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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

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,407 |  Reviews: 545
Photo of gdhawley
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

A-Dark murky copper hue which leaves a three finger creamy dense head.

S-Honey,brown sugar,candied plums and floral fruity hops.

T-Dark fruit,candied figs,redgum honey,brown sugar and herbal spicy hops.

M-Light to medium bodied but perfect for style as it is very drinkable.

O-Not a bad drop especially for the price and would drink again cheers.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tonyf55
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of benbking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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

Poured into a snifter from a 750 mL bottle.
Nice dark red color with a one finger head that dissipated slowly.
Good head retention.
Aroma is predominantly sweet, but not too overwhelming. Notes of honey, caramel, dark fruits (raisins) come through distinctly.
Taste similar to the aroma is also more on the sweeter side. Caramel and sweetness come through clearly with a slightly tart and dry finish. Alcohol is masked really well in this ale.
Very easy to drink with good mouthfeel.
One of the really good belgian dark ales I have had. If you like this style of ale's then you should definitely try one of these, you won't regret.

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Photo of keanex
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Be careful when opening this, mine popped off simply when I untwisted it.

A: Deep brown/ruby almost opaque with active carbonation seen. Huge thick tan head which shows little signs of dissipating after a minute or two after pour. The head dissipates uneven and sticks to the side.

S: Rather strong fruity sweet smell. Citrus and honey are the big smells here with slight malts and caramel.

T: Really sweet with a sugary foretaste with citrus and caramel flavors in the middle with an alcohol finish. A lingering clove aftertaste goes down the throat. This is very fresh tasting and very easy to go down.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of a flat soda taste, despite the active carbonation bubbles.

O: This is a good beer, but it's really polarizing since it's sweet and is lacking carbonation. On one hand it tastes almost like a fresh tea with it's raw sugar and fresh citrus taste and slight spices, and on the other hand it reminds me of a flat soda. I may buy this again and hope for a potentially less shaken up bottle as I feel it may have lost a lot of carbonation when opened.

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

A- beautifull rich brown color with a rich and lush head. Due to the natural carbonation the head is super thick with a fine bubble structure. Lacing is beautiful.

S- really nice smell, a touch of the strong alcohol come theough but meshes well with the orange, honey, and bright acid notes.

T- opens up with a nice smooth malt, then gets bright with citrus and some sweetness. The finish is a smooth sweetness with mild bitterness notes like dark homey.

M- great feel, the carbonation is very prominant but makes the flavors pop on your palate. Full body with flavors all the way through. Nice smooth finish with just rouches of the alcohol twang.

O- a stellar beer, super drinkable with great flavors. Nice complexity and a real fresh taste and feel. Highly comended as a sitting beer, has similar characteristics to a champaign as far as drinkability due to the carbonation level and alcohol level.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

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

Poured from the bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a huge creamy light-tan head with an opaque reddish-brown body. Quite a lot of creamy-looking lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Dark fruits as well as citrus peel notes. A slight yeast funkiness and a twinge of alcohol as well.

T: Starts with light yeasty notes which give way to a hint of citrus and a honey finish. Very nicely balanced all the way through.

M: Full-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel, Silky smooth and just slightly drying on the finish.

D: Very smooth and creamy -- it wouldn't be too difficult to put a bottle of this away by yourself. All the right flavors are here.

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

Beer is dark brown, with some maroon hints. Nice large beige head, dissipates at a moderate pace. Moderate lacing.

Smell is sweet malt, honey, bread, brown sugar, some citrus fruit (orange, lemon). Has a bit of a fruitcake scent to it- but i like this, and I do not like fruitcake.

Taste is like the nose. Brown sugar, honey, citrus fruit. fig. Very smooth and the flavours are very well integrated. A bit of alcohol heat near the end, but it is pleasant. Very slightly bitter aftertaste.

Moderate to low carbonation, full bodied. Chewy. Good.

Very enjoyable beer. Nice flavour profile, all well blended.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in the basement since 2009, someone talked me into opening this today, you know who you are ;) Pours a solid dark brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that dissipates rather quickly. The smell on this is just short of amazing. Citrus like orange and lemons on top of caramel and burnt sugars mixed with sweet fruity malts that remind me of sweet cherry, raisins, and apricots. Almost mead like honey aroma on this one. Taste is a bit on the sweet side but more caramel and burnt sugar than fruit on the palette. Still a bit of ethanol in the flavor even after 2 years; this seems to be a recurring issue for me and Brooklyn's bigger beers. Medium to thin body, high level of carbonation with a sweet syrupy although somewhat bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew that smells fantastic, but fails to deliver on taste. For me this is a bit over carbonated, which ruins the mouthfeel, and still somewhat hot for a brew that is only 9% abv.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting sample pours a rich mahogany-brown with a thin but frothy head (which I'd imagine would get pretty large in a full pour). Leaves a solid layer and thick soapy lace.

