Lizard Of Koz
Founders Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,074
Ranked #12,711
3.91 | pDev: 14.58%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Lizard Of KozLizard Of Koz
Notes: 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.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No dating information found.
Very opaque, very dark brown colored body. Light tan head. Leaves behind extensive spotting of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, with lots of blended chocolate, blueberries and vanilla. Similar smell as from a chocolate covered cherry.
Sweet confectionery candy taste, with a touch of the bourbon barrel. The blueberry blends with the vanilla, with the chocolate acting as a overall wrapping.
Slightly sticky texture and thicker than medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
A beer made for a special occasion, and not one that will available often. Too sweet to drink quickly, this is best enjoyed as a dessert beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Blueberry jam, roasted malt, touch of bourbon, rich chocolate, a little vanilla, dark sugar, and a hint of molasses.

T: Blueberry jam comes out first, roasty, rich chocolate, vanilla, dark sugar, molasses, and a nice touch of bourbon.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, sticky.

O: Heard some mixed reviews when this came out, but it's aged beautifully. Definitely on the sweeter side, but I've had worse offenders. Overall, I'm digging this one.

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RyanK252 from California, May 28, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't find any info indicating this was ever re-released so I am assuming that this is the original bottling from late 2016. Just got it today from a gas station where it appears to have been in the cooler since they received it (I've watched it and other big bottles sit for years in this gas stations cooler)

This pours thick and black, like oil or molasses. Huge and active cafe con leche colored head that has tremendous staying power and wonderful lacing.
Smell bursts from the bottle as soon as it's popped and permeate the room as it is poured. Chocolate and a remarkable amount of blueberry dominate. The claim is that these are real blueberries but the smell is almost artificial seeming in it's strength. There is a mildly off putting chalky aroma lurking in the background.
Taste has a powerful hit of blueberry juice to match the smell. heavy notes of vanilla and molasses are in the mix as well. There is also a bright fruitiness like blackberries or tart apples. Surprising how much blueberry comes through, and if blueberry stout sounds like a dream for you then I would imagine you'll enjoy this. For me it is a bit off, kinda like someone put jam or fruit juice in my beer.
Mouthfeel is wonderful, none of the thinness that typifies too many barrel aged stouts for me. Smooth and full bodied. Easily the best attribute of this beer for me.
Overall this is an odd beer. I'd imagine that the brewers pretty much nailed what they were shooting for but the flavors just don't do it for me. I can see this as a precursor to the modern pastry stout fad (which, unsurprisingly I also don't tend to enjoy) which is pretty neat in it's own way. If a blueberry and vanilla stout sounds amazing to you you will probably love this. If it sounds gross this will be a total turn off. Well made beer it would appear but it's not for me.

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Photo of NCSapiens
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes ok. There is blueberry, chocolate, alcohol and vanilla bourbon. It should be amazing. But it’s not. There is something fake about it. Like an older woman who, from a distance looks hot, but upon inspection it’s all fake breasts, liposuction, a fake tan, and lip injections. I mean, I’m not being judgmental about this beer (I hope), but I guess I’m just a traditional kind of guy. But give her a try. Just ask for a prenup first.

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NCSapiens from Indiana, May 13, 2019
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with an almost one finger khaki head. The first that jumps out at me for the aroma is tart blueberries, followed by chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Tart blueberries up front, followed by chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Full bodied and somewhat creamy. Has a bit of a tart blueberry after taste. A nice effort from Founders.

