Brooklyn Local 2 | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2
BA SCORE
4.05/5
1,415 Ratings
Brooklyn Local 2Brooklyn Local 2
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,729
Reviews:
549
Ratings:
1,415
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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105
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ochre with generous orange peel highlights and abundant bubbles. The golden beige hued head is soft and airy and unsticky, with an almost featureless upper surface. Looks like Brooklyn Brewery needs a lesson in Belgian-style ale head and lace creation. With respect to the latter, very little makes it to the glass.

The aroma isn't deep, rich, dark or powerful. It's a little on the tart-n-tangy side (unripe figs) which doesn't bode well for the flavor. The best BSDAs have some of the greatest noses in all of beerdom. This one is disappointing... and improves a bit by the bottom of the bottle.

Brooklyn Local 2 tastes better than it smells. It still isn't the cat's pajamas, but it might open up and complexify with warming. Even though they shouldn't have much to do with the flavor profile, too many sharp-edged bubbles aren't helping. I'm starting to think that bottle conditioning is more miss than hit. Too quiet early and too boisterous after a bit of aging.

The flavor profile falls on the lighter Belgian brown ale side of the BSDA spectrum rather than the darker Belgian stout side. Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, a few chocolate shavings, sugared pecans, lemon zest and plenty of clove and black pepper. No hint of the wildflower honey.

Additional positives are good sweet-bitter balance and well-buried alcohol. The hop bill includes Perle, Aurora and East Kent Goldings. In truth, little hop flavor is appreciated. Not a problem, given the style. Warming helps to some extent, but it doesn't turn an above average BSDA into a really good BSDA.

The body/mouthfeel score could just as easily been lower. It doesn't have the silky smooth expansive creaminess of the best Belgian ales (few American-brewed Belgian-styles ales do) and the initially harsh carbonation hasn't eased much in the 15 minutes since cork extraction.

My hope was that Local 2 would be better than Local 1. It isn't. Although I have a great deal of respect for Garrett Oliver, the unfortunate truth is that Brooklyn Brewery beer is oftentimes less than impressive when compared to the best that American craft beer has to offer.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not believe I had never had this one before, but me and Rich decided to grab a bottle and split it the other afternoon before the Phish show. Served nice and cool and poured into twin Chimay glasses, this one was consumed on 12/04/2009,
 
The pour was really nice, darker then I would have though with a nice caramel color and a nice inch and a half of head on top of it that settled down really nicely and thoroughly coated the sides and the bottom the glass. Aroma is nice and light, some touches of caramel and grapes and a good dose of citrus peaking its head out for sure, especially as it warms as it really seems to get quite more pronounced I have to admit. Smooth and really nice, even flavor here. Starts out a touch tart with a nice rounded and well worn fruit flavor, touches of figs playing with some brown sugar and a nice touch of orange peel. Warming brings out some more touches of sweet notes, grape skin, a light spicy note and a hint of a boozy underbelly now showing themselves as well. Nice smooth and even feel to it as it was well carbonated and really slid across the palate quite nicely.
 
Overall a very nice hybrid here, I like the light tartness that the citrus brings to it and the nice drying out of the palate that it provided, I have to say it was quite nicely done. A bit rich at times, but it went down smooth and was well enjoyed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this with Mughugger, HombreWing, Evets, BitterBeerFace - thanks to mughugger for breakin' it out. Poured chilled into a sampler glass after a resounding pop! from the cork -750mil corked and caged

A - A deep brown that is almost opaque with light poking through the liquid - a healthy light tan head with very fine bead crowns the ale

S - The smell of cocoa ripe dark fruit and dates w/ mellow wood notes. The nose is spiced w/ yeast esters providing a sufficient amount of aroma and mild nutty sweet malt odors are pleasant

M - Dancing carbonation circulates the malt texture around the mouth. Dry and yet a mild toasted sweet malt essence w/ roasted texture is experienced

T - The sweet crisp roasted malt is layered w/ vanilla, cocoa, toasted dark bread and brownie/biscuit-like malt flavors. There is a dry hint in the taste possible honey influence. The spice notes are there with citrus peel creating contrast to the yeast and dark malt layers. The taste is of a serious belgian dark w/ complexity from yeast and malt playing off each other.

D - A great beer, It has similarities with Westvleteren in that it has a great feel that the flavor syncs up and the aroma keeps you coming back to experience more. I will be interested in trying this and letting it slowly warm to experience more of the nuances - supervb!

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to haningj2 for sending me this beer in a trade back in the summer time. I just never got the chance to drink it.

A: I poured Brooklyn Local 2 into my Piraat tulip glass to reveal a dark brown beer with plenty of bubbles and a fluffy off-white head.

