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Baudoinia - Goose Island Beer Co.

Baudoinia
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.7%


Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Baudoinia is a collaboration between Brewmaster Brett Porter and John Laffler. Baudoinia is the name of a fungus that grows on barrels stored low to the ground in distillery rickhouses. Given these barrels uniqueness, they have aged Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout solely in these Baudoinia covered barrels for a new spin on Bourbon County.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-27-2012)
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Danimal25

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What a wonderful result coming out of Goose Island's barrel-aging experiment.

Chocolate, caramel, molasses, bourbon, and some nice acidity on the finish, much like raspberries or blackberries. 2012 Chicago-only release, but has popped up a few places lately - don't miss an opportunity to try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 21:14:36 | More by Danimal25
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for this rarity. This review is from an unlabeled 12oz. bottle filled from a tap. In a 3F wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black and thick with no lace and no head. Huge, oily legs though. Less than average.

Nose is pretty distinct. Whole milk mixed with Bourbon County Stout. Pretty odd but its unique and still pretty appetizing.

Opens sweet chocolate and molasses. Vanilla and cream in the middle with more molasses, chocolate and just a touch of roast. Sweet and boozy at the end with a sticky, chocolate, and dark fruit aftertaste. Pretty similar to BCBS.

Full bodied with no carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and boozy. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. No bubbles at all is a little bit of an issue but this is the style that carries flatness well.

This is a pretty unique take on BCBS. There is a distinct earthiness and whole milk presence that I really like here and I can imagine this is pretty incredible straight off the tap. As is, still solid but the feel and look could use a bit of work.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:27:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madison's in 8oz Goose Island rocks glasses and on tap at the Goose Island booth at the Great Taste of the Midwest, 8/10/13.

Looks basically just like the regular Bourbon County Stout. Thick, dark, oily beer with minimal lacing. Smells like rich chocolate, a little vanilla oak coconut mixture, a bit of roast malts and some burnt coffee.. the only thing that sets the nose apart from BCBS is the mild earthiness in the nose which I assume is from the fungus.. could be power of suggestion but it is so distinct that I doubt it. The taste is fairly earthy throughout, otherwise it tastes like BCBS.. I think there is a bit less of the chocolate and a bit more of the vanilla oak, that is, there is more of the barrel in this one. It is most certainly distinctive especially when tasted alongside the Coffee and Cherry Rye. I enjoyed this one probably the most of the three in this particular grouping.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 18:55:53 | More by Stevedore
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Baudoinia is a collaboration between Brewmaster Brett Porter and John Laffler. Baudoinia is the name of a fungus that grows on barrels stored low to the ground in distillery rickhouses. Given these barrels' uniqueness, they have aged Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout solely in these Baudoinia covered barrels for a new spin on Bourbon County."

Enjoyed in a snifter at Revolution Brewing in Chicago.

Inky, syrupy black. A thin, fleece like head of cocoa.

God, what a nose. Smoky beef, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, butterscotch. Fudge with vanilla and a touch of smoke.

I had a 2012 bourbon county bottle earlier today. This is a little better. Richer, thicker. Maybe a little more chocolatey. It's the same whiskey, and I don't believe there's any flavor imparted by the fungus that grows on a barrel. But this does almost seem to have a heftier wood flavor, as if the oak were more wild, untamed. Rough edges of wood, vanilla, smoke. Almost scotch smoky whiskey character.

Thick, syrupy, high pinching carbonation and quite a bit of booze.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 22:38:30 | More by Phelps
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/2/2013

Big thanks to stawn for sharing this delicious beer. Black body. Growler opens with a hiss but the beer pours nearly still. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate with well integrated bourbon. Balanced and restrained yet adequately expressive and inviting. Soft with no heat. Huge cocoa presence with smooth bourbon. Caramel and vanilla. The chocolate finish lasts forever. Creamy full body. Smooth and sticky. A mellow, softer version of bourbon county. Very nice.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2013 04:36:56 | More by HopHead84
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FosterJM

California

4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1765th Review on BA
Draft to taster

Had in March while on a business trip to IL
@Brixies

App- When this arrived I was a bit shocked to see the flatness behind it. Milk chocolate and browns intermixed into the glass. Was a bit still. With a swirl got a small town capped head.

Smell- This is the little brother to BCS. Much more smooth chocolates with some sweetness and oak behind it. The bourbon is much more tame and doesn't sting. Pleasant, sweet and inviting.

Taste- This was really good. A random treat that I am glad I got to tick. The main thing about this is its sneaky good. While BCS is a whole other animal in which stouts are judged. This is like your best friends sister who one day you say damn you grew up. This was smooth, creamy and balanced. Chocolate, oak and bourbon but tamed and mellow.

Mouth- A fairly creamy medium body with a smooth low/medium carbonation. The residual chocolates and malts are really balanced and smooth. Just much more drinkable than BCS.

