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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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Photo of decasere
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a bottle at my local whole foods in Plymouth Meeting PA. Being a fan of Brooklyn i knew right away i had to get a bottle of each of these. They come in a 25.4 Oz Cork topped bottle and i shared it with my wife!

Poured into a pint glass (maybe should have used my goblet) it has a huge off white head which dissipates quickly and leaves practically no lacing. The color is a dark brown with a tinge of red.

The aroma is enticing, sweet candy like with a touch of warm spice, perfect for a cold Pennsylvania night.

The flavor is very right on for a Belgian style ale, no real hops flavor but you can taste the sweetness from the candi sugar and the honey, also you can get a warmth from the alcohol since i is 9.0 ABV. IT finishes smooth and sweet on your tongue.

Overall a very enjoyable Belgian style dark ale, highly recommended a must try.

edit: had the rest of the beer in my Chimay Tulip and allowed to warm up to room temperature, the hops asserted themselves a bit more, and gave an overall more rounded flavor with a dry finish, try it in a tulip warmed up a bit it gets even better.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produces a great three finger sized crown of light tan cranium that dwindles down and stays about a finger thick through the whole serving in a Chimay chalice. Awesome lacing, and has a dark ruby reddish copper colored body that is pretty hazy.

The aroma is yeasty and grape upfront, then floral, sweet molasses and fig. This does finish up with an herbal/metallic characteristic.

Upfront in the taste are figs and cherry, and the honey is detectable. This beer also reminds me of a German lebkuchen as well.

This has feelings of a chewy/sticky/warming appeal.

Local 2 has all the traits to make it a great beer in its style category.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A deep garnet / brown brew pours into a thick four finger khaki head which settles slowly into a thick froth, leaving thick, chunky lacing.

S -- Plum, raisin, sweet bready malts, hefty yeast profile.

T -- Candi sugar, honey, dark fruits, subtle floral hops and dry yeasty spice notes. Very well balanced.

M -- Robust but only medium bodied which is somewhat deceptive. The carbonation plays to this by drying and cleansing the palate on the finish.

D -- A must try. Excellent representation of an American created Belgian influenced brew. Well done.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Billowy tan head, great retention. Body is cloudy dark brown, heavy carbonation visible even through the dark body.

S: Belgian yeast spice, light fruitiness. Smells like a lighter Belgian style.

T: Just like aroma, it tastes like a lighter than usual strong dark, but with plenty of Belgian character. A wonderful bready aftertaste followed by some yeastiness on the finish.

M: Light, carbonated well. Seems appropriate.

D: This beer is very clean and highly drinkable for the style. Not too much overpowering alcohol or sweetness. They really got it right here in terms of drinkability.

Not as powerful or possibly complex as other versions of the style, but it makes up for this in drinkability.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint, 9.4oc brown corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The number 1069 is printed on the back label. I am not sure if that is a bottle number, batch number or a date.

Appearance: The body is almost opaque and has a dark murky brown color with deep crimson highlights. Near the edges of the glass there are some streams of fine carbonation rushing to the surface. The pour produced a nice tall, thick and foamy head. It slowly fades down to a thin cap that hangs on till the last sip.

Smell: Its aroma has full nose of dark sweet malt, funky yeast, spice and a hint of honey and hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a sweet dark malty base with some pleasant sweet honey, tart cherry and other dark estery fruit notes. Funky yeast, mild alcohol and some light spicy notes and add even more complexity. In the finish the hops pop out and add some mild bitterness. The texture is smooth and mellow with soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: Another great Belgian ale from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark brown body with a tall and creamy tan head. Exquisite sheet lacing adorns the goblet.

Aroma has figs, dates, milk chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of orange peel.

Creamy carbonation hosts a solid medium body.

Taste is awash in dark fruits, with figs and dates imparting a creamy sweetness. Milk chocolate, marshmallows, floral hops, and ripe red plums add to the decadence.

One of the better American exceutions of a Belgian style. This one is fantastic.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One 25 oz. bottle and you have nice warm buzz going. Great beer for the holidays or a cold winter's night.
Dark color, thick long-lasting head. Smells of fruit, malt and yeast with significant carbonation.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to decide between this and the Delirium Tremens (cash flow issue), but went with this since it's new.

Poured this into my Chimay chalice just below room temp. The cork came out real easy. Pours a creamy dark brown color with big thick head, despite a real gentle pour. I had to let it sit for a few minutes before the head faded, and it left all sorts of sticky lacing. Smells malty sweet and I get a hint of smokiness. There is some spice in the smell as well, with a bit of alcohol mixed in. A balanced single scent jumps out. The taste follows the nose. Sweet, malty, spicy. A touch of honey in there as well. A surprisingly dry mouthfeel. Heavy, but dry. Leaves a bit of stick behind. Minimal carbonation. A very nice, drinkable beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a caramel type brown color. TONS of carbonation! Awesome looking in the glass.
Smell - Tons of dark fruits on the nose along with some malt sweetness.
Taste - Follows the nose. Dark fruits....cherries, raisins, plums. Some banana type esters along w/ some sweetness

Overall - This one shocked the hell out of me. A phenomenal tasting Belgian Strong dark ale!

