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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 modernartblues
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes

Poured into a Wine Glass

A: brown coppery color, 1 inch head that leaves sheets of lacing and the head retention is excellent as the cap sticks around forever

N: estery fruity, hints of noble hops and dark fruits, belgian yeast strain def. makes itself known....overall a delightful bouquet

T: malty with dark fruit notes, caramel and brown sugar are prominent, the honey gives it an almost mead like quality with a subtle sweetness...there is not much of an aftertaste and I get zero hop bitterness, a remarkable beer though I don't get the chocolate notes promised by the bottle (edit: drinking the second bottle, I did get an almost milk chocolate note in the aftertaste, score was bumped up accordingly)

M: nice, some carbonation, NO heat, like a BPA for lightness and texture

D: not as splendid as the above review would suggest, I'd like just a little something more from this beer, whether it be in hops, yeastiness, a touch of alcohol, I want it to feel like the big beer it is

would def. pair it with a gourmet meal, not sure about drinking as a stand alone choice for the night....still remarkable beer

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip jan5 2011

A dark brown until held to the light where its a murky amber with a fair bit of carbonation feeding a two finger beige head that has decent retention and leaves several patches of lace

S smells like a nice dubbel with yeast, spice, and some brown sugar and a fruity complexity I can't quite place

T even more spice a little bruised banana with a Belgian brewers candy that's working well for it not making it overly sweet but certainly not dry like stated on the bottle. I have no idea where the booze is I can't taste any whatsoever

M not as thick as I would guess and it could use a little more carbonation but still not flat and I'm surprised by the lack of heat

D went down well considering the 9%alc, I finished the 750ml without issues but a second would require some help

another solid brew from Brooklyn and perhaps one worth throwing in the cellar for a while

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

155th review on BA
C/C 750 ML Bottle # 1880
Bottle to tulip

App- This was the color of the bottle. Had a wonderful and fluffy two finger head to it that lasted quite a bit and was pretty solid.

Smell- This has the dark smell that I really enjoy. Just wish there was a bigger smell to it. A Belgian yeast mixed with some nice dark sugar and a little honey.

Taste- This didn't drink as big as I thought but that is okay. It's got the malts nicely balanced with the other flavors and had a touch of hops where they needed to be. Little bit of the darker sugar on the back end as well.

Mouth- A medium body with very good and tasty carbonation levels. Flavors mix well and fill the mouth with flavor.

Drink- I liked 1 better but for the style this is a very good beer. It's flavorful and drinks well.

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Photo of bklyn1rr
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could not find anything wrong with this one! Smooth taste and no after taste, wonderful smell, and great to enjoy with or without food. I am excited to find a beer that can be shared with friends; all agree it is quite extrodinary and exceptional.

On to the next one....

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Photo of dirtylou
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle, brawleys

notes. i've had a day to reflect on how dissapointing this beer was.

appearance: dark cola body, frothy tan head with lively carbonation and foamy retention

smell: dark fruits, booze, wood, dark malts

taste: bitter orange rind, honey, dark malts, booze, woody notes, hoppy, booze soaked dark fruits. split this one and it was really too much.

mouthfeel: really bad - carbonation way over done, spicy boozy finish. basically the opposite of good

drinkability: bad.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy, nearly opaque deep chestnut brown, tight spongy beige head that settles to a thin cap.

Dry wafery chocolate, dark dried fruits, mild toffee notes, some apple skins, and alcohol on the nose.

Apple skins and currants up front in the flavour, bready dark malt with some dry wafer, with some puckering mildly tart spicy yeast on the finish and aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, gets fuller on the swallow, carbonation is low in general, but there's a quick brisk zip of it on the finish.

Underwhelming compared to the Local 1 and other large bottled special releases from Brooklyn. Drinks well as an above-average Abbey Dubbel, but wouldn't stand out much in that category either. It's okay, but not inspiring enough for another purchase. Although I'll gladly spend that money on their Sorachi Ace Ale.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown amber. Nice 2 finger head. I'd like darker and less haze.

S: Slightly acidic, notes of burnt chocolate. Not much going on though, really not impressive.

T: Ah, much, much better. That chocolate stays there, as does a bit of the sour/acidity. The bittersweet chocolate really is becoming dominant to me. It goes great with the brownie I am now eating, very complex. I don't really get the honey or citrus, but that's not a problem.

M: A little thin, or perhaps it's just too sharp of carbonation, which isn't so bad, but not really to style.

D: Drinkable, for certain, but not my favorite. The alcohol is totally hidden, which is nice, and it has certain wine like attributes, but not really something I'm looking for on a regular basis.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruit, malt, and some hops.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, honey, hops, and tinges of chocolate and citrus. Pretty complex and flavorful. Surprisingly, the honey isn't nearly as present as I would have thought.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another good example of an American version of a Belgian beer. Drinkable.

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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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