Brooklyn Local 2 | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here in Brooklyn we’ve combined European malt and hops, Belgian dark sugar, and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm to create Brooklyn Local 2. Our special Belgian yeast adds hints of spice to the dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate flavors. After 100% bottle re-fermentation, the beer reveals a marvelous dry complexity, enjoyable by itself or at the dinner table.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a hint of ruby red, a massive foam head quickly disapates and yields a sudsy lace.
Surprisingly the aroma was hard to detect at first and even slightly metallic. However, once it warms one gets tones of brown sugar, dark fruit, toasted bread and even some alcohol at the end.
Nice complex taste; dark fruit such as plum, raisin and fig. Brown sugar, candi sugar and perhaps molasses. Sweet overall but with a peppery and clove like feel. The body is medium to high but feels light and effervescent in the mouth. Yet, the finish feels a bit on the thin side.
I like this one overall even though some of the metallic qualities and thinness of the finish compare slightly unfavorably to authentic Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Nevertheless, a good example of the style.

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Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, chestnut sort of color, with a massive and creamy three plus fingers of beige head. It does settle somewhat quickly, leaving some stick on the sides and keeping a mostly full lace. As I get deeper into the bottle I'm actually even more impressed by the lace it keeps - it's almost full all the time, regenerating itself nicely. Impressive.

Smell is fruity and yeasty with some malt sweetness going on, and is quite complex overall. Some orange peel and dark dark fruit stand out. Also some brown sugar and malt sweetness, with an earthy, woodsy yeast aroma. I know honey is here, because the bottle says it is, but it doesn't really come through in the nose. I'm not sure if there is candi sugar in this but it does have a bit of a candy-like sweetness, as well. There's just a whiff of alcohol as it warms up a bit. Nose is actually a bit better when it's cold; it loses some oomph as it warms.

Taste starts off with an ever so slightly tart fruit flavor and then gives away to some brown sugar and dark caramel sweetness. The orange peel is noticeable but the malt and yeast are really where the complexities are. There is caramel as mentioned, and although this is only slightly sweet there is also a some dark chocolate and some honey. Nose seemed a bit candyish but not so here. It's also quite earthy and woodsy, with an almost smokey peat like quality. There's a bit of black pepper going on, as well. The earthy and smoky finish is the finest part of this brew, which is also where the black pepper stands out. I did pick up some alcohol in the nose but not so here; it's well hidden. It's more xomplex than the nose, and really very good.

Mouthfeel initially seems a bit on the light side, and even at its bulkiest is only on the plus side of a medium body, but as it warms it doesn't seem to feel quite so thin. Carbonation is just a touch too much, I think, but otherwise it does have a nice creamy quality to it and is quite smooth.

I'm going back and forth on this one trying to decide just how much I like it. Do I like it a lot, or do I like it a lot lot. Either way I like it a lot, but it's the difference between very good and great that I'm grappling with. I think it's very good, and quite complex, but it doesn't quite seem great to me. Still, I would be very happy to enjoy this with regularity. Very well done, Brooklyn.

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Photo of deebo
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to this beer. Was the first beer I bought at the original Four Firkins in May 2011. Meant to drink it earlier but sometimes shit happens.
A-Poured into the glass it still has a substantial 3 fingers of beige head atop a slightly ruddy light brown brew with lots of ruby colored highlights.
S-Big time aged fruits with notes of figs/raisins. Plenty of sweetness but not much oxidation.
T-Lots of ripe stone fruit (plum and figgy). I'll get figgy with it. A nice port quality but isn't nearly as sweet as those dessert wines.
M-Has really dried out nicely. A bit of cloying syrupiness but it isn't overpowering. The alcohol is subdued.
O-Should have drank earlier but this beer has aged well. Not cloying with a lot of ripe fruits. Should redo with a freshie.

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Photo of spw109
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked the #1 beer and have seen this one on the shelves for a little while now without trying it is time. Let's see what this offering is like from Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a large 2+" head after a reserved pour. The head started falling pretty quickly to end up maintain at about an inch from the bubbles rising. The foam itself is creamy and tan. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially get some dark fruit and sweet malt with some reserved bready aromatics. The flavor seems to favor the malt, but there is a more significant hop profile than you normally get for this style, but this isn't unwelcome or necessarily out of style. There are some spicy aromatics that I am not sure aren't actual spice additions, but I will read on that later. There is some evident spice in here.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced and the carbonation, though high for most beers, does this beer really well. Again, the flavor is a bit more hoppy than you typically get for this style, but in this case, they are playing it well and it adds complexity that you don't normally get here as typically the malts are the showcased ingredient. The malts are still in charge of this beer, but there are spicy notes that can't be ignored either. The hops are only in the early additions as the finish is all malt. The malts are well blended and even though the beer is dark, it doesn't finish acidic at all. The 9%ABV is very well hidden and it contributing to the spicy character, and I am definitely warming up as I have made it through about half the bottle.

Opinion: I am impressed with this beer. Though it departs from the classic examples of this style, it does it well and still manages to "hang" in one of the toughest categories on the planet. If you are a fan of Belgian beers, and especially the Strong Dark category, I would definitely recommend that you try this beer as soon as you can. I will be drinking another bottle or so before it is all gone and that is the best tribute that I can give a beer.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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 sansho
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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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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 Etan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Corburk
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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 WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Massive 2" tan coloured head in my Duvel tulip over black/cola coloured liquid.

S: Yeast with some honey.

T: Floral, peppery and citrus hop flavours over biscuit, caramel and chocolate malt. The fig and plum dark fruit flavours take a back seat here.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but definitely an American take on the style due to the malt. They almost need to have a separate category for this and Allagash Black and others like it such as Lighthouse Belgian Black.

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Photo of videofrog
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produces a great three finger sized crown of light tan cranium that dwindles down and stays about a finger thick through the whole serving in a Chimay chalice. Awesome lacing, and has a dark ruby reddish copper colored body that is pretty hazy.

The aroma is yeasty and grape upfront, then floral, sweet molasses and fig. This does finish up with an herbal/metallic characteristic.

Upfront in the taste are figs and cherry, and the honey is detectable. This beer also reminds me of a German lebkuchen as well.

This has feelings of a chewy/sticky/warming appeal.

Local 2 has all the traits to make it a great beer in its style category.

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nwhittin
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A great color...deep brown with black and red weaved in...big pillowy head that left great lacing

S - I picked up on some malts and candied sugars...faint fruits

T - Great taste...the honey was present throughout...and really became predominant if you swished it around in your mouth...a nice orange zest alcohol taste was present after the beer warmed

M - Full bodied...smooth and dry

D - This is a great was not too sweet and definitely stands out as one of a kind

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy reddish brown with tight bubbled off white head that clings with nice sea foam rings.

S- Spices, coriander, citrus, dark fruits, caramel, plums, dark cherries, pepper, cloves. Belgian yeast.

T- Dark fruits, dark cherries, plums, citrus, orange, brown sugar, caramels and hints of chocolate. Cloves and peppery spices.

M- Effervescent almost. Medium body.

D- Very easy to drink and delicious.

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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,421 ratings
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