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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 whallgren
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of RedChrome
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown opaque brew. A light tan head over 3 inches faded over a few minutes. Lots of tiny bubbles rising rapidly at the edges. Thick soapy clumps of lace.

Very strong roasted note to the malt. Burnt bread coated a dark fruit. Plums and dates are primary fruit scents. A minor backing of alcohol heat.

Plum taste hit first on the tongue, and had a bit of a candy sugar coating to it. A sweet citrus taste reminded me of Sprite. Nothing to suggest any bitterness at all on the tongue.

A bit watery on the surfaces, especially based on it's appearance. Carbonation a bit overwhelming.

An O.K. beer. I am stumped as to what this would pair well with. A bit of a let down from a good brewery. May mellow out with some age.

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Photo of Dan269605
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of angelmonster
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 3 finger off white head, body is dark brown. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is of grape juice, sweet caramel malt, and some alcohol. No hops are detected, kinda underwhelming

Taste is of dried prune, sweet malt and honey. No hops are detected. After taste is of some alcohol and peppery yeast.

Mouth feel is good. Good amount of head was present throughout the beer adding some nice texture to it. Carbonation was on the aggressive side but not too much

Drink ability was good. Not as smooth as Local 1 but still not too hard to finish a 750ml bottle. Not a big fan of beers with honey added and it was apparent in here. Dont think I'd buy it again but it was worth a try.

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Photo of swetsastonic
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Morockm
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought and took home from Winking Lizard's in Fairlawn, OH.

Appearance - Three fingers of head present itself immediately under a vibrant and well carbonated beer. Much darker than I expected it to be. A dark crimson red pour with hints of caramel brown.

Smell - Hints of odd hibiscus flowers and dandelions. Smells slightly spicy with very faint hints of chocolate in the background. Smells slightly like an Irish red ale.

Taste - Very crispy and malty with hints of caramel. A lot of floral notes. Very, very sweet thanks to the Belgian dark sugar and honey additions. Yeasty and fruity.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very dry on the finish. Very complex spices. A lot of different flavors working together here. I didn't like this at all the first couple of drinks, but it slowly grew on me. The flavors are working together quite brilliantly here; but it just didn't adhere to my tastes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A very sweet beer with floral notes. Medium bodied.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kerne
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, opaque, mahogany body with a frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Nose has a nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, citrus, & spices.

T: For some reason I expected this to taste differently, but this one has a nice flavor. Not really getting a lot of chocolate, but the Belgian yeast and dark fruits are definitely there with a slight tartness. It finishes a bit dry, boozy, and sweet caramel malts.

M: Light to medium body and decent carbonation, and although the texture was nice and creamy, it was also a bit too light.

D: Really enjoyed this one. The light mouthfeel made this one extremely easy to drink and although it was high ABV, it was nicely balanced. Could easily drink 1-2 of these on my own.

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Photo of MystikCelt
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of BeanBone
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body with reddish highlights and a massive amount of bubbles. Up top, a huge cap of densely packed cream-colored head that endures well, leaving excellent lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Coppery caramel malt, dates, mild spicy hops, slightly funky yeast and just a hint of booze.

Flavor: A mix of sweetish caramel malt, earthy hops, dark fruit, peppery phenols, and Belgian-style yeast. There's a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest nine percent. Everything is balanced well, with no single element dominating. Apples and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish. Some minor heat from the alcohol in the cheeks.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, this goes down a lot quicker most beers this dark and potent.

Verdict: Local 2 is a tasty, solid, and very drinkable for something as strong as it is. A strong Belgian-style beer from an American brewer, though Local 1 was a littler stronger in my eyes.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head.

The smell is a bit light, but I'm picking up figs, plums, sweet fruit, and caramel.

Tastes sweet with the figs returning. Some more dried fruit and wood to round things out.

Nice and creamy in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable. This is a nice and relaxing brew great for after dinner.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark ruby with a vibrant, foamy off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Someone else said that it just smelled like a Belgian, and that's a pretty astute assessment. Belgian brown sugary candy, that nice musty malt aroma, with some light spices and maybe a hint of lighter fruit behind the slight dark fruit aroma.

T - Think Corsendonk brown ale (although that's a dubbel, there are similarities) with some more orange peel zest. That is, it's similar to the aroma. Malty, brown candied goodness, little bit o spice.

M - Thinner bodied than I thought it would be.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of almostjay
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnny_Duck
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raymond69
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark , with a rocky head that lasts the whole glass. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma is slightly musty with a hint of some funkiness.

This tastes like every quad should. Dark fruit accents, dates , figs & candied sugar. Some alcohol is noticeable. Didn't really taste the orange peel.

Mouthfeel is medium/heavy , good carbonation.

Overall a nice treat. Keep these coming Brooklyn!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

September 12, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Deep brown mahogany, a rich amber tint. Two-plus inches of light tan foam head, somewhat rocky with very long retention. You can see each individual bubble of the head.

S – Milky but unsweetened chocolate, with cherry, plum, and apple notes. Caramel and brown sugar malt aromas, along with some evident boozy alcohol esters.

T – Very high cherry-plum component, sweet but balanced. Moderate chocolate with a touch of caramel. I can tell there’s booze, but not at all out of whack, just a low estery note of apple or pear.

M – Very high carbonation and quite dry, flashes across the tongue and leaves you wanting more. Medium body. Both lightly sweet and mild-to-moderately bitter. All balance. A bit of alcohol warmth on the finish that complements rather than detracts.

O – An American made Belgian strong dark ale that stands with the best of the Trappist and abbey offerings. Fantastic.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cameraman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan colored head, dissolving away slowly to a thin layer on top. A dark bread fragrance followed with a yeasty spiciness that rounds out the whole scent. A strong malty front with touches of caramel and chocolate, with a hint of banana and citrus flavors. A medium heavy feel at the front, then it gradually thins out. There is ever present feel of carbonation spreads across the palate. This is a solid beer,
pleasing visually and a fragrant aroma, the creamy texture and hearty and robust flavors are just extras on top.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've gotta say that I'm digging this beer. My tongue is saying that it's a Belgian Dubble, but drier. That must be partially due to the nearly 100% fermentable honey used in the brewing process. I'm not going to go into the flavors here, because the previous reviewers did plenty of that. I'll just add my general thoughts.

I like Local 1, and I sort of assumed this would be taking the 1 in a crazier direction. Not so. This is a solid beer. Clean, flavorful, extremely interesting and can stand by itself. It's completly different than Local 1, and doesn't compete against it; it complements it.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a chalice style glass

Pours dark ruby brown, near black, with about 2 fingers of dense uneven foam. Awesome head retention and lacing. Hard to see light through the glass but there is just enough to give the idea that the brew is translucent.

Smell reminds me very much of a Trappist Dubble with deep dark malts and dark fruit. There's a touch of that caramelized sugar smell on the nose as well. Practically no hops discernible on the nose.

Flavors are dense, rich and dark without being incredibly heavy. The initial flavors rolling over the tongue are heavy of complex malts that seem to range from caramel roast to much darker. There is a fairly heavy mouthfeel here but I think it is from the alcohol rather than any residual sugar, though there is a faint, pleasant sweetness. Carbonation is fine but dense, lending perfectly to the overall texture and mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet and lingering, with a pleasing warmth that travels with the swallow.

Fantastic brew!! Loved Local 1 and I'm really diggin' Local 2 as well. You have to try this one, especially if you are a Belgian beer lover!!

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,415 ratings.
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