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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 Darkmagus82
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a mahogany brown color with two fingers of a tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer has a big strong dark fruity smell composed of some aromas of raisin, plum and red grapes. Along with these aromas are smells of yeast, which bring with them aromas of banana and a bit of a spice smell of clove and coriander. Other aromas of a honey sweetness as well as some orange and candied sugar are there as well, mixing with the rest, as well as a nice bready and lightly boozy smell, with overall produce a very pleasant fruity and sweet Belgian dark aroma.

Taste – While the taste begins rather sweet it is slightly drier then I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a nice roasted malt taste mixed with lots of darker fruit flavors. The heaviest dark fruit flavor is that of a cherry taste, but other big raisin and plum flavors are mixed with it. Right from the start there are some other sweeter flavors of a more candied sugar and honey flavor as well. The darker fruit and candied/honey flavors fade a bit as the taste moves forward with some rather yeasty flavors taking their place. With the advent of the yeast, so too comes flavors banana as well as of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of nutmeg all there. These flavors meld quite nicely with the darker fruit flavors and darker roasted malt tastes creating a nice blend of spiced darer fruit and roast. With hints of a boozy alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice crisp and smooth dark fruit and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit thinner then I would have anticipated for a Belgian Strong dark of 9 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the higher and more prickly champagne like side. Both are good for creating the nice crisp feel of the brew which complements the slightly drier nature (well for a Belgian Strong Dark at least) well, but yet the body still all the while has enough thickness and oomph to support all the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion. A nice mix of fruitiness, roastiness, spice, and booze, all with a slightly drier and nice crispness and drinkability.

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Photo of PeterParker
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have put off trying this one for a while. Let's see if it's worthwhile.

Pours reddish brown, opaque with minimal light through the red bottom. Finger of head that leaves good lacing.

So much Belgian yeast on the nose. Bready malts and hints of bubblegum. Smells very Belgian.

Taste follows the nose. Belgian yeasts and bready malts. A bit of sourness on the back end. Caramel and yeast with slight fluffy marshmallow notes in the aftertaste. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, but slick. Lower carbonation. Leaves the aftertaste on the palate for a while.

Overall it's good. I wouldn't call it great but I'm glad I tried it. Wouldn't seek this out but would definitely have it on tap when I'm out.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/19/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, orange peel, red grape, pear, apple, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, light must, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, prune, red grape, pear, apple, orange peel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, pear, apple, orange peel, caramel, dark candi sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly bready, and lightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, sugar/honey, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy dark brown color with a huge tan head that lingers and leaves very little lacing
S-Spicy with a strong malt aroma and dark fruits
T-The malt was not as strong as the smell, and the dark fruit mixes in with it. The aftertaste has a slight bitterness and a mix of fruit and spice that stays with you til the end
M-high carbonation and medium body
O- I like dark strong Belgian ales and this one makes me like them even more

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in May of 2012.

Appearance: Rich dark brown body. A bubbly light tan head collapses and leaves a lackluster amount of lace throughout. Very creamy cap tops the body throughout.

Smell: Sweet orange and lemon. Coriander and other Belgian spices. Very minor presence of yeast.

Taste: Overall the body is very sweet… you can certainly taste the honey. Sweet citrus… particularly orange. Yeast from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Pretty high carbonation. Sweet finish. Medium body.

Overall: This is incredibly easy to drink. It is a bit too sweet for my liking. The sweetness overall takes away from the complexity this beer could offer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange sort of beer, but a good one. A 750mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Mahogany dark. Light head. Vague head.

S: Not the best. Sweet lager.

T: Spicy and Belgian, Pretty cool. Lots of fruit, And Belgian yeast I guess. YUM.

O: Overall drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from CJ's in Potsdam NY for $10 - 2011 Edition

Appearance – Murky brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, banana, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and banana. There is also grapes/raisins/figs, a hint of orange, and some pepper.

Overall – I like most of the beers this brewer makes and this one is no different. A great candidate for cellaring, my bottle from 2011 is drinking fantastic. Well rounded and complex flavours. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of themanilow
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage served in a snifter

A- A darker brown with nice Carmel colored head which dissipates nicely leaving its mark behind.

S- Fruit and honey scent bellows from within

T- rich flavors of fruit and honey mixed cornucopia of citrus rind

M- Slight carbonated feel. Whether it be spices or carbonation sense it leaves a tingle to enjoy after the sip.

O- I was pointed to this beer and wasn't disappointed. Rich in flavor and great in taste. Wouldn't back down from another bottle if given the chance.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle, Batch stamp 3412 B (B is upside down). Served in a Karmeleit tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark brown-amber color. Big thick rocky light tan head with lots of persistent lacing. Mostly big sheets, but some strands and islands as well.

Smell: Yeasty, dry, hint of mustiness, orange peel

Taste: Sweet up front, fruitiness, some citrus, herbal, honey, hint of phenol in that order. Honey begins to become more prominent as the beer warms up closer to room temp. The finish is very mildly bitter - compliments the other flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation, slick under the carbonation, with a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Delightful - great with a meal (spaghetti & meatballs) and I think it would be good without food as well. A good special occasion beer. Split the bottle with the Mrs. and we finished it off in short order, meaning it is fairly drinkable as well. I suspect it would be a bit dangerous without food, but with food, it goes quite well.

