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Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

brooklyn local #2

OMG! i think i found the worlds best beer .

P/A=pours a dark burnt caramel color with a off white three finger head that cascades like a guinness.

S= chocolate, hazelnuts, caramel,chocolate malt, barely their citrus.

T= chocolate malt, Hazelnut, caramel, heaven.

This is the best beer i've had best 7 bucks i've ever spent you have to be stupid not to like this.

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Photo of Beerfull
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. I normally drink what most people would call harsh beers. Most of my friends wont drink the random beers I have in my fridge, but when I give them a taste of this beer they always love it. This beer has convinced dozens of my friends to try craft beers. This is amazing considering it is 9% alcohol.

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Photo of bklyn1rr
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could not find anything wrong with this one! Smooth taste and no after taste, wonderful smell, and great to enjoy with or without food. I am excited to find a beer that can be shared with friends; all agree it is quite extrodinary and exceptional.

On to the next one....

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Photo of djsmith1174
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby with an off white head that lasts a long time.

S: Dark fruit, belgian yeast, spices.

T: Sweet dark fruit, banana, clove, and caramel malts. The dark fruits just get more prominent as it warms. Excellent flavor.

M: Great carbonation and mouthfeel. Only a slight note of booziness.

D: Very drinkable and excellent representation of the style. I have sought this beer out several times in the last couple of months, which is not my usual MO. I think that says a lot about how I feel about this beer. Just make sure you let it warm. That's when it really comes alive!

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours an opaque muddy brown color with a two finger off white head.

Aroma: Lots of influence from the yeast. I'm getting fresh banana, tons of clove, apricot and even notes of bubblegum. There are also notions of lemon, red licorice, plums, cherries and a delicate whiff of brown sugar.

Taste: Very creamy and supple. Upfront estery, fruity flavors of cherries, plums, tamarind, red apples and fig. Mid palate very savory notes of rich caramel, toffee and creamy malted grains dance on your tongue. The yeast profile plays a supporting role in the background, adding an extra dimension of depth offering notes of lemon meringue, apricots, bubblegum, clove, licorice and floral notes of lavender. As it warms savory sweet flavors of fresh baked bread and even chocolate come into play and the beer becomes more complex, but to be honest it's so delicious it's hard for me not to drink the entire bottle once I've pop'd the cork.

Feel: As previously stated, the body is creamy and velvety. Mid-heavy feel with moderate carbonation. Dry, yeasty, and fruity. Alcohol profile is apparent, but it comes across in a very clean, soothing way as you drink. Honestly while the beer is rich and hearty, it's still quite refreshing and crisp. I would have no problem chugging an entire bottle of this in a few gulps.

Overall: Absolutely superb. I wish this came in six packs because I could drink this all the time. This is by far one of Brooklyn Breweries best offerings in my humble opinion. A beer that should not be overlooked if you are a fan of belgian strong ales.

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Photo of Drone53
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great American example of a Belgian “Dubbel/Strong Dark Ale”. Poured from a bottle bought from Good Beer NYC in New York City, and pours a deep dark brown, almost black, color with a nice lace head which sticks to the glass. From the nose I get a molasses, raisin, honey, caramel, all of which finish with a nice smell of sweet alcohol. The mouthfeel gives a lot of raisin, and honey like caramel with that nice sweet finish of alcohol. Overall, this is in exception beer! If you are in to Belgian style ales then this is definitely one that you should try!

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Photo of HisDorian
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up to do a beer tasting with Brooklyn brews. Boy, I'm glad I did!

First impression, as soon as the cork is popped, you can smell the caramel and vanilla coming right out of the bottle, and seems to be soaked into the cork. Had a couple bottles of this, and they all were very aromatic right from corking.

Poured into short stemmed wine tasting glassware. Big white head with lots of bubbles. Solid brown color with a copperish tint. Again, the smell is absolutely awesome. Taste holds up with the smell. Vanilla and caramel right off the bat with some chocolate and molasses behind it. Not quite as bubbly as champagne, but still very carbonated feeling. I can feel the bubbles in my nose as I drink it. Great tasting beer that I can have a glass or 2 of at a time, and wonderful in the middle of an evening to try something new.

I will definitely be buying this one again.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting sample pours a rich mahogany-brown with a thin but frothy head (which I'd imagine would get pretty large in a full pour). Leaves a solid layer and thick soapy lace.

The nose is ridiculously elegant with its aromas of dark brown sugar, clove, chocolate, raw dark honey, light roast coffee, sweet leather, black pepper and chocolate covered raisins. I'm really loving how the NY state honey is shining through.

The full-bodied palate has a mild bitterness and that awesomely frothy Champagne-like carbonation from the bottle re-fermentation. It carries an intensely chocolatey vibe with flavors malty chocolate wafer, light coffee, cinnamon and clove. The brew ends drier than the Local 1 (which is awesome!) with a darker chocolate tone and a big return to the wildflower honey.

