1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Local 2 - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 77
Gots: 180 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,221 | Reviews: 513 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Gavage, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

stakem, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

weeare138, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

dbrauneis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Billolick, Mar 21, 2009
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.

tempest, May 02, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

superspak, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

BARFLYB, Feb 17, 2009
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Zorro, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

jdhilt, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy tan head, with tons of thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight hop, chocolate, dark fruits. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, slight chocolate note, and some figs/raisins/plums. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1.2%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red grape with veins of scarlet kindled when exposed to the light. I love both the colour and the tone; it is deep and concealing with a sophisticated presence. Its beautiful head, pure as the driven snow, maintains its composure and lay perfectly still and utterly placid, unyielding to neither time nor air. Its lacing glints. It looks elegant, it sits with poise; this is a beer with social grace.

The aroma is incredibly reminiscent of many of the great Belgian dark ales; Gulden Draak and Trois Pistoles (Canadian, but Belgian inspired) are both uncanny matches. It carries that same bouquet of dark maltiness lathered in a floral, piquant spiciness. Remnants of citrus can be found but they are distant relative to notes of heavily caramelized brown sugar, roasted grain and rotted fruits.

The taste resembles something like a currant and wild berry compote served over chocolate biscuits and a spiced red fife wheat. It has a wholesome graininess, a dark side, unchecked spiciness and unsweetened fruitiness. The phenols make it almost herbaceous if not for all the grape-y fruit. It's the taste of dead fruits and dried flowers. I'm curious to know how (and what) might pair with this food wise.

I felt the mouthfeel was dull and listless but I quickly realized that it was just the subtlety of the wild honey sweeping over all the spiciness, graininess and fruitiness and concluding the sip with an agreeable and very humble sweetness. Like its head, this beer has poise. Even the alcohol, present in taste and aroma, seems to evaporate. It tastes pebbly, peppery and savory but drinks with transcendental smoothness.

Often times we wish our 330ml bottles would afford us another glass or two. The odd time, however, we find a beer we appreciate and admire so much and are fortunate enough that it comes only in (elegantly made) full size 750ml bottles. Take your time with it, Local 2 is a beer to be sipped over the course of an evening or afternoon while rediscovering a favourite book, music album or memories of times past.

biegaman, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
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.

chinchill, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Kelp, May 14, 2013
Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.