Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a deep ruby red that just looks beautiful. It is topped with a thick beige head that does not disappear and laces the glass all over. This is what everyone wants in the look of their beer.
Sweet fruitiness(peach and orange with some tropical pineapple and tangerine type aromas) pours out everywhere from the snifter. I was wondering how prominent the different bastards would be and the oak is easily identifiable. Caramel malt and some piney hop are there as well. This might sound weird but I get a little pumpkin towards the end of the bottle when it warms up. I dig.
Oh yeah….bitter hoppiness and the great hop flavor takes hold at first leading into a huge caramal malt sweetness pop in the middle and end. A little butterscotch and oaky vanilla is there as well. The only bad thing about the taste is that ridiculously amazing fruity nose doesn't totally translate.
Drys out the mouth. Medium bodied. Active carbonation but it is not too much. When you get to the end of the bomber and swirled it around a bit and killed some carb it gets so smooth.
Ok. WOW is all I can say. I didn't know the whole story behind this beer when I bought it. I enjoy Stone and knew it was limited so I grabbed it. It is worth every cent you spend on it. Beers like this make me realize how awesome craft beer is. I love it.
12-07-2012 20:47:45 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
9.20% abv?Mine says 8.5%,anyways it dont matter.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich dark bronze with tight formed one finger slight off white head that left one solid ring of lace behind as it settled.A great mix of juicy fruit malt,brown sugar,and a heavy dose of resiny hop,just how I like a good strong ale to be.Flavors are cakey,and fruity at the onset with big resiny hops in the finish,I love the hop profile goin on here.This is my favorite style of beer so I may be a bit bias here,love the hops!
Come on Lions,make me proud for once in the last ten years!Restore the Roar!
11-25-2010 18:39:27 | More by oberon
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
A: A medium-dark copper with good clarity. The persistent head forms a good stand of rocky light tan bubbles that leave a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
S: A heady, strong bouquet of tropical and citrus hops aromas with pineapple and lemon being the dominate notes with supporting mango and orange. There is a bit of an herbaceous, grassy note from dry hopping. The malt adds a moderately-light, clean sweet note.
T: Aggressive hops bitterness dominates with an equally supportive malt bill that brings a light caramel, a bit of dry grain and clean sweetness. There is a good amount of hops flavor with the pineapple and lemon still take the lead with a bit more pine than in the nose followed by some orange. The balance is very bitter but the malt sweetness is still very apparent. The alcohol bring a light sweetness towards the off-dry finish with a lingering citrus peel-like bitterness.
M: A lightly creamy, slightly more than medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There is light alcohol warmth and a slight tingle on the palate.
O: Lucky Bastard indeed, at least for any self described hopheads! This beer is an outstanding, huge West Coast tropical/citrus hop bomb.
12-31-2012 01:49:40 | More by MadScientist
5/5 rDev +19.9%
Awesome auburn pour topped with a frothy and dense head that follows the brew all the way to the bottom of the glass with a heavy sitcky lace. The sweet and sour hop aromas are distinct but the flavor harps more on the bitter hop character rather than on any overwhelming sweetness. The medium body and lack of syrupy slick often found in these high hop/resin beers. The alcohol provides plenty of heat making this brew a nice winter warmer and over all a very very pleasant drink, holiday or otherwise.
12-15-2010 00:32:14 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5 rDev -4.1%
On tap at The Lion's Pride.
In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a pretty large tan head that left some sticky lacing.
Hoppy aroma, sweet malt, alcohol.
The oak definitely came through more in the taste. Sweet, bready, blast of herbal hops.
A smooth beer.
Easy to drink. A good way to start off a visit with my mother.
12-19-2010 15:49:47 | More by lordofthewiens
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
I tried this when it first came out and was impressed enough to buy another but not overwhelmed. Didn't review it. Forgot about it. Until now.
What a difference the second time around! This beer is not for aging but the lying around in the beer fridge didn't hurt it one bit.
Poured into my 21st Amendment chalice.
A - Dark cherry/amber. Beautiful lace. A gorgeous beer.
S - A good prelude to what's to come. Caramel dominates.
T - Caramel with piny hop undertones (some smoke?) offer exceptional tasting experience. Close to a 5 but not quite. Going with 4.5.
M - This beer is so much fun. There is absolutely nothing lacking in the feeling left behind from each taste. Caramel and pine left behind make this a thoroughly enjoyable beer.
O - 'nuf said already. I don't suppose this beer is still available. If I do happen to see one, it will be mine.
