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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,253 Ratings
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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 morimech
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish-brown color with a huge sand colored head. The head takes its sweet time to settle to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma was a little bit of a let down. Far from the best in the style. I pick up some floral elements along with some candied sugar. It just does not flood the olfactory senses with the elements that this style is know for. What this lacks in aroma is made up for with taste. Dark fruit and yesty esters makes this beer. Perhaps not as deep as other BSDAs but has sufficient flavor to make this enjoyable experience. This beer is perhaps the driest example of the style I have drank. I do not mind as I prefer beer on the dryer side of the sweet/dry spectrum. There is also some alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish. The body is a little thin but not too bad. It is also a little overcarbonated. An enjoyable example of a Belgian style beer. But the price puts in the same category of some of the greats from Belgium. Probably would chose one of them next time.

Photo of nickadams2
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Not much lacing.

S_Clove , banana , dark fruit.Little bit of alcohol.

T_Clove,tart cherries,figs,and spice. Sweet but not too sweet as I find most Belgians. Cant taste the alcohol at all. Very crisp, clean, dry finish.

M_Thin and highly carbonated. Actually kind of refreshing.

D_Most drinkable Belgian I've come across so far.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, $9.39 from my grocery store. Been in my cellar for a year.

Appearance: Pours a dark cherry brown with an off white head. Excellent head retention and some sticky lacing. When held to the light, the beer is a clear garnet color with lots of bubbles. The head and lacing on the second pour is even better, so I'm upping the score. Good looking beer.

Smell: Definitely its a BSDA, but not the best. Some dark fruit and bready yeast, but not too complex. Very spicy and peppery. The "citrus peel," which I assume is curucao is very tart smelling. Unfortunately spice and citrus drown out some of the other nice aromas.

Taste: Up front, a thin example of fruity and yeasty Belgian dark, followed by a ridiculous amount of sour, tart citrus all the way through to the finish. Why, just why? Why add citrus peel to a Belgian dark, and if you must, why this much? Its not terrible, but just wrong.

Mouthfeel: I like the carbonation. It allows it to be foamy and creamy without being too much. It does finish a little too dry/puckering, maybe because its so tart. That makes it seem a little thin though rather than thick and rich.

Drinkability: All in all, its an OK BSDA with too much citrus flavor. Its drinkable and decent, but not for $10 a 750. Much better BSDAs to be had for that, both North American and Belgian.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a stemmed Brooklyn glass, it poured a deep mahogany brown, with nearly three fingers of tan-colored head, good retention, and great lacing. The nose had hints of clove, coriander, orange peel, caramel, and vanilla/chocolate, but tilted towards the sweeter end of the spectrum, with surprisingly strong hints of bubblegum and cotton candy too. The taste yielded all that the nose did and more, starting with a fruity/spiciness and then progressing to a brown sugar/cocoa powder/hazelnut sweet (not that dry) finish. Again, the alcohol content was extremely well-hidden, and a nutty cocoa flavor remained after the finish. Spritzy, yet creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel chalice. I think I picked this one up about a year ago, but it has been sitting in the cellar. My beer drinking has slowed considerably lately, so I am digging through some of the bottles I have never tried fresh. Label is very simple. Black, with a large gold and green 2 front and center. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, eventually collapsing to a half inch coating of foam that is a little more substantial directly over the nucleation site. The beer itself is extremely dark brown, to the point of being opaque.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of pepper and cinnamon. Dark fruits and molasses.

Taste: Sweet malt and honey upfront. Smooth caramel malt backbone. A mild yet lingering bitterness a few seconds after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Extremely high carbonation level, a true tongue biter. Body is good.

Drinkability: Aah, the reason I like Belgians. Spicy, sweet, and refreshing. If I remember correctly, this is fairly reasonably priced. It may become a more frequent purchase.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Local 2...750 ml bottle...at home....poured into a Chalice

Appearance dark maroon, almost port like, huge black and red hinted white lace, bubbles up almost too much, then settles nicely.

Smell-candy coated sugar, heavy alcohol, dried fruit, syrupy malt, a hint of rosemary spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel -rush of alcohol, fruitiness continues, multilayered sweetness, candy, hops make an appearance here burn with the alcohol to contrast. Very smooth, surprisingly light consistency.

