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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 77
Gots: 191 | 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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of mjw06
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drseamus
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chrisny4205
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Douglas14
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of psulovesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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.

Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Hoppington
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of WesWes
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Photo of RedChrome
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown opaque brew. A light tan head over 3 inches faded over a few minutes. Lots of tiny bubbles rising rapidly at the edges. Thick soapy clumps of lace.

Very strong roasted note to the malt. Burnt bread coated a dark fruit. Plums and dates are primary fruit scents. A minor backing of alcohol heat.

Plum taste hit first on the tongue, and had a bit of a candy sugar coating to it. A sweet citrus taste reminded me of Sprite. Nothing to suggest any bitterness at all on the tongue.

A bit watery on the surfaces, especially based on it's appearance. Carbonation a bit overwhelming.

An O.K. beer. I am stumped as to what this would pair well with. A bit of a let down from a good brewery. May mellow out with some age.

Photo of WalrusJockey
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into Duvel tulips.

A- very clear and crisp brown on the pour, in the glass it is a darker, reddish color. The head is thick, and the color they call mocha that looks nothing like the coffee of the same name.

S- very sweet with lots of forest-berry aromas, with a choco-vanilla hint, assumedly from the malt.

T- spice and fruit linger behind and alongside the thick malt profile, with the fruit of the nose far removed from where it was expected to be. The dominant flavor is of spices, like a spicy cinnamon loaf, combined with the 9% ABV, the result is very warming. The berries of the nose are sadly underrepresented, and the label's "honey and citrus peel" seem to be more added to sound enticing on the label than to be significant ingredients.

The end result isn't *bad,* in fact it is rather nice, but it is not what the aroma, or the bottle itself, might lead you to expect. For a BSDA I find it to be far too much malt and not nearly enough...flavor besides malt.

M- much thinner than I expected. Not creamy or thick at all. In the glass, it looks quite heavy, and the head is fairly substantial, but in the mouth, the beer is light, and with the heavy amounts of malt and spice present, it winds up feeling lacking in body, though it isn't wattery by any stretch. Honestly, if the mouthfeel had matched the flavor profile in ANY way, this beer would have received a much better score from me.

D- I don't think any 9% is going to be overly drinkable, but I don't especially like this beer, so I would rate it poorly.

Notes- if you want a strong, spiced-unto-spicy beer that won't weigh down your stomach with tons of body, and isn't distracted by fruit flavors, you might like this beer. I don't care for "winter warmer" types, and if I had known that was what this is, I probably would have passed on it. Rated as a BSD it fares even worse.

Photo of mjaskula
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large caged and corked bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head which thins but never goes away.

The smell is sweet and strong with dark fruits. Taste is sweet, malty and dark, almost creamy. Pleasantly staying in the mouth long after it is gone. Gets better as it warms.

Photo of Stimack
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up about a week ago knowing that some friends where going to get together this weekend. We decided to give this one a try last evening. Brew poured to a deep and cloudy brown color with a thick medium tan colored head that had incredible retention leaving thick frothy chunks of foam down the side of the glass. The aroma was very sweet, candy sugar is very noticeable in this one, at least that is what I am figuring it is. Also some orange notes come to mind. The flavor is very good, again sweet with a nice belgiumesq yeast taste that I notice straight away. Also there is a nice fruit like flavor, maybe green apple. Numerous complex flavors seem to be there on this one that I am having a hard time putting to words. Alcohol is noticeable in this one but is nice. Finishes on the dry side. Overall I like this brew, think it is a little rough around the edges and wonder if it sits for a while it might lose some of that roughness. Will have to pick up the Local 1 on my next trip to the store to get perspective. Will get this one again and let it sit for a few months.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five+ finger very light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt malt nose. Flavor is malty, dark fruit and some yeast. $10.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy effervescent mahogany color with a HUGE stiff light tan colored head that decomposes like the foam in an ice cream float leaving a descent amount of Belgian lacing behind. The earthy character of the smell boasts of classic Belgian yeast and beneath that a more subtle sweetness of dark fruit with an interesting spicy coriander note. The mouth feel is tangy and substantially effervescent with a ton of tiny bubbles lending to a creamy feel that finishes clean and dry. The flavor is more subtle than i expected...malted and earthy, not as fruity or sweet as it smells...not my favorite. Altogether quite drinkable and well worth a try. The 8.7% ABV is well integrated.

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.