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Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,254
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 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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather nice BSDA, not spectacular but tasty, and reliable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Black, green and golden label driven by a stylish highlight of number 2. Notes main ingredients and bottle conditioning in the front as part of the general description, while the back offers a slightly longer description of ingredients, intent, and serving suggestions. Notes batch number (200) but lacks any clear "best by" o "bottling" date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (9.0%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour with a generous head, good retention and fair lacing. Presence goes down a bit with the final pours with a noticeable shorter retention and much poorer lacing.

S - Sweet yeasty nose, dark honey, a bit fruity. Not overly impressive but rather nice with pleasing spicy notes.

T - Taste picks and expands nicely the nose with a caramel sugar range, fruity, dark honey, and spiced character. Citrus touches woven with spice... A nice meld. Final pours as they warm up pick up a broader complexity, with vineus touches, where the booze is a bit more forward but complements nicely the final complexity.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation early on that fades a bit to turn adequate and still work rather well.

D - This actually works very well, seems to be fairly straight forward early on but offers a rich shift in complexities and presents a nice brew throughout. Good to share or enjoy on one´s own.

Notes: So far this is probably one of the best big bottle offers I have had from Brooklyn. In fact, it surely is better than some of their limited releases that suffer a bit from too much hype. Maybe not outstanding but this is rich, unassuming, reliable, and nicely done.

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

Comes in a 25 fl ounce corked bottle.
Wells up a nice frothy head that hangs around for a while but slowly returns from whence it came. Head coats rather than laces the glass.

I think this beer is quite well described on the bottle label.
I think it's flavor says a domestic attempt at a Belgian brown ale- -but not quite.

Has the flavor ingredients that are in the Belgian Brown ales I've sampled, but somehow the mix isn't quite right.

On it's own merits this beer's flavor has a satisfying balance of
hops, yeast and some other sweetness hints-- that aren't quite malt like-- but tough to coin.

Mouthfeel is cordial-- with effervescence and a long finish.

Drinkability- is good. I give it a slight "downgrade" because of the ABV, but that's simply my liking for "lighter ABV" content.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer with a clean flavor.

Photo of mstyne
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked large brown glass bottle. Sweet with a slightly plastic(?) aroma. Head dissipates reasonably quickly with some lacing. Taste is of a delicious coffee/chocolate nature, with a warm finish. Very little alcohol flavor for such a big beer. Would definitely have this again, but putting back an entire bomber by yourself should not be entered into lightly.

Photo of TK5150
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a murky orange/brown with a beige head

S- Candied orange peel with a little sweet smelling caramel and honey. Belgian yeasty spiciness finishes off the nose.

T- Malty sweetness, with some honey. A little orange.

M- A full medium body. Fairly smooth yet highly carbonated.

D- Pretty good drinkability, especially for a 9% beer.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of rpstevens
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer is a ruddy amber/brown with very slim glowing orange edges. The pour produces a thick, frothy white head that fades quickly but leaves behind a generous amount of foamy bubbly lacing.

The smell is raisins, plums, maybe some dark chocolate and caramel, followed by a sweet syrupy alcohol. There is an unpleasant metallic component to the sweetness, and there is not much complexity.

The taste is better than the smell, but not much. The dark fruits are present, but a bit over-ripe? They are sharp and almost too sweet. The dark chocolate is more present in the flavor than the nose, but the caramel is overpowered by the alcohol sweetness.

The beer is too carbonated for the style, and it makes the beer feel too light. The alcohol overpowers the other qualities of the beer, and it's not something that I really want to finish.

Photo of Amalak
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at d.b.a. in Brooklyn out of a bottle during a tasting. It had a dark brown/red color. It was fairly opaque with some head and lacing. It had a metallic scent with an alcoholly taste.

It has a very fruity, citrusy taste. High in alcohol, with a bitter fruit taste. Dry and honey based. It's quality.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.


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

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

Photo of dzni
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

good stuff

Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BarFly52
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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...

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.