Brooklyn Local 2 | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,415 |  Reviews: 549
Photo of busterthecat
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops up with the slightest touch. stamped: 1880. I know this isn't the year, but unsure what it correlates to.

A- Pours a dark caramel with a big foamy head that is super active. I can hear it crack and pop as the head slowly resides to a 1/4" of off-white layer. Some good lacing.

S- I can smell this beer from 2 ft. away, powerful and great smell. Figs, pears, thyme, light spice, some tang and hay from the yeast.

T- Dark fruit with hints of spice. The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are in different measure. Highlighted flavors are figs, yeast, hay, and the zesty tang. Solid.

M- Medium body. Wet that slowly dries. lingers well. very pleasing.

D- Slight alc is detected by the warming feel. Split a 750mL and wanted more. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark, almost black body with a big foamy tan head

S- Sweet dark roasted fruity malts and some Belgian yeastiness

T- Some dark fruits up front, a bit of yeastiness in the middle and finishes dry with a bit of a boozy heat

M- Medium-bodied, creamy and a moderate level of carbonation

D- One beer in a sitting is good, a solid example of the style

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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mahogany colored brew, nice head, smooth carbonation with sheets of lacing that run down my glass and rejoin the brew.

Smell is really nice, sweet dark fruits, yeast, spices, caramel malts, a little chocolate.

Taste is very spot on for what I expected. Great spiciness, plenty of dark and mid fruit flavors, nicely yeasty, quite sweet yet strangely dry all at the same time. Downright delicious.

Feel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation, a lightly bitter, fruity aftertaste lingers.

Drink is good. I like this beer. For my first try of this brewery, I certainly want to try Brooklyn's other offerings too.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Muddy amber color, can't see thru it. Thick foamy 1 finger head with lots of carbonation. Nice lacing.

S- Light citrus and honey scents with a hint of a yeasty blueberry. Has a smell that is rankish and appealing at the same time.

T- Roasted malt flavor mixed with honey, chocolate, caramel. lingers wonderfully. Belgian flavor gets heavier at the bottom of the bottle where the yeast is. Second half of the bottle was better than the first.

M- Thin with a bit of hop bitter on the back of the tongue.

D- It was ok but it just doesn't slap me in the face to say "hey, i'm the best"

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
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 BeardedRiker
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Brooklyn's Local #1 and when I saw this at the store I picked this up immediately.

When I poured it out I knew this wouldn't be like the #1 at all. I poured this into my new Great Divide glass and got a very nice large tan and frothy head. It's a dark brown-reddish beer and it smells nutty, a bit sweet, and maybe...some cinnamon(?). I pick up a hint of citrus too.

It tastes much like a Belgian quadrupel but there is a definite alcohol taste to it. There is a nice roasty, smooth, and nutty ending that is missing from most other Belgians. This is a good Belgian ale and one that's good for a cool night.

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Photo of vapodge
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into Ommegang goblet

A - nice dark brown, slightly maroon tinge, thick head, not much lacing

S - candied fruits, Belgian yeast, little bit of roasted malt

T - fruity and yeasty, a bit of caramelization, honey gives it a different kind of sweetness, alcohol is there in a big way

M - very dry, very carbonated, lots of warming from the alcohol

D - would love to have this with a steak; pretty darn smooth, but oh so dry! no real complaints with this one

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Photo of thebierbrewery
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Poured a hazy brown with some lacing

S= Sweet smell of Munich malt and honey molasses

T= Raisin/Plum taste with a dry finish and alcohol very apparent

M= Medium mouth feel slightly creamy with a warming feeling.

D= One bomber to yourself is a bit much; however, still a very nice beer.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark leathery brown with some great ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall. The bubbles are very dense and tight. Nice.

S - Slight sweet fruit notes. Some nice citrus peel aroma is delicious refreshing and subtle. There is some slight caramel sweetness. There is some slight phenols in the nose but its not too extreme. It is just right.

T & M - Flavors starts off light and delicious with some dark fruit sweetness and caramel that is not too intense and just right. There is some nice refreshing citrus notes and some nice balanced grain and bready malt notes. There are some delicious smooth caramel notes in this beer that also mix in well with the phenols and belgian yeast notes that are almost perfectly soft and delicious. Nice light fluffy and drinkable body.

D - Very yummy beer. Delicious take on this style.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two and a half fingers of nice thick and creamy, tan head tops a deep red/brown, hazy body. Good carbonation comes up the glass.

S - Tons and tons of yeast is what I get on the nose. I get some alcohol mixed with a nice orange peel element and a mild honey sort of aroma.

T - Some slight alcohol comes out with a very distinct yeast element which is interesting and tasty. Orange is more mild than the aroma but combines with the honey and a floral element, finishing sweet. Nice, complex stuff.

M - Creamy in the mouth, minimal carbonation with a full body.

D - Good stuff but I'm not sure I could do alot of this in a night. I'm glad I tried it but the sweet finish could end up pushing me away after a while. Otherwise not a bad one.

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Photo of ehagedorn
2.84/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed with this beer! I hadn't tried any Brooklyn Brewery products before but a knowledgeable Belgian aficianado suggested it. Not as much body as I expected. Not enough maltiness. It surely looked nicer in the glass than it tasted!

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Photo of ComputerBeer
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I expected this to be a much better beer! Brown to red color rocky white head. Some stone fruit in the nose, with some malt sweetness. Very sweet and boozy, seemed like an unfinished beer. Plenty of carbonation. Finished with out a hint of the "citrus" from the sweet orange peel it was brewed with.

