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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 79
Gots: 201 | 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 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...

Photo of klewis
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown with a big, bubbly, fizzy head.

S: Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and light citrus.

T: Slightly sweet with a moderate phenolic flavor. Prominent candi sugar taste with an nondescript fruitiness.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation. A soda-like fizziness annihilates the palate.

D: Low drinkability due to over-carbonation. If this were to be fixed, this might be a better beer. Disappointing after Local 1.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

Pours a dark hazelnut with ruby hints at the edges. Near three fingers of pillowy light tan head that is quite persistent. Aroma is complex and inviting but seems to quickly become more subdued. Lots of fruity esters ranging from green apple to plums. There is a good maltyness, some honey, and a bit of flowery hops here. Taste is quite good. Malt character is a bit more subdued and both hop flavor and bitterness a low. Fruity esters are the centerpiece here with green apple giving way to some plums. Clove-like phenols are present in the background. The late palate and finish are dominated by a very rose-like alcohol. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with high carbonation for a creamy, though not heavy, mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good, lots of complex and interesting flavors. Very enjoyable.

Photo of medic25
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle. Nice dark mahogany color, with a thin white head. Faint malt aroma. Taste is quite dry, fairly fruity (plum or fig?) with a little hint of bitterness. Alcohol is a little apparent, finishes fairly cleanly. Overall a nice American attempt at on of my favorite Belgian styles; not my favorite example, but good nonetheless.

Photo of rajendra82
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had not expected the pour to be this dark, the color of the body was dark brown bordering on black like some fine chocolate, nor had I expected to develop a three finger thick head. The pleasing appearance got me further excited to taste this latest offering from Garrett Oliver. The smell was a mix of floral and orange peel aromas and was wonderful as well. The taste perfectly captured the essence of orange peel and honey used in this construction, and the zesty sweet taste was rapidly followed by a dusty dryness as a result of the judicious use of all consuming Belgian yeast. There was some cherry and apples in the flavor as well, but the taste was fleeting and basically begged to be sipped again. No sign at all of the alcohol. The high carbonation kept the body airy and soft. Just like the darker versions of superheroes, this beer is what Duvel would be in opposite world.

Photo of Buebie
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

De-corking brings a pop and plenty of hiss as well as a terrific aroma.

Poured from the brown 750ml into an oversized snifter. 2+ fingers of off white sudzy head slowly receed, leaving misc lace globs. Leaving a thick quarter inch retention cap, very nice retention for a belgian.
Blackish brown in color with no light penetration.

The aroma is flower like with a good amount of pollen like sweetness, dark fruits, cloves, fermented honey and a spice kick of hops and plenty of malty aroma. Just a faint cry of chocolate.

Plenty of carbonation all the way through, but brutally so up front, although typical for the style. It does add some creamyness to the mouthfeel. Its crisp light and clean.

The taste up front is a buttery sweetness that quickly vanishes and becomes much more bitter with roasted grains, resembling burnt toast in flavor. There is some ginger like clove taste, fermented candy sugar, a touch of maple and more bittering of hops and grains. Finishing with an orange peel bitterness. There is really no heat on this, very nice for a beer that is 9%.

The orange peel adds alot of bitterness to this, but its very much enjoyable. I cant say I've ever had anything like, great beer.

Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Dark pour, reddish amber. Two fingers of creamy head.

Aroma is of brown sugar, Belgian yeast, dark malt, spice. Also got that Belgian candied sugar scent going on.

Pretty standard taste for a BSDA. Slight hints of citrus peel. Pretty sweet, with lots of candied sugar and candied dark fruits.

Feel is creamy and smooth, body is probably on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is pretty good. It's probably a little too sweet to rate higher for me.

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
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.