Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 434 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, copper, with an off-white one-finger head that dissipates to foam. Light lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops. Resiny. A slight maltiness, but those Stone hops are aggressive.

T: Piney but smooth. A really terrific blend of hops and malts. Lightly bitter. A nice smooth finish.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: The best of the Bastards, for sure. This one is much smoother and didn't take my head off like the Double Bastard. Terrific fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful mahogany with a lathery two finger head of foam.

Caramel, pine, citrus, dark fruits, and oak.

Vanilla, oak, raisins, dates, caramel, citrus, and pine. Hop resin aftertaste with some dark fruit as well.

Heavy bodied, medium-heavy caronation, resinous on the front end, dry finish.

Overall, this is one complex bastard.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Lukcy Basartd has a medium, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, rust-red appearance, and a nice lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is rather bursting, and one picks up strong, but not piney, hop resin, brown, syrupy malt, and sweetness. Taste is the same, and the bitterness balances the sweetness quite well. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lukcy Basartd finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of gillagorilla
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip

So, glad that they re-released this and along with a BA version as well.

A: Beautiful amber-tinged copper color. Some lacing and a fast receding head. Almost no collar.
S: Sweet malts and resinous pine hops.
T: This is crazy hoppy. It really comes across as an Imperial Red/Amber ale. The sweetness from the malts is definitely in there. A bit sweet, but lots of resinous hop oils in there to meld with it and just taste delicious. I really wonder how this would taste in a year from now.
M: Nice bit of carbonation that fluffs it up just enough to best deliver the flavor.
O: This might be the best of the bunch. I want to say that it is definitely the hoppiest one. The Double Bastard probably beats it for aging, but who can beat a pre-made brewery cuvee?

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

From the 650 ml. bottle with a best by Jan 1, 2015 date. Sampled on December 13, 2014 (12-13-14).

Lovely looking brown-red pour with a lingering cream colored head and a touch of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted caramel malts, dark fruit (until it warms), and earthy hops.

The body is better than medium but it is a highly carbonated beer so I burped quite a lot. Ecxuse me. My paly on the Dyslexia influenced laebl.

The earthy and cedar hops come across more vibrantly in the flavor with a roasted malt undercurrent. Somewhat bitter finale. More drinkable than I expected.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Dark amber with a low off-white head.

Smell: Moderate floral and piney hops.

Taste: Dark yeast and malt flavor up front with some bitterness towards the end. Woody and dry. A little alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with low carbonation.

Overall: Hard to describe, but very good. I like it a bit more than Arrogant Bastard - some of the flavors are toned down in favor of wood and hops.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet with 1 finger of off-white head

Smell: Pine and spruce hop aromas

Taste: Up front, I get a lot of earthy and resin-like flavors with some toffee notes coming through in the middle with a caramel and hop finish

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly cloying without nearly a sticky feeling like other resinous beers

Overall: A very enjoyable variant from the Bastard series that certainly has to be enjoyed fresh. I personally like how clean it finishes relative the to resin hop flavors present.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Served in a snifter 12/12/14.

A- Dark copper-brown body. One finger white head with nice retention time, no lacing. The head disappears quickly into a thin collar that persists for a while. Overall the colour of the body is a bit gross; murky even. That's not been the best aspect of the Bastards anyway, so I'm not too worried.

S- Pine hops, oak, herbal aromatics assault the nose. A good bit of sweet caramel and raisins hit the nose as well. This is an intense, hoppy and malty beer that brings all aspects of the beer cleanly to the nose. Very complicated, even has a bit of leather to it if I'm not mistaking it for something else.

F- Bitter pine up front, oak and caramel in the middle, raisins and some citrus in the background. Bitter pine and breadiness finishes things out. There is a lot going on in this beer, not all of it good, but it makes for a relatively unique and interesting flavour that seems to defy even what one of the Bastards would bring to the table with characteristics of another Bastard. Fascinating beer that doesn't work for me, but overall the Bastards aren't my favourite base beer in any case so I am not too surprised.

M- Medium bodied, on the fuller side. Just about right in terms of carbonation. Slick and resinous, the finish is pine-forward all the way despite the strong malt presence that balances it out in a good way. More like restrains it, really.

