Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

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Lizard Of KozLizard Of Koz

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 487
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one finger tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts and tart blueberries.

T - The taste starts with lots of blueberry and vanilla upfront. After the initial sweetness subsides you get some subtle dark chocolate, roasted malts and some light bourbon.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Soft syrupy mouthfeel with a nice slick finish.

O - This is a great desert beer. The blend of sweet and tart blueberries with dark chocolate and bourbon barrel really complement each other.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on draft, in a tulip glass

black in color, dark tan head. aroma of vanilla and blueberry. taste is a mix of tart blueberry, sweet vanilla, some chocolate, and bourbon. overall quite sweet, but it works. thicker bodied, nice full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love that dark beer look. Not much of a smell. This would be good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. I kind of like this beer in spite of the sweetness. I'd try this again on draft.

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Photo of Maddog911
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a cake batter aroma that is a little overpowering, and it takes like a chocolate cake covered in chocolate frosting. It looks like a chocolate batter with a clean head. Great desert beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft into (I am not kidding) a shaker pint! Dark brown with good head and lacing. Sweet berry smell and taste. Nice vanilla and chocolate flavor, and a bit of coffee. Great beer but if I drink the whole pint I will be sleeping at the Smith's store!

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.94/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Pours a near pitch black color with a finger of bubbly tan head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing as it dissipates. Has a faint tinge of red hue that makes this a treat to look at under the light.

The aroma brings notes of chocolate syrup and candied blueberries. Has a faint hint of roastiness and char. Very medicinal.

The flavor is unfortunately not as forgiving as the nose. Some chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. Then comes the medicinal, Robitussin flavor. It's sickly sweet, cloying, and nearly undrinkable. I'm trying to get a buzz, not cure my cough.

The mouth is full bodied, with nearly non-existent carbonation. Syrupy, sticky, and full of alcohol. Not dissimilar to cough syrup. Actually, it's pretty much exactly cough syrup.

Overall, I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Fortunately, I didn't purchase the bottle myself as it was shared with me by a friend. It's overly sweet and artificial, and the alcohol plays far too significant a role. It's sticky, medicinal, and legitimately reminds me of cough syrup. Thank God I didn't pay $20 for this.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bottle poured into a Founder's taproom snifter. No bottled on date, but this is roughly 2 months old at this point.

A: Pours a slick black with a purple hue. Light brown, bubbly head that floats on top and scatters. Very sticky up the glass.

S: At first, I surprisingly get a ton of vanilla, then maybe a bit of blueberry in the background. On a deep whiff, I get wet bourbon barrels, but you really have to pull it out.

T: Woah, baby. Huge vanilla and blueberry up front, almost equal amounts. Finish isn't tart, but very sweet and full of blueberries and cake. Some caramel, honey, maple glaze. Not a lot of chocolate to be honest, and literally no bourbon notes in the flavor.

M: Nice and full, slick, rich. Can be a bit sweet and decadent near the finish, but if you're in the mood for a dessert, it's quite pleasant.

O: So far, this has been a very polarizing beer. I've heard it's a standard Founder's fruit beer that's rich and dessert-like, and then I've heard that it's cloying and too sweet and even undrinkable. My first impression of this beer was back when it was a pilot beer at a Black Party. Back then, I was in love. I remember perfectly balanced blueberry, chocolate and bourbon. It was almost like a Blueberry Bourbon County. But after mass-production and bottling, I feel the beer has changed a bit. It's no longer a stunner, but rather just an average sweet stout. It's still very tasty, and I constantly find myself reaching for a sip, but that could just be because I have a sweet tooth. Disappointed that there's very little barrel character, only coming in the nose. Missing chocolate almost completely. It's really a blueberry-vanilla bomb. It's a very niche beer, that if brought out during the right time, can be very, very good. But bring it out at the wrong time, and you're gonna be disappointed.

Recommendation: Anything Founder's puts in a barrel has to be tried, but be warned that this is strictly a sweet dessert beer and should be consumed as such.

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Photo of Caldwel2
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I'll admit I was a little let down upon first sip. The nose was loaded with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon glaze, almost like a New Orleans bread pudding, with a hint of blueberry. Taste was just the opposite. Huge blueberries with little else at first. Chocolate makes its way to the middle of the tongue, but the all-too-sweet tartness remains. The bourbon seems to be lost in the berries. The betrayal between nose and mouth can be a pleasant surprise when executed with skill, but this is not the case here. This beer has a complex, well balanced smell, but tastes like a blueberry tootsie pop. Unfortunately priced around $18.00. I was very excited about this one, and it just didn't work out.

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Photo of Roguer
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nose; a touch medicinal over time. Strange flattening of the aroma due to the blueberries. Evolves into a root beer aroma.

Immediately a lovely beer on the palate. The blueberries add a tart, sweet kick, fairly evenly balanced with the vanilla. The bourbon influence is noticeable but extremely well integrated. Very sweet, but not too sweet. Brown sugar and berries.

This is an absolutely delightful beer, and shockingly so.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly blueberry dominant, roasty, with sweet cocoa notes.

Flavor is milk chocolatey sweet, with sharp blueberry notes and a roasty, dry finish. Definitely a dessert beer. Caramel and vanilla bourbon notes are somewhat overwhelmed, but the things together.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Well. This certainly was a miss. It looks like syrup. It smells like infected chocoate syrup. It tastes like infected chocolate syrup. It feels like drinking a chocolate syrup cocktail. Its hot. Its tart. Its way too sweet. Its not very bourbony. Just a total let down. Too bad. First awful founders beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of Waskman
1.69/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look: fantastic. Smell: berries, cough syrup, childhood illness. Taste: a mixture of robitussin, keflex, and augmentin. Feel: see previous. In the spirit of antibiotic stewardship, it feels like this is too much, too strong, a more narrow agent would do. More likely something viral, promoted by friends, amped up to be more than what it is, self limiting but weak at its heart. Feel: I feel like I want my money back. Seriously this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. It gives credence to InBev poking fun at craft brewers. Just stop.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a coffee colored head with good retention.

