From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Hawaiian Coconut Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, roasted malts with a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, earth and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 32. This is an enjoyable porter with just enough going on to be a great choice for a standard fridge 6 pack.
Commercial Description: Like a trip to the Islands! We take a classic British porter and infuse it with fresh coconut.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Toasted Coconut Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, coffee and sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, earth and some resin. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32. Field House Brewing makes some interesting beers and this one is no different. Keep up the good work in Abbotsford.
Commercial Description: Brewed as a traditional schwarzbier, this easy-drinking, crisp, DARK LAGER has hints of chocolate and coffee as well as our own addition of toasted coconut, bringing complexity and character to this German style black beer.
From Boombox Brewing located at Callister Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Coconut Showers Milkshake IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a small off white head. The aroma consists of toasted coconut, lactose and some citrus fruit. The flavour is of sweet and toasted coconut, creamy lactose, citrus, toffee, mild earth and some very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1%. This was a tasty Milkshake IPA but it comes in at the slightly to sweet side for my personal preference.
Commercial Description: ‘Coconut Showers’ Milkshake IPA. Featuring lactose and toasted coconuts courtesy of our friend Matt of @eastsidebeerfood. Growlers will be filled but are limited to 2L of milkshake per person. See you there!
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Chardonnay Barrels. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coconut, chardonnay, roasted malts, dark fruits and oak. The flavour is of chardonnay, coconut, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, oak and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15. While I liked this beer I wish that the Chardonnay was in the background not the main flavour.
Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”
I am excited about this beer because I will be in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii starting Saturday and this feels like a preview.
Kona Brewing, as part of it’s Aloha Series has given us the Koko Brown, a fantastic beer.
Starting with the almost wood-toned brown with red highlights and off white head this is a beautiful beer. This is very close to opaque except when held to a light.
The aromas are effervescent and light with an undertone of round nuttiness. There is an almost syrupy sweet note that, surprisingly, isn’t off putting but is actually inviting, it hints a coconut and malt.
I honestly find the flavours hard to describe but they are delicious. The carbonation is tingly on the back of the tongue and it brings more flavour out if the beer sits in your mouth. There is a creamy … Taste? Mouthfeel? I’m not quite sure but it compliments the sweet coconut notes. The backbone of this beer is a nutty flavour, balanced against a slight herbal bitterness from the hops.
This beer is fantastic and I will be bringing a bunch of it back.