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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 101
Gots: 179 | FT: 4
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 JWU
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful ruby/amber with a billowing beige head. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- dank, earthy hops, with a hint of caramelized sugar sweetness. Some oak notes as well.

T- Big hit of dank, earthy hops up front. Pine, tobacco, a hint of grapefruit Middle of the sip the malts come in. Heavily caramelized sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Oak notes, vanilla, some light tannins. Back end, a grapefruit type bitterness hits hard, and lingers loooong.

M- Heavy side of medium bodied, and slightly creamy. Dry on the back end, and with this much hops, that's expected.

O- Heavy on the hops, but as it warms, the malt bill comes out a little more. Complex, and makes a nice companion through a football game.

JWU, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Square Pub in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with large amounts of robust caramel malt aromas. The malt aromas have a tinge of toastiness to them as well. Mild amounts of toffee waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops aren't quite as robust. Large and mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet toffee. Pine and leafy hop flavors join in shortly thereafter, fading a bit midway through the sip with the addition of slight oak. The oak fades quickly, allowing pine hops and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall it's been a while since I had a Bastard of any sort (Arrogant, Oaked, or Double) and this was a reminder of why I should revisit them more often. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $6.15. Interesting beer, it combines the malty richness of Double Bastard with the relative hoppy drinkability of the plain Arrogant and dry, oaked bitterness of the final Bastard.

The malt begins with a mix of caramel, biscuit, cocoa and bread crust that's matched by a mild floral note and quickly rolls into the bigger citrus punch hop character. The hops are smooth at first and then dry and almost astringent. It's hard to tell where the fruit is coming from, and I like that. In addition to the citrus and floral hops, there's also a tart cherry taste (not actually puckering) with a little dried fruit. As it warms, more apricot comes out in the aroma to join the citrus and floral notes.

I'd like to try this beer next to Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada. I'm reminded of the same balance of huge malt and huge hops. Heck of a beer.

tempest, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red brown amber. One finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Citrus, oak and malt aroma, very hoppy. Very hoppy with strong malt and oak blended. Finishes with citrus hops and alcohol. Somewhat off balanced, but tasty. I liked the mellowness of oaked Arrogant Bastard better.

LiquidAmber, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer with a standard Stone Brew pint glass
*Notes from Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!! 11/11/12

A: Pours that same deep auburn color as the original with such great clarity to it. Produces a good half finger of persistent khaki foam head. Leaves behind some rings of chunky lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts and dank hops by way of pine, dried herbs, and spicy citrus. Malt imparts some undercurrents of toasted raisin bread. There is a of bit of solventy alcohol vapor coming though as well. Nice aromas overall. Seems much hoppier than the original AB.

T: Hoppy out the gates with waves of pine, orange citrus, and a real danky herbalness. Big time Chinooks here. Toasted biscuit and caramelized sugars stand firm and are complimented nicely by some raisin/plum/fig esters. A slight earthy wood note but not picking up a ton of the Oaked here. There is an upper moderate level of bitterness to the beer that lingers long after the finish. Alcohol is present but not distracting. A real nice blend and a bit more enjoyable than the standard AB for me.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall. Delivers a nice moderate physique with slight chewy consistency and even carbonation. Has a nice drying crisp texture in the finish. Some resinous hop linger action.

D: A solid blend of the three Bastard’s. Hoppier than the originally and much more drinkable than the Double. Yet still true to Stone form with the big bold flavors we have come to love in Arrogant Bastard…only slightly more accentuated I would say. Not sure if they dry hop this version but it does seem much hoppier than the original. I can do without the drabble on the side of the bottle…what a bother to decipher.

I would say definitely go for it if you are a fan of the standard.

