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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 73
Gots: 168 | FT: 7
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

Dark amber brown, with some murkiness. Tall, rocky, marshmallowy, light khaki head. Great lacing. Nose of charred malts, tropical fruits, raisins, dates, cocoa, and yeast. Tangy fruit and sweetish candied malts up front. Grainy, vegetal bitterness plays lightly in the background. Earthy notes before big Concord grape flavors take over. Juicy, sweet (not cloying), and slightly tart. Yeast and lightly roasted malts mix in with the grapes and some latent banana in the finish. Medium-full body with a soft, perfectly-carbonated mouthfeel. Very nice!

alexgash, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of mhatters
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle corked and caged, poured into an oerbier goblet

Pours a dark brown with ruby notes. A huge billowy off-white pours head.

Sweet, spicy, a hint of orange peel and coriander, a matly note too

Rich, full taste - lots of yeast, bready, malty, hints of honely, chocolate, and candi sugar.

Nice feeling on the tongue (tiny bubbles) - creamy from the head still on the top (will it ever dissipate?)

An interesting and enjoyable offering from a solid, quality brewery - if you see this, buy it

mhatters, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of JRed
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery, juicy looking ale with off-white, coppery tone of a head. Weak aroma of citrus peel, spice, ginger, and coriander. First thing that stands out is that the alcohol is well hidden. Flavors of citrus, citrus peels, some floral, spices such as coriander and ginger seep through. Carbonation is biting on the tongue and scrubs away flavors. One of the better ales from BK Brewery.

JRed, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to haningj2 for sending me this beer in a trade back in the summer time. I just never got the chance to drink it.

A: I poured Brooklyn Local 2 into my Piraat tulip glass to reveal a dark brown beer with plenty of bubbles and a fluffy off-white head.

S: The yeast really took this one over. I don't get much (if any) of the honey or orange peel advertised on the bottle. Plenty of bready characteristics and typical Belgian esters.

T: A pleasant sweetness of dark fruit, candi sugar, and lots of bready malts. The yeast is less pronounced than in the nose, but still gives that "Belgian" flavor. Again, the honey and orange are not all that noticeable in terms of the flavor. A very light chocolate note and some mild alcohol come through as the beer comes to temperature.

M: A good effervescent feel on the tongue along with a fairly full body.

D: The alcohol is not overly present, but it can certainly sneak up on you. The flavors are good, but not great, but better than I was expecting from the nose.

womencantsail, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. A large beige head forms with good retention. Light lace is left as the foam recedes.
S: Brewers yeast, some fruity esters, and some alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast and fruit. Sweet sugary malt and alcohol. A strange mineral flavor.
M/D: A medium body that is way over carbonated. The alcohol is noticeable, but still a good beer to sip on.

Not bad, but kind of bland IMO. Worth a try, but not my favorite for the style or brewery.

champ103, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thick, foamy head. Slow to dissipate. Chunky lace. Very cloudy liquid, dark brown, but light does shine through.

Brown sugar with lightly toasted white bread aroma. Lots of yeast.

Overall, very malty with a strong alcohol kick. Rich body with ample carbonation. Smooth to drink The yeast is quite present. An vanilla ice cream-like finish. Long alcohol trail after the swallow.

smcolw, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of psyphin
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Huge slight off white head on top, no lacing.

S - Boozy with typical belgian esters. Dark fruit and malt hidden behind.

T - Heavy malt, fruity with a heavy alcahol heat.

M - Slightly thin with aggresive carbonation.

D - The overwhelming sensation of the alcahol detracted from an otherwise interesting beer. Worth a bottle for sampling, definitely not intended for session drinking.

psyphin, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly. I can't tell anything along the line of smell because of allergies. This is the worst time of year for me to be reviewing anything, lol. The taste doesn't really have the flavor intensity I would like for a beer at this price level. The taste is well balanced, but I am having trouble finding the honey advertised on the back of the label. There is a sort of mapel taste upfront, maybe that's what they were talking about. The spices from the belgian yeast is there, just not very strong. The mouthfeel is way way way too carbonated. So much so that it almost takes away from the flavor. It definatly takes a notch off drinkability.

