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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 528
Hads: 1,329
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 93
Gots: 254 | 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 harrymel
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the bottle: 2782

Mahogany brown with a quilt of toasted cream foam. Nose carries malt, clove, orange peel, toasted malts, a little soil, some tawny malt. Flavor is malt, some dark fruits, a dose of belgian yeast. A little bit of tea. Full bodied with fine, well intergrated carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer. (316 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large weizen glass

A: pours a very beautiful deep caramel color that appears to be very viscous, has an abundant amount of carbonation bubbles working their way up the glass slowly from the nucleation points at the bottom of the glass, pours with a very light weight fluffy head of foam that is a very nice brown clay color and lingers around pretty much unchanged for a very long time,
S: dark fruits, particularly raisins and figs, has a nice deep sweetness to it which i would attribute to the dark candy sugar that was added during brewing
T: pretty much a spot on taste for what i expect of this style, not overly strong on the licorice type notes but nicely muted behind the sweetness and fruits and really only comes through in the finish, the dark fruits mentioned in the scent are still there just more toned down and blended, very clean and smooth
M: moderate to high carbonation that is very fizzy and kind of scrubs the tongue as you drink, smooth across the palate and in the finish, even with the sweetness it has it is only slightly cloying after the finish and is nicely thined out throughout
O: a fantastic representation of the style, as i mentioned it is very well balanced and nothing really jumps out of it at your senses across the board, my experience with Brooklyn tells me this is par for the course for them, they may not do anything over the top or cray but they do what they do phenomenally well and with respect to the expectations of the style (1,488 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red at the edges. Forms a large tan head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell has quite a bit of fruit in it, more like raisins and plums. There is also some caramel and toffee mixed in.

Taste is very much like the smell. Raisins and plums, caramel and toffee. Finishes with a bit of Belgian candy sugar.

Very smooth going down, and nice and solid.

A very good beer, but just short of a great one. This is one of my favorite styles, and beers like this one are why. It has a lot of flavor, and the alcohol is well hidden. The only thin keeping me from rating this higher is it could use a bit more complexity, although it is possible aging will accomplish that. Another nice beer from Brooklyn. (743 characters)

Photo of rand
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a trade about 2 years ago with Manoftyr. Been cellared ever since...after the onslaught of California IPA's I've been indulging in it seemed like a good time to crack it open .

750 mL bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: Deep mahogany in color, completely opaque and quite effervescent. Tight, bubbly head never fully recedes but barely leaves a trace of lacing. Lots of suspended yeast floating about.

S: Sugary ripe fruit and booze make up the nose. Prunes and red grapes and a touch of citrus. The bouquet is wrapped in a pastry-like essence, reminding me of sugar cookies. And yeah, the booze is right there.

T/M: Fruity esters jump to the front, more layered than the nose. It almost taste like there's ripe strawberries along side the plums and raisins. Sweet malty notes accent the chewy complexion, making the brew seem fuller-bodied than it is. As the beer warms, light touches of holiday spice poke through - cinnamon, nutmeg - which work well against the honey-sweet aspects. Boozy notes never lets things become treacly. Still finishes long and sweet.

Another bomb from Brooklyn...I reread my review of Local 1, I think I like this better. Even with the plethora of amazing local beer, I wish it was easier to get my hands on Brooklyn brew. (1,276 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it’s very, very dark opaque brown color with an insanely huge 3-4 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles like a bubble bath, and dissipated very slowly, leaving excellent trails of foamy lacing.

Smells very herbal and bready, with the yeast and dark fruits coming on the strongest up front; the orange peel listed on the label comes through, but the honey does not. After a swirl the nose presents cherry, light caramel, biscuit, coriander, brown sugar, tart or sour fruit, citrus like lemon zest, funky yeast, wet cardboard, light hops, booze and grains. It almost smells like it was barrel aged, but that might be the yeast and booze acting like a nasal mirage.

Tastes malty up front, with the yeast, orange peel and booze immediately following, and then dark fruits like cherry, red grapes and plum, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, cocoa powder, brown sugar, coriander, pepper, lemon zest, funky yeast/wet cardboard, light hops, some other mild spices, booze like a red wine or rum and wet roasted beer soaked grains. Once again the honey does not come to the party, but the tart or sour fruit adds some nice flavors to balance out the yeast and booze. The alcohol is noticeable, but seems well orchestrated and as if it was always scheduled to be part of the experience.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with light fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body, and a very complex finish that is tart and sweet and boozy and bitter at the same time; the chaos theory was unleashed in a beer glass and consumed much to my delight.