Nugganooch, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of McCrae
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber with a reddish/maroonish tint, a dark cream colored head that stays

s- mostly malts with a hint of hops and fruitiness

t- STRONG initial taste but after a few sips and a slight warming it becomes well balanced with lots of malts as well as the hops you expect from stone

m- sits well on the tongue with good carbonation

d- the strong taste makes it hard to drink more than a bottle in a sitting but I keep coming back: this is my third bottle

McCrae, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with deep garnet highlights and a full inch and a half of slowly receding beige foam. Smells of citrus, resin with a solid caramel malt backbone that fights hard for a voice. Hints of mint, garlic and tropical fruit round out the nose nicely. Taste is what I'd expected from the aroma although the malt comes through a lot more than I expected. Solid caramel backbone melts into pine resin, citrus and garlic hop bitterness. Finish is rather dry but leaves a fleeting hop bitterness with a hint of alcohol on my palette after every sip. Resinous bubbly and almost creamy mouthfeel, moderate level of bubbles, medium body. Great frikin palette wrecker. Seems like the perfect beer to slowly savor after drinking at the ACBF all day.

johnnnniee, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Buttermaker
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arroma: What a bouquet! This is one of the freshest, hoppiest noses ever to come out of the bottle. If I could drink this through my nose I would.

Taste: This is basically a stronger, more full bodied version of Arrogant Bastard...which is already pretty damn strong and full bodied. Leave it to Stone to not be satisfied with their own belligerence. There's hops in the beginning, middle and end and plenty of malt to match.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. It's supposed to be a heavy beer but it starts to feel a little syrupy by the end.

Recommended Music Pairing: Husker Du - New Day Rising

Buttermaker, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle.

A - A great name and a cool bottle. Pours a deep copper with a reddish hue and incredible clarity. The moderate beige head reduces quickly but then hangs around a while. This is very inviting from the start.

S - Floral, citrusy and piney hops with caramel and a bit of bread. Better than I expected.

T - Piney, citrusy hop flavor and bitterness lead with caramel, a hint of sweetness, bread and some oak. It has a nice lingering bitterness but there may be just a little too much going on here. It's a great collection of pieces but it doesn't seem to come together as a whole.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation of fine bubbles.

D - Strong and bold. I'm glad I had it but I'm not sure I'll rush out for more. But you have to appreciate Stone for pushing the envelope like they do.

GJ40, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Deep amber brown body under a medium chunky white head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Big hops as soon as you open the bottle, and it continues in the glass, citrus, pine, really fresh, clean hops.

T: Slight malt sweetness up front before the hops pile it on, pine and citrus, huge bitter finish and a surprisingly vinous quality as well. A lot of hops in this one. Alcohol is not apparent.

M/D: Medium body, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good for such a hop monster.

NCSUdo, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of YouSkeete
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish red, and utterly opaque due to the amount of chunks in it. Definitely unfiltered. White/golden head with some lacing.

S: Oak, pine and citrus all flow through the nose. Heavy on the hop aroma. Darker fruits make their way to the surface also.

T: One of the first tastes that comes to the tongue is a soy sauce flavor, which i truly wasn't expecting. After multiple sips i realize that it is simply the culmination of all these flavors. The oak and pine are not a present as they were in the nose. Heavy caramel sweetness throughout with a lot of fresh hop flavor. Fruity, but very subtle.

M: Really really smooth. Hop bite is perfect: not too extreme and not too shy. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

D: Very good, going to have to invest in a few more of these.

YouSkeete, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber while visiting the bistro/brewery this past Wednesday for $5.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with aa nice tan head initially.

Nose is a very pungent grapefruit hop with caramel and chocolate malts in the back.

Taste is grapefruit zest and pine with a malt backbone that holds its own to the hops. Not as well balanced as hoped, drinks like a strong ipa.

Mouthfeel has very good viscosity, very full with little carbonation leaading to a nice smoothness.

Drinkability is good, alcohol was warming upon the initial sip.

Solid beer, glad i had the opportunity to try!

arizcards, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery Stemware Glass 3/5/11.

