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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 WalrusJockey
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into Duvel tulips.

A- very clear and crisp brown on the pour, in the glass it is a darker, reddish color. The head is thick, and the color they call mocha that looks nothing like the coffee of the same name.

S- very sweet with lots of forest-berry aromas, with a choco-vanilla hint, assumedly from the malt.

T- spice and fruit linger behind and alongside the thick malt profile, with the fruit of the nose far removed from where it was expected to be. The dominant flavor is of spices, like a spicy cinnamon loaf, combined with the 9% ABV, the result is very warming. The berries of the nose are sadly underrepresented, and the label's "honey and citrus peel" seem to be more added to sound enticing on the label than to be significant ingredients.

The end result isn't *bad,* in fact it is rather nice, but it is not what the aroma, or the bottle itself, might lead you to expect. For a BSDA I find it to be far too much malt and not nearly enough...flavor besides malt.

M- much thinner than I expected. Not creamy or thick at all. In the glass, it looks quite heavy, and the head is fairly substantial, but in the mouth, the beer is light, and with the heavy amounts of malt and spice present, it winds up feeling lacking in body, though it isn't wattery by any stretch. Honestly, if the mouthfeel had matched the flavor profile in ANY way, this beer would have received a much better score from me.

D- I don't think any 9% is going to be overly drinkable, but I don't especially like this beer, so I would rate it poorly.

Notes- if you want a strong, spiced-unto-spicy beer that won't weigh down your stomach with tons of body, and isn't distracted by fruit flavors, you might like this beer. I don't care for "winter warmer" types, and if I had known that was what this is, I probably would have passed on it. Rated as a BSD it fares even worse.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large caged and corked bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head which thins but never goes away.

The smell is sweet and strong with dark fruits. Taste is sweet, malty and dark, almost creamy. Pleasantly staying in the mouth long after it is gone. Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up about a week ago knowing that some friends where going to get together this weekend. We decided to give this one a try last evening. Brew poured to a deep and cloudy brown color with a thick medium tan colored head that had incredible retention leaving thick frothy chunks of foam down the side of the glass. The aroma was very sweet, candy sugar is very noticeable in this one, at least that is what I am figuring it is. Also some orange notes come to mind. The flavor is very good, again sweet with a nice belgiumesq yeast taste that I notice straight away. Also there is a nice fruit like flavor, maybe green apple. Numerous complex flavors seem to be there on this one that I am having a hard time putting to words. Alcohol is noticeable in this one but is nice. Finishes on the dry side. Overall I like this brew, think it is a little rough around the edges and wonder if it sits for a while it might lose some of that roughness. Will have to pick up the Local 1 on my next trip to the store to get perspective. Will get this one again and let it sit for a few months.

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

Pours a five+ finger very light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt malt nose. Flavor is malty, dark fruit and some yeast. $10.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy effervescent mahogany color with a HUGE stiff light tan colored head that decomposes like the foam in an ice cream float leaving a descent amount of Belgian lacing behind. The earthy character of the smell boasts of classic Belgian yeast and beneath that a more subtle sweetness of dark fruit with an interesting spicy coriander note. The mouth feel is tangy and substantially effervescent with a ton of tiny bubbles lending to a creamy feel that finishes clean and dry. The flavor is more subtle than i expected...malted and earthy, not as fruity or sweet as it smells...not my favorite. Altogether quite drinkable and well worth a try. The 8.7% ABV is well integrated.

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A deep mahogany body with a fluffy tan head that rose to the top of the tulip. Very pretty.

The yeast really holds down the top spot in the nose with apples, toffee, and spice rounding it out.

Bready grains hit you first and then the belgian yeast takes over. Apples and bananas mix with clove and citrus for the full flavor profile. Finish is dry with grapefruit rind and earthy hops.

Medium bodied, dry and crisp. Very clean bsda.

You would not know that this beer is 8.7%. Extremely well-balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the beautiful 750 in to my Duvel tulip. Huge foamy head, maybe 4 fingers. Color is a dark opaque brown. Smell was of dark fruit, caramel, yeast. Taste was similar with a slight alcohol burn, but not unpleasant. Mildly fruity and earthy. Mouthfeel is fantastic; carbonation totally envelopes the mouth, tongue and throat. Drinkability; hmmm, delicious, but intoxicating. I couldn't drink an entire 750 at once, but some of you might. To me a great one glass beer; true to style and as good as some Belgians I've had.

