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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 128
Gots: 417 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 2,343 | Reviews: 776
Photo of babaracas
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with orange tint, lots of fine sediment in suspension, dense and creamy one finger high cream colored head fades to a nice cap leaving thick rings of lace along the way. Smell: nicely dry hopped - pine breezed through at the pour then became quite resiny and a little tropical, a whiff of the oaked and a whiff of alcohol, brown sugar and bready bringing up the back. Taste: mildly pine needly fading into sweetened citrus with some faint melon thrown in, caramel and intensely toasted (and a slight oaked contribution at this point in the sip) with a peppery finish. The carbonation seems a little more intense in this version or maybe it's because my tastebuds are being peeled off. Yes, it's quite good. 2010.

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottle says EJNOY BY JAN 31, 2013.

A- Pours a clean, reddish brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Thick ring of resilient lacing.

S- Moderately pungent hop aroma with nice toasty malt notes to back it. Somewhat herbal with some alcohol fume trailing at the end. Musty.

T- Highly bitter, even for me. Mainly vegetal-type hop flavor with the toasty malt attempting to be seen but the bitterness is too powerful. Alcohol is well-masked. Also, did I say bitter?

M- Full-ish body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel from the hops.

O- Haven't had this in years and I still like it a lot. It's just not as complex as I thought it was. Basically just a hop bomb, which is fine.

Edit: Had the 2014 vintage on-tap and was much more complex. Smooth, somewhat sweet, slightly creamy. Modified score to reflect this.

Photo of tony_clifton
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wajohnst
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of salvo
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Check the bottle: I'm following their spelling lead.]

Haed is oof-hwite and linegrs throughotu drnkinig ovre dense red-brwon full-bdoied beer wthi lots of flaoting bits of sedmients.

Semll is intesne flaorl and pnie hops, leik teh trhee constiuetnt brees mixde to celerbate.

Tatse is 13 batsards wotrh to lvoe: a fttiing tribtue to a geart falmy of brees.

Feesl bieggr thna ti atcually si: meaty, hcewy.

If you found one, condiser yorseulg a Lukcy 13asartd.

Photo of Adrianized
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone IRS glass

Very dark reddish brown, nearly black.  Huge offwhite head with great retention and amazing lacing.  Head settles to only a thin layer.

Smells wonderful.  Sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, prunes, and lots of brown sugar.  Smells pretty amazing, actually.

The flavor hold true to the nose.    Sweet caramel and brown sugar malt, molasses, nutmeg, and lots of oak.  Slight hop bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Carbonation feels low considering the crazy head.

Overall, I remember enjoying this fresh, but I think it's gotten better.  A little age definitely smooths it out.  Grab some while you still can.

Photo of vtblackdog
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber, very slim head after pouring from bomber into pint glass.

S - Faint hop aroma evenly balanced with malts, catching some oak also.

T - A bit on the pleasant bitter side. Can tell its a strong ale but definitely drinkable.

M - Mouth is feeling it and knowing it.

D - Yes.

Photo of fitius5150
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spree92
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first dance in the Bastard division. It is not disappointing at all. A cloudy dark amber that lightens up around the outside. Small head with lacing and yeast is floating on top. A real fresh hop aroma, moist and powerful, my kind of beer. Citrus, pine and oak hit the tongue and give way to caramel and toffee. Must be the oak aged part that that is. Not much carbonation, that's fine by me, well balanced hops that are potent and addictive. At 8.5%, this is easy going.

My only regret with this is I only bought one. Stone is hard to find in BC and I might not have a second for a while. Oh well, I have this and I feel like a Lucky Bastard.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean dark copper pour with 2 fingers of yellowish head which left behind lots of nice lacing. aroma of sweet caramel, raisins, dates, a subtle smokiness, earthy bitter smelling hops. the flavor is complex as all hell. a delicious arrangement of sweet malts showcase the hell out of this beer, blend in some burnt tire bitterness from the hops, a subtle smoked flavor, a little bit of a wood profile, cherries, roasted grains.. holy crap this beer is all over but somehow works, and works damn well. medium body on the heavy side with a moderate amount of carbonation and a nice creamy feel to it overall.

this is an excellent beer. after all these years, the bastard is still excellent, and this is a great edition of it.

