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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 91
Gots: 180 | FT: 4
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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.

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ptykozoon

California

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry red, good lacing, but the head dissipates fast. Nice color - pretty beer.

Abrasive hops, cherry, oak.

Lots of oak, earthy flavors besides the hops, lemon. Candied sugar, almost some caramel.

Well carbonated. You can taste the ABV as well.

A very interesting and tasty beer, might be a good one to age too.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:46:28 | More by ptykozoon
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SirRuss

California

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich chestnut brown with a strong two inch thick, rice pudding white head. Retention is fairly robust with some meaty lacing left in its wake.

S - Biscuitiness from the malts, a full dose of oak vanillins, and hints of hops bobbing about.

T - Great expression of the malts with the oak engaging them to produce a heavy toffee presence. The hops have a dominating bearing that manifests itself on the finish. Personally, the hops seem overdone - although cleansing, their resinous influence enters too early and too intensely creating a forced distraction from the luxurious malts that deserve to be the center of attention.

M&D - The carbonation, sugar, and alcohol all seem well balanced. However, there is a distinct puckering akin to a tannic onslaught that sucks the moisture from your mouth in an excessive and unpleasant manner. (This is a surprising character to find in this beer, and I can only wonder if there's some residual tannin resiliently hiding in some crevice of my mouth from a cab that I had an hour-or-so ago[despite palate cleansers]).

O - great potential, but a little disappointed that the off-balance hops prevent it being realized. If the excessive puckering is a standard feature (and not a personal mis-perception) then this is another major knock, but I will -for now - not include it in my overall rating. Better Lukc next time Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:01:24 | More by SirRuss
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to BeerFM's own Andy for sharing!

Rich mahogany color. This basardt has some nice aromas of malts, hops, caramel, brown sugar, but there an odd plasticy smell that is pretty apparent. Drinkability is fair with the balance of hops, malts, bitterness, and alcohol. Tastes a lot like other Stone ales. For an anniversary beer, I was hoping for a little more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:04:07 | More by TheDTrain
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark amber with hues of red and orange, frothy two finger head, decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Aromas of sticky pine resin hops, boozy alcohol and heavy bready malt.

T: All the flavors of the nose but unfortunately they aren't very well balanced at the moment. I really think in a few months this will really come into its own and be a great beer, but right now the hops overpower everything in the start and the booze cleans everything up on the finish leaving a heavy flavor of malt and booze with bitter hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly oily and thick but nice carbonation. Finish is a little long on the hops and not quite dry enough.

D: The unbalanced flavors and heavy booziness of this beer make it less than drinkable and while I like the beer and am really looking forward to what it will taste like in 6-12 months, right now it is off.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 01:17:46 | More by RedBrewer83
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am one lucky bastard to find this on the shelves before its best-by date; I’ve seen the previous release, but fairly recently, so it must have been past its prime. Cheers to fresh beer, and to Stone for slapping a distinct “ENJOY BY JAN 31, 2013”on the side of the bottle – thank you.

A: An excellent color: pours a crystal-clear ruby red that shimmers in the glass. Short, bubbly head pops and fizzes for thirty seconds or so before it dissipates, leaving a negligible amount of tan retention. Wet lacing slides back slowly into the body.

S: There’s almost no nose on this one – is my nose just not very sensitive today, or is this not the pungent hopfest I expect from Stone? From what I can make out, there’s a sweet butterscotch backbone with notes of cherry and fig under a citrusy hop note of mango, kiwi, and some resins. Once I pour it into a glass with more of a tapered lip and let it warm up, I can make out more black ale roast, dark fruits, and bourbon – smells just like hookah smoke, oddly enough.

T: A single sip puts the hairs up on my arm and a warmth on my tongue – that’s a strong beer. Forward tastes of black malt, toasted bread, thick hop oils, and booze, mixing every one of the viscous tastes you can get from a strong ale. Decadently smooth, the sweets thicken every motion of the palate like it’s drenched in malt, so much that even the oily hops get a smoky, syrupy kick. Mango, strawberry, lime, and pine from those hop tastes, though with a sweet grape underpinning to remind me of that hookah character from before. Finishes mild like the nose: nothing but a bit of lemon zest and toasted grain lingers.

M: As said before, this is a smooth beer; not barleywine-thick, but it’s close. Low carbonation and lots of malt to the body.

O: This was a pretty good beer, but I would rather have any of the bastards individually. I don’t know exactly where it’s coming from, but there’s contradicting flavors between the blends and it shows. But the greatness that is Stone comes through every time, showing full, satisfying flavors throughout. I can’t complain.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:51:16 | More by BarryMFBurton
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jtk

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown. Head disappeared quickly and there was never much of one.

