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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 73
Gots: 167 | FT: 8
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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 RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a clouded brown with frothy crème head. Nose is spices, sweet tones, and a bit of a toasted dough thing. Flavor is nice. Nice earthy robust levels. Dark sugar sweetness. Honey is in there? Yeah I'll buy that. Spices mix in pretty well also. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decently full. Another home run by Brooklyn. When do we get Local 3, 4, and 5?

RblWthACoz, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

This one is a surprisingly dark beer. Pitch black, not even a hint of ruby shows up when the beer is held up to the light. A two finger tan head slowly settles to a thick coarsely bubbled cap.

A little bit of dark fruit along with some mild phenols. The orange peel shows up in the background, which almost gives it an aroma similar to an American Pale Wheat Ale.

The dark malts give off hints of some porter characteristics - a little bit of roastiness and a hint of chocolate. These are very faint though. Up front is some dark fruit and more orange peel. The honey is detectable, unlike in the aroma, and adds a light sweetness. Phenols are detectable, but not too powerful. Full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, giving it a slight fizziness.

A nice BSDA, very dark for the style, on par with the Belgian Stouts you see popping up. However, it's closer to the normal BSDA in aroma and taste, with the addition of the orange peel in the aroma and the honey in the taste. Recommended.

BeerSox, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Deep cola brown with ruby highlights and a 3 finger bubbly tan head that has good retention.

S - Fruity, orange peel, bready malts, candi sugar sweetness and spicy yeast.

T - Yeasty esters, spicy, orange peel, honey sweetness, clove, banana? and bready, toasty malts. I am picking up a few similar tastes I find in some dunkleweizens.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Feels champagne like in the mouth with a dry finish.

D - THe honey and citrus peel are an interesting addition to this style. Tasty but reminds me of a more complex dunkleweizen.

brewcrew76, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
3.93/5  rDev -3%

Poured into a tulip glass. dark ruby in color. huge fluffy, almost gelatonous head. Carbonation is barely visible. head retention is good and shrinks to about 1/2 inch.

lighter and sweeter than expects. smells like a triple or strong pale. some raisans and oranges.

raisan, brown sugar and fig. maybe kurrant. ALOT of alcohol at the back.

pleasant on the tongue. carbonation is heavy at the back. alot of alcohol after that.

drinkability is decent. alcohol over powers now but i think itll settle down. flavors are balanced enough as to not ruin the palate, but time will definetely help this beer.

imagineiii, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my New Belgium chalice. 3518 indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a three inch fluffy, off-white head that bubbled and popped along the sides of the glass - very good retention. Wispy strands of lacing were revealed as the brew receded. Nose revealed candi sugar and yeast. Taste follows nose, but also a little bit of peppery spice and perhaps some anise and a subtle dark fruit character. Consistency fell between light and medium-bodied with a lively background effervescence and a dry finish. Alcohol was well-hidden. Very drinkable belgian strong dark. Exactly what I anticipated. Another winner from Brooklyn.

Jwale73, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours a nice deep brown hue with tones of amber showing through. Nice bone colored head builds quickly and shows good retention. Nice sheet lace.

S: Wonderful mixture of dark fruit, sugar, and yeast. Hints of spice hide beneath making this one quite inviting.

T: Tasty treat for sure. It starts of nice and malty before the sweetness kicks in. Candy sugar and sweet dark fruit make up the middle. Belgian yeast with hints of bubble gum come next. The finish has more yeasty sweetness with a touch of sugar. I like it.

M: Medium in body, very smooth with great carbonation.

D: Tasty, will buy it again.

tpd975, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Dark chestnut brown with garnet tints around edges, large bone white head consisting of foam and small/medium bubbles that slowly dissipates into a thin cover of foam on surface.

S = Fresh baked whole wheat bread, light spicy yeast esters, dark fruits like plum, prunes, raisins, spun sugar, well balanced.