O- Unsurprisingly hop-forward, Stone remains unapologetic for what they are and what they do, and this beer represents that quite well. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay and you might as well get around to trying their brews. Even if you're like me and don't get their beers in Wisconsin.

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought as a part of “The Bastard Box” or something like that for $19.99 from Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio a few weeks ago. In the box are bombers of Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Lukcy Basartd and Bourbon Barrel Aged Bastard. I have previously reviewed the classic AB and Double Bastard. Now I get to review this one and later the BA AB. No “Best By” date observed by me.

A Classic creamy light brown head over a dark copper but translucent body, much like the classic look of Arrogant Bastard. I enjoyed a bomber of that the other night for comparison purposes, of course. 4.0

S Strong malt and hop presence just like in the classic. There is also an “oaked” sense to the beer but expectedly it is not strong (this beer is a blend of oak, double bastard and Arrogant Bastard. This remains a classic beer taste. I have likened it to all levers pushed up to max (hops, barley malt, etc) and this is no exception. 4.0

T Classic Arrogant Bastard taste with a sense of that “Oaked” AB but it is more difficult for me to detect that “Double Bastard” in the taste. Likely because these are 3 different versions of AB and presumably 1/3 of it is indeed regular AB (hard to detect 1/3 of Double Bastard!). Anyway, the taste is challenging, interesting, complex, all of the things that the label claims that it will be. 4.5
M Full, big, stinging hops, full barley malt. Arrogant Bastard (and versions of it) may have one of the biggest mouthfeels that I have come across. Another one that comes to mind is SN Bigfoot. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is moderate since this is SUCH a big, foreboding beer (that comment may be made about all of the Bastard line). Overall this is a classic beer and I enjoy that the brewers created this blend in celebration of AB’s 13th Anniversary. 4.0

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Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Here then is another one of those balanced beers in which the balance is of all of the elements in extreme. Thus it is my interpretation of balance, not necessarily that of true balance (such as a Northeastern IPA).

Deep coppery color with a tan head. Big, nay giant aroma of hops and malt and a boozy something. Interesting as it is only (only!) 8.5. The aroma is not delivered in the flavor. It is surpassed. Huge citrus-piney goodness upfront, followed by the deep caramel maltiness and finishing with the balance of resin and syrup.. not the alcohol I expected based on the aroma.

Having these guys in my back yard, I am indeed one lucky bastard.

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Photo of pagriley
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

A - pours mid amber with thick head
S - Pine and citrus hops overpower any sense of oak or malt
T - Citrus and tropical hop flavors with a huge thwack of pine bitterness that overwhelms the finish. Malt backbone is there but not much oak going on that I can detect; hops crushes all else. A bit of alcohol heat which was a surprise for only 8.5%
M - Nice creamy malts support the hops

O - Nice beer, and a decent price as a bomber (6 or 6.50 I think). Nice to try, but nothing I would feel the need to revisit in a hurry.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice mix of dank hops, oak, and faint caramel sweetness. Comes off just as you'd imagine from the blend of DB, OAB, and AB....Drinkable like most Stone brews...would revisit

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sevred at 50 dergees farhenhight. Botlted on 11/20/14

I dindt celalr this Basartd aile fore moar than won weake.

Tatsy and worht the ate bukcs. Stepp asied! Porst!

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Photo of craftaholic
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -3.6%

10/31/14. Cascading bubbles on the pour, almost like a stout it is very dense for this type of beer. Two fingers of cream colored, mottled, thick head, mahogany-colored and clear. Piney and woody aromas, with some grass and herbal notes. Toasted malt and caramel. The sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by a long, bitter finish (yes that's a good thing). Full-bodied and well-carbonated. This is a big beer!

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Photo of fmt_beer_drinker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Stone makes my favorite beers. I waver between regular 'Arrogant Bastard' and Ruination, but either of those are just about the perfect beer for me. So when they did this limited release I had to track it down. It says to drink NOW. Well I waited until lunch but I that's soon enough.

Overall, I was a tiny bit disappointed. I think regular Arrogant Bastard is a tiny bit better. Which still leaves this beer in the upper echelon of beers. Just to confirm my review, I also found it on tap ($6 for 10 oz, jeez!), and still prefer Arrogant, if just by a little bit. It's great, but in my opinion Arrogant still is a bit more balanced. Am I sad I bought it? Hell no, and everybody who likes hoppy, rich beers should give it a try!

