Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 532
Hads: 1,343
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 96
Gots: 257 | FT: 7
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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 FtownThrowDown
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to Brooklyn Brewing. Nice, classy looking 750 bottle and presentation.
Nice pop from the cork when removed. Pours a very dark brown in color. There's more head than there is beer in my Duvel snifter. About 3-4 inches of off white head. Smell is belgian yeast, some spice that I can't quite put my finger on and some light fruit and bubblegum. Taste is more of the belgian yeast, some dark fruit, and some kind of earthy spice that I still can't figure out. Incredibly full on the mouthfeel. Very creamy and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very nice beer. Very well done Garrett and crew!

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - color ranges from amber to darkness, complete with a 3-finger caramel-color head that drops to a cover. Not much lacing.

s - smells great. sweet and spicy belgian.

t - tasty standard belgian leaning toward the sweet side. Nice. A little alcohol is apparent but nothing overwhelming.

m - mellow carbonation with a medium mouthcoating. Relatively light in body. The dry finish arrives as advertised. A bit of warmth on the swallow.

d - very drinkable. Pretty solid masking for a 9% ABV. I bought another bottle to age...if it lasts that long. Maybe I got my hopes up but I think I would grab the Local 1 before the Local 2.

UPDATE: The ABV jumps out as it warms. Taking taste from a 4.5->4.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a hearty POP! and the uncaged and decorked 750 ml bottle-o-brew pours a hazy burnt hazelnut-colored body capped with a semisolid, fat and sexy, three-finger deep topping of spongy pale tan foam. The impressive head atop the brew relaxes slowly, deflating into misshapen cloud-wads that stick puffy 3-D globs of lacing onto the sidewalls of my Duvel glass.

The smell is sweet and malty with notes of mild caramel, golden apples, green grapes and juicy plums. A note of brown sugar with lemon zest emerges as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is right on profile with the nose-- mellow, sweet, and fruity-- but takes a detour when the caramel factor is encountered, engaged, and vigorously suppressed by a note of tangy, juicy lemon-lime. The crisp citric zip lingers through the pull and even into in the aftertaste, assisting a touch of emergent drying bitterness in reining in the otherwise abundantly sweet appley, plummy juiciness of Local 2. The finish is quite dry, surprisingly so given the erstwhile orchardfruit fest going on in my glass, and deep into the contents of the Champagne-style bottle, a wee dram of floral honey and a grassy hop note peek out of the aftertaste, pleasantly complicating matters further.

The drink is medium in body with fine zesty carbonation and the alcohol factor is very well-suppressed. This little Brooklyn goody is near-quaffable, as ill-advised as that might be given the 8.7% ABV.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, rich brown in color. From the 2 glasses I was able to get out of the bottle, both times I started with a 3 to 4 finger head before going down. Sweet roasty malt and a lot of sweets from the sugar and honey as well. Mmmm, tastey. The brown sugar is easy to pick up on. Definitely can taste the alcohol in this one. Little heavy on the tongue, but still smooth. Great impression overall and definitely a good buy. Should have got it when I was at the brewery a couple weeks ago!

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Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 caged and corked bottle into to different glasses the first being a Duvel tulip It just didn't work it produced a ton of white head way to much for the presentation stay away from that glass the second being a standard challis which really helped out it still had a nice two finger head that settled down to a thick lace. The body was a dark burgandy when held to the light.

The aromas coming from this brew are the typical Belgian yeasts dark fruits and a light alcohol heat. The flavors follow the nose is so much as the dark fruits are dominant in there. With the fruitiness of the yeast helping as well the mouth is to the light side of medium but the carbonation is great.

A great American Belgian dark I wouldn't expect any less from Brooklyn brewery. Very drinkable and I will by this brew again

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to a quick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some sweet chocolate, a bit of muskiness, yeast, and some earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile. Caramel, chocolate, black plums, some yeast, a bit of earthiness, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is mildy noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp towards the finish. Aftertaste is soft and short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable strong ale. This beer should be picked up and enjoyed by all.

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Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle that I purchased at Heinen's in Mayfield Village a few weeks ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail clean clear pint glass. Batch 3518 printed on back label.

A Pours a pleasing dark brown body with a light brown head lasting a good three minutes and then some. Close inspection of the head revealed a very cool effect: hundreds of bubbles stack on top of each other like so many ball bearings.

S Sweet malt and Belgian yeasts with some honey and maybe some light raisin smell. Yum.

T Thin sweet malt taste with the bite of some yeast and perhaps some hops as well. There is a dark caramel, almost chocolate taste as well. Fairly true to the style, the yeast driving home the Belgian heritage of the style. Edit: There is a very distant (I mean like 20 minutes after last sip) taste of honey that I appreciate. I increased my taste rating from 3.0 to 3.5 for this alone.

M Full with moderately high ABV and dark sweet malt tastes. That being said it is a bit thinner and more watery than other great Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It lacks the pleasing syrupy sweet malt taste (and feel I suppose) of the best of the Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It is also not as strong as better Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

D Good but not compared to others in this style. Gulden Draak is an example of a BSDA with more "umphh" behind it.

Notes: A nice addition to the Brooklyn lineup but the thin malt and yeasty aftertaste makes it more like a Pale Ale that happens to be dark in appearance. I have to say that I am dissapointed in this beer because I was so looking forward to it. I remember enjoying Local 1 and then I heard that this was coming out..and BSDA is one of my favorite styles...perhaps I built it up too much in my mind but count me dissapointed.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Local 2 has a dark butterscotch head with a ton of fluffy light brown head. Great retention, the head remains significant and creamy on top of the body throughout my entire drink, leaving a little bit behind in the bottom of my glass. Some thick, sticky, rings of lacing are left behind also.

