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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,408
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 435 | 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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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,408
Photo of cjoc83
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/brown with about a finger of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel malts, pine and citrus hops. Was expecting a bit more complexity here.

Taste closely resembles the smell. The sweet malts are the first thing I taste, then some piney-citrusy hops in the middle, then back to the sweet malt on the back of the tongue before finishing with a nice, resiny hop presence that coats the tongue and leaves a mild hop after-taste. I was hoping for more oak flavor, and while there is a hint of it, it's very faint.

A medium-bodied ale with decent carbonation, not too much or too little. Very smooth and a bit creamy, so drinkability is good.

Overall, a very solid beer, but I have to say, I was expecting a bit more complexity for a beer that seems to have garnered so much hype. The sweet, caramel malts seem to dominate this beer, and some more pronounced hop flavor would have been nice. The oak-aged notes were also hard to discern, which was disappointing. But a very good brew nonetheless, and at $11 for a bomber, it was pretty reasonably priced. Good but not anything out of this world.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad bought me a 22 0z. bomber as a Thanksgiving Day gift.

The color is a rusty, ruby, tawny color. Very quick beige head that has no retention and some sparse bubbling.

The aroma is a spicey citric fruit skin. Makes me think of orange and lime zest. The malts add some toasted caramel sweetness so the the aroma isn't one hundred percent dominated by hops. But its close, and I think that was the intention.

Lots of citric and earthy hops upfront. Mostly ctric though. The front is a clementine, mandarin, and navel n orange peel mix of strong bitterness. The middle lets the malt bill have a little say in the matter, but still powered over the earthy flower petal and dirt hops. The finish is a resiny palated orange zest hop bomb that lingers for quiet awhile after each sip. The alcohol seems to enhance the hops bitterness. Particularly on the finish.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a high gravity american beer that destroys any other beer plans you have for the evening. this is a lot. and this is also a blend that you can tell is exactly all three of the bastards together. a board range of interesting hops within but there is something one dimensional in its intensity. pour looks like a imperial IPA but that distinction with this style is questionable so sticky sweet malt head with lace... amber dark but well filtered. nose is a pounce in the face of hops as expected. nice and forest pine. palate is literally a blend of all three of the bastards. a tad warm going down a tad syrupy that is cut like a knife by the bitter finish. palate of pineapple brisk, coconut woody, and a one dimensional hoppy bitter that doesn't have anything to do but linger and in that distinction transform on the palate over time... as you drink and as you wait the several hours to bet your taste back to normal. HA!. great beer. but a sample glass at best.

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Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby thin tan head sticky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, oak and citrus peel hops. Not particularly intense.

Flavor: Pine and citrus peel hops, very astringently bitter as per all of the Bastards. Toasty, oaky. Not quite as boozy as Double bastard, but still too boozy for 8.5% ABV in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Super sticky, with a boozy tingle.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 8.5% abv. Pours a clear lighter chestnut color. Maybe a deep amber with some lighter edges. Thick beige head holds pretty well for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer. Nice patches of surround the sides of the glass.

Hops seem to come to the forefront. Big juicy grapefruit and other citrus fruits, along with some sharp piney notes. Other ripe fruity notes like apricot come through. Toffee and caramel malty notes. A hint of aspirin.

Starts with a sturdy malt backbone, but quickly moves to hop bitterness and drying tannins. Flavor is not as juicy as the nose indicates. Bitterness is a bit more herbal. Finishes bone dry.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Some warming alcohol. I enjoyed the nose, but the dryness took away from things a bit.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Murky brownish red color. With 1/4 foamy kaki head and no retention

Smell: First thing you get is the sweet maltyness and the typical piney hops that stone seems to love.

Taste: On the palate this beer is very malty. You do get traces of caramel and figs and actually just a note of the piney hops when the beer is cold. As the beer warms a bit the hops become more apparent

Mouthfeel Medium body with a medium carbonation level and a tad bit dry on the finish

Overall. For me this beer was just ok. Nothing to sell the farm for or mortagage the house but if you find these for the right price pick it up its very drinkable and has a decent flavor profile

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Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with two and a half fingers of dense, off-white head. The head retains and laces wonderfully. Great looking beer. The smell is a little harder for me to describe. It's a bit of a bouquet of sorts, I smell some sort of wood up front (gotta be oak, although I get a bit of a cedar character too), some rich biscuity malts and vanilla, and finally some hops to round it out. There's just a hint of alcohol there too.

The taste is also pretty well done. It's a complex flavor, with a lot of vaniilla malts and oak flavor at the very start. At the back-end though, a ton of hops come in, enough to almost make me thing I'm drinking an IPA! This was pretty surprising, to say the least. With a blend of all the Bastards, this was not quite what I was expecting. It's a great tasting beer, for sure. If you're not a hop-head, I'd suggest aging this a bit so the hops can mellow out though.

