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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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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 1,414 |  Reviews: 548
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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 DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 deebo
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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 TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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 sansho
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 victory4me
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark murky brown. pours a thick off white head that quickly settles. no lacing

S-dark roasted caramel and Belgian malts and sugars

T-comes in with Belgian malts and leaves with a good dark roasted salted caramel malts. its very, very light tasting for the style. not trusting the ABV here.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-goes down extremely easily. there's really nothing negative about this. forgettable, but not bad. its good for beginners i'd say. definitely something i wouldn't mind getting again.

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Photo of Corburk
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Cloudy dark mahogany brown pour with massive foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruits and Belgian sugars... plum and fig.

T/F: Caramel malts and spice... dark fruit. Baked raisin, plum, and old fashioned candies. Complex... some yeasty esters are in the mix, and thick/syrupy on the tongue. Good carbonation. Sticky on the tongue and the finish is semi-sweet and fruity.

O: A great beer and great representation of the style. Tasty and complex.... all the flavors I look for in the style with nice depth. Gets better as it warms. What a winter night should be.

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Photo of videofrog
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 civicm87
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mikereaser
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 12/1/09

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown with an inch of foam that slowly disappeared

S - yeast and peppery aroma, some brown sugar and berries

T - malty, berries at first, then dark fruit, plums, raisins, brown sugar

M - good carbonation, smooth, slightly creamy

D - good flavor, a bit sweet, but nice array of flavors

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Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mscudder
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dwoolley1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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