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: 757 |  Reviews: 245
Photo of BJMVH9
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppavlick
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ela
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Heeenrik
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Only had a sample of this on tap. Really excellent though, some tarte blueberry goes well with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, subtle touch of bourbon. Very little boozieness. Solid mouthfeel, velvety smooth.

Based on other reviews I can't understand the knock for being overly sweet... but perhaps that's due to the small serving size I enjoyed. Still, I think there is a place for a very sweet, decadent stout - a true desert stout. However maybe I have a bit of a bias as some of my favourite stouts are extremely sweet, such as Apple brandy barrel noir, kbs & bcbs.

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Photo of JMDroski
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks nearly perfect with a subtle amount of head off the pour that dissipates quickly. It smells quickly of coffee and vanilla and a touch of spice. The taste is spot on and all founders desert with blueberry, chocolate and vanilla in that order and ends with a subtle tart complexity with it feeling like a grand, bourbon aged desert stout. Thickness sticks with you for a bit. Overall, fantastic and worth the value.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with minimal head and left a lace ring down the glass. The aroma is pretty much blue berry and quite frankly that describes the beer itself. Smooth, medium body, has bits of other flavors but reminds me of a liquefied blueberry pie and then finishes clean and sweet.

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Photo of Johnct
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnTurano
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerrat
2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

blueberry syrup mixed with Guinness

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Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: big 1.5 inch creamy khaki head, oily black in color
Smell: tons of artificial blueberry, little malt, Carmel, bourbon and vanilla... really lack luster
Taste: big front of fake tasting blueberry fallowed by hints of vanilla and malt finishes with a very mediocre bourbon
Feel: little tart, mild body and carbination, rather dull

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split three ways (thank God).

A: Beautiful dark brown pour reveals an opaque black body with plenty of khaki head and lacing for a big stout.

S: Enormous sweetness, notes of vanilla, bourbon, blueberries and chocolate. The sweetness is a touch chemically.

T: More of the same, huge vanilla/bourbon barrel sweetness with a good amount of blueberry tartness poking through. Milk and dark chocolate, oak as well. Teetering on cloying.

MF: Full bodied and fairly rich if you can overlook the sweet assault.

O: This is a perfect beer for people who like sweet dessert concoctions in a bottle. Still needs to be split multiple ways in my opinion. The sweetness borders on artificial in my opinion, although the bottle doesn't mention 'natural flavors'. Thanks Aaron for sending it!

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Photo of mjwellman
1.9/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst beers I've ever had and I love porters and stouts

L: dark and rich with a nice head
S: Good sweet aroma
T: OMG I want to throw up. The blue berry is overwhelming. Completely ruins this beer. It be fine if we were talking maple syrup to go over my pancakes but this is God awful
F: I want to throw up
O: What a fucking disappointment. Founders I now know that I can trust a beer just because it has your name on it. I bought a bomber and drank 8oz the rest went down the drain. Though I have some concern about polluting our water supply with such a tragic beer. If you enjoy imperial stouts DO NOT BUY THIS BEER

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours an opaque dark brown sludge with a medium creamy head. nose; berry candy, dry cocoa, & dark toast. taste; heavy chocolate malt, tart & sweet blueberry puree, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, very light ethanol, & mild hops. vanilla is the only note coming from the barrel aging; no wood character here. heavy carbonation & mouthfeel. the 10.5%abv is magically subdued - almost no hints of it anywhere. gets points for being decadent and getting a berry flavor that doesn't ring artificial, but definitely on the sweet side. right up there with evil twin brewing's dessert style stouts. a thick chocolate stout spiked with lots of blueberry.

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Photo of jakea
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beezee
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

on tap

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle date present.

L: Opaque black. Tight half finger brown head on the first pour.

S: Strong bourbon alcohol presence overpowering all.

T: Really imbalanced and overpowering in bourbon. Blueberry masks everything else. Gross.

F: Light bodied.

O: Really disappointed but I would be willing to age this for probably 2+ years and try it again.

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Photo of jsh420
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Bum4ever
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: dark black, large head that lasts. Some lacing.
S: sweet and tasty smell. Mouth watering.
T: very sweet, blueberry first, then strong chocolate taste. Finishes very nice.
F: full bodied stout.
O: I usually like sweet stouts and this one was amazing. Tastes exactly like the bottle describes.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 757 ratings.
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