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.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Before i review i would like to clarify that i believe Founders to be the best pound for pound brewery in America. They just dont make bad beers, which is why im a little disappointed and surprised they released this.

A- oily black, looks a little thin on the pour.

S- excellent, strong chocolate and vanilla, no real hint of the blueberries.

T- bang, here come the blueberries. Chocolate covered blueberries to be exact, ranging from sweet blueberries to tart blueberries, then back to sweet. Hint of Vanilla but mostly just chocolate covered blueberries, but its just too dam sweet on the back end. No real sign of the bourbon barrels and that's a letdown.

F- feels thicker than it looks, slightly chewy.

O- once again im surprised Founders released a beer thats so overly sweet, i had high hopes for this one, but i couldn't finish more than 7oz of this. Far too sweet.maybe sone time will mellow it out but thats a gamble at $22 a bottle.Zero, i repeat, Zero barrel presence, anyone saying otherwise is just gutted they paid $20 for a beer with no barrel presence. Just re release CBS please.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black, topped by a frothy, creamy tan head. The head is so thick and creamy it almost looks nitro. The retention is eternal and the lacing beautiful.

S: Milk chocolate, bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, and faint hints of blueberry.

T: Milk chocolate, tons of tart blueberry, creamy vanilla, very subtle bourbon. The blueberry flavor is very tart and fresh, and balances out the sweetness very well. Finishes shockingly crisp and clean. Not cloying whatsoever.

F: The lighter side of medium. Creamy, well-carbonated, but very smooth and light. It feels like a nitro beer, too.

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Photo of maximum12
1.4/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Jazzed to find this on tap at the Boulder Tap House in Mankato, MN. 10 oz. pour with dinner.

Every see “A Night at the Roxbury?” Trying to drink this is like having that noxious movie in your mouth. It’s black. It’s full of tart, under-ripe blueberry that clashes with a sharp, unpleasant bitterness & the fullness of the malts. Zero bourbon presence. Nothing about this is good, & the ingredients seem determined to fight tooth & nail.

I left 5 of 10 ounces behind – couldn’t finish it. I’m the guy who’ll eat my way through any blueberry patch I come across – it once took me almost an hour to finish a 50 foot portage with my canoe because of these little buggers – but I don’t eat the nasty, green, bitter ones. That’s what it tastes like they used in this beer. Truly bloody awful.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Flying Dog tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very attractive slick black, with a very attractive light tan head, that leaves behind patches of lace.

Smell is blueberry up front more than I was hoping for, vanilla, dark chocolate, other dark fruit, and enough bourbon to notice.

Taste is huge blueberry upfront, vanilla, dark chocolate, and bourbon soaked cherries.

Mouthfeel feel is slightly bigger than medium, moderate carbonation as expected, maybe a little dry, and if you can get used to the blueberry flavor fairly drinkable.

Overall this is nice, but less blueberry would have been better.

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Photo of sposter4
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a snifter. Pours black with light tan head that disapates quickly. Smells of blueberry cobler with some bourbon. Taste is tart chocolate covered blueberry up front that give way to a sweet blueberries and bourbon.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the Backstage bottle release. Served into a wine glass. Pours a dark brown body, cola coloured with a one finger offwhite head, good retention. Not much lacing. Smells of fruity blueberries and milk chocolate; cocoa. Vanilla isn't so much there, and the bourbon barrel is a bit light. Milk chocolate background. Flavour is odd, very fruity stouty with blueberries up front mixed in with a bit of milk chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla slickness on the backend, more of the mouthfeel than anything else. Light oak and bourbon, not a ton of barrel character here. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy with a nice carbonation to it. Smooth, although the fruited portion is a bit bothersome in terms of how sweet this is. I'd have preferred this one without the blueberries, keeping everything else intact.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Pitch black, with 1 finger of head and some minor lacing left on top of the brew

S - Dark sugar, molasses, chocolate, and some alcohol heat

T - Sugary sweet, most likely from blueberries and chocolate. A SLOW sipper, really too sweet. Where is the vanilla, oak, and bourbon?

F - Medium body, and light carbonation

O - Not what I was hoping for. Wanted light on the fruit and sweetness, more on the vanilla, oak, and bourbon

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Deep walnut black and very opaque body color. Head creation is a simple finger, but manages a dark mocha brown. Settles to a good bubbled collar and very dark top with a few whisps of tan. Some of the bubbles even look a little purple, quite neat and good looking brew.

