Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,384
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 133
Gots: 426 | FT: 10
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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:
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 HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/24/10

On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.

A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.

S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.

T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.  

M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.

Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby with about two fingers of tan head, made up of small and medium sized bubbles. The head has some staying power.

Aromas of resiny, piney, citrusy hops. Not sure how this is significantly different from arrogant A little more hops, a little more malt. But the overall profile is very similar.

First sip is of a hop bomb, just like, old arrogant. A little more punch. Hops are approaching a grassiness that hints of going a little overboard on the hop additions. There is some malt present, but the hops pack such a grapefruit and overall citrusy punch, that it is hard for them to have any staying power. The finish is long and bitter, with grapefruit dominating.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, with a puckering bitterness.

This is a very drinkable beer, but in small doses. The 22 oz bomber is just overkill, and by the time I get to the end, I'll still be tasting this tomorrow. This just borders on too big.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep reddish brown color with a slightly off-white head. Looks pretty similar to Arrogant Bastard.

S: Smells a lot like the Bastard as well. Strong hop aroma that is uniquely Stone along with some bready malts and some tangerine.

T: Strong pine hops with a thick, chewy malt backbone and a finish that's pure aspirin. Way too one dimensional for me on the bitter side. I wasn't a fan.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle labeled "best by January 31, 2013" into a tulip- pours a clear mahogany/amber color with 1.5 fingers of head, decent retention, really nice lacing.

Definitely some earthy pine hops in the smell, a little booze, some oak. A little murky smelling, but not altogether unpleasing.

Taste is much like the smell- a thick boozy, molasses-like flavor pervades. Moderate bitterness and earthy pine hop notes up front, followed by the molasses-like flavor to really ride the rest of the way out.

Mouthfeel is OK- full bodied, moderately carbonated, very syrupy, chewy, resinous. Perhaps this is better fresh. I like all of the other Bastards on tap and they're fine in the bottle. I'm not crazy about this one but again, maybe better with a fresher bottle or on tap.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for picking up a bottle of this. Poured into a snifter.

Color is a deep mahogany with a single-finger tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing along with a few bubbles around the edges. Nose is nice and hoppy with good notes of resinous pine and citrus. There's a bit of oak in the background.

The taste falls off in a big way from the nose and it cannot be discussed without mentioning the mouthfeel, which is quite dry and tannic. The oak has just really taken this one over and while there is some faint pine and caramel in the background, I get mostly oak along with a bit of heat. I expected a lot from this beer, but only the aroma really delivered.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 1/5/11

Appearance: An interesting reddish-brown/amber color - foamy head with lots of lacing

Smell: Very malty and hoppy - lots of citrus and pine, but also lots of sweet malts - almost reminds me of an extremely hopped barleywine

Taste: Should be better - this is a mix of of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and Double Bastard, and the result is a genuine battle of the bastards - honestly, I feel like the flavors clash - the sweetness of the Double Bastard is very apparent, and I do not like it with the oak flavors - it just tastes too sweet and malty - it is very hoppy, but it doesn't balance the sweetness - very bitter with lots of citrus - kind of juicy, kind of dry, kind of confusing on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Mostly dry, but somewhat smooth, medium-bodied and nicely carbonated

Overall: Disappointing for me, but not a bad beer

The issue I have with this beer is that it tastes like an unbalanced blend. The Double Bastard contributes way too much, and the issues with this are accentuated by the oak. I'll take my bastards separately, please.

Photo of silentnoiz
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One year old.

A - deep golden amber with nice lacing

S - nice malty oaky aromas

T - raisins maple sryup bitter in the middle on the back of the tongue with oak flavors

M - carbonation is fairly lively

O - decent brew fresh and aged for one year. Not bad not great

Photo of MisterClean
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip at the Shack in Sac.

A - Dark mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Lacing was beautiful and head had good retention. Very nice.

S/T - Toffee-like malts with initial and lasting woody-earthy hop bitterness. Aroma malts are faint to none. Would like to have had more aroma and flavor malts in the quaff.

