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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 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 Pundit_of_Potability
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -12.7%
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 LMO1190
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Probably some of the best head retention Ive ever seen in a beer. It nice dark brown with 3 fingers of white head that seem to last forever!!!! the aroma is ok,Brown sugar, malty, spiciness from the Belgium yeast. The taste is about the same. Very dry mouth feel. Overall this is an OK beer. It is nothing grand. I was expecting a lot more, but this just the beer equivalent to table wine. Nothing against the brewery. I have enjoyed there local 1 and Sarachi ace.But I don't think I would go out of way for this one again!

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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 Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a hint of ruby red, a massive foam head quickly disapates and yields a sudsy lace.
Surprisingly the aroma was hard to detect at first and even slightly metallic. However, once it warms one gets tones of brown sugar, dark fruit, toasted bread and even some alcohol at the end.
Nice complex taste; dark fruit such as plum, raisin and fig. Brown sugar, candi sugar and perhaps molasses. Sweet overall but with a peppery and clove like feel. The body is medium to high but feels light and effervescent in the mouth. Yet, the finish feels a bit on the thin side.
I like this one overall even though some of the metallic qualities and thinness of the finish compare slightly unfavorably to authentic Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Nevertheless, a good example of the style.

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Photo of GStone899
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well this one overflowed immediately after popping the cork so that was interesting. Color is dark brown to black with moderate lacing. Smell is deep malts, dark fruits n toffee. Taste is enjoyable and smooth but for a Belgian strong ale with a 90 rating I expected it to be more flavorful and, well, stronger. Really disappointed with this one. Like Voldemart said, "I have to say I hoped for better."

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks luscious on cold day.
Aromas are fruit-forward.
Taste is full malt and its complexities emerge, I think, as the sugars make me salivate more. But sugar over-usage problem is prevented from becoming syrupy by... you guessed it... the artful application of hops; just enough for balance and not too much to pander to the American palate. Also a sign of excellence, alcohol also can interfere after a few sips... if the brewmaster is average. But Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn's brewmaster, is so far above average that this Belgian dark skirts the sugar slick. (In fact, I've said elsewhere that Garrett, as a writer, is close to being the Michael Jackson of his generation.)

To me, Feel is this ale's relative weakness: too many bubbles. And while the ale warmed and improved everything, the bubbles still did too much to distract from this being a masterpiece.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into a solo cup (slumming it ha).

Look is a very dark brown semi translucent.

Lots of estery dark fruits on the aroma.

Taste is very floral with dark fruits like dates mixed with roasted malt.

Very good.

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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 Jim_Benz
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark caramel color, dense long-lasting head. Smells like ... Belgian yeast esters! And dark fruit. Maybe I'm weird, but it tastes like cola, as well as raisin, a little bit of bread, maybe a touch of alcohol. Highly carbonated, as expected, medium body. Over all, about what I expected--dark Belgian strong ales frequently taste like cola to me. But there's much more to it than that, and I like it.

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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 Beejay
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut Brown in appearance, with a large tan head.

Smell of fruit, raisin, and sparkling wine.

Fruit, raisin and spice.. clean finish great Belgian character.

Medium body and high Belgian carbonation, dry finish.

Overall, delicious.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think I may have had overly high expectations for this based on how much I like Local 1 and the almost identical ratings. It wasn't bad by any stretch but just not as good as I was hoping. Maybe I'll try it again when the weather is colder. Or maybe I'll use a tulip glass instead of a wine glass. Ordinarily this is the type of beer I really like.

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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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3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After trying local 1 i was eager to try 2.
Did not love it like i liked 1.
Big head with legs. Had lots of smell of bourbon dark fruit and caramel. .dark beer in color. Dark beer in flavor. .
Dos not care for this heavy beer. Was not what i was expecting.
Was a little disappointed. Did not finish the bottle

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $8.99
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 15, 2015
Misc.: Born on July 21, 2014; Wire hood

Poured a dark caramel brown color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki-tan, rocky head. A few spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, dark fruit, plum, brown sugar, light molasses, grape juice, purple grapes, red apples, pear juice and juicy berries. Very nice. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got dark fruit in grape juice, plum, purple grapes and red apples. Also caramel, toffee, brown sugar, faint molasses, light chocolate, berries - blueberry/blackberry like - and some booziness late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Overall this was a pretty good beer, just not quite there in my opinion. Would still have it again though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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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 ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pleasant warm amber with slight off white head and fine efferevescence. Smells of cloves, esters, prune, mollasses. Tastes sweet roasted malts forward, bit of molasses mid note, pleasant dry finish and subtle hoppy note (more citrus than pine).
Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasant amount of carbonation to prevent the malts from becoming syrupy and imparting a pleasant tingle to the tongue. Clean finish.
Solid beer - palate cleansing - good with a burger or something fatty and quite good by itself.
I wish it came in smaller bottles - a 4 pack of this would be perfect.

