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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 120
Gots: 389 | FT: 9
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 HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber, ruby red glass shows excellent clarity and holds a thin cover and thick halo of foam that laces the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy, pine, earthy, mild citric, with a toffee malt base.

Taste: Hops are up front and firm, more citric than the nose, it stays grapefruit while some pine and sugary malt make passing appearances. It's a bit hot with some alcohol in the finish.

Feel: Medium carbonation, light medium body is a bit oily and numbing.

Overall: Tried side by side with an Arrogant Bastard, this is hoppier, and hotter with alcohol than a straight Bastard. There's more base as well, a richer, more toffee, caramel malt sweetness that holds the other flavors up.

Very enjoyable, could see grabbing a few more.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: looks a little darker than I remember the other Bastards being. Cloudy brown body with a two finger off white head thanks to a very aggressive pour. Looks good.

Smell: resinous hops stand out with a bit of citrus. Its that aggressive hop character we all know and love about the classic Arrogant Bastard. There's just a hint of caramel maltiness in the smell. A bit of alcohol too but not much.

Taste: dark caramel, heavily hopped with resinous, floral and some citrus hops. A bit of vanilla, probably from the oak, and a good deal of alcohol bite. All the familiar Bastard flavors are here, sitting somewhere between Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard.

Feel: medium bodied, healthy amount of carbonation, bitter, some alcohol warmth.

Drink: considering the style and the ABV, quite drinkable.

Overall, a nice beer but nothing really unexpected if you've already had all the Bastard varieties. This is a good one though and I would pick it up if it is available to you. Cheers!

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's effing spelling begs for misunderstanding. Beer is poured into a dogfish head snifter. Beer is dark amber with mild haze, good head of small bubbles, great lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is chewy with CTZ hops and a nice malt backbone.

Beer is big in body, very chewy on the back-half. I think the oak wins in the blend, I should bother to look up the blend but ultimately I won't. Oh well....Beer is hoppy and bitter in the second half. Earthy and sulfur, classic centennial hop character, oak in the late palate, lead off is like double bastard with strong character and malt backbone. I'd have it again. I love Stone, the brewery that got me into beer and keeps me coming back.

Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a tulip taster glass. This is the first time I have ever seen or had this beer. Sweet.

A: A reddish brown color with a hint of orange. A thin off white head left full ring lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops dominate the nose with some sweet malt undertones. The hops dominate though.

T: Surprisingly the sweeter bready biscuit malt come out first but quickly get assumed by the just massive hops. Hops flavors of citrus and pine dominate with some alcoholic flavors. The finish is all hops that turn massively bitter and just linger forever. Wow.

M: Full, resiny, prickly, bitter, bitter, bitter. This baby lasts forever in your mouth.

Overall this was a fantastic beer. Just the right combination of Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard. It carries more hops than AB, way more hops (like that's possible) but doesn't carry the alcohol of DB. Fantastic beer.

Photo of beersensei305
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active review...
Pours a dark, rich amber brown with nice carbonation and a tan head that disappears fairly quickly; but sticks to the glass nicely. The smell is very citrus just like the Arrogant Bastard but there is a chocolaty smell and obvious booze. Nice angry first bite lots of flavors and depth, very citrusy and hoppy off the first sip with obvious grapefruit flavors in the end. There is nice dark fruit flavors, but I can't distinguish them... it's cherry or plum. Some more flavors I pick out are vanilla and oak flavors, a hint of lemon essence. This is a nice thick beer with decent chewiness. Definitely a beer to have again.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper, ruddy brown. Head is just a shade off-white and is retrieving to a ring around the glass.

S: Bitter, bitter hops. Grapefruit and citrus zest are fairly prominent. Unlike AB and DB, there is also a caramel sweetness on the nose. Some sweet fruits, pears and apples with a pineapple tartness. Reviewed fresh so the alcohol is still noticeable.

T: Very bitter hops along with a smooth, caramel flavor. Perhaps this is the Oak aged lending its hand in the mix. Absolutely aggressive with the hops here, this is a big beer. Pineapple and grapefruit are very noticeable here.

M: All out attack on your bitter taste receptors. Bitterness lingers around the palate far after the beer has left your mouth. Licking the gums reveals a whole lot of grapefruity goodness and brings back a good amount of the bitterness.

D: Sipping this one slowly, hard not to. There is so much going on here that each sip brings on something new. As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more evident, making it even more of a sipper.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice reddish brown color with 1 and a half fingers of off white head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing.

S: Smell is mostly of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, herbal and piney hops. Behind that is some nice caramel malt, a bit of oakiness, and booze.

T: Very similar to the smell. Starts with the herbal, piney and citrusy hops, followed by oak sourness, then finishes with caramel malt and a bit of alcohol burn. Bitter hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium-full bodied and slightly sticky and slick.

D: Very drinkable, it is quite obvious that it is a mixture of 3 great beers, and goes down well.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable brew. I hope I can find another bottle in the near future.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special blend of 3 different Bastard Ales!!

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby color with about 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma has a good amount of piney, earthy and citrusy hops along with caramel malt notes, hints of vanilla and oak notes.