The mouthfeel is just about right, it's pretty full-bodied, which works with the super-heavy taste banquet. The drinkability is about average for the ABV, I find this one to be a bit of a slow drinker. Overall a good beer to try out for Bastard fans, I don't think it beats out the original Arrogant Bastard though.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking clear amber with a fat, soapy, tan head. Head retention is better than average with some spiderwebbing around the edge of the glass. Toffee, grass, orange peel, and sweet lemon on the nose. The mouthfeel is wet, smooth, full, but lacking carbonation sting. There's a less offensive hop presence in this concoction than is normal for Stone. In fact, it might even be described as drinkable. I note a lot of pine and a little orange. There's some balance. But, I'm not sure with what. The finish, however, delivers that familiar Stone hop hot sensation and bitterness. Not horrible, but I've been duped by Stone, once again. I really want to try one that knocks my socks off.

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the new bomber variety fourpack, purchased last week. The deliberately misspelled name is cute up to the point where you have to spell it "correctly." Then it's kind of a pain.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half light tan head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Ripe light fruit, mainly pear; then pine resin.

t: An unidentifiable fruity flavor followed by a substantial hop bite. Bitterness and some sourness lingers. High ABV is very well covered, although a bit of throat burn appears later.

m: Light to moderate. Pretty good body, good carbonation tingle.

o: A barleywinish mixture of other Stone brews (I understand) which is refreshing, but the sourness is a bit offputting for me. Any anticipated smokiness or oakiness is masked completely by the fruitiness, almost as though they mixed the brew with fruit cup juice. Which is odd considering it's a mix of three other Stone brews to which I have given higher marks.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer was a dark copper color with a fluffy off-white head crowning the snifter. Lacing followed the sides of the glass.

Smell - The malts dominated the smell with notes of fresh bread and banana hovering in the background.

Taste - On the initiate taste, the bitterness of chocolate and alcohol strikes me. Caramel makes a brief appearance. Oaky notes and vanilla float in toward the back, leaving a dry woody impression.

Mouthfeel -Carbonation is modest with few warming qualities despite the ABV. Clearly the alcohol is well masked.

Overall - I aged this one for quite a while and must state that I am not sure the waiting was worth it.

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Photo of almostjay
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR. I always feel weird ordering Californian beers in Portland, but I had to try this when it was available. Not my favorite style, but certainly a good beer to warm the belly on a chilly night. More memorable than Arrogant Bastard for me, but would like to do a side by side.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega.

A- This beer is a deep copper, cherry wood red with a decent haze to it.

S- Its nicely blended in the aroma. Sweeter things like vanilla, caramel and toffee interweave with aromas of typical Bastard hops, grass, lemon, pineapple and lots of pine. It has a potent, complex smell that approaches barleywine territory. But hey, thats what these Bastards are all about.

T- Its strong like Double Bastard, but better. Nice vanilla, oak and caramel with a healthy dose of bittering and fruity hops. Its battles back and forth between smooth, velvety, malty and intimidatingly hoppy. It keeps you on your toes.

A prediction: collaborations are on their way out and blends of flagships like this are going to be all the rage in 2011.

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Photo of bsp77
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich mahogany with moderate tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Caramel, citrus and pine. Some oak and spiciness. Not as intense as expected.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel core, with layers of citrus and pine. Finish is moderately bitter, with just a hint of oak.

Feel: Medium to full creamy body with a dry finish.

Overall: In my opinion, it is not as good as the sum of its parts. All of the flavors of the three base beers seem to be muting each other, and I am just left with a very good, but not distinctive, Strong Red Ale. Still really like it, but would rather have an Arrogant Bastard or Double Bastard.

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%

The beer comes in a rich dark ruby color.

The aroma is caramel sweetness, with an amalgamation of hops from grapefruit, hints of tropical nectar, resinous pine, and garlic.

The flavor follows with lots of sweetness up front of candy and sugar. Then onto sweet dried grapefruit peel, touches of tropical, then onto an aggressive bitterness.

The beer is just very sweet and bitter. It drinks well otherwise, but those are huge detractors for the brew.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of lemon and pine with a little mango and grain.
The taste is a great blend of lemon, pine and grapefruit bitter with mild caramel and malty sweetness.
The texture is quite soft and nice.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky bastard review
L= dark caramel tan with a mildly thick creamy head sticky lacing
S= Smells of toasty malt and grain
T= nice dose of bitter hops with a good malt balance and a medium hop finish. I thought it was a bit milder than I was expecting given most of my previous Stones experiences.
M= medium mouthfeel
D= I had a 22 and could easily knock off a couple more. 8.5% wasn't a problem and not that noticeable. If I see more of this I will buy it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear copper-amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: Smells intensely hoppy, much like Arrogant Bastard. Lots of piney and citrus peel hop notes which are quite pleasant. Follows with caramel and brown sugar and apples.