Pours a dark brownish amber with an off white browinsh head of about 1 finger. Little end lacing.

Smells of strong hops and the malt backbone is covered by fruit, earth, and wood tones.

Taste has a nice malt to hop ratio and is followed by spices and wood. Nice taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a taste that lingers but that is cool because this is a taste that I want to linger.

Drinkability is moderate. Just to heavy to consume a lot of but the taste will want to bring me back to it. I like it.

UMNbeerhunter, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red amber, Little lace and head.

S - Similar to normal ABA, but with hints of something else.. thin malts & ale'ish bread.

T - Deep ale taste, malts and deep ale, more hot then usual and a bit more hops involved but kinda hard to distinguish between normal ABA.

M - Medium to more carbonation, a little more over the top but similar to ABA, Not much aftertaste but still there.

D - Drinks great for a strong ale, easy & great, please try this one and compare side to side with a normal ABA... I assume it will be similar. Thumbs up but I wish it was a little more different & stronger.

SDtastentune, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up some cheeses from the very excellent Murray's NYC and figured now would be a good time to experience this 2010 bottle. Into a tulip glass this pours a very dense and dull mahogany under an impressive tan head. Nose delivers a deep blend of brown sugar, caramel candy, and citrus. An outstanding but controlled citrus bitter character really shines on the palate above all and is solidly paired on the palate with a nutty and sweet caramel malt body. Big body and flavor but relatively smooth. And oh yeah, very nice with cheese--particularly with Rogue River Blue from Rogue River Creamery.

albertjr21, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my big Duvel glass and I am met with a beautiful burgandy ale which looks almost too good to drink...almost. Big frothy head with staying power and major lacing all over the glass. The combination of all the bastards produces a citrus (little orange, little pineapple), piney and a slight floral scent. I would have a liked a little more in this area. The taste is bitter up front followed by an even bitterer (if that's a word) swallow and aftertaste. There is also a slight grassy taste and yellow grapefruit is definitely in the mix. Well done. The combo works. Drinkability is good although the flavor will knock your palate around and kill the buds after awhile. The bomber I consumed was perfect for the session but anymore would be overkill in my opinion. Overall I love the concept of combining the bastards and in the end it has created a winner.

kaseydad, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Reddish mahogany hue with a thick, solid 2-inch tan-colored head and good lacing

S: So much herbal, grassy, piney, and dank hops: man, this smells amazing--though there isn't much besides those hops going on here

T: More balanced in flavors--still the explosive hop flavors are there but the bitterness is balanced by a toasty, roasted caramel malt finish

F: So creamy and sticky and oily and full bodied

O: This is a fantastic beer; another great beer from Stone

dbossman, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of olfolxholme
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into a large Tripel Karmeliet tulip snifter

A - Very healthy two finger light khaki (near white) head. Nice dark ruby beer, glows beautifully when held up to the light. Was surprised by the amount of sediment, but just pour carefully. I'm not always a fan of the Stone bottle rants... but I like this one. "Best after 1.31.13" strikes me as possibly being part of the joke... But who knows. Guess this bastard is two weeks late...

S - American hops (citrus, resin, grass), caremelly malt, light toasted oak presence.

T - Wicked and complex blend of spicy hops, light smoke, very tasty amber malt presence. Nice lingering aftertaste of oak and grassy hops. I see others noting peat - that makes sense.

M - Perhaps a little watery in the body, but, overall, a nice sudsy wash. Aftertaste buzzes with hop bitterness.

O - Very drinkable, complex American Strong Ale with pronounced hop and oak character. Not for the weak of heart, but downright magic in the hands of the right lucky bastard... Even two weeks late...

olfolxholme, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bomber pours a great looking beer, a clear reddish copper body with a medium sized creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves lavish sticky lacing.

Aroma has a lot of oaky vanilla, edged by citrusy grapefruit and orange notes. Plenty of caramel is also noted, along with pine and grassy hops. Typical Stone aromas with oak aging.

