Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
Dark ochre with generous orange peel highlights and abundant bubbles. The golden beige hued head is soft and airy and unsticky, with an almost featureless upper surface. Looks like Brooklyn Brewery needs a lesson in Belgian-style ale head and lace creation. With respect to the latter, very little makes it to the glass.
The aroma isn't deep, rich, dark or powerful. It's a little on the tart-n-tangy side (unripe figs) which doesn't bode well for the flavor. The best BSDAs have some of the greatest noses in all of beerdom. This one is disappointing... and improves a bit by the bottom of the bottle.
Brooklyn Local 2 tastes better than it smells. It still isn't the cat's pajamas, but it might open up and complexify with warming. Even though they shouldn't have much to do with the flavor profile, too many sharp-edged bubbles aren't helping. I'm starting to think that bottle conditioning is more miss than hit. Too quiet early and too boisterous after a bit of aging.
The flavor profile falls on the lighter Belgian brown ale side of the BSDA spectrum rather than the darker Belgian stout side. Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, a few chocolate shavings, sugared pecans, lemon zest and plenty of clove and black pepper. No hint of the wildflower honey.
Additional positives are good sweet-bitter balance and well-buried alcohol. The hop bill includes Perle, Aurora and East Kent Goldings. In truth, little hop flavor is appreciated. Not a problem, given the style. Warming helps to some extent, but it doesn't turn an above average BSDA into a really good BSDA.
The body/mouthfeel score could just as easily been lower. It doesn't have the silky smooth expansive creaminess of the best Belgian ales (few American-brewed Belgian-styles ales do) and the initially harsh carbonation hasn't eased much in the 15 minutes since cork extraction.
My hope was that Local 2 would be better than Local 1. It isn't. Although I have a great deal of respect for Garrett Oliver, the unfortunate truth is that Brooklyn Brewery beer is oftentimes less than impressive when compared to the best that American craft beer has to offer.
04-17-2010 14:34:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Rich caramel malt and brown sugar characterize this beer. Slightly astringent up front and then mellows with a full body. A touch of Belgian funkyness in the distance. Gave a sample to a "I don't like beer, I only drink bourbon" friend and he was pleasantly surprised.
04-12-2010 15:08:11 | More by Brent
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
750-mL bottle, corked.
This beer poured a clear, deep red-brown color with tall, light brown, sudsy foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was crackers, malt, hops, and some Belgian yeast. The taste was lightly sweet with flavors of Belgian malt and yeast. There was a light fruitiness (figs and raisins). And yeast and hops came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a very nice, drinkable beer.
04-11-2010 16:08:33 | More by UncleJimbo
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
Thanks to DannyS for this.
Pours a dark, translucent brown with ruby highlights. 4-finger frothy head with lots of sudsy lacing.
Smell is yeast, caramel malts with allspice. Taste is caramel, honey, spices, bread, and slightly herbal. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, very carbonated.
This is fairly drinkable. The taste is a bit watered-down. Watch out for the ABV.
04-05-2010 03:21:47 | More by theghost3
3.08/5 rDev -24%
750 corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Dark, opaque black-vermillion body with a lovely 3" head of frothy, creamy tan foam; good retention and light lacing. Great looking beer.
S: Rather dull aroma of bready malt, dark fruits, and spicy yeast. Not bad, but nothing special - especially for such a great style.
T: Starts out with fruity yeast, then the bready malts, then a distinct bit of cherry flavor (nice), and finally a wave of booze. Fairly complex, but overly boozy and not especially tasty.
M: Very smooth and fairly light, with abundant fine effervescence. Quite pleasant.
D: Not so great here. Mediocre taste and overly apparent alcohol make it a bit of a chore to drink a whole 750.
Notes: Much like Local 1, this was a faint imitation of the best Belgians (and, for that matter, top-notch American versions like Three Philosophers and Allagash Quad/Odyssey). Unlike the Local 1, it wasn't all that tasty in its own right. Even though this isn't a bad beer by any stretch, I was pretty disappointed. I'd recommend steering clear of this one in favor of one of the offerings from Rochefort, St. Bernardus, or Chimay, or...you get the idea.