Again, could I pick between the 1 and 2? Hell no, get em both.

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Photo of brap
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer and will pick it up whenever I see it. One of Brooklyn Breweries better offerings.

Tastes like a quality Belgian. Nice fruit notes and complexity.

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Photo of scootny
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A majestic, soapy, and large head in my gold rimmed Brooklyn glass. Good retention and a nice amount of lacing. A cloudy chestnut brown with no bubbling visible.

Smell is dark a dark fruit blend of raisins, figs, plums. Spicy yeast notes. Sweet and roasted malts with banana. Toffee and burnt, sugary alcohol. A underlying buckwheat honey with an orangey facet. A superb blend, just not that big. You have to take relatively deep sniffs.

Taste is beautifully balanced. Dark fruits are countered by roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Banana and light citrus, ( orange ) blend with the honey from the nose. Dark sweet raisin rolls and fruitcake like breadiness. A chocolatey, toasted and buttered scone somewhere in there. Finish is lightly hopped and smooth with a light floral bitterness. Dry. Graham crackers and cocoa on the palate and back of the throat. No trace of alcohol. Feel is silky and velvety. Tingly carbonation moves to light cream and a gentle scrubbing of the mouth. A restorative drink.

Drinkbility is almost criminal. It never shows the abv in the taste and the feel of each sip is sublime.

For me this is what Duvel is to Belgian strong pale ale. What Chimay Reserve ( blue ) is for strong Dark ale. A paradigm. While it does not establish the style, ( as does Duvel ) it certainly lays down a marker of what the style is and should be.

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Photo of Pmazz19
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful deep brown, nearly black color. It smelled of caramel and sweet toasty malt. It was incredibly well balanced with rich raison flavors and a hint of alcohol heat, although at 9% it is quite well hidden. Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice tingle and spice most likely from the belgium yeast. This beer went down very easily, I loved every sip of it and as it warmed so many flavors came out. I plan to be stocking up on this!

This was also reviewed on episode 2 my podcast:
or itunes key word: GCBC

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged/corked bottle served in a chalice.

L - deep brown color with a beige head that had good legs and left a good amount of lacing.

S - yeasty aroma along with the smells of dark fruits and grassy/earthy hops.

T - a well balanced Belgian, just the right amount of sweetness to go along with a light touch of bitterness finishing dry. No alcohol taste anywhere in there.

F - medium/full bodied with a good amount of carbonation going on.

D - very tasty and very easy to drink.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful brown head and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is a nice and delicious black.

Smell: The honey really comes out very well in a chalice and combining with the chocolate and roasted malts makes for a very good treat.

Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate. The honey and citrus do not come in unless it is a little warm and makes it taste very good. The honey complements the chocolate very well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and a little thick.

Overall: A wonderful brew and worth having more than once and a while.

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Photo of drperm
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9 July 2009.

First of all, I need to take some time to describe the meal this was paired with, because it was an EXCELLENT food-to-beer match and I'm damn proud of it.
A summer dinner salad with arugula (home-grown), green leaf lettuce (mom-grown), grilled German potato salad (potatoes, green beans, bell pepper, corn, oil-vinegar dressing), prosciutto, hard-boiled eggs, and baked goat cheese. The Local 2 was fantastic with the salad as a whole, and truly sang in perfect heavenly harmony with the goat cheese.

Now, on to the beer:
My first thought is, "Brooklyn does Unibroue." As I continue to sip and taste, though, I realize this ale has its own thing to say from its own brewery. It is a seamlessly smooth Strong Dark Ale, but I'm tempted to call it a Dubbel because it's very close in character to my favorite representations of those.
An earthy nose is prevalent, with an ongoing nutty, roasted malt quality and something wonderful I can only describe as "savory caramel." Strong hints of chocolate continue to show up as well. Not at all too rich or sweet (on the one hand), OR too watery (on the other), as some of this style can be. Great spritz at the end. The 9% is hidden well, and it goes down *very* easily.

"Well-balanced" describes this one well, and it is equally enjoyable on its own or with food. It doesn't quite possess the "wow factor" to merit all 5's, but I have nothing but praise for this one.

In addition to the aforementioned food pairing, try with anything roasted, or duck, or wild game sausages, or French (lavender, sage) meat dishes.


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Photo of cjgator3
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

I definite have a soft spot for Local 2, the first time I tried this beer was right alongside Garrett Oliver in a local bar while discussing the properties of the beer with the head brewer himself. Tonight, will be my second time drinking this beer.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a huge light tan colored head that has amazing retention qualities and a good amount of lacing as well. This head seems like it would last for days without dying.

S- The aroma features a good dose of caramel and chocolate along with some orange peel and some spices as well. The aroma is simply fantastic.

