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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here in Brooklyn we’ve combined European malt and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm to create Brooklyn Local 2. Our special Belgian yeast adds hints of spice to the dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate flavors. After 100% bottle re-fermentation, the beer reveals a marvelous dry complexity, enjoyable by itself or at the dinner table.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 550
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it went really quick, particularly for a strong dark. No sign of high a.b.v. although a little on the sweet side, it smelled great with an attractive, sweet and slightly yeasty nose. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Oh, and tasty too.
Two months later bottle, on the sugar sweet side.Not as drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been dying to try this one for a long time, ever since I fell in love with the local 1. thanks to a wonderful trade with thebrewo, I finally got to try this. it pours a light brown dried date sort of color, allowing plenty of light to pass through, but still holding on to all the richness of a darker malt body. a huge frothy head rises up, tan and permanent, beautiful. the nose is sweet like brown sugar, malt driven, with Belgian candy sugar, a robust and intriguing yeast train, dark chocolate, and molasses. very complex but calculated, theres a lot going on, but its more than just a mishmash of different parts, its comes together amazingly well. the flavor reminds me a lot of dogfish heads raison d'etre, with that familiar raison like dried fruit character and the Belgian abbey style sweetness. there might be oats in this too, its got that similar flavor and feel. the spicy sweet finish is just right, long and lingering, and the alcohol is only there once it warms up. it reminds me of fresh baked spice bread in a lot of ways, thanksgivingish. great feel with a fuller body and quite a bit of carbonation. it coats the palate with its warming flavors, and leaves a very satisfying feeling behind. I was fortunate enough to share this bottle with some good friends, but would have had no problem consuming the entire thing by myself. this is really outstanding, every bit as entertaining as the local 1.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this one to be a little better than the Local 1. The beer poured out as a soft muddy looking brown color with a very light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some interesting citrus notes along with some more earthy tones also. The taste of the beer is pretty nice also. It's got a pleasent sweetness to it along with a soft Belgian yeast flavor too. The dark malts mix well with the lively bright fruit nots in it. The mouthfeel is soft and very drinkable. Overall this beer is quite nice I think. I would drink it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of honey really stand out in the nose, which also has notes of citrus and dark fruits along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose but is slightly more complex; the flavors of honey are accompanied by notes of candi sugar, caramel, citrus, dark fruits and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Brooklyn analogue of a Burgundian bottle. Shortest damned cork I've ever pried off a bottle of beer, just sayin' - it makes it a whole hell of a lot easier.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red brick amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, billowy, and pleasantly creamy ecru head, which settles fairly slowly, eventually giving up but a few parabolas of gymnastic arch lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately sweet bready caramel malt, musky honey, muddled dark fleshy fruit, zingy yeast, white and black pepper, and mildly bitter earthy, floral, and citrus hops. The taste is a reversal of sorts, the yeast (I guess) playing various tricks on the palate - musty flowers, long-cut grass, and citrus rind - followed in kind by a supporting biscuity, grainy caramel malt, some almond nuttiness, gritty brown sugar, and the slightly obfuscated, yet still nice and spicy yeast proper, in a lesser overt role. Oh - 9 points of alcohol, and nothing, not even a feeble warming, swuh?

The carbonation is average, given the bottle conditioning, and swirling, but not harsh, the body a stoic medium weight, just a little prickly, but ultimately smooth. It finishes on a pushy drying trend - yeast and hop essences the main culprit, though the malt is complicit in its waning capability as a going concern.

Brooklyn sure does an admirable job of aping the grand Belgians - here, the dry fruity and yeasty characters a strong testament to that. An easy to drink (hah!), if perhaps a bit too dry example of the style, though the more-or-less subtle hops and crazytown reserved heat do well to stay under the high bar of typical American booze influence, as it were. Pretty good stuff, the gift of game is strong in this one.

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

The Local 1 came with a lot of promise and acclaim. As rarely seen, the beer met the hype. Now the Local 2 has a lot of convincing to to in order to prove that is belongs behind the labling.

The beer pours with a sturdy, malty texture. A froathy, loosely knit head forms above the beer and carries some yeast and sediment with it. Dark brown with burgundy hightlights, it takes the appearance of Belgian Quadrupels.

Dark fruits, moderate malts, and zesty yeast qualities take the foreground while peppery notes and toast brings up the rear. Soft orange peel, corriander, and acidity promises great complexity and variety in the beer.

Flavors of dark dehydrated fruits of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, and grapes take the lead but weave in and out of the dry toasty character. Rum soakes cherries come through as the beer warms, along with peppery and spicy notes that provide balance with the lower hop additions.

Toastier and dryer than, say Chimay Blue, but very well attenuated, the cotton-candy sweetness seemingly evaporates in the mouth and makes drinkability a breeze. Quite dry for such illuding to sweetness and fruitiness in the nose. This beer is in the mix with the Trappist Strong Dark Ales but is just slight of the Westvleterns and Rocheforts.

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3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Three finger head of fair cream and thickness. Dark pinkish red (look at it and you'll know).

Sm: Fresh estery berry hops. Very floral. Nice and complex.

T: Complex body with very dark floral/berry taste, slight caramel, a bit of alcohol, and a resurgence of berry in the finish. Maybe caramel, but it's too complex to discern. Slight cream at the end.

Mf: Nicely coarse, maybe a bit too much. Adequately dry, but muddy. Doesn't hit the mark in either category. It strikes a nice carbonation balance, however.

Dr: It hides its high ABV well, but it's too pricey by Irish standards to consider buying again. Maybe it's more affordable stateside (I think I can safely guarantee it).

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a moderately tall head that fritters away way to quickly but leaves webs of lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Malty aroma with chocolate, orange, caramel and some dark fruit

Taste: Starts with a chocolate and honey flavor that is subsumed by complex fruits (orange and dark fruit), nuts and some hoppy bitterness; after the swallow, the chocolate and malty flavors return, but the balancing flavors never fade and they lead to a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability; There are a lot of elements that make this beer easy to drink - it lacks any cloying sweetness, the alcohol is well-hidden, and the balancing flavors add another dimension; it is not a typical BSDA and, at first, I didn't get that and intended to mark it down for the lack of dark fruit complexity and the somewhat lighter than expected body; having thought about it some, I think this is a very nice beer that carves new territory; a do wish there was just a little more dark fruit, but that is a quibble

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

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, dark burgundy color with a tan, thick, one-finger high layer of foam. The head left behind some intricate lace.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet malt with some dried fruit aroma, mostly raisin.

T - Very complex blend of flavors. It was fruity with some raisin and orange peel tastes. It also brought some sweet caramel malt flavors and was topped off with some spicy Belgian yeast.

M - A fizzy, sharp ale with a medium to full body.

D - Yet another outstanding tasting brew from Brooklyn. Makes me want to find Local 1.

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

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some light dry fruits. Taste is also a very well balance mix between some candi sugar, some dry fruits such as figs some Belgian malt and light fruity ester. Honey and citrus notes are not as dominating as expected after the reading the beer description. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and way superior to Local 1.

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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.

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