Smell is fruity, peppery with very noticeable honey accents that are almost flowery.

This one should definitely be pretty warm when you drink it. I started when it was cold and by the time I finished it had warmed up quite a bit and was noticeably better. With that said, there is a lot going on in this one. The fruit flavors are surprising light and not the super dark fruits I would expect. Perhaps there are some dark fruits, but I think the fruits in this are mostly like Local 1 (same yeast, so that makes sense), apricots and other such fruits. It also has a noticeable, peppery bite to that is a nice addition. However, I would say the biggest flavor here comes from honey. A good amount of sweetness with a slightly floral taste to it that is very nice. Tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is on the light said for the style, but perfectly carbonated. Also, it leaves a type of syrupy film behind in your mouth and throat from the honey. This may sound disgusting, but it is a good thing (Think a Braggot but less extreme).

Pretty drinkable beer. Impressive overall.

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Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

A - Brown with a reddish tinge and good clarity. A large beige head with large bubbles and leaving some lacing behind.

S - Spicy with brown sugar, orange and some floral hops.

T - A nice balance of spices, fruity notes and hop flavors. Generally dry with a fantastic tangy and slightly bitter finish. The 9% alcohol is well hidden.

M - High carbonation (even for a Belgian style) with large bubbles. I would have liked it to have a bit less. Low to moderate consistency; maybe even a bit thin.

D - A very flavorful and enjoyable beer. I would definitely buy it again. A great beer for my 250th review.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle From Jungle Jims.

Poured clear brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with another of the top active bottled beers for style.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brownish red or even a light black with an off white or very light tan head that build quickly and takes up the upper half of the goblet, as it should. Aroma is sweet and malty, biscuity with some dark fruits, figs maybe, but a lot of dark sugars. Taste is sweet but balanced, spicy with some pervasive alcohol notes, but nothing too distracting. Not much bitterness to speak of but the sweetness is never cloying.

A well crafted brew that gets better as it warms. Not as great as Local 1, but that's a difference in styles for me, this is a must-try beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see another beer in this series, I hope this continues. Pours a dark orangey chestnut, or perhaps a shade darker. Nice one inch or so head to start that is fairly tightly beaded and settles to a thin cap. Smells nicely yeasty scents of apples, brioche, banana, and hints of toffee and spice. The taste has some similar qualities as well as quite a bit of citrus laced throughout and less of the bready and apple notes. Still, very nice overall. Very smooth and slightly sweet on the finish, and perhaps slightly vinous. A pleasure to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark pour with a thick beige head. Looks great. Smell is a kicker. Candy sugars and spicey/figgy. Very hot auslese notes. Taste is quite hot too. Not overly sweet, and the spice is not as evident in the taste. It is nice, but the alcohol seems a bit too hot for me. Also, there is a bit of a medicinal quality that does not set well with me. Kind of like an apertif. Mouthfeel, like the Local 1, is great. If the alcohol were not so pwersistant, I'd score this much higher for drinkability. Appearantly, this is not noticeable for most drinkers, so I am not scoring this as low as I typically would for drinkability. A nice beer, but I'll let my next bottle sit on a shelf for a bit.

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Photo of JoeBloe
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after removing the foil, i noticed the cork had the number 1 in a circle, like the brooklyn local 1 logo -
poured from the bomber bottle into a bklyn tulip
puts up a crazy huge tan head, even when taking care on the second pour -
a mild musty zest to the nose -
tasted good, malty, bready, a little sweetness-
the big carbonation is probably sacrificed to the thick head, sits well on the tongue -
good stuff - this big bottle went down easy

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Shop Rite Liquors in Hoboken...
Appearance: Roasted-brown, deep, dark, amber hue... Maximum fluffy head, major lacing...
Smell: Deep, roasted malts, grapes, chocolate...
Taste: Strong purple grape flavor, heavy on the roasted malts, strong flavor with some alcohol lingering as well...
Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, full-bodied stuff...
Pretty darn drinkable for an 8.7% rich bodied, dark-ale...
Personally liked the Local 1 better, but Local 2 is a pretty strong depiction of a Belgian style from an American brewer...
Not bad...

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Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured almost black dark red amber color and formed a huge foamy light tan head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, Belgian yeasts and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee, yeasts and maybe a hint of honey. The body was fairly light and the the finish was astringent, yet sprite. Not a bad beer, but a bit light for the style.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown, non-transparent. Nice dark cream colored head that is very thick but thin on texture.

S - Very sweet smelling at first from the brown sugar and malts. There is a nice fruit scent as well in the background. Not very much floral or hop aroma, but overall very nice and sweet aroma.

T - At first taste it is very tart, I'm assuming from the fruits used in the brewing process. It is very citrusy and the orange peels added to the brewing comes through clearly as the beer warms up! The aftertaste is somewhat sweet which is nice b/c it balances out the tartness of the fruit. There is also a hint of chocolate waaay in the background.

M/D - There is tons of carbonation associated with this brew, but the beer is very light on the tongue. The beer is not too smooth due to the carbonation and it has a medium-dryness finish.

Didn't really know what to expect from this one but it tastes very much like a Belgian Brown/Dark Ale but fruit/oranges. So you get sweetness, citrus, tartness all in one....very drinkable brew and from America!

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Photo of shroompod
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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