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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 turnstile
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 oz. corked bottle.

Appearance: This brew pours a dark brown with crimson highlights; tan head. Moderate lacing with enough head retention to keep the surface covered.

Smell: Complex Belgian-style aroma; notes of clove, cedar, chocolate, dried dark fruits, and burnt sugar. Faint aroma of alcohol and a slight yeast funk linger in the background.

Taste: The flavor is toasty and light roasted malt. Spice notes present in the aroma carry through in each sip with a slight tanginess and funkiness standing out. Light-medium bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coarse carbonation with a chewy body.

Drinkability: Most American Belgian-style ales don't capture the funk that this brew does, so it might need to grow on some drinkers of the Local 2. Otherwise a rich beer for savoring.

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Photo of beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Johnmichaelsen for sending me this brew, review 1,001 for me. Poured into 10oz glass and shared with a couple of friends. Poured a deep reddish mahogany color with an inch of dark khaki head that had very good retention and light lacing.

the aroma was very deep and rich, some fruits some grains and a nice yeast spice. On the tongue, the flavors were magnified. Lots of deep fruit flavors, some earthy grain and tangy yeast.

The body was full and well rounded, without being heavy. Drinkability was excellent, I could have easily drank this large format bottle and wanted more. If this were on tap near me, I'd drink it regularly.

Overall, a great brew, a must try.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/deep muted red on the pour. Light tan head of about two fingers with lots of medium bubbles. Slight bit of lacing sticking of the sides.

Fair amounts of roasted malts and sweet caramel malts. There's also a bit of bready, yeasty funk to it. Maybe some tart fruits. There is a faint chocolate aroma somewhere in there.

Taste is a lot of the same, but there's more Belgian yeasty characteristics. though. A little more roasted and can get a hair more of that sweet, almost chocolate.

Feel is medium in body, with a bit of stingy carbonation

Good drinkability. Not a problem putting away, but the buck stops there with the large bottle presentation.

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Photo of afksports
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one that fortunately my girl likes. No beerface. At 9% abv. That's impressive. Mental note: made.

As for me, I'm impressed by the pour. It's a dark amber and brown beer with a lovely head and lacing, no legs. It smells like rich and dark fruity malts, honey, citrus and booze.

Taste is similar. The front of it you get the Belgian type yeasty and sweetness, and then there's an odd spike of honey right before the final note of burnt malts. Interesting, but not for me.

The beer is full of carbonation, and has a medium body that fills the mouth. Ultimately, it's just a weird taste. Maybe that's because the 2 train is actually an express.

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a heavy dark brown with a deep red hue. A big, foamy tan head pours out that seems fizzy at first but has so much substance that, when it does settle, it remains thick and rocky, between one and two fingers in height. Lacing actually seems to begin lighter and accumulate in thicker patches further down the glass.
There's a nice complexity in the nose, with all of the toasted sugars, big malts, the citrus claimed on the bottle (though the honey spoken of is more subtle), the dark fruits and, of course, the Belgian yeast with it particular pleasant aroma and the spice that comes with it.
While the nose is pleasantly complex, the flavor is even more so. The sweetness is at a great level, stopping short of cloying, and complimenting very well the variety of flavors that can be sorted out here. The dark fruit comes out in front, with the boozy liquor reminiscence that belongs in a BSDA also short of overbearing. The light spicy nip is there all the way as the yeast mixes in with the other flavors all the way. What's really impressive here is that this beer is somehow both sweet and dry simultaneously.
As noted, the body tends toward dry, finishing semi-dry as some sweetness comes through in the finish. The body is thick and robust, verging on full. Carbonation is moderate and makes for a thick robustness without being spritzy, helped, of course, by the strong malt body. This is a very smooth beer that is filling without being heavy.
The only thing that keeps the drinkability down even remotely is the ABV.

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

A- Hazy and deep ruby color, off-yellow head stays forever.
S- Bourbon like, oak and rich vanilla scents.
T- Better slightly warmed, molasses and butterscotch and vanilla comes through, bourbon really comes through.
M- Smooth and receding.
D- Dangerously drinkable for a 9%.
Really like this beer!