Drinkability-slow sipping, complex.

Overall-wow, I did not think all the flavors I mentioned would mix this well, a complex, daring, and successful triumph. Worth seeking out.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle cage & cork > Chimay gob

Deep, dark amber color, red hues with a blissful carbonation with a two-finger deep head at first, solid white, thick and dense and lots of life, the retention is as good, if not better than any I've seen. It has at least 1" of white foam right up til' the end. amazing look.

sour, citric fruits, wild berries, sweet tart candies, herbal, medicinal tang, garden greens, sweet strawberries with a sharp, sour tart edge all the way. smokey and sweet malt with dark belgian candy.

A semi-bitter, sour, tart yeastie flavor hits first with the strange sour/sweet malt rides in, brown sugar and slightly smokey...even woody flavor's to the malt which makes it slightly strange. Bitter, wild concord grapes and then a lager-sour like flavor that is very much German. The malt doesn't come across as sweet, it's more of an un-sweetend chocolate and grape combo with a dry heat and some light peppery feel, even chili peppers. Minty grains and subtle woody charechteristics. The balance is kinda off, with the malt being really strange and the yeast giving off some strange but unique flavor's. The feel is crispy, dry and then juicy and a strong, hot finish. Only slightly boozy and tart at the end.

high in complexity but low in good balance. The flavor's which are deep, just didn't seem to work together as much as I would like for this style.

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark brown body with a tall and creamy tan head. Exquisite sheet lacing adorns the goblet.

Aroma has figs, dates, milk chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of orange peel.

Creamy carbonation hosts a solid medium body.

Taste is awash in dark fruits, with figs and dates imparting a creamy sweetness. Milk chocolate, marshmallows, floral hops, and ripe red plums add to the decadence.

One of the better American exceutions of a Belgian style. This one is fantastic.

Photo of roar1345
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i nice reddish dark beer with a reddish orange hue the head stays along and is really huge at first.
the smell is a nice combination of maltiness and honey with slight alcohol coming through.
the taste is great malts with little to no hoppiness towards the back of my throat i taste the alcohol coming through but still a good brew. the after taste which i normally find less than good is awesome and malty!
the mouthfeel is pretty easy with the exception of the alcohol taste lingering
another great beer by the brooklyn brewing company, wish i could get my hands on more chocolate stout by them.

Photo of goblue3509
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown color with a finger size khaki colored head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of a nice sweet malt backbone with dark fruits present as well as a light citrus fruit smell. The taste is much of the same, sweet malt backbone, with notes of dark fruits. There is a hint of chocolate and some orange as well. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very solid beer, a great smell and taste to leave yo wanting more and more.

Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours a brilliant ruby color with a rusty tinge. Thick tan head leaves wispy lacing. Grapey, pruney aroma, similar to white grape juice. Flavor is more bready with a subtle mintiness. Grape still comes through but not as strongly. Finish is a bit short with a fruity boozy note. A little sticky, not bad. Pretty interesting but kinda random.

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

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into .4L New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours opaque black except some cola colors coming through near the bottom with a large slightly beige head that never fully dissipates and leaves thick lace as i'ts drunk.

Smell: Very "Belgian" smell- yeast and alcohol are the most dominant aromas. They're backed up by sugar and orange.

Taste: Begins with a typical yeasty Belgian ale flavor, with a finish that has hints of honey and orange peel. Bready, yeasty aftertaste. Some alcohol notes come through as the beer warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very balanced, natural carbonation. The finish begins watery and dries out.

Drinkability: Overall this is a very good beer and one I'd love to have again. A faithful interpretation of Belgian styles with a bit of a unique twist- although I wish the twist on this beer were a bit more noticeable.

Photo of mntlover
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murk dark muddy drown color some amber around edges when held to the light. Head is thumb size tan dense foam that falls to a cap with some lacing.

Aroma is f'n wonderful loads of sweet malts dripping of fresh fruits honey cover figs, dates, fresh squeezed oranges, crisp golden delicious apples. Hints of coffee maybe light chocolate notes also. Man this one smells so nice inviting almost afraid to taste it and ruin the experience.