T = Strong malt backbone gives fresh baked bread flavors with light spiciness of pepper in the background. The confectioner's sugar and dark fruits from the smell also put in good appearances. Perhaps flavors are a little less concentrated than I would like, but still a very good effort from Brooklyn.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation stings a bit too much, decent mouthcoating.

D = Drinkable beer in that I definitely will keep coming back to this one but I do not want too much at a time.

Traquairlover, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a medium-dark brown, absolutely huge tan head shoots up the Duvel tulip. Head stays for a long time, even when the glass is almost empty, there is still a thin layer there. Even on a slow repour, the head just envelopes the glass. The first clue was the huge pop the cork made upon exit. A very visual beer. Nice carbonation helps lead to some sweet lacing. The smell is pleasant but nothing extraordinary, heavy on malt, some belgian yeast, and a hint of dark fruit.

The first thing that stands out in my mind is how smooth the honey added to the beer makes it. Upon first taste, it is like a standard belgian dark. Little bit of yeasty pop, belgian sugars balanced out by an off-dry earthiness, and an undercurrent of dark fruits with a splash of brown sugar. But at the phase where you might normally expect hop balance, you get a blast of cool, smooth honey, belgian sweetness and a little kick that sends your tongue for a loop. It's this honey-smooth yet slightly sweet and earthy flavor that lingers, that makes this beer so gorram addictive. Mouthfeel is nice if not amazing, the honey is a little medicinally cloying, but thanks to the nice carbonation it is helped along. Very creamy, though, almost silky in complexion. This beer has amazing drinkability. Not just a sipper, I can't put it down. So smooth, no alcoholic presence, kick, bite, aftertaste, none of it. Simply sublime. I'm enjoying this far more than Local 1, and it is giving BBCS a run for my favorite Brooklyn beer. Well done!

damienblack, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of stageseven
3.28/5  rDev -19%

The beer poured a deep, murky brown with reddish highlights. It's head was a dirty brown color, 2-3 fingers thick, and frothy. The head had good retention, sticking around for quite a while, and leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell was fairly complex, and predominantly wild and sweet. There was a tart smell, apple cider and spice that dominated the nose at first. It then gave way to more grassy aromas - hay and other sweet plant smells, with a hint of flowers underneath. The smell of honey comes through as well. Even though it says it was brewed with citrus and honey, I didn't notice any citrusy smells, although it could have been masked by one of the other aromas.

The taste was initially round and sweet, with some of the hay flavors coming through as well. I didn't notice citrus in the taste either, so it made me wonder what exactly was going on with that. Still the smell was a fairly good indicator of the flavors of the beer, and I got some apple in the taste. The one major surprise was the moderate level of bitterness present in the back of the mouth, leaving a rounded bitter aftertaste that sticks with you for a while. However, there was a disturbing medicinal flavor, possibly from the honey, possibly from the alcohol, but it sat just around the edges of the flavor and reminded me of vicks vapo-rub or minty breath spray. I tried to ignore it and just enjoy the beer, but it kept getting in the way for me.

In the mouth the beer sits somewhat thick, round, and heavy. It's got a substantial feel to it. The carbonation is moderately high, but round rather than sharp. I found the carbonation a little distracting as I drank the beer, and I felt like this was contributing to the medicinal flavor somehow. The beer was on the wet side, and at first was warming from the alcohol, especially in the throat.

I felt that this brew was a little bit of a chore to get down. It's disappointing because I had such high hopes for it. There were definitely some very good aspects to the flavor, but between the high carbonation and the medicinal quality I had a hard time focusing on them. The sweetness was a little cloying, and the bitterness although unexpected did not offset it quite enough for my tastes. As the glass progresses it gets a bit better as the carbonation drops off some. I really enjoyed the wildness in the aroma and flavor too. All in all it's decent, but not one I'd go out of my way for. The balance just seems off.

stageseven, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Dark, opaque brown, lighter at the edges. Soft tan head. Lacing throughout. Lays near the top of the glass the entire time.

S: Belgian yeast aroma. Dark fruits, raisins.

F: Dark fruits. Lovely. Spiced apple. Oh, I am getting some bubble gum as it warms, mmmm.