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

(review from notes; tried on 02/05/11)

pours a dark brown shade with a healthy finger-plus beige head; decent retention and lacing.

nose offers roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, dark fruits, spices, and yeast. maybe a hint of hoppiness in the background.

flavor mostly follows the nose. you have your traditional elements of a BSDA along with some stout characteristics. complex, balanced, and enjoyable, though doesn't move the earth... IMO they did a bit better with the BL 1.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. good drinkability.

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

Poured from bomber into snifter glass. Pours a dark brown, darker than I expected, with a medium tan-colored head. Aromas of apple cider, grapes, sweet cane sugar, and a little sourness. Raisins and plummy notes become noticeable as it warms. Flavor is alcohol upfront, with sweet beets, sugar cane, and orange peel, with a touch of dark fruit. Carbonated, pretty fizzy, and moderately warming.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a very dark translucent reddish brown. Pours easily to produce a half inch head of rich tan foam, leaving curtains of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and honey.

Taste is very true to the Belgian quadruple style, with flavors of roasted malt, raisins, chocolate, and cola. Hops are pretty low profile, but detectable, especially in the finish which has a peppery bitterness. The dark wildflower honey gives this a deep, caramel element. The finish also is nicely spiced, seemingly with coriander. Can also taste a bit of orange peel in the finish.

Body is light and the carbonation is ample enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

I am enjoying this beer before dinner and with dinner and finishing the bottle is not a problem. This is a nice drinking quadruple that is delicious.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a massive head developing. Only got 1/2 a pint glass of beer due to the huge explosion of head. Noisy like root beer as it dissipates to just a ring of tan. I suspect the glass was not completely clean but still...
Smell is malty, dark fruit and a detectable hop note. Cardboard is present as well. Nice balance.
Taste is weaker than expected. Not watery, just severely muted, especially up front. Some dark fruits (figs, dates?), hops, light spice (ginger and clove) with a distinct tartness.
Dry with a strong effervescence up front. Warming. Medium bodied. Some whiskey note in aftertaste though it all disappears pretty quickly. Too clean a finish for the style in my opinion. A good beer overall but not to the standard I usually expect from Brooklyn.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 2 | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: pint

Rusty auburn with a frothy, off-white head and terrific lacing.

Belgian malt and candi sugar. There's a tanginess not typical of most BSDAs I've had.

The beginning is technically perfect--whole wheat toast lightly charred, figs, plum skins, and candi sugar. Mid-sip an arresting dryness washes over the flavor profile, choking the sweet dark fruit and casting raspy grain across the tongue. It is unwelcome, at least at first. Caramel, chocolate shavings, and light spicing stick to the palate. Dry finish, malty and sweet.

Crisp, medium-bodied, a bit sticky.

Local 2 is unusual on two counts. First, it is one of the lightest BSDAs I've had, with hybrid characteristics of a BSPA and a Belgian brown ale. Second, and relatedly, it is dry and grainy where most of its brethren evidence stout-like profundity of flavor and a proclivity for sweet dark fruit. This isn't a value judgement--good or bad-- but a stylistic departure to bear in mind.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 31, 2011

Price = $9.99 at Public Beer

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Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy reddish brown with tight bubbled off white head that clings with nice sea foam rings.

S- Spices, coriander, citrus, dark fruits, caramel, plums, dark cherries, pepper, cloves. Belgian yeast.

T- Dark fruits, dark cherries, plums, citrus, orange, brown sugar, caramels and hints of chocolate. Cloves and peppery spices.

M- Effervescent almost. Medium body.

D- Very easy to drink and delicious.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice. This is a cloudy dark brown color, fizzy with around an inch of head. Smell is a varied mix of fruits and spices. There are hints of orange, cherries, and plums. Taste is mellow and very drinkable. Prominent flavors include dark fruits and cherries. Mouthfeel is thick and silky.

This isn't overly complex, but amazingly drinkable. Almost no alcohol presence whatsoever here.

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Photo of hdofu
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing looking beer, poured deep dark orangish with a slushie like tan head on top, smell was rather fruity, taste was spicey and a bit fruity with some notes of vanilla beans and orange. It was incredibly smooth, was a very easy to drink beer. I would like to see how it was on tap.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

A: It pours an opaque very dark brown color with a finger of large-bubbled, off-white head that recedes quickly but remains lively due to the carbonation.

S: Sweet plums, dates, citrus notes, and a considerable whiff of yeasty spice.

T: Sweet dark fruits, red grapes, citrus tanginess, coriander, honey, and peppery spice.

M: It is quite prickly throughout with a medium-thick body and a creamy texture despite the larger bubbles. The flavors leave a bittering aftertaste and some numbing on the palate from the carbonation.

D: This is good overall but run-of-the-mill for the style. It is not very complex and the aromas and flavors seemed to be toned down from what they could have been.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Local 2: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Caramel in color, long livid bubbly head.

Smell: Raisens, fruity yeast character hinting at fresh peeled appleskins.

Taste: A very well balanced brew, brown sugar, caramel, and a dry yeastiness. Bready, biscuity, nuggets. Raisens still present. Very light orange citrus. Full of Belgian dark ale qualities and very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying. Nice lush drying mouthfeel. Almost champagne like.

Drinkability: A nice sipping beer. Balanced and complex, can stand up to other imported beers in quality. Highly reccommended.

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Photo of beergod1
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with D Kurtz at Winking Lizard In Mentor Ohio. Dark ruby-brown, dense tan head with excellent head retention and lacing. Complex aromas of brown sugar, sweet malt, herbs, and yeast. Flavor is brown sugar,dark fruit, and a slightly roasted malt base. With the ever present Belgian yeast trait. Warming finish. Overall, enjoyable. I had the Local 1 quite a while ago, but don't remember what it tastes like. I need to get it again.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 1,415 ratings
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