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 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 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 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 MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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 emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
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 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 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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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 TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Baudoinia from Goose Island Beer Co.
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