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Baudoinia | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
285
pDev:
6.7%
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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of kylehay2004
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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.

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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!!!!

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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...

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
5/5  rDev +8%
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 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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dactrius
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 285 ratings
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