Taste is hot damn its good too, though not as awe inspired as the aroma. Malts are molasses, mingled with honey hints of liquorish coffee maybe even peat the seems to blend into the earthy Belgian yeast for the finish. Mostly darker fruits in the taste figs, dates dominating some orange trying to peek out from the dark malty fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is big medium the carbonation is peppy without being over lively as in some Belgians. But its enough to make mouthfeel fall short of full.

Drinkability is very good have had this in fridge for quite some time maybe aging makes it great or its great on its own. Who knows but next time i see a bottle i will be picking this one up again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this over the Local one since it doesn't have a strong licorice taste which really puts me off in a beer.

A - Pouring produced a ton of head and a really deep copper color. Tons of carbonation bubbles throughout.

S - Upon cracking the bottle I get a strong glorious honey smell. The most overpowering one I ever sniffed! Along side of the honey is a really strong tangerine smell wafting to the nose . I could have never smelled such strong smells of fruit or honey in my life!

T - Man I needed to wait for the foam to subside! Awkward... Not as fruit flavored as expect but that's not bad. Mild fruit and honey at first with very little bitter yeast which I love, then followed by a strong alcohol burn which isn't perfect but overall enjoyable.

M - Kind of harsh. ABV is well noted, like a strong hefeweizen. Pretty good.

D - Well I didn't expect this to be a great brew just bought it on an impulse. Lets say that it was a bit stronger than expected but really mellow Belgium beer. May not have it again.

Edit: pretty good beer for my 200th review. Definitely better than Flat Tire by Flying Dog!

Photo of Domingo
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this home from my last trip to Tampa.
Pours an expected deep brown with a billowing off-white head that comes from nowhere and stays.
Smells pretty sweet with dried fruits and dates.
The flavor profile reminds me a little of a big abbey beer. Boozy sweet with lots of dried fruit flavors and even a little cocoa. Lots of honey character as well. Nothing ground breaking, but not bad. I was a little surprised how muted the yeast was. Not really much in the way of the spices I typically get from similar brews.
My 1/2 of the bottle was finished pretty quickly and while I could have had more, it wasn't a huge craving or anything.

Honestly, a pretty straight forward dark Belgian. Yeast is milder than many, so it could probably be more approachable for new drinkers. A good beer that's worth buying, but not really anything I'd seek out again. I personally prefer BL#1.

Photo of Cmuska902
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with a trace of rising carbonation. Started off with a quarter inch, off-white, head which recedes quickly into a thin line. Not the most appetizing color, as though a stout was mixed with a Belgian double/ tripel.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast, some spice, and caramel. Fig, date, and/or orange smells faintly traceable, perhaps some coffee undertones.

T: This is an interesting one. Hits the palette like with the crisp Belgian flavor, with a follow up of dark roasted malt, coffee, and orange. Slightly smokey, dark and complex, the taste appears to end on the Belgian side of things. Alcohol is moderately well hidden amongst the other flavors

M: Not as thick as I had imagined, it has the mouthfeel of a smaller brew. Light and plentifully carbonated, it is rather drinkable.

D: Rather drinkable, if not a confusing brew. Not an every day choice for me, but was enjoyable and would drink again.

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

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head.

The smell is a bit light, but I'm picking up figs, plums, sweet fruit, and caramel.

Tastes sweet with the figs returning. Some more dried fruit and wood to round things out.

Nice and creamy in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable. This is a nice and relaxing brew great for after dinner.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to snifter.

Huge fluffy head that quickly sinks leaving little lacing. High carbonation is immediately apparent from the formation of the head followed by fine bubbles from the body. For me, the high carbonation is a little out of style in a BSDA, but it gives a light festive character to the otherwise cloying candy sweetness of this ale. The nose is fairly one-dimensional, the malt and yeast are there, along with some candied fruit. Not the complexity you get from other BSDAs, but no off notes either. The taste is definitely a strong point here, candy flavors and the honey coming through really nicely, a little distracted by the carbonation. Don't really feel the citrus peel as much, but the malt is nice and roasty. Nice sour finish. The carbonation really kills the mouthfeel for me, but also makes it more drinkable than other BSDAs.