The taste also has a lot of hop flavor; piney, earthy and citrus notes. The middle has a good deal of caramel malt sweetness and that is followed by a decent amount of oak flavor and vanilla as well. Finishes very crisp, clean and dry.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. Can't smell or taste any alcohol.

This is a great addition to the Bastard line, but not the greatest in my opinion. Definitely try it if you can find it.

Photo of jonvan04
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark brown and had a tan head. It had an awesome piney hop aroma which I wasn't expecting. This year's double bastard was very bitter but didn't have as much hop aroma, neither did the oaked or the regular bastard. This smelled as if it had been dry hopped after it was blended. The taste was more hop forward, but overall well balanced. It didn't have the bitter aftertaste of the double or even the arrogant bastard, the blending seems to have mellowed this out in a good way. This has to be one of the best releases Stone has put out this year. In this case, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

Photo of BeanBone
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, orange-brown body capped by a finger and half of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves terrific lacing.

Aroma: A blast of citrusy, tropical-fruity, piney, and thoroughly resinous hops and subtle booze over a syrupy dark caramel malt body; typical Bastard territory.

Flavor: Up front, heaps of resinous, spicy, piney, citrusy, and nicely bitter hops along with just a hint of vanilla and wood. Underneath, there's a solid dark-caramel backbone keeping everything from being unbalanced. The alcohol is not fully masked, and contributes nice spicy character throughout. Dark biscuity malt and resinous hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and syrupy medium-full body with medium carbonation a dry finish. Nice warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: About what you'd expect with the alcohol content and IBUs: not quite a sipper, but close.

Verdict: Lukcy Basartd is a must-try for fans of Stone's Bastard line. If you're familiar with these beers you know what's to be found here, but this blend is so damn tasty it easily warrants its existence.

Photo of ScottK22
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopmeplease
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Redneckwine
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Murky, cloudy amber/brown. 1.5 finger tan head recedes slowly into a foamy cap, excellent lacing.

Smell - Sweet honeyed malts and the fruity hops mingle very nicely to produce some aromas that invoke gingerbread cookies and spicy fruitcake. Fruity, citrusy hops ultimately dominate the aroma beautifully.

Taste - So complex! First off comes a sweet, fruity, citrusy, mildly piney hop assault, but that gives way to spicy, toasty, bready malts, THEN in comes a touch of smooth, smoky, earthy oak and a touch of vanilla complexity with a whiff of booze. Finishes off-dry and decidedly hoppy with a moderately bitter pine resin bite barely winning out over toasty, biscuity malts.

Feel - Really smooth and creamy medium-full body. Carb is gentle but ample enough to carry the big flavor around and do some scrubbing.

Overall - What a badass beer; Stone killed this one. The flavor is deep, complex, and comes in waves. The massive hopping really cuts through the mix, yet blends and complements the other flavors instead of clashing. A masterfully crafted brew, and one of the better brews I've had in quite a while.

Photo of rkarimi
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lane_in_ID
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csurowiec
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KimenTshom
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 bottle that says enjoy by Jan 31, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish copper amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bold yet balanced aroma of juicy hops, spicy pine, and sweet malts. Citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, tangerine, and lemon. A pretty dank and earthy smell of spicy pine resin. Strong toasted malt backbone with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Also some hints of brown sugar and alcohol. A pretty strong and good smell.

Taste: Big, juicy, spicy, and malty like the nose hints. Strong taste of citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Earthy and grassy hops with a good kick of spice from pine resin. A big malt presence follows with toasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Taste of sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and biscuit. Some booze in the taste. The hops and malts balance each other well for a big overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good Strong Ale. Bold in both the hops and malts. Well balanced and very tasty.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark ruby body, light tan head forms thick like dough rising. Fine lacing spread evenly all around the sides of my chalice. Aroma is full of dark nearly burn sugars with a hint of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, with the citrus pine ridden hop tones found in the Double Bastard definitely looks more like the traditional Bastard. This was an awesome idea to blend all three to make something better than any of it's parts. Spicy citrus dark brown sugar malts hints of pine cones, hoppy but balanced. A touch of oak well hidden, alcohol within the flavor spectrum this is how the Bastard is meant to be. This is more of what I remember the early days of Arrogant Bastard meant to me back in 2001 was my first experience. Harsh abrasive but fruit pine and citrus hops balance it out with darker caramelized hops I think they have found the right balance with this Cuvee de Bastard. Smooth drinking mouthfeel medium to full bodied natural easy going carbonaton this body is oily with some resins. Drinkability overall is excellent very easy to drain a 22 ounce bottle but becareful the alcohol by volume will hit you at 9.2% abv, keep trying beers in order to come across this type of an experience.

Photo of hoppy91
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nimrod979
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a caramel amber color with a light tan, bubbly one finger head.
Huge piney and resinous aromas throughout.
Oak and vanilla flavors. Piney hops and solid malt character. The alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms and tends to heat up the otherwise, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Big and bitter hoppy finish. Fantastic.

Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy reddish copper with a 2finger off whtie head with decent retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of hops and caramel malts

taste is strong - lots of juicy pine/citrus hops then comes the malt which is very muted caramel bready malts

mouthfeel - full body with low carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall - loved this beer - i could not stop taking drink after drink until all 22oz were gone in under 45min.

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jclogston
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LuauLarry
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,286 ratings.