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Photo of Derranged
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A- Dark brown, almost black, thick tan head, almost had a volcano like effect, kind of looks like Coca Cola.

S- Roasted malts, artificial chocolate, a little like nestle quick.

T- Very sweet. Roasted malts, carmelized sugar, nutmeg, a little bit of artificial chocolate. Didn't taste any fruit.

M- Very thick, some carbonation.

D- I finished two 750ml bottles of this. But, Its a bit to thick and sweet to drink a lot of.

Its a good beer. I'd drink it again. I got a very good price for it at Flair Beverge.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting, winking at me with its wildflower honey eyes while gently stroking its fingers through my hair telling me patience is a virtue. I await in tremendous excitement until tonight, the unveiling of something magical and well received by the advocate community.

The bottle is in a very nice, sleek design and popping the cork is always a pleasure. I was looking forward to the bottle (or second) fermentation with the Belgian yeasts and deep rich honey-malt (but we shan't get ahead of ourselves...we are still only on appearance). A top grade performance head forms right off the bat and I knew that some magic definitely went down while this bottle sat of the shelf. By the 20 minute mark there was not more than a 1 cm head, but it was a dirty snow color. Lacing was prevalent and very aesthetically pleasing.

Smack in the face of Belgian yeast fruitiness followed by more sweet from the malt and honey. There isn't much in regards to the hops...but if you tell me they're in there..I believe you. I do find trace aldehyde/acetone remnants, but I appreciate the added complexity. Mixed with the sweetness...totally cherry red nail polish + the remover.

Fruity, deep, rich, flavorful, Belgian, smooth. There is no reason to use full sentences, I like this beer's interpretation and enjoy the simplicity of ingredients that have been used for 1000s of years. A gulp leaves you knowing the beer is indeed beer and here to receive excellent ratings and reviews.

Smooth, creamy, and almost completely balanced. It's definitely leaning towards that aldehyde, but dammit there is a certain amount of risk with bottle fermenting and I appreciate you making the effort to take risks. Good ingredients smooth out everything into something easily drinkable. I must comment on the carbonation (plentiful), which helps everything rise above expectations yet bite on the way down.

Affordable goodness. I would absolutely put this beer amongst classics and will be more open-minded to Brooklyn's beers in the future. Splitting this bottle will not be a burden on your night if you have other things to get done after dinner, but will cap off the night after a day's intensity nicely.


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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours oxblood with a loose tan head and little lace. Nose is chestnut, cranberry and burnt sugar. Cherry/plum malts, a vegetal hit in the middle, some clove, and mint/spice hops to end. Medium, fizzy, no burn.

Easy-drinking dark ale, and a good match with food - no surprise with Garrett Oliver behind it. Nothing truly special, though.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beeneaning to try this one for a time now. Poured into 3 Philosophers goblet. Nice cloudy orange-mahogany color. Nice head that dissipates but not completely.

Aromas of fruity (plums?) very dry in the nose. Tastes of plum and raisin but a bit too sweet for the style IMO.

Good for the price. I wonder if a bit of age would round out the sweetness...

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark, little to no light passes through. Looks dark brownish with slight purple on bottom of glass. Thick, light tan creamy head remains on beer. No hop aroma and little to no malt aroma, but sinuses are slightly stuffed. High carbonation. Dark woody presence at beginning. Slightly alcoholy on finish, but fades to dryness. Flavors relatively bland considering it's a Brooklyn's. Flavors begin to come out with warmth on the beer, some orange and a little raisin. Not my fav Brooklyn's but still a very good abs drinkable beer.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark cloudy mahogany color. Very opaque. Enormous tan colored head.

S: Honey, dark fruits and chocolate are the main aromas coming from this one. Smells pretty malty and pretty yeasty. Strong aromas.

T: Sweet upfront, notes of chocolate and honey. Caramel and some darker fruits can be noticed after the initial taste. Also tastes a bit nutty, like a brown ale. 9% ABV isn't very noticeable. Fizzy finish, almost like champage.

M: High carbonation, light to medium body. Again, tastes like champagne.

