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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 101
Gots: 179 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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Ratings: 1,407 | Reviews: 657 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -76%

methtlcai, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A blend of Arrogant Bastard, double bastard, and oaked arrogant bastard.

Clear chesnut hue with a thin off white head. Dark fruits, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee, smokey, anise, earthy hops and alcohol.

Tastes very much like a cognac. Sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee, up front. The oak aging from the oaked bastard comes through on the mid-palate with oak, smoke and vanilla. Finishes with an underlying earthy hop bite. Massive and complex but detectable booze throughout that stings the gums and burns the throat a touch. A little too overly complex that slaps the tongue around and confuses the taste buds. An alcohol cocktail blend of three very similiar but different beers that crashes into one mess of a big beer.

jtierney89, Nov 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -46%

arash1000, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of turboedtwo
2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

a - poured with a nice head, color is a dark amberish, kind of looks like iced tea.

s - smells strongly of hops and some boozey notes

t - this is where i was disappointed. it's not terrible, don't get me wrong. it tastes like regular arrogant bastard but smoother and less hoppiness with a good finish. i know it's basically three types of arrogant bastard but i was hoping for some more of the oaked flavor to come out.

m - nice, smooth, silky.

d - probably wouldn't get it again.

turboedtwo, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of champ103
2.65/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brick read color, almost brown. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to leaves some patchy lace that crawls along the glass.
S: Bitter grapefruit, resiny pine, and mold wood. Some booze. I can't really get anything else.
T: Follows the nose with tons of grapefruit and pine flavors. A very strong bitterness. A grainy, sugary sweetness tries to balance everything out in the middle, but to no avail. Another shot of lingering bitterness finishes everything out. Plenty of alcohol as well.
M/D: A full body that is resiny, sticky, and syrupy. Hard to drink because of the strong bitterness and hot alcohol.

I thought I would give this a try. So many people rave about all of Stones Bastard beers, and I just don't get it. This might be the best of the bunch, but that is not saying much for me. This does not have the degree of harshness and burning as some of the others, but still up there in that regard. Not something I would recommend.

champ103, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of justintcoons
2.68/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the first beer I reviewed on BA about 2 years ago. I enjoyed it so much I felt I had to tell the world. 400 beer reviews later and it's finally back again.

2012 Review

Appearance
Ruby Red with 1 finger of white head. Good retention and excellent clarity.

Nose
Toffee, Pine Sol, grapefruit zest, Fruity Pebbles and sugar.

Taste
Vicious hop action is all over this in the form of Pine Sol cleaner, Fruity Pebbles and grapefruit zest. Nothing juicy, just abrasive and artificial. Has a nice thick malt backbone comprised of toffee and table sugar. There's also a hint of something burnt in there.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, oily, bitter and dry.

Overall
Not a cohesive brew. The hop and malt bill really seem to work against each other. A beer that I once loved is now just cloying and annoys me. It's amazing how much taste buds can change in a couple years.

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Original Review (2010)

A: 4.0, N: 4.0, T: 5.0, M: 3.5, O: 4.5
Final rating: 4.5
Beautiful ruby color with nice lacing and head. Aggressive citrus and pine upfront; slightly spicy with a hint of floral. Big malty caramel backbone with just a hint of oak and vanilla. This is easily my favorite "13asartd." I really hope Stone brews this again for upcoming years.

justintcoons, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Painmob
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Painmob, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Wadsey
2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lukcy Basartd

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours deep amber with head that rises and looks like deep-dish pizza dough. When it punches itself down, nice, intricate lacing is left sticking to the glass. The beer itself is clear but filled with sediment. Good effervescence. 

S: Toasted and caramel malts followed by what were once pungent tropical fruits. Intense instant tea aromas and a little earthiness are also present. 

T: Toasted and caramel malts and intense tea-like flavors hog spotlight. The fruity and hoppy notes are almost totally absent. Intense, monolithic bitterness butts in mid-palate and does not let go. Weedy, bitter finish. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Sticky, yet drying. 

O:  I knew aging Lukcy Basartd would be a gamble, but I figured it was worth the risk. This beer was best fresh. Drink 'em if you got 'em. 

Wadsey, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of alwaysplayin
3/5  rDev -28.1%

alwaysplayin, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

JohnBender, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

littlebeer, Nov 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

leodarko, Nov 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Mcmenenins in da city of Philly...

In the glass lucky bastard looks reddish maroon brown with a light tan off cream looking head that left some spots on the glass. Good retention, looks like a bastard. Huge amounts of malt piled on top of a heaping of that signature stone hop bouquete. Oak is prominent as well and some scent of vanilla. Pungent, yet sort of muddled. Also Im not sure the yeast strain, but it totally kills this beer for me. In all the bastards I've had this yeast really detracts from what could be a killer set of beers, stone knows hops, the yeast should be re evaluated. Taste is the faulty (for me) yeast on top of a oaked bastard, double bastard and a arrogant one. Sorry I just cant get past the yeast on this one, nothing more to add except that the body is strong, above medium, not at all hot and kinda bitey from a hopping, carb is no problem but the drinkability is. Sorry

BARFLYB, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Medium maple syrup.

S - Dry, dusty, somewhat barny hop character. Touch of funk.

T - Dusty, earthy hop character. Nice malt.

M - Medium body.

vfgccp, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lingers, with lots of legs and sticky lace. Aroma is pungent hops, deep sweetness, and fruity alcohol notes.

Taste starts malty, fruit in the middle, and closes with hoppy bitterness, and then a somewhat harsh alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, yet prickly on the tastebuds at the same time, and drinkability is not so great. The aftertaste that stays in my mouth just kills it for me.

ppoitras, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1/3/11, poured from bottle to NB tulip.
$7 for 22oz @ Huck's in Spokane, WA

A: Pours a burnt orange ale with single finger light tan head which dissipates quickly leaving non-confluent patches. Ale is a bit hazy, with sharp light shine, but little clarity on shapes. Moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Hops - standard Stone...Piney with apples, citrus, earth, and a shine of spice. malt background is unique in this blend: I smell seafoam (candy). Hints of oak and remains slightly alcoholic.

T: Bitter, malty, cream of tarter, alcohol, oaky astringency. Very, very distant marzipan on finish. Not too impressed here with this one.

M: Slick, fine carbonation in a medium to heavy body. Leaves my tongue a bit coated and creamy, which is a nice surprise and levels out the bitterness quite a bit.

D: This is a good beer. Not great, and not an anniversary caliber beer by any means. Good experiment, worth one try.

harrymel, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really looking forward to trying this and was quite disappointed....

Good crisp head on the pour and a nice brown colour.
Smells very hoppy with hints of oak. Definitely smells like it would be very tasty!!!
Tastes... Pretty shitty actually... Harsh hops that don't blend with the oak well at all. I can taste oak and double bastard hoppiness separately and it's honestly too busy and strong to enjoy at this point...
Maybe with some time this would back off but as is it was very unbalanced and overwhelming without the kind of complexity i had hoped for

Urbancaver, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive reddish mahogany color with about an inch of khaki head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very rich and smooth, much less bitter and hoppy than I expected from Stone. There was a noticeable hop presence, but was much more balanced than I anticipated. After the great aroma, I was a bit let down by the taste. There wasn't much on the front of the tongue, and quite a bitter finish. In between, there was a nice blend of malts and hops.

The body was a bit too thin for my liking. Drinkability was OK, I'll have more, but can't see drinking more than 1 in a row. Overall, a decent enough beer, I like it better than the regular AB. Certainly worth trying.

beertunes, Dec 18, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.