I always liked the Local 1 better, but this is a very good beer that I have enjoyed over the years. I sat on this bottle for a year to see how it would age and it was very tasty and enjoyable. I have at least one Local 1 and one Local 2 per year and always enjoy them. (1,849 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with a mild haze. Three fingers of tan head retain very well. Lacing blankets the whole glass.

S: Honeyed bread, orange peel, bit of clove, peppery and spicy yeast, cocoa, a touch musty, floral. Lightly tart. Highly aromatic, the scent of it filled the room immediately after the cork was popped.

T: Sharp clove and peppery spice at the outset. Subtle tartness in the background. Burnt bread crust. Chocolate covered oranges. Bakers chocolate and a bit of bittersweet dark chocolate. Prunes. Slight smoke. Orange peel dominates the mid-palate. Honeyed brown bread. Chalky, earthy, musty yeast. Bit of a floral element. Finishes very dry with cocoa, crust, slight hop oils, and spicy Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy. Aggressive carbonation scrubs the palate.

O: A very creative and food-friendly beer. A bit brash and bold at times, especially with the orange peel. Complex, though not in the effortless way that the best Belgians are. It really settled in as my palate adjusted to it though, and it drank very easily. One of the better Belgian-style brews made on american soil. (1,168 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle served at about 45F in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany brown with an exemplary, mixed density tan head. The head has poor retention, but moderate lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is, as expected, fruity, as well as bready, lightly spicy and yeasty, with hints of brown sugar.

The flavor profile is complex, and suggests dates, plums, raisins, orange(!), cherries, yeast and medium/dark malt. The high ABV is well-hidden. The flavor has sweet/bitter in balance rather than leaning to the sweet side like, for instance, St. Bernardus. Also less spicy than average for style (but no complaints about the flavor mix.)

M: Smooth and creamy; medium body is a tad thin; a bit sticky in the finish; Lively medium+ carbonation; slightly astringent.

O: This could pass for a fine Belgian dark ale -- is there a higher complement? Glad I have a couple more bottles which I will let age a bit longer. Improved with warming. Exceptional. (985 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into teku glass.

A: Poured very deep brown with a slight reddish tint. Nice 3 finger off white head with some slight lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, some spice mixed with roasted malts. Subtle earthiness to the nose.

T: Dark fruity flavors with some spiciness. Hints of citrus, and clove with the familiar Belgian yeasts. Alcohol is nicely hidden in the background. Nice sweetness without being to much.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Second glass had nice head even after sitting out on the counter open for a while.

O: Really nice Belgian dark. Very enjoyable. It's easy to overlook the almost 10% ABV, and end up finishing the bomber with a nice buzz. (687 characters)

Photo of slim2043
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork and poured the dark red/purple elixir into a dogfish signature glass. Foamy off white head w some lacing and retention. Smells of candy and fruit and a very dry wine like scent that's almost musty but in a good way. Initial taste is dark fruit sweetness and candy w some honey and a very refreshing dry finish. Carbonation is phenomenal. Each sip I get something a little different. Sometimes very sweet and sometimes a but sour but always interesting and I am really enjoying this beer. Bravo Brooklyn. (519 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 Fl oz from FM.

A- dark brownish red, with a big fluffy two finger head.

S - lemon zest, cherry, malts

T- Faint chocolate, boozy, some citrus appears later. Seems muted. Some additional sweetness (perhaps the honey or the belgian sugar mentioned on the label) presents as it gets warm.

M - comes in smooth, gets real prickly, then finishes dry. Reminiscent of wine to a degree.

O - Working towards the 2nd glass, I am kind of torn on where this beer stands. It seems like a decent offering, but I'll be leaning toward Local 1 vs 2 in the future. (559 characters)

Photo of Geegmasta
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- A very dark amber pour with a thick, bubbling cream coloured head that slowly dissipates with time and leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Smell- A very light and fruity smell with a strong citrus accent. Almost has a kind of grassy hop undertone as well.

Taste- I was expecting more. Light and fruity but nothing really stands out to me. It is refreshing with a very crisp and almost dry feeling but again, nothing really poked my taste buds. The ABV of 9% is masked very well but almost makes this have a wine taste - but that is probably just the fruit talking.