D: Easy drinker, though not really my style. Too simple: very face value.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 11-3-10
3579 stamped on the bottle

Pours a very deep and cloudy brown color, with an awesome tan head that gets thicker and thicker. Lacing is just a fe bubbles that quickly follow the head.

Smell is very Belgian, slightly sour, with aromas of cloves and dark fruit. The booze adds an edge of complexity, and even a little fruity hops and coffee bitterness come in at the end.

Taste is what the smell leads you to, dark fruit and caramel malt, but much thinner than I expected. The alcohol is sweet and astringent, the finish is slick, with just a hint of Belgian.

Mouthfeel is hard to describe. The head is creamy but the beer seems thin.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavor just doesn't do it.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special.

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

A: Pours a real dark opaque mahogany color with a huge fizzly head. Retention is awesome too.

S: Wow, much different than Local - cocoa, chocolate, toffee, caramel, (am I revering a porter?)...yeast plays a lesser role in 2, only adding half the complexity, but still good and unique

T: Dark unripe fruit is apparent as well. Not picking up the honey, but the citrus gives a nice tartness twang. Chocolate and cocoa are definitely apparent. Alcohol is a little more noticeable than in 1. Belgian yeast gives nice esters and an orchard fruit flavor.

MF/D: medium body, solid carbonation, and finishes Tart, dry, and yeasty.

Notes: Although I think I like 2 more, 1 was more "to style". Both delicious, well done Garrett!

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Photo of dtivp
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice medium brown with hints of red, nice two finger tan head that slips into a long lasting collar with nice glass lacing.

Aroma was weak with some hints of sweet fruit and citrus.

Taste of dark malt, honey, some orange with the alcohol sneaking through.

Medium body, highly carbonateed mouth feel.

This is a nice beer, a little lighter than I anticipated, good bee to enjoy at dinner.

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Photo of jpoder
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kind of reminded me of Unibroue trois Pistoles, but not quite as good

a: opaque dark brown-black. nice thick head at the start but fading down to a thin covering. carbonation is so high that it keeps it coming.

s: fairly neutral, but fruity, esthery, perhaps plum

t: slight belgian flavor (would like this to be more significant. at times the alcohol pokes through, but mostly fairly maxed. slight iron-taste. fruity, flowery taste/smell. bitter, chocolate/coffee malt taste

m: very highly carbonated. coats the this from the honey? sweet up front, but dry finish

d: after a little while the alcohol shows up. high carbonation makes drinking this a little sharp.

good beer overall, but as I said, I think I prefer Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of chrisgn
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a DFH Signature glass.

A- Deep opaque mahogany color with a thick foamy head that sticks to the glass. Lacing all up and down the glass.
S- smells of cherries or plums. Very sweet smelling. Little alcohol detected.
T- Sweet fruity taste and dark malt character. Highly carbonated, creates a light taste so the beer is not syrupy.
M- effervescent, medium bodied.
D- Great food beer! Alcohol is masked in flavor and smell. Beer is not overpowering in any flavor.

Local 1 and 2 are excellent American interpretations of Belgian beer. Use these as food pairing beers.

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Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep pale orange, comes out looking dark brown with an orange tint, rambunctious head that's tough to control. With patience, pouring slowly along the side of the glass, a proudly bubly light orange head forms, with an extremely clinging grey touch on the sides.
S: Deep syrup, sweet tone of dark fruit and hops.
T: Honey, plum, syrupy on the teeth, touch of citrus peel. A well-developed beer.
M: Well-carbonated, medium-to-heavy bodied.
D: Very drinkable, but heavy--not much of a session beer.

750ml bottle from American Beer Distributors, Cobble Hill, BK

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Photo of mmercede
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a triple karmeliet tupip

Appearance - dark brown almost black with a strong head. As soon as I unwound the cage the cork fired off violently! The head poured very least three fingers high. Lacing was amazing, maybe the best I've ever seen. Slight chilled haze to the beer.

Smell - The smell is quite nice with honey and brown sugar being the most evident qualities. The malts are caramel, roasted coffee, and chocolate. No hops are evident. There is also a strong smell of dark fruits.

