Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 133
Gots: 426 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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 r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Courtesy of and split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark reddish caramel color that's hazy and translucent. Half-inch head that resolves into a thin white cap, leaving lots of stringy, sticky lacing. Really a very pretty looking beer. Smell is quite hop-forward, with plenty of fresh dry hops in the nose, along with some citrus and a subdued malt character. Not exactly grapefruit, but definitely that bittering quality in the nose. Alcohol is only mildly detectable.

A big punch of hoppy bitterness to start and it lingers throughout the whole flavor experience. Gives way to some sweetish malts that mingle with the bitterness to create a surprisingly balanced taste. There's some sugary fruitiness and just a little bit of barley. A very slight bit of booziness at the end. Mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation to it, giving it a slightly prickly feel. Finish is very drying, leaving your palate literally high and dry.

Drinkability is very good. Not as bitter and bracing as I was expected. Definitely more like the Oaked Arrogant Bastard than the regular variety and I take that an excellent quality. I could most likely put away a bomber of this on my own. I do consider myself a lukcy 13asartd to be able to experience this quality Stone product!

Photo of zac16125
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip
bottled on: 10/10/14

Part of the Arrogant mixed 4 pack, which is BTW a great deal. Love me some Stone, although the trying to read the misspelled bottle label gave me a headache.


A: Pours a translucent dark mahogany with some ruby hues when held to light. Just under 2 fingers of tan colored head builds, then has very good retention before dissipating down. Leaves a good amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Interesting. Some piney and soapy hop notes, there is an almost smokey malt character, citrus rind, subtle booze. 3.75

T: Lots of herbaceous and floral hops, oaky notes, caramel malts, like the nose an almost smokey malt character, piney hop bitterness. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV is very well makes, drinkability is very good. 4.25

O: Its definitely a good beer, but I cant say that I prefer this blend over any of the components individually (especially not Double Bastard or Oaked Arrogant). Certainly a worthy drink though, one that I will probably have again in the future. 4

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby amber with a cream colored foamy head. Some decent spotty lacing, good clarity.

Pine hop nose with some sweet and bitter malt aromas. Wanted a bit more here.

All hops and malt here. Big juicy piney hop flavor, balanced with some sweet fruit notes, some dark toasted bread. Flavor dissipates to long sticky hop bitter finish. You have some green herb, some wood, and a million little notes of sour, bitter and sweet in there. Complex and tasty. Alcohol very well hidden.

Fuller bodied and mouth coating.

Easy drinking. The subdued booze helps. Great beer, hands down.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a chilled pint glass

Color: A very dark amber color, almost hazy. At the core it gets a dark brown. It forms about a two finger tan head and leaves behind a nice amount of lacing.

Nose: A nice pungent smell... almost a dank aroma. Hops explode on your senses once you really put your nose into it. In the background you get some sweet malt along with some bread and citrus flavors.

Palate: Sticky and citrus filled. Full bodied and extremely bold. A plethora of hops dance on the palate and leave behind hints of grapefruit and apricot. If you really give the beer a twirl in your mouth you get a genteel sweetness that is superb.

Finish. Sticky and long. The hops deliver a ripe citrus sweetness with a mild bitterness. But this is where the beer kinda falls apart. It feels syrupy and lacks complexity, and most of the excellent flavors this beer presented at the start are now barely evident.

Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark amber color. Lots of carbonation as well as what appears to be yeast. Mocha head formation, well retained at 1/4".

S - A combination of nutty malts and a very hefty citrus hop profile. A little more piney even as I let it warm.

T - Starts off a little bit citrus like, more west coast hops. Mid-stream gets a strong bitter bite, edgy, and a more deep earthy hop flavor. Finishes with just a little of the toffee malt flavors.

M - Full bodied and moderate carbonation. A hefty beer. Alcohol warmth is present but fades quickly.