Nice mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Subtle medium carbonation.

Taste has a base of oaky vanilla and caramel that supports a bold hoppiness. Pine and grassy bitterness is softened by pink grapefruit and orange marmalade notes. Alcohol is adeptly hidden. Finishes with a lasting citrus rind bitterness.

I get more of an Oaked Bastard impression than Double Bastard. Lots of vanilla oak tones in this one. Enjoyable and complex.

merlin48, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of bengore
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish amber with a large amount of head that sticks around for a while.

S: Orange zest with other interesting spicy fruits. You can certainly smell hints of the oak aged ale in here as well. Very complex and inviting.

T: Initially follows the nose with a fruity taste which subsides quickly into a slight bitterness. You can taste the oak aged arrogant bastard which is outstanding.

M: Heavy and foamy, very smooth.

O: Overall a very interesting and delicious beer. A lot more complex than arrogant bastard alone, and the oak really stands out on this one. Definitely worth picking up a bomber or two!

bengore, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of brurevu
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The brew poured the signature bastard deep ruby amber color with an off white head that lukcily lingered. The aroma had the big malt and hoppy aroma you expect with a Bastard with more of the Arrogant tones showing through. The taste was great. It was all of the Bastards in one place giving their best flavor attributes while complementing the others with a great roasted nuttiness holding it all together. I detected more of the Arrogant flavors which held their own alongside the dominate Double while the thick syrupy mouthfeel and heavy body was definitely all Double. The Lucky Basartd was a great marriage of these fantastic Stone brews that created a Basartd of it’s own.

brurevu, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of JMad
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured some of a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass...

The beer is a dark copper color with a thick, off-white head that stuck around and left lacing. It smells of sweet caramel and toffee along with peach and grapefruit. When you take a sip you notice the thickness, some bitterness bites at the mouth, you taste sweet caramel malt, lost of citrus and pine from the hops and a hint of wood. This is a heavy, full bodied beer that doesn't hold back, it has the right amount of carbonation and a long lingering finish. I thought this was an exceptional beer, pretty drinkable for the richness and ABV.

JMad, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of brethartt
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark amber appearance, good amount of head
S - floral hops are dominant, yet there are notes bready malts
T - strong bitter hop start fades to robust malts.

The funny thing about this beer is that I enjoyed it more then the beers used in the blend.
For $6, this beer is a good buy. A complex beer to break down for really not being that interesting of a beer other then being blended. Overall, this is a Stone beer I will look forward to annually.

brethartt, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, best by Jan 31, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear dark garnet red, topped with a finger of creamy off-white head, leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Big hop aromas, pine, a bit of caramel maltiness and vanilla, although the hops definitely dominate in the nose.

T- Much sweeter and more malt-forward, with a sweet caramel malt flavor that melts into bitter hoppiness that lends some pine and earthy flavors. Some oak and vanilla flavors are also noticeable. The malty sweetness and powerful bitterness are very nicely balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation, has a thick, slightly chewy feel.

O- I really liked this beer, it's damn tasty and is one of my favorite Bastards.

WillCarrera, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - an iced tea amber color, a solid finger of creamy off-white cappage. A sticky ribbon of lacing completes a fine opening impression.

Aroma - a fresh burst of sweet grapefruit and fragrant pine. Good stuff, plain and simple.

Taste - plenty of caramel graininess to start. Juicy hops, plenty of citrus evolving to grapefruit rind on the swallow. The palate dries out as the bitterness hits peak. Some light abv on the aftertaste. I'm not picking up any oak early, but as it warms up, there are woody notes in the long finish.

Mouthfeel - lots of hop-oil-imparted smoothness. Glides right on down yet has enough crispness from the carbonation so that it doesn't feel too weighty.

Drinkability - the malt and hop combo of the AB line is part of my BeerNA now. The blend here is a winner.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 22, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.