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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Ratings: 864 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of TomMorris
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bighuge
2.32/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks the part. Black as night. Creamy dark brown head. Lacing is spotty in nature and moderate in quantity. Nose is thick and rich. Bourbon, roast,blueberry, vanilla. The flavor brings with it something that was not very prevalent on the nose and that is sweetness....and a LOT of it. It's really surprising in a way how sugary and sweet this beer is. Cough syrup comes to mind. Not exactly what I look for in a bourbon imperial stout, (Yeah, I know the blueberry/vanilla/chocolate were advertised as well, but it's all too much in this one.) It's actually a bit of a turnoff, Cloying even. It's dominant. And it's a bit of a mess when blended with a little roasted bitterness, alcohol and bourbon. Sweetness is derived from blueberry and vanilla. Syrupy taste and feel. Not my kind of impy stout. Too sweet, syrupy and cloying.

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Photo of Burkbom23
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Braz
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juicebox
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of zac16125
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Lizard of Okoz
750mL bottle into a snifter

A: Jet black, 1.5 fingers width of light mocha head is dense appearing and dissipates very slowly. Lots of lacing sticks to the side of the glass. 4.5

S: Aroma is roasty, very big blueberry notes, significant vanilla, charred oak, chocolate. It's very unique but I absolutely love the aroma. 4.75

T: This is delicious. It's very sweet, lots of blueberry and lots of vanilla. Big chocolate characters too. Barrel notes are fairly subtle, although there are some nice charred oak flavors; perhaps bigger barrel characters could make this one even better, but as is I still love it. 4.5

M/D: Full bodied, almost thick. Carbonation moderate but appropriate, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Overall, I am loving this beer. My suspicion is this is going to be very hit or miss for folks, because it is quite unique and I'm guessing not for everyone. But as someone who loves blueberries and is generally a bigger fan of fruited stouts than most, I have to say that this one was a big hit for me. 4.5

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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the story makes this one cooler than it is, but its also really cool, so thats irrelevant. blueberry is a cool element here, but a little bit it comes across as sweet and plastic, cough syrup or some throat medicine is a theme across the whole thing for me, although i really like it, in a purple drank sizzurp sense, not that i am a regular on promethazine or anything, but if i was, i would imagine it having a similarly intoxicating effect, like sugar high and sludgy drunk and all messed up all at once. i wanted this to be more unique, i think the adjuncts are there, but in a way that makes it less distinctive than it could be, blueberry jam or preserves rather than blueberries, and some whiskey and vanilla, but not wood or char, like its missing some dimensions and the balance is off. like i could honestly be critical of such a good beer, but i wanted more fresh blueberry here, and i wanted more vanilla with it. huge stout as a base, well done of course, and sweet and strong, but this somehow seems less original to me than it sounds like it should be on the label. not much else like it, but also somehow familiar. great but not life changing. this should age real well...

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Photo of BWood
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts off with a nice head production and good lacing. After that it goes downhill from there. Smell is decent. But then there is that blueberry taste. I feel like this would have been great if there wasn't a shotgun blast of blueberries hitting you in the face. It's a little too strong.

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Photo of pstam87
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drbenderdo
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

The beer pours a pretty nice brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black with a nice brown hue to it. It's a good and well done look but nothing surprising.

The smell is pretty good and the combination of all the different notes create a pretty good experience. The beer smell has a light bourbon note and an even lighter chocolate note. The strongest note would have to be the blueberries that give off a nice sweet and lightly tart smell that goes well with the moderate vanilla note and subtle chocolate smell that gets buried fairly well.

The taste is decent but not as good as the smell. The bourbon note seems slightly off and the blueberries are a bit more acidic than sweet. For some reason, the blueberry notes in the taste are different than in the smell. Fortunately, the sweet tart note works well with the more subtle vanilla because of a slightly stronger sweet milk chocolate. Interestingly enough, there is very little bourbon note to be found.

The feel is good. It's a heavy bodied beer but feels more drinkable than you would think with some fuzzy carbonation.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer and fairly decent. It just didn't seem to be worth the price to me.

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Photo of Xanser
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Tjb14
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a one-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate bourbon nose and flavor is sweet chocolate/bourbon, hints vanilla. Christmas gift

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-nearly opaque bottle pour with tan cap. The aroma includes cocoa and fruit and a bit of wood. The flavor is dominated by very sweet berry syrup. Vanilla and a bourbon influence are detectable. The body is very smooth. This is much sweeter than I would prefer for this style.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark black with a brown head. There is low head retention with moderate lacing on the sides.

Smell: The first aromas impression is complex with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and blue berries. There are also low notes of roast, hints of dark fruits that are not strong enough to discern the aroma.

Taste: The flavors are heavy with blueberries, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla in that order. There are also roasted elements, some hops although that provides some bitterness and a hint of citrus.

Feel: It has a heavy few with low carbonation towards the moderate side. It has a slight creamy edge to it.

Overall, the blueberries and moderate vanilla flavors with the complex stout flavors make this stout unlike most on the market. The flavors spring forward and work well together.

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 864 ratings