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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,391 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 97
Gots: 178 | 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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Photo of kbenson
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

kbenson, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Had this on tap at the local pub. Poured a blood red color with a nice head and excellent carbonation with the head dissipating. The aroma is predominantly hoppy/piney, with hints of citrus, fruity esters and malts. The taste is very good, with the hops hitting your taste buds upfront with a sweet, fruity, malty finish. The blend of hops and sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Very good lacing along the glass. All in all, a very solid strong ale from Stone. A strong, in your face brew that is a must-have. Highly, highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Orange
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Orange, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

GLockmeister19, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

AntLeatherface, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

sludgegnome, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

miadw3, Jan 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

vanillacokaine, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of dbhall
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

to start this beer is great. all three of the bastards tried, and this might be my favorite. it pours a brownish red with a slight tan head. smell is awesome. smells of citrus, hops, and sweet fruit. great taste with fruit-like sweetness hitting the front of the tounge and hops hitting the back. balanced with a mouthfeel that is thick, but not like the double bastard. there is good carbonation, and you can feel it kind of bubble. i could drink a lot of these. but as for right now i think im gonna just enjoy this bomber.

dbhall, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

from notes 12/17/10

A: pours deep brown with a dark tan finger and a half head, that leaves a good amount of lacing
S: malty, citrusy and sweet. citrus smells of potent fresh cut grapefruit. malt balances the grapefruit hops.
T: perfect flavor blend. great malt sweetness with good hop beginning and end, long hop aftertaste.
M: smooth, chewy and lightly coating. carbonation is decent.
D: could almost pound this. very balanced flavor. overall good brew/blend. wish it was added to the regular bastard line up.

rootbeerman, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

22oz bomber from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Drank straight from the bottle.

A- N/A from bottle.
S- Very nice IPA citrus aroma with rich, bready malts.
T- Very straightforward and enjoyable! Well balanced and quite possibly the BEER OF THE YEAR. It has the nice maltiness of the double, the nice hop profile of all their beers, and some of the spice that made the straight oak one a little too overbearing. The blend of these 3 beers is truly spectacular.
M- Very nice carbonation and astringent flavor which is full in every way.
D- Very high, esp for 8.5%!

TheSupremeAJ, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a deep mahogany into a pint glass. There is a minimal head.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, with a very sweet, malty, bread like aroma as well.

The taste is quite nice. Hops, but not overwhelmingly so, sweet maltiness, and just the slightest alcoholic burn at the back of the throat. It's a very mellow mixture, and you can definitely taste
the oak flavor of the oak aged bastard.

The mouth feel is just slightly thick and syrupy. Although it's pretty boozy, it's very mild and pleasant.

Overall, I would recommend this beer, although at double the price of arrogant bastard, I would stick with regular Arrogant bastard most of the time.

ebby82, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

My wife picked this up for me last night at her work.

Appearance- brownish color, good size head

Smell- piney hops

Taste- rich flavor, sweet malt, hops, very balanced and very interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was very good. I will be trying to get some more.

jeffjeff1, Jan 14, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

22oz bobmer itno a Hopus glsas puors a cirsp depe abmer wiht a decetn drak khaik haed. Amora is a ncie belnd of cirsp Erathy hpos adn caramle matls. Teh tatse is an asboluetly wodnreful comlpex belnd of bunrt caramle, pnie hpos, aok adn a hitn of friut. Teh bere is meduim bdoied wiht its aclohol cotnent vrey wele hdiden. Tihs is a trluy icnredilbe berw, I'll be pikcing up mroe of it if it hsan't sodl uot yte!

atsprings, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Decided to crack this one tonight during Ghost Hunters...

Pours a rich deep red with a slow but steady forming head atop... Seems a little deeper than regular AB...

Loaded with pungent oily citrus and pine hops, this beer smells incredible... Dark sweet fruits and caramel malts as well... Definitely getting the oak and the deeper maltiness of the Double.... An earthiness as well which I think comes from the oak...

Sweet fruity malts are quickly eclipsed by oily resiny piney goodness that kicks like a mule with the bitterness it brings... Long, slow and intense... Definitely getting some oak as well but those Stone hops are the star and they shine bright here. This is an amazing brew...

This is better than the sum of its parts.... I wish they'd make this a rotational or seasonal at least... The blend of all 3 of these great beers combine to make an awesome world class one... I could drink this til I dropped. When Stone gets it right, they really get it right...

Tilley4, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of stewart124
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%

22oz bottle with a drink by date of 01/31/13

Ruby red and brilliantly clear. Dense off-white head that lingers nicely.

The nose has plenty of pine and i'm not sure if I have started to get used to this smell or if it dissipates quickly but I lose some pine after just couple minutes.

Medium body with a smooth character overall. Huge background bitterness and just a touch of vanilla. Maybe some oak but I am stretching here. Very carbonated and it finishes very dry. Still that lingering piney bite on the tongue.

