Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 427 | 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 MattSweatshirt
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red that just looks beautiful. It is topped with a thick beige head that does not disappear and laces the glass all over. This is what everyone wants in the look of their beer.

Sweet fruitiness(peach and orange with some tropical pineapple and tangerine type aromas) pours out everywhere from the snifter. I was wondering how prominent the different bastards would be and the oak is easily identifiable. Caramel malt and some piney hop are there as well. This might sound weird but I get a little pumpkin towards the end of the bottle when it warms up. I dig.

Oh yeah….bitter hoppiness and the great hop flavor takes hold at first leading into a huge caramal malt sweetness pop in the middle and end. A little butterscotch and oaky vanilla is there as well. The only bad thing about the taste is that ridiculously amazing fruity nose doesn't totally translate.

Drys out the mouth. Medium bodied. Active carbonation but it is not too much. When you get to the end of the bomber and swirled it around a bit and killed some carb it gets so smooth.

Ok. WOW is all I can say. I didn't know the whole story behind this beer when I bought it. I enjoy Stone and knew it was limited so I grabbed it. It is worth every cent you spend on it. Beers like this make me realize how awesome craft beer is. I love it.

Photo of stonermouse
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours cola-colored, nearly the same color as the bottle. Nice film of pale white head throughout.

Aroma is a potent mix of caramel and piney, biting hops. There's a touch of sweetness, like M&Ms, as well.

Flavor is a really interesting mix of malts and hops. Caramel and an oak woodiness permeate, but leave a little room for the dry, pine hope flavor to sneak through. The combined flavor is so big, I almost wish this beer was a pie so I could chew it.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and dense, but the finish is just a bit sticky, with wonderful flavors remaining.

Great beer all-around. Sometimes brewers amaze me, especially ones like Stone, who produce these spectacular beers with huge flavors in mass quantities. There's a reason they're one of the best.

Photo of 57md
4.41/5  rDev +6%

The relevant question here is as follows:
In this instance, which is greater – the whole or the sum of its parts?

I’ll fall slightly in favor of the parts. Oaked and Double Bastard both have very distinct flavors as stand-alone offerings. The blending of these flavors along with the addition of some regular Arrogant Bastard leads the unique qualities of each version to get lost in the shuffle.

This remains an excellent offering but I’d rather drink an Oaked or Double as a stand-alone rather than as part of this blend.

Photo of elNopalero
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My bottle had a best by date of January 2013. I cracked it open in December, 2012.

This pours a wonderfully rich amber with a thick head of foam. The foam loiters more than lingers, hanging out after the first few sips even. There’s a light aroma. It’s piney, with hints of orange peel and a whisper of cinnamon tea hiding somewhere. It’s not a vibrant, big aroma but nicely layered.

The flavor has a mellow rounded bitterness with a piney, resiny heft to the body with a dry tacky finish. It’s malty and smooth with a big bitterness like its siblings only without the sharp edges. I’m not worthy!

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge head which took it's time dissipating. Hazy copper color and a slow eruption of tiny bubbles slowly working toward the surface. Strong IPA hoppy smell with pine and fruits - and a taste to match. To me this seems virtually identical to Double Bastard, and I'm not complaining about that because I enjoyed both a lot, but I suspect Lukcy Basartd is basically a remarketing of the other.

Photo of BlitzShadow
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/Ruby color with a light, tan, one-finger head. Great lacing.

S: I love the floral, citrus, and oak notes here - well done. Very complex.

T: Bitter hops and sweet caramel malt start it off with a mid-section of citrus hop flavor. Finishes dry with notes of oak and hop bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel and a mild carbonation. Coats well.

D: Ordered this ON TAP at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA. The keg kicked after my pour - I truly am a Lukcy Basartd!! That said, I wanted another, but sadly they removed the tap handle. :-(

If you see this - grab it! It's definitely worthy!

Photo of spark3148857
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow you can tell they dry hopped the hell out of this. Pours the typical bastard pour, deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and piney hops with a great caramel malt backbone. This drinks like a double IPA crossed with an imperial red ale and provides the best of both styles. Huge west coast hops are perfectly balanced with the massive malt bill. My favorite of the Bastards.

Photo of gopens44
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby red in color with a quickly receding cream colored foamy head.

S - Brilliant pine with earthy and cedar type notes as well.

T - Intense hop presence with wood, musk and a touch of a very well hidden sweetness hiding in the back end, which finishes with a touch or pepper.

M - Thicker than I expected and smooth on the tongue. World class palate wrecker!