whoneeds8, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark ruby amber color as the underbelly of an awesome tan bread dough rising to the top of my glass. Dark honey and roated malts with brown and candi sugar in this overall yeasty sweet nose. A littl hard to absorb though. Tastes starts with German brand Ritter Sport with milk chocolate and butter biscuit. The middle gives the honey and orange peel some lovely play with dark roasted, Belgian sweet malt interplay. The finish gives the hops some creedence with this Belgian style ale. Slightly chalky palate but overall sweet with some hoppy and orangey herbalesque hints. Brooklyn just keeps pumping out great beer after another. What i wouldn't give to try one of their tap only releases in IL!!! ALAS?!?!?!

scruffwhor, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is spicy with hints of ginger, orange peel/zest, and some sort of coriander-like spice. Moderately sour, fruity sour - kind of blood orange. Some lemongrass. Some malt. Smells dry and bitter, with a lemon balm vibe. Smells pretty good.

Pours a dark dirty cola color with a large rocky/foamy head. Looks great.

Dark bready malt base with soft nut and biscuit with hints of chocolate. Good dose of alcohol. Moderately spicy, fruity, and funky - ripe melon (cantaloupe mainly), anise, and hints of nutmeg, coriander, and pepper. Floral and rose-like, it has a nicely soft and delicate air. Lemon balm dry bitterness manifests with some orange peel. Fairly light body, dry and gin-and-tonic-like. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Not my favorite Belgian-inspired ale. It's dry, floral, and light-feeling - a gin of beers. Its flavor is light and delicate. I need to re-try this someday as I seem to not appreciate it nearly as much as the average BA. It's not bad. I love Local 1, but this isn't of the same caliber...

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is yeasty and lightly spicy with some sweet and bitterish notes. I also sense a bit of dark fruits and a light nose of chocolate. A complex but very nice aroma.

First sip and....mmmm. Very tasty. I'm tasting dark fruits, chococlate(light), a very nice sweetness coming from candy sugar and the honey(I guess), a yeastiness, and a slight spicy bitterness in the finish. Wow. Is this yummy or what?! No signs of any alcohol intrusion at all and that's another plus. This tastes so Belgian, in a blind taste test I would testify that this was brewed in Belgium. It is that good for me.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation just a tad below medium. Head retention and lacing are great!

Anthony1, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of AaronRed
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. No doubt, this is a champ. Mellow, smooth, with tastes of figs and other sweet dried fruits. Pours a nice dark hue with a tight cream lace. It really seems as if it is from Belgium. Has a balance not often found in American Belgian type ales. It lets you know it is serious because you cannot detect the alcohol right away. A must try.

AaronRed, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
2.17/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours brown with a tan head, about two fingers with a slow pour.
Smell is of stereotypical Belgian-style yeast and candi sugar. Lots of banana and clove notes. Very typical, but not in a good way, more like a bland imitation.
The tastes is as bad as the smell, its just bland to the point of being awful. The usual elements of a Belgian beer are there, the candi sugar, the yeasts esters of banana and clove, some dark fruits like plum and raisin from the malt, but its all a disjointed mess. The sweetness is cloying, the banana and clove almost artificial.
The mouth feel is particulary bad, its almost waxy, like drinking a a banns and clove scent candle.
I have a friend who maintains that most American produced belgian style ales are awful, and while i still disagree with him, after drinking this beer i see where he is coming from. This is a horrible beer. I said bland earlier, but its worse than that, its fake. This is the worst attempt at a belgian style beer i have seen in a long while.

redneckchugger, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as soon as my local stop started carrying it.

Pours a medium-dark brown with a finger of solid off white head. Lacing and retention are both good.

Smell is sweet and spicy, strong malt, cinnamon, caramel, pear.

Taste is beautifully complex, strong sweet malt with caramel, darkened banana, plum, black cherry and mild nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, smooth and sticky, with just a slight hint of alcohol.

Drinkability is good. I daresay this is better than Local 1 but I won't go that far. This is a damn good beer and I drank every last drop.

LumpyGuitar, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a redish dark brown, nice head, dissipates down to a quarter inch. Some wet lacing.

