Baudoinia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 201
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-27-2012

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.
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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of HopHead84
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.

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

I had the Baudoinia Stout at the new Nevin"s Brew house in Naperville, IL and it was amazing!!! Definitely not a session ale....but definitely worth trying!!! The beer was pouredinto an 8oz sniffer and was pitch black in color with tan head that did not lace. The smell was predominitely bourbon with hints of dark chocolate and roast. The taste mirrored the scent, except that the chocolate and roast was a bit more present. The mouthfeel was a full bodies stout and mild carbonation. Overall it was an amazing beer and Highly recommended to all bourbon barrel stout fans!!!!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of homebrew311
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Baudoinia from the Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, Illinois. Baudoinia is a variant of 2012 Bourbon County Brandy Stout that is aged low storage bourbon barrels and is named after the eponymous fungus that grows on such barrels in distillery rickhouses.

Score: 98

2012 vintage keg tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/31/14 at Rockwell's 10th anniversary ice cream social. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Classic shiny, inky black/deep brown Bourbon County color. Served with a thin layer of head. Great oily legs and browning from the swirl. 4.5/5

Smell: The nose is an explosion of fudgey chocolate, oaky vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and a little bit of cherry. 4.75/5

Taste: Vanilla and fudge, with a lasting chocolatey bourbon finish. Dark fruit on the midpalate with a kiss of cherry. Smooth bourbon backbone. Oak in the finish too. So much chocolate and vanilla, no alcohol heat. This is so much better now than it was fresh. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, viscous mouthfeel. Sweet, but in a great way and less sweet than regular Bourbon County. 5/5

Overall: As you would expect of any Bourbon County beer, this beer has aged marvelously. It has more chocolate and vanilla presence than regular Bourbon County and less alcohol character as well. The deliciousness of this beer was magnified by, and paired perfectly with, the Rockwell's homemade Founder's Rubaeus ice cream.

Cost: $5 for a 5 oz pour that came with a scoop of ice cream!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Madison's, 2014 GToM Eve.

A: Looks like BCBS. It has the thinnest of head, showing a light sand color. Jet black, surface is mostly still, body is viscous/thick. Looks pretty.

S: Restrained bourbon, oak and vanilla, all wonderfully integrated, with the dark chocolate more in a support role.

T: Rich dark cocoa shows through much more than the nose, lots of woody character and delicious bourbon, medium-light sweetness, a hint of anise and coconut, and more cocoa on an exceedingly long and decadent finish. Absolutely no heat or alcohol to this, unlike fresh or a few years old BCBS.

M: Full bodied and velvety, with the light carbonation really spot on. I don't see how they could improve the mouthfeel.

O: Great complexity. Hard to exactly pinpoint how this differs from regular BCBS save for the lack of alcohol taste that BCBS often displays. Exceedingly well balanced and integrated.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
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.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of vinny21bal
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last installment of the Fulton & Wood Series for 2012. Also confirmed to be the Low Storage BCBS from FoBAB.

Enjoyed this on tap at Wild Monk during their one year anniversary that also happened to be a GI tap takeover.

A: What's more to say, it looks like BCBS. Dark and pitch black, thin dark tan head. Some splotchy lace.

S: Smooth bourbon. Sweet caramel and vanilla notes. Extremely fudgey and brownie like. Not as heavy on the roasted malts as BCBS. A touch more chocolate as well.

T: Just like the nose. The bourbon is super smooth and and there's only the slightest touch of heat on the back end. No overt alcohol flavors are present. A ton of milk chocolate and vanilla with some caramel sweetness and only a touch of oak.

M: Low carbonation with a heavy and chewy body. Creamy mouthfeel with a great smoothness and velvety texture.

O: Delicious. Smoother bourbon flavors, less heat and alcohol flavors with more fudge like qualities to it. I was underwhelmed by this at FoBAB, but I think that was mainly due to do having this side by side with three other more barrel-forward BCBS versions. Having had it again by itself without any palate fatigue I was really able to grasp the subtleties of this beer. Seek this out when available around Chicago.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of rodlavers
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was good, not great

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Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.