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hardy008 from Minnesota, Apr 23, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(most recent bottling, 2015? (288 15)... 750 ml bottle, shared between two snifters)

Deep, dark brown liquid; messy, bubbly foam and collar; no lace... roasted barley and a little char on the nose... intense jammy fruit flavor leaps out on the palate, a bit much at first, but later sinks back a little, inhabiting a loose balance with the dark espresso-like roast character of the grain; a thick malty base for sure, but certainly drowned out by the fruit and vanilla/barrel flourishes... slick, smooth body; little heat left; rather gulpable... not awful, but almost artificial and gaudy in its flavorings; not tempted to try again

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Feb 21, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium light carbonation with an above average body,slightly thick creamy feel
Aroma is an odd mix of milk chocolate, blueberries, booze/alcohol, and what I think is some lemon
Taste is somewhat similar,sweet, milk chocolate, dried blueberries a little vanilla and some bourbon. They give you all the flavors advertised but it's like a weird boozy candy. One sip turns me off then the next one I like. So don't fully trust my review as this one really struck me as odd

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Feb 19, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering the majority of the top. I'm smelling slightly boozy bourbon, chocolate, and some blueberries. I'm tasting an unusual melange of blueberry, chocolate, and bourbon. The mouth is thick, chewy, and sticky.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jan 20, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aromas of molasses, chocolate and sugar. Sweet, chocolate up front, hints of vanilla, bourbon throughout. Good mouth feel.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Nov 18, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smell is dominated by milk chocolate, with additional notes of blueberry and vanilla. Taste is a lot more dominated by blueberry, but with a strong milk chocolate note as well as a caramel malt backbone and additional notes of vanilla, toffee and dark/red fruits. Very little bourbon presence, perhaps a hint of charred oak. Finishes quite sweet, with almost no discernible bitteress, and some blueberry and vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and light/medium carbonation.

The balance is just way off here, unfortunately, this just being too sweet with very little bitterness or roasted malt for balance. There actually is a slight tartness to the blueberry, but that doesn't integrate well into the overall flavor profile either. It's an interesting but flawed brew that I'm glad to have tried, but probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of emyers
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with a half inch creamy medium brown head. Good head retention for the abv.

Nose: mostly blueberry and cocoa powder. Vanilla comes out more as it warms. Not getting much bourbon. Comes off a bit artificial.

Taste: very sweet right off the bat. Blueberry hits first followed up by vanilla extract. Bourbon barrel is subtle but more present than in the nose. Sweetness is overbearing at times.

Feel: full-bodied, low carbonation

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emyers from Illinois, Sep 24, 2018
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2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I like sweet and dark but this was too strong of chocolate (I know, I know, is that really possible) but it definitely didn't mix well to me. I was hoping the blueberry flavor would come through more but it was hidden in the backdrop of the overwhelming dark chocolate taste.

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walkabout from Michigan, Sep 20, 2018
Photo of MikeWard
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a goblet. No freshness dating that I could find. I think there was a bottle release last year, so maybe this is a year or so old.

Black body, oatmeal pancake colored head which persisted in some form leaving good lacing.

Good lightly roasted malt aroma, also some bourbon, and the blueberries come through quite nicely. No chocolate or vanilla on the nose though.

Ah, but the chocolate is the first thing to come through on tasting, followed by a pretty strong blueberry wash which hangs around. The boozyness is buried, but you do get that warm feeling in the back of the throat. No vanilla, which to this palate is fine given the strong berry taste. Enjoying this one.

Mouth close to full, finish a warm fruity slightly sweet berry flavor.

Overall, If you are not a big fan of blueberries in your beer, you should probably avoid this. I enjoyed the hour spent supping this beer. nice one Founders.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Aug 20, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pitch-black beer smells sweet, the blueberry component coming through rather strongly. I like how it melds with the bitter dark chocolate base, even if other experiments by Founders proved more fruitful (no pun intended). It's a thick, milky beer that feels great in the mouth.