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Photo of LiquorLockerVP
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown sugar color, fading to a translucent tan at the surface when held to the light. This beer looks alive. There are tons of fizzy tiny bubbles hissing towards the surface in there. The head suits the gassy look, as it is composed of sharp defined bubbles. Tilting the glass, it leads a considerable amount of lacing. Really pretty when observed from slightly below the glass, looking up towards a light source. Once again, lots of dancing bubbles and dark hue that doesn't seem at all dirty. I'm psyched.

Wow, vanilla spiced raisins.Dark and rummy. It smells like the filling for some mollassy baked good. I made some muled wine this past Christmas, and used alot of orange peel in it. I am getting a similar citrus nose off this, though it is backed up by that dense, dark brown sugar body. Deep pulls really grab the alcohol thats hiding behind the sweet. I'm thinking of dabbing some of this on like cologne, it smells that good.

What a change up from the nose. The nose had me beliving there was going to be all sorts of raisin, sugar and spice. Instead, there is a decent amount of bittering going on. Theres some black coffee taste, and the higher alcohol definetly makes itself known. The back sides of my tongue feel puckered. Don't get me wrong, there is still a bit of sweetness and spice on the finish, but for me the nose was quite different. There are definetly stoutish elements going on too. It smelled almost like a novelty beer, but has an all business taste. Very interesting. Not syrupy, suprisingly refreshing in a carbonated coffee kind of way. Bitter.

PS- Sweeter as it warms up and blooms to room temp. Still not a sugar bomb though.

Prickly and light. What I thought was going to be thick and chewy was actually fizzy and scrubbing. You can feel it sizzle the tongue. It leaves the gums a little hot from the alcohol, which is a characteristic I like alot. Almost acts like a palette cleanser. Doesn't leave much of an after feel, just a tiny throb and some coffee puckering on the back of the tongue.

It's actually alot more drinkable then I thought it would be. The lighter mouth feel and toning down of the sweetness from the nose would make taking down 2 pints a very easy feat.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to Brooklyn Brewing. Nice, classy looking 750 bottle and presentation.
Nice pop from the cork when removed. Pours a very dark brown in color. There's more head than there is beer in my Duvel snifter. About 3-4 inches of off white head. Smell is belgian yeast, some spice that I can't quite put my finger on and some light fruit and bubblegum. Taste is more of the belgian yeast, some dark fruit, and some kind of earthy spice that I still can't figure out. Incredibly full on the mouthfeel. Very creamy and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very nice beer. Very well done Garrett and crew!

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - color ranges from amber to darkness, complete with a 3-finger caramel-color head that drops to a cover. Not much lacing.

s - smells great. sweet and spicy belgian.

t - tasty standard belgian leaning toward the sweet side. Nice. A little alcohol is apparent but nothing overwhelming.

m - mellow carbonation with a medium mouthcoating. Relatively light in body. The dry finish arrives as advertised. A bit of warmth on the swallow.

d - very drinkable. Pretty solid masking for a 9% ABV. I bought another bottle to age...if it lasts that long. Maybe I got my hopes up but I think I would grab the Local 1 before the Local 2.

UPDATE: The ABV jumps out as it warms. Taking taste from a 4.5->4.

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

There's a hearty POP! and the uncaged and decorked 750 ml bottle-o-brew pours a hazy burnt hazelnut-colored body capped with a semisolid, fat and sexy, three-finger deep topping of spongy pale tan foam. The impressive head atop the brew relaxes slowly, deflating into misshapen cloud-wads that stick puffy 3-D globs of lacing onto the sidewalls of my Duvel glass.

