Baudoinia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 12-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of joeseppy
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is mini-Rare. Not quite as smooth or as warming, but still a clear cut above BCBS and up there with some of those perfectly aged 2008 & 2009 BCBS.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.85/5  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!

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Photo of Danimal25
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%

An interesting experiment, and one that fans of BCBS should love. Cuts the BCBS heat a little, dulls the vanilla that's usually present (especially 2014 BCBS), and replaces it with a more chocolatey version of the beer. Nice amount of hoppiness too, although I picked that up on the second day drinking this, so who knows. There's a tiny hint of something funky (which I assume is the fungus on the barrels) on the finish. Thanks to Beerlistman for setting this one up!

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally someone with enough reviews created this beer!

A: Pours jet black. Completely opaque. Faint head fades immediately. Nice alcohol legs, smoothly coats the side of the glass, momentarily staining it a caramel color.

S: Definitely BCBS smell; bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maybe some dark fruits

T: Best description is a smoother, fudgier version of BCBS. Great vanilla, fudge, caramel, bourbon, chocolate. A bit less roasted malt taste, more smooth creamy fudge.

M: Thick and fudgy. It coats your mouth with a sweet bourbon feel.

O: This is my favorite BCBS to date (although technically not an official variant). This beer is near perfection for me; it's big, bold, well balanced, smooth, creamy, full of rich fudge, vanilla, and bourbon notes. It drinks super smooth. A perfect sipper. It took me 45 minutes to drink a 10 oz snifter and I enjoyed it more and more as it warmed. This is a great addition to the Bourbon County and Fulton & Wood series. Another home run for GI. Unfortunately for most it is tap only, Chicago only. But if you get a chance to try this beer it's definitely worth it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of MCain04
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.69/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of TboneRN
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madison's, pre great taste

This beer looks like and smells like bourbon county stout....Where it differs is ONLY on the finish at this point (From what ive heard this beer was much better a year ago)... And While I love BCBS and rate it a 5/5....this beer is just slightly under that. The finish has a subtle earthy taste to it that dissapears as it warms. Like I said, pretty much just BCBS with a minute difference d/t the type of barrel that it was aged in...I cant say don't go out of your wat to try this beer, I did and walked away with no regrets.

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Photo of langchops
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.65/5  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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.55/5  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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of Treebs
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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!!!!

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