M - Slightly malt dominated with a full-body. Carbonation was moderately low and the beer was slightly warming.

D - Would really have liked less bittering hops and a more complex maltiness. Increased age (2+ years) could provide some necessary oxidation and desired sherry notes. Overall not bad, but likely to skip next time.

Photo of GabeBoise
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Favorite of the arrogant bastard cousins I've tried.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Enjoy by Jan 31, 2013, so I just barely made it.

3.5 A: Clear copper amber color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is decent and a diffuse lattice of foamy lacing is left.

3.5 S: Surprisingly hoppy, this takes on a lot of the double bastard. Hop aroma is a mix of floral foremost with pine, herbal and earthy following behind. Caramel and toasty maltiness with notes of toffee and dark fruits - raisin and dates.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Piney and floral hop flavor. Caramel, toffee, toastiness, and neutral malt maltiness. Dark fruits.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and quite smooth.

3.5 D: This is good, but nearly every thing Stone offers has been eclipsed hundreds of times since craft beer started going more mainstream and showing up everywhere.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty fragrent and perfumy, with an interesting combination of dry citrus and considerable sweet malt. The flavor profile seems to replicate the nose pretty closely, but I'm just not digging the blend of flavors. While there is considerable hoppy bitterness, I think this beer is ulimately dominated by its considerable sweet and roasty malt. Also, I get some noticeable heat in the finish, which I attribute to the beers all too noticeable alcohol content. Mouthfeel is at least medium bodied, and certainly the beer delivers plenty of flavor, but I'm just not happy with the combination of malty sweetness and obvious alcohol content. This beer is definitely a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, and I'm just glad I purchased only a sample size glass of it.

Am a bit fan of most Stone beers, but this one just isn't working for me.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber brown with little visibility though it. A little less than an inch of tan bubbly head as the foam can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass almost immediately.

S- Tons of hops in this one that cover up nearly everything else. Piney resiny hop smell quite distinct from the beginning to the end of the beer as caramel notes can be picked out behind it with some oak and vanilla smells as well. The end of the beer brings a noticeable alcohol smell, but the hops still reign supreme.

T- Once again the pine and resin from the hops come forward quite strong, maybe even more overwhelming than the smell. Tiny amounts of caramel come through with more distinct wood flavors but almost completely lost in the hops sensation. Around the middle of the beer the alcohol picks up and makes its presence known, almost challenging the hops. Alcohol and bitterness flow into the aftertaste. I think this is a little bit of an overdose here.

M- Prickly carbonation as you can almost feel the hops tearing away at your mouth. Medium to thick body as well.

D- Eh, seems to me this is little more to this beer than hops and alcohol. Where is the depth? Almost tired of seeing how much hops Stone can throw into a beer.

Photo of pdoran10
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

presented to me in a tulip glass at Fountainhead while visiting Chicago for thanksgiving.

is a bit murky dark brown with two and a half fingers of head that stay around for a while and leave excellent lacing.

smell is a bit stale and onioney. moreso than other versions of arrogant bastard. some citrus and pine from the dry hopping come through in the smell too.

taste is piney onion hops up front with delicously complex caramel malt profile in the background. maybe a hint of oak, but barely detectable. dont like the hop profile here.

mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with nice chewey feel. well made brew.

I enjoy double bastard and oaked bastard a bit more than this brew as the mix doesnt offer much to me and the dry hops arent my favorite type. only one pour of this for me.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My expectations for this beer may have been a bit high - Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard - all together should have been exponentially fantastic. The net result, however, was that the sum was less than the parts. A bit tame, with a moderate caramel malt note and hopping that seemed a bit pedestrian against the malt.

Photo of olmatty
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very low malt aroma. Significant bitterness which is mostly herbal. Deep chocolate and candi sugar malt. Some dark fruit and a lasting flat bitterness. The hop aftertaste is somewhat astringent and a bit unpleasant for what would otherwise be an excellent beer.

Photo of BikeChef
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

High hopes for this as blending works for wine, why not for beer?
Attractive dark amber color, very hoppy nose, maybe moreso than I'd expect for this beer, but hey, this is Stone.