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Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a fizzy tan head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Little bit of a lighter nose, but still good. Chocolate, slight roast, dark fruits, yeasty, slight spice. The taste is quite good. Some caramel malts, dark fruits, hint of spice. Touch of sweetness with a hint of dryness in the finish. Body is a touch light for a 9% beer. Still, very good.

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Photo of MFMB
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hit up Lee's wine and liquor the next day after my Duvel experience on the strip. I was bound and determined to continue my drunken stuper into the following day. I found this little gem and took it back the hotel. Popped the cork, called over a call girl and ordered up some pay per view porn. Woke up the next morning hungover with 137 dollar's in pay per view porn charges on the room. Oh and I think I got a STI that night too but the beer... man the beer is awesome.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt caramel brown with a tan head of foam that's light enough to pop and dissolve as it falls, but firm enough to last and constantly refresh. Leaves wet shimmering lace to slide down the glass and twinkle at you. Nose is light brown sugar and hearty soft bread. Dark fruits mingle with a bit of orange peel. Caramel underscores the dark fruits, while hints of candi sugar waft upwards to entice. Taste is mild and very light from the champagne yeast I think.

This beer is 100% bottle refermented and I think that means that the primary fermentation with Belgian yeast is filtered then they pitch champagne yeast into the bottle for a secondary fermentation . (If I have this wrong please let me know) . According to Brooklyn this method is seldom used but they prefer it because it allows the beer to age more gracefully and gain complexity as compared to carbonating before bottling.

The flavor is rich with bread but feather light. The dark fruits are vibrant but subtle and the orange peel seems to uplift them as it's lightness permeates the drink. You don't taste the sugar on the palate in this one and I like that. The textures in the beer excite the tongue. The fruits play on the midpalate while the bread and caramel rolls through under them. The richness of the bread remains light and elusive until the swallow where you gain only a brief but wonderful sense of how rich it is. The mouthfeel is medium. The finish is not quite dry where some sweetness from alcohol mixes with a controlled hops presence to offer a finish that resonates with a bit of that caramel and an even more sumptuous look at all that fruit.

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Photo of TPatterson70
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great look. Missing a smell. Carbonation kills the palette initially and there is very little taste up front. Finished with Carmel, alcohol and malt. It's ok. Very flat flavor. Carbonation has to much punch. A 91 BA score is generous.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a caged cork bottle, ferments in bottle according to the label. This brew pours with a three finger head which takes a while to dissipate. There is moderate lacing with both a collar and some of the head remaining on the top until the end. The color is a beautiful, opaque reddish-brown.

The smell is musty and dank along with some fruits, maybe apples and pears, along with sweet malts and bread

The taste follows the nose with a musty, dank taste followed by sweet malts then a bready taste. Light peppery hops come in at the end and even though the alcohol is very well masked there is a warming effect which would make this brew effective as a Winter Warmer.

Overall, if you like the Belgian Strong Ale's, whether "Dark" or not, try it.

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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle.

Nearly three fingers of dense, foamy cream coloured head quickly forms on top of its muddy blood orange body. Rusty highlights can be seen along the sides of the glass. Splashes of lace stick on top of the alcohol film that's left behind after a few swirls.

Its complexity is the first thing I notice. Like other high alcohol Belgians I've had, its nose takes its time revealing itself. There's a subtle but lively vinous thread running throughout. Cake-like chocolate is drizzled with sweet, raw, earthy honey. Fruity notes of plum skins and raisins are amplified by its almost equally sweet alcohol character. It smells more chewy and dense and dessert-like as it warms.

The taste has a much more lively berry and dark fruit inspired sweetness. Sticky strawberry jam and fleshy plum syrup shift to a bready, chocolaty, caramel center. Its alcohol content first comes through with the warming sensation it imparts. As it warms, its sweet and dry qualities seep into its taste profile.

Rounded, smooth, and clean with a dry finish. Medium to full bodied with a chewy texture. It remains remarkably drinkable despite its high ABV.

This was a treat from a brewery I really haven't had enough from. How rounded and clean the alcohol came across makes me think it's reaped some of the benefits of aging. I'd still love to try this fresh. I enjoyed how the honey pulled through in both the nose and taste; adding depth and giving it a unique sweetness.

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