they are light...some tones from the honey as well. Hints at alcohol are present. Citrus peel is very faint, almost have to be looking for it to get it. Overall this has a good aroma, spicy and yeasty tones take the lead. Aroma is strong and robust so there's no issue there.

Tongue: Again that spicy character (an earthy spiciness) is right upfront with the yeastiness and some alcohol. Reminds me of a Tripel. Slight notes of some caramel, but they are secondary to the spiciness of this beer, it supports spice and alcohol...a nice rich caramel tone underneath. The label states that there are some chocolate flavors in here but I'm not really getting any. Orange/citrus peel and slight honey tones can be tasted right at the tip of the tongue. This is a complex beer, and its nice, but I think that there's too much spicy character going on as well as too much alcohol character upfront to let these complexities shine, you really have to search for the complexity here instead of stumbling upon it while tasting. New flavors just don't arise each sip as with some complex beers, this one is always spicy, and you have to search for the complexity. I'd really classify this as a dark tripel. Overall this is a good beer, but not quite what I look for in a BSDA, definitely above average though and above those that are above average.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium-light in body made moreso by the high level of carbonation. In my opinion carbonation coupled with the spiciness is a good thing, but on the other hand, it gets in the way of everything else thats going on in this beer. Carbonation paired with the spicy character leads me more to say that this beer is much more "tripelish" than BSDA, as far as what I've enountered so far in BSDAs. Sure this is a Belgian Strong Dark, but it has more of a tripel quality to it. When I think BSDA this isn't what I think of, not even close, yet technically it is one...its dark, belgian, and strong. This is one that I'll probably buy again and compare it side by side with a really nice tripel and see how similar they are. Notes on that tasting to follow.

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

A- Pours a dark turbid brown with a big head and good retention. Laces ok.

S- Heavy on the clove and sweet malt. Pretty simple but nice.

T- Maltier than other BSDAs I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Slight alcohol, some apple, slightly vinous, robust malt--pale and roasty both it seems.

M- Light, slight dry finish. Medium carbonation. A little light bodied for my taste.

D- Very enjoyable, a good drink.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a moderately tall head that fritters away way to quickly but leaves webs of lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Malty aroma with chocolate, orange, caramel and some dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a chocolate and honey flavor that is subsumed by complex fruits (orange and dark fruit), nuts and some hoppy bitterness; after the swallow, the chocolate and malty flavors return, but the balancing flavors never fade and they lead to a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability; There are a lot of elements that make this beer easy to drink - it lacks any cloying sweetness, the alcohol is well-hidden, and the balancing flavors add another dimension; it is not a typical BSDA and, at first, I didn't get that and intended to mark it down for the lack of dark fruit complexity and the somewhat lighter than expected body; having thought about it some, I think this is a very nice beer that carves new territory; a do wish there was just a little more dark fruit, but that is a quibble

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

I am a huge fan of the local 1, so why not branch out. I was definitely not disappointed.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a huge rocky head. beautiful beer.

The smell is dominated by clove, and this really follows into the taste. I think the wildflower honey combines with the yeast to give an over clovey note. But this is still a damn tasty brew. There is some definite smokiness lurking behind, and some beautiful honey notes that really bring this beer to a good level.

The mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated and pretty light for the well hidden alcohol.

I finished this 750, and my taste buds wanted some more, pretty damn good

Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is dark fruit.Taste is the same dark fruit,alcohol and a bit of hops on the finish.Overall it's ok but this is not something I can see myself buying again in the future.I would probably recommend to try once but as for me one is plenty.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy (edit: actually I didn't notice as much haziness as I got farther along) brown color with a big, loose, fluffy tan head. It sort of dissipates quickly, leaving little bits of lacing. Looks about normal. The smell is filled with toffee, raisins, honey, sweet alcohol. Very nice, though it starts out with quite a strong whiff of carbonation and gas. The taste follows through on the smell. Rum, raisins, dates, overripe fruits, a tad of spice and earthiness. I can almost sense the citrus peel, but its hard to pick out among the other flavors. A bit of a tobacco flavor, which I've found many times in BSDAs. The complexity carries this one to the finish, makes it nice and enjoyable. The mouth is nearly overcarbonated, which is kind of common, which lends it to feeling thin. I'd say this one fits with the middle of the pack in that respect. The drink is really nice. Smooth and easy, tasty, the carbonation slows you down, but this is a beer of interest. Recommended.

