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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 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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Photo of rand
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in a trade about 2 years ago with Manoftyr. Been cellared ever since...after the onslaught of California IPA's I've been indulging in it seemed like a good time to crack it open .

750 mL bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: Deep mahogany in color, completely opaque and quite effervescent. Tight, bubbly head never fully recedes but barely leaves a trace of lacing. Lots of suspended yeast floating about.

S: Sugary ripe fruit and booze make up the nose. Prunes and red grapes and a touch of citrus. The bouquet is wrapped in a pastry-like essence, reminding me of sugar cookies. And yeah, the booze is right there.

T/M: Fruity esters jump to the front, more layered than the nose. It almost taste like there's ripe strawberries along side the plums and raisins. Sweet malty notes accent the chewy complexion, making the brew seem fuller-bodied than it is. As the beer warms, light touches of holiday spice poke through - cinnamon, nutmeg - which work well against the honey-sweet aspects. Boozy notes never lets things become treacly. Still finishes long and sweet.

Another bomb from Brooklyn...I reread my review of Local 1, I think I like this better. Even with the plethora of amazing local beer, I wish it was easier to get my hands on Brooklyn brew.

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Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it’s very, very dark opaque brown color with an insanely huge 3-4 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles like a bubble bath, and dissipated very slowly, leaving excellent trails of foamy lacing.

Smells very herbal and bready, with the yeast and dark fruits coming on the strongest up front; the orange peel listed on the label comes through, but the honey does not. After a swirl the nose presents cherry, light caramel, biscuit, coriander, brown sugar, tart or sour fruit, citrus like lemon zest, funky yeast, wet cardboard, light hops, booze and grains. It almost smells like it was barrel aged, but that might be the yeast and booze acting like a nasal mirage.

Tastes malty up front, with the yeast, orange peel and booze immediately following, and then dark fruits like cherry, red grapes and plum, orange peel, caramel, biscuit, cocoa powder, brown sugar, coriander, pepper, lemon zest, funky yeast/wet cardboard, light hops, some other mild spices, booze like a red wine or rum and wet roasted beer soaked grains. Once again the honey does not come to the party, but the tart or sour fruit adds some nice flavors to balance out the yeast and booze. The alcohol is noticeable, but seems well orchestrated and as if it was always scheduled to be part of the experience.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with light fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body, and a very complex finish that is tart and sweet and boozy and bitter at the same time; the chaos theory was unleashed in a beer glass and consumed much to my delight.

I always liked the Local 1 better, but this is a very good beer that I have enjoyed over the years. I sat on this bottle for a year to see how it would age and it was very tasty and enjoyable. I have at least one Local 1 and one Local 2 per year and always enjoy them.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with a mild haze. Three fingers of tan head retain very well. Lacing blankets the whole glass.

S: Honeyed bread, orange peel, bit of clove, peppery and spicy yeast, cocoa, a touch musty, floral. Lightly tart. Highly aromatic, the scent of it filled the room immediately after the cork was popped.

T: Sharp clove and peppery spice at the outset. Subtle tartness in the background. Burnt bread crust. Chocolate covered oranges. Bakers chocolate and a bit of bittersweet dark chocolate. Prunes. Slight smoke. Orange peel dominates the mid-palate. Honeyed brown bread. Chalky, earthy, musty yeast. Bit of a floral element. Finishes very dry with cocoa, crust, slight hop oils, and spicy Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy. Aggressive carbonation scrubs the palate.

O: A very creative and food-friendly beer. A bit brash and bold at times, especially with the orange peel. Complex, though not in the effortless way that the best Belgians are. It really settled in as my palate adjusted to it though, and it drank very easily. One of the better Belgian-style brews made on american soil.

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle served at about 45F in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany brown with an exemplary, mixed density tan head. The head has poor retention, but moderate lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is, as expected, fruity, as well as bready, lightly spicy and yeasty, with hints of brown sugar.

The flavor profile is complex, and suggests dates, plums, raisins, orange(!), cherries, yeast and medium/dark malt. The high ABV is well-hidden. The flavor has sweet/bitter in balance rather than leaning to the sweet side like, for instance, St. Bernardus. Also less spicy than average for style (but no complaints about the flavor mix.)

M: Smooth and creamy; medium body is a tad thin; a bit sticky in the finish; Lively medium+ carbonation; slightly astringent.

O: This could pass for a fine Belgian dark ale -- is there a higher complement? Glad I have a couple more bottles which I will let age a bit longer. Improved with warming. Exceptional.

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Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into teku glass.

A: Poured very deep brown with a slight reddish tint. Nice 3 finger off white head with some slight lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, some spice mixed with roasted malts. Subtle earthiness to the nose.

T: Dark fruity flavors with some spiciness. Hints of citrus, and clove with the familiar Belgian yeasts. Alcohol is nicely hidden in the background. Nice sweetness without being to much.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Second glass had nice head even after sitting out on the counter open for a while.

O: Really nice Belgian dark. Very enjoyable. It's easy to overlook the almost 10% ABV, and end up finishing the bomber with a nice buzz.

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