December 9, 2006

I made my first trip to a PCC today to do some grocery shopping the all-natural organic sustainable way. (I actually went there expecting to get some Afri-Cola, which I did not find.)

In the Aurora Avenue PCC's modest beer selection I found Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout Ale, "Brewed with Sebastopol's Own Hard Core Coffee." I picked up a 22-ounce bottle for $3.

The bottle itself is fairly nondescript, but it does have an unusual reworking of Psalm 23 on the side:

Coffee is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures, It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my brain, It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for it's name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of sleep,
 I will fear no artificial sweetener for thou art with me; Thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of my zzz's, Thou anointest my day with sunlight;
 My cup runneth over.
Surely richness and flavor shall follow me all the days of my life:
 and I will dwell in the house of Cappuccino forever...

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The stout is unremarkable in taste. The faint aromas are more chocolatey than coffee-flavored. My only basis for comparison is a coffee stout I had at the Church Brew Works some time ago, which had a much more distinctive taste reminiscent of chewing on (chocolate-covered) coffee beans. However, the stout is unusually potent at 7.99% alcohol by volume, and 22 ounces of such a potent potable is pretty intense.

My coffee headache from earlier feels like it's gone, though I don't know whether it's the caffeine or the alcohol from the stout.