Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This one is near and dear to our hearts. Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki wanted to make the birthday of his little sister, Liz, a special one. So he did what he does best and brewed a stout using a few of her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels to round out those beautiful flavors. Liz was floored and we think you will be too.

Added by Bung on 04-18-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
781
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
203
For Trade:
17
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Photo of Fcoffeen
4.84/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of firkingroovin
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ink black, finger tan head with good retention and lots of spotty lace. Sweet chocolate and blueberry aroma and taste. Definitely on the sweet side. Super soft

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Photo of dcall384
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chillin
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer poured into a snifter on draft @ Founders and giving it a 5 because it's as perfect as it could be for what it is and what it's meant to be.
Look is chocolate fudge with a slow sipping heavy mouthfeel. Taste and smell is blueberries, chocolate, and vanilla with strongest being chocolate with some sourness from blueberries as well as blueberry jam sweetness. Does not taste artificial and very much tastes like fresh blueberries were added to the mix. On some sips I get chocolate, others vanilla, some blueberry, and other times a combination of all 3. The fudge aspects reminds me of Hersheys chocolate syrup poured over vanilla blueberry ice cream. This is a dessert beer that should be consumed with no less than 4 people if poured from a bottle. This is a very very delicious yet very very sweet brew. Alcohol well hidden and well done! Founders nails it on this one.

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Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CreightonSM
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a thick dark caramel head with great retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of dark chocolate, lots of vanilla and blueberries.
Intense fruity flavor with lots of blueberries, bourbon, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla beans, licorice, roasted malts, cola, lactic acid and grapefruit citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and a lingering fruity note.
Full body with perfect carbonation. Stick feeling. Alcohol of 10.5% abv could not be more hidden.
Very flavorful RIS full of fruity, bourbon and cocoa-vanilla notes. Complex and intense. Although sweet, it works well as a sipper.

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Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering served in a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a brown cap that fades leaving a full wall of webby lace.

Nose is woody like cedar moreso than your typical oak inclusion along with a fruity raison-like aspect moreso than the advertised blueberries.

It tastes quite sweet with lots of barrel character but moreso like the preciously mentioned cedar with a backing of raison and vanilla sweetness.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. A very sweet and filling sipper that I was glad to try but dont need to have again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black body, opaque, with light tan head and extensive lacing. Nose is boozy, with chocolate and toasted dark bread, and the flavor introduces very mild blueberry tartness. Feel is exceptionally easy, full but not cloying. Tasty pour.

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-Line

750ml
Capped

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice dark brown color, really nice carbonation, with a really nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves a HUGE creamy/oil slick island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, blueberries, vanilla, slight bourbon/oak, slight licorice. The taste is really nice, malty, sweet, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, with some nice blueberries, vanilla, slight licorice, some bourbon/oakyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, a pretty nice complex brew. Overall, I really like this one, a nice take on the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was an inky jet black color with a semi-thick white foamy head that dissipates at a nice pace. Slim sticky lace. The aroma leads with the sweet to tart blueberries and then lords a stellar roasty to robust coffee bean following through on a big sweet milk chocolate. So nicely done! The flavor leads with the blueberries sweetness. But the vanilla is there and seemingly coming into a muffin-like bready to vanilla sweetness. Bourbon barrel seems to be there, and quite nice. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good for an imperial stout. Mild acceptable stickiness. Overall, this was a very nice imperial stout that I would have again.

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Photo of varian7
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 781 ratings.
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