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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with a little bit of alcohol mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the caramel malt with some dark fruit and honey mixed in. The beer is fairly sweet and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to a quick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some sweet chocolate, a bit of muskiness, yeast, and some earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile. Caramel, chocolate, black plums, some yeast, a bit of earthiness, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is mildy noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp towards the finish. Aftertaste is soft and short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable strong ale. This beer should be picked up and enjoyed by all.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, orange peel, red grape, pear, apple, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, light must, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, prune, red grape, pear, apple, orange peel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly bready, and lightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, dark brown with a light tan head that floats atop the dense liquid and slowly fizzles out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary, caramel, raisins, and cocoa.
Taste is of cocoa dirzzles raisins, caramel, and a touch of honey. There is a mild dose of earthiness found in the bottle, as well.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy up front, leading to a sugary, demi-dry finish.

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

Nice to see another beer in this series, I hope this continues. Pours a dark orangey chestnut, or perhaps a shade darker. Nice one inch or so head to start that is fairly tightly beaded and settles to a thin cap. Smells nicely yeasty scents of apples, brioche, banana, and hints of toffee and spice. The taste has some similar qualities as well as quite a bit of citrus laced throughout and less of the bready and apple notes. Still, very nice overall. Very smooth and slightly sweet on the finish, and perhaps slightly vinous. A pleasure to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

750ml bottle into a regular snifter twice over time. A loud pop once the cork is removed. The cork has a 1 printed on it, where are the local 2 corks?

A- Local 2 boasts a dark look to it. With a full glass from far this looks almost black, & brown when held up to light. In smaller quanities this has a dark mahogany color. The head was sturdy with two inches of off white/ beige foam. Great patterns of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Very strong, I smelled this once i popped the cork. I'm getting some sweet candy with caramel from the european malt. The sweetness overpowers any chamce of getting some hops in the nose. Ripe apple and other fruits. Some slight alcohol, no big deal. Fruit appeal came out more with warming.

T- Brooklyn Local 2 is to BSDA as Local One is to BSPA, in other words it nails the style perfectly, adding it's own uniqueness. This is in part to the addition of the honey which is light but present. Dark fruits abound such as plums, apples, raisins with some banana. Orange peel is a key ingredient but only shows minimally. Some spices also with yeast also.

M- This feels great on the mouth as I let the flavors dissolve. Goes down extra smooth with a dry aftertaste. The fruits stick around as some sweetness from the honey is felt on the tounge. A lot of bubbles and carbonation in here as well. Only a mild bitterness after time.

D- At 9% not an everyday beer but this size botle was fine over an hour and change. A great example of the BSDA style and I look forward to local 3, if that ever happens. cant wait to see what some time will do.

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

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. This is a complex, but very subtle beer. I wish the flavors were a bit richer, yet at the same time it reaches a fantastic level of drinkability (it feels like a beer half its strength). The hazy brown beer has a sweet honey and dried dark fruit (raisin, date, berries) flavor with slight notes of caramel and cocoa in the background. While on one hand it's very easy to drink, you could also stop, slow down, and really think about this brew. The bottom line is that this is good stuff, give it a try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 2: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Caramel in color, long livid bubbly head.

Smell: Raisens, fruity yeast character hinting at fresh peeled appleskins.

Taste: A very well balanced brew, brown sugar, caramel, and a dry yeastiness. Bready, biscuity, nuggets. Raisens still present. Very light orange citrus. Full of Belgian dark ale qualities and very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying. Nice lush drying mouthfeel. Almost champagne like.

Drinkability: A nice sipping beer. Balanced and complex, can stand up to other imported beers in quality. Highly reccommended.

Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a lot of brown sugar and a faint sour edge. To say this beer is aromatic is an under statement, it is sitting an arms length away on the table and I can smell it from here. Lots of malt and caramel and a fainter spice apple cider aroma. No hop aroma but a fairly strong scent of dates.

Starts out sweet with a wheat toast with applesauce flavor. Lots of brown sugar flavor with some cinnamon toast flavor. No real bitterness just a slight herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty ale that doesn't give the slightest hint that it is a 9% ABV.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even a gentle pour gives a large glass of warm light brown foam that slowly turns into a dense dark brown body with tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has aromas of dark sugar and some sweet cola notes but otherwise it is pretty clean, even as it warms a bit.

T- The light roasted sweetness has hints of dark sugar and becomes more raisin flavors with each sip although the sweetness gets lighter as it warms. There are some fruity yeast notes with a dry clove flavor softly supporting them. The faint tart hint in the finish has some bubblegum hints and a flat citrus note to it, there is a slight carbonic acid bite to the tart note aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with lots of scrubbing bubbles and no real alcohol heat.

D- The tart orange flavors in the finish really start to dominate as the beer warms masking much of the more subtle flavors. The dark sweetness and yeast qualities are nice but make the upfront flavors a bit drab. I had high hopes for this beer and it just didn't have a lot to offer and I missed much of the flavors that were in the written description.

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

Pours a five+ finger very light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt malt nose. Flavor is malty, dark fruit and some yeast. $10.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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