Lizard Of Koz | Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
874 Ratings
Lizard Of KozLizard Of Koz
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,778
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
874
pDev:
14.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of DrDemento456
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this for about 10 bucks plus tax out the door. Reviews are all over the place but mostly positive and I do love sweet beers.

Very lively carbonation for almost 3 years old a 1/2 inch of deep mocha foam atop a very pitch black looking beer. Smell is somewhat neutral I do get mostly chocolate but very little blueberry or vanilla aroma. Wow that is amazing! Very bright fruity blueberry somewhat mixing with the chocolate leaving a tart taste in the mouth and a smooth whiskey finish. Very smooth stuff and maybe I am jaded loving sweet beers but its exactly what I wanted/expected!

Body is very smooth the blueberry adds a bit of softening to the stout base making it drink like an imperial fruit beer. A bit of roast of hop bitterness does appear when it warms keeping it smooth or interesting.

Overall this is a very sweet desert beer but it is very balanced as well.
Founders always impresses me with every offering!

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stephen_Bailey
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fly_marlin
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Split this one with a friend, couldn't finish my half. The chocolate is overwhelming, the blueberry finish adds sourness to the chocolate, which doesn't make for a positive combination. Cloying this beer is. It's hard to drink, even slowly. Will pass on this next time.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of RKuitula
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pbarg
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I gave this beer a shot and was pretty disappointed. Way too sweet for me, not enough barrel character, and didn't really get any of the chocolate or vanilla at all as everything was overwhelmed by the sickly-sweet blueberry.

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Photo of TexasBadger1954
2.39/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloyingly sweet with little beer flavor. The look and smell were inviting so the taste was a real disappointment for me. The blueberry and vanilla are overpowering. I really couldn’t taste the bourbon or the stout.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black color with a creamy/foamy 2 finger tan colored head that faded slowly and left very nice lacing sticking to the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of blueberries, dark chocolate, charred wood, roasted grains, syrup, minerals or iron, soy sauce, cola, dark fruit, more berries and brown sugar. I didn't detect any vanilla, and the bourbon was very minor. It's complex but borders on cloyingly sweet. There's enough char and roasty notes to keep it from jumping the shark.

Tastes like it smells with blueberries, dark chocolate, charred wood, roasted grains, milk chocolate, maple syrup, toffee, minerals or iron, soy sauce, off brand cola, dark fruit, more berries and brown sugar. Additional flavors include vanilla like fresh vanilla beans, very mild bourbon, black licorice, cookies like Oreos and general sweet dark fruit accents. The second half of the bomber was better and more complex after it warmed up, with the bourbon barrel flavors coming out more with more sweet vanilla extract and faint coconut. The way the aroma borders on too sweet but stays in check gets even closer to crossing the line with the flavor. Again, the char and barrel notes prevents this from going off the rails and becoming a train wreck, but it's too sweet for my taste-buds.

Mouthfeel is thick but slides down smooth and almost watery feeling, with little to no carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste that can't tame the overall sweetness level. This was a nice experiment and would have been great to share with 3 people, but this bomber alone was a bit much. Glad I tried it but overall it was a tad bit too sweet.

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Photo of Ottoj55
1.33/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

The beer looks good when poured, dark black with a tan head that quickly faded, but wait, whats this, it smells like blueberry pancake syrup. It tastes like blueberry syrup and a bit of chocolate, no sign of the roasty flavors stout should carry, sweet and syrupy instead. Not a hint of the barrels, no bourbon, no oak. And then the mouth feel, cloying, sticky, the aftertaste of blueberry syrup, a sweet coating on my tongue like I'd licked a sugar cube. This beer shows no signs of restraint, or planning, its a just keep through things at approach, blueberries, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon barrels. To call it garbage is an insult to garbage.

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Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the greatest dessert beer with chocolatey fudge bourbon, vanilla, and sweet tart blueberry jam. Perfect beer to share or slowly sip for a couple hours after a big meal. Delicious!

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnine
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB_41
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sirnickatnite
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Way too sweet .. Knock off the sweetness and you might have something here ..

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Photo of Urs
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured anopaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like cocoa powder and French roast coffee, with some vanilla and oak and pumpernickel and a bit of blueberries.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate covered blueberries, with some vanilla and oak and a little coffee and fudge. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with smooth carbonation. Big slick body.
D: This was a delicious brew with complex and well balanced scent and taste. The body was great and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink but worth sipping. No need to age, although it could probably last a few years. Recommended.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meanmutt
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 874 ratings