Malt and hops mingle nicely on the tongue. Trying to detect some oak, but can't. An astringent, short finish that doesn't really invite another sip. The whole is not more than the sum of the parts, I'd say.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "Enjoy by January 31, 2013" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

I was generally interested to try this, as I've enjoyed Stone's hop profile lately. The beer, however, is not as satisfying as hoped, consisting of a fairly generic grapefruit-meets-pine hop mixture atop a caramel-like malt sweetness that is too nondescript and one-dimensional to be particularly enjoyable. The obvious ethanol content and its imposition on the senses further dilutes the flavors and aromas, leading to a strong ale that is alright, above average, but nothing amazing. While clearly of the "Arrogant Bastard" lineage, this blend of the beers will probably be a one-time try for me.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white to light tan foam with above average retention; it also leaves above average lacing along the sides of the glass as it descends. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out dark copperish hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, active and plentiful.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit-like hops atop a fairly generic, caramel-like sweet, malt body, with spicy ethanol wafting about in the background.

Tasting opens with caramel-like malt sweetness that quickly transitions to a mid-palate with a fairly balanced blend of pine and grapefruit-like hop flavor, hop bitterness, and caramel malt sweetness. As with aroma, though, maltiness does not change with time or across the palate, generally tasting one-dimensional. Back of palate picks up plenty of spicy ethanol, a bit too strong and obvious for an 8.5% beer, blending with the malt to create a slightly cumin-like taste. Back of palate also features substantial hop bitterness with a pine-like edge. Lingering aftertaste of pine and grapefruit-like pine bitterness intertwined with ethanol.

Body is medium in weight. Carbonation is medium to highly intense at first, coming across as quite prickly, but gradually generating a foamed beer across the palate that moves easily and steadily. Ethanol burn felt on the tongue and back of throat; heat felt in the nostrils. Not well-hidden, makes the beer less enjoyable. Closes dryly, with some stickiness across the palate.

Photo of farrago
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge three finger head of whipped up reddish-tan foam, larger bubbles in the center of the pour, slowly starts to dimple, lacing curiously lacks the expected stickiness. Gauzy burnt red color with equal brown and orange tints, for its darkness holds light inside well. In the nose there's a big initial splash of juicy pink grapefruit and tangerine which yields to dried pine sap, freshly mown grass and tea leaves, mixes in a touch of carob but the edgy pineapple, papaya, nectarine, apricot fruit scents don't allow for much softening effects, light resinous texture. Close to full-bodied, the hyperactivity of the carbonation both lifts it up off the tongue and scrubs the palate repeatedly. Very bitter, however, more of a knit together whole here with the pine, tea leaf, cedar, cigar ash, tree bark and leaf elements one big punch. As a result, the still ripe grapefruit, orange citrus recedes fairly far into the background. Even the nectarine, apricot, pineapple, green apple fruit woven tightly into the fabric. At the end, as the carbonation fades, it gums up some, decreasing drinkability. Definitely tastes like a Stone product but, perhaps, its reach exceeds its grasp.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this baby with my wife between two 16oz snifters.

A deep reddish-orange. The blending comes off more on the Double side than anything. Near garnet in depth, though light will pass through when held up. Lacing is moderate, with a good khaki 2 fingers.

Wow. Intriguing, no one Bastard comes off the strongest, perhaps a new Bastard is born? A bit boozy, mild hop presence on the nose. Very barleywine-esque, with a strong sweet overtone, with toasted bread notes and a citrus finish.

Taste comes off a bit strong in the booze department, giving the fore-flavor a sharp kick. Oak notes dominate, with vanilla and toasted grains dominating. Sharp citrus bite in the end, and a return of the sweet notes from the DBA, which adds a slight note of complexity. Not overly sweet, but rather lacking in balance and depth.

Carbonation is spot on, mouthfeel is rather lacking, leaving no real depth to the beer. Booze is too strong, making this one a sipper not only because it is rather dominant and at 8.5%, might make it a one timer.

