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Buzz Bin: No-Li Ioane Coconut Porter

Only 120 total cases made the cut to be hand-bottled. This is truly an extra special and limited release from No-Li Brewhouse. Basically, if you have an opportunity to purchase the Ioane Coconut Porter, then do it.

“John Ioane Coconut Porter is a tribute to family, sacrifice and the journey,” says John Bryant of No-Li Brewhouse. “John Ioane, Senior Vice President of Odom Corporation, is a pivotal leader in the development of No-Li craft brands and the beer industry in the hometown market of Spokane.”

Beginning with roasted malts, this coconut porter delivers hints of toffee, mild coffee, and just enough Zeus hops to provide black pepper, licorice, and curry notes. At 6.1% ABV and 22 IBU’s, it’s easy to drink at any occasion, such as backyard barbecues or following a memorable mountain bike ride.

Overall, the flavors work really well together. There’s only a hint of coconut hidden behind the dark rich porter. Whereas some porters have an earthy aroma, the Ioane Coconut Porter smells hoppy and sweet. Obviously, it’s a dark brown beer, but it doesn’t have a malty aftertaste. Even if I wasn’t a fan of dark beers, I would enjoy this beer.

No-Li Brewhouse was awarded 2016 Washington Brewery of the Year, and No-Li has won 21 international awards. Without a doubt, the Ioane Coconut Porter only underscores No-Li’s ability to create complex and deliciously wonderful Inland Northwest beers. //

About Jon Jonckers

Best known as a Senior Writer for Out There Monthly magazine, Jon Jonckers serves on the Board for the Friends of the Centennial Trail and is also an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Shadle Park High School. With a busy wife and two active children, he doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but he does enjoy shooting photos across the Northwest, and his pictures have been published in several national running and climbing magazines.