Another fine fun time super day great offering from Stone.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, darker copper colored with a huge off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, slightly sweet, slight dark fruit

T: bitter hops up front, grapefruit peel, sweetens into layers of malt, light raisin, pine, oak woody presence, finish is bitter with flavors of hops and wood

M: full and sticky

O: a nice beer with a pronounced hop presence up front, rest is more traditional strong ale flavors

Photo of mbusster88
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red/light brown color. Good two finger tan head lasts for a decent amount of time but then fades away. Very hazy with suspended solids throughout the beer.

S: Very grapefruit pine nose with the hop profile. Good amount of this hop presence makes this one a kick right up front in the nose. Great woody character in the nose as well that balances out the hop kick.

T/M: In typical AB fashion the hops are really strong up front. The heavy alcohol base is not present but gives a bit body to this beer. Great wood notes help balance the beer out at the finish. Really quite smooth for being a reasonably high ABV. Really love the hop/wood balance as it makes this drinkable but still really aggressive.

D: Great beer! A nice representation of the AB line of beers and a great addition. Really hope this one get produced in the future!

Photo of calir1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for this one. Christmas morning beer!!! Might as well, nothing else to do. Tastes better than I remember regular arrogant bastard and much hoppier. Smells wonderful and seems like a great strong ale hopped up more than usual. Love it and wish it comes out again.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark copper in color with a large bronzed head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a little ring of lace and some foam floating on the beer.

Smell: All of the bastards are here- a wealth of citric and piney hops dominate, with woody aromas and toasty malt in the background, along with a tea-like hint.

Taste: Begins woody and bitter, rounding out to some buttery flavors and finishing with strong earthy, woody, and citric hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body with light carbonation and an intense dry finish from the hops.

Drinkability: A great " cuvee de Bastard"- all of the Bastards are here and all complement each other well (which is to be expected). A very nice brew, better than any single Bastard- too bad it will only be around for a short time. Get this while you can!

Photo of churry
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of all three beers that make up Lukcy Basartd (the Bastard, Double, and Oaked), so I had to try it.

A--Dark orange/amber at the thinner point of my glass, and a very pretty ruby/brown at the thicker top. Not much head, but that's exacerbated by my poor choice of glassware (Chimay chalice... too lazy to wash pint). Basically what I expected from a Bastard, which is good.

S--A little hoppier than I remember regular Bastard being. Hops mix with the sweet molasses smell as well as a tinge of alcohol for a (pleasant) wallop to the nose.

T--A wave of almost salty hop-bitterness washes over the taste buds. Then dark, molasses-y sweetness dominates, with a moderate malt flavor. Hops linger on the back of the tongue and add a fruity taste, and alcohol esters are present (since it's 8.5%!) but are mostly overpowered by the intense hops and sweetness.

M--Medium to medium-thick. It's nice and smooth, but not too thin for such a potent brew. Very well carbonated; prickly on the tongue and goes down very nicely.

D--If you're a fan of hoppy beers, it's a nice reprieve from IPA's and still kicks your taste buds in the ass. Had I eaten before writing this, I could definitely go for another bottle--but I'm drinking alone and on an empty stomach, so one is enough!

Stone once again hits it out of the park! They pack the brew with obscene amounts of flavor, and yet they still manage to balance the competing hops, sweetness, and malt. I'll definitely be getting this again!

EDIT: Also, bonus points for using the term "sheeple" on the back of the bottle. lol

Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a decent sized tan head.

S: Citrusy and piney hops over a bit of sweet caramel malt.

T: A very interesting spin on arrogant bastard. A huge dose of citrusy and piney hops. An equally large dose of of semi sweet caramel malt. It's a very smooth and pleasant bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied, smooth as hell, active carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for the huge blast of flavor and the 8.5% ABV. Very delicious, a great take on the arrogant bastard series from Stone.

Photo of smcnulty1981
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby red color with a khaki colored head a good ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of juicy citrus fruit and resin on the nose with no alcohol at all

T: great citrus flavor up front hits with a little of pucketing on the sides of the mith with some malt flavor on the backed no alcohol Tate at all when drinking

M: medium bodied mouthful very easy to drink doesn't drink like an 8.5 % beer

O: extremely great experience with this beer what really enhances it is if you smell the beer and sip it at the same time you can really emerce yourself in this beer

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a beige head that left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - hops are the strongest aroma with a light malty backbone.

T - very good tasting beer, the hops upfront are smoothed out with solid malt and light wood notes.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - very drinkable considering the higher abv.

Photo of Anaz
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice burnt orange in the glass with a fast fading head, not much lacing. The aroma is awesome-burnt toffee, vanilla, grapefruit zest and an herbal spiciness.

The flavor is dark bread, toffee and caramel with a juicy hop bitterness. Finishes clean and malty.

The body is a little thinner than I would have thought, but very full nonetheless. A little alcohol heat on the back lets you know you should sip this one.

