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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 83
Gots: 213 | FT: 5
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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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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.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of light brown foam on a hazy, dark brown body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - Brown, malty notes of caramel and toffee with some weak fruity character, plums and dark cherries.

T - Rich malty profile up front, lots of toffee and toasted malt. Sweet caramel appears in the middle with some restrained yeast notes; figs and a bit of pepper. The finish is smooth and mild with the malt turning a bit darker leaving lingering flavors of fruity chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a well crafted example of the style. At first I thought it was more of a dubble, but the complexity came out as it warmed and the character darkened as well. The alcohol is a bit warm in the finish and this hurts the both the mouthfeel and drinkability slightly. The aroma is also kind of weak for some reason. This is a nice beer with a lot of potential and I am inclined to think that it would improve with a bit more age.

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

I bought this 750 mL bottle at Andersons for $7.99, corked & caged. The beer is dark chocolate brown color with an unexpectedly light colored foam on top, not much lacing. The beer smells sweet and malty, maybe some orange peel and almost certainly the ester products of a Belgian yeast strain. The taste is sweet and tasty, with a lot of orange peel and light fruits (odd for a Belgian dark ale where you might expect darker fruits like raisins ans such). A very good and original beer, Garrett Oliver is the MAN.

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

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. This is a complex, but very subtle beer. I wish the flavors were a bit richer, yet at the same time it reaches a fantastic level of drinkability (it feels like a beer half its strength). The hazy brown beer has a sweet honey and dried dark fruit (raisin, date, berries) flavor with slight notes of caramel and cocoa in the background. While on one hand it's very easy to drink, you could also stop, slow down, and really think about this brew. The bottom line is that this is good stuff, give it a try.

Photo of Kraken
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 05/01/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Cork was removed from the bottle with a resounding pop. Light pour evokes a massive 4 finger off white head. Head clings to the sides of the glass and displays wonderful staying power. Color is a dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights.

Nose- Some caramel, and notes of alcohol. Hints of apples and Citrus. Not over powering, but very subtle.

Palate- Interesting. Fairly light, very well carbonated. Caramel, raisins, some notes of date. Not heavy as some other BSDAs. Citrus comes through in a way reminiscent of grand mariner. A bit of sweetness, some vanilla comes through. Coats the mouth and is a bit cloying. Finish is long, with hints of orange and caramel. Little bit of hop bitterness in the finish along with a touch of booziness.

Mouthfeel- Dry, slightly oily, very active.

Drinkability- Moderate. Fairly complex and strong.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color-could almost be called dark brown to black but has quite the nice ruby hue to it. Fluffy, lingering head. Very nice fruity aroma with a decent level of phenolic and sulfury notes. Fruity and spicy flavors upfront-lingering dried fruit taste. Quite sweet. Somewhat winey. Velvety smooth mouthfeel-the lingering sweetness helps this slide right down. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Well worth picking up.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce the other day. 750 mL bottle with no date or vintage on it. Pours a deep brown with a huge head. Had to start pouring it quickly. Very sweet smell - dark fruits and sugar. Taste is very sweet as well and includes spices, brown sugar, dark fruit as well as citrus and a hint of caramel. Lots of carbonation in this one. Makes it kind of tough to drink. But I'm going to power through anyway.

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

Thanks goes to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy tan head, with tons of thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop, chocolate, dark fruits. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, slight chocolate note, and some figs/raisins/plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently because I loved the Local 1 and I'll put my money on any big bottle from these guys any day. Sure enough, this didn't disappoint but it's hard to poinpoint because I haven't had a lot of beer lately, I'm not used to drinking this style, and this has a very unique taste to it. So much so that I'm glad that I have a lot of it to work my way through!

Nice pour to this - a raisin-like hue, a very frothy head, and a sweet aroma. The latter, consists of sugar, molasses, apples, and a bit of currant. The taste is the same and yes, this is quite strong to boot but the alcohol per sa cannot be felt on it's own. Instead, this has the feel of something that's been fermented for a long time. It's amazingly light on the tongue and the aftertaste shows the carbonation that's been pent-up in the bottle. There aren't a lot of bubbles in here but as I'm downing this, I felt like I've had a brown sugar scrubbing of my teeth. Not a bad thing, but it just takes some getting used to!

Make no mistake, this is strong. I have no problem downing this by myself but the flavors and the sugar in this do an amazing job of hiding the alcohol. The lack of hops in taste is more than made up by the brown sugar sweetness and harmony of the flavors in this beer. Calling it beer is a bit of a strech since this has a taste and feel all it's own. Those who are refined in their preference for beer will find this different from anything they've tried before and once again, Brooklyn has me anticipating when the next release in their series will be on the shelves...

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.