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

The local no. 2 followed right after trying the No. 1 in a delightful little tasting while watching some footer.

And while it wasn't as good as the former, this beer was certainly a worthwhile drink.

Pour is cloudy brown toned, tending towards an oporto-ish aspect with a smaller tan head that holds and laces nicely nonetheless.

Smell is strong in caramel scent, roasty malt and, of course, a yeasty alcohol feel natural to the style.

Taste is definetly good, but does make you desire something more. In a way it seems very malty but not going flamboyant anywhere from one end to the other- spicy but not too much, bitter ending that is certainly subtle and a continuous alcohol feel that seems very pleasant nonetheless. full bodied and quenching despite the thickness.

Very decent beer but by no means the best brooklyn has to offer.

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

A: Pours a beautiful dark brown, with red edges as it's held toward the light. The pour into an oversized wine glass creates a big, billowing light tan head with outstanding retention. Lots of lacing as it goes down.

S: Big whiff of booze for starters. Almost rum-like. Deep, dark fruit has a strong presence. A bit of spicy yeast.

T: The booze is still strong. The dark fruit lends a deep sweetness. The honey mentioned on the back of the bottle is clearly present. A bit of orange peel, too. Overall, it's sweet and boozy with a little spice. Definitely evokes some sort of rum drink.

M: Lively carbonation adds to the effect of the spice. Body's crisp and light.

D: Definitely a sipper. For me, this beer is slightly less enjoyable than the sum of it's parts -- it's a bit too sweet. I split the bottle with themedievalist, and that half bottle was definitely my limit for one sitting. Still, I'd have it again as an occasional dessert.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/18/09

Pours a dark brown color with a tanned head of foam. Nice retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. Nose is yeasty with some phenols, dark fruit character, some sweetness like dark brown sugar an a bit of clove. Medium feel and highly carbonated. Quite warming and spicey. Alcohol isn't hidden at all but it is still quite drinkable. Taste includes notes of yeast, mild bitterness, brown sugar, bread and spice like cloves. Overall not bad.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 1089, but no discernable date; Sampled October 2009
The cork just explodes off this beer as soon as I twist off the cage. Luckily I was prepared for this and didn't lose a drop of beer to the floor. A careful pour yields five fingers of head, some of which actually over-flows my 25cl tulip glass. The head is a pale brown tinted, tan color and the beer is a mix of dark plum colors and brown; the head leaves ample lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear plum tinted, ruby hue. The nose has a complex spiciness to it that is earthy, clove like, with woody pepper notes and perhaps even some savory spice notes. There is a rich, dark fruitiness that just lingers underneath the spice notes; it reminds me of raisins, a touch of brandy and some prune notes. There is a solid malt structure here as well that provides a rich, whole grain bread crust wholesomeness and lots of biscuit character. The malt and fruit notes combine to make me think of toast (that is only lightly browned) and jam (concord grape jam even), while the spice combines with both to produce an almost cola like aromatic note; this cola like note is actually quite prominent now that I have noticed it.

Only lightly sweet with a fairly light body, both of these are not usually found in beers of this strength. The beer finishes with some spicy, hot alcohol notes that likely could have been tempered a bit if this beer had more body. Spicy notes of clove lead in to an astringent peppery note in the finish. There is a bright fruitiness that reminds me most of raisins, but also has some fig / prune notes as well as some berry-like notes. The finish has a touch of roasted bitterness as well as a soft hop bitterness, but really the balance to the fruit and sweetness is the hot alcohol spiciness. The spiciness in this beer also contributes a sort of cola like flavor here as well, and it also makes me think of a Concord grape soda as well. I like the mix of fruit notes that this beer has, and the fact that it is not too sweet also is enticing. I can see this doing quite well as an aperitif, but I can't see it standing up to a main course pairing.

While I like my Belgian inspired ales to be light, this beer seems to be a touch on the light side. The hot alcohol in the flavor also gets accentuated a touch too much as well; though I am admittedly harping on it a bit more than I should, this is a 9% alcohol beer afterall. Still this is a pretty enjoyable beer, and I could actually see this improving with some more age. This is not bad, I just think the recipe needs a bit of tweaking; actually the recipe is likely just fine, I think a slightly different fermentation profile would help quite a bit. As with the Local 1, this beer seems a bit too refined and austere (I am not sure if this is a nice way of saying this is too filtered / conditioned or not); it is well crafted, but needs some more rusticity to it to be really great.