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown with some red and a good carbonated head.

The aroma has a bit of bready and Belgian yeast character, but not too deep. Lots of sweetness and dried plum and dark fruits.

The flavor follows with a sweet caramel malt, but not too much. There's some dark fruit of dried plums and cherries. There's a hint of alcohol in there to clean it up, along with tons and tons of carbonation. It's a very drinkable beer with the dark fruits and reasonable about of sweetness. Not too much of the Belgian yeast character. The finish has a drying character of dried bitter plum.

The body is medium.

I actually think this is better than Rochefort 8. It hides the alcohol so well and is really easy drinking.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of King-Ding-A-Ling
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass, hoping that like local #1 it would open more up on the nose and it did.

fleeting Frothy white head settling into a nice persistant creamy layer, cloudy dark brown with ruby tones. (i may have agitated the yeast when taking it out of the cupboard.

Enticing aroma. Fruit heavy both fresh and dried. Maybe dried plum, bruised green apple, sweet tarts. No real toasted malt aroma as i expected. Very enjoyable

Tastes Similar to the nose with a few additions. Alcohol present but not over the top, toasted malts are soft but present. Taste of apple leather, caramel, toasty malts finishing with sweet tea.

nice carbonation, bright of the start, settles nicely, light to medium body, lighter than expected which i dont mind at all

I have to say this beer gave me a boner! Delicious fruit character, high alcohol without the imposing burn, slight dark notes that satisfy my soul, yet still refreshing. Sad this is my last bottle

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Photo of ericj551
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Local 2 pours a cloudy black/brown with a fluffy, foamy head that lingers for the entire beer. The aroma is sharp and estery with plenty of dark fruit and malt with a hint of spicy hops. The flavor start out with a hint of sweetness followed by dark caramel and dry dark fruits. There is a bit of nice bourbon like wood flavor, with plenty of fruitiness that makes the beer seem sweet despite its dry finish. The alcohol is hidden, and the beer is incredibly smooth and dry for its strength. Another great one from Brooklyn, and a steal at $7.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had not expected the pour to be this dark, the color of the body was dark brown bordering on black like some fine chocolate, nor had I expected to develop a three finger thick head. The pleasing appearance got me further excited to taste this latest offering from Garrett Oliver. The smell was a mix of floral and orange peel aromas and was wonderful as well. The taste perfectly captured the essence of orange peel and honey used in this construction, and the zesty sweet taste was rapidly followed by a dusty dryness as a result of the judicious use of all consuming Belgian yeast. There was some cherry and apples in the flavor as well, but the taste was fleeting and basically begged to be sipped again. No sign at all of the alcohol. The high carbonation kept the body airy and soft. Just like the darker versions of superheroes, this beer is what Duvel would be in opposite world.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this the day after I drank Local 1. Currently brewing a Dunkelweizen and drinking this at 10:00 in the morning. Pours a murky brown with a slight touch of red. Foamy tan head dissipates. Smell is classic belgian. Taste is impressive - deep crystal malts, light orange peel and flowers, just a touch of bitterness. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is nice - fine bubble, gravity is right on.

Lovely brew. My fav is still Local 1, but this is right up there. Very very nice.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Local 2...750 ml home....poured into a Chalice

Appearance dark maroon, almost port like, huge black and red hinted white lace, bubbles up almost too much, then settles nicely.

Smell-candy coated sugar, heavy alcohol, dried fruit, syrupy malt, a hint of rosemary spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel -rush of alcohol, fruitiness continues, multilayered sweetness, candy, hops make an appearance here burn with the alcohol to contrast. Very smooth, surprisingly light consistency.

Drinkability-slow sipping, complex.

Overall-wow, I did not think all the flavors I mentioned would mix this well, a complex, daring, and successful triumph. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of FrankSchramm
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VERY nice: Very deep caramel brown color, smooth drinking, caramel flavors are most prominent, slightly floral. Medium body, big and full on the palette. It may very well not last until the entree is served...

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Photo of waltonc
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Kroger while visiting my parents in Michigan last week and flew it back to Colorado in my luggage. (well, actually my wife's luggage, since I hauled a mini-keg of Oberon back in my suitcase)

A: Beautiful dark brown/garnet/ruby color with nearly an inch of tan head that fades down to small patches of bubbles.
S: sweet dark fruit, candi sugar, yeast.
T: Absolutely delicious - again, sweet dark fruits, candi sugar, maybe brown sugar, bread quality, a little orange peel bitterness.
M: Perfect. Medium bodied with very crisp carbonation that makes this quite refreshing in spite o the high ABV and sugar. Like a nice febreze mist.
D: I'm guzzling this right now. Too bad I have to share with my Brooklyn beer-loving wife.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, along with Local 1, brings me back. It was the first "big beer" I tasted and it really made me want to delve more in to the craft beer world. Cheers!

