Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
781
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
203
For Trade:
17
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Photo of SHDoyle
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Description: Deep black appearance with a slight coffee colored head. Smell is big and bold with clear notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak and blueberry. Unlike the varied aroma, the taste is much more concentrated and is dominated with blueberries. And you lost me...This is SUPER sweet, almost cloyingly so, and the blueberries drown everything else out. The aftertaste, the residue on your lips, everything is sweet, sweet, blueberry. Feel is nice and what you'd expect from a stout: thick, velvety and rich.

Suggested food pairing: Something earthy to counteract the sweetness, like roasted pork loin

If you like this beer then you should also try: Big Lushious

Overall: 3.5 (This beer is average and I would not likely drink it again) This beer had some good elements, but the taste was off putting. And really, if the taste is disagreeable that kind of means the beer is overall sub par regardless of its other features. After being told by a friend that this was the worst beer he'd ever had, my expectations were low. It wasn't bad at first, but by the time I got to the end of the snifter it was pretty rough and I was glad to be done with it. As mentioned, there were some nice pieces to this but what could have been a good beer was lost somewhere along the way. I give credit to Founders for trying something different (and bold) but this was a miss for me.

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Photo of champ103
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours nearly opaque black in color. A one finger tan head forms with good retention and plenty of lace left all the way down the glass.
S: Vanilla, chocolate, a touch of roast, and light wood all intermingle up front. Everything is really well balanced, and then the fruity aroma comes into play. Tart, with a nondescript berry character. Really nice, really enjoyable.
T: The tart berry character is much more up front than the nose. Almost jam like. The vanilla and chocolate are in the background. Not much of the stout or barrel comes through. If I had this in another phase in my beer drinking trek, I probably would have a much higher opinion here. As is, still enjoyable, but the stout and barrel, as well as all the additives, take a back seat to the jammy fruit.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. Appropriately sticky and resinous for the style and how big this is. No alcohol can be detected. Enjoyable to drink in small doses, but not something I crave to come back to.

I am normally the pretend old guy shouting that the kitchen sink style stouts are too much and over done. I can easily say that about this, but wont. While I feel the tart berries take over to much after a while, it is still very enjoyable and that Founders hit what they wanted to make. Maybe not something I am going to continually reach for or crave. Though enjoyable and interesting to try to say the least.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice frothy head upon the black pour.

Aromas of rich chocolate and dark fruits. Very dessert like and decadent.

Mild roast coffee hits first. And holy shit. Way over the top sweetness. Just too much. Blueberry tannins meet canned pie blueberries drenched in blueberry syrup, then covered in a hard chocolate shell, then at the end there's an alcohol bite with torched sugar. Don't you dare let it warm up - it will taste like cough syrup.

Feel is thick and full, very smooth.

I'll put it like this, I'd rather have this than an over the top bitter beer, but it's still too much.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a stout with blueberries and barrel aged. I like all of these things but I found out that I dont like them together. Not a totally bad beer but it's hard to finish even a glass. Rather sweet with with a sugary blueberry syrupy finish much like cough syrup.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with blueberries, chocolate, and vanilla and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. Poured from a bottle into a MadTree snifter. The pour is black and sports a finger of fine tan head with good retention for a barrel-aged beer. The smell is sweet and rich, like tiramisu. I get strong notes of vanilla and toasted oak along with bourbon and milk chocolate. I get no berries on the nose.

Full body with a really well-balanced sweet-and-tart flavor. Toasted malt, toffee, milk chocolate, and cake frosting up front, then just when you think this beer is going to be sweet to the point of cloying, the blueberries add a welcome tartness. The blueberries arrive mingled with the barrel notes, chocolate, and vanilla and they carry through the finish. I get lingering flavors of tart blueberries, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Like any Founders barrel-aged beer, you get the richness of the bourbon barrel without any harshness, booziness, or oxidation. After trying numerous barrel-aged beers from other brewers that have any or all of these characteristics, I don't know how Founders does this. It's art.

After reading a few reviews of this beer, I thought it was going to be overly sweet. Admittedly, I tend to gravitate towards sweeter beers, but I did not find this beer to be overly sweet at all. It's very flavorful, enjoyable, and well-balanced. Recently, I reviewed a beer from Braxton that was inspired by Graeter's Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream (if you're from Cincinnati, you probably know what that is). This beer tastes a lot like that ice cream - tart fruit, dark chocolate, and sweet vanilla all mingled together. Imagine KBS with blueberries instead of coffee and you get the idea.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy blueberry, rich vanilla. Sugary sweet. Creamy smooth.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Dark cola body, thin, with a ring of tan head and a few dots on the glass. Nose is sweet, displaying notes of real vanilla bean (yum), milk chocolate, and a bit of blueberry. The flavor is extremely sweet, and that's coming from a guy with a big sweet tooth. Blueberry is much more obvious here, along with the chocolate and vanilla. But it's so sweet that it becomes chemically, and drowns out any nuance. Despite the intensity of the sweetness, the feel is the worst part: thin and sugary. Blech.
This was insanely sweet, as I've mentioned, which I was actually fine with. It was the artificial aspect and the watery, sugary, enamel-dissolving body that sunk this one. I'm grateful I only had a 7 oz. taster; share the bomber with a friend or make sure you have an insulin guy for your eventual diabetes diagnosis.