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

The Local 1 came with a lot of promise and acclaim. As rarely seen, the beer met the hype. Now the Local 2 has a lot of convincing to to in order to prove that is belongs behind the labling.

The beer pours with a sturdy, malty texture. A froathy, loosely knit head forms above the beer and carries some yeast and sediment with it. Dark brown with burgundy hightlights, it takes the appearance of Belgian Quadrupels.

Dark fruits, moderate malts, and zesty yeast qualities take the foreground while peppery notes and toast brings up the rear. Soft orange peel, corriander, and acidity promises great complexity and variety in the beer.

Flavors of dark dehydrated fruits of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, and grapes take the lead but weave in and out of the dry toasty character. Rum soakes cherries come through as the beer warms, along with peppery and spicy notes that provide balance with the lower hop additions.

Toastier and dryer than, say Chimay Blue, but very well attenuated, the cotton-candy sweetness seemingly evaporates in the mouth and makes drinkability a breeze. Quite dry for such illuding to sweetness and fruitiness in the nose. This beer is in the mix with the Trappist Strong Dark Ales but is just slight of the Westvleterns and Rocheforts.

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

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with fluffy tan head. It smelled like very earthy barley and cocoa powder with wild Belgian yeast, and a bit of sugary caramel and salty pine hops. It tasted like earthy barley and cocoa powder with creamy wild yeast, and some sugary caramel and lemon and pine hops. It was watery with smooth carbonation, and had a mild bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this didn't have a very bold or complex flavor, but it was very clean and enjoyable. It had a nice smooth body too, and hid the alcohol quite well. So while this might not have been an exciting beer, or a rich contemplative sipping beer, it was still very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable. Not sure if age would help add any depth to the flavor, but could be worth a shot.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges cocoa brown with a large and dense, rocky brown head. Not a whole lot of retention due to the glass, but lots of lacing. I can only imagine the look of this in a tulip.

Aroma is slightly sweet yet spicy and peppery with chocolate and a touch of yeasty spiciness.

Belgian candi sugar, chocolate malt, sweet fruitiness (think mango and strawberry?). Peppery and slightly spicy.

Fizzy, almost soda like on the tongue. THe carbonation cuts throught the sweetness perfectly. Bubbly, effervescent, and perfect. I wasnt expecting much from this: actually, I didnt know much about this one. But this was fantastic. I may have to purchase a bottle for consumption in the future.

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

Pours a hazy, cherry-stained brown, topped with a thick puff of almond head. Lots of quickly rising carbonation bubbles. The head lasts a good while, keeping a thick coating well into the glass.
Smells sugary, chocolatey and spicy. Belgian fruitiness, nice dark malts and candi sugar. I'm not getting much honey, just a bit of a light undertone behind everything else.
The flavor is big and bold, with some interesting, unexpected flavors. Mainly the unusual, floral honey sweetness that picks up in the finish, along with peppery, clove-like spiciness. Some earthy and woody tones. Pipe tobacco. Pleasantly caramelized, slightly chocolatey malts, with a bunch of estery fruit. Leaning towards sweet, but the balance is there. The alcohol is well hidden. Mild, floral hops. Very assertive carbonation that boosts up the medium body to make this easily sippable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some light dry fruits. Taste is also a very well balance mix between some candi sugar, some dry fruits such as figs some Belgian malt and light fruity ester. Honey and citrus notes are not as dominating as expected after the reading the beer description. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and way superior to Local 1.

Photo of benmiliron
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this the day after I drank Local 1. Currently brewing a Dunkelweizen and drinking this at 10:00 in the morning. Pours a murky brown with a slight touch of red. Foamy tan head dissipates. Smell is classic belgian. Taste is impressive - deep crystal malts, light orange peel and flowers, just a touch of bitterness. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is nice - fine bubble, gravity is right on.