Aroma of figs and malt, some "clean" continental malt aroma, similar to german pilners. Light on the spice, this makes me happy. A saison ester spice aroma also. Flavor, very delicate spice, some dried fruits, a bit of cacao dust dryness/flavor, fruity esters, some lemon rind notes to it. Finished dry. Hop bitterness extremely well balanced, no hop flavor past the bitterness really. A very good beer.

bloberglawp, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really into the Brooklyn Local 1, so I am really looking forward to its darker cousin, Local 2.

This beer looks absolutely incredible: a thick, foamy, creamy head that leaves lace all over the place; dark brown body is shot through with ruby hues. If not held directly to light, it almost looks like a deep, abyssal black. The head remains for the duration.

While it looks stupendous, there's an aggressive nose to Local 2 that I'm not sure about. Raisin, brown sugar and plum are all but steamrolled over by the alcohol. The alcohol has a powerful pull like that of rubbing alcohol. Basically pretty unbalanced, although some chalky milk-chocolate/cocoa comes in with some warming and almost balances things back out.

Flavor is thankfully much more welcoming than the aroma. While the alcohol offers a flare and an underscoring of the flavors, it's those flavors that win out. Licorice, anise, cocoa, dark chocolate and carob meet with dark pit fruits and a sweetness that I can't really describe, although knowing this beer was brewed using Belgian dark sugar and raw wildflower honey, I can cheat and report that those are indeed the sweet elements I'm tasting. With warming the beer becomes even more complex, as an exotic feel emerges thanks to some sharper, Indian-like spicing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, and the carbonation seems built of microscopically small bubbles--they're felt and they're fizzy in their own way, but they don't sting or intrude. About as authentically Belgian a texture as I've had in any U.S. Belgian-style brew.

Not quite as drinkable or flat-out fantastic as Local 1, but they probably shouldn't be compared too closely. They're different beasts, even if they're birthed from the same womb. But this is a fine beer, and one with a unique personality, even among others of its kind, Belgian or otherwise. With complexity and depth, this is a slow sipper and probably a candidate for cellaring and tasting every few months or so.

Metalmonk, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An monstrous "pop" from the champagne cork...

A - Three fingers of quick rising fluffy ecru colored head... Excellent retention... Beautiful rich mahogany color...

S - Strong yeasty aroma... Some slight floral characteristics... A vague spiciness... Apricot and pear... Orange... Honey... Tart cherries... Raisins... Not as sweet as I had expected... Nice aroma with a lovely complexity...

T - The maltiness of this brew becomes much more apparent on the palette... Caramel and toffee dominate at first... Chicory... The fruit than rises to the forefront accompanied with a subtle spiciness... Raisins... Finally the palette is left with a mix of yeast and subtle alcohol warmth...

M - Slight carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied... Smooth... The finish is slightly thin and slightly dry... Not what I expected given the complexity of the aroma and taste...

D - A nice all around enjoyable brew, but it wouldn't be confused with the true Belgians that serve as the paramount examples of the style...

philbe311, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of paulieatworld
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ah, another domestic belgian replica.

poured from 750 into a snifter. pours a solid, murky brown with a frothy tan head that quickly receded.

smells of typical belgian yeast: fig, plum, various dark fruits with a subtle wood note?

taste is quite heavy on the dark fruits up fruits, followed with a significant amount of orange spice and a semi-dry finish.

i definitely dig what the bottle re-fermentation has done for this beer. a solid amount of carbonation saves what i feel is a somewhat mediocre replication of a belgian dark ale. this one is lacking some zip and i would have like to seen a dryer finish on this one. all in all this is a solid beer from a solid brewery. Garrett's done some marvelous things for the industry. but for the money you're gonna invest in this bottle - there are far better true belgians darks available at or around this price point.

paulieatworld, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold, cork-topped 750mL bottle poured into wide-mouth Chimay glass. Beer pours a deep red brown color with a thick chestnut head which stands around for a while. Deep, spicy aroma.

First sip has an edge of carbonation followed by a mellower, caramelly sweet nutty flavor. Earthy bitterness follows the sweetness, but there's zero aftertaste. It's deceptively lighter bodied than it seems, and more uplifting than the 9% ABV would suggest.