O/D - Another good option from stone - would have to revisit all the individual beers that contribute to it. A little bit heavy and fililng at times and of course an ABV that will hurt.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had Stone's Arrogant Bastard, what an incredible beer. I remember the first time I tried it... That's enough talking about a beer that I'm not actually drinking or reviewing! Tonight I acquired Stone's Lucky 13asartd (Bastard), that's right, it's spelled incorrectly...on purpose. Every Stone beer has a lengthy, almost too lengthy sometimes, description on the back and even the entire description of Lucky Basartd is misspelled! I read some good things about it and it sounded like a promising buy. I already know that Lucky Bastard will be an excellent brew because it's Stone. Now let's get to it!

When you pour Lucky Basartd out you're greeted with quite a unique-looking beer. It looks, suspiciously I should say, like a soda drink. Its appearance resembles that of a sort of light or watery Coca-Cola. Damn, that makes it sound bad. But don't worry, the look has nothing to do with how good it is. Not that it doesn't look like a beer, though. Let's get that straight. Color-wise it, as I said it resembles a lighter colored Coca-Cola, is a sort of brown-ruby, as in brown with a hint of a purple-ish hue. I apologize if the description of Lucky Basartd seems to be unappetizing. Anyway, the head reminds me even more of a soda. It has a fizzy-frothy top while the bottom of the head is very bubbly. Unlike most heads of beers I've drank over a long while, the head on the Lucky Basartd recedes very quickly, more quickly than I've seen in...months? I had about a two finger off-white head on it when I first poured it and a couple of minutes it was virtually gone. It looks like the beer is actually alive in the way it loses its head.

Lucky Basartd smells like a typical quality pale ale that has plenty of hoppiness, some mango, pine trees, and sweetness.

But how does this beer taste? Let it be known that there is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so make sure you shake it up and have it add what it needs to. Maybe I've not eaten enough today and can't tell the flavors or taste as well as I would usually, as in this 8.5% beer has me buzzing pretty bad at this point, but the flavors all seem to be working together at the same time with Lucky Basartd, I'm getting tired of spelling that, like a symphony playing a masterpiece in unison for a great performance. Lucky Basartd is very hoppy, has plenty of piney sweetness, and has an almost excess of the citrus tanginess. There is the definite flavor of mango but it is much more of the tang of citrus rather than an actual fruity flavor or too much sweetness. But the beer has a good balance to it .

There's nothing really extraordinary about Lucky Basartd. It's probably the most tangy/citrusy IPA I've had but has plenty of hoppiness and sweetness to keep it a really good IPA. It's just a damn good beer. Go get it!

Photo of mjaskula
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. The beer is a dark reddish brown with a moderate tan head. The head thins to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

The aroma is strong and full of floral and citrus hops. The flavor follows in line with the other bastard ales as expected, with strong hop bitterness and flavor and a mild malt sweetness for balance. The oak cones through nicely in the finish and the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is dry and carbonation is lively. This is a nice blend of the better qualities of each beer.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Freakin Frog in not so sunny Las Vegas.

A: Thin white head. Reddish body.

S: Nose is fresh cut hops with some grassiness.

T: Taste is a unique blend of Stone tastes. Intense sweetness of Double Bastard with sharp hops of Arrogant Bastard, I get some oak as well.

M: Mouthfeel is tart and tangy. The hops are evident on my teeth.

O: Overall is high. I like the idea of an anniversay brew that is a mix of several great brews

Photo of Seeker41184
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/16/10

Bomber into pint glass

A: Very dark amber in color with some head which disappears quickly.
S: Your typically Stone hop smell.
T: Extremely bitter but sweet at the same time. Piny hops with a dark fruit covered in toffee and caramel. The alcohol content can be tasted.
O: Overall, in typical Stone fashion, I will definetly buy this again.

Photo of rundocrun
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body is a lovely ruby red color. 1 finger of white foam forms and dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of lemongrass and herbal-scented hops. Just a hint of zesty tangerine and candied orange. Rich caramely malts play nicely in the background.

T - Sweet caramel and orange up front. Some mild woody character--no doubt from the cut of Oaked AB that went into this. Earthy and lemony hops play through the middle and finish. Some tannic character as well as some dark caramel malts and bitter citrus peel flavors make up the majority of the finish.