Mouthfeel- A good amount of carbonation. I'm not the biggest fan of carbonation but it made this very refreshing as it tingles throughout the mouth and tongue. Crisp and dry finish. Leaves your mouth wanting more.

Overall- I definitely enjoyed this beer. I will probably never buy it again for $10 per 750mL bottle though. This beer is more for a nice spring/summer day with a very refreshing tone and fruit undertones. I'm glad this is 9% ABV or else I would have been more disappointed. Brooklyn has made better brews than this.

Cheers! (1,151 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with an off-white foam head. Some spotty lace.

Nose of dark fruit, some burnt sugars, some dark malt.

Nice balanced brew with dark rich malt, some burnt sugars, some dark fruit, raisin-like. Bitterness comes up and is in good balance with the sweet. Beer dries out at the end, with some light bitter maltiness.

Fuller bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Nice drinkable beer. 9% is a surprise, as the alcohol does not assert itself. Sneaky beer, as you can get thru the bomber, but will have a hard time getting out of your chair. (551 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black, with a generous tan head and just a touch of lacing left behind in its wake.

S: Sugar, fruits, raisins, sweet malts, crisp and clean and simple.

T/M: Very tasty with lots of sugary, fruity flavors up front, gradually overtaken by some burnt malts, the distinctive taste of Belgian yeasts, and a subtle touch of bitterness. Real smooth and creamy, and it goes down very easy.

O: A great Belgian-style ale, very sweet and delicious. (457 characters)

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

No bottle date that I can find, just an 0191 marked in an appropriate square on the back of the label. Bottle is probably about a year old.

A: Opens with a loud pop and immediately starts gushing all over my mousepad. *sigh* Pours a nice mahogany with a big fluffy, airy tan head. Fades very slowly. Excellent head retention but only a few tufts of fluffy lacing left behind.

S: Very sweet. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Some raisin, fig and banana back it up. Just a touch earthy.

T: Toffee, caramel and brown sugar up front. Raisin and some other mild dark fruit mixed in. A little metallic twang in there. Turns a bit earthy and spicy in the middle and into the finish. Finish is quite dry with a bit of toffee, brown sugar and plums it seems. More spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, black pepper it seems.

M: Full medium body but higher carbonation cuts it down and makes it seem lighter and airier.

O: On the maltier, sweeter side of BSDAs. Not as much fruit as most. Surprisingly ends drying despite the initial sweetness. Pretty tasty and drinkable, though nothing stands out to give it amazing marks. A solid example of the style. (1,148 characters)

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

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, dark murky fig molasses brown color.

Nose some darker malts, dark fruits, honey apple, light fig date like, touch of phenols, hint of booze, touch of citrus, fruity Belgian esters.

Taste light booze Belgian esters, hint of phenols, nice fruits light apple pear like, fig date as well, molasses and candy, bit of bitterness, hint of powdered cocoa, light grassy too. Finish is drier but sticky, molasses honey and fruity esters lingering, light booze as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice carb, some warming slight tingly booze.

Overall great beer. Well done Belgian additions, between the esters, fruit, booze, and even the light phenols bring a nice addition and go well. The fruits, honey, citrus, etc, all go really well. It's a nice winter style sipping Belgian beer. (835 characters)

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

25.4 bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Ruddy, chocolate brown with a big billowy 3” tan head that slowly recedes to about a ½”. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and spice mixed with dark fruit (predominantly raisin).

Taste: Dark fruit (again raisin) with hints of spice, some sweetness from the Belgian candy sugar. Very flavorful with some bready malts serving as a nice backbone. The alcohol is completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp and well carbonated.

Overall: Best example of Belgian style dark ale I have ever had from an American brewery, the only one I would buy again. Delicious, closer to a double in flavor than an SDA but at 9% ABV I understand the classification. (714 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a dark, ruddy brown with a reddish hue, two plus inch head is coarse and tan. Dissipates very slowly.

Smells of bretty yeast, figs, molasses and mild nuttiness.

Tastes of mild nutty bitterness, molasses, bretty yeast, and hints of red wine tartness.

Full body with fluffy carbonation that fills the mouth.