Taste - The taste is much more complex than I expected. The malts are the dominant flavor with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel. There is a slight sourness which I really like. The Belgian yeasts are also present but relatively subdued. The alcohol is masked well. The flavor really reminded me of a Cigar City brew.

Mouthfeel - The beer is relatively thick but effervescent in carbonation.

Drinkability - I loved this beer. Although a strong brew, I could definitely have another. The 750ml was easy to get through! I'm looking forward to exploring more of Brooklyn Brewery!

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep dark amber with red highlights The ecru colored head thins to a collar with few bubbles of carbonation acting as support. Smells sweet with a light hint of orange and a yeasty bready background. There's a great undertone of hay for some saison like farmhouse funk.

The carbonation is surprisingly strong on the mouthfeel given the lack of evidence by eyesight. The taste is a bit less complex than in the nose. The hay and citrus are much more subtle. Slightly sweeter than I would have hoped, but thats really more of a personal preference.

Another good beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a redolent booziness as the cork eagerly pops out. A fluffy, consistent tan head sits motionless atop the reddish-brown brew. A few bubbles rise and pop here and there. Eventually the froth settles, leaving a fine sheet of lace that breaks breaks up in the end. Aroma consists of phenols, dark fruits, orange peel, a sour earthiness, and a distant floral hoppiness. Tastes big on caramel sweetness with some fig and grain mixed in fairly well. I'm getting a little chocolate and honey underneath it all. Fairly creamy with a medium alcohol heat and a medium to heavy body. I don't get to try many Brooklyn brews, but am glad I grabbed this one when I had the opportunity.

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Photo of kwjd
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-brown colour with thick white head. As the head dissipates, it leaves a nice layer of head on the top of the beer. Lacing on about half of the glass. Smells of sweet raisin and Belgian yeast with dark malt. Flavour is quite sweet, with mild bitterness. Big carbonation. Nice beer, I prefer the Local 1 though, even though I generally prefer the darker Belgian styles.

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Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich Brownish/reddish bubbly appearance. Head has a delicious looking off-white color. Lace is nice and the head retention is above average for the ABV.

Aromas are raisins, a ton of caramels with a touch of sweet orange based liquor.

Taste is the of light Belgian candy sugar, bready malts and caramels with some Belgian yeast notes. Not that overpoweringly sweet, and somewhat surprisingly the beer finishes with some Champagne, dry character. Light notes of apricot and orange fruitiness as opposed to the more typical heavy figs and raisins.

Drinks much, much lighter than many in the style and I suppose that you can look at this as both a positive and a negative.

This may not be the best Quad out there, but it is one of the very best American efforts at the style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TexasStout for dropping in this extra in a trade...a while back. Too long this bottle has haunted my fridge & now it goes down! Split with my wife.

Pours a rock-tumbled, almost shining shade of garnet. Head is unusually persistent, sitting still & patient atop the beer for a good twenty minutes while it waited for us to finish what we were doing. Smell is an unusual cross between an open prairie & candied Belgian sugar, plus yeast.

Local 2 takes off with a gentle hosing of pure Belgium, yeast & sugar rinsing the gums & cleansing the teeth. After that there's a lot of pleasant, but indistinct, flavors of dark fruit & mild spices that just keep on coming. I'm really having trouble describing it because there's no overall story arc, nor is it brimming over with any clearly idenfitiable taste. But it's good. The overall effect is a bunch of stuff that integrates nicely & is warming, unique, & rather yummy.

The carbonation is a touch overdone & a mite distracting. Alcohol is apparently absent. Drinkable as cold well water after a long hike, I just keep sipping & sipping.

Very good beer that borders on excellent. One of the better Belgians I've had lately, but what's with the queer lack of smell? Something this tasty should have goodness flowing into the sinuses, shouldn't it?

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving this right out of my cold fridge. Poured with a larges, foamy, frothy, light brown head that fades after a bit and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a nice blend of malt, yeast, hop, honey, caramel, toffee, and root beer. Flavor's pretty much the same. Body is decent and think it would be much better served at proper temp. Don't pick up any orange in it anywhere. Finish is like flavor and on the short side with alcohol at the end. Easy drinking.

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