Drink- I rated BCSas my top 5. If they bottled this and I could get it more. It would jump it. Don't even get me started on the vanilla variant either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 14:52:05 | More by FosterJM
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timc100

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with very little head, typical of a goose island BA stout.

S: Very relaxed, balanced, and smooth - like a more chill bourbon county. Sweet barrel notes of vanilla, caramel and coconut are pronounced cleanly. Sweet chocolate and a good amount of fresh coffee.

T: Similar to the nose - a more relaxed and balanced bourbon county. Not much heat at all and no soy sauce feel at all. Very sweet vanilla, caramel and chocolate. The coffee provides a much needed bitterness.

P: Incredibly smooth - like silk. Full mouth feel, not syrupy at all

O: Great BA stout all around. Nothing really jumps out specifically that makes it unique, but nothing takes away from greatness either. Very solid

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 00:00:50 | More by timc100
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is a big boy. Mouth feel is amazing. Smell is amazing. Taste is amazing. Appearance is amazing. I might actually like the Baudoinia a little better then the regular Bourbon County Stout. There is a sweetness that I can't get over. The alcohol will get ya however. I little Baudoinia goes a long way. Thank god for Niche Restaurant. If you can find it, get it. Only on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 19:13:48 | More by vinny21bal
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with no head but really coats the glass. Deep rich roast and bourbon booze on the nose. The taste is super fudgy. Rich dark bakers chocolates and some umami character that I just can't place. Maybe some spent coffee ground bitterness as well. Thick and rich mouthfeel really makes it linger well. Fantastic beer. Reminds me of a well aged bottle of BCBS.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 15:08:48 | More by PHBoiler
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served on draft, in a 10oz snifter.

Poura very black, looks smooth, almost identical to BCBS. I know this because I'm looking at both at the same time. Slight differences in appearance of head, with the mold version holding more consistency with less bubbles. Not much cling, decent legs, like a wine.

Smell is less bourbon, that is main difference. Basically all aroma character is just slightly reduced.

Taste is same. A little less bourbon, a little sweeter, with something that I'm not going to pretend is "mold" but something organic or natural is definitely obvious.

Feel is equal, very nice, if not perhaps a bit smoother with less bourbon character.

Overall great "alternative" to what I'm used to. I'm shocked I'm getting to try this for a second time. I'm told it's "just all over" by the bar tender. Seek it out if you're a fan of bcbs and close to Chicago. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 23:30:39 | More by rodlavers
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On-tap in Chicago

A - Looks like BCBS. Dark thick body with a small mocha colored head

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate. Bourbon is more muted than in regular BCBS as it doesn't play as large of a role

T - Caramel, vanilla , and bourbon up front with a light chocolate and coffee aspect as well. Light amount of oak. Reminds me of a chocolate covered caramel. Everything melds together well with this.

MF - Thick body with light sticky vanilla and caramel. The oak leaves a slightly astringent tingle on the tongue. Sweet with a creamy mouthfeel

O - Reminds me of a smoother and slightly sweeter BCBS. The caramel and vanilla makes it sweeter than normal but with less bourbon presence than the normal. This is really good and reminds me a bit of BCBS with a year or two on it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 03:11:54 | More by jeonseh
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langchops

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap generous pour into tulip

A - Pours dark black as expected. No light through this one. Slight dark tan head quickly dissipates with no lacing

S - A nice subtle scent of oak, dark chocolate with a touch of coffee

T - The same great flavors as BCBS just more balanced. The smoothness of the chocolate takes the edge off the oak notes. Everything from the nose with more assertiveness.

M - Full bodied with no carbonation. Coats well

O - This is such a well balanced and smooth drinking stout. Everything I would expect from BCBS with a few years on it. None of the flavors overpower this one, It just works well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 16:50:17 | More by langchops
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MCain04

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

surprise draft offering at Watershed. poured generously into a Tulip glass.

a: very close to pure black. dark tan head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

s: heavy toffee, chocolate, and vanilla. roasty malts, caramel, coffee. only a little bourbon.

t: very easy drinking. smooth and nice chocolate, toffee, roasted malts. the bourbon is complimentary but not overpowering. a little bitterness and a touch of sourness at the end.

m: chewy, smooth, full, medium carbonation, close to perfect.

o: I liked this better than original BCBS, at least the 2012 version fresh. just easier to drink. I feel lucky to have stumbled upon it. hope to find it again in the future. world class.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 03:28:18 | More by MCain04
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml Swing top thanks to msw105 Opened on 2.16.13

A - Pours a motor oil black with a few dark brown bubbles on one side.

S - Booze, chocolate, subtle coffee, some oakiness.

T - A little booze, then lots of chocolate, a hint of coffee. Very smooth and slightly earthy finish.