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, chocolate brown in color, 1.5 inch head

Smell: candied fruit. Not overly strong

Taste: plum, candied fruit, caramel, some chocolate at the end. Nice and complex.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and complex Belgian dark ale. I like it better than Local 1 and could have several. The chocolate and fruit combo is really good. This is well worth the price.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - pours a chocolaty brown color. Slight cloudy. Big thick head of foam sits on top and dissipates slowly. Good lacing.

S - a complex but very inticing mix of spicies, toasted malts, and some fruity esters, mostly citrus. Also some faint white wine like aroma.

T - the taste is very similar to the smell. Very complex. Dark fruit and spicy yeast are very predominate. Also some honey and a mild sourness but finishes surprisingly dry.

M - medium bodied. Carbonation is on the higher side.

D - the abv us barely noticable. For a strong sipper it is very easy drinkng.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body with reddish highlights and a massive amount of bubbles. Up top, a huge cap of densely packed cream-colored head that endures well, leaving excellent lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Coppery caramel malt, dates, mild spicy hops, slightly funky yeast and just a hint of booze.

Flavor: A mix of sweetish caramel malt, earthy hops, dark fruit, peppery phenols, and Belgian-style yeast. There's a hint of alcohol, but nothing that would suggest nine percent. Everything is balanced well, with no single element dominating. Apples and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish. Some minor heat from the alcohol in the cheeks.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, this goes down a lot quicker most beers this dark and potent.

Verdict: Local 2 is a tasty, solid, and very drinkable for something as strong as it is. A strong Belgian-style beer from an American brewer, though Local 1 was a littler stronger in my eyes.

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Photo of BarFly52
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown withsome red along the edges, a good two finger head that pretty quickly reduces to maybe a half of that.

N - Smells of floral hoppiness, and a bit of caramel up front. As it warms a hint of sour cherrys comes through.

T - I taste Caramel, sour apples, definatly malty. As it warms dark cherrys and rasins come through. Bitter hops come through but by no means dominate this brew.

M - a Moderate amount of carbination and an overall creamy texture.

D - A tasty malty beer. Goes down real easy. Be careful the 9% ABV is not at all notacable, and given the 750ml bottle this one can play a number on you.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/12/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a dark reddish brown color body, big fluffy head, off-white, lasting. Berklgiany floral aroma, sweet. Honey. Floral taste, very light, carbonated sweet taste. Like light liquid honey. Strong honey taste. Somewhat heavy feel. Good but a little heavy for my taste.

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

Realized I hadn't put my review of this beer in writing, but I found my notes from tasting on 12/31. This is an all around good beer, a solid alternative to the more expensive Belgian strong darks. Poured into a La Trappe chalice.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with big bubbly head. Smells of dark sugar, raisin, chocolate, etc. Pretty heavy on the carbonation, and it initially a little drier than I like my Belgians. Great dark malt, chocolately, perhaps caramel, but definitely pretty nutty. Medium bodied, and with the dry carbonation, thats a bit of a downside. Definitely a great beer for a full session, I finished this bottle over the course of a few hours...

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Photo of Minotaur
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown with dark tan hilights. Pours from the bottle into the goblet with an effervescent head and bubble stream. The head is two fingers and shrinks down to about 3/4 of that with a nice lacing.

The aroma is wine, pears, green grapes, and a little bit of sour funkiness. The malts have a chocolate aroma to them but remain very light.

The taste is full and round: with the malt and candi sugar providing a base thickness and slight smokey sweetness. There is the sour apple/pear flavor of the yeast and a very light bitterness on the back of the tongue from the hops. It is very well balanced with a fizzy, full funk providing a brightness - where many strong ales lean entirely towards a one dimensional darkness. There is a distinct brandy like taste.

A good mouthfeel - creamy and fizzy. It is highly alcoholic but incredibly smooth and satisfying.

For a local NY brewery, this is an elegant and complete example of a Belgian inspired beer.

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

A - Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. Nice high head, high level of carbonation and the head lasts.

S - Bananas, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla and some bread on the nose. Very malty and complex, really enjoyed the aroma.