S: The yeast really took this one over. I don't get much (if any) of the honey or orange peel advertised on the bottle. Plenty of bready characteristics and typical Belgian esters.

T: A pleasant sweetness of dark fruit, candi sugar, and lots of bready malts. The yeast is less pronounced than in the nose, but still gives that "Belgian" flavor. Again, the honey and orange are not all that noticeable in terms of the flavor. A very light chocolate note and some mild alcohol come through as the beer comes to temperature.

M: A good effervescent feel on the tongue along with a fairly full body.

D: The alcohol is not overly present, but it can certainly sneak up on you. The flavors are good, but not great, but better than I was expecting from the nose.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From Notes of a Recent Beer Tasting Party.

Someone brought teh Local 1 and Local 2 to teh beer tasting party that we have about once a quarter. The Local 2 color was a dark amber with a lot of carbonation which led to good white head. The nose had hints of brown sugar/honey and dark fruit. The taste was very sweet dark fruit honey to start then turn dry and very punchy. The mouthfeel is hurt somewhat by the high abv and heavy carbonation. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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 BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 12/18/09

Pours a dark brown color with a tanned head of foam. Nice retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. Nose is yeasty with some phenols, dark fruit character, some sweetness like dark brown sugar an a bit of clove. Medium feel and highly carbonated. Quite warming and spicey. Alcohol isn't hidden at all but it is still quite drinkable. Taste includes notes of yeast, mild bitterness, brown sugar, bread and spice like cloves. Overall not bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After my love affair with Brooklyn Local 1 it's hard to imagine another bottle fermented beer from Garret Oliver and company that can match that brew. This one pours a deep tawny brown semi clouded cola hue with a nice light beige head that forms thick and rises well above the rim of my Allagash chalice. Effervescent fine bubbled head has a velvety texture that is reminiscent of other Belgian or Belgian style ales.

Aromatics bring out a slightly warming booziness hidden in the honey and orange peel aromatics like a good small batch tea this one really hits your senses. A slight bread and biscuit malt yeast driven sweetness is there as well with slightly spiced edges. Dark fruit skins including plums and raisins that come to mind with a fruity layer of tart acidity. Cookie dough with subdued creamy chocolate layers in the background with herbal mint like hop profile blending with that orange peel serenade.

Flavor brings out the tart combination of orange peel citrus qualities with dark toasted malts bringing deeply sweet fruit notes like raisins, plums, etc. Very tart with a welcoming dash of honey coating the palate the roasted edges are nice and warming with the 9% abv. Refermentation in the bottle, brings cohesion of flavors.

Mouthfeel is again effervescent with carbonation rolling tight, medium bodied with a slightly heavy honey textured finish. Bitter orange peels, and dark roasted malts leave behind some roasted bitterness but the overall mouthfeel is crisp and carries itself well without coming off a cloying trainwreck of massive flavor.

Drinkability is decent not a beer to be had in number meant for special occasions or for meal pairing much more than everyday drinking. I believe that's the difference from this beer and it's golden brethren in the fact that if I could afford it I would drink Brooklyn Local 1 everyday. Solid all around slightly spiced honey orange and dark malted biere.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, typical classy Bklyn presentation. Pours dark mahogony, murky, great medium khaki head, long lasting, creamy and leaves sticky strands and spots of nice looking lace on the sides of my Hennepin chalice. Nose exudes notes of figs, raisins, dark malts and BSDA goodness. Yummy stuff-plain and simple. More figs, more raisins, more rum soaked fruits. Big, bold and flavorful. Somehow also boozy, heady and dangerously drinkable. Top quality. Well done Brooklyn

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown with frothy crème head. Nose is spices, sweet tones, and a bit of a toasted dough thing. Flavor is nice. Nice earthy robust levels. Dark sugar sweetness. Honey is in there? Yeah I'll buy that. Spices mix in pretty well also. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decently full. Another home run by Brooklyn. When do we get Local 3, 4, and 5?

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours black/dark brown witha large foamy, turning rocky head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy dark fruit mixed with dried/stewed apricot, with a bit of cut grass and some fresh honey.

The taste is of chocolate, caramel with some fruitcake and dark sugar. It has a slightly musty, spicy undertone. As it progresses, it picks up anise/licorice notes and honeydew melon. Sweetness is rounded byu a spicy, dry-ish finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at first, but slowly creeps in.

It has a Belgian-eque-ish, effervescent feel with some creaminess. It is on the lighter side of full-bodied.

Complex, big, yet easy to drink for complexity and alcohol strength. This is a well-balanced, well-brewed, delicious beer!

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Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Local 2 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,415 ratings
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