T- The taste is truly a work of art that has the rare combination of being extremely complex but not something that is going to send your palate to overload halfway through the bottle. There is a lot of chocolate and caramel up front in the taste with some spices and a hint of orange peel as well. The finish is on the dry side, and simply amazing in how it really begs you to take another sip.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- As I was drinking this one with Garrett, we both agreed that this one is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Overall, Local 2 is hands down the best beer that I've tried from the Brooklyn Brewery and one of the better beers I've tried so far this year. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! The malt bill and Belgian yeast really compliment each other. It's dry and fruity with an exceptional malt nose. I'm detecting a bit of citrus, but not much honey. It doesn't have that earthy feel that some Belgians' posess. The taste is great as well. It's incredibly smooth with huge bursts of fruit. The malt bill provides a ton of sweetness along with the candy sugar. The honey adds alcohol and a thin finish. The yeast esters really make this beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. I'm not usually a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this one is so fresh and highly complex. Hooray Beer!!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to air for hooking me up with this bottle in a person to person trade.
cheers buddy!

An off white foamy head composed of tiny bubbles occupies the top inch layer on this dark maroon colored brew and looks phenominal in my New Belgium Snifter. excellent retention too.

The smell is amlt forward and presents lots of fruit and some medicinal clove.

The flavor is much the same as the nose, the malt and sugar sweetness shines through and the hops are present and restrained a bit. the spice is very moderate and the finish drys things out leaveing the tongue asking for more.

The feel is toward the fuller side of the spectrum and there is a soft yet abundant carbonation. very gentle on the palate.

This is yet another fine crafted brew by Garrett and the fine folks at Brooklyn. Again, I wish that they would distribute here in the 'Mile High City'
very easy going down and the 9 percent is barely noticable. well done.

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Photo of Callaghan
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle, corked and caged. When opened, the cork popped off with a good amount of force.

A: Poured into my Chimay chalice. Nice head, almost beige color. About 2 fingers, and left little lacing on the glass. The head dies fairly quickly. Chocolate brown with hints of orange when held to the light.

S: Dark fruits, like plums and raisins. Honey and lemon, and also some booze.

T: Wow. It first comes in with a rush of candy sweetness. It quickly turns to fruit. Not much citrus here, but I don't think it would be good if it was stronger. As it is, it's about perfect. Honey is present throughout, complementing all the other flavors. If you do not like honey, you may not enjoy this as much as me. After you swallow, you get a taste of alcohol that cleans the palate. Quite nice!

M: Medium carbonation, maybe on the lighter side. Medium bodied as well. Nothing bad to say about it, it is even creamy, which I like. I think a little more carbonation would be just right.

O: Wonderful beer. A lot different than the Local 1, but just as good, if not better, in my opinion. Good smell invites you to try a sip, but the taste, while excellent, doesn't really follow what the nose led me to expect. I will be getting this one again when I see it.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle.

Pours a dark amber ruby color. Very thick foamy head which lasts for quite a while.

Aroma is quite nice. Some sweetness, citrus, hops, a fair bit of honey and lots of malt.

Taste is very good. Taste of hops, malt, citrus, and honey. Flavors seem nicely balanced. A bit of citrus and sweetness and slight spiciness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for me the flavors make up for it. Drinkability is quite good. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Caged 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a reddish chocolate brown - a really easy on the eye brown color with reddish hues. Light brown thick creamy foam - and masses of it - cascades during the pour and takes an agonizing long amount of time to clear out.

Powerfully fruity smell. Richly aromatic. The fruit blends with a nutty chocolate.

Smooth start to the taste that builds in spiciness. Honey in there, and cinnamon too. There's an underlying sweetness, maybe chocolate based, hard to say for sure. Very complex and it all builds together very nicely.

Modestly carbonated in the mouth, but mostly smooth.

A really nice tasty beer. 750ml is a lot to handle in one sitting (for me, anyway), but its enjoyable the whole time. Highly recommend.

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Photo of mntlover
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of johnsaulrubio
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark, deep, cloudy brown with a tan head.

Sweet yeast, apples, grapes, fruit, honey.

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

Medium to full body with perfect carbonation.

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

Serving type:

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown amber color. Will pour a massive head if you're not careful. Great lacing.

S- Grape, yeast, malt (like the powder), funk, and some bready notes. I keep thinking I smell raw honey. Changes pretty steadily as it warms.

T- Grape and what tastes like earthy hops up front. Notes of chocolate, toast, raisin, alcohol, pepper, and light orange comes next. Slightly bitter, bready finish. Each sip is a little different. Profile loses sweetness and becomes more bitter as it warms. Honey-like flavors come out as it warms as well. No one flavor dominates another.

M- Medium thick body with light, prickly carbonation. Not overly drying.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. I've found this style to be really hit or miss for me, and this one definitely hit. I'm walking away with the impression that someone put a lot of thought and work into the crafting this beer. Wonderful balance between a multitude of flavors. Cheers to the brewer.

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