MF: Perfect mouthfeel. Zesty and full. Lots of tight bubbles.

D: Very good. I think I may like this one more than the Local 1. Well done for sure.

AChamberlain, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Guinness-like darkness with a tinge of mahogany and a two-inch creamy head that descends slowly; minimal lace.

S - Nice aroma of vanilla/banana, raw honey and malt.

T - Fantastic ale; I love it. Lots of dark fruit in the Belgian style but not sweet. Complex and even more so as it warms. Finishes a bit dry.

M - Soft and creamy with light carbonation; almost silky. Wow.

D - I cannot detect the ABV; this is an amazing treat with or without food, with or without a stogie, any time of year. Fantastic stuff at a fare price.

pinotboy007, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Pours remarkably dark and opaque without becoming black. It's a very deep mahogany or cherry-wood colour with a quick forming head to top it all off. For as nice as it is, the head is a little short-lived and struggles to leave any sort of souvenirs of lace.

S: Warm maltiness, some fruits/dark fruits blended. There's something there that's somewhere between sugar cookie and breadiness. Oddly, there are some banana scents that I'm picking up on, but not particularly strong. Nonetheless, they make for a very nice addition.

T + M + D: When I think of Brooklyn, I think of a well crafted, American beer. Now I have solid evidence to safely add 'Belgian-style ales' to the list. Rich with dark fruits (date and plum), ripe fruits/fruit peel (some peach and apple come to mind), with hints of candi sugar and even banana. The yeast flavours dominate much of this brew, but some soft hops for flavour are apparent along with the modest maltiness. Body offers that 'traditional foamy feeling' in the mouth... that assertive carbonation that breaks down with each sip and dries away as quickly as it came. This is one extraordinary beer, and something I'm sure to find myself enjoying again in the near future.

Proteus93, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a dark mohagny brown with a one-finger tan head that slowly receeded and left a lace ring around glass. Has a very fruity smell, like orange and dark fruit along with caramel and other sugary malts and also some light citric hop notes. Medium-bodied and slightly sticky at times, this beer is mostly a smooth sailer with light yeast notes making that typical Belgian taste. Has sweetness to it, mostly caramel and butterscotch (think mild sweetness and sticky) with some roasted notes. Also has an orange fruitlike taste and finishes dry thanks to some hop bitterness and the ABV warms the tongue a little. A good offering from the BB and a nice sipper to relax with.

clayrock81, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a dark brown, chestnut sort of color, with a massive and creamy three plus fingers of beige head. It does settle somewhat quickly, leaving some stick on the sides and keeping a mostly full lace. As I get deeper into the bottle I'm actually even more impressed by the lace it keeps - it's almost full all the time, regenerating itself nicely. Impressive.

Smell is fruity and yeasty with some malt sweetness going on, and is quite complex overall. Some orange peel and dark dark fruit stand out. Also some brown sugar and malt sweetness, with an earthy, woodsy yeast aroma. I know honey is here, because the bottle says it is, but it doesn't really come through in the nose. I'm not sure if there is candi sugar in this but it does have a bit of a candy-like sweetness, as well. There's just a whiff of alcohol as it warms up a bit. Nose is actually a bit better when it's cold; it loses some oomph as it warms.

Taste starts off with an ever so slightly tart fruit flavor and then gives away to some brown sugar and dark caramel sweetness. The orange peel is noticeable but the malt and yeast are really where the complexities are. There is caramel as mentioned, and although this is only slightly sweet there is also a some dark chocolate and some honey. Nose seemed a bit candyish but not so here. It's also quite earthy and woodsy, with an almost smokey peat like quality. There's a bit of black pepper going on, as well. The earthy and smoky finish is the finest part of this brew, which is also where the black pepper stands out. I did pick up some alcohol in the nose but not so here; it's well hidden. It's more xomplex than the nose, and really very good.