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Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip.

A- Deep brown in the body with some mahogany highlights. Light brown head shows great retention, and leaves very beautiful and delicate lacing.

S- Vinous up front, with lots of dark fruits. Caramelized sugar, booze, and a hint of honey are in there, too.

T- MIld flavors all around for this one. A little caramel, and spice. The honey sweetness comes in a little as well.

M- Very wine-like. Semi-dry, gives a little bit of a pucker/ lip smack. Spices show in the finish. Very delicate overall in the feel.

O- I was hoping to get some bigger flavors out of this one, but I enjoy its delicate nature, and think it is a great mealtime beer.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a deep brown with a three finger tan head that slowly broke down to leave a small film with some lacing.

S: dark fruits, spices and caramel.

T: Caramel, malts, fruits and yeast. Alcohol in the tail.

M: Higher carbonation with a medium body.

O: went looking for this beer on a recent trip to NY and found it at a grocery of all places. I found this beer easy to drink and enjoy. It is a good beer for a fall evening (raining and cool tonight). Well done, it makes me look forward to Local 1, which I also have in my cellar.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a chalice.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a dark crimson/brown color with with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, spiciness, alcohol, bready malts, and dark fruits.

Taste: Citrus, caramel, toffee, chewy malts, mild hop bitterness, spicy yeast, alcohol, and a tiny bit of mocha.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, chewy, medium to full bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Every quality makes this delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very dark red with a thick, 2 finger foam that linger for a while. No lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of white wine, a bit of roasted and chocolate malts. Sweet and sour with some floral notes as well.

Taste- Some caramel and chocolate malts, noticeable but not overpowering. Some dark fruitiness with a slight sourness. Some Belgian yeast flavor in the background. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation and body.

Overall- Good beer, very well balanced.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown with some red and a good carbonated head.

The aroma has a bit of bready and Belgian yeast character, but not too deep. Lots of sweetness and dried plum and dark fruits.

The flavor follows with a sweet caramel malt, but not too much. There's some dark fruit of dried plums and cherries. There's a hint of alcohol in there to clean it up, along with tons and tons of carbonation. It's a very drinkable beer with the dark fruits and reasonable about of sweetness. Not too much of the Belgian yeast character. The finish has a drying character of dried bitter plum.

The body is medium.

I actually think this is better than Rochefort 8. It hides the alcohol so well and is really easy drinking.

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Photo of TCMike
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer color is a dark brown, with a hint of rust. Produced a big 3 finger, beige head.

Aroma is of light citrus, and a woodsy/leather like smell.

Taste was similar, but with a little hop presence, and a noticeable, but not overwhelming alcohol after taste. High carbonation, and light-medium body.

Tasty, would buy again.

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Photo of lenbert
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown with goodly sized head that dissipates slowly. Leaves behind nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Slight aroma, hints of tropical fruits.

Taste: Very sweet, more tropical fruits and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a heavy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: I love malt forward (sweet) beers, so this one is a winner to me!

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Photo of RaggaD
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked bottle poured into a tulip glass

Picked this up at Whole Foods last week on a whim.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick head but very little lacing

S: Sugar, Malts and Fruit

T: Very sweet, almost too much for my taste. Lot's of raisin which isn't always my favorite

M: Nicely carbonated, crisp

O: Not bad at all, but at $11 there are better offerings for me

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date apparent.

Pours a dark brown color with a massive white head. Smell is quite mild. Detecting dark fruits and some belgian yeasts, but again, its not too strong. The taste is quite flavorful. Very fruity and fizzy at first, with a strong taste of red grapes on the back end. Yeasty. Almost tart in fact. No alcohol apparent. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Easy drinking, sort of like drinking a grape soda.

Overall an enjoyable beer that I'm glad to have tried. Nothing world class here, but its nonetheless a solid Belgian style ale. Would have another.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a deep amber to brown color. Mostly opaque with just a few highlights. Head formation is off white, somewhat dirty.

S - Super fruity nose, reminds me of grapes and currants. Perhaps even a few cherries.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, a little bit of a fruit. Then it starts to turn almost wine like, with some dark grape flavors. Mid-stream I get some darker fruits, and then it finishes with some alcohol warmth.

M - Very carbonated and a moderate to heavy body. A fairly thick offering. Clearly loaded with unfermentables. Alcohol warmth is present but not too strong.

O/D - A well done but certainly very heavy belgian. I think the fruitiness is just a little too much, and we don't see any other flavors coming in to mellow it out. Certainly short of a lambic but its going that direction.

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Photo of gr0g
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from July 2012.

Pours quite dark, a hazy deep brown. Two and a half finger head has good retention, but leaves only splotchy lacing. Aroma of both light and dark fruit: white grapes, raisins, pear. Some sugary sweetness too.