Smell: Heavy malt.

Taste: Heavy, bitter. Very slight hint of a root beer taste? Hops compliment the alcohol presence that is present.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Low carb.

Drinkability: Not sure if I will get this one again. I wouldn't have had another one if it were in the fridge that night. Pretty much overpowered my palate and not in the best way. A good beer but not their best by a long shot.

22 ounce bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 04:31:55 | More by jtk
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bort11

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz silk screened bottle, poured into a Karmeliet tulip. A gentle pour produces a thick, custard colored head, The consistency of the foam is creamy and milky. Lacing is gorgeous, very delicate bubbles slide across the glass. The body color is the same as the brown bottle glass.

Smell is a harsh and aggressive pine hops with some alcohol back burn. There is a woody resin aroma in there around the edges. This is kind of pungeant. The taste is equally aggressive, but at least there is an attempt at balance from the caramel malts. There is just a hint of vanilla. But over all it is like fresh pine and spruce needles. It is sharp and biting. Even though it is only 8.5% ABV, there is a deffinate alcohol rub.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. The body itself is smooth where flavors are harsh. That creates an interesting contrast. Stone is not afraid to challenge their drinkers, and that is why so many craft beer fans love them. I have had all three of the base beers for Lukcy Basartd in the past. Blended together, I feel that the Double Bastard is the dominant beer. Since Lukcy Basartd is a one shot anniversary beer, I doubt it will be part of the Missouri launch. However I do anticipate picking up the other Bastards.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 17:37:28 | More by bort11
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille last week, reviewed from notes. Listed as 8.5%.

Pours dark red, off-white head turns to a thick ring leaving decent lacing.

Smell/taste/mouthfeel - HUGE oak, fresh dark fruits, caramel, pine, a little bit of chocolate. Smooth, lowish carbonation, alcohol very hidden, doesn't feel near 9.2%. Seems extremely malty with low hoppiness (maybe overly smoothed out from the oak), unusual for Stone.

For a blend this tasted pretty different than what I expected, it's good but I'd reach for any of the other Bastards before this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 13:10:27 | More by Chico1985
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. 8.5% ABV.

A: Deep ruby red body. Decent white head with some lacing.

S: Caramel and herbs, maybe come citrus.

T: Big herbal notes from the hops. Strong bitterness. Fruits and caramel from the malt. I'm not really picking up any oak.

M: Somewhat thick but not syrupy, medium carbonation.

D: I've realized that I don't really care for big herbal hops like Chinook and Columbus. My tastes definitely tend more toward the pine/grapefruit varieties. If you like that herbal spiciness, though, you'll probably really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 05:08:17 | More by BarrelO
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nova009

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a dark reddish brown, a one finger tan head appears and slowly dissipates down to a ring, head clings to the glass well and leaves some nice lacing

S- super hoppy smelling, citrus notes particularly grapefruit, malty, slight sweet caramel smell present as well

T- very very hoppy even more so than most stone brews, slightly woody, partially sweet with a small amount of caramel, finishes pretty bitter

M- medium body with a nice balance of carbonation, smooth and creamy

D- the hops are a little overwhelming in this one, i can drink this but it's not really something that i want drink a lot of, okay to drink once but i probably wouldn't pick up another one of these

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:03:06 | More by nova009
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sitarist for the generous LIF...this is one of the 4 offerings sent.
Pours a rust color w/ a generous two fingers of light tan head. Lacing is thick and lasts for the entire glass.
Decent aroma. More biscuit malt than hops which surprises me when it comes to Stone. With a lingering nose, some nice fruity notes shine through and things start to balance out.
Taste is more balanced up front. The good news is I like the hop profile and there is a solid bitterness that accompanies the fruitiness.
Not a thin beer, but does not feel very heavy for a strong ale. ABV is well hidden. I believe the body will thicken with a short time in the cellar, so I will look to pickup a bottle personally to age for 6 months. Stone's beers have proven themselves to age quite well, with the exception of their hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:33:01 | More by warriorsoul
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/25/11
*From notes

A: It presents like rich molasses - hazy, dark brown and thick. A massive three finger head on a simple pour - Jesus. Residual lacing is impressive.

S: A badass mix of alcohol and hops. On a deep inhale, black cherries come out to play.

T: Sweet, rich toffee and caramel, followed by an über dose of malt. Bitter hop residue finishes this one off. Alcohol is quite apparent and doesn't hide one bit - it is a clear player here. As it warms, I get traces of pimento on the back palate.