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Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Big blast of hops here, mostly reminiscent of dank weed with some herbal and grassy notes along with a bit of citrus. There are some caramel malt aromas underneath.

T: Hops dominate here as well, with the dank weed showing up along with some herbal and melon flavors and grapefruit rind. It is very earthy tasting with some nutty notes as well before a moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is a bit oily feeling but avoids being watery.

O: A good beer, overall. A huge hop presence with some unique aromas and flavors while avoiding being too bitter.

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Photo of bigmike85
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a copper color with a nice 2 inch head, good lacing around the glass. At first an earthy/dark cherry taste with a good amount of hops then finished with a mildly citrus taste. The 8.5 ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%

22 oz bomber.Pours a brownish gold color.Smell of pine.Taste is strong hoppy flavor.I didn`t liike this one as well as the Bourbon Bastard but still pretty good.Got this in a bastard box which is a great deal.4 Bombers for 19.99.Get the Bastard box if you can find it and compare all of them.Highly recommend.

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Photo of deford
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a bomber into an IPA glass.

A- Great head! A full two inches thick and caramel colored. The ale is pretty dark and kinda red.

S- Dark fruits (really?) and oak mostly...maybe some citrus as well. Really enjoyable.

T- Sweet oaky pine cones followed right away by a hop blast. I get a lil of the alcohol on the finish.

M- As it should be, unnoticed. The beer flows around my mouth without so much as a hint of anything to distract from the taste.

O- Stone pulls this off every's a fine beer for Friday night or Monday afternoon...with dinner or afterward with cigars. The nose on this might be even better that the taste...

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Photo of 57md
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%

The relevant question here is as follows:
In this instance, which is greater – the whole or the sum of its parts?

I’ll fall slightly in favor of the parts. Oaked and Double Bastard both have very distinct flavors as stand-alone offerings. The blending of these flavors along with the addition of some regular Arrogant Bastard leads the unique qualities of each version to get lost in the shuffle.

This remains an excellent offering but I’d rather drink an Oaked or Double as a stand-alone rather than as part of this blend.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Deep amber color great clarity nice head great lacing

S: this is such a resiny hoppy crazy smell mixed with battery acid this beef smells like it's going yo bad sour

T: Such a deep resiny taste with just a nice bite on the end the malts may be there but they are overwhelmed by the resiny hops although it's not that bitter on the finish

M: Syrupy thickness this thing lays on your tongue but it's not bad low to medium carbonation

O: this is a stupidly thick resin bomb I love it but if you aren't ready to have your hops ripped apart I'd skip it. if you are looking for fruity or delicate this is not it this is brutal and beautiful while it satisfying a stupidly bitter up front hop taste.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10-24-14. Pours a clear dark Amber, with one finger of bubbly tan head that quickly faded to a thin film. Aroma is piney, with some caramel and sweet toffee notes. Taste is resiny and fruity up front, with the sweetness and woody flavors following on the back end. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, but it coats the tongue nicely, making you continually want more. Overall, this one is quite nice, with a lot going on, quite a nice melange of flavors, blending into a great brew.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a pretty beer, with a dark orange, almost brown colored body, visible carbonation, and a tight light tan head of small, uniform bubbles. Lacing is pretty extensive, and the head is persistent, leaving a film over the beer well after the pour.

S - Mostly pine and citrus hop notes, but with some wood and a strong caramel note. Slight hint of sourness.

T - A well-integrated mix of its parts are readily identifiable. The beer offers big caramel notes from Double, crunchy citrus hop notes from standard AB, and a line of wood from the Oaked. Together, the experience starts with citrus and oak, quickly working toward bitter pine hop elements, and fading off in stronger bitterness, with a subtle sour element in the close.

M - This is a hard-going brew, with heavy hop oils that do build, drying in the close. The carbonation lifts some of the build, but this is not a multi-bottle drinker.

O - Delicious, and a great mix of the various AB into a single rock solid brew. Drink it quick, because even over a couple weeks, the amount of bright fruit in the hops has faded a touch, but get your hands this if you can, because it is worth your time.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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