Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

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3.86/5
Very Good
874 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,795
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
874
pDev:
14.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of degueulasse
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddieeight
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sauced4life
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitburger
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Velivolus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjbarranco
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pmorey
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of Nmgreen
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scottsbeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pkkosmatka
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phillytothemax
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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 jacobdunne
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black licorice is strong

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigBaldJohn
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of Dharmelink
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattycasey
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 874 ratings