D - Lower carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Much like regular BCS, but a bit mellower and smoother. Muck like BCS with some age on it.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2013 07:12:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served on tap at smallbar. Appearance is pitch black and viscous with a tiny amount of head. Nose has luscious notes of brownies, fudge, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is divine, rich deep cocoa with vanilla fudge and caramel. Everything is completely smooth, rich and delicious. There is literally no bite from the bourbon, just mellow vanilla and oak that integrates seamlessly. This is amazing. This enters the territory of Rare, delicious. Overall, I hope to see this again in some form or fashion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 04:56:52 | More by homebrew311
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largadeer

California

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Kurtis. Drank this side by side with 2012 BCS. Sorry dudes - this does not taste identical to regular Bourbon County. This is quite a bit nicer - lighter on the higher alcohols, heavier on sweet milk chocolate. In contrast to the latest batch of BCS, this is mellow, ready to drink, all-around less brash and boozy. It brings all the cocoa/vanilla/bourbon goodness you'd expect, only wrapped up in a more refined, palatable package. That's not to say that 2012 BCS isn't good, but it's a hell of a lot more harsh compared to Baudoinia. I was expecting little more than a gimmick from this beer, and perhaps the barrels themselves are a gimmick, but for whatever reason it came out decidedly superior. Perhaps it's the smaller batch, more careful blend - who knows. Good shit, in any case.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2013 09:04:22 | More by largadeer
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Beer Bistro in a 12 oz snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger of creamy mocha head, leaves nice trails of lacing.

S- Smells delicious, huge chocolate & fudge aromas. Some vanilla, oak, mild roast and bourbon

T- Pretty similar to the aroma, typical bcbs flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some roast but the major player and difference is the fudge flavors, amazing!

M- Full body and lower carbonation. very thick, chewy, and sticky feel with slight alcohol warmth.

O- A simply amazing beer! I hope this becomes a bcbs variant :) the fudge flavors and aromas are just spectacular and adds to an already great base. Also, has thicker and chewier feel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 20:39:56 | More by kawilliams81
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Florida9

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like regular BCS!

Dark. Black. Served with a minimal light mocha head. Aroma is dark dark
Roasted malts and bourbons booze. Taste is similar with more sweet dark chocolate and, of course, bourobon. Heavy, full body. Ah, nice. Gotta love the BCS

Doop Doop Doop

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 23:03:32 | More by Florida9
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mdfb79

New York

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 01/21/13 notes. Was pleasantly surprised see this on tap at Revolution's brewpub after leaving Goose Island Clybourn 20 minutea earlier, where it was not on tap. Served in a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one to two inches of dark tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks awesome, just like BCS basically.

s - Smells of sweet bourbon, oak, sweet milk chocolate roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some vanilla, caramel malts, toffee, and sugar. Again, very much so like BCS, which is a good thing in my opinion.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel malts, cream, tofee, sweet dark fruits, sugar, some coffee, and bitter chocolate. More sweet chocolate here and a touch of heat, but I love it.

m - Full, thick and chewy body and moderate carbonation. Very thick stout with a little bit of heat, but pretty perfect for a big stout. Does not seem like 15% ABV at all.

o - Overall a fantastic beer, though I don't see much of a difference from the normal BCS. This one might be a tiny bit sweeter and might hide the alcohol SLIGHTLY better, but not much if any, and hard to notice not drinking them side by side. That being said, if you like BCS you'll love this one, and I'd love to have it again if it popped it somewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 18:55:51 | More by mdfb79
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz flip top mini-growler into a snifter

A: Pours an oily, opaque black with a tinge of mahogany around the edges. There is a tiny, tan head which fades to nearly nothing quickly. Lacing is quick and spotty.

S: Similar to regular Bourbon County but a little bit earthier and subtle, but no less powerful. I get notes of dark chocolate covered pretzels and minor notes of cappuccino. There is a mild, dark fruit flavor which provides some balance to the otherwise dry and roasty aromas.

T: Like a Bourbon County Fudge. I decadently rich chocolate flavor is the first thing I notice and it persists throughout the sip. Heavily roasted flavors rise to prominence in the mid-palate, and shortly thereafter are complemented by some pleasant alcohol heat. Coconut and dark raisin provide a very palatable sweet flavor. There is an earthy, almost herbal flavor here that I don't get from regular Bourbon County. The finish is lingering sweet and chocolatey with some contrasting alcohol and mild anise. Very mild alcohol flavor for 15% ABV.

M: Delightfully thick and chewy. Actually marginally thinner than BCBS, which isn't saying all that much. Leaves my lips sticky.