03-31-2010 02:03:07 | More by woosterbill
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Poured a dark brown color with a huge tan head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of sweet malt dark fruits and spicy yeast
T - Starts off with sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit and yeast finishes by making the 9% abv known with an alcohol finish
M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it
D - This is a well made beer but I don't think that I can really drink more than a tulip of this in a sitting the alcohol really lets itself known in this one it lacks balance this will probably be the only bottle I buy
03-26-2010 17:34:12 | More by armock
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a snifter.
A - dark brown, nearly no head
S - honey, orange, apricots, apples
T - honey, citrus, apples, hops, some spice or something
M - medium bodied, good bit of carbonation
D - The alcohol sneaks up on you quickly at 9%, but this is an awesome beer! Not real heavy, but pretty complex, yet completely drinkable all night and with a variety of food.
03-22-2010 01:08:06 | More by dzni
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
750ml bottle with cork and cage. "0149" near the UPC. tasted in early june 2009.
very dark brown w/ rube red tone under the light. no sediment on first pours. huge 3+ fingers of light tan head, forming a meringue at first, then eventually a thin but constant layer. good, consistent lacing.
aroma: sweet, malty caramel that is rich and almost savory. dates and raisins, with spice (anise or licorice) and dried orange peel. light notes of grassy, herbal euro hops, with more malt, brown and candy sugars, and very gentle phenols that actually cleanse the backend. whiff of chocolate?
taste: very similar flavors, just a rich in the malty caramel department. fruity date notes along with citrus peel, light anise/licorice. lightly grassy hop gives a mild to moderate bitterness, adding to a faint cocoa reminiscence. phenols and alcohol are restrained and again help with a cleansing effect.
medium body, with fluffy mouthfeel and smoothness overall, but also light acidic and astringent tones peeking through. carbonation is moderate, prickly upfront before backing off into more of that fluffy texture.
03-20-2010 11:54:46 | More by tai4ji2x
4.05/5 rDev 0%
The local no. 2 followed right after trying the No. 1 in a delightful little tasting while watching some footer.
And while it wasn't as good as the former, this beer was certainly a worthwhile drink.
Pour is cloudy brown toned, tending towards an oporto-ish aspect with a smaller tan head that holds and laces nicely nonetheless.
Smell is strong in caramel scent, roasty malt and, of course, a yeasty alcohol feel natural to the style.
Taste is definetly good, but does make you desire something more. In a way it seems very malty but not going flamboyant anywhere from one end to the other- spicy but not too much, bitter ending that is certainly subtle and a continuous alcohol feel that seems very pleasant nonetheless. full bodied and quenching despite the thickness.
Very decent beer but by no means the best brooklyn has to offer.
03-13-2010 22:43:39 | More by Andreji
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Pours a beautiful dark brown, with red edges as it's held toward the light. The pour into an oversized wine glass creates a big, billowing light tan head with outstanding retention. Lots of lacing as it goes down.
S: Big whiff of booze for starters. Almost rum-like. Deep, dark fruit has a strong presence. A bit of spicy yeast.
T: The booze is still strong. The dark fruit lends a deep sweetness. The honey mentioned on the back of the bottle is clearly present. A bit of orange peel, too. Overall, it's sweet and boozy with a little spice. Definitely evokes some sort of rum drink.
M: Lively carbonation adds to the effect of the spice. Body's crisp and light.
D: Definitely a sipper. For me, this beer is slightly less enjoyable than the sum of it's parts -- it's a bit too sweet. I split the bottle with themedievalist, and that half bottle was definitely my limit for one sitting. Still, I'd have it again as an occasional dessert.