Lovely brew. My fav is still Local 1, but this is right up there. Very very nice.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to tulip glass a cloudy dark brown with a super heavy thick cream head with extensive lacing throughout. Smells of sweet malts, raisins, caramel and yeast. Tastes of sweet malts up front with a finish of spice and alcohol. Has a crisp clean mouthfeel and is very drinkable, considering the style and the 8.7 APV.

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

750 mL bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a decent head. Not a lot of lace, decent retention.

S: Sweet and malty. Dark fruits with some citrus undertones. A little bit of hop The slightest hint of honey. Well done.

T: Again, sweet and malty. Dark fruit, but really the beer favors the sweet side more than anything (which I prefer). Some caramel and some spice, as advertised. Mild bittern finish. Again, well done.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, slightly prickly carbonation. Body kind of falls apart on the tongue, so that's a negative. Highly drinkable even at 8.70%. Could easily finish a couple bottles of this.

Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown and a bit hazy with a light beige cap. Good head retention, clumpy lace. Nice aroma, yeast and bready malt, light clove spice, caramel and raisins, hint of chocolate and orange. Texture is good, with the body supported by ample carbonation, making it feel lighter than it is. Sugary sweet up front but far from cloying, mostly caramel and honey with a buttery smoothness. Plums and raisins appeared afterward along with some spiciness, and it ended with a bit of alcohol and slight bitterness that gave it a very balanced finish. Quite good and very drinkable, mainly due to the great balance and texture.

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

Beer #700 (Yes, I am a bit backed up on reviews). Split a bottle last night at Zeno's with jac5084 and ashherb17 into three unbranded glasses.

A: Pours a very murky, muddy, opaque brown with a colossal head. Very spritzy head at first that was about four fingers high, and then went down to a one finger creamy head and stayed there for pretty much the entire glass. Decent look, but the muddy brown color didn't do it for me.

S: I think the large head might have muted the smell a tad, as it was a bit light. The prominent scents though were cinnamon, pepper, clove, some dark candi sugar and some pale grains. Not bad, but a bit light.

T: This paralleled the smell pretty much verbatim. A tad light with the aforementioned flavors of cinnamon, pepper and clove. Pretty damn spicy. Not very sweet at all, this one is very dry.

M: Very highly carbonated, but not as much as the Local 1.

Overall, worth a try, but the only reason I'd get another is to plop in the cellar for a year or two.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Billowy tan head, great retention. Body is cloudy dark brown, heavy carbonation visible even through the dark body.

S: Belgian yeast spice, light fruitiness. Smells like a lighter Belgian style.

T: Just like aroma, it tastes like a lighter than usual strong dark, but with plenty of Belgian character. A wonderful bready aftertaste followed by some yeastiness on the finish.

M: Light, carbonated well. Seems appropriate.

D: This beer is very clean and highly drinkable for the style. Not too much overpowering alcohol or sweetness. They really got it right here in terms of drinkability.

Not as powerful or possibly complex as other versions of the style, but it makes up for this in drinkability.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Out of the classy bottle came a brown/tan liquid. Carbonation is evident with bubbles floating all over the place. Carbonated head as well. Less fluffy and more bubbly.
S- Sweet and nutty- berry like effervescence. Spicy, like cinnamon flavored muffins. Very fresh smelling.
T- This is a damn good BSDA. Flavors that were detected during consumption included the following: chocolates, brown sugar, prunes, grape, nutmeg. All of these flavors were not cloying and blended very well. Some bite from the alcohol as well.
M- Tingly and smooth. Burning down my throat. This beer is somewhat young, I'd love to lay one down.
D- Great beer to enjoy amongst friends. You can really enjoy this one without worrying about cloying flavors and overwhelming alcohol. Well done, Brooklyn!

Photo of greg202stewart
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's handy when they have the BA ratings posted at the store. This is what caught my eye to give this a try.

a- A medium brown color with a light brown and long lasting head.

s- Smells sweet, like plum and raisin

t- This is a pretty tasty beer, similar to the taste of Chimay Red, but is also very unique in the after taste

m- You can really taste the alcohol in this one and the mouthfeel could be better

d- Overall I'd say this is a really good beer, especially for the price it was a bit cheaper than comparable beers of the same style.

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