1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,195 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 74
Gots: 171 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,195 | Reviews: 512 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of shroompod
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark , with a rocky head that lasts the whole glass. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma is slightly musty with a hint of some funkiness.

This tastes like every quad should. Dark fruit accents, dates , figs & candied sugar. Some alcohol is noticeable. Didn't really taste the orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium/heavy , good carbonation.

Overall a nice treat. Keep these coming Brooklyn!

shroompod, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark brown with ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of Belgian candi sugar and figs wrapped in orange peels, with hints of what I want to call roasted malts, but they don't smell very roasted.

Tastes somewhat similar to how it smells - Belgian candi sugar and dark malt flavors up front followed by a flavor best described as a combination of citrus and dark fruits. The citrus flavors seem to linger a bit longer than the dark fruits after the mildly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a great thickness with soft carbonation that makes it go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good - I could drink an entire bottle just trying to figure out the order of flavors, then I could drink another one enjoying said flavors.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. I won't attempt to explain it any more, just go try it yourself.

glid02, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark ruby with a vibrant, foamy off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Someone else said that it just smelled like a Belgian, and that's a pretty astute assessment. Belgian brown sugary candy, that nice musty malt aroma, with some light spices and maybe a hint of lighter fruit behind the slight dark fruit aroma.

T - Think Corsendonk brown ale (although that's a dubbel, there are similarities) with some more orange peel zest. That is, it's similar to the aroma. Malty, brown candied goodness, little bit o spice.

M - Thinner bodied than I thought it would be.

HeyItsChili, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I spent a lot of time tracking this beer down a few weeks ago, finally found it, and now it is all over the place. I guess I should have been more patient, as I would have saved quite a bit of gas money. Anyway, poured in to my Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence goblet a nice burgundy color, with a small amount of white heading. First things that came to my mind in the smell were cola or perhaps rootbeer. Sweet honey and a little bit of spice are in there too. Taste has a mix of dark fruit, chocolate, some chalky esters, overall very complex. Body is medium to heavy, never boozy, and a lot more carbonated than I was expecting. Drinkability is good, I would have no problem clearing this bottle. Some have commented that this beer is a little green at this point, which I agree with to some point, but I still think it drinks fine now. I will have to cellar one and see what differences there are. As good as Local 1? Maybe not, but still a damn great beer that is more than worthy of a purchase. Cheers to the guys at Brooklyn.

jamie2dope, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thank for sharing this one newtonty. Hey, when the hell are you going to start reviewing some of these beers we share???

750ml bottle, much like Brooklyn 1, but with green highlights. "0079" printed on the back label.

Pours an attractive, transparent dark brown with subtle, reddish highlights at times. Great head retention and decent lacing with highly active champagne yeast at play.

Smells Belgian... Candied sweets and light malts. Lightly sweet and crisp smelling.

Tastes like the smell... Candied sweet, sweet malts and light citrus. A little bit of an alcohol lingers.

Light bodied with high carbonation on the mouthfeel.

beachbum1975, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of DrewOSU
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Root Cellar in Cincinnati. Bottle 0079

A: Huge pop on cork. Pours dark golden to light brown. Huge thick foamy, ½ inch bright white head.

S: Tangy, champagne nose with a honey and citrus under tone.

M/T: Extremely light and watery body. Cider quality, orange and citrus tang on the tongue. Goes down easy and finishes very dry. No carbonation bite like champagne has. Between the champagne yeast and the citrus undertone, there is no sweetness in the taste whatsoever.

D: Extremely light and dry finishing. This beer is pretty sessionable and doesn't leave you grabbing glasses of water.

DrewOSU, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a goblet this beer was a medium brown color, with a fairly good head. I picked up the sweetness in the aroma easily, and I guess I could tell myself there was also a bit of citrus. The taste was much more rewarding, with honey and orange meshing together well, and also a hint of chocolate. This was a rich beer, with a bit of a tang to it. Enjoyed it a lot

lordofthewiens, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into the Ommegang chalice we go...

Has a sleek sable look to it...the head is about 1 1/2 and it sticks around quite a bit..leaving decent tight lacing on the walls of the glass.

I've let this one warm up a bit and it has the nice leathery spice to an extent...ginger, dates, maybe a plum or two...but it's quite understated. Decent but missing that sweetness and the orange peel is only on deep background. Balanced but crave a little more.

The taste profile matches the feel - I think the carbonation really hinders this - it brings out a little bright zest but the deep heart of a BSDA hasn't made an appearance yet. It's clean as hell and well-crafted but I want to capture those dark fruits and a little roasted malt with some larger girth.

This one jumps all over the palate. The carbonation gives it a slightly salty feel and obscures any weight on this. There's the husky dark profile to this in roast and fruit but it's a little out of the weight class.

It's not bad by any means. Well-constructed...it shows a little of that weird floral essence at first but it goes away...but the light body of this begs for a little more meat on the bone with respect to its style. I will try it again, but I may not snag it off the shelf with the same regularity that I would for its Local 1 sister.

IBUnit63, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a nice two-finger frothy head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Aroma is rich dried fruits, brown sugar and a touch of honey. The taste is an interesting blend of the usual Belgian Dark flavors with mead-like honey texture providing something quite unique. The beer in quite smooth with a nice dryness and well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I'd certainly try again.

atsprings, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big, frothy head with hyper-active bubbles, they pop in front of you like they are on fast forward, about average lacing, everything wants to go "pop." Murky dark brown in color, the bubble beads which flow near the glass sides clear in their vigor, more jaundice yellow than orange around the rims. Cola, chocolate, molasses, rum raisin, candied orange peels fill the nose, has to make room for an abundance of banana, apricot, cherry fruit, no hoppy spine thus it leans back in your nostrils like they were a beanbag. Medium-bodied, would be heavy if not sloth-like were it not for the foamy carbonation to mask a good deal of the sweetness. Date, prune, raisin, plum, cherry fruit leads with moments of apricot, banana. The floral side lacks clarity, muted by honey, molasses, brown sugar flavors. Leesy quality to the yeasts, round and coating. Glazed nuts. Dark chocolate bitterness appears through the finish, welcome sight. Maybe it's me but seems overwrought and it takes awhile to get a whole glass down.

farrago, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of cleeze
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a lot darker than I expected. Poured a pitch blackish/brownish color with a nice off white frothy head with some above average lacing.

Deffinatly fruity (orange peel deffinatly!) Also some bad ass Belgian yeast infection.

I agree kinda like a dunkle. Just a little spicier. Again belgain spices and yeasty right there. Fruity and sweet like honey.

I enjoyed Local 1 much better

cleeze, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle numbered 3516 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a dark brown with some slight ruby peaking through and a very steady light tan head.

Smell is belgian yeast chalky, sweet candy, slight sour fruit and still sweet fruit.

Taste is not as good as I'd hoped. Very good, but not up to the smell. Plummy raisin taste on top of a chalky dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and very drinkable.

I didn't get as much out of this as I hoped, but fortunately I have another bottle to let sit for a while.

aubuc1, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.