04-05-2011 21:46:19 | More by NWer
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
A: Copper/Ruby color with a light, tan, one-finger head. Great lacing.
S: I love the floral, citrus, and oak notes here - well done. Very complex.
T: Bitter hops and sweet caramel malt start it off with a mid-section of citrus hop flavor. Finishes dry with notes of oak and hop bitterness.
M: Medium mouthfeel and a mild carbonation. Coats well.
D: Ordered this ON TAP at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA. The keg kicked after my pour - I truly am a Lukcy Basartd!! That said, I wanted another, but sadly they removed the tap handle. :-(
If you see this - grab it! It's definitely worthy!
03-23-2011 01:17:14 | More by BlitzShadow
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a deep red with three fingers of pillowy, persistent foam; head leaves a nice trail of lacing behind.
The first smell to come through is citrus hops, with a bit of pine thrown in as well. Then comes a slightly sweet scent of caramel malts and very faint hints of oak. Smells very good.
Taste is similar to smell. The hops dominate initially, followed by the malts. Like most stone beers, no real attempt to hide the alcohol, which provides a nice warming feeling, but isn't overwhelming. Oak is clearly present as well. Leaves a lingering strong bitterness.
This is very smooth, with a medium mouthfeel.
Very drinkable for the abv and the persistent bitterness of the hops. I would like to see this one come back.
02-18-2011 01:00:29 | More by warnerry
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9.2% and there is no date.
Appearance: From the pour I got a tall tan head on top of a deep crimson red body. The head is long lasting and makes lots of lacing on the glass.
Smell: There are deep bitter herbal and resin like pine hop notes over a sweet lightly toasted and caramel like maltiness.
Taste/Palate: The flavor has a deep hop character with resin like pine notes along with some herbal and bitter orange oily notes. This all sets up on a sweet brown sugary and toffee like malty backbone. It also has a very slight hint of earthy woody oak. This adds another nice layer of subtle complexity. The finish has a pleasant hop bitter linger that just hangs on long enough to be interesting and note over stay its welcome. On the palate the mouth feel is medium to full with a slightly oily yet sticky feel and the carbonation is soft but still active.
Notes: To start with all the beers that were blended here are excellent on there own. Blended together they work well with each other and other a new excellent and complex beer.
02-17-2011 17:20:08 | More by generallee
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
The bomber pours a great looking beer, a clear reddish copper body with a medium sized creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves lavish sticky lacing.
Aroma has a lot of oaky vanilla, edged by citrusy grapefruit and orange notes. Plenty of caramel is also noted, along with pine and grassy hops. Typical Stone aromas with oak aging.
Nice mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Subtle medium carbonation.
Taste has a base of oaky vanilla and caramel that supports a bold hoppiness. Pine and grassy bitterness is softened by pink grapefruit and orange marmalade notes. Alcohol is adeptly hidden. Finishes with a lasting citrus rind bitterness.
I get more of an Oaked Bastard impression than Double Bastard. Lots of vanilla oak tones in this one. Enjoyable and complex.
03-20-2011 01:39:56 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours dark amber, murky, mocha head, thick and dense, stays for a bit at the 1/4 inch level, flows to a frothy film and leaves respectable elongated blobs of lace. Malted up nose, with some hoppy undertones.
Flavorful and highly enjoyable brew. I'm a major fan of all three of the root beers that flow together to make this one, so no suprise that I'm loving it.
Big and bold, agressive and assertive. Malted up, but boldly hopped late. We are all "Lukcy 13asartd" to be able to enjoy this offering.
Please make it a regular in the Stone line- and not a limited release....
11-12-2010 02:21:48 | More by Billolick
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
Thanks to sitarist for the generous LIF...this is one of the 4 offerings sent.
Pours a rust color w/ a generous two fingers of light tan head. Lacing is thick and lasts for the entire glass.
Decent aroma. More biscuit malt than hops which surprises me when it comes to Stone. With a lingering nose, some nice fruity notes shine through and things start to balance out.
Taste is more balanced up front. The good news is I like the hop profile and there is a solid bitterness that accompanies the fruitiness.
Not a thin beer, but does not feel very heavy for a strong ale. ABV is well hidden. I believe the body will thicken with a short time in the cellar, so I will look to pickup a bottle personally to age for 6 months. Stone's beers have proven themselves to age quite well, with the exception of their hop bombs.
12-19-2010 23:33:01 | More by warriorsoul
4.13/5 rDev -1%
22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. No visible date.
