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

A: Poured a beautiful,slightly murky cayenne-amber with a huge rolling 4 finger plus head that was towering to say the least and rapidly rose, only to very slowy receed leaving a splotchy and foamy lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and feverish at first, but soon settled to a less then medium showing. Overall a really nice presention of color and head retention starts this out strong.

S: The special Belgian yeast makes its presence known immediately with an equally impressive aroma of fresh wildflowers, tart tangerine peels with a light funky sourness from the wild yeast bearing dark fruit and pear juice. An underlying touch of Belgian candie sugar sweetness adds just enough accent to balance out the citrusy lemon peels. Well balanced with an incredible smoothness.

T: The flavor starts out with a light tartness of sour tangerines and fruit (melons, pears) contributed by the special Belgian yeast. A fresh burst of wildflowers along with dark warm plums and malting add depth and complexity. Hints of vanilla bean as well some spicy alcohol notes and dried fruit (pineapple) also contribute to this spritzy, spicy, tart and intriquing flavor. Dried caramel with notes of dried chocolate blends well to balance out the spicy and spritzy nature of the beer giving it warmth and a nice maltiness.

M: a medium viscosity with a light hint of effervesce tingling the tongue. The finish is warm with dark fruit and warm dried honey and alcohol adding a nice closing sweetenss.

D: Very good drinkability may be an understatement Complex, tart, fruity with a nice dark malting makes this a very smooth and well appreciable drink per style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- Even a gentle pour gives a large glass of warm light brown foam that slowly turns into a dense dark brown body with tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has aromas of dark sugar and some sweet cola notes but otherwise it is pretty clean, even as it warms a bit.

T- The light roasted sweetness has hints of dark sugar and becomes more raisin flavors with each sip although the sweetness gets lighter as it warms. There are some fruity yeast notes with a dry clove flavor softly supporting them. The faint tart hint in the finish has some bubblegum hints and a flat citrus note to it, there is a slight carbonic acid bite to the tart note aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with lots of scrubbing bubbles and no real alcohol heat.

D- The tart orange flavors in the finish really start to dominate as the beer warms masking much of the more subtle flavors. The dark sweetness and yeast qualities are nice but make the upfront flavors a bit drab. I had high hopes for this beer and it just didn't have a lot to offer and I missed much of the flavors that were in the written description.

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Photo of beertunes
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Johnmichaelsen for sending me this brew, review 1,001 for me. Poured into 10oz glass and shared with a couple of friends. Poured a deep reddish mahogany color with an inch of dark khaki head that had very good retention and light lacing.

the aroma was very deep and rich, some fruits some grains and a nice yeast spice. On the tongue, the flavors were magnified. Lots of deep fruit flavors, some earthy grain and tangy yeast.

The body was full and well rounded, without being heavy. Drinkability was excellent, I could have easily drank this large format bottle and wanted more. If this were on tap near me, I'd drink it regularly.

Overall, a great brew, a must try.

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

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

A nice big pop upon removing the cork, it pours a clear medium brown with some hues of red and a +1 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell is yeasty and lightly spicy with some sweet and bitterish notes. I also sense a bit of dark fruits and a light nose of chocolate. A complex but very nice aroma.

First sip and....mmmm. Very tasty. I'm tasting dark fruits, chococlate(light), a very nice sweetness coming from candy sugar and the honey(I guess), a yeastiness, and a slight spicy bitterness in the finish. Wow. Is this yummy or what?! No signs of any alcohol intrusion at all and that's another plus. This tastes so Belgian, in a blind taste test I would testify that this was brewed in Belgium. It is that good for me.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation just a tad below medium. Head retention and lacing are great!

Drinkability? What an easy sipper! Yeah, I'm sipping to savour and stretch out the session. This is such a remarkable brew, I'll hate it when the bottle reaches empty, not as much as if I ran out of gas but close. ;^) superb effort from Brooklyn Brewing!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

I definite have a soft spot for Local 2, the first time I tried this beer was right alongside Garrett Oliver in a local bar while discussing the properties of the beer with the head brewer himself. Tonight, will be my second time drinking this beer.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a huge light tan colored head that has amazing retention qualities and a good amount of lacing as well. This head seems like it would last for days without dying.

S- The aroma features a good dose of caramel and chocolate along with some orange peel and some spices as well. The aroma is simply fantastic.