I really enjoyed this, hope the bring it around again.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: A fine looking beer. Clear dark red with a light tan colored head. Pretty good retention down to some little swirls on the surface. Some sheets of lacing in the snifter, but nothing that sticks and dries.

Smell: Very pine sappy and citrusy hops. There is oak and sweet smelling caramel malt. Very hoppy and very malty, it smells balanced and inviting.

Taste: One of the biggest hits of pine flavor I've experienced in a while. Sweet citrus hops swirl in and out, but pine rules here. Again, good malty balance with some toast and caramel. Oaky vanilla too. I really like this.

Moouthfeel: Fairly aggressive and slightly tingly carbonation, but its not overdone and works well. Slick in the mouth and sticky resin on the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Gotta go get some more.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Basartd
22oz, BBD 1/31/13
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a really pretty copper amber color. Almost clear. About a finger and a half of off white head. Very fluffy. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Nicely carbonated.

S: Really awesome nose. Smells really fresh. Getting those fruity hop aromas, mango and citrus. But then those complex malts, caramel and toffee. And touches of wood and vanilla. Awesome.

T: Right on the tip of the tongue, you get that aggressive Stone hop bitterness. Strong flavors of pine mostly, but also some citrus hints. Also some grapefruit as it warms. bitter grapefruit. The. You get those sweet malt flavors. That caramel and slight vanilla toffee from the oak aging. It's actually pretty complex. Warming up brings out even more. Somewhat dry finish, leaving you wanting another sip. Best of the Bastards.

M: it's a big medium bodied. Very easy drinking.

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass(as seemed only fitting)
Cloudy, copper-caramel in color, with a big, billowy off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt note and citrussy hops.
Taste-Big hop and malt blast right to the tastebuds. This brew makes you sit up and take notice. Huge character and unrelenting full-on hops. A spicy, oakey tanginess shimmers in and out of the background. This brew is not for beginners or the faint of heart! Take your time with this one or risk getting a hop-soaked oak two-by-four to the back of the head.
Sip slowly and enjoy!

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle

reviewed from notes

A-Pours a very dark shade of amber with sticky spotty lace.

S-defined hop aromas that are common with all the beers it is derived from. Caramel and bready notes mixing with strong citrus flavors.

T-Hops upon entry followed by bread notes and hints of oak and caramel More balanced and cleaner than the base beers for this. Takes all the best flavors of its components and accents them.

M-Carbonation is a little higher then I thought and the overall feel is thinner than I would have expected but it works very well overall.

D-Overall very very drinkable and surprising for the ABV. A great concoction from stone. Arrogant Bastard fans rejoice.

Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz into a snifter. 2012 batch.

A-The beer had a red (cranberry?) color with a khaki, one-plus finger of head. The head was slow to fade and pretty thick. It left nice lacing on the glass. The beer was mostly clear.

S-There is a nice, thick, hoppy smell of pine and resinous fruit (grapefruit and pineapple). The fruits were overlain with a nice, syrupy caramel malt note. A little alcohol spice was also present.

T-Taste was sticky, dank, (I hate that word) and hoppy, and quite bitter up front. I got pine and green peppercorn and just a touch of tropical fruit. The malty caramel character is present, but is mostly canceled out by the hot, spicy hops that also pick up strength from the alcohol as the beer warms. A little wild and arrogant for sure.

M-Medium to heavier bodied with an oily and slick feel. The carbonation is mild and fine.

O-I liked this brew quite a bit, more than standard Bastard, but there was a lot going on. I noticed the Oaked Bastard, but was surprised by how the hop characteristics made the beer feel almost IIPA at times. Maybe this brew was a little rough and tumble, but it paired perfectly with the pizza I was eating.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, but another great example of art work on the bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Deep, hazy, brown body with red and orange hues. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving small amount of lace along the glass.

Two-tone aroma: grassy, resiny hops and caramel malt. In this bottle, the malt is more prominent in the aroma than the hops.

Tasty combination of the piney, grapefruit hops and the sweet caramel malt. The oak comes through much more in the flavor than in the aroma. Small amount of spices and dark fruit peek through in the flavors as well.

Medium mouthfeel that goes down easily with very little notice of the alcohol. This may be my favorite "bastard." Something about the combination of these brews that works well.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty. A crisp aggressive ale blend. Very pleased.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brown colored beer with thick khaki colored head. Impressive head retention. Sweet caramel malt smells and flavors. Fairly strong hop presence as well. Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel for such a high ABV. You can tell its on the boozy side but still quite drinkable. Unique beer, intensely hopped while remaining malt dominant. And an ultimately satisfying Alcohol content. Would gladly drink again.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.