The nose is ridiculously elegant with its aromas of dark brown sugar, clove, chocolate, raw dark honey, light roast coffee, sweet leather, black pepper and chocolate covered raisins. I'm really loving how the NY state honey is shining through.

The full-bodied palate has a mild bitterness and that awesomely frothy Champagne-like carbonation from the bottle re-fermentation. It carries an intensely chocolatey vibe with flavors malty chocolate wafer, light coffee, cinnamon and clove. The brew ends drier than the Local 1 (which is awesome!) with a darker chocolate tone and a big return to the wildflower honey.

Again, could I pick between the 1 and 2? Hell no, get em both.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with hugggeee head.

The smell is plum raisin and brown sugar.

The taste is very sweet in the middle with a chocolate covered raisin on the back. It would be AMAZING with a cranberry pork dish. You can't pick up any alcohol which is impressive.

The insane amount of carbonation and light mouthfeel kill this beer a little bit for me. It makes it for easy drinking which is good though.

I'm glad I bought a bottle to try but I don't think I would try it again unless on tap to get better carbonation.

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Photo of Callaghan
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Bottle, corked and caged. When opened, the cork popped off with a good amount of force.

A: Poured into my Chimay chalice. Nice head, almost beige color. About 2 fingers, and left little lacing on the glass. The head dies fairly quickly. Chocolate brown with hints of orange when held to the light.

S: Dark fruits, like plums and raisins. Honey and lemon, and also some booze.

T: Wow. It first comes in with a rush of candy sweetness. It quickly turns to fruit. Not much citrus here, but I don't think it would be good if it was stronger. As it is, it's about perfect. Honey is present throughout, complementing all the other flavors. If you do not like honey, you may not enjoy this as much as me. After you swallow, you get a taste of alcohol that cleans the palate. Quite nice!

M: Medium carbonation, maybe on the lighter side. Medium bodied as well. Nothing bad to say about it, it is even creamy, which I like. I think a little more carbonation would be just right.

O: Wonderful beer. A lot different than the Local 1, but just as good, if not better, in my opinion. Good smell invites you to try a sip, but the taste, while excellent, doesn't really follow what the nose led me to expect. I will be getting this one again when I see it.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with red traces throughout and a wonderful 1 inch tan head and good retention with some circular lace

Smell: The honey really shows up on the front end and the backend carries some citrus

Taste: Plums and figs upfront and in the middle of the beer the belgian yeast takes over and you get that bready note and the beer finishes with a bit of cinnamon and honey really nice flavor profile

Mouthfeel: I think this beer is horribly carbonated this is the worst part about this beer and the body is medium

Overall: Actually really like this beer minus the carbonation and thats too bad because this beer could be great

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Photo of TheDinger
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked this 750ml bad boy following a FFB draft. Served around 45 degrees in a pint glass. Bottle caught my eye while picking up some Life and Limb and I have enjoyed the effort Brooklyn has put forth with their Brown and Chocolate Stout.

A- Very dark brown with a coffee quality. Not a ton of head (1 1/2 fingers) but decent lacing.

S- Initial hints of chocolate and molasses. Not overpowering, but adequate. Perhaps lost some with the pint glass.

T- Quite smooth for a BSDA. Rich and full, but hides the 9% ABV very well. Chocolate and fig notes initially and some dark fruit flavor as the beer warmed. Enjoyed it more toward the end. A little hint of hops on the aftertaste which was fortunately not overpowering. Nice carbonation to add to the quality.

M- Creamy and silky. Not as thick as I would have thought. Smooth on the tongue with a a bit of carbonation.

O- A very solid brew by Brooklyn. A great mix of ABV and taste that makes it difficult to sit down. Will definitely have another one of these but at a higher temperature and in a small tulip. Very tasty-

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bottleshare
Pours a real nice clear mahogany color with a solid frothy tan head. Excellent retention and large creamy lacing.

Slightly bitter malt on the nose along with a little sweet honey and a little lime zest.

Flavor has a very nice malt character with a little honey. Nice sweet citrus notes along with some mild fruit. Great balance and flavor profile.

Medium bodied with zesty high carbonation.

Overall one of the best American representations of the style IMO. My second BB beer which I have been very impressed with both. I look forward to trying more of their stuff and highly recommend this one.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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