Mouthfeel initially seems a bit on the light side, and even at its bulkiest is only on the plus side of a medium body, but as it warms it doesn't seem to feel quite so thin. Carbonation is just a touch too much, I think, but otherwise it does have a nice creamy quality to it and is quite smooth.

I'm going back and forth on this one trying to decide just how much I like it. Do I like it a lot, or do I like it a lot lot. Either way I like it a lot, but it's the difference between very good and great that I'm grappling with. I think it's very good, and quite complex, but it doesn't quite seem great to me. Still, I would be very happy to enjoy this with regularity. Very well done, Brooklyn.

number1bum, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of dohastmich
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Poured into a regular pint glass. Color is a dark caramel, poured with a large tan colored head which does not leave on its own

S- Very slight citrus/alcohol smell. Took a few sniffs to get it

T - Caramel malt taste is strong, followed by the citrus and the alcohol fills your mouth, which is strong but balanced at the end. Leaves a nice sweet aftertaste, perhaps the honey.

M - Very thin, smooth and dry.

D - This is a very good and easy beer to drink.

I am drinking this as I am doing the review, and the flavor, most noticeably at the end and the aftertaste is constantly changing as it warms. A very interesting beer.

dohastmich, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

750ml bottle, corked and caged
9% as per ABV listed on bottle

Pours a very deep chestnut amber brown color with a massive tan/beige head that stuck around for most of the glass, thick, swiss cheese-like holes cratered the surface like a giant soaked sponge. Good nose here, floral with definite notes of lime blossom, aged orange skin, chocolate malt, caramel and a distinctive but subtle Belgian-esque yeast strain. Flavor is much the same, chewy, sweet malts, lacking any hop character or true bitterness for that matter. Caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, chocolate powder on the finish, a little bit of alcohol heat dries out the experience but is no where near offensive. Upon constant smelling of this beer, it smells a little too perfumey for me, almost overpowering to its flavor. Medium bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Layered but remaining simple enough for a true breakout beer for the public market to enjoy at an excellent price point. Quality materials no doubt, well made just the same

ATPete, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of brushtachio
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Interesting beer full of surprises. I imagine that BA is calling it a BSDA not Brooklyn because I this deviates from the style a bit. Not that I mind

Pours dark and fizzy

Aroma is interesting. Familiar nutty, earthy yeast. Brown sugar. Smidge of orange.

Taste lacks the sweet malty taste and dark fruit tastes that one would expect from a dark Belgian-style. No lack of complexity though. Bread, orange, smoke, spice. Bitter and extremely dry finish.

Thinish but evervescent mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Alcohol is there but acceptably so.

brushtachio, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a beautiful deep brown, the color of baker's chocolate. A big foamy initial head gradually settles into a somewhat rocky, creamy cap that doesn't go away.

Nose is dark fruit, figs, burnt brown sugar, breadcrust, bready yeast.

Soft, fluffy, effervescent carbonation up front leads to notes of cocoa and brown sugar, and spicy, bready yeast. A light, dry sweetness reminiscent of honey. Bit of dark breadcrust in there as well. There's a lightness to the flavor that comes both from the use of honey and the champagne-like carbonation, I think. There's an earthy bitterness towards the finish that hints at the orange peel, as well as dark fruit and even a touch of burnt molasses. Finish is quite dry and clean, giving the beer an almost ethereal quality - it floats lightly on the palate before simply evaporating, leaving only a light, bready brown sugar sweetness on the palate. Carbonation leaves a tingly sensation on the upper palate as well.

This is one scarily drinkable beer. Nary a hint of alcohol, and the lightness is remarkable, but you'll definitely feel this one. Floats like a butterfly, stings like a Mack truck. Fantastic effort.

JohnQVegas, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

750ml bottle

I definite have a soft spot for Local 2, the first time I tried this beer was right alongside Garrett Oliver in a local bar while discussing the properties of the beer with the head brewer himself. Tonight, will be my second time drinking this beer.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a huge light tan colored head that has amazing retention qualities and a good amount of lacing as well. This head seems like it would last for days without dying.

