Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

Lizard Of KozLizard Of Koz
799 Ratings
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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Photo of bshefftz
1.86/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love blueberries. I love chocolate. I love beer. But this is a syrupy (as in cough syrupy), cloying mess. A rare (as in, practically never - see the part about loving beer) drain pour after about 8 nauseating ounces at which point all my hope for this beer vanished and I switched to a mid-price port for the evening. And the port isn't as sweet as this miserable beer! It's all sweetness and berry up front, no detectable vanilla, or barrel, and only a hint of chocolate.

A confession: in days of yore when my palate was less (Ahem...) refined (end pretentiousness... now! sorry...) and my beer budget was smaller I would buy Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout and spike it with a shot of Chambourd (did I mention that I love berries and beer?) and even that poor man's beer cocktail was way better than this mess of a beer! And cheaper too.

I've been impressed by Founders as they start to turn up more and more in CA, but this beer is a massive misfire.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Beermongers.

Black with a thin, dark brown head, this looks solid. The nose is SWEET. Really sweet. Sweet caramel, sugar syrup, mild blueberry, chocolate and caramel sweet. Unfortunately for this beer, it was following the Omnipollo Blueberry Cheesecake Stout, and was all the worse for it. The palate was also very sweet with the blueberry flavor not particularly noticeable. Sweet caramel, bourbon, a moderate vanilla note are present. Sweet on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. In the vein of Black Tuesday, this is a cloying, unfocused mess. A rare disappointment for Founders.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tmcarter23
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sunsjammer
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won the annual super bowl bet with my brother so he brought over a 32 oz Crowler that we shared on my back porch enjoying a 75 degree Phoenix day.. I believe the Crowler set him back $19 at the Craft Beer Quick Stop.

Beer poured dark brown to black with a nice tan head.

Nose was wonderful, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon.

Initial taste was a flavor explosion of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and tart blueberries over a light roasted malt base. Tartness disappeared for several subsequent sips but became a constant presence the second half the glass. Bourbon definitely is very much in the background but it is there.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Overall an intriguing beer that was definitely more tart than sweet for me. If you have $20 laying around doing nothing then give this beer a shot if you are into fruit based stouts.

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Photo of Skrumpy
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmmm.... this one doesn't do it for me. It tastes a bit like a mix of stout beer and cough syrup. For $19 a bottle, I cringe. Dark with a thin, brown, foamy head. Not much retention or lacing. Aroma is light chocolate and blueberry. The flavor has some vanilla and blueberry, with a bit of chocolate. A bit tart. The bourbon doesn't really shine. It's more cough syrup boozy like. Not a good beer for me.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.97/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle - $18.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with an inch of slowly receding, brownish foam.

Smell: Blueberry chocolate sauce, melted table sugar and a side shot glass of booze. Hmm.

Taste: Blueberry pancake syrup blended with semi-sweet chocolate for a rippling onsalught of cloying sweetness. It's like sipping on chilled simple syrup. Even the meager vanilla and barrel hints get totally overwhelmed by the burgeoning sweetness. The alcohol presence does little to cut or curb the sweetness, leaving this perhaps one of the most undrinkably cloying beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Water, please! While usually fairly reliable, this was a straight-up repulsive offering from Founders, and, given the steep price-tag, just a real slap in the face.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
1.65/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

A beer that tastes like chocolate covered blueberries is not my thing. It literally tasted exactly like those. Pretty un-drinkable imo. If you like chocolate berry flavored beer then go for this guy but it was way too much for me.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a really nice tan head. Smell is tons of coffee and chocolatey roastiness, vanilla, and barrel-character. The taste has tons of sweet blueberry, Baker's chocolate, and vanilla up front (and I mean very sweet). There's a slight tartness from the blueberries, as well. Just a hint of bourbon and oak are on the finish. Nice and warming. Feel is a little sticky. Overall, this is a dessert beer for sure and an interesting one. Glad I tried it but I probably won't buy another.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.99/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first 5!!!! I think it is anyways. My tastebuds tell me so. The blueberry just brings out everything so well! It's a sweet blueberry taste, not the tart or sour taste you might associate with blueberries. This is one that everyone should try and few, if any, will disagree with my praise!

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Photo of TheOakKing
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This may yet turn out to be a very good beer by Founders, but right now, it's not showing so well. On tap at Tin Bucket the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer really needed to warm up a bit before I got anything. Eventually, I got hints of blueberry, cherry, vanilla and light bourbon. On the palate, this beer is incredibly sweet, with the cherry, vanilla and blueberry in front and center. There's a hint of chocolate and bourbon as well, but right now, the sweet fruit flavors really dominate. Mouthfeel is fairly soft and smooth, with a long finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, but then again, the sweet fruit dominates to the point that it would be difficult to pick up a whole lot of alcohol.

Right now, this is not a particularly fun beer to drink, as the sweet fruit flavor is just too over the top. This might be really good in another couple of years, but at least for right now, this is just not working for me.

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Photo of bkbeer17
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Celtics76
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow. The sweetness of this beer is way over the top, making it nearly undrinkable. I didn't get any bourbon at all, definitely blueberries/coffee but the sweetness overpowered everything. I had a 6oz pour on tap and could only put down about 80% of it. Big letdown.

Frankly, I think the ratings are amped up a bit because it's Founders. If Shipyard released it, it would be getting hammered.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.6%
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 -3.4%
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 -8.5%
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 +9.6%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 799 ratings
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