It doesn't take long for one's tastebuds to be beaten into submission. Medium caramel throughout. White grapefruit is probably the big citrusy note I get from the hops.

Delicious and well worth the price.

stewart124, Jan 27, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

The beer was served in an Imperil Pint glass.

Appearance; This Bastard is a sexy beast! The body of the beer is deep copper amber in coloration. The head is beige with nice head retention. The lacing looks like pancake batter on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is arrogantly hopped! The hops strike my nose with grapefruit, citrus rind, pine resin. My friend says it smells like bitter Pinesol. Nice caramel vanilla biscuit malty backbone supporting all those hops.

Taste: Dam near perfect flavors! Major hop assault in progress in my mouth. Nice citrus marmalade flavors with grapefruit, zest, thick oily pine resin, pine needles, dives through an oaked caramel biscuit and cuts down into bitterness. Long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is thick. The beer is full bodied and the carbonation is light. The texture of the beer is hop oily and very smooth on the finish. The alcohol is present but not in an intrusive manner. This is a very nice blend of beers. This bastardized bastard of a beer is smooth. I wish I had another.

nlmartin, Dec 08, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +11%

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. A hard pour gives a strong frothy head tan in color with a lot of lacing and glass retention. It looks initially dark enough to be a porter during the pour, but that changed pretty quickly. When held up to the light it's more of a chestnut/mahogany color. Clearly not filtered,particles all over the place, pretty hazy.

Smell is wonderful. It's one hoppy smelling beer. The good part about this, is there are clearly a ton of hops put in, but it's never overly hoppy. Dry piney hops with a hint of citrus zest. Slight touch of alcohol to warm the nose, with just a hint of sweetness from the malts, slightly smokey/earthy tones. All of it's pretty well balanced, a really good smelling beer.

Taste is equally excellent. It's hoppy and bitter, yet much sweeter than I expected. As mentioned earlier, very hoppy. Dry hopped pine dominate the hoppy portion, still some slight citrus zest again, slightly grassy and a little herbal as well. Well malted for added sweetness. The oaked portion comes out in the flavor, it has a nice smokey and oak aftertaste that's a great addition to the flavor. Well balanced, close to perfect.

Mouthfeel is top notch. It's on the fuller end of medium bodied. Almost a sweet honey-butter texture with a clean/bitter, yet smokey, finish. Absolutely wonderful. This beer is dangerously drinkable. You could use this as a slow sipper, yet could easily pound it if you're not paying attention.

Another freaking home-run from Stone, absolutely wonderful brew. If this weren't a specialty brew and available year round, I'd probably always have it at my disposal.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of BruceWineworks
4.63/5  rDev +11%

22oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Typical IPA appearance with a tan body and lots of white foamy head.

S: Strong flowery fresh hop scent! So fresh.

T: In your face fresh hop taste with a smooth but bitter citrusy aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing watery palate feel.

D: A great beer for any batard lucky enough to get your hands on it. Delicious. The rant on the back of the bottle is priceless.

BruceWineworks, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of surprenant1138
4.63/5  rDev +11%

Poured into snifter. Approx 1/2 inch creamy, tan head that quickly fades away. Slow lacing. Dark amber in color. Earthy, dry aroma with hints of pecan, almonds. Taste is similar, and slightly oaky with a dry hoppy undertone. Taste lingers long after sipping. Mouthfeel is heavy, with a good amount of carbonation feeling. This is a fantastic addition to the line of "Bastard" ales.

surprenant1138, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Goatshaver
4.63/5  rDev +11%

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a 2 finger head

S: Very citrus and hops smells with some caramel.

T: Citrus flavors and the hops hit immediately, leave off with a piney and citrus flavor and that great bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied

D: Drinking this is very easy, because it has a great taste with the combination of 2 of Stones great beers.

I had this on tap a few weeks ago and it was very delicious. I'm lucky to have found it on draft and bottle here. :)

Goatshaver, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can!

Docer, Dec 07, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

First had: bottle from the Foodery, Phildadelphia, PA

I wouldn't have thought blending these three beers would make a significantly different entity, but surprisingly, it did, with the regular Arrogant Bastard--strong as it is--mellowing out the flavors of the Double and the Oak-aged, making them not necessarily better, but perhaps more drinkable and accessible.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle a hazy, dark, orange-chestnut color with a dense but small white cap of bubbly, off-white head. Aroma is similar to Arrogant Bastard, with lots of pine and citrus hops being the prominent feature. Pine and citrus in the taste, with a strong caramel malt base, earthy, with notes of resin, orange, grapefruit, with subtle touches of booze in the background. Very strong, but uncommonly smooth. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, lots of flavor, and definitely drinkable, but not for the weak of heart.

Rifugium, Jun 28, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.