O: Amazing. I think this is a step up from standard Bourbon County. The addition of fudge flavors and the subtle herbal flavors is simply stunning. Best beer I have had in quite some time.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2013 23:13:20 | More by WankelEngine
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at GI Clybourn, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger of creamy, thick mocha head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Smells delicious, loads and loads of chocolate fudge, also some vanilla, oak and bourbon, some mild booze and roast aromas, but the fudge is what stands out here.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma, a huge amount of fudge and dark chocolate, some light roasted flavors, also some caramel, vanilla, bourbon and oak. There's a bit of boozy warmth on the finish but the alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M- Full-bodied, has low carbonation and a very thick, chewy, sticky feel. Only some mild alcohol warmth.

O- A great beer and a very worthy member of the Bourbon County series. It's very similar to regular BCS, but the chocolate and fudge flavors are so much bigger, the roast is a bit toned down, and the booziness seems to be polished to a smoother edge, Bourbon County Fungus or Bourbon County Fudge would both be equally appropriate. This is truly delicious stuff, don't miss this if you see it in Chicago.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 00:19:54 | More by WillCarrera
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joeseppy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Beer Bistro

Perfect mocha head that dissipates into 'swirling cloud formations', on top, as I drank.

Aroma is the half the beauty of enjoying this. Full of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate raisin pastry.

My first impression on taste was, this is BCS lite. Well crafted bourbon, silky cocoa and raisin. As it came up in temp, all the above accentuated into a plethora of pure decadence.

Mouth well blanketed with creamy goodness that lingered. Very rich indeed.

Really close to a BCS. I tend to imagine it maybe a tad better!?! I feel fortunate to have stumbled on this today-maybe a once in a lifetime experience. Besides BCS, this is my favorite craft taste experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 03:02:09 | More by joeseppy
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Tar black with a bit of red on the edges. Superb brown lacing around the edges of the snifter. Not quite as thick as Bourbon County.

Smell: More vanilla and sweet bourbon notes than Bourbon County, which tends to have more fruit and boozy bourbon smells. This is a bit more balanced. Some raisins, but that's about it as far as fruit goes. Very earthy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of vanilla and earthy notes, which I assume come from the fungus in the barrels. Starts a bit thin, but has a nice twang as it warms.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely on the same level as its cousin, Bourbon County Stout. Overall, this is earthier and more subtle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 22:00:38 | More by tjsdomer2
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Timothy O'Toole's. Served in a snifter.

A - A finger of dark mocha foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Black body that reveals some hints of brown when held to the light.

S - Loads of chocolate fudge, caramel, and vanilla, with mellow but present bourbon and a low dose of oak and roast. Smells a lot like regular Bourbon County Stout to be honest, although that's not really a bad thing; perhaps a touch more restrained and mellow. The 15% ABV is pretty well-hidden.

T - The flavor is a similar mixture of chocolate fudge, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and a light dose of roasted malts. As usual the beer is on the sweeter side of things, with balance provided by the barrel-aging flavors. Bourbon comes out more as the beer warms, giving a mild sour mash and earthy oak bite in the finish. Still, drinks more like 12% than 15%.

M - Surprisingly active medium-low carbonation level. Viscous, chewy, and sticky full body. Fairly dry in the finish with some residual mouth-coating stickiness. A bit of alcohol warmth, but nothing excessive.

D - I'd be hard-pressed to tell this apart from regular BCS with a direct comparison. That being said, this was my favorite 'variant' at FoBAB so that only speaks to the strength of regular ol' Bourbon County Stout. If you go in expecting a something wildly different you'll be disappointed, but as an unblended (or less blended) variant this is a nice treat. Curious if the fungus actually contacts the beer or merely coats the outside of the barrel. Would drink again if it were more easy to track down.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 23:21:09 | More by MasterSki
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fulton and Wood Series reviewed from notes on tap at Tribes Alehouse on 12/26/12.

Pour: Looks like the typical BCBS being jet black with maybe a minuscule tan head. No carbonation evident.

Smell: Just like BCBS here too with the exception of it having more chocolate and more of a fudge like aroma. There is big time bourbon and a sweet chocolate fudge with a light vanilla frosting. Second glass was allowed to warm up more and let me say these aromas were even more evident. Hard to say I can really make huge comparisons to regular BCBS but it does seem less roasty and more chocolatey.

Taste: BCBS is my benchmark for this style so to say this topped that well lets just say this was absolutely phenomenal. Think BCBS with more chocolate and like a fudge brownie characteristic. There is the typical bourbon but not in your face at all. The sweet vanilla mixes with caramel and smooth chocolate. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Huge full feeling beer being chewy and thick but very smooth, creamy and filling. Little to no carbonation leaves this beer coating every possible area of the mouth where I want to physically chew it!

Overall: I did not believe BCBS could be topped but I was wrong. This is everything that is but better. My two glasses were not enough and I wish Goose Island would bottle this gem. Just pleased that I got the opportunity to give this a try!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 03:31:04 | More by sleuthdog
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Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
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