Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 427 | FT: 10
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010

Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

A dry-hopped blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.
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Photo of Goatshaver
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. :)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of snaotheus
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip shaped glass

Pours a dark ruby brown color, slightly cloudy, increasingly cloudy as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Head starts out large and fades fast, light tan color, seems to lace like crazy. Beer looks very thick because the carbonation rises so slowly, but definitely active carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity and really nice (I mean *really* nice) -- sweet and flowery and lots of hops. I could smell this all day. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is very interesting...it's a sort of mild toffee with nuts and a super hoppy finish, nice crisp bitter burnt-nuts and hops aftertaste. I don't really know what else to say about it, but it's quite good.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin for such a thick-looking beer, also very pleasant. Also surprisingly drinkable for a 9.2% beer.

Overall, pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect much, I sort of thought it would be gimmicky. Sometimes I think Stone's exceptional reputation is exaggerated, but this is really a good beer.

Photo of BruceWineworks
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CrookedStill
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber with a thin white head that lingerings slightly before falling.

Hops are the star here. There is a malt sweetness present but pine/grassy/citrus dominate.

Wow. Right away the palate is hit with a sharp pine bitterness against a sweet malt background. There's a wonderful caramel and oak taste that really compliments the pine/grassy bite of the hops. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Very well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a body that skirts the line between full and medium.

Really a wonderful beer. There really isn't much I could say here that hasn't been said in the previous reviews. Intense hop bite against a nice oak and caramel background and easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. The Bastard line of beers have, in my opinion, set the bar for what a beer should be.

Photo of NWer
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. Into a tulip, it poured cloudy amber, with red highlights when held up to the light, and two fingers of beige head; great retention and lacing. Very hoppy nose; dry, bitter, grassy/herbal, orange peel, and caramel apple. The taste began on a very herbal bitter note, then evolved to more caramel apple maltiness, and then finished on a dry peel note. Very little hint of the alcohol content. Smooth, creamy (with great head retention), and medium thickness, yet I found it easy to drink. Fantastic 13th anniversary tribute to a classic beer.

Photo of surprenant1138
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is like the AB grand cru

appearance: deep dark copper/brown with some good head rentention and wonderful lacing

smell: caramel malts, huge hop presence

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. awesome flavorful maltbackbone with some oak, vanilla, caramel notes backed up with tons of fresh hops.

mouthfeel: medium bodied and light for a dark beer

drinkability: this is the best bastard overall. great series and does the craft beer worl great justice.

Photo of Docer
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 22oz bomber:

A - Beautiful amber color, thin head, sticky lacing

S - Complex strong hoppy scents, spicy, citrus, wood, oh man I think its giving me wood.

T - This is right up my alley, bitter hoppiness, citrus notes followed by all types of spice...even vanilla bourbon hints.

M - Medium/Heavy bodied, low/medium carbonation.

D - This is right up my alley, excellent beer.

Photo of PSUDREW
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AP: Pours a deep golden copper color. tan, foamy head. lots of lacing.
S: Citrusy hops and a nice hint of mowed grass. smells like springtime.
T: Such an interesting combo of tastes. Crisp hop presence up front, a little bit of malt mixed in between, and ends with a nice oak flavor. very rich all around, but not overpowering. clean finish.
M: smooth, higher carbonation then expected, pretty nice
D: incredibly high

Photo of Trueant1
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass dark amber. Off white head. Smells boozey, spicey, malty, grasslike, and toffee sweet.
This beer is similar to arrogant bastard, but, it is more balanced and drinker friendly. It is a huge hop/malt beer but somehow balances perfectly! A long bitter hop/alcoholic aftertaste.
Medium density mouthfeel with that bitter kick. This drinks WAY to easy for the abv! Need to buy a case of this offering.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On tap again at Uptown Brothers in Denver. Served in a schooner glass and was a red copper color with very good head retention. Absolutely loved the aroma with very vivid citrusy hop tones with a slighthint of vanilla and oak. Flavor upfront was again the citrus hops followed by some serious malt character. Not overly bitter or sweet, very good balance.