Real chewy sensing aroma. Big oatmeal cookie like nose, and sensing cookie dough batter. Roast sweetness and a mild sensing berried fruit quality. Melted chocolate chips and minimal sensing heat. Very slight fruit it's quite buried under this rich dense and full lush malt smell. Still an excellent nose.

Um.. This was not what I was suspecting on the palate. While a decent flavor, there is a heck of a lot of blueberry sweetness in this. Mid palate opens with quite a bit of a sugary rush. Light bodied with not much rounding flavor or depth, but luckily stays away from being wet. Has porter like clean finish, with minimal roast as the fruit quality takes over, but leaves a big cookie dough aroma and finish. Fruit sweet with chocolate vanilla nowhere to be found.

Was really expecting something quite unique but this turned into a fruit sugar bomb. At least drinkable but it is pushing it for me, I usually expect a lot more from Founders but so goes experimentation.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried on draft at the brewpub and also from a bottle pour. I feel like I should revisit this review in around 6-9 months when I crack open my own bottle of this uniquely fruity beverage.

As most of the other reviews state - this is bursting with fruit. It is a dessert beer if I ever tried one. The large bottle? Don't attempt to drink it alone or even with just one other friend. You'll need a team to take this down. The nose is ripe blueberry and chocolate. The amount of fruit in this is arresting, it totally overwhelms the taste profile. You won't perhaps find a lot of barrel here at first.

Founders rarely put out backstage offerings that don't challenge or ask questions and this is no different.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends.
Inky black with a robust tan head that persists. Big fruity vanilla with bits of roasty chocolate and light brown sugar. Hints of bourbon and oak round this out nicely. I love how the berry cuts through a lot of the sweetness here, damn tasty beverage.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of fresh blueberry, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes of blueberries that are both sweet and tart. Lots of bourbon and vanilla richness that mixes with milk chocolate. Bottom line is that this beer is far to sweet and is only good in small quantities; like 2oz per person would be ample. I think that coffee would have been a better option than chocolate to help break up all those sweet flavors. This might a another case of it sounds better than it is. I think that Founders brewed the exact beer that they attempted to brew, but I think that the beer just didn't turn out to be what the Founder crew was hoping for.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11/26/16 home

Very hard to rate. The look, smell and feel are all well put together and its a well crafted beer but just not a big fan. It's fairly sweet with not much bourbon to counter it. It's a good dessert beer but I would not go look for more of these.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: deep, dark brown-purple, nearly opaque. Big fluffy mocha head on the pour that recedes to a respectable coating. Messy, lingering lacing.
Smell: sweet vanilla, blueberry bourbon with nicely contrasting light mocha roastiness.
Taste: sweet vanilla blueberry pie up front. A nice bourbon slightly tart finish.
Overall: magnificent brew. If ya like sweet and strong impy stouts this is it. If not, please leave more for the rest of us!

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a khaki head. Aroma-milk chocolate, coconut, a dark roast malt, vanilla. But very chocolatey. Taste very chocolatey. Then the blueberry adds kinda weird tartness to this. Ends with lots of vanilla. Mouthfeel is velvety. Overall, tastes better than it smells. And the blueberry is honestly off putting.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

OK - lets cut right to the chase -- this is SWEET. If you aren't currently in the mood for a sweet stout, put it back in the fridge until you are. If you don't like very sweet stouts, this is probably not for you.

Nice tan head on pour. Obviously a tad thin. Lots of chocolate covered blueberries in the nose with lesser vanilla notes. Sweet blueberry syrup taste up front, followed by a lesser hit of the bourbon barrel that mercifully cuts the sweetness a little. Still, a little too sweet. Vanilla at the end. Carbonation is right and creates a smooth feel. Thin for an imperial stout.

Bottom line - This is a lot of fun and very different. This is desert. No way I could drink it every day -- in fact once a year sounds about right. Recommend finding a friend to share. Too sweet to drink the bomber myself. Not cheap.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Alright, sure, it's on the sweet side ... I wouldn't have expected anything less after Big Luscious. This is a really nice beer if you can take a sweet brew. I've heard some people complain about there being a "clash" of tartness and sweetness in this beer, but I think it works stupidly well... it got me salivating, at least. The blueberry is most prominent, with no vanilla to speak of, and only traces of chocolate that could easily just be the malts. The barrel presence on this is also very, VERY accenting, as it's only faintly noticeable as the beer warms.

