Lizard Of Koz
Founders Brewing Company

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From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 14.81%
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
639
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 03, 2022
Added:
Apr 18, 2015
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  228
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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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Rated by TylerJ from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mellowed out compared to when I had it on draft ~6 years ago. Better than Saugatuck Blueberry Maple probably, but definitely no Paisley Cave.
Aug 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by dansushi from New York

Dec 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by odement from Michigan

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Enticing aroma, roast malts, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Can’t say I can detect the blueberries. In the flavour the blueberries come through quite distinctly though, with a fruitiness that meets the sweetness of the malts. The expected notes of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon are there, but more in the background. Too sweet and fruity for an imperial stout? Perhaps, but this is a great beer anyway.
Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
2015 Bottle
750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has good retention before settling to a film floating on top

S- aroma is dominated by blueberry; stewed blueberries up front followed by some blueberry candy notes. Undertones of chocolate, vanilla, wet oak, molasses and caramelized sugar

T- as with the aroma blueberry dominates the flavor; stewed blueberries up front, with a slightly artificial blueberry note that follows. almost like sugary candy. Beyond the blueberry, undertones of cocoa, vanilla cream, caramel and a hint of coffee. The finish gives like bourbon oak, with an onslaught of blueberries in the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety warming finish

O- blueberry and more blueberry, my only complaint is that it's so dominate that it turns slightly artificial in the finish
Mar 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.64 by chewy6935 from Michigan

Feb 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.84 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by arnfracc from Connecticut

4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This stout is one of my all time favorites. Thick body, heavy dark chocolate notes and juicy blueberry sweetness, with a nice booze balance. Unbelievably good beer!
Aug 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.01 by peabody from Kentucky

Aug 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Jun 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 15, 2020
 
Rated: 1.49 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

Feb 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by detroitpat from Michigan

Dec 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.
Oct 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Sep 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by InfernoBoss from California

Aug 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.
May 28, 2019
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.
May 20, 2019
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
May 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.91 by UCLABrewN84 from California

May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by redleg64 from Michigan

May 03, 2019
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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.66 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by tp1962 from Illinois

Apr 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by BKotch from Texas

Apr 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.01 by desint from Belgium

Feb 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Feb 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by lalhart4 from Wisconsin

Feb 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.
Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by GClarkage from California

Dec 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by nodder from New York

Dec 16, 2018
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