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Baudoinia - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 178
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

08-01-2014 05:47:06 | More by zestar
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

01-12-2013 01:28:25 | More by spycow
Photo of TMoney2591


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
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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
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4.48/5  rDev -3%

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.

02-01-2013 09:04:22 | More by largadeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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

4.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

01-25-2013 18:55:51 | More by mdfb79
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-13-2013 06:59:12 | More by XmnwildX12
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-15-2013 02:08:43 | More by beernads
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

06-07-2013 18:14:19 | More by imperialking
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

12-29-2012 21:14:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-18-2014 02:29:59 | More by wrightst
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%


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.

06-06-2013 04:36:56 | More by HopHead84
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4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

02-18-2013 07:12:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

04-09-2013 15:10:13 | More by jrallen34
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

10-15-2013 18:45:28 | More by chippo33
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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!!!!

12-31-2012 05:45:35 | More by WoodBrew
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

01-09-2013 21:49:32 | More by AgentZero
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

01-13-2013 02:57:36 | More by bsuedekum
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-11-2014 00:22:19 | More by aasher
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4.39/5  rDev -5%

1765th Review on BA
Draft to taster

Had in March while on a business trip to IL

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.

05-07-2013 14:52:05 | More by FosterJM
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-02-2013 07:18:27 | More by smartassboiler
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-01-2013 18:30:55 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

01-08-2013 14:33:40 | More by Sean9689
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4.35/5  rDev -5.8%

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

01-26-2013 23:03:32 | More by Florida9
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Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.