T- The taste is truly a work of art that has the rare combination of being extremely complex but not something that is going to send your palate to overload halfway through the bottle. There is a lot of chocolate and caramel up front in the taste with some spices and a hint of orange peel as well. The finish is on the dry side, and simply amazing in how it really begs you to take another sip.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- As I was drinking this one with Garrett, we both agreed that this one is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Overall, Local 2 is hands down the best beer that I've tried from the Brooklyn Brewery and one of the better beers I've tried so far this year. Highly Recommended!

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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 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 wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip jan5 2011

A dark brown until held to the light where its a murky amber with a fair bit of carbonation feeding a two finger beige head that has decent retention and leaves several patches of lace

S smells like a nice dubbel with yeast, spice, and some brown sugar and a fruity complexity I can't quite place

T even more spice a little bruised banana with a Belgian brewers candy that's working well for it not making it overly sweet but certainly not dry like stated on the bottle. I have no idea where the booze is I can't taste any whatsoever

M not as thick as I would guess and it could use a little more carbonation but still not flat and I'm surprised by the lack of heat

D went down well considering the 9%alc, I finished the 750ml without issues but a second would require some help

another solid brew from Brooklyn and perhaps one worth throwing in the cellar for a while

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian candi sugar and Belgian yeast esters of pear, citrus, and peach accompany toasted malt. Good fruit character, albeit a little over carbonated.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a 2 inch tan head. Head retention is very good, lacing is decent. It smells like dark fruit, honey, candy sugar and a bit of peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some orange peel and bread/biscuit noticable too. There's also a mild bitter dry finish that gets sweeter as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has high but soft carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. If the carbonation was a bit lower, the drinkability would be better for me. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this over the Local one since it doesn't have a strong licorice taste which really puts me off in a beer.

A - Pouring produced a ton of head and a really deep copper color. Tons of carbonation bubbles throughout.

S - Upon cracking the bottle I get a strong glorious honey smell. The most overpowering one I ever sniffed! Along side of the honey is a really strong tangerine smell wafting to the nose . I could have never smelled such strong smells of fruit or honey in my life!

T - Man I needed to wait for the foam to subside! Awkward... Not as fruit flavored as expect but that's not bad. Mild fruit and honey at first with very little bitter yeast which I love, then followed by a strong alcohol burn which isn't perfect but overall enjoyable.

M - Kind of harsh. ABV is well noted, like a strong hefeweizen. Pretty good.

D - Well I didn't expect this to be a great brew just bought it on an impulse. Lets say that it was a bit stronger than expected but really mellow Belgium beer. May not have it again.

Edit: pretty good beer for my 200th review. Definitely better than Flat Tire by Flying Dog!

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of dark fruit, malt, and some hops.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, honey, hops, and tinges of chocolate and citrus. Pretty complex and flavorful. Surprisingly, the honey isn't nearly as present as I would have thought.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another good example of an American version of a Belgian beer. Drinkable.

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

A dark ruby amber color as the underbelly of an awesome tan bread dough rising to the top of my glass. Dark honey and roated malts with brown and candi sugar in this overall yeasty sweet nose. A littl hard to absorb though. Tastes starts with German brand Ritter Sport with milk chocolate and butter biscuit. The middle gives the honey and orange peel some lovely play with dark roasted, Belgian sweet malt interplay. The finish gives the hops some creedence with this Belgian style ale. Slightly chalky palate but overall sweet with some hoppy and orangey herbalesque hints. Brooklyn just keeps pumping out great beer after another. What i wouldn't give to try one of their tap only releases in IL!!! ALAS?!?!?!

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Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, chocolate brown in color, 1.5 inch head

Smell: candied fruit. Not overly strong

Taste: plum, candied fruit, caramel, some chocolate at the end. Nice and complex.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and complex Belgian dark ale. I like it better than Local 1 and could have several. The chocolate and fruit combo is really good. This is well worth the price.

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

25.oz Bottle from the Belgian Cafe...

A- Murky, Dark brown with ruby tones. Small off-white head.

S- Belgian yeast, dark fuits, apple and spice

T- prevailant belgian yeast backed with a balanced malt, dark fruit and spice flavor.

M- Ample high carbonation. Medium body. Dry finish.

D- Good representation of the style, a little more robust yet balanced on the ingredient side, ABV hidden well.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two and a half fingers of nice thick and creamy, tan head tops a deep red/brown, hazy body. Good carbonation comes up the glass.

S - Tons and tons of yeast is what I get on the nose. I get some alcohol mixed with a nice orange peel element and a mild honey sort of aroma.