Very good beer. I plan on stocking up with a few bombers.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 20:51:24

Photo of velosuds
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From one lukcy basartd to all others, for such are we who are worthy. Thank Stone for the gargoyles.

"Oepn yuor mnid. Use a craobwr if you msut." - From the label. Reminds me of Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix: "Free your mind." This is definitely a beer best enjoyed after choosing the red pill - no illusions about this strngo ael.

Got this at Whole Foods in Bend, Oregon in April. Tonight seemed right - it's a feeling thing. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $6.99.

A-poured a hazy copper-medium amber with a two-finger, rich creamy head with ample lacing.

S-Rich, sweet malt aroma with a floral hop bouquet. Very pleasant array of aromas from orchard fruits to toffee sweetness. Nice blend of malts and citrus hops.

T-Like somewhere between an ordinary barleywine and a double IPA. It's very good, and close to great. Definite sweet malts reminiscent of dark dried fruits like dates and raisins. Hop bitterness is very nicely balanced, and predominantly grapefruit noted.

M-This has got to be the smoothest 8.5% ABV beer I have ever enjoyed. Drinks like a session beer, except it will kick your hind-pots. Perfectly balanced and carbonated. Not even the faintest hint of alcohol - dangerously smooth.

O-I enjoyed this very much and regret I have no more. No banal beer, this one. Hats off Stone. Just might be the best bastard of 'em all.

Photo of dfillius
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gentle pour yields 1/4 finger of tan head with good retention. Clear burgundy liquid. Nice

S: Nice juicy crisp hops and tropical fruit. Slight toffee, subdued but pronounced Man Candy.

T: Burnt roast, fish oil, all Bastard, cacophonous. Not as dominant as I remember Bastards being, semi-subdued in fact. Delicious and balanced. Great guava and papaya, sweet as well. Where's the alcohol?

M: Gentle, balanced, mellow but bitter. No heat.

D: Very nice. I want another and will buy again. This blend of the three is better than any of them alone. One of the best I've had from Stone.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter
Never thought Id get the chance to try out this bastard
2012 release

A- Pours a very deep amber color. A 1.5 finger of a slightly off tan colored head. Good head retention.

S- I get a fresh piney hop up front. A bit of an herbal, garlic note. Somewhat spicy. A slight woody character. A massive and smooth malt load.

T- A moderate bitterness up front. The malts sweep over and really dominate the moth of the beer. There is a ton of toffee, a bit of caramel and a slight herbal nutty note. There is a slight wood flavor to this beer that really rounds out all the flavors. The hop presence in this beer is strong. There is a slight pine at first and a minimal amount of citrus. The hops are mostly spicy, oniony, earthy hops. Aftertaste is bitter and sticky with a nice hoppy flavor.

M- Not quite doubly bastard thick but A huge bodied brew. Also quite bitter. Getting through a bomber by yourself is going to be all you can do for the night.

O- Awesome stuff. I wouldn't want to age it at all. Its amazing how different it is from the rest of the bastard series. This is a badass bastard and im glad it was re-released.

Also, I must have read the label at least a dozen times before I realized it was spelled incorrectly.

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim as I had no idea at the time there was a new bastard. Really digging this one!

A - Nice dark not quite see through amber colour pour with a big, foamy two finger light off white head. Light side lacing but a nice healthy cloud of foam remains atop the brew.

S - Picking up some nice oaky notes along with roasty malts and pleasant hops. Really the best aromatic attributes of each bastard blended into one.

T - Much like the nose this is really, really delicious. Picking up earthy, bitter hops, some roasty sweet malts, and a strong oak finish. Again, the best qualities of each combined into something amazing.

M - Nice and creamy, low almost medium carbonation on this one.

D - Great great appearance and taste really makes this stand out as far as bastards go. The alcohol is a bit more present than I'd like when holding it in the mouth. Plan on aging one of these for 2 years and seeing how it holds up!

Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark ruby brown with a two-finger length of-white head that retains very well. There is plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are a lot of hop aromas in the smell. I get the typical citrus and pine. There's some oakiness and plenty of caramel malt. There's a lot going on here in the flavor. Those hops are up front and are somewhat dank with plenty of citrus. The piney hops are stronger in the back end and there is a nice lingering aftertaste. I get the caramel oakiness that is typical of the oaked bastard. There's a solid malt backbone here that is typical of the regular arrogant bastard. There is some alcohol too. It almost seems like I get different aspects of the different bastards with each sip. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. It's a smooth beer that drinks very well. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of snpub540
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that this beer brought me back to why I first sarted loving Stone in the first place. It poured a nice murky brown hue that had some copper highlights and a nice tan head that left some very nice sheets of lace down on the glass.

The smell was very enticing with both malts and hops being represented very well. Toasted breand and caramel take care of the malt aromas while pine and grass, with a slight hint of grapefruit make up the hop smells.

Taste is a sweet caramel and bready flavor upfront followed by the roasted malts, and the pine and tropical fruit flavors make up for the dry bitter finish. Very tasty and the lingering aftertaste makes you want to take sip after sip.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. This is a great blend and all the flavors of Bastards that I fell in love with are represented. The smoothness of Oaked, the warming alcohol of Double, and the sharp aggressiveness of the Original AB all unite to make one of the most if not perfect beer from Stone Brewing I have ever tasted. I wish I had a whole case of this.

Photo of larryi86
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Dark burgundy/brown with a tan finger head.

S- Grapefruit and pine hops, dark fruits, oak, and caramel. Can really smell all three Bastards in it, just amazing and screams drink me!!

T- Nice hoppy bitter flavor, oak, dark fruits, a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. All three Bastards blend together very well.

M- Smooth, nice medium body.

D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I would like to see how it taste with a little bit of age on it because the alcohol a little hot right now. If you enjoy the Bastards this is a must try!!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour looked like a fresh bottle of double bastard. Deep ruby color with a finger and a half of white head. Some nice lacing as well.

S: The nose is pure dank hops. Really pungent. The best part of this beer. You got a touch of the oak but not much. It was a nice subtle touch. Little bit of booze and some malt creeping through.

T: The taste was nice and complex. Oaked bastard IMO is not that great and way to expensive but in this blend it really worked out nicely. It was hoppy and boozy and everything you would expect from this beer. It also had a nice dept of flavor.

M: Carbonation was sharp but not overwhelming. The body was slightly on the thick side of medium.

D: I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I love DB but could leave the others and this was a nice compromise between the best of all three. Not to be cellared this needs to be consumed ASAP.

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at about cellar temp split with a friend poured into a nonik pint.

pours out a huge billowy off white head, had to wait for it to settle a few minutes before finishing the pour. amazing looking cap. dark ruby red body with a touch of sediment. lots of lace and great retention.

aroma is full of freshly picked whole flower hops. also some pellet hops, lots of pine, citrus, perfumey, tons of resin. malts take a back seat, but the hops smell amazing.

great tasting hops, much better balance than the aroma would suggest, still very hop forward though. fresh, piney, citrusy, perfumy hops balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

so smooth, great feeling carbonation, nothing overdone. hops are felt on the palate after each sip.

abv is not noticable at all, drinks so easy. IMO this is one of the better ones from the bastard series, highly recommended. i definatly be picking up some more real soon.

Photo of vandemonian
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale is a delicious variation on the bastard series.

A: Dark red orange colour and a huge head that lasts. 5

S: Piney hop aroma with some sweet maltiness too. 4.5

T: Malty with a pine woody tang from the hops. The finish is woody with a slight alcohol kick. 4.5

M: Silky with some slight carbonation. The hop oils are noticeable. 4.5

O: Yum, Yum. It has the hoppiness of Arrogant Bastard with some of the complexity of Double Bastard. 4.5

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.