Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap @ Melt. Served in a pint glass.
A new bastard in town? One with all the brashness of Double Bastard, all the taste of Oak-aged Bastard and the intricate balance of the Arrogant Bastard? How is this possible - is this a mutant super bastard? The world will never know. The risk with trying to genetically engineer a hybrid is you never know when you're going to get the worst of all parts instead of the best. How did this turn out? Read on...
Lukcy Bastard is amber with touches of honey on the bottom. The beer is hazy but is not cloudy. There is a trickle of noticeable carbonation rising from the bottom. It's a nice looking beer, even if there's just a haze of head on top.
Oak is the first thing that jumps out, then some caramel malt. But, as soon as I notice any intricate details, grapefruit and grassy hops slam me over the head. This is anything but juicy; still, it has good hoppiness to it.
The oak I found in the nose was subdued in the taste, much to my chagrin. I'd like more of the oak aged bastard's wood and hops here. But there are some grassy, bitter hop flavors driving the taste here. Also, a touch of citrus - orange and grapefruit - come through in the palate but aren't prominent enough for me. All of these flavors are anchored by a sweet malt base that tastes a bit of burned sugar. The real bastard here is the ton of booze that ruins the end of every sip. Still, not a poorly crafted beer, just not blended to my specs.
Lukcy is medium bodied with some nice carbonation. The biggest problem with the mouthfeel (and, even to some extent the drinkability and taste) is the somewhat watery and boozy finish. To me, this experiment resulted in a new bastard without the best qualities of the other three.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2011 18:18:25 | More by jampics2
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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.
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