T - Sweet malt flavor, not overly sweet, but this big beer has some sugars left behind from some of the darker malts. Caramel comes out well, not as much fruit as I would have guessed from the smell. Seems to be some roasted malts also as I pick up a little almond like nuttiness with the vanilla.

M - Nice amount of carbonation, it is high but helps to create a little snap at the end to counter the sweetness. Can definitely feel the alcohol.

D - Very nice, well rounded Belgian Abby style ale. Could enjoy this quite often.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to air for hooking me up with this bottle in a person to person trade.
cheers buddy!

An off white foamy head composed of tiny bubbles occupies the top inch layer on this dark maroon colored brew and looks phenominal in my New Belgium Snifter. excellent retention too.

The smell is amlt forward and presents lots of fruit and some medicinal clove.

The flavor is much the same as the nose, the malt and sugar sweetness shines through and the hops are present and restrained a bit. the spice is very moderate and the finish drys things out leaveing the tongue asking for more.

The feel is toward the fuller side of the spectrum and there is a soft yet abundant carbonation. very gentle on the palate.

This is yet another fine crafted brew by Garrett and the fine folks at Brooklyn. Again, I wish that they would distribute here in the 'Mile High City'
very easy going down and the 9 percent is barely noticable. well done.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bomber into Maredsous Chalice.

A - Poured a syrupy ruby brown with champagne like carbonation when held to the light. Thin, yeasty head with slippery lacing.

S - Subtle dark fruit, little bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness mixed with some subtle spice. Not really that powerful in the odor dept.

T - Malty sweetness mixed with a touch of honey caramel and vanilla, with some fig-like dark fruit flavors. The alcohol is very noticeable.

M - Lively carbonation and smooth. Leaves my mouth feeling moist with a bit of a bittery aftertaste.

D - Pretty drinkable BSDA. Not my favorite, but a nice offering from Brooklyn.

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Photo of decasere
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a bottle at my local whole foods in Plymouth Meeting PA. Being a fan of Brooklyn i knew right away i had to get a bottle of each of these. They come in a 25.4 Oz Cork topped bottle and i shared it with my wife!

Poured into a pint glass (maybe should have used my goblet) it has a huge off white head which dissipates quickly and leaves practically no lacing. The color is a dark brown with a tinge of red.

The aroma is enticing, sweet candy like with a touch of warm spice, perfect for a cold Pennsylvania night.

The flavor is very right on for a Belgian style ale, no real hops flavor but you can taste the sweetness from the candi sugar and the honey, also you can get a warmth from the alcohol since i is 9.0 ABV. IT finishes smooth and sweet on your tongue.

Overall a very enjoyable Belgian style dark ale, highly recommended a must try.

edit: had the rest of the beer in my Chimay Tulip and allowed to warm up to room temperature, the hops asserted themselves a bit more, and gave an overall more rounded flavor with a dry finish, try it in a tulip warmed up a bit it gets even better.

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Photo of phillipzayas
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark and hazy. I like it a lot. Nice brownish/tan head. Very nice.

S - Very nice. Sweet, from the candi sugar. Almost fruity, but not hoppy. Something different. Love it.

T - AHHhhh. Great. Sweet, caramelly. Touch of a honey like taste even though the honey was fermented out

M - Nice carbonation levels. Crisp taste. Finishes rather dry on the tip of the tongue.

Overall a wonderful beer. By far my most favorite of their beers.

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

My 501st review. All apologies to Brooklyn, it's kind of anti-climactic.

Opaque black with one ruby red splotch when held against light. Large beige head settles into thin, peppery retention. Smells of fig, spice and candi sugar with an airy, springtime honey and floral character. Relaxed body--each sip is like easing into a warm bath. Taste is dark candi sugar, plum and a mocha caramel fade.

Subtle flavors, not readily discernible by themselves yet unforgettable as a whole, are what Belgians are all about. Brooklyn hit the nail on the head.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly hazed ruby red in color with a thin bubbly light khaki colored head that fizzles away and creeps down the side of the glass

S-the nose brings a good amount of belgian yeast, hints of spice. dark fruits of cherry and some plum come in with notes of citrus rind at the very back.

T-the taste is similar to the nose and brings the belgian yeast with some light notes of medicinal phenols, the sweet fruits come in towards the back with the cherry and just a touch of citrus accompanied by hints of the alcohol.