Photo of ZachT
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NefariousR
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish-brown mahogany with a one-finger off-white head. Thick, foamy, and sticky with great retention.
S - Pungent as all get-out. Grapefruit citrus, pine, caramel malt, sweet, dark fruits. Fantastic.
T - Big and flavorful. Sweet tastes are rounded out by a bitter bite that sticks with you. The citrus flavors combined with the sweet, thick malt palate really work well together.
M - Medium- to full-bodied. Sticky, keeping the flavor in your mouth for quite a while. Alcohol is noticeable in the throat and stomach.
D - This is a bruiser of a brew, so I'm not sure how "drinkable" it is in the traditional sense, but it still tastes fantastic -- I'd take it over many more "drinkable" beers.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Three Bastards walk into a bar...

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour a rusty orange with ruby highlights and a tanish/orange caped head that leaves some nice lacing. AB is one of the best looking brews, seems like the DAB mix took away from that just a tad.

S: The nose is filled with piny hops with a sweet fruit tinge to it.

T: The flavor is excellent. I'm getting all the best notes of double bastard with a year of age on it, some oak, lots of fruit/citrus notes, we a good caramel malt background.

MF: Mouthfeel is very full and very creamy. Just about a perfect mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is great for this big bruiser of an ASA.

Overall, this brew might just be one of the best incarnations of the Bastard I've had. I'm definitely going to make this mix at home after my stash runs dry.

Photo of briandaube
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Bastard pours a cloudy deep-crimson and chestnut body beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of creamy lace about the glass.

The aroma offers resinous hops that are citrusy, grassy, leafy, piney, and floral - but mainly resinous. There's some fruit, mainly pineapple, but not nearly as much as you might expect there could be. In fact, I may be finding more yeast fruitiness than hoppy fruitiness; or is it all just the yeasty fruitiness combined with the hop aromas? Some of the malt comes through, but it's intertwined with the hop and you can't really get through that to focus on it specifically. You can sense that there's darkish caramel malt there (your eyes tell you that as well), but you can't separate it from the hops. All you can really find is a delicate note of sweetness amidst the chaos of the hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a thin edge of dextrins. It warms and becomes creamy as the carbonation is released.

The flavor displays the same combination of darkly caramelish malt and resinous, piney, grassy, citrusy and floral hops found in the aroma. Here, however, they're a little easier to discern. An occasional dollop of sweet malt shows through here and there, although a rock solid bitterness is always ready to bash it away! This is one bitter, hoppy ale ! ! ! As it warms it softens a bit though, allowing more of the maltiness to come through, as well as more fruitiness and floral character.

As to drinkability, it would require a very strong palate to go through more than an Imperial pint of this without losing at least a little of your senses - and don't forget that even though the alcohol doesn't really seem to show, it's still a pretty solid 8.5% alc./vol.! So the question is "how much did you/do you enjoy it"? And "how much would you like to have another one at another time?". The answer for me is that I'd do it. I'd love another. It's a total assault on your tastebuds, and that's probably a good thing every now and again. But I've also treated it as somewhat of a sipper, allowing my palate some time to recover between sips. I really don't think I could handle a pint of this out at the pub with the lads. For that I'd prefer something a little more balanced and focused, say... the standard Stone IPA. Still, I've got to give it good marks. Cheers!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after a great session at gbx, moved onto barleys for some more fun. served cold in a pint glass.

pour was very nicely done i have to say with a deep caramel color and a soft tan head on top that really came through quite nicely i have to say. aroma is rich malts, lots of caramel, vanilla and touches of oak and light hops rounding it out. again nicely done. flavor was off the charts as i got most of the double in the flavor with huge malts but the light hops in the finish with a touch of oak an vanilla rouned it out nicely. seemed to have no heat to it an this went own with little effort.

overall a very solid offering here and glad i ha the chance to try it on tap!

Photo of riored4v
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip. Khaki colored, 1 finger head. Ruby colored body, nice clarity.

Aroma had some great notes of caramel and hops. Some citrusy, grapefruit notes and a bit of pine and orange. Good malty aroma with some toffee.

Taste was excellent. Good hoppiness upfront, with some flavors that blend towards oak and then a nice piney finish. Good amounts of chocolate flavor with some caramel and toffee. Good malty flavor and a moderate sweetness helps balance the hop profile. Some subtle notes of vanilla. Flavors of citrus and grapefruit upfront and a piney, grapefruit bitterness in the finish that lingers softly.

