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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,779 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,779
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 101
Gots: 265 | FT: 6
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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Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

HopHead84, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -20%
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.

JamnesCameron, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of notchucknorris
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

notchucknorris, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of geneseohawk
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%

geneseohawk, Tuesday at 12:15 AM
Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

angrybabboon, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Hopdaemon39, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of garfscores
3.44/5  rDev -17.3%

garfscores, Nov 08, 2014
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

silentnoiz, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

John_M, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of jvaldez19405
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

jvaldez19405, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of MisterClean
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

MisterClean, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of andant
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

andant, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of AleHunter805
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

AleHunter805, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of tln13
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

tln13, Apr 22, 2012
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.

DavoleBomb, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

liamt07, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Karibourgeois, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of nikbullet
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

nikbullet, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Therisse
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Therisse, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of GarretD
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

GarretD, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

IrishColonial, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Lolli1315
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Lolli1315, Dec 14, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.