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: 873 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of whatthehull
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a hybrid glass

A - deep sludgy brown/black, near two finger head and some serious legs and lacing

S - sugary sweet caramel, bourbon barrel aged booze, molasses, anise, banana(yeast I am sure), blueberry and other ripe berries, tons of malts/grains going in here dry/sweet and roasted, a nice slight musky funk, vanilla, some dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, brown earth,

T - huge sugary sweet over ripe fruit (of course blueberries) at the top, nice bourbon booze, dark chocolate, very sweet and very roasted malts/grains, creamy vanilla, bananas (yeast), brown earth, slight anise, some molasses, dry wood and some very dry earthy hops.

M - full bodied, great balance, fun complexity, medium minus carbonation, medium minus acidity and a candy sweet BA stout from start to finish

D/O - This is the candy bar of beers/stouts and otherwise, wow. Really very nice, though like a fine wine this one needs a year or more of aging before it really opens up. Don't get me wrong, have a bottle now for sure, but you save one or twenty of these for years and maybe more years to come and you'll be stoked. Steak/chicken nachos goes perfect (trust me) with this ale/stout. To warm you in the winter and fall for sure, but awesome with some rich hearty food as well.

Final thoughts - $20 is seriously high for any beer, but worth a try for sure and worth a cellar or however many, 10.5% ABV isn't as high as you'd think for the sweet, but does the job for sure. Buy more than one to cellar!

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Photo of asquiressr
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kdivers
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger light mocha head.

S- Vanilla, milk chocolate, some bourbon, some blueberries.

T- Blueberries, vanilla, some milk chocolate, touch of bourbon.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- I agree that it is overly sweet, feel like they should have put some coffee in it to balance it out. Vanilla in the finish is slightly overwhelming but the blueberries are pretty tasty.

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

Photo of buzzedup
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one that I was so excited to see at my local store. I grabbed a bottle and planned on aging it for a few years. Just today , I grabbed one more bottle that would give me the excuse to drink one now and still sit on one for a few years. Regretting buying the 2nd bottle after tasting. This stuff is so dam sweet it is making my stomach turn. I M only half way thru the bomber when I started the review. After warming up and I'm guessing starting to feel the 10.5 ABV, it is starting to not be as bad as the burnt chocolate malt flavor is starting to stand out more. Still disappointed as founders is such a top notch brewery.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
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