In fine, good taste and easy drinking, but high carbonation makes this more of an odd than an exemplar BSDA.

Photo of BDTyre
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent Belgian SDA. Very dark coffee colour with a really foamy head that settles quite quickly but never really disappears. It looks almost like cola.

Tart, slightly sugar scent almost like apple juice. Definitely a whiff of the orange peel in there. Very faint honey notes.

Belgian dark sugar, orange peel and suggestions of honey, apple and raisin. Not as complex as I had expect, but not bad. Sometimes seems a bit one-sided, with only one flavour really coming through.

A bit flat after letting it warm, despite the initial vigourous head. A nice beer, but the bottle size really stops me from wanting to drink anything else.

Photo of Ego
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
crackling almost roller coaster head rises up and calms quickly like a tranquil dart in the rump of some unruly child, dark brown hue with good head retention, more legs than lacing which speaks to the ABV here. overall pretty much on par for the style.

nose...
musty but not bret, moldy dark fruit, faint hint o' booze, some malty sweetness is floating around, some bananas foster notes as well, interesting.

taste etc...
there is a stunning, almost bracing immediate sweetness here that is almost like berries ? The carbonation hides the wave for a second, gladly this strange barrage does not linger (if it did this might be undrinkable), now a little more ready I delve in for another sip, this brings a little more balance of some molasses in the after taste, the beer certainly has a good weight to it, not quite heavy but not light. The booze makes itself known with some slight warming as you are sipping. The berry flavor is flattening out now, morphing into a cola-esque flavor still kind of strange for the style. very easy drinking for the ABV here...

verdict?
This one has me at a loss.. not sure if this was just an attempt or just something gone wrong. It isn't swill, it is rather interesting, but that doesn't make it for me in this case.

Photo of johnsaulrubio
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Dark, deep, cloudy brown with a tan head.

Smell:
Sweet yeast, apples, grapes, fruit, honey.

Taste:
Malty, honey, caramel, citrus, fruit, spice, with a bit of alcohol. Delicious and complex. Nice, long finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium to full body with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability:
Goes down easy. I drank a whole 750ml by myself.

Serving type:
Bottle

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

Appearance: dark brown with a forever tan head.

Smell: apples

Taste: raisins, light brown sugar, floral hops, rosy, honey.

Mouthfeel: substantial yet creamy.

Drinkability: very easy drinking for a dark ale. The more I drank it the more I appreciated its subtle yet delicious flavors.

Photo of levifunk
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Madison, WI BA Tasting #2

appearance - murky brown. white head.
smell - hops and booze
taste - I might have waited too long in the tasting as this one is fairly warm. Very boozy as well. citrus and sweetness.
mouth - somewhat strong carbonation.
overall - not my favorite beer, the booze flavor was a bit too overpowering. could be good with some time?

Photo of alkemy
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a slightly cloudy dark brown with burnt orange and ruby highlighting and a fluffy light butterscotch head. Spicy estery fruits, toasty malts, raisins, grapes, and a touch of banana and cola. Spicy chocolate, banana, and caramel are the dominant flavors. There's also grapes and a cola note matching the smell. The grape actually tends to linger a bit. I really don't notice the alcohol in the smell or taste. There's some fairly biting carbonation in this one, which leaves a pretty crisp finish. I'd have this again for sure.

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had a bottle of L2 in my basement now for about a year, and I thought tonight would be a good night to open it. Served at cellar temp. Poured into my Brooklyn gold rimmed stemmed glass. First thing noticed is the hissing from the carbonation. Extremely bubbly. Fizzes like soda. Dark brown in color. The head fades fast. There is not much lacing on the glass. Smell was sugary and floral. Taste was very enjoyable. Lots of notes of caramel and honey, and also dried fruits like a nice Belgian quad. Slight cocoa aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, and the carbonation too much on the palate. Would have preferred a bit more body and somewhat less effervescence. I did enjoy this beer as a nice after dinner drink on a warm evening. A great take on the style by an even greater American brewer.

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