Appearance - Moderate pour produced a cascading off white head that quickly settled to a small cap with wispy lacing. This cap sits above a murky burnt tangerine almost mahogany hued brown liquid. Clearly unfiltered makes the liquid in the glass completely opaque and when sitting for a few minutes yeast sediment appears on the bottom. Perhaps next time I'll try to keep more of the yeast in the bottle, but for now it isn't quite perfect.
Smell - Faint grapefruity hops along with a hint of bread and sweetness. Very pleasant but not overwhelming.
Taste/Mouth - Bitter hopping up front gives way to big malty sweetness. No real astringency from the alcohol, but it is detectable. Pleasant mild carbonation in a medium body. Dry finish lasts seemingly forever during which new flavors appear including a slight oak character. While very tasty, a 12 oz would have been a more appealing serving size.
Overall - A good beer and an interesting combination of the bastards. A little much on the palate for one person to tackle a bottle, not usually a problem I have with AB or Oaked AB, but this one seems to become a chore toward the end. I will definitely have it again as it was interesting and tasty, but not the first I'd recommend off the shelf.
03-23-2011 00:18:08 | More by Hoops4life511
4/5 rDev -4.1%
The beer pours a dark amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is a mix of pine and orange hops, with quite a bit of caramel malt and some alcohol. I also get a little bit of brown sugar. The flavor is orange citrus with some oaked caramel notes. I also get a little bit of alcohol and some pine hop notes. As the beer warms, the oaked notes become more prominent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer.
04-24-2011 04:22:09 | More by Mora2000
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Rich mahogany with moderate tan head and light lacing.
Smell: Caramel, citrus and pine. Some oak and spiciness. Not as intense as expected.
Taste: Semi-sweet caramel core, with layers of citrus and pine. Finish is moderately bitter, with just a hint of oak.
Feel: Medium to full creamy body with a dry finish.
Overall: In my opinion, it is not as good as the sum of its parts. All of the flavors of the three base beers seem to be muting each other, and I am just left with a very good, but not distinctive, Strong Red Ale. Still really like it, but would rather have an Arrogant Bastard or Double Bastard.
11-25-2012 21:41:54 | More by bsp77
3.63/5 rDev -12.9%
Appeareance - Light brown head, 3 fingers, good lacing, good carbonation, prun colour that still passes light.
Smell - Deep caramel, orange, vanilla
Taste - Smooth, end bitterness, slight metallic in finish, raisin/prun base
Mouthfeel - Nothing really added, all the same just enhanced, not a lot of volume.
Overall - not a bad tasting beer, had it at a sampling with SpinRSX and was grateful to have tried it.
06-21-2011 11:30:09 | More by Swedes21
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
Lukcy Basartd opens to an intense hoppy aroma that spills over the open bottle with heavy, deep shades of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and menthol. The beer in fact smells at first far more like a fresh-ground pound of hop pellets than a beer. After a few seconds these initial hop-heavy aromas fade somewhat, allowing an intensely sugary base to shine through, with orange, berry, apricot, peach, cherry, and white grape fruit esters, thick brown sugars, vanilla, and candi sugar. Toast crust and biscuit form an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is great, immediately promising to be a hophead’s dream, but then allowing enough sugars to come through to speak of a well-made all-around beer, instead of just a hop bomb.
On the tongue, the beer is intensely, unsurprisingly hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind up front, supported by a varied hop armada of dandelion stem, mint, menthol, eucalyptus, and some of the largest anise flavors I’ve encountered in a beer. There are also a huge amount of sugars in here—there have to be, to be noticed against the hops—bringing orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit notes, as well as brown sugars. Toast crust, burnt toast, and biscuit add earthy complexity. In subsequent sips the hops become even more pronounced, but the sugars seem to die off a little, or at least the tongue is so overwhelmed with bitterness that the sugars aren’t noticed. The beer does take on a medicine-like black licorice overtone in these subsequent mouthfuls, which combines with the pine resin and 8.5% ABV to form an oily, clingy, alcohol-vapor cloud that claws its way up the nasal cavities. The aftertaste is mainly bitter piney hops, with some sugars fighting for attention, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a slick medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is seriously hoppy beer, and anyone not familiar with the extremities to which hops can be pushed should stay very far away, as this will probably be so licorice and anise-laden as to be gag-worthy. But true hopheads will likely find this superb, featuring a stunning and powerful array of hop flavors. The beer does suffer somewhat from the heaviness of the hops, however, especially in the licorice overtone, and could have used either slightly less hops, or slightly more fruits to balance things out. Still, this is amazing brew, and worth trying.
11-20-2012 00:59:50 | More by jondeelee
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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