The beer does more for the sweet parts of the palate than the bitter; examining more carefully, notes of honey are apparent -- I'm impressed by how well the honey flavor is executed actually. There is apricot in the front, and kind of an orange-peel tinge to the bitter side of the experience, but it's not as citrusy a Belgian ale as the label suggests.

Very, very good. I think I liked Local 1 better, but 2 is of similar quality.

hreb, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a murky red-brown body with nearly two inches of persistent khaki-colored head. Citrus and pith come through loud and clear in the aroma, with hints of brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee. Citrus and pith hit early, with a sweet orange juice quality, followed by some brown sugar with chocolate notes and a tinge of roastiness to balaince things out. Medium bodied with full effervescent carbonation (no doubt from bottle conditioning). Relatively dry and clean toward the finish. Overall, a great Belgian strong dark. Not the best I've had, but an extremely good drinkable one (despite the complexity and ABV), and a suitable follow-up to Brooklyin Local 1! Awesome

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mnrider
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 9.4 oz. Chalice type glass

A: Pours dark brown, with normal brownish head. Light carbonation. Head stays the long run with slippery lacing.

S: Malts are present. No alcohol. Can't get much else out of it. Kinda sweet.

T/M: Smooth, citrus and roasted malts. Honey. Sugar with spicy hops and yeast. Alcohol is strong. Finishes dry.

D: Good brew here. Taste is adequate but not exceptional. Looks good but smell is just ok. Alcohol is strong so you might want to drink slowly. I would try again maybe once more. This beer is great with cheese and crackers.


mnrider, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Dark woody brown body, with a lighter sepia color on the edges along the light. The head is a beige color, and comprised of many compact little bubbles.

S - A sweet, molasses malt character is matched by citrus, peach, dark floral honey. The candy yeast character reminds me of fresh-baked sweet muffins.

T - The dark malt character meets me up front, with a touch of bitter orange and honey on the back end. The finish has a touch of chocolate, but it does get pretty lost amidst the sweet malt, fruit, spice, and floral notes.

M - Lacks a bit of "pop," and the finish isn't striking enough to justify the lack of zippiness on the palate. It ends up feeling pretty heavy.

D - This brew begs for complementary food - though I'm not necessarily surprised, considering Garrett Oliver's longstanding reputation for pairing beer with food. A spicy blue cheese like Bayley Hazen Blue, a simple, delicious duck confit, or a rustic duck pate. Yes, I think the flavors pair well with duck, ok? Definitely a well-crafted brew, though, personally, I like Local 1 better.

vrazionale, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped a 750 to share with the little lady this afternoon. Dark brown/amber and a bit murky at 50°. The tan head is creamy but settles to a thin film rather quickly.

A nice yeasty Belgian character to the aroma, with spiced fruits, some citrus spice and a good earthy malt backbone. The taste is again slighty yeasty, with nice citrus and fig spice. Some nice whiskey soaked fruitcake. That defines the little alcohol that slips through all this complexity. A fine BSDA I believe.

This is all done with a medium body and an ale that does not fill you up. More than just a sipper I would say, but at 9% it is wise to take your time. Glad to have snagged this beer on a recent trip to Buffalo, NY.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy brown with 2 fingers of brown creamy suds. Lots of bubbles on/in this one. Some lacing around the rim of the glass.
Smell is corriander and belgian yeast. A sweet sugar caramel with a fruity raisin and plum skin aroma. No alcohol present.
Taste is dry and spicy. Raisin and caramel and pumpkin pie. Otherwise, kinda plain. No alcohol in the taste.
Aftertaste is sweet caramel and allspice.
Drinkability is pretty good here since you can't tell this one is a 9%er.

peabody, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into my good ol' Duvel tulip. The ale appears a dark crimson brown color with about three fingers of foamy rust colored head. The head fades a bit, but lingers till the glass is empty, and leaves behind no noticeable lace. Flavors and aromas are of spicy yeast, wildflower honey, floral and fruity, citrus, mostly lemon peel and essence, black pepper, cherries, apples. Local 2 falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. Nicely done and worth seeking out if you are a fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 13, 2009
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.