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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a half-finger of mocha-colored head that fades quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation, but about average for style.

S: Chocolate, cacao nibs, and sweet vanilla. Roasted malts and coffee. A light bourbon aroma. Minimal if any oak tannins on the nose. There’s a generic sweetness that I guess might be berries, but I get more vanilla aroma than anything. Sweet for sure, but a decent aroma.

T: Vanilla, chocolate, and sweet blueberry pie filling. A modest but present bourbon as well. Sweet and roasted dark malts, with mild accompanying bitterness from the roast. More sticky sweet vanilla, but it never quite strays into Yankee Candle territory. More sweet blueberries, that have no fruity tartness - it really does come across like pie filling. The vanilla and berries last into the hang with more sweetness.

M: Sticky and full-bodied for sure. Low carbonation sensation, but acceptable for style. Alcohol flavors are surprisingly restrained.

O: This was pretty good, but quite sweet. In a 2 or 3 oz pour, this would be excellent. But even splitting the bottle two ways, it’s a bit of a struggle to finish. While the flavors stay fairly natural, rather than candied or artificial, the sweetness does get a little cloying after half of my pour. There just isn’t anything in the way of barrel tannins or hops, and the roasted bitterness just isn't enough to come close to balancing the sweet flavors. Nor is there enough bourbon to give some respite from the sweetness. In small doses, it’s quite tasty. In larger doses it gets a little old.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 750 ML bottle poured into my snifter. the beer pours a dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan head foaming up 3 cm even with fairly gentle pour. The head sticks around with a sturdy surface layer and densely packed lattice after each sip. The aroma is big, boozy, sweet and fruity. I get dark chocolate notes some bourbon and a bit of vanilla mixing together. Of course some blueberry shows up as well. In general a sweet boozy nose lets me know this is a big beer.
First sip reveals a big syrupy body with spacious carbonation. The beer has a sticky texture and coats my palate after each sip.
The flavor is dark chocolate and vanilla, with a good dose of bourbon. The finish is slightly tart blueberries and some warming booze.
The beer is big and definitely a sipper with quite a bit of sweetness and booze on the finish. No hops anywhere on nose or in the flavor, so dont expect any bite. A sticky coating is the main result of each sip with a bit of a lingering blueberry tartness. Definitely not for everyone and could be too sweet to finish solo. If that sounds okay to you then give this beer a shot.

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Photo of cd34
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkmiller76
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Resa_Gabrielle
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of phishgator
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I've had it twice now and it didn't get any better IMO. Pours with a nice deep black hue and tan tight head. The smell is sweet, chocolaty, berry fruit, very pleasant. Then you take a sip...sickly sweet. There is so much un-fermented sugar swimming around that you could start a sugar factory. There are hints of chocolate and fruit, but they don't mask this syrupiness that takes over your taste buds. Not one that I would recommend or ever try again.

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

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DispyDnb
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themegamancave
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lahey
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on draft. This is an imperial stout with a sweet fruity flavor. I tasted blueberry, and sure enough it was brewed with blueberries. It's only good if you like fruit flavored stouts. Its not my style, so i dont plan on revisiting it myself.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Shared with the Mrs. My portion in a snifter. 2016 bottling I presume, but I couldn't find any date stamp. Purchased Dec 2016.

Appearance: Black with a thin tan head. Fine islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, hint of cocoa, whiskey, and blueberries.

Taste: The initial taste is very nice: A blend of vanilla, cocoa powder, whiskey, sweet malt, and then the blueberry flavor hits. It's a very sharp contrast at the finish - tart and a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Soft, but nicely thick. Some warming and spiciness from the higher ABV and bourbon barrel aging.

Overall / Drinkability: This stout has some great promise, but it's the finish made it difficult for me to finish my glass. It's the blueberry sour tartness at the finish. Very sharp contrasts, jarring the more I think about it. It is not smooth transition from sweet to bitter. If I don't sip and savor, it's not as jarring, but it's still there. Not something I enjoyed sadly and neither did the Mrs. We both agreed that contrast between the initial flavor and the finish is what prevented us from finishing our glasses.

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Photo of Kuges
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wilhelmr3
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zach136
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one sweet beer. Chocolate and blueberry smell and taste, stronger on the taste for damn sure. Glad I had one early after release and then let one age for a few months, because it was almost painfully sweet the first time. Very little barrel presence that I felt, but damn tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a frothy beige head; leggy and streaky, the foam strands dribble down from the lip of the chalice

Smell: Powdered chocolate and blueberry tones

Taste: The blueberry is rather jammy, from the outset, and dominates with sweet tones at the outset and some tartness through the middle and finish; the chocolate is subtle, but hangs around from start to finish; ultimately, the sweetness lingers

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I feel sorry for Liz but I'm not quite sure why

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Photo of tommy5
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lizard Of Koz from Founders Brewing Company
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