Baudoinia - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.89/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
08-16-2013 00:27:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev -11.3%
"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.
07-11-2013 22:38:30 | More by Phelps
4.15/5 rDev -10.2%
Served in a snifter at Blues Bar.
So, apparently, this is a version of BCS taken from bottom-rack barrels that impart some influence from fungus to the beer. Something like that. Fair enough. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises bourbon, roasted malts, dark cocoa, light oak, light vanilla, and a touch of buttercream in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the focus settling clearly on the barrel (par for the course in terms of BCS). This time, though, call it the power of suggestion or what-have-you, there is a distinct nigh-umami quality involved, though it's hard for me to put into words. I will say, though, it is clear and it is welcome. Still, it's fairly hot, and the bourbon is decidedly in-your-face. A trade-off of sorts, I suppose. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine addition to both the Fulton & Wood and Bourbon County series. If only I could get a bottle of it to age...
12-27-2012 21:52:43 | More by TMoney2591
4.2/5 rDev -9.1%
Served in a small taster glass, six to eight ounces at most.
The glass arrived with zero head and all attempts to swirl and get a wisp to appear were fruitless. It looked like black oil in the glass, slightly viscous and leaving brownish film around the edges. It lacked the visual finesse of Bourbon County's dark mocha espresso crema.
Smelled like BCS, richly sweet and fudgy, hints of vanilla, bourbon, and toasted almonds. Maybe a touch sweeter than standard issue BCS, but clearly not all that different.
Sweet and fudgy taste, rich chocolate and vanilla, toasted almonds again. Vanilla fudge brownie with almonds. Viscous chewy mouthfeel, some bourbon heat, though little to no perceptible carbonation. Maybe this beer wasn't force carbonated, though other reviews do mention visible foam and carbonation. Overall this was a fun experiment to try, but also a case of suggestive marketing and emperor's new clothes in my opinion.
01-02-2013 18:22:12 | More by emerge077
Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.