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Photo of jmg480
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of malfunxion
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grupatre
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GobletOfRock
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Whoa! The first sip was a shock...I hadn't thoroughly read reviews on this and bought it based of the Founders name and it being a fruit imperial stout that was barrel aged. But the sweetness is pretty revolting and can only get down a few ounces at a time. Blueberry is over the top but the sweetness is what kills this beer. There's a good balance between vanilla and chocolate, but the barrel is barely noticeable above all the other flavors and the sweetness coming at you. Will be a challenge to finish this 750.

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Photo of derftron
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Founders party in PDX.

Looks and smells great. Sweet sugar, malt, bourbon, and maybe a hint of blueberries. Nice head about 1/2 inch of light brown goodness.

Taste...hmmmmmmm. This beer is dangerously close to being WAY too sweet, and at times during my glass it crossed that line. Didn't get that much blueberry and it came across as more of just a general cloying sweetness than specific blueberry flavor.

As an imperial stout, it was still enjoyable. If I was somewhere cold and this was offered up I would certainly have a glass. Much more than that and I wouldn't want any more. I would say pair it with a dessert but this beer is too sweet to even do that. Maybe vanilla ice cream??

If it was less sweet and more barrel forward with a more pronounced blueberry flavor, they would have a winner.

All in all, not bad, but not that great either

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Photo of ajm5108
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Traditional optics, maybe would have liked a fuller head. Warm chocolate upfront on the nose, followed by the blueberry. Smells like a KIND (or similar variety) granola fruit / chocolate bar. Maybe a tad medicinal. Not incredibly enticing but not off-putting to me.

The blueberry definitely comes out on the palate strongly. Founders has a bit of a reputation when it comes to fruit additives & them being syrupy or artificial tasting, and unfortunately I did find that to be the case here. Now, I am not adverse to sweetness in beer, and there is still good stuff here - the chocolate is delicate, and the vanilla tickles in the background - but that main blueberry note is just a little too sweet. Very little bourbon character, a wink of heat at the end. Mouthfeel is velvety and exactly as it should be.

Overall, it isn't a bad beer, and I wouldn't mind half a pint with some black raspberry cheesecake, but I was hard pressed to down a whole bottle without the syrupy quality being a bit too much. Split it with a friend or two after dinner & enjoy.

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Photo of Wingnut93
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of animal69
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 oz serving at Madison Pourhouse

Basically exactly how the reviews state. It's an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Sweet, chocolatey with a blueberry finish. A dessert beer that could be great poured over vanilla ice cream.

As it warms up the chocolate aroma is unmistakable.

Not bad but wouldn't want more than 5 oz. serving.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkGutz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of dbl_delta
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep cola color with a nice tan head. Initial impression is waaaaaaaaay sweet blueberry, with everything else totally obliterated. Once it warms you get a little vanilla and maybe a hint of bourbon, but hey - it's a sweet fruit bomb. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy; carbonation is like nitro. Finish is sweet, but not quite as sweet as the first sip.
If I hadn't paid so much for this, it'd be a drain pour. Yuck. What a disappointment.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours oily black color with thin mocha colored head not much lacing.

Aroma - The aroma was pretty sweet, blueberries, vanilla, milk chocolate and roasted malts. i am not really getting a lot of bourbon in the aroma.

Taste - The taste is very unique, it is sweet initially and the tart on the backend. Lots of tart blueberries, vanilla and sweet milk chocolate. I am also getting more bourbon in the taste but it is not overpowering. I will say the more you drink the sweeter it gets until i was not sure I would finish the beer.

Feel - Slick oily feel, well carbonated and just a touch of warming from the alcohol.

Overall - I have to say it is a pretty great beer, the only thing I would say is it is a little too sweet.

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Photo of BJMVH9
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly a polarizing beer in reviews, I wonder if it had anything to do with different batches. I had this beer for the first time and it was outstanding - look is great, smell awesome, taste was off the chart. I've always felt that your feelings prior to something really impact the outcome. As an example if someone tells you to see this movie because it's the best ever...probably going to be let down. The opposite also happens, so many bad reviews I thought this may be terrible - it wasn't for sure. So I ended up buying two more bottles from two other stores and opened the second one - awesome. So far so good - looking forward for the 3rd in a few months time. Fun beer that really has the crowd split.

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 781 ratings.
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