Cornerstone Copper Ale | Chocolate City Beer

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Chocolate City Beer
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here in NE DC, CCB is building a brand to last. To succeed in that, we need a sound foundation. Cornerstone Copper Ale is a well balanced Copper Ale comprised of German malts and European noble hops. An ale we can build upon.

27 IBU

Added by mdfb79 on 08-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From growler fill at brewery

A: Hazy slightly transparent dark amber. short, one finger creamy white head.

S: Very little scent of citrusy hops and bready grain.

T: Pretty average copper ale, similar to Otter Creek. Mild hops. Slight malt sweetness, but with a mild hop bitterness. Hints of soap and grass.

M: Fairly lackluster. Not enough effervescence, actually kind of flat. There is just enough hops to make it astringent, but too much malt?

O: Not sure what's up here, but just not my style. Easy drinking though and not at all heavy but just needs a little work, but am interested to track to their progress and see what else comes down the pike.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Ben's Next Door into a shaker pint glass. I wasn't expecting to run into this, but was surprised that I did.

A real nice amber orange and red cloudy body, I am guessing unfiltered? With a very creamy tan caramel head, it almost looks like it was pulled off nitro. Pretty nice looking if you ask me. Body is very opaque making it hard to see any possible rising carbonation.

Boy this nose totally surprised me. Great toast and cream milk and mild sweetness. Hints of brown sugar and crusty toasty malt, chewy, even milk chocolate with a little small hop bitter. This was probably the most impressive part.

Taste was even more surprising. Very big milkshake like feel, extremely creamy, with toasted malts almost brown whole wheat toast. A great milk chocolate finish even some fruitiness marmalade reminding me of an English Bitter almost.

Overall I didn't think this beer was going to be that good, I was real impressed. Having now looked at the reviews from the past I am kind of stunned, were we even drinking the same beer? Well that's what subjectivity is about. I was more impressed thinking this was going to be just an ordinary amber and it was anything but, this was one unique beer, to style? probably not, but it was real tasty to me.

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From tap to nonic pint glass on 8/17/11 at Mad Fox's "Kick the Keg" event for DC Beer Week
*From notes

-- This was the unofficial release of Chocolate City's first beer! --

A: Slightly cloudy and resiny amber. Saying the beer had a .25 finger head would be extremely generous. Zero lacing ever materializes.

S: Non-exsistent. There's a faint trace of grain, maybe some canned malt extract. Minor hints of earthy dirt and a twinge of rust don't add to the overall presentation.

T: Blasé. It's slightly sweet, like they rushed this to market and left a bit of unfermented sugars in it. Hearty and quite rustic. I don't detect any semblance of a hop profile.

M: It needs something. In fact it needs many things. More carbonation would be a start, as it's almost flat. A richer, more robust and creamier texture would be welcomed, too. As it stands, it's offputting and uninviting.

O: Chocolate City's Cornerstone Copper is one of the most dissapointing debuts I've witnessed. I get the feeling this brew was rushed, and it absolutely drinks like it. You only get to make one first impression, and this wasn't a good one.

When your brand new, über-hyped beer is the last of five kegs to kick, please take note. Orange Whip? Gone in minutes. Monumental IPA? Not long after. And by the time I got there three hours later at 9pm, the only one left was the Cornerstone. And lots of it.

I'm not counting the folks at Chocolate City out, I merely hope they realize that quality defies all. If it ain't good then we, the craft beer drinking community, simply won't drink it, regardless of where it's from or how slickly it's marketed.

I'm still excited to sample the rest of the Chocolate City portfolio, and simply hope this was merely an aberration.

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Had this at the launch at RFD and, DAMN, was this nice. Was completely impressed. Taste was great, smell was very nice, appearance was beautiful.

IMHO, this is their 2nd best beer right now behind the Cerveza Nacional, which says a lot (since the CN is tremendous). The hops are there but not overwhelming and the malt is nice. I'm fully on board with this one.

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Cornerstone Copper Ale from Chocolate City Beer
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 44 ratings