Mouthfeel had a medium/heavy body with medium carb a nice dry finish that helped cut the sweetness.

Overall this was REALLY good. Great blend of flavors from all the other Arrogant's. Hope to see this one again.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip at home. Pours a nice reddish-brown, average head, which fades somewhat slowly.

Typical Arrogant Bastard aroma, but with more, somehow. Still that same sweet malt and slight alcohol burn on the nose, but the malt seems more balanced, not quite as caramel as a usual AB. Still the same hoppy nose, but not as aggressively pine-ish. All in all, more inviting that the "regular" Bastard.

Oooh, the flavor! Nice and bracing bitterness right off the bat, with the citrus and pine note trying to tear the surface of your tongue out of your head. The malt that follows is as the nose predicts -- full, intense, yet nowhere near as caramel as its namesake. There's a touch of alcoholic heat to this as well. Yet all these seem to blend together and meld into something where the sum is greater than the whole of the parts.

The mouthfeel is fairly full, but not thick. This is a good thing here, as anything thinner would not be substantial enough to withstand the bitterness and malty strength. Well balanced in that regard.

It's obvious this isn't jue a case of throwing beers together and calling it a blend. Stone put thought and effort into this, and it shows. Nicely put together, and a must for any fan of any of the Arrogant Bastard line. Bravo!

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very large and slowly settling head; leaves lots of chunky lace after each sip. The brew is a muddy brown. (Second tasting a year and half later, the liquid is crystal clear!)

Mostly malty, similar to high-hopped barley wine. Slightly sweet with a strong molasses smell. The hop is very present but subtly spicy.

The hop bitterness is more pronounced in the taste. There's a strong alcohol warmth behind the lightly sweet flavor of brown sugar. The body is rich with a high (balancing) carbonation level. There's a bit of yeast in the swallow, but the aftertaste is an excellent balance of hop and high-alcohol malt. In short, a wonderful beer.

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One fingered off white head on top of a dark red/light brown beer. Slighty above average lacing and head retention.

S- Deep (sweet dank) hop smell.

T- Hops! Sweet alcoholic taste. Dark fruits, hella caramel.

M- Great mouthfeel/carbonation. Kind of syrupy.

D/O- DIPA/American Barleywiney, good beer. Excellent value at $5.99. Long story short, gave the only bottle that I had bought to my Pharmacist/craft beer drinking friend after he had gotten hired elsewhere...and he returns the favor by splitting it with me a couple months later. What a treat...share!

Photo of reefa
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of kshizzle101
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A - Dark reddish in color, a thick 2 inch head that lasts for awhile.

S - smells extremely hoppy, malts like biscuits. you can smell the booze on this one too.

T - like the smell, extremely hoppy. spicy malts and finishes with strong booze

M - heavy. Given the booze content here, I would have preferred 12 or 16oz of this rather than a 22. But i'll take it, because it's damn good.

Overall - An interesting blend from Stone. I love all three components that make up this blend so it's no shock I love this one as well.

Photo of ToddT
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Clear medium amber with a medium sized off white head, the head fades slowly to a ring and leaves a bit of spotty lace on the glass.

S- A wash of hops notes, floral/grassy/pine, and a backbone of caramel malt. There is a hint of vanilla in the background along with a bit of oak.

T- Hoppy right away, tempered with some caramel malt and a woody oak quality. Complex and flavorful taste, with a dry finish and a final hop note to close things out.

M- A bit less than medium, and the same in carbonation. The finish is mostly clean with just a little bit of hop oil left on the palate.

O- A truly great beer, the idea of blending the bastard beers together to create something completely new is an outstanding thought. Be cautious though the 8.5% ABV with show you what a bastard it can be the next day.

Photo of stella77artois
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manoftyr
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a lightly oranged amber into the glass with some red highlights, a finger of head rises and slowly lowers itself down.

Aroma-Oakey, it smells a lot like oaked bastard actually; almost spot on, maybe a bit more hoppiness to it but that could just be my imagination.

Taste-Yep, tastes just like Oaked bastard except it starts out a little sweeter and ends with a bit more of a hop kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Plush and thick, syrupy without being chewy, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkabiliy-Keeps me coming back for more sips, tasty and drinkable...if a little disappointing, I was expecting something other than a tweaked oaked bastard in flavor. In fact I might like it a little less than plain ol' Oaked bastard.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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