Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -22.1%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose beers I often find underwhelming. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a rich vibrant amber-copper. Quite appealing for the style. I'm impressed. Semitransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Toasted malt, dry floral hops, fruit, grapefruit hop character, amber malts, and a bit of biscuit. A mild strength aroma. Not horribly evocative, but pleasant. I don't detect yeast or alcohol.
T: Dry floral hops, evoking fruit - especially grapefruit and berry. Toasted malt with a hint of cream forms the somewhat bland foundation. No real yeast comes through. I do get some oak - but not enough. It's a mess of flavours and feels rather haphazard - like a chance success at blending random flavours. There's no real focus or feeling of deliberation behind it. It's just scattershot. It's pleasant but it lacks balance or reason. Even a bit acidic on the climax. An accidental success. I can definitely tell it's a blend - and not a great one at that.
Mf: Smooth, tingly, musty, and wet. It has random moments of coarseness and dryness, matching the messiness of the flavours. It's off from what it should be.
Dr: This is quite the mess. Not at all balanced. It's enjoyable for what it is, but it's overpriced and overrated. It has good aspects, but not enough to justify purchasing it again. It does hide its ABV quite well. Another mundane offering from Stone.
11-05-2012 03:34:42 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -22.1%
Bomber poured into a tulip glass
Dark amber color with off white head that lingers well
Sweet malty smell
Taste is very sweet and very carmel flavored. Alcohol is present in the finish.
This doesn't seem to be a style that I care for. Wasn't a huge fan of regular AB and this just doesn't do it for me either.
05-11-2011 03:21:21 | More by jsulko
3.28/5 rDev -21.3%
Poured into a Sierra Tulip Pint Glass from 22 oz bomber.
Let me start by saying A. I really love me some Arrogant Bastard. B. I really really love me some Double Bastard. C. I wish Oaked was still a seasonal limited release, but still enjoy it.
Appearance was what you expect from this blend, deep red hues like pomegranate and Macintosh apple skin. Nice frothy light tan head with shimmering lacing. Good clarity, a very excellent looking brew.
Aroma was a bit puzzling at first, a bit of conflict of oak, juicy tropical hops and alcohol esters. As it warms the nose brightens and becomes a mixture of tropical fruits, candied apple, pie crust and raspberry jam.
Unfortunately the flavor was even more puzzling, the oak came off like liquid wood, I don't know how else to say it. The hop presence was juicy and presented a nicer firm bittering than any of the single beers of the blend which was nice, but I think that may have been from a surprisingly thin character from this beer. It was stunningly aqueous and juice or wine like in body. The alcohol esters were too apparent and strong.
The mouthfeel was also a mixed bag, while the bittering and dry character helped push my preferred hop character, the alcohol heat and lesser body detracted from the experience.
Not a beer that I would be eager to seek out again. While strong in look and aroma, the beer gets very muddy and alcohol estery from there. It is not easily drinkable because you keep trying to place what this blend should be, and in addition the morning after has a bit of fusel kick back.
12-01-2010 12:46:43 | More by PBoegel
3.28/5 rDev -21.3%
A:dark ruby with a bunch of little floaties. Looks kinda still and murky. Minimal off white head and a few small splotches of lacing.
S: semi sweet malts start it off,with some dark citrus and grapefruit smell coming later. Also a bit of earthy/herbal notes in there.
T:dark toasted malt starts it off. Then a nice grapefruit hop flavor comes in, puckering my mouth a bit. I start to taste a little bit of the oak after grapefruit,and it is tthe oak and grapefruit bitterness that lingers in my mouth the most prominently, and a little bit of the toasty malt flavor comes back too. An odd mix of the toasty malt and grapefruit juice bitterness.
M: somewhat thick and seems kind of dense in my mouth, would like a littlemore carbonation but this amount seems to fit the style.
D: strong lingering bitterness and the sweet/toasty flavor combine with abv limit it. I am glad I'm splittling this bomber.
02-01-2011 01:13:34 | More by headbucket
3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
11-25-2010 00:40:05 | More by HopHead84
3.33/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
12-13-2010 00:39:58 | More by JamnesCameron
3.35/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
11-24-2010 19:40:57 | More by Thorpe429
3.35/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
02-25-2011 17:36:17 | More by notchucknorris
3.38/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
06-22-2011 19:01:25 | More by angrybabboon
3.4/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
12-01-2012 02:27:43 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.45/5 rDev -17.3%
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
01-10-2012 03:29:19 | More by silentnoiz
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
01-15-2011 18:23:46 | More by John_M
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
01-07-2011 20:18:02 | More by MisterClean
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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