Brooklyn Local 2 | Brooklyn Brewery

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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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Photo of MykeJ
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frankenmonkey81
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cambabeer
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a sturdy dark brown color with a finger's worth of semi-quick dieing head. Some spotty lace tried to cling fairly nice but slid after a little bit.
The aroma had a nice presentation of raisins, plums, milk and dark chocolate, Belgian sugars, light wafer/Belgian yeastiness and ended with a little bit of fig/earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a fair amount of earthy spices (somewhat clove/crushed coriander) coming through fairly nice. Light aftertaste of dark toast, dark and milk chocolate with the wafer/Belgian yeastiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch above with a nice sipping quality about it. Spicy harshness wasn't disturbing, but noticeable. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Nice semi-smooth Belgian sweet and dark fruity finish.
Overall, pretty nicely done Belgian Strong Dark ale that I would have again.

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Photo of Khaack
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 5.94 (Sale price and tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.233/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bottle marked 215B, stored at 42 degrees. Served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Cork and cage bottle, opens with a decent “POP”, no overflowing.
Aroma – smells sweet and malty, no yeast nor fruity yeast phenolics.
Head – large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, low density froth, good retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular one to three mm frothy ring and frothy complete layer.
Lacing – poor. A few isolated small islands of tiny bubbles.
Body – brown and a little chill haze. When it warms, the haze mostly disappears. Bottle conditioned.
Flavor – Begins sweet and malty, but the sweetness seems more like candi sugar than malt in origin. No particular hop bitterness or flavors found. The bottle advertises dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Allowing it to warm in my mouth does indeed bring out some caramel, but still neither dark fruit nor chocolate. The 9% ABV is totally hidden.
Palate – medium; sticky; lively, almost fizzy, carbonation.

This is a passable attempt at a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, particularly for what I paid (50% off). Just don’t expect an excellent example of the style at this price. I didn’t and consequently was not disappointed. For what it’s worth, I’m a fan of Unibroue’s La Terrible.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25.

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Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Cloudy dark mahogany brown pour with massive foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruits and Belgian sugars... plum and fig.

T/F: Caramel malts and spice... dark fruit. Baked raisin, plum, and old fashioned candies. Complex... some yeasty esters are in the mix, and thick/syrupy on the tongue. Good carbonation. Sticky on the tongue and the finish is semi-sweet and fruity.

O: A great beer and great representation of the style. Tasty and complex.... all the flavors I look for in the style with nice depth. Gets better as it warms. What a winter night should be.

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Photo of MFD657
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deebo
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to this beer. Was the first beer I bought at the original Four Firkins in May 2011. Meant to drink it earlier but sometimes shit happens.
A-Poured into the glass it still has a substantial 3 fingers of beige head atop a slightly ruddy light brown brew with lots of ruby colored highlights.
S-Big time aged fruits with notes of figs/raisins. Plenty of sweetness but not much oxidation.
T-Lots of ripe stone fruit (plum and figgy). I'll get figgy with it. A nice port quality but isn't nearly as sweet as those dessert wines.
M-Has really dried out nicely. A bit of cloying syrupiness but it isn't overpowering. The alcohol is subdued.
O-Should have drank earlier but this beer has aged well. Not cloying with a lot of ripe fruits. Should redo with a freshie.

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown opaque color. Citrus, plum, toffee, caramel and Belgian yeasts in the aroma. Taste is very complex with some raisin, plum, brown sugar, malts, more dark fruits and caramel.
Smooth and medium mouthfeel with significantly noticeable carbonation. Overall I would not hesitate to pick one of these up again.

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Photo of Stockatron
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GulDukat88
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A nice three finger heads starts this one off...And that head dissipates but stays at a half inch for a long time. Nice lacing. Smells plummy and malty, but the first few sips don't land with much fruitiness. Some chocolatey goodness, sugars and caramel maltiness intro this ale to your mouth--but nothing that bowls you over. A bit of bitterness lingers at the end, with a big crisp, carbonated finish. The zip of carbonation helps a little to cover up a beer that comes off a little thin for a Strong Dark Ale. I applaud Brooklyn Brewery, like some of the other US indie breweries who are finally trying to make a quality Belgian style ale (see Schlafly, Boulevard, North Coast, etc). Even Sam Adams is giving it a swing with some success. None of them can match Ommegang's expertise, but all of them are making something worth drinking in the various Belgian styles--and that's a breath of fresh air in a time when the "who can be the hoppiest" pissing contest seems to still be the rage. These new ales offer drinkers another choice of big flavors to try, and new ways to look at what beer can taste like.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown color, rich tan head. Cloudy with sediment.
Aroma: yeast, brown sugar, bread.
Taste: honey, ginger, some Belgian Wang, but ok. A touch of bitterness at the end.
Feel: bottle fermentation makes is very bubbly.

Well crafted beer, though not my style.


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Photo of Wingnut93
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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