03-12-2010 16:21:48 | More by CharlatanSin
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
Review from notes taken on 12/18/09
Pours a dark brown color with a tanned head of foam. Nice retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. Nose is yeasty with some phenols, dark fruit character, some sweetness like dark brown sugar an a bit of clove. Medium feel and highly carbonated. Quite warming and spicey. Alcohol isn't hidden at all but it is still quite drinkable. Taste includes notes of yeast, mild bitterness, brown sugar, bread and spice like cloves. Overall not bad.
03-10-2010 17:48:09 | More by stakem
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle 1089, but no discernable date; Sampled October 2009
The cork just explodes off this beer as soon as I twist off the cage. Luckily I was prepared for this and didn't lose a drop of beer to the floor. A careful pour yields five fingers of head, some of which actually over-flows my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a pale brown tinted, tan color and the beer is a mix of dark plum colors and brown; the head leaves ample lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear plum tinted, ruby hue. The nose has a complex spiciness to it that is earthy, clove like, with woody pepper notes and perhaps even some savory spice notes. There is a rich, dark fruitiness that just lingers underneath the spice notes; it reminds me of raisins, a touch of brandy and some prune notes. There is a solid malt structure here as well that provides a rich, whole grain bread crust wholesomeness and lots of biscuit character. The malt and fruit notes combine to make me think of toast (that is only lightly browned) and jam (concord grape jam even), while the spice combines with both to produce an almost cola like aromatic note; this cola like note is actually quite prominent now that I have noticed it.
Only lightly sweet with a fairly light body, both of these are not usually found in beers of this strength. The beer finishes with some spicy, hot alcohol notes that likely could have been tempered a bit if this beer had more body. Spicy notes of clove lead in to an astringent peppery note in the finish. There is a bright fruitiness that reminds me most of raisins, but also has some fig / prune notes as well as some berry-like notes. The finish has a touch of roasted bitterness as well as a soft hop bitterness, but really the balance to the fruit and sweetness is the hot alcohol spiciness. The spiciness in this beer also contributes a sort of cola like flavor here as well, and it also makes me think of a Concord grape soda as well. I like the mix of fruit notes that this beer has, and the fact that it is not too sweet also is enticing. I can see this doing quite well as an aperitif, but I can't see it standing up to a main course pairing.
While I like my Belgian inspired ales to be light, this beer seems to be a touch on the light side. The hot alcohol in the flavor also gets accentuated a touch too much as well; though I am admittedly harping on it a bit more than I should, this is a 9% alcohol beer afterall. Still this is a pretty enjoyable beer, and I could actually see this improving with some more age. This is not bad, I just think the recipe needs a bit of tweaking; actually the recipe is likely just fine, I think a slightly different fermentation profile would help quite a bit. As with the Local 1, this beer seems a bit too refined and austere (I am not sure if this is a nice way of saying this is too filtered / conditioned or not); it is well crafted, but needs some more rusticity to it to be really great.
03-07-2010 16:21:38 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Appearance: cloudy, chocolate brown in color, 1.5 inch head
Smell: candied fruit. Not overly strong
Taste: plum, candied fruit, caramel, some chocolate at the end. Nice and complex.
Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/high carbonation, light bodied
Drinkability: A nice and complex Belgian dark ale. I like it better than Local 1 and could have several. The chocolate and fruit combo is really good. This is well worth the price.
03-03-2010 14:26:57 | More by tigg924
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
A - pours a chocolaty brown color. Slight cloudy. Big thick head of foam sits on top and dissipates slowly. Good lacing.
S - a complex but very inticing mix of spicies, toasted malts, and some fruity esters, mostly citrus. Also some faint white wine like aroma.
T - the taste is very similar to the smell. Very complex. Dark fruit and spicy yeast are very predominate. Also some honey and a mild sourness but finishes surprisingly dry.
M - medium bodied. Carbonation is on the higher side.
D - the abv us barely noticable. For a strong sipper it is very easy drinkng.
