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Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Reviews: 542 | Ratings: 1,398
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with an off-white foam head. Some spotty lace.

Nose of dark fruit, some burnt sugars, some dark malt.

Nice balanced brew with dark rich malt, some burnt sugars, some dark fruit, raisin-like. Bitterness comes up and is in good balance with the sweet. Beer dries out at the end, with some light bitter maltiness.

Fuller bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Nice drinkable beer. 9% is a surprise, as the alcohol does not assert itself. Sneaky beer, as you can get thru the bomber, but will have a hard time getting out of your chair.

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

A: Dark brownish black, with a generous tan head and just a touch of lacing left behind in its wake.

S: Sugar, fruits, raisins, sweet malts, crisp and clean and simple.

T/M: Very tasty with lots of sugary, fruity flavors up front, gradually overtaken by some burnt malts, the distinctive taste of Belgian yeasts, and a subtle touch of bitterness. Real smooth and creamy, and it goes down very easy.

O: A great Belgian-style ale, very sweet and delicious.

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

No bottle date that I can find, just an 0191 marked in an appropriate square on the back of the label. Bottle is probably about a year old.

A: Opens with a loud pop and immediately starts gushing all over my mousepad. *sigh* Pours a nice mahogany with a big fluffy, airy tan head. Fades very slowly. Excellent head retention but only a few tufts of fluffy lacing left behind.

S: Very sweet. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Some raisin, fig and banana back it up. Just a touch earthy.

T: Toffee, caramel and brown sugar up front. Raisin and some other mild dark fruit mixed in. A little metallic twang in there. Turns a bit earthy and spicy in the middle and into the finish. Finish is quite dry with a bit of toffee, brown sugar and plums it seems. More spiciness lingers in the aftertaste, black pepper it seems.

M: Full medium body but higher carbonation cuts it down and makes it seem lighter and airier.

O: On the maltier, sweeter side of BSDAs. Not as much fruit as most. Surprisingly ends drying despite the initial sweetness. Pretty tasty and drinkable, though nothing stands out to give it amazing marks. A solid example of the style.

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

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, dark murky fig molasses brown color.

Nose some darker malts, dark fruits, honey apple, light fig date like, touch of phenols, hint of booze, touch of citrus, fruity Belgian esters.

Taste light booze Belgian esters, hint of phenols, nice fruits light apple pear like, fig date as well, molasses and candy, bit of bitterness, hint of powdered cocoa, light grassy too. Finish is drier but sticky, molasses honey and fruity esters lingering, light booze as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice carb, some warming slight tingly booze.

Overall great beer. Well done Belgian additions, between the esters, fruit, booze, and even the light phenols bring a nice addition and go well. The fruits, honey, citrus, etc, all go really well. It's a nice winter style sipping Belgian beer.

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

25.4 bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Ruddy, chocolate brown with a big billowy 3” tan head that slowly recedes to about a ½”. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast and spice mixed with dark fruit (predominantly raisin).

Taste: Dark fruit (again raisin) with hints of spice, some sweetness from the Belgian candy sugar. Very flavorful with some bready malts serving as a nice backbone. The alcohol is completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp and well carbonated.

Overall: Best example of Belgian style dark ale I have ever had from an American brewery, the only one I would buy again. Delicious, closer to a double in flavor than an SDA but at 9% ABV I understand the classification.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a dark, ruddy brown with a reddish hue, two plus inch head is coarse and tan. Dissipates very slowly.

Smells of bretty yeast, figs, molasses and mild nuttiness.

Tastes of mild nutty bitterness, molasses, bretty yeast, and hints of red wine tartness.

Full body with fluffy carbonation that fills the mouth.

A pretty good Belgian style ale, but a little bland in the flavor department compared to many of the others I've had. A great option for those that otherwise might find beers in this style to be too rich for them, but I was expecting a little more. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying it and would have it again.

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a crytal snifter. Semi-opaque mahogany colored with an inch high thick head of foam that settles out to a finely bubbled cap. Very low, almost imperceptible aroma of toasty malt and pear. Flavors of toasted malt, hints of cocoa, ripe fruit and marshmallow. Slightly metallic in the finish, some clove and plum lingers, along with a subtle bitterness. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, but somewhat full. Decent beer overall, but I was expecting more depth.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark amber with a frothy tan one-finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, malts, dark fruits (cherries, dates, raisins).

T: Follows nose. Complex, sweet, tart, tangy. Cherries, chocolate, molassas. A banana finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a medium mouthfeel

O: Honestly, too many flavors attacking the palate. A bit too sweet for me. But an interesting after dinner drink.

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

750mL bottle, cellared for about a year, enjoyed at a recent beer tasting alongside the Local #1. Cheers for holding on to this Derrick!

