The Dead Liver Society #3- Brooklyn Brewery: Local No. 2

Welcome to the third edition of the Dead Liver Society, and the first by me, JAY.  To reiterate what DAVE has said before, we are here to try and entertain you while educating you in the world of craft beer.  Dave started these reviews off with some beers that will take some work to find, so I’m here to give you a review of something quite a bit easier to acquire.

My first review for the DLS is an offering from Brooklyn Brewery, based out of well, Brooklyn.  Brooklyn Brewery is one of the older craft brewers in the country and they come with their own unique perspective on what craft beer should be.  Their  brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, is a man of class who treats his product seriously.  His attitude delves into snob territory at times, but his willingness to combat the preconceived notions of what beer is and what beer can be paired with in terms of food have made him a tremendous ally to the craft beer world.  So for today I am taking a look into Brooklyn Local No. 2, an interesting American take on the Belgian Strong Ale.  Brewed with dark sugar and wildflower honey, does this beer stand out from the Belgian Strong Ale crowd, a crowd which includes some of the true heavyweights of the craft beer community?

Beer Name:  Brooklyn Local No. 2

Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery

Type: Belgian Strong Ale

ABV: 9.00%

First Impressions: Brooklyn likes to treat their beer as an equivalent to fine wine, and this bottle does not disappoint.

 

This bottle is gorgeous with a clean yet distinctive logo, and the logo of the brewery being pressed into the bottle is a great touch that just makes the bottle seem that much more sophisticated.

Color/Appearance:  This beer is just a ‘bit’ different looking than most Belgian Strong Ales.  While yes, it does appear to dark drown when it is first poured, the edges of the glass reveal a nice caramel color.  The head is a fairly thin but ever present tan head.  Seriously, I’ve been looking at this glass for fifteen minutes and the head is still there.  There is very minimal lacing, but for a strong ale with a high alcohol content I can’t complain.

Aroma: This is quite possibly the strongest point of this beer.  The aroma just bursts with dark sugar aromas and hints of honey.  Some dark fruits make their presence known, but the dark sugar aroma is tremendous.  Being at 9% ABV, alcohol also peeps out, but overall it is subdued compared to the other more palatable aromas.  This is a great, complex aroma that you would hope gives an accurate preview of the flavor of the beer.

Taste: The taste, however,  just doesn’t quite match up to the preview you get from the aroma.  The first hit on the tongue actually provides very little flavor.  I’m trying my hardest to find those great flavors of sugar and flower I SHOULD be getting, but they’re just not there.  The mouthfeel of this beer is quite different.  It is somewhat oily, yet so effervescent that your palate is refreshed very well.  This is an unique attribute for a Belgian Strong Ale.

As you continue drinking the beer, flavors of dark fruit start to dance on the palate.  Finally, something presents itself.  It’s not an overly strong flavor, but it does give a nice note to the drinking experience.  The alcohol starts to come out as you continue to drink, but this is to be expected from a 9% beer.  It is never overpowering though, which is great and to me always a sign of a brewmaster knowing his craft at a high level.

One unique note on the flavor profile of this beer.  When you’re done drinking and put down the glass, your tongue will actually taste like what you think the beer should taste like the whole time.  Dark sugar and a little bit of honey dominate the palate…..but again, it’s after you’ve gotten done drinking the beer.  This makes for an odd yet pleasant way to end the drinking experience.

Overall:  This is a beer that is trying to replace your table wine (it says so on the bottle).  In some respect, it does that.  It’ll get you drunk with its high alcohol content and with its flavor that stays subdued throughout much of the drinking process, you can confidently give this to people without being afraid that it may be just too strong of a flavor.  However, that aroma being so good leads to this beer’s downfall.  It just smells so GOOD that to not taste all of those wonderful flavors is a let down.  To wrap up, you won’t feel robbed for buying this, but you definitely will not feel rewarded.

 

JAY SAYS 2.5 OUT OF 5 BURPS

Thanks for reading and get ready, this shit is about to GET REAL (hint: next beer I’ll be reviewing is a whopping TWENTY ONE PERCENT ABV).

 Don’t be an asshole. Don’t drink and drive!

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