02-23-2010 06:32:57 | More by Teleweizen2
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
Appearance: A dark brown body with reddish highlights and a massive amount of bubbles. Up top, a huge cap of densely packed cream-colored head that endures well, leaving excellent lacing on the way down.
Aroma: Coppery caramel malt, dates, mild spicy hops, slightly funky yeast and just a hint of booze.
Flavor: A mix of sweetish caramel malt, earthy hops, dark fruit, peppery phenols, and Belgian-style yeast. There's a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest nine percent. Everything is balanced well, with no single element dominating. Apples and biscuity malt in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish. Some minor heat from the alcohol in the cheeks.
Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, this goes down a lot quicker most beers this dark and potent.
Verdict: Local 2 is a tasty, solid, and very drinkable for something as strong as it is. A strong Belgian-style beer from an American brewer, though Local 1 was a littler stronger in my eyes.
02-22-2010 01:28:15 | More by BeanBone
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours dark brown withsome red along the edges, a good two finger head that pretty quickly reduces to maybe a half of that.
N - Smells of floral hoppiness, and a bit of caramel up front. As it warms a hint of sour cherrys comes through.
T - I taste Caramel, sour apples, definatly malty. As it warms dark cherrys and rasins come through. Bitter hops come through but by no means dominate this brew.
M - a Moderate amount of carbination and an overall creamy texture.
D - A tasty malty beer. Goes down real easy. Be careful the 9% ABV is not at all notacable, and given the 750ml bottle this one can play a number on you.
02-21-2010 20:36:44 | More by BarFly52
3.4/5 rDev -16%
Reviewed 1/12/2010 (Bottle):
Pours a dark reddish brown color body, big fluffy head, off-white, lasting. Berklgiany floral aroma, sweet. Honey. Floral taste, very light, carbonated sweet taste. Like light liquid honey. Strong honey taste. Somewhat heavy feel. Good but a little heavy for my taste.
02-21-2010 03:33:45 | More by jujubeast6000
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Realized I hadn't put my review of this beer in writing, but I found my notes from tasting on 12/31. This is an all around good beer, a solid alternative to the more expensive Belgian strong darks. Poured into a La Trappe chalice.
Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with big bubbly head. Smells of dark sugar, raisin, chocolate, etc. Pretty heavy on the carbonation, and it initially a little drier than I like my Belgians. Great dark malt, chocolately, perhaps caramel, but definitely pretty nutty. Medium bodied, and with the dry carbonation, thats a bit of a downside. Definitely a great beer for a full session, I finished this bottle over the course of a few hours...
02-16-2010 03:02:26 | More by Jesstyr
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
A deep brown with dark tan hilights. Pours from the bottle into the goblet with an effervescent head and bubble stream. The head is two fingers and shrinks down to about 3/4 of that with a nice lacing.
The aroma is wine, pears, green grapes, and a little bit of sour funkiness. The malts have a chocolate aroma to them but remain very light.
The taste is full and round: with the malt and candi sugar providing a base thickness and slight smokey sweetness. There is the sour apple/pear flavor of the yeast and a very light bitterness on the back of the tongue from the hops. It is very well balanced with a fizzy, full funk providing a brightness - where many strong ales lean entirely towards a one dimensional darkness. There is a distinct brandy like taste.
A good mouthfeel - creamy and fizzy. It is highly alcoholic but incredibly smooth and satisfying.
For a local NY brewery, this is an elegant and complete example of a Belgian inspired beer.
02-07-2010 01:37:47 | More by Minotaur
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. Nice high head, high level of carbonation and the head lasts.
S - Bananas, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla and some bread on the nose. Very malty and complex, really enjoyed the aroma.
T - Sweet malt flavor, not overly sweet, but this big beer has some sugars left behind from some of the darker malts. Caramel comes out well, not as much fruit as I would have guessed from the smell. Seems to be some roasted malts also as I pick up a little almond like nuttiness with the vanilla.
M - Nice amount of carbonation, it is high but helps to create a little snap at the end to counter the sweetness. Can definitely feel the alcohol.