S- The aroma features a good dose of caramel and chocolate along with some orange peel and some spices as well. The aroma is simply fantastic.

T- The taste is truly a work of art that has the rare combination of being extremely complex but not something that is going to send your palate to overload halfway through the bottle. There is a lot of chocolate and caramel up front in the taste with some spices and a hint of orange peel as well. The finish is on the dry side, and simply amazing in how it really begs you to take another sip.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- As I was drinking this one with Garrett, we both agreed that this one is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Overall, Local 2 is hands down the best beer that I've tried from the Brooklyn Brewery and one of the better beers I've tried so far this year. Highly Recommended!

cjgator3, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

The aroma is very much like a belgian ale with it's fruitiness. There is only a little bit of honey and citrus. The appearance is red brown with a super large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is a tad thin but smooth. Overall it's very good.

nick76, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev -3%

Appearance - the Maudite Belgian glass gets the call tonight. Uncorks with a vehement pop, and pours with much 'fizzazz'. Three fingers of light tan foam shoot up hastily, halting the pour. The beer had a deep, cherry/mahogany color. Some notable dots and clumps of lace stick around as the head slowly dies down.

Aroma - the fruitiness, some bready grain and sugars are out in front, but at length the yeast really owns the nose here.

Taste - the grain barely gets a foothold before the yeast knocks it out of the picture. Spicy notes of clove and citrus mix with banana and some quick alcohol presence. The malts work their way into things on the 2nd level, once my palate has adjusted and is able to look around a bit. Still not much development, though, as the hops come into play right on the swallow. A touch of grapefruit rind but mostly just the dry bitterness is what I'm getting. The finish is mostly residual hoppiness and signature yeast, and some occasional late notes of milk chocolate and tobacco.

Mouthfeel - some creaminess and plenty of crispness kind of lessens the big body effect this could have.

Drinkability - the '2' is tasty with flavors that continue to develop with warming.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

A - A great color...deep brown with black and red weaved in...big pillowy head that left great lacing

S - I picked up on some malts and candied sugars...faint fruits

T - Great taste...the honey was present throughout...and really became predominant if you swished it around in your mouth...a nice orange zest taste...an alcohol taste was present after the beer warmed

M - Full bodied...smooth and dry

D - This is a great beer...it was not too sweet and definitely stands out as one of a kind

thain709, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a dark brown color with a thick two finger head into my pint glass.

Smooth aroma with a nice amount of raisin and orange peel (it's brewed with orange peel). A bit of roastiness but just right for the style.

Smooth and rich with a bit of alcohol heat upfront followed by raisin and sweet malt and orange peel at the end.

Mouthfeel is full of rich, sweet malt with a bit of warmth and the fading feeling of orange peel. Carbonation is just right.

Very mellow and good for the style. The orange peel adds a bit more depth to it. It's well-crafted and shows that Brooklyn knows their stuff with Belgian-style ales. I would recommend that you pick up a bottle.

Brad007, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Hokies
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

750 ml corked caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. The appearance is an opaque blackish brown color with some brown highlights. Pours a huge off white head that lasts while a slight lace is left on the glass.

The aroma is filled with yeasty phenol and candi sugar. You can smell some dark fruits mixed in with the honey and their is also a light orange note.

Rich in Belgian sugar and dark fruits like plums and raisins. Their is the typical strong Belgian yeast flavor which is almost nutty. The malt is not overly sweet which is nice. The first thing that you notice when you drink this one is that it has a good amount of carbonation and the second thing is that a good amount of aging will only improve on its all ready stellar characteristics.

Hokies, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

750ml caged/corked bottle served in a chalice.

L - deep brown color with a beige head that had good legs and left a good amount of lacing.

S - yeasty aroma along with the smells of dark fruits and grassy/earthy hops.

T - a well balanced Belgian, just the right amount of sweetness to go along with a light touch of bitterness finishing dry. No alcohol taste anywhere in there.

F - medium/full bodied with a good amount of carbonation going on.

D - very tasty and very easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 22, 2009
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.