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: 849 |  Reviews: 265
Photo of BrewNoob1
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Tjb14
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -1.3%
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 +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of TooGood
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boudicca79
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

I so wanted to like this was so cloyingly sweet that it was hard to finish. A surprising disappointment, especially since it came from Founders.

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Photo of jak
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a bottle date.

Appearance: Black body with a dark khaki head that rides low across the surface with a creamy and frothy texture. It fades out slowly to a thick ring.

Aroma: There is a light woody bourbon aroma and a nice chocolate scent. The chocolate scent really stands out and gives the aroma a great presence. While it isn't a strong aroma the chocolate scent smells similar to the aroma that is picked up when walking into a chocolatier.

Taste: Oh man the flavor! I am hit by this huge chocolate liqueur flavor. Then there is a great light woody bourbon undertone to the chocolate. There is this big bold tartness that is joined by a blueberry flavor that is more dark and heavy than what you would find in a bright fresh blueberry. It works well with the chocolate flavor and it tastes a lot like a blueberry bonbon. The aftertaste is just pure decadence and wonderful desert. After the beer warms up a bit there is this wonderful big vanilla flavor that makes it through in the aftertaste. It is literally perfect tasting.

Mouthfeel: It is a nice thick, a bit syrupy, beer with a nice smooth texture and good carbonation. It feels a lot like drinking a liqueur at times.

Overall: There are very few beers that actually deliver what they advertise on the label. This beer advertises an "imperial stout brewed with blueberries, chocolate and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels." Literally every flavor advertised was in the beer and as a bonus they were done well. I was absolutely surprised at how good this beer is and now it is on my radar for good. I will be looking for this beer when it becomes available again and I would highly recommend seeking out this beer, even at length.

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Photo of Rajababa
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a very pleasant beer for those that enjoy flavored stouts. However, I must put a disclaimer - you better like sweet stuff, too. Unlike its completely bitter and complex dark counterparts, Lizard of Koz opts for a sweet and thick start similar to a bourbon dessert topped with blueberries and vanilla, while finishing with a medium-bodied barrel tone. This is definitely a sipper, simply due to the strength of the flavor within the beer.

Appearance is as black as oil, with a very thin and pronounced head. The smell preludes to the taste - strong blueberry with hints of bourbon and vanilla. A creamy and thick texture completes the feeling of a stout, albeit the strong sweet throwing it off from its counterparts.

Overall, it is a tasty beer. However, it is a very sweet concoction - particularly for its category. I recommend sharing the bottle with another, as the sugar can be a bit much for some palates. I have a suspicion that aging my be a good path for this beer, if you are willing to devote the time and effort.

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Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MugillaGorilla
4.81/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 12/2/16.

Pours an opaque, deep brown, with a three- quarter inch head of quickly dissipating dark foam and some loose lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, blueberries, cocoa, light molasses. A little smoky. The taste leads with the malt- not as roasty as the nose, strong blueberries, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, light chocolate, light bourbon underneath. Gets a little sweet as it warms. Smooth, a solid, full body, well carbonated.

Really good blueberry flavor, and the vanilla is a good match for that. Great aroma. Well balanced and blended, very enjoyable, but not much of a bourbon barrel presence. I lean towards sweet, but I can see where others may not like this so much. Have one more bottle that's going to sit for awhile, let's see how it turns out. If it comes around again, it's definitely worth a try.

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Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 849 ratings