Flavor is drier than the nose would suggest. Lots of ripe fruit character, some pear and caramel apple most notably. Candi sugar and maybe a touch of honey are apparent, too, but a light tartness keeps them subdued. The finish is clean and dry. The vigorous carbonation settles down not long after the pour to a refined smoothness, decidedly so for a bottle refermented beer.

Local 2 nicely complements its fraternal twin in Brooklyn's big bottle lineup -- richer, more malt-forward, but maintaining an excellent texture. A great dark Belgian ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle date code of 0751.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brownish amber with some hints of ruby and orange. Huge four finger light tan/beige head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of spicy and funky Belgian yeast with lots of malt and dark fruit hints. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funk and clove, pepper, and some cinnamon spicing. Some of the champagne yeast is detected as well. Big deep malt presence with hints of caramel, toast, biscuit, and some roasty chocolate hints. Big dark fruit scents with hints of dark grapes, cherry, raisin, plums, prune, fig, and dates. Also some fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear along with some citrus orange peel. Belgian candied sugar and some honey hints add to the sweetness. Hints of grassy hops in the background. A very good and complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty Belgian taste with dark malt and lots of fruit esters. Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of funk, cloves, cinnamon, and pepper. Sweet Belgian candied sugar with some notes of sweet honey. Big bready malt presence with a taste of biscuit, caramel, grains, toast, and some chocolate roast. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, and apple. A little citrus orange peel and some lemon. Big taste of dark fruit with notes of dark cherry, grapes, plum, prune, raisin, dates, and fig. Some earthy grassy hop bitterness comes in towards the finish. A very nice and tasty combination of spices, sugar and fruit sweetness, and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Starts rather sweet and finishes very dry. Alcohol heat is tame.

Overall: A really good dark Belgian ale. Good spices and fruit esters with a solid dark roasty malt presence.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been dying to try this one for a long time, ever since I fell in love with the local 1. thanks to a wonderful trade with thebrewo, I finally got to try this. it pours a light brown dried date sort of color, allowing plenty of light to pass through, but still holding on to all the richness of a darker malt body. a huge frothy head rises up, tan and permanent, beautiful. the nose is sweet like brown sugar, malt driven, with Belgian candy sugar, a robust and intriguing yeast train, dark chocolate, and molasses. very complex but calculated, theres a lot going on, but its more than just a mishmash of different parts, its comes together amazingly well. the flavor reminds me a lot of dogfish heads raison d'etre, with that familiar raison like dried fruit character and the Belgian abbey style sweetness. there might be oats in this too, its got that similar flavor and feel. the spicy sweet finish is just right, long and lingering, and the alcohol is only there once it warms up. it reminds me of fresh baked spice bread in a lot of ways, thanksgivingish. great feel with a fuller body and quite a bit of carbonation. it coats the palate with its warming flavors, and leaves a very satisfying feeling behind. I was fortunate enough to share this bottle with some good friends, but would have had no problem consuming the entire thing by myself. this is really outstanding, every bit as entertaining as the local 1.

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Photo of harrymel
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the bottle: 2782

Mahogany brown with a quilt of toasted cream foam. Nose carries malt, clove, orange peel, toasted malts, a little soil, some tawny malt. Flavor is malt, some dark fruits, a dose of belgian yeast. A little bit of tea. Full bodied with fine, well intergrated carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large weizen glass

A: pours a very beautiful deep caramel color that appears to be very viscous, has an abundant amount of carbonation bubbles working their way up the glass slowly from the nucleation points at the bottom of the glass, pours with a very light weight fluffy head of foam that is a very nice brown clay color and lingers around pretty much unchanged for a very long time,
S: dark fruits, particularly raisins and figs, has a nice deep sweetness to it which i would attribute to the dark candy sugar that was added during brewing
T: pretty much a spot on taste for what i expect of this style, not overly strong on the licorice type notes but nicely muted behind the sweetness and fruits and really only comes through in the finish, the dark fruits mentioned in the scent are still there just more toned down and blended, very clean and smooth
M: moderate to high carbonation that is very fizzy and kind of scrubs the tongue as you drink, smooth across the palate and in the finish, even with the sweetness it has it is only slightly cloying after the finish and is nicely thined out throughout
O: a fantastic representation of the style, as i mentioned it is very well balanced and nothing really jumps out of it at your senses across the board, my experience with Brooklyn tells me this is par for the course for them, they may not do anything over the top or cray but they do what they do phenomenally well and with respect to the expectations of the style

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Photo of Vixie
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red at the edges. Forms a large tan head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell has quite a bit of fruit in it, more like raisins and plums. There is also some caramel and toffee mixed in.

Taste is very much like the smell. Raisins and plums, caramel and toffee. Finishes with a bit of Belgian candy sugar.

Very smooth going down, and nice and solid.

A very good beer, but just short of a great one. This is one of my favorite styles, and beers like this one are why. It has a lot of flavor, and the alcohol is well hidden. The only thin keeping me from rating this higher is it could use a bit more complexity, although it is possible aging will accomplish that. Another nice beer from Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,404 ratings.
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