M - Medium body. Understated but good carbonation. Finish is quite clean and semi-dry.

Photo of Bfarr
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany with medium tan foamy head with okay retention and lacing. Strong citrus aroma and grassy sweetness. Roasted malts and barley sweetness balances with a fine hop finish and a touch of alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation and slight mouth coating.

Strong flavored brew slightly balanced toward the hops but a nicely distinct flavor just short of a barleywine although it was a bit tiresome by the end.

Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/ brown color with tan head.

Aromas of pine and citrus and flavors of the same too, with some caramel malt thrown in.

Medium-full body with some bitterness and alcohol warmth on the finish.

This is pretty much Ruination with an Arrogant Bastard-esque malt profile. Which is what it needed all along to earn it's "arrogant" credentials.

This is good stuff, too bad it costs more than it's worth.

Photo of Red34
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice oak taste. Dark copper in color. Everything you'd expect from Stone. Special anniversary edition beer.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours an amber color topped off with a white head.

S Lots of tropical fruit and citrus with lots of grapefruit like bitterness coming out.

T A lot of sweet tropical fruit and citrus with just a bit of bitterness and bready malt.

M a bit of a heavy body

Overall a pretty good take on Arrogant bastard family of beers. The tropical and citrus notes really set it apart from the others.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 82/100

This strong ale from Stone bursts with a big hop profile and a sticky bitterness that lasts... Nothing weak here. While the hops certainly play a lead role, the malt backbone also comes through on the back end. Banana, Toast, Rind and just a touch of tobacco can be picked up. Truly a beer that sets itself apart from the pack~

Photo of craftaholic
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer poured into a perfect pint. Has a great hue, soapy head with awesome retention. The smell is hoppy and it had me concerned. I love the idea of this being a blend of 'arrogant' 'oaked arrogant' and 'double' but...i'm fairly certain they are lying to us. My hopes died in the nose. The taste while it is quite delicious does not match the style nor the recipe. I get a very hoppy, citrus forward: pineapple and grapefruit DIPA. I call sorcery.

Delicious IPA in a strong ale's clothing.

Photo of vic21234
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/31/13 stamped on it. Loved this beer when it came out in 2010, here we go:

A- Pours a clear but slightly hazy dark red, copper color. A large two fingers worth of a khaki colored head hangs around for awhile, and makes for froth all along the sides of the glass.

S- Some pine and citrus, with some sweet malts in the background. I was hoping for some more on the aroma.

T- Starts off with mostly piney hops, some citrus is there but not as prevalent. Big malt backbone, with sweet caramel malts mostly notable.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter and dry finish. Easily drinkable.

A nice one, but not as notable as I remembered. I still feel that Double Bastard is my favorite in the Bastard family.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date.

A - Clear bronzed amber with orange highlights give Lukcy an awesome color. A two-finger tan head tops the brew. Low retention but some patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - A slight hint of resiny plastic band-aid floats amid the heavily malty and hoppy aroma. Toasted amber malts and green, piney hop. A good balance in the nose but nothing spectacular going on here.

T - More hops than I expected initially. Lots of that resin flavor pops out with a complimentary pine and sap kick. Earthy hops. The toasted amber malts provide a good balance with a sweetness that comes out in part.

M - Exceptionally smooth and followed through with a medium body and hoppy, bitter finish. A little bit of warming going on from the alcohol.

D - Surprise, surprise, a strong ale from Stone. As Beerwolf would say, "knock me over with a feather." I understand this brew is a combination of all three bastards. Well, I'm glad, cause it tastes just like all three of them with no real difference. It's a good beer, but it's nothing new at all. Nothing sets it apart. It's got good drinkability for what it is anyway. I wouldn't ever open one alone though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass, this beer pours a cloudy, red-amber color with a thin rim of head. The beer has a hoppy and fruity balanced smell on the nose, with alcohol undertones. The beer has a heavy hop and alcohol flavor, with poor balance. The malt flavors are forward on the tongue and aftertaste, but the hop flavor is everywhere else. The beer has a very sour-bitter aftertaste. The beer is extremely unique, and surprisingly drinkable despite the odd mix and off balance of characteristics.