M: It's voluptuous and rich, but it fades away a bit on the finish. It's properly carbonated, which is much appreciated.

O: Stone's Lukcy Bastard is a reasonably nice brew. It's different then most other offerings I've had recently, and provided my palate a nice change of pace. I don't feel that this is something I'll return to often, but I certainly respect Greg Koch and his blended one-time one-off.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:33:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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samie85

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amberish brown with a really thick, dense head.

S-Really dank pine, orange, grapefruit, pineapple some light notes of alcohol and some caramel.

T-Really big on the grapefruit and pine from the nose with an almost spicy, lingering bitter note on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a slickness with a drying finish.

D-A pretty solid beer and one that I'm glad I got to try. The spicy bitter note was a little much for me personally, but I could see how many people would enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:56:40 | More by samie85
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz for about $8, poured into snifter.

A- Nice caramel/ruby brown beer with a huge sticky tan head. Laces nicely.

S- Hoppy! Nice WC fruity citric hop blast. Malty, caramel. Hops are center stage.

T- Caramel, mild malty goodness, a bit of molasses. The hops cut right through that stuff though and assault the tastebuds. In a good way... For the most part. Perhaps a bit too much pine for my taste.

M- Not as heavy as DB, more around the mouthfeel AB or OAB. Carbonation is suitable. Intense bitterness, it'd be interesting to see how this is in a month or two.

D- Moderate. An enjoyable beer, although one I won't rush to revisit. Tasty, though. I'd like to see it under $5-6, honestly.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:49:41 | More by ShogoKawada
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artruism

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown Sugar nose with caramel color and nice head and lacing.

Tastes extremely sweet and light with slight pepperiness from the hops, It's light on carbonation and heavy on malts.

Very drinkable, but not the most AMAZING thing I've ever had, which is what I hear alot of people say about Stone. I thought this was simply a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:15:14 | More by artruism
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gregshead

California

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy red with a half finger of head.

S: Belgian yeast. Faint smells. Nothing too strong.

T: Sweet caramel taste. Sweeter than the other bastards. Nice bitter taste at the end. Some belgian yeast funk.

M: Smooth and decent carbonation

D: An enjoyable drink. I had a hard time reviewing it because of it's similarities to the other Bastards. I prefer the double bastard the most of the four.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 06:06:24 | More by gregshead
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a Duvel.

A - Pours a deep brown with a creamy brown head. One inch head.

S - Fruity smell with some definite citrus. Has a bit of an acidic smell as well. Hoppy of course. Has some pine in there as well.

T - Tangy to me for sure. Hops all over this one. Runs a little bit bitter at the end.

M - Medium bodied. Bitter. Has good carbonation.

D - Solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 23:48:47 | More by GallowsThief
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Nice medium-dark amber in appearance with a decent half inch off white head.

The smell is very very hoppy. No malt sweetness is detected. The hop aromas are full of tropical fruit flavor and a hint of orange.

Nice taste that reminds me immediately of the oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard in the balance of hops and malt. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance out the hop flavor. I get a lot of melon flavor from the hops. It's enjoyable, but not the greatest thing ever.

The mouthfeel is nice and sparkling; not too aggressive. This could either be a sipper or a quick drinker, depending on the mood. I actually like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 07:23:28 | More by andrewinski1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-01-2013 12:03:33 | More by Cynic-ale
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Skabiski

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-16-2013 20:55:59 | More by Skabiski
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

02-05-2013 00:04:19 | More by beergorrilla
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-08-2012 04:23:54 | More by Omensetter
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HalfFull

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass, the Luckiest of the Bastards pours a goldenrod amber. Clear and with a wisp of foam atop this brew, offering a hint of oak after the initial pour. Oak notes diminish as the beer settles.

Nose is intriguing as the rich complexities of Double Bastard lay down the law, yet they don't overwhelm as they would normally do so. A wooden caramel sweetness exudes throughout and offers a nice balance. Earthen hops are abundant.

Flavor is a bit smoky in fact, otherwise following the nose with some caramel and some ruddy alcohol notes. Oak is light but present and offers a pleasant distraction yet does not overwhelm by any means. A touch vinous on the finish when the carbonation settles down.

An interesting contraption of beers that truly reminds me more of your standard Bastard than anything else. There is a hint of oak but it is rather subtle. Overall a good marketing ploy but not worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 06:49:17 | More by HalfFull
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-21-2013 01:32:51 | More by CRJMellor
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-23-2013 14:56:58 | More by griffeyb
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,367 ratings.