T: The flavor is really nothing like the aroma. The hoppiness is not really there other than a bit of bitterness. There is an intensely sweet flavor that is almost like candied apples. A touch of alcohol is present as well. Maybe just a bit oxidized as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: The smell of this was really great, but the flavor was sort of weird. A bit too sweet and appley for my tastes. But, an interesting enough to keep me coming back.

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Photo of BRadPhotography
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint glass

A: medium body, small tight head

S: piny, hoppy, thick malts, citrus sharpness

T: smooth, piny hops bitter kick, big flavor

M: medium weight, carbonated smooth glide, hoppy, piny bitter, bright

O: If you like the others this is a good hoppy bitter kick with the same family taste.

one bottle consumed :-)

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a see through, reddish amber with a one finger light tan head. Medium patchy lacing throughout.

S- Some sweet malt, but not too sweet. Citrusy. Hint of grapefruit. Hops. Bitter pine.

T- Semisweet malt to start. Bitter pine, hops at the end.

M- Medium carbonation. Slightly oily, but not sticky. Somewhat dry finish.

O- Sat on this for 7 months. Will try again.
Like it....but do not love it. Somewhat potent.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Leaves some lace. Color is a bronze amber brown.

Aroma: Oak and vanilla sweetness. Pretty hoppy with floral notes. Caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Fairly sweet and hoppy. A lot of oak and vanilla. Floral with citrus notes. Caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, a decent beer. Better than I anticipated it to be. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of head, decent retention and lacing.

Totally hop forward..evergreen, some citrus, some sweet grains in the back for balance.

Big bitterness throughout, oily hops, overwhelming pine, long dry bitter finish.

Medium bodied, dry.

Good but too much going on. Why complicate things by blending bastards?

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Photo of cpmichael
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours reddish brown. minimal head retention

S: Has a floral/fruity complex mix with hops. A hint of grapefruit, maybe orange as well.

T: A piny grapefruit character hits the palate first. Followed by the presence of hops. A little on the bitty side.

M: A beer that bits your tongue off the start. A tongue twister.

D: Good and complex, markedly smoother and more drinkable than the others in the series..

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of an amber-brown body with perfect clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - A rich, barleywine like combination of malt and hops with notes of caramel, mustard, rosemary, oak, and pine.

T - Dark caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front with some peppery hops. The caramel character becomes a bit burnt in the middle with swelling bitterness and some pine notes. The beer finishes with lots of mustard, pine, and burnt caramel as well as a tannic oak note that lingers on the palate. Huge hop bitterness washes away any residual sugar that might be left once the beer is gone.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is about what I would expect from a blend of the various bastards. The hops are crushingly bitter and full of peppery pine flavor that works with the dark malt to give off a mustardy barleywine character. It is a bit on the harsh size in the aftertaste with both acrid bitterness and some tannic oak notes. An interesting beer, but when it comes to Stone's beer, I still much prefer the beers that don't come with bastard in the name.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish body - almost coppery. The head is thick and fluffy and sticks around for a few minutes but remains in a quarter-shaped circle among the middle of the top layer of the brew. The lacing on the glass remains present throughout the drink.

S: Wofts a strong hoppiness, with some caramely maltiness, piney, and some underlying smells of oak.

T: Strong malty taste, finishing with loads of hops. A good amount of bitterness that lingers after swallowing. I don't get a lot of oakiness, which is somewhat disappointing, but the balance of bitterness and hops combined with malty sweetness tastes really good.

M: This is actually a much lighter bodied beer than I was expecting. I'd say medium-bodied, but I enjoy that it is pretty creamy, and it is very drinkable.

O: Very happy to have this one. It's so complex that every drink almost tastes completely different. The first few sips I didnt get any oak flavor and then it comes out as it warms a bit. It is the kind of beer that you don't realize has a high ABV because of how easily it goes down.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone branded pairing glass (short stemmed goblet)

Pours amber with golden highlights capped by a light beige one and a half finger head. Great retention with a fair amount of splotchy lacing. Toffee, citric hops, and some underlying toasted oak on the nose. Fairly complex, caramel joined by orange rind, charred oak, burnt toast, toffee, bitter grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth and silky with moderate carbonation. A successful blend of all of Stone's infamous "Bastard" brews.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.