Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 1,375 | Reviews: 657 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 22 oz brown pop top with quintessential Stone graphics and attitude; best by 1-31-13. Poured into my half-pint Black Sheep chalice.
Appearance: Bright, beautiful amber hue, with a large light tan cap which shows good retention.
Smell: Straight-up dank, herbal hops (Chinooks?). Just a bit of sweet caramel malt underneath, but it's almost completely overwhelmed by the hops.
Taste: Big bitterness (of course), with herbs and a touch of orange pith. The caramel malts are honestly pretty overwhelmed here. The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not overpowring. Not as much of the oaked Bastard as I'd like, but there is a bit of oaky astringency here.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, which really increases the drinkability, but I'd almost like just a bit more in a beer of this size/strength.
Overall: Bold, brash, and ballsy. Pretty much the only way Stone knows how to do it. I like this better than Double Bastard, which I found (even after a year) to be a bit too sharp and unbalanced. This is bolder than Arrogant Bastard, and just slightly rougher. Yet, I have to say I like this almost as well, or as well, as the Oaked Bastard, which might be my favorite of the four. For $6.99, this is something I'd pick up once or twice a year if I had access.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 05:39:41 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.81/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - The beer was a dark copper color with a fluffy off-white head crowning the snifter. Lacing followed the sides of the glass.
Smell - The malts dominated the smell with notes of fresh bread and banana hovering in the background.
Taste - On the initiate taste, the bitterness of chocolate and alcohol strikes me. Caramel makes a brief appearance. Oaky notes and vanilla float in toward the back, leaving a dry woody impression.
Mouthfeel -Carbonation is modest with few warming qualities despite the ABV. Clearly the alcohol is well masked.
Overall - I aged this one for quite a while and must state that I am not sure the waiting was worth it.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 23:57:45 | More by JohnnyHopps
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.