M-this is actually quite smooth and brings a thinner medium body. well carbonated, slightly syrupy and wet on the back of the throat

D-this is an average beer with signs of boozy alcohol and some medicanal phenols that are unnatractive to me.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip glass. Tried to pour this gently, at an angle, but created excessive head that required patience to fill the glass.

Color and appearance was a little disappointing. Very murky, opaque dark chocolate look. Smell really didn't leap out of the glass at me. Pretty restrained notions of sugar, raisins and caramel.

Taste was sweet, but did not have an overly long finish. Sweet roasted malts, raisins again and candied fruits.

Unfortunately, the pour was the first hint of the execessive carbonation this beer exhibits. Really has an adverse impact on the drikability of an otherwise decent tasting strong dark ale.

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Photo of rdickey
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep brown into a tulip. Huge off-white head sticks around a long time. Looks quite appealing on a cold and rainy night.

Smell: Malt sweetness, together with some citrus notes and a small amount of pepper.

Taste: The sweetness dominates, and the honey becomes more prominent. It never gets too heavy, though, and it finishes surprisingly dry and light without any appearance by hops that I can identify.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is definitely on the high side, which helps keep this one lighter than you might expect given the style and the ABV. It works, although I'd be interested in seeing how it comes out after, say, some cask aging.

Drinkability: Much higher than you'd expect for the style, because it just comes across lighter than Chimay Blue (which I suspect was squarely in Garrett's crosshairs while he was working on this in the lab), Rochefort 8 and the like.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance : poured from a 750 ml to a chalice rose a huge head diminished to a lace that stuck to the glass like glue on to the glass, deep brown.
smell: lots of lemon, honey, touch of booze.
Taste: the honey played in to a sweetness that was balanced by the hops nicely this was a well crafted beer. there is not much complexity to the flavor profile just malt, honey, lemon, some spice typical of the style and a bite to balance everything out.
mouthful: this one fell flat on its face here it was to thin to support all the flavors going on.
drinkability: one bottle is all i would be willing to drink. the 9% abv is there and noticeable. it is not hidden like some of the other big belgians I have had.

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Photo of spointon
2.86/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a deep brown color with a towering billowy tan head that seemed to last forever. Incredible head retention.

S= Very muted smell for a Belgian style ale. Some malty sweetness and candi sugar notes evident, but lacking in Belgian character. Very low yeast aroma.

T= Frankly pretty weak in the flavor department. Sort of a bland sweetness combined with sulfury (and a bit unpleasant) molasses. Yeast character almost entirely lacking. Finished too dry and a bit astringent.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a decently crisp mouthfeel.

D= Wow, as much as I love Brooklyn Local 1, I seem to dislike Local 2. Overall pretty bland and lacking in character. Not recommended at all.

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

A - Pours dark cola, near white head, leaves to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Candy and fruit. Candied sugar and cotton candy, dark fruits and maybe ripe banana.

T - Taste follows smell. More cola flavor in the taste, but many of the attributes there.

M - Medium body, good coating, carb might be more than needed and detracts from the overall experience, maybe.

D - For the ABV and big flavors, very enjoyable.

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

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse from the bottle.

A-thick, tan head, black walnut body

S-candy, chocolate smell

T-cappuccino, milk chocolate, with a slight bitter hop finish


D-really nice strong ale. Good introduction beer for someone new to Belgian styles.

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

Poured into a Stone tulip to kick off the NFL playoffs.

A - Dark and brown with a wonderfully fluffy head. Lacing was minimal but consistent down the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - MMM... Malts and sweetness over all. Some citrus notes and plums. Very inviting.

T - A non-cloying sweetness up front is met with a nice caramel malt flavor. The orange peel shows up in the middle, married well with some hop bitterness. It opened up as it warmed a bit, displaying more of the alcohol and caramel flavors. Wonderfully complex!

M - The carbonation was mild, and the beer left a nice carpet of flavor across my tongue. It wasn't too heavy but it had some nice "staying power" on the palate.

D - A little heavy for a sessionable beer, but highly drinkable. Would be fantastic with a nice roast. Pair this with some food and it will be a fantastic complementary beverage.

Big fan of Local 1, but Local 2 might be better. At a very reasonable price, this is a beer that could make its way to my table frequently.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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