jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Subdued aroma of Belgian yeast, burnt candy sugar, and toffee-ish dark malt. The beer really pops on the palate. The malt drives the flavor, which feels a bit like a strong Belgian-tinted ESB. The honey is noticeable, as is the orange peel. The 9% alcohol is not. Very easy to drink. Rich, creamy mouthfeel.
dchmela (2729) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy Ian. Pours a nice dark brown with a frothy tan head. Tart candi apple aroma. Sweet malt bitter, caramel and dark fruit taste with a surprisingly nice kick. Solid offering from Brooklyn.
Quevillon (2577) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bu au Mondial 09, le 3 juin (#3). Brune noisette, petit collet. Arome très épicé et sucré, avec de l’avoine malté crèmeux. Goût plutôt céréal avec des petits fruits sûrettes, malte sec. Très bien mais pas comme Local 1!
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 3/14/2009 Source:Other) Belgian yeast character with a roasty grainy maltyness. Dark almost opaque with a small fine white head. Roasty with honey and caramel sweetness, and peppery yeast character. Light body with high carbonation. Finish is medium lightly fruity, with a light spicy residual bitterness.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #3038: I was about to rate this beer poorly, until I realized it was a Belgian Strong. Aroma is nice, just as advertised on the bottle: dark sugars and fruits, yeast and malt. Great color, very deep red and brown tones, off white thick head. First taste reveals the fruits though they are very dark, cooked. No citrus to speak of as the label suggests, but dark and bitter chocolate is available. Very high carbonation that scrubs away the taste, leaving the alcohol finish. Good for the style, maybe just not my style.
Rune (8730) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big bottle, no. 0919, topped by a wire cradle and a cork shared at the splendid beer-dinner happening with Garrett Oliver at Slotskroen in Hillerød. Beige foamy head over a mahogany body. Aroma of spiced fruits. Comprehensive sweet flavour of orange shells, caramel and chocolate malts added by dark honey. Masked alcohol. Sweet, but a fine partner to the Brewmaster Carbonade Flamande (14.05.2009).
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a solid beer. pours out a dark brown coloir with a huge tan head. aroma is sweet malty and full of dark fruit. flavor was was sweet with a nice balance of hops and malt.
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a huge beige head. On the nose I get citrus, honey, yeast. On the palate, citrus, malt, honey, and a little caramel.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml - Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown in color with a foamy light tan head. No lacing. Aroma is Slightly sweet and yeasty with a nice fruitiness and some spices. Flavor is not nearly as sweet as it smells, but there is definitely some caramel and candi sugar present. Plenty of Belgian yeast with lots of fruit (plum, cherry, citrus). Some warming alcohol present too, but not overpowering at all. I really like this, but not quite in the same league as the top shelf "Belgians" (Belgian, American or otherwise).
ChainGangGuy (4452) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours out a deeply hazy, dark brown body with some amberish-hues to the edges and capped by a fluffed, off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, with accents of dark candi sugar and gooey honey. Fruity, with touches of cherry and plum. Spicy, with both savory hop and yeast notes. Oh, and let’s not forget the darkened, delicately toasted maltiness.
Taste: Dark, lightly toasted malts with a few stray, sweet additions of caramel, chocolate, honey, and dark candi sugar. Fruity tastes of plum, sweet Michigan cherries, and even a dash of dried orange peel. Earthy, finely floral, spicy hop character follows with no more than a light, fleeting bitterness. Some peppery alcohol notes and Belgian yeast hints in the latter half. Rebound of toasted sugar tastes. Finishes remarkably dry and with a definite, crackling crispness (which is not to say it wasn’t crisp from the very beginning).
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated with an elegant, effervescent mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Brooklyn Local 2 is lively, fresh, and inviting. Also, the crisp nature and well-hidden alcohol makes this one fairly easy to down. Recommended if you’re a fan of the Belgian Darks.