D - Very nice, well rounded Belgian Abby style ale. Could enjoy this quite often.
02-03-2010 00:56:26 | More by steelerguy
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Thanks to air for hooking me up with this bottle in a person to person trade.
An off white foamy head composed of tiny bubbles occupies the top inch layer on this dark maroon colored brew and looks phenominal in my New Belgium Snifter. excellent retention too.
The smell is amlt forward and presents lots of fruit and some medicinal clove.
The flavor is much the same as the nose, the malt and sugar sweetness shines through and the hops are present and restrained a bit. the spice is very moderate and the finish drys things out leaveing the tongue asking for more.
The feel is toward the fuller side of the spectrum and there is a soft yet abundant carbonation. very gentle on the palate.
This is yet another fine crafted brew by Garrett and the fine folks at Brooklyn. Again, I wish that they would distribute here in the 'Mile High City'
very easy going down and the 9 percent is barely noticable. well done.
02-02-2010 01:52:11 | More by bonsreeb85
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
Poured from 750mL bomber into Maredsous Chalice.
A - Poured a syrupy ruby brown with champagne like carbonation when held to the light. Thin, yeasty head with slippery lacing.
S - Subtle dark fruit, little bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness mixed with some subtle spice. Not really that powerful in the odor dept.
T - Malty sweetness mixed with a touch of honey caramel and vanilla, with some fig-like dark fruit flavors. The alcohol is very noticeable.
M - Lively carbonation and smooth. Leaves my mouth feeling moist with a bit of a bittery aftertaste.
D - Pretty drinkable BSDA. Not my favorite, but a nice offering from Brooklyn.
02-01-2010 01:38:38 | More by cosmicevan
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
picked up a bottle at my local whole foods in Plymouth Meeting PA. Being a fan of Brooklyn i knew right away i had to get a bottle of each of these. They come in a 25.4 Oz Cork topped bottle and i shared it with my wife!
Poured into a pint glass (maybe should have used my goblet) it has a huge off white head which dissipates quickly and leaves practically no lacing. The color is a dark brown with a tinge of red.
The aroma is enticing, sweet candy like with a touch of warm spice, perfect for a cold Pennsylvania night.
The flavor is very right on for a Belgian style ale, no real hops flavor but you can taste the sweetness from the candi sugar and the honey, also you can get a warmth from the alcohol since i is 9.0 ABV. IT finishes smooth and sweet on your tongue.
Overall a very enjoyable Belgian style dark ale, highly recommended a must try.
edit: had the rest of the beer in my Chimay Tulip and allowed to warm up to room temperature, the hops asserted themselves a bit more, and gave an overall more rounded flavor with a dry finish, try it in a tulip warmed up a bit it gets even better.
01-31-2010 00:16:18 | More by decasere
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Pretty dark and hazy. I like it a lot. Nice brownish/tan head. Very nice.
S - Very nice. Sweet, from the candi sugar. Almost fruity, but not hoppy. Something different. Love it.
T - AHHhhh. Great. Sweet, caramelly. Touch of a honey like taste even though the honey was fermented out
M - Nice carbonation levels. Crisp taste. Finishes rather dry on the tip of the tongue.
Overall a wonderful beer. By far my most favorite of their beers.
01-29-2010 20:19:58 | More by phillipzayas
4.05/5 rDev 0%
My 501st review. All apologies to Brooklyn, it's kind of anti-climactic.
Opaque black with one ruby red splotch when held against light. Large beige head settles into thin, peppery retention. Smells of fig, spice and candi sugar with an airy, springtime honey and floral character. Relaxed body--each sip is like easing into a warm bath. Taste is dark candi sugar, plum and a mocha caramel fade.
Subtle flavors, not readily discernible by themselves yet unforgettable as a whole, are what Belgians are all about. Brooklyn hit the nail on the head.
01-29-2010 05:22:00 | More by donkeyrunner
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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