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degueulasse from California, Jul 08, 2018
Photo of Eddieeight
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A highly fascinating beer.
Pours out dark brown but the head is multicolored brown and cream. It looks like the top of a latte.
Smell of blueberries is very strong, also getting notes of the bourbon in there.
Taste is very complex. I'm getting equal parts blueberries and rich milk chocolate - sweet not bitter. I can't taste the vanilla but the bourbon presence holds it all together. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly sparkly. Overall the beer is's almost like a blueberry chocolate bar. Its a bit on the sweet and sticky side for my taste but I give it two thumbs up for complexity. Also the origin of the name is clever and interesting

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Photo of beersampler6
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at Founders. Nice dark brown, almost black color with minimal head and some mild lingering lacing. Smells of rich blueberries and mild chocolate. Strong taste notes of blueberry, chocolate, vanilla and weaker hints of coffee and bourbon. A little too sweet for me but not cloying. Very mild carbonation, surprisingly thin mouthfeel with some lingering blueberry aftertaste, slightly tart as well. Good to sip on but a little difficult to drink with savory dishes, might be better during dessert.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Apr 24, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty and complex concoction but as stated in other reviews it is extremely sweet. I shared a bomber with friends and am glad I did. 6 ounces was delicious with a great, complex mix of vanilla, blueberry, light chocolate and a hint of barrel in both the smell and the taste. The look is a very nice full bodied stout and the mouthfeel is silky, thick and slightly chewy at the same time. Any more than the 6 to 8 ounces at one time would be too much for me because it is extremely sweet. If you run across this it is definitely worth the experience but I highly recommend sharing it with friends because with this brew more is not better.

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Scottsbeer from Florida, Apr 09, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color with tan head. Smells like a sweet chocolate dessert with forest fruits, liquorice and cacao. Taste follows sweet and fruity, even a bit tart, also bittersweet on the finish with plum marmalade flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Really well balanced overall for all the different competing flavors.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Apr 02, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened a 2016 today, seems aged just about right. Nose of vanilla and blueberry. Mellow slightly sweet flavor with creamy moutfeel. Starts out with mild blueberry/vanilla mix giving way to the coffee and barrel aged character. I didn't taste any chocoalate but I don't think it needed it.

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Photo of BigBaldJohn
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured 1/2 tap at NABC. Overwhelmingly sweet and acidic/sharp. This tastes more like a dessert wine or watered down balsamic vinegarette, and not a good one.

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Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at City Tap House. Inky black pour, small ring of head leaves tons of lacing.. chocolate and berries on the nose. Taste follows with mostly the berry sweetness, slick and oily. Heavy without feeling it fruity.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 06, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this for about 10 bucks plus tax out the door. Reviews are all over the place but mostly positive and I do love sweet beers.

Very lively carbonation for almost 3 years old a 1/2 inch of deep mocha foam atop a very pitch black looking beer. Smell is somewhat neutral I do get mostly chocolate but very little blueberry or vanilla aroma. Wow that is amazing! Very bright fruity blueberry somewhat mixing with the chocolate leaving a tart taste in the mouth and a smooth whiskey finish. Very smooth stuff and maybe I am jaded loving sweet beers but its exactly what I wanted/expected!

Body is very smooth the blueberry adds a bit of softening to the stout base making it drink like an imperial fruit beer. A bit of roast of hop bitterness does appear when it warms keeping it smooth or interesting.

Overall this is a very sweet desert beer but it is very balanced as well.
Founders always impresses me with every offering!

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Feb 16, 2018
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2.66/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Split this one with a friend, couldn't finish my half. The chocolate is overwhelming, the blueberry finish adds sourness to the chocolate, which doesn't make for a positive combination. Cloying this beer is. It's hard to drink, even slowly. Will pass on this next time.

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fly_marlin from California, Feb 11, 2018
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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I gave this beer a shot and was pretty disappointed. Way too sweet for me, not enough barrel character, and didn't really get any of the chocolate or vanilla at all as everything was overwhelmed by the sickly-sweet blueberry.

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Pbarg from Florida, Jan 24, 2018
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2.39/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloyingly sweet with little beer flavor. The look and smell were inviting so the taste was a real disappointment for me. The blueberry and vanilla are overpowering. I really couldn’t taste the bourbon or the stout.

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