This is an interesting beer, but one to try after having the OAB, regular AB and DBA. That way you get you a good understanding of what all went into this beer. Though a nice concept, I heavily prefer them separate. Each one is great on it's own, and blending them just doesn't do them justice.

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep red color that yellows on the edges. A foamy, two finger head that looked fairly tan. Some nice lacing and sheets left on the sides.

S - Malt forward, lot of caramel on this with a resiny hops that somehow doesn't smell piney.

T - Decent amount of hops in there, although it is mostly resin to me. This reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but you can tell there is some Double in there as well. Sweet, with some wood, balance is nice with the bitterness.

M - It's full bodied with a dose of carbonation, don't really notice this one way or the other.

D - Pretty drinkable for a 9.2%, don't really get that off of the taste of feel. This is a solid beer, not a world beater, but I thought it was decent.

Photo of AwYeh
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber to brown color with two fingers of frothy white head.

S: Very strong pine hops (strength may be due to freshness, I don't think I've ever had a Bastard/Basartd that had been on the shelves for as short a time as this one). Oak is noticeable too, and is the first noticeable quality of the taste.

T, cont.: Plenty of hop bitterness, and a bit of fruity sweetness too, maybe from raisin and plum. I might have guessed this was an IPA if I took a slip blindfolded.

M: Slightly creamy; beer has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Decent, maybe a bit too sweet to go beyond the one bomber of it in a night. A slow drinker, but that's reasonable considering its ABV.

I preferred each of this beer's three components when I had them on their own, but definitely give this a try if you enjoyed the others.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, surprised I didn't review this the last time it came out because I know I've had it before. Oh well, a buddy picked one up and shared it with me, its still good. Hoppy smell that sort of leads you on about what the flavor will be. I found the flavor to have a decent bitterness but I felt like the oaked bastard really dominated. It would be interesting to learn what the blend percentages are but I'd guess its "classified'. Alcohol was noticeable and I'm sure the double bastard was responsible. This was good but I think regular old arrogant bastard may be the best bastard.

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An attractive golden oak color in the really big Duvel tulip. Very nice sudsy foam and it does have a nice mouthfeel, just a little oily.

Malty and melting with caramel. Quite a lovely sunshiney flavor. Then the Hop Bastards come in and stomp over everything enthusiastically. But there is some pleasant fruity flavor, dried apricot and green plum, all very tart and sharp. The oak adds a nice undertone without being wood in your face. I think other brewers ought to consider blending their over-barrelled brews with other stuff.

Maybe this is a case where the sum is greater than the parts. I am not a big AB fan and even less of the Double AB (I call it Ignorant MF). So this is a step up for me, even though the endless candied grapefruit pith got old about 10 years ago. From the 22 oz bottle for six bucks from the Ibis Market in San Diego.

Photo of 2xHops
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish hue with absence of carbonation. I could not see much carbonation in the pint glass I have poured the beer in. However, the beer looked very appetizing.

S - The hops came alive when I sniffed the damn thing. It smells like a good beer and very fresh one at that.

Taste - For me, the beer taste crude in their handling of the hops, but I already expected that from Stone. it seems like it's their trademark, to make their beers strong and coarse. I do not mind because it certainly excites my palate.

M - The beer lingers in your mouth long after you have swallowed, so it is quite substantial. However, the beer was ever so slightly flat for my taste.

Drinkability - It's very drinkable on its own, but I would think it's better suited with food as it packs a punch.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

A lovely follow-up to Darkness. It pours a slightly hazy ruby topped by a thick finger of eggshell foam. The nose comprises pearl onions, light pine, white bread, orange peel, Swiss cheese, and a decidedly light bit o' toffee. As odd as it may sound (I know it did to me), it comes together nicely enough. The taste blasts the tongue with hops, mostly traipsing in with spicy, onion-y notes. A cowering puddle of caramel lies dejected in the back. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick feel, and a dry finish. Overall, I think this thing is a bit much. I think a good amount of complexity could have been achieved had the hops not destroyed all semblance of anything else. Still, this was quite the event.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,384 ratings.