The smell is sweet and malty with notes of mild caramel, golden apples, green grapes and juicy plums. A note of brown sugar with lemon zest emerges as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is right on profile with the nose-- mellow, sweet, and fruity-- but takes a detour when the caramel factor is encountered, engaged, and vigorously suppressed by a note of tangy, juicy lemon-lime. The crisp citric zip lingers through the pull and even into in the aftertaste, assisting a touch of emergent drying bitterness in reining in the otherwise abundantly sweet appley, plummy juiciness of Local 2. The finish is quite dry, surprisingly so given the erstwhile orchardfruit fest going on in my glass, and deep into the contents of the Champagne-style bottle, a wee dram of floral honey and a grassy hop note peek out of the aftertaste, pleasantly complicating matters further.

The drink is medium in body with fine zesty carbonation and the alcohol factor is very well-suppressed. This little Brooklyn goody is near-quaffable, as ill-advised as that might be given the 8.7% ABV.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, rich brown in color. From the 2 glasses I was able to get out of the bottle, both times I started with a 3 to 4 finger head before going down. Sweet roasty malt and a lot of sweets from the sugar and honey as well. Mmmm, tastey. The brown sugar is easy to pick up on. Definitely can taste the alcohol in this one. Little heavy on the tongue, but still smooth. Great impression overall and definitely a good buy. Should have got it when I was at the brewery a couple weeks ago!

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Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 caged and corked bottle into to different glasses the first being a Duvel tulip It just didn't work it produced a ton of white head way to much for the presentation stay away from that glass the second being a standard challis which really helped out it still had a nice two finger head that settled down to a thick lace. The body was a dark burgandy when held to the light.

The aromas coming from this brew are the typical Belgian yeasts dark fruits and a light alcohol heat. The flavors follow the nose is so much as the dark fruits are dominant in there. With the fruitiness of the yeast helping as well the mouth is to the light side of medium but the carbonation is great.

A great American Belgian dark I wouldn't expect any less from Brooklyn brewery. Very drinkable and I will by this brew again

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

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1/4" head that falls to a quick surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some sweet chocolate, a bit of muskiness, yeast, and some earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile. Caramel, chocolate, black plums, some yeast, a bit of earthiness, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is mildy noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp towards the finish. Aftertaste is soft and short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable strong ale. This beer should be picked up and enjoyed by all.

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Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle that I purchased at Heinen's in Mayfield Village a few weeks ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail clean clear pint glass. Batch 3518 printed on back label.

A Pours a pleasing dark brown body with a light brown head lasting a good three minutes and then some. Close inspection of the head revealed a very cool effect: hundreds of bubbles stack on top of each other like so many ball bearings.

S Sweet malt and Belgian yeasts with some honey and maybe some light raisin smell. Yum.

T Thin sweet malt taste with the bite of some yeast and perhaps some hops as well. There is a dark caramel, almost chocolate taste as well. Fairly true to the style, the yeast driving home the Belgian heritage of the style. Edit: There is a very distant (I mean like 20 minutes after last sip) taste of honey that I appreciate. I increased my taste rating from 3.0 to 3.5 for this alone.

M Full with moderately high ABV and dark sweet malt tastes. That being said it is a bit thinner and more watery than other great Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It lacks the pleasing syrupy sweet malt taste (and feel I suppose) of the best of the Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It is also not as strong as better Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

D Good but not compared to others in this style. Gulden Draak is an example of a BSDA with more "umphh" behind it.

Notes: A nice addition to the Brooklyn lineup but the thin malt and yeasty aftertaste makes it more like a Pale Ale that happens to be dark in appearance. I have to say that I am dissapointed in this beer because I was so looking forward to it. I remember enjoying Local 1 and then I heard that this was coming out..and BSDA is one of my favorite styles...perhaps I built it up too much in my mind but count me dissapointed.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Local 2 has a dark butterscotch head with a ton of fluffy light brown head. Great retention, the head remains significant and creamy on top of the body throughout my entire drink, leaving a little bit behind in the bottom of my glass. Some thick, sticky, rings of lacing are left behind also.

Smell is fruity, peppery with very noticeable honey accents that are almost flowery.

