Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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892 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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
Ranking:
#17,290
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
892
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
234
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Ratings: 892 |  Reviews: 278
Photo of einman
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dd53grif
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not what I wanted out of this style.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 grm1007
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Diura
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emyers
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of walkabout
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
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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Photo of dafla67
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of alexsergio
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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, finihs 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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Photo of CesarLopes
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Djoneil
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore.

I've had this before, but don't remember it tasting so much like blueberry cough syrup

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Photo of Spaten454
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of degueulasse
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of edthehead
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddieeight
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 interesting....it'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 Jason1221
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sauced4life
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitburger
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 892 ratings