A: Poured from 750ml corked bottle into a goblet. Almost opaque black with a big coffee colored head that sticks around pretty well.

S: Fruity, spicy, complex. A little alcohol on the nose as well.

T: Dark fruit with a bit of roast, plenty of spiciness from the Belgian yeast, clove comes to mind. A little herbal (from the honey?) with a sweet, relatively dry finish.

M: Medium body and well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Absolutely solid Belgian ale from the Brooklyn brewery. Delicious.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful,slightly murky cayenne-amber with a huge rolling 4 finger plus head that was towering to say the least and rapidly rose, only to very slowy receed leaving a splotchy and foamy lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and feverish at first, but soon settled to a less then medium showing. Overall a really nice presention of color and head retention starts this out strong.

S: The special Belgian yeast makes its presence known immediately with an equally impressive aroma of fresh wildflowers, tart tangerine peels with a light funky sourness from the wild yeast bearing dark fruit and pear juice. An underlying touch of Belgian candie sugar sweetness adds just enough accent to balance out the citrusy lemon peels. Well balanced with an incredible smoothness.

T: The flavor starts out with a light tartness of sour tangerines and fruit (melons, pears) contributed by the special Belgian yeast. A fresh burst of wildflowers along with dark warm plums and malting add depth and complexity. Hints of vanilla bean as well some spicy alcohol notes and dried fruit (pineapple) also contribute to this spritzy, spicy, tart and intriquing flavor. Dried caramel with notes of dried chocolate blends well to balance out the spicy and spritzy nature of the beer giving it warmth and a nice maltiness.

M: a medium viscosity with a light hint of effervesce tingling the tongue. The finish is warm with dark fruit and warm dried honey and alcohol adding a nice closing sweetenss.

D: Very good drinkability may be an understatement Complex, tart, fruity with a nice dark malting makes this a very smooth and well appreciable drink per style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TLove
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. Great example of an American interpretation of a Belgian dark ale.

Appearance is a murky brown, watered espresso-like appearance with a full head and a bubbly lacing.

Esoteric smell with strong spice and dark fruit elements with a touch of earthy mushroom/cherry wood flavors.

Taste is very sweet and wet with alcohol prevalent throughout. Malty flavors with earthiness reminiscent of an American stout.

Finish is exceptional and savorable in its drinkability. Full-bodied on the back end, with a sweet smoothness and maltiness that is well worth the price.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown with frothy crème head. Nose is spices, sweet tones, and a bit of a toasted dough thing. Flavor is nice. Nice earthy robust levels. Dark sugar sweetness. Honey is in there? Yeah I'll buy that. Spices mix in pretty well also. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decently full. Another home run by Brooklyn. When do we get Local 3, 4, and 5?

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Photo of damienblack
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-dark brown, absolutely huge tan head shoots up the Duvel tulip. Head stays for a long time, even when the glass is almost empty, there is still a thin layer there. Even on a slow repour, the head just envelopes the glass. The first clue was the huge pop the cork made upon exit. A very visual beer. Nice carbonation helps lead to some sweet lacing. The smell is pleasant but nothing extraordinary, heavy on malt, some belgian yeast, and a hint of dark fruit.

The first thing that stands out in my mind is how smooth the honey added to the beer makes it. Upon first taste, it is like a standard belgian dark. Little bit of yeasty pop, belgian sugars balanced out by an off-dry earthiness, and an undercurrent of dark fruits with a splash of brown sugar. But at the phase where you might normally expect hop balance, you get a blast of cool, smooth honey, belgian sweetness and a little kick that sends your tongue for a loop. It's this honey-smooth yet slightly sweet and earthy flavor that lingers, that makes this beer so gorram addictive. Mouthfeel is nice if not amazing, the honey is a little medicinally cloying, but thanks to the nice carbonation it is helped along. Very creamy, though, almost silky in complexion. This beer has amazing drinkability. Not just a sipper, I can't put it down. So smooth, no alcoholic presence, kick, bite, aftertaste, none of it. Simply sublime. I'm enjoying this far more than Local 1, and it is giving BBCS a run for my favorite Brooklyn beer. Well done!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown with great hed retention and lacing. Like a great dark belgian should be.

smell: sweet bready malts with mild cocoa aroma

taste: nice sweet dark belgian but not overwhelming at all. very stuttle and perfect fruity flavor.

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the top us belgians on the market

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