This one should definitely be pretty warm when you drink it. I started when it was cold and by the time I finished it had warmed up quite a bit and was noticeably better. With that said, there is a lot going on in this one. The fruit flavors are surprising light and not the super dark fruits I would expect. Perhaps there are some dark fruits, but I think the fruits in this are mostly like Local 1 (same yeast, so that makes sense), apricots and other such fruits. It also has a noticeable, peppery bite to that is a nice addition. However, I would say the biggest flavor here comes from honey. A good amount of sweetness with a slightly floral taste to it that is very nice. Tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is on the light said for the style, but perfectly carbonated. Also, it leaves a type of syrupy film behind in your mouth and throat from the honey. This may sound disgusting, but it is a good thing (Think a Braggot but less extreme).

Pretty drinkable beer. Impressive overall.

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Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA.

A - Brown with a reddish tinge and good clarity. A large beige head with large bubbles and leaving some lacing behind.

S - Spicy with brown sugar, orange and some floral hops.

T - A nice balance of spices, fruity notes and hop flavors. Generally dry with a fantastic tangy and slightly bitter finish. The 9% alcohol is well hidden.

M - High carbonation (even for a Belgian style) with large bubbles. I would have liked it to have a bit less. Low to moderate consistency; maybe even a bit thin.

D - A very flavorful and enjoyable beer. I would definitely buy it again. A great beer for my 250th review.

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

Bottle From Jungle Jims.

Poured clear brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met with another of the top active bottled beers for style.

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

Pours a very dark brownish red or even a light black with an off white or very light tan head that build quickly and takes up the upper half of the goblet, as it should. Aroma is sweet and malty, biscuity with some dark fruits, figs maybe, but a lot of dark sugars. Taste is sweet but balanced, spicy with some pervasive alcohol notes, but nothing too distracting. Not much bitterness to speak of but the sweetness is never cloying.

A well crafted brew that gets better as it warms. Not as great as Local 1, but that's a difference in styles for me, this is a must-try beer.

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

Nice to see another beer in this series, I hope this continues. Pours a dark orangey chestnut, or perhaps a shade darker. Nice one inch or so head to start that is fairly tightly beaded and settles to a thin cap. Smells nicely yeasty scents of apples, brioche, banana, and hints of toffee and spice. The taste has some similar qualities as well as quite a bit of citrus laced throughout and less of the bready and apple notes. Still, very nice overall. Very smooth and slightly sweet on the finish, and perhaps slightly vinous. A pleasure to drink, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark pour with a thick beige head. Looks great. Smell is a kicker. Candy sugars and spicey/figgy. Very hot auslese notes. Taste is quite hot too. Not overly sweet, and the spice is not as evident in the taste. It is nice, but the alcohol seems a bit too hot for me. Also, there is a bit of a medicinal quality that does not set well with me. Kind of like an apertif. Mouthfeel, like the Local 1, is great. If the alcohol were not so pwersistant, I'd score this much higher for drinkability. Appearantly, this is not noticeable for most drinkers, so I am not scoring this as low as I typically would for drinkability. A nice beer, but I'll let my next bottle sit on a shelf for a bit.

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

after removing the foil, i noticed the cork had the number 1 in a circle, like the brooklyn local 1 logo -
poured from the bomber bottle into a bklyn tulip
puts up a crazy huge tan head, even when taking care on the second pour -
a mild musty zest to the nose -
tasted good, malty, bready, a little sweetness-
the big carbonation is probably sacrificed to the thick head, sits well on the tongue -
good stuff - this big bottle went down easy

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Shop Rite Liquors in Hoboken...
Appearance: Roasted-brown, deep, dark, amber hue... Maximum fluffy head, major lacing...
Smell: Deep, roasted malts, grapes, chocolate...
Taste: Strong purple grape flavor, heavy on the roasted malts, strong flavor with some alcohol lingering as well...
Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, full-bodied stuff...
Pretty darn drinkable for an 8.7% rich bodied, dark-ale...
Personally liked the Local 1 better, but Local 2 is a pretty strong depiction of a Belgian style from an American brewer...
Not bad...

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

This beer poured almost black dark red amber color and formed a huge foamy light tan head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, Belgian yeasts and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee, yeasts and maybe a hint of honey. The body was fairly light and the the finish was astringent, yet sprite. Not a bad beer, but a bit light for the style.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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