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep ruddy amber, brownish color with a one finger of creamy, khaki colored head. Head retains nicely leaving big sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose boozy, big caramlized malts, and toffee notes...light dark fruits hit up in the background.

T: Taste starts with an undercurrent of booze amidst big caramelized malts and toffee notes. Nice dark fruit comes through - mostly raisin and come fig. Finish has some grapefruit hop presence that blends nicely with the malt flavoring that hands on through.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and slightly prickly at the back of the mouth.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style.

Photo of soze47
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a bomber of this and poured it into an oversized wine glass for a night cap. I think the Bastard line is just so-so, with Oaked being by far my favorite, but I'm hoping to get the best of all three.

Appearance: Deep rich, slightly translucent, which gives it tiger wood coloring. Very thick, yet foamy head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy off the bat, but more caramelly malts keep coming out as it warms. The oak is there too, which is great. Nothing to complex or intriguing, but it smells like a bastard.

Taste: Piney hops come out first, but there is a nice balance of the oaked and caramel/roasted malt that come out. There is a warming alcohol bite, especially while drinking the second glass. This profile it sharp and biting, but never overwhelms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Easy drinking, but the robust flavor gets to be a bit much. A bomber is a perfect sized outing for this one. The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied.

Overall: I think Lukcy does a good job of bringing out the best qualities of all the other three Bastard lines. It is hoppy and bitter like the flagship. The caramel malt brings a good, somewhat complex richness like Double. And the oaked qualities do a good job of tying it all together. Usually, I think Double is too rich, regular is not balanced, and oaked is only good for its oaky goodness. This one brings all their strengths together and helps hide all of their collective weaknesses.

Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep auburn with ruby tones, slightly hazed. A fairly thick tanned head bubbles up, retaining pretty well while eventually fading into some bubbly film. Leaves plenty of spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Strong nose with citrus and heavy pine hops. Hints of oak with a splash of alcohol and some caramel as well.

Begins strong and bitter with a heaping dose of pine hops. Powerful citrus, rind, grapefruit, and zest combine with lasting flavor. A mildly sweet malt base is hidden towards the middle with caramel, bread, and earth tones. The oaked portion is evident as well with a bit of raisins and dates. Finishes with bitter hoppiness and some alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, varies from creamy and smooth to dry and chewy feels. Drinks well, although the occasionally intense bitterness and boozy tones slow it down a bit. Solid beer from Stone, but not my favorite.

Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick off white head with good retention with an aggressive poor on a fairly clear deep copper body.

S: aroma is excellent and very enticing with floral, grapefruit and orange citrus, toasted malts and caramel. actually a nicely balanced hop and malt profile here.

T: opens almosty like a barleywine with malts and candy sugar mocing to earthy and pine hops which is unexpected for the aroma. then it finishes a bit sharp and boozy with more caramel malts and pine.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one isnt bad, just a lot of unexpected f.avors. definitly malt forward, still a good beer,

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Central Market this week and figured I should pick it up. We don't get Double Bastard here, so I figured that this was the best way to go. I'm so lukcy! Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a deep, dark red with a brown-tinged white head. The head is thick as all heck, but doesn't stay around for long. If there was more to the head, I'd rate it higher.... but I just can't justify it.

The initial nose is wonderful. First comes the hops. Arrogant Bastard was the first truly hoppy beer I had and those wonderful hops are still seared in my mind. Afterward comes the American Barleywine sweetness and thickness. Malty as all heck. There's also a slight hint of vanilla. I actually can smell parts of all 3 Bastards in here, awesome.

The taste is slightly disappointing relative to the nose. The hops take a bit of a backseat and the booziness takes over. Maybe a bit too hot and not hoppy enough. Wish it were better. I can get some oakiness, but it's more muted. I'm a bit disappointed by the way this came out.

That being said, this beer has good carbonation and is pretty drinkable for the size. I just wish the flavor wasn't masked by the huge booziness.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,385 ratings.