A pretty good Belgian style ale, but a little bland in the flavor department compared to many of the others I've had. A great option for those that otherwise might find beers in this style to be too rich for them, but I was expecting a little more. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying it and would have it again. (634 characters)

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crytal snifter. Semi-opaque mahogany colored with an inch high thick head of foam that settles out to a finely bubbled cap. Very low, almost imperceptible aroma of toasty malt and pear. Flavors of toasted malt, hints of cocoa, ripe fruit and marshmallow. Slightly metallic in the finish, some clove and plum lingers, along with a subtle bitterness. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, but somewhat full. Decent beer overall, but I was expecting more depth. (459 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark amber with a frothy tan one-finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, malts, dark fruits (cherries, dates, raisins).

T: Follows nose. Complex, sweet, tart, tangy. Cherries, chocolate, molassas. A banana finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a medium mouthfeel

O: Honestly, too many flavors attacking the palate. A bit too sweet for me. But an interesting after dinner drink. (426 characters)

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

750mL bottle, cellared for about a year, enjoyed at a recent beer tasting alongside the Local #1. Cheers for holding on to this Derrick!

Poured into a wine glass. Dark, hazy milk chocolate in colour, with a creamy head that survives as a thick ring, and produces some islands of foam and good lacing. Not sure if the aging contributed to the thickness of this brew, as it is quite murky.

Nose is a mix of fruit (banana peel), chocolate, caramel, yeast, mild funkiness.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, which makes for an enjoyable dark. After warming for a few minutes, the chocolate and caramel rises above the fruity yeast notes, and is coupled with a warming sugary base. Smooth, mild carbonation, medium bodied.

Nice dark ale. I certainly think aging had to have some effect on the brew's complexion, as it feels and tastes mellowed out. I haven't tried a fresh bottle of this before, which I now hope to do in the near future! (942 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights with two fingers worth of creamy head

S-dark bread like malts, dark fruit, light molasses, and Belgian yeast. Not getting much citrus smell.

T-taste matches the smell, bread malt, light chocolate, sweet honey, slight nutty taste, and maybe just a light hint of citrus. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-very prickly carbonation, light to medium body

Overall I think I like this better than other reviewers. I am actually glad I didn't get much of a citrus peel smell or taste. Not the best BSDA I have had but its not bad either. (569 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful brown head and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is a nice and delicious black.

Smell: The honey really comes out very well in a chalice and combining with the chocolate and roasted malts makes for a very good treat.

Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate. The honey and citrus do not come in unless it is a little warm and makes it taste very good. The honey complements the chocolate very well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and a little thick.

Overall: A wonderful brew and worth having more than once and a while. (551 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked it up from a new liquor store that had it for an unbelievable price. the 1st time i had it was in my very early beer drinking days, and so i didn't have the palate to appreciate it much. so here we go.

a - poured slowly into a brooklyn brewery snifter i picked up on my visit. poured a black cherry brown with a 1.5 inch off white head. quite the looker. retention is just okay, and there's minimal lacing down the glass

s - bright, fruity, and pleasntly burnt. caramel, raspberry, black cherry, dark chocolate. my goodness this thing smells good.

t - tastes like the smell. lots of raspberry and chocolate with a toasted caramel malt background. some nice sour notes highlight the flavors alongside sugary, molassy esters. and like the local 1, the belgian yeast is present but not dominant, which i can really appreciate.

m - light with a healthy dose of carbonation. this thing goes down easy and would serve as a great dessert beverage.

a beautiful version of the belgian strong dark ale. this has instantaneously become one of my favorite dark ales. thanks BK brewery! (1,089 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich amber-brown hue which lets ruby highlights through when held up to the light. Head is three fingers of frothy light-tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich, malty aroma with a lot of chocolate character. There's a little bit of earthy hoppiness as well, but this is pretty mild. Overall not bad; enticing, even.

Taste: rich flavor with chocolate right on top, followed by some light bready character and a hint of fruitiness (raisins, mostly). There's a hint of vegetal hops at the end, and bitterness is quite low compared to sweetness. Not bad, and stylistically accurate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation yielding a pretty massive creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: a tasty enough beer, although it lacks complexity. I would probably have this again. (842 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark almost opaque brown, with a thick tan-white head on a gentle pour rising to about 3/4".

Smell: Yeasty scent, pretty7 strong if you ask me, after laying the glass down you still feel it in your nose.

Taste: Holy yeast, little sweet light light bitterness and packing a punch with flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sharp texture which would quench any thirst. Best of all how sticky!

Overall: A real gem, It's easy to find and won't hit you in the pockets if you're already a fan of premium beers. Drink up fellas (and Ladies), Salud! (595 characters)

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.