Poured into a wine glass. Dark, hazy milk chocolate in colour, with a creamy head that survives as a thick ring, and produces some islands of foam and good lacing. Not sure if the aging contributed to the thickness of this brew, as it is quite murky.

Nose is a mix of fruit (banana peel), chocolate, caramel, yeast, mild funkiness.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, which makes for an enjoyable dark. After warming for a few minutes, the chocolate and caramel rises above the fruity yeast notes, and is coupled with a warming sugary base. Smooth, mild carbonation, medium bodied.

Nice dark ale. I certainly think aging had to have some effect on the brew's complexion, as it feels and tastes mellowed out. I haven't tried a fresh bottle of this before, which I now hope to do in the near future!

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

A-a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights with two fingers worth of creamy head

S-dark bread like malts, dark fruit, light molasses, and Belgian yeast. Not getting much citrus smell.

T-taste matches the smell, bread malt, light chocolate, sweet honey, slight nutty taste, and maybe just a light hint of citrus. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-very prickly carbonation, light to medium body

Overall I think I like this better than other reviewers. I am actually glad I didn't get much of a citrus peel smell or taste. Not the best BSDA I have had but its not bad either.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful brown head and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is a nice and delicious black.

Smell: The honey really comes out very well in a chalice and combining with the chocolate and roasted malts makes for a very good treat.

Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate. The honey and citrus do not come in unless it is a little warm and makes it taste very good. The honey complements the chocolate very well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and a little thick.

Overall: A wonderful brew and worth having more than once and a while.

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

picked it up from a new liquor store that had it for an unbelievable price. the 1st time i had it was in my very early beer drinking days, and so i didn't have the palate to appreciate it much. so here we go.

a - poured slowly into a brooklyn brewery snifter i picked up on my visit. poured a black cherry brown with a 1.5 inch off white head. quite the looker. retention is just okay, and there's minimal lacing down the glass

s - bright, fruity, and pleasntly burnt. caramel, raspberry, black cherry, dark chocolate. my goodness this thing smells good.

t - tastes like the smell. lots of raspberry and chocolate with a toasted caramel malt background. some nice sour notes highlight the flavors alongside sugary, molassy esters. and like the local 1, the belgian yeast is present but not dominant, which i can really appreciate.

m - light with a healthy dose of carbonation. this thing goes down easy and would serve as a great dessert beverage.

a beautiful version of the belgian strong dark ale. this has instantaneously become one of my favorite dark ales. thanks BK brewery!

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

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich amber-brown hue which lets ruby highlights through when held up to the light. Head is three fingers of frothy light-tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich, malty aroma with a lot of chocolate character. There's a little bit of earthy hoppiness as well, but this is pretty mild. Overall not bad; enticing, even.

Taste: rich flavor with chocolate right on top, followed by some light bready character and a hint of fruitiness (raisins, mostly). There's a hint of vegetal hops at the end, and bitterness is quite low compared to sweetness. Not bad, and stylistically accurate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation yielding a pretty massive creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: a tasty enough beer, although it lacks complexity. I would probably have this again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark almost opaque brown, with a thick tan-white head on a gentle pour rising to about 3/4".

Smell: Yeasty scent, pretty7 strong if you ask me, after laying the glass down you still feel it in your nose.

Taste: Holy yeast, little sweet light light bitterness and packing a punch with flavor.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sharp texture which would quench any thirst. Best of all how sticky!

Overall: A real gem, It's easy to find and won't hit you in the pockets if you're already a fan of premium beers. Drink up fellas (and Ladies), Salud!

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

Looking good, I really like local 1. Let's see here, nice tan head, color is brownish black and no light penetrates. Some lacing on my schooner. The taste is of strong alcohol when consumed with my pizza. Finishing the bottle the flavors are more complex, low hops profile, some burnt coffee, spice, sugar. The body is full, it's sticky and pleasant with good carbonation. Overall, the spice of this offering is where I was lost. I guess an imperial stout is what I was looking for.

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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the looker. Pours a dark burnt brown. Very rich looking, actually looks thickish. The head is also quite thick, slightly offwhite, and fluffy up top. Good retention, though lacing is lacking.

The Belgian yeast and sugars are fairly obvious to detect. Slight spiciness in the nose. Malty.

It's really good. Spice and malt up front. Belgian sugar in the middle. Alcohol and honey in the swallow.

Complex...sweet and spicy early on. More sweetness as it works its way back. The sweetness stays into the finish as a slightl tartness makes an appearance. The finish is crisp with good carbonation and heat from the alcohol.

This is a world class beer. Everything about it is top notch and it gets better as it warms.

