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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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1,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 193 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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Ratings: 1,440 | Reviews: 662 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by deapokid:
Photo of deapokid
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/12. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep amber color, with a hazy body and grainy hues. A white lily pad of foam rests on top, which was conjured up by a very lively rush of carbonation. Visually, it stands alongside its brother beers.

Aroma packs in sweet malt, some bitter hops, gooey caramel and smoky wood (provided by the Oaked Bastard). The slight booziness in the conclusion may be the only odd note, but it's admirable otherwise.

Ale is creamy in texture with a blast of hops that hit the back of the tongue. The hoppy dryness is accompanied by a buttery malt and a mild oakiness. The taste is a nice combination of the sweet/creamy and the hoppy/bitter. The aforementioned sweetness lingers just as much as the hop bite and you can certainly taste aspects of all 3 Bastards.

Mouth is a juxtaposition of malt on top of hops, with warming booze thrown in as the wild card. Hop scrape is subdued by the creaminess and the two differing flavors seem to play well together.

This may not be as insanely drinkable as the original or as mysterious and delicious as the oaked model, but the blend is certainly unique and the increased weight brought on by the Double Bastard doesn't detract from the flavor.

deapokid, Apr 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

oberon, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MadScientist, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Tiernan, Tuesday at 05:04 AM
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

tbryan5, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Ben7773, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

sabitu, Thursday at 12:47 AM
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NWer, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BlitzShadow
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

BlitzShadow, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

csmartin6, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

generallee, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev -4.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jason, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

merlin48, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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....

Billolick, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warriorsoul, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of tripelz
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

tripelz, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hoops4life511, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Mattco
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Mattco, Jan 14, 2013
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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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