Smells of rich dark chocolate, blueberries, coffee, and raspberry.

Deep rich dark chocolate followed by blueberry and raspberry, rounding into a nice sweet caramel and bourbon malt fullness. Finishes dry, tart, and sweet - if that makes sense.

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Photo of macher0
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours pitch black, moderate head and level of carbonation (very appropriate for a BA stout).

The nose is wonderful - bourbon, oak, vanilla, and blueberries.

Dang the taste takes a wrong turn (IMO). Way too sweet. Good flavors but I may go diabetic.

Good to try but I won't go back

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Photo of secondtooth
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black from the bomber. Tan suds and thick lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, fruit, roasty cocoa and char. Nice!

Taste: Sweet blueberry up front, with plenty of chocolate and bittersweet cocoa. Finishes with a little heat and warmth from the bourbon barrels. Wow, this is a heavy-duty, rich, and complex stout and a brilliantly wonderful sipper. Would love to have again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep color and head. Aromas abound of chocolate, berries and cool vanilla malt. Taste is almost too sweet for an imperial stout, but stops JUST short. Blueberries, vanilla and chocolate come forward in the taste with just a few hints of bourbon. Relatively clean finish and a slightly sweet, fruity aftertaste

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beer. I was hoping the barrel would be more noticeable, but the blueberry, chocolate and vanilla were plentiful enough to make this a very good dessert beer. I don't have much of a sweet tooth and thought this was pretty sweet, but not unbearable.I had no problem finishing a bottle by myself. It's definitely not sour, maybe some mild tartness from the blueberries but that's it. It's not for everyone. If you don't like blueberries or rich desserts, stay away. Otherwise, give it a go.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Some berry jam with chocolate and vanilla notes. Roasted malt. Slightly sweet. Medium bodied. A tingle of blueberry tartness, but more jammy than sour or tart. Think of this as a very much less delicious Backyard Rye. Haters are going to hate on this. Kind of middle of the road. Wish the barrel was a bit more pronounced.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like milk chocolate, blueberries, vanilla, roasted malt and some bourbon. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, the chocolate and blueberry flavors are dominant, and some vanilla along with a bit of roasted malt and bourbon are also noticeable. It's a very, very sweet tasting imperial stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit syrupy and slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, a good choice for a dessert beer. Recommended if you're into sweeter tasting stouts. $18.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Blueberries, vanilla, more vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted, and warm boozy alcohol. Smells like blueberry cobbler.

Taste: Blueberry cobbler craziness. Delicious, warm alcohol, vanilla sweetness, bourbon, chocolate, roasted, and awesome blueberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, desert like beer, vanilla sweetness, medium carbonation, medium bodied, warm alcohol, sipper, and delicious.

Overall: Definitely a desert beer and best shared with friends. Happy holidays everybody.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 196 (Including tax)/case of bombers ($ 0.742/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Undated bomber (Case marked “Packaged 10/31/16”) at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma – chocolate leads with a fruity after smell
Head average (Maximum 2.8 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, dense and creamy with a few surface rocks, diminishing to an irregular one to three mm ring and thin layer with a single rocky island. Retention is not great – reduced to a thin layer in less than four minutes.
Lacing excellent – wide complete bands of tiny-bubbled dense lace
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – Very heavy chocolate followed instantly by sweet blueberry cascading across my hard palate. Vanilla not so much initially, but as the brew warms, the vanilla pushes forward. Bourbon barrels? Not seen at this time; perhaps as it ages? The blueberry remains in the aftertaste. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a difficult beer to rate. I want to rate it within the style (adjunct-laden imperial stout?) but, at the same time, my buddy and I weren't able to finish the bottle let alone our initial pour. The aroma let's you know pretty quickly what's in the bottle - chocolate and blueberries. Thick and heavy. Pours a viscous black with a thin, oily bit of foam that dissipates. Taste is sweet chocolate, blueberries, vanilla and more chocolate and blueberries. Too much adjuncts fighting for attention and the barrel characteristics are nowhere to be found. Feels sticky and viscous like syrup. Way too cloying.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a big tan head and wonderful lacing

Smells of rich bakers chocolate, licorice, vanilla, some fruit.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, and marshmallow came out strong in the taste. Surprising fruit tart sweetness, I would have surmised Michigan cherries over blueberries, but it's present in adding a sweetness/ dessert quality. Reminiscent of a port. Some spice, perhaps nutmeg. Some warmth.

Smooth mouthfeel and a fullness. More and more creamy as it warms.

You'll have to accept a burst of sweetness to your stouts if one is to approach this. But if one can get past that jarring flavor, it's a complex spirited sipping brew. a bit bizarre, but also well executed in its bizarreness.

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Photo of jws7968
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells like cough syrup with blueberry flavoring. Taste is very blueberry and chocolate forward. Vanilla and bourbon barrel is subtle. I think a smaller bottle would be better for this offering. Too sweet for one to drink alone.

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Photo of Jraiona
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Dark black with a full 3 finger fairly well retained head and good lacing.

S- Roasted malt with notes of caramel and slight chocolate and berries.

T- Blueberries and vanilla very prominent and a very present sweetness that to me was a bit cloying and maybe slightly overdone. Has a slight medicinal after taste.

F- Relatively light on the tongue and moderately carbonated.

O- For me this was just a bit to far on the sweeter end of the spectrum and would not be a beer I would drink regularly.

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