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: 793 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of CreightonSM
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a thick dark caramel head with great retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of dark chocolate, lots of vanilla and blueberries.
Intense fruity flavor with lots of blueberries, bourbon, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla beans, licorice, roasted malts, cola, lactic acid and grapefruit citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and a lingering fruity note.
Full body with perfect carbonation. Stick feeling. Alcohol of 10.5% abv could not be more hidden.
Very flavorful RIS full of fruity, bourbon and cocoa-vanilla notes. Complex and intense. Although sweet, it works well as a sipper.

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Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering served in a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a brown cap that fades leaving a full wall of webby lace.

Nose is woody like cedar moreso than your typical oak inclusion along with a fruity raison-like aspect moreso than the advertised blueberries.

It tastes quite sweet with lots of barrel character but moreso like the preciously mentioned cedar with a backing of raison and vanilla sweetness.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. A very sweet and filling sipper that I was glad to try but dont need to have again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black body, opaque, with light tan head and extensive lacing. Nose is boozy, with chocolate and toasted dark bread, and the flavor introduces very mild blueberry tartness. Feel is exceptionally easy, full but not cloying. Tasty pour.

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-Line


Poured into a goblet a pretty nice dark brown color, really nice carbonation, with a really nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves a HUGE creamy/oil slick island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, blueberries, vanilla, slight bourbon/oak, slight licorice. The taste is really nice, malty, sweet, nice touch of chocolate/toffee, with some nice blueberries, vanilla, slight licorice, some bourbon/oakyness. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, a pretty nice complex brew. Overall, I really like this one, a nice take on the style.

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

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was an inky jet black color with a semi-thick white foamy head that dissipates at a nice pace. Slim sticky lace. The aroma leads with the sweet to tart blueberries and then lords a stellar roasty to robust coffee bean following through on a big sweet milk chocolate. So nicely done! The flavor leads with the blueberries sweetness. But the vanilla is there and seemingly coming into a muffin-like bready to vanilla sweetness. Bourbon barrel seems to be there, and quite nice. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good for an imperial stout. Mild acceptable stickiness. Overall, this was a very nice imperial stout that I would have again.

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Photo of varian7
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durwood64
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mando31
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dukeandduke
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/2/17 (Chicago). Draft 12 oz pour into snifter at Fountain Head. Black pour, thin tan lacing, minimal carbonation. Blueberry and cocoa aroma. Very sweet beer, chocolate, blueberry and vanilla. Syrupy texture, somewhat thick, no carbonation, easy drinking. Overall excellent beer.

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Photo of danoble1
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMH73
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours black with a thin medium brown head that left no lacing. Smells of blueberries, vanilla, chocolate and booze. Taste is very sweet with blueberries and vanilla at the forefront, followed by chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon balances the sweetness but ultimately the sweetness wins. Very lightly carbonated, medium to full bodied, creamy mouth feel. Glad I tried it, but an 8oz pour was enough.

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Photo of Tatara
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle. No dates that I see. My wife brought it home from Chicago.

Pours black with a small, very light brown head and not much carbonation. Smell is vanilla, blueberry, yeast. Maybe booze.

Taste is blueberry, super sweet -- vanilla, little chocolate, a little bourbon.

Mouthfeel is stillish, medium bodied, surprisingly not sticky. Overall, it's not bad, but it's too sweet.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black bodied pour from the 750ml to a snifter. Dark mocha tan cap makes it to a cm high with a thick and creamy texture and good retention. Webs of lace are plentiful as they wrap around the glass.

S- Like a chocolate ice cream cone and when the berries come in, Neapolitan ice cream all the way. General berry feel rather than individual notes of the blueberries. Vanilla beans rather massive. Neapolitan ice cream with a hint of wood barrel.

T- Seems a bit tart at this point and more than you would get from blueberries. Massive vanilla and chocolate milk with plenty of sweets. Blueberry flavor more obvious here somehow; whole berries with seeds. Tartness grows and not sure where it comes from. A hint of wet wood, vinous fruits. Roast barley and the base brew secondary to the adjuncts.

MF- Medium to heavy overall body. Silky and somewhat creamy consistency. Again the tartness is strange. Cocoa bitterness in the ending.

For the most part reminds me of dark chocolates and Neapolitan ice cream as the berries become stronger and stronger with each sip. A strange tartness comes into play but isn't detrimental or anything.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 793 ratings.
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