I'm glad I got two bottles of this ... I'll probably try aging my other bottle, but not too long. I definitely like it for what it is NOW, and that is a more than respectable fruit beer. Tasty stuff, and a definite beer to get noobies feet wet if they're open minded.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Founders Lizard Of Koz, Bourbon Barrel Stout with blueberries, chocolate, and vanilla, 10.5% ABV, 40 IBU. Pours black and thin, with a two finger tan head, left real nice lacing. Nose is bourbon and blueberries. Taste is all blueberries, more tart than sweet, with a hint of a bitter close. OK mouthfeel, and overall excellent. Some have said this is too sweet, and while it is a bit sweet, it isn't cloyingly so. Would liked to have more bourbon taste. Wanted to try this today, so I can decide whether to get more before they're gone. I prefer sweet over bitter, and tart over sour, so I might get more if I can find it cheap. I'm OK with blueberries, but if they substituted raspberries and had more time in the barrel, I'd buy it by the case.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, with a thin, tan head. No Carbonation.
Smells of Blueberry, maple syrup
T- Chocolate covered blueberries dominate. Vanilla notes come through very well and continue well after gone. Very little bourbon taste, but increases as warms.
M- Thinner than expected.
O- I thought good, but brother in law and wife thought was awesome. Worth a try.

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Photo of SoxFan
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe my expectations were too high going into this. I love Founders barrel age program and their stouts in general. The nose on it was nice but that's where it ended. The taste was a little too sweet. Blueberry came through nicely and vanilla was ok. Too sweet on the chocolate. If the bottle didn't say it was barrel aged, I would have never picked up on it. Maybe it just didn't spend much time in the barrel, but very underwhelming. And it definitely lacked the signature Founders mouth feel. Way too thin. Not worth the near $20 price tag. This was a miss for me and a one and done.

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Photo of Vixie
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown, no light passing through it, but just not as pitch black as a few beers I have seen. Forms an inch or so of a light brown head.

This is one of the nicest smelling beers I have come across in a long time. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are the main smells, but also a light fruit smell mixed in. They should bottle this smell and sell it as an air freshener.

Starts out with a strong flavor of blueberries, not fully expected given the color. It quickly mellow out, and the chocolate and vanilla come into play, along with a hint of coffee. There is a lingering tartness at the finish, but subdued enough to not be overwhelming.

Fairly smooth going down, maybe a touch thin for the style, but that is a minor complaint.

Very much a dessert beer, and how much you like it depends on how much you like a sweeter beer. The blueberry flavor in this is very pronounced, but for me, never reaches the point of being overdone. I don't like overly sour beers, and this one stays just inside my comfort zone. I did enjoy this beer, it is a nice change of pace, and I do like trying new ones. I am glad I tried this, but would not become a go to beer, just a once in a while treat.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smell is amazing--fruit, chocolate, coffee, very complex. Taste is super sweet and finishes with an odd sourness that doesn't work well for me. Feel is thick and rich. Interesting beer that doesn't fully come together.

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

split between me and my buddy into two founders snifters.
First poured jet black with 2 finger head. At first sip, the blueberry hits you in the face, then mellows out with the chocolate, then finishes with blueberry pie. The only thing bourbon barrel about the beer is a hint in the smell. But this beer is a delicate mess. In the best way possible. Maybe too sweet for some but I am loving every sip.

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Photo of strohme2
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with deep tan and fluffy head. The head lasted and laced down the entire glass. I love the laces. Lots of chocolate syrup and vanilla beans, and blueberry pie. I'm getting marshmallow fluff too. Initial tastes are sweet chocolate, vanilla, blueberries. I will say that the blueberry starts out low key, then sweet, then finishes tart. If you've ever had a just not ripe enough blueberry-that's how it finishes. Good depth of the blueberry. Lighter bourbon barrel peeks it's head in right before the tart finish. My only minor complaint is it could use a bit more silky body but this probably adds to it's drinkability. Another winner from Founder's!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well done complex beer. The smell, as well as the taste, brings out notes of chocolate, vanilla and blueberries. The beer is very silky but packs a punch!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to goblet.
LOOK: Dark black color, big and lasting tan head.
AROMA: blueberry, hint of chocolate,
TASTE: very sweet, blueberry and chocolate, Whiskey is there in the finish.
FEEL: sticky, sugary thick. Avtouch of creamy.

Very tasty, but too sweet to be taken seriously.


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