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

(review from notes; tried on 02/05/11)

pours a dark brown shade with a healthy finger-plus beige head; decent retention and lacing.

nose offers roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, dark fruits, spices, and yeast. maybe a hint of hoppiness in the background. flavor mostly follows the nose. you have your traditional elements of a BSDA along with some more subdued stout characteristics. complex, balanced, and enjoyable, though doesn't move the earth.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. whereas they nailed it with local 1 in my opinion, here BB pulls off a "mere" solid brew. that said, it's definitely worth a try.

originally reviewed: 02-08-2011

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Photo of mikeg67
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting off-white head and a lot of lacing. Yeasty aroma follows by chocolate, dark fruit and hints of hops. Body is full and smooth. Chocolate, dark fruit spices, Belgium yeast, brown sugar, earthy hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. Complex, delicious brew.

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

Appearance: Dark red/plum color with a gorgeous foamy tan head that persisted throughout.

Smell: Honey, kiwi, melons, figs, Belgian candi sugar, yeast.

Taste: Fruitiness takes on a more mature character - prunes and tart apples. Bready malts complement the dark fruit/molasses combination and give it some nice depth. Noticeable alcohol warmth combined with a surprising carbonic bite on the tongue make this one a sipper, but a pleasant one.

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

I haven't had this one in a while. Don't mind if I do!

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured a dark brown, red, rose color, that was definitely more on the darker end of the spectrum than anything. The head was a frothy, mildy off-white one that stayed as such (like most Brooklyn beers).

S: Smelled like a honeysuckle with Belgian sugar.... straight up. Also, I got Brooklyn's signature fresh-filtered water hop profile.

T: I got some honey and Pixie Stick dust on the finish. The Belgian side of the house wasn't too "Belgian-y" at all and the floral component was quite fresh.

M: No one does the who spritzy, well-carbonated, refreshingly great high octane brews like Brooklyn. The sweetness was of the organic variety and the lacing was moderate.

O: I'll still give my love to Local 1 first, but these are TOTALLY different beers, and both very good!

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

Dark, opaque, brown colour with a foamy, tan head. Fair head retention and nice, but patchy, lacing.

Sharp, rich and spicy with lots of clove, alcohol and plummy fruits. Not just sugar which is refreshing.

Caramelised malt is present without being sickly or dominating. This is largely about fruit and spice with a well balanced combination of yeast character. The spice has got some nutmeg notes which are good while the fruit is quite tart and adds a nice line of acidity to balance the malt.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Typical Belgian style.

A really nice beer. As the Belgians would say, it is digestible, while still being complex and full on good flavour.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy ruby brown and produced a two finger high creamy tan head. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell is a complex fruit bouquet of fig, dates, raisin, malt, caramel and yeast. Even some alcohol is in the nose.
Tasting the beer, the fruits build the front, yeast, malt and sugars in the middle and a nicely balancing hop finish.
Very enjoyable and drinkable medium bodied beer.
Great job!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the Greenville Beer Exchange/American Grocery Beer vs. Wine Dinner! This beer was paired with a Duo of local spring lamb, fava bean hummus, harissa, and preserved lemon. The wine it was facing off against was Mount Tache 'Grower's Reserve' Fitou.

Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured a dark ruby red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, citrus, dark fruit, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, citrus, fruit, earth, earthy hop, and sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While this wasn't my favorite brew that I've had, it did work quite well with the course that it was paired with. There were lots of nice earthy notes in this one that were mixed/blended quite well with a nice touch of bread and dark fruit. Pretty easy drinking beer here.

I voted for the beer pairing in this one, but ultimately, the wine pairing won this one.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle, corked.

A: This beer pored a dark brown with a slight ruby look.

S: No doubt that this is a Belgium strong ale. The beer smelt semi-sweet. There were also distinctive yeast, fruit and baked bread notes.

T: This beer was very sweet. There was a fruity and yeasty taste. It was bitter on the back of the tongue.

M: light to medium bodied beer.

O: This is a great beer. Noting else to it, cant wait to try Local 1.

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

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a pint glass (I was on a train so this was my only glass option).

The cork flew out with avengeance and hit the carriage roof and was recovered a few seats away (be warned!!!).

Pours a ruby red to dirty orange/brown with a frothy off-white/tan head.

On the nose, yeast, bread, orange, clove and a little - but not too much spice.

On the palate pretty much all the flavours described on the nose and in addition maybe a touch of alcohol, vanilla, sweet molasses and honey.

Medium in body moving slightly towards full with just the right level of carbonation ie - not too much!

Overall a good Belgian style beer and would definately have it again, although from memory I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Local 1 which I had a few months previously.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,398 ratings.
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