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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:
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 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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Photo of modernartblues
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +5.4%
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 +6.9%
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 +23.5%
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 -24%
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 -12.3%
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 -1.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.5%
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 +7.4%
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 -4.2%
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 -11.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +3.2%
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 -9.1%
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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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,425 ratings