04 Dec This Week On Tap: Flat12’s Koko B Ware Milk Stout
While at a brewery, restaurant, or store, we only have the names and labels to go off of when choosing our next beer. It can cause a bit of anxiety as we have very little information to make an intelligent decision, especially when our palates are all unique. With no label to stare at, I had only my imagination to figure out howFlat12 Bierwerks’ Koko B Ware Milk Stout would taste, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I’m more of a Pale Ale and IPA fan, so stouts don’t rank near the top of my list; however, as a wrestling fan I couldn’t pass up the chance to try a beer named after a famous wrestler. Apparently Flat12 named a lot of beers after wrestlers in the past, according to Director of Brewing Operations Sean Manahan, and Koko B Ware has stuck ever since.
The first thing I noticed about the beer was its lack of head, likely caused from a carbonation problem in the keg, but still noticeable. From there I noted how dark the beer was; somewhere between a black stout and 100 percent dark chocolate. Once I took a drink, it immediately became clear that calling Koko B Ware a milk stout was selling it a bit short; this was more of a chocolate milk stout.
Stouts typically lack chocolate flavor – little to no chocolate malt – so to give their Lacto-Matic milk stout a chocolatey flavor, Manahan told me they used six pounds of cocoa; a mix of Ovaltine (yes, the same Ovaltine we mixed with milk as kids) and Dutch baking chocolate. These types of cocoa gave Koko B Ware a very unique, chocolatey flavor.
Sadly, this was only a one-day release, otherwise I would tell anyone and everyone they should try it. Flat12 released Koko B Ware during their Black Friday Event and as their second beer in their 12 Beers of Christmas. The next time you will be able to try this delicious concoction will be at the 12 Chefs of Christmas event on December 12.