T - Some slight alcohol comes out with a very distinct yeast element which is interesting and tasty. Orange is more mild than the aroma but combines with the honey and a floral element, finishing sweet. Nice, complex stuff.

M - Creamy in the mouth, minimal carbonation with a full body.

D - Good stuff but I'm not sure I could do alot of this in a night. I'm glad I tried it but the sweet finish could end up pushing me away after a while. Otherwise not a bad one.

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Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown and a bit hazy with a light beige cap. Good head retention, clumpy lace. Nice aroma, yeast and bready malt, light clove spice, caramel and raisins, hint of chocolate and orange. Texture is good, with the body supported by ample carbonation, making it feel lighter than it is. Sugary sweet up front but far from cloying, mostly caramel and honey with a buttery smoothness. Plums and raisins appeared afterward along with some spiciness, and it ended with a bit of alcohol and slight bitterness that gave it a very balanced finish. Quite good and very drinkable, mainly due to the great balance and texture.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A deep mahogany body with a fluffy tan head that rose to the top of the tulip. Very pretty.

The yeast really holds down the top spot in the nose with apples, toffee, and spice rounding it out.

Bready grains hit you first and then the belgian yeast takes over. Apples and bananas mix with clove and citrus for the full flavor profile. Finish is dry with grapefruit rind and earthy hops.

Medium bodied, dry and crisp. Very clean bsda.

You would not know that this beer is 8.7%. Extremely well-balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thick two finger head into my pint glass.

Smooth aroma with a nice amount of raisin and orange peel (it's brewed with orange peel). A bit of roastiness but just right for the style.

Smooth and rich with a bit of alcohol heat upfront followed by raisin and sweet malt and orange peel at the end.

Mouthfeel is full of rich, sweet malt with a bit of warmth and the fading feeling of orange peel. Carbonation is just right.

Very mellow and good for the style. The orange peel adds a bit more depth to it. It's well-crafted and shows that Brooklyn knows their stuff with Belgian-style ales. I would recommend that you pick up a bottle.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, thick light tan head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring, some lace spots stick to the glass, real nice retention, looks good. Smell is nice, sweet and malty, some orange peel, quite spicy, caramel and brown sugar notes through the middle, lightly fruity, some wheat and a touch of yeastiness. Taste is similar, very malty, light biscuit and some caramel, wheat, oranges, some peppery alcohol, sugary middle, brown sugar and some light fruit, bit of raisin, very dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, pretty full in the mouth, very drinkable. Didn't enjoy as much as the Local 1, but I like the opposite effect these two bring. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle. label code of 3201 which I believe means 320th day of 2011.

appears a very dark brown, with ruby highlights. 1/2" creamy khaki colored head. great head retention. smells of slightly fruity yeast esters, herbal, citrus.

mild taste, biscuity malt. dry aftertaste, no real hop presence. medium body, fairly smooth, lower carbonation.

overall - very clean and mild for the style.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my New Belgium chalice. 3518 indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a three inch fluffy, off-white head that bubbled and popped along the sides of the glass - very good retention. Wispy strands of lacing were revealed as the brew receded. Nose revealed candi sugar and yeast. Taste follows nose, but also a little bit of peppery spice and perhaps some anise and a subtle dark fruit character. Consistency fell between light and medium-bodied with a lively background effervescence and a dry finish. Alcohol was well-hidden. Very drinkable belgian strong dark. Exactly what I anticipated. Another winner from Brooklyn.

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

Serving this right out of my cold fridge. Poured with a larges, foamy, frothy, light brown head that fades after a bit and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a nice blend of malt, yeast, hop, honey, caramel, toffee, and root beer. Flavor's pretty much the same. Body is decent and think it would be much better served at proper temp. Don't pick up any orange in it anywhere. Finish is like flavor and on the short side with alcohol at the end. Easy drinking.

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Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich Brownish/reddish bubbly appearance. Head has a delicious looking off-white color. Lace is nice and the head retention is above average for the ABV.

Aromas are raisins, a ton of caramels with a touch of sweet orange based liquor.

Taste is the of light Belgian candy sugar, bready malts and caramels with some Belgian yeast notes. Not that overpoweringly sweet, and somewhat surprisingly the beer finishes with some Champagne, dry character. Light notes of apricot and orange fruitiness as opposed to the more typical heavy figs and raisins.

Drinks much, much lighter than many in the style and I suppose that you can look at this as both a positive and a negative.

This may not be the best Quad out there, but it is one of the very best American efforts at the style.

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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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Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
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