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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,398
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 138
Gots: 432 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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 rapidsequence
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (596 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of ryantaussig
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful sturdy and creamy head sits atop the standard deep mahogany Arrogant Bastard is so well known for. Lacing is not as good as the Oaked and Regular versions, but is still quite good. The second pour actually remedies this lacing issue quite well. A beautiful beer.

S: Smells of hops in an aggressive way, but it is well balanced by the even more aggressive malt character. Slight wood notes and a strong estery backdrop with slight alcohol notes provide a great overall aroma.

T: Well balanced flavor combines the character of all three constituent beers quite well. Has much more sweetness than I had originally expected and that is where the balance leans. The bitterness is ever-present as can be expected in an AB. The alcohol is also present, but masked just enough to allow for a wonderful overall effect. The balance is just short of perfect.

M: Creamy and thick and it stays that way all the way to the perfectly medium finish. It's not too dry or too wet. The alcohol is a bit present creating a slight drying effect a few moments after the finish is complete.

O: The singular issue with this beer... It is a one bomber and done beer. It's not that the ABV is too high, it just the pure aggressiveness of the beer itself. I could keep drinking it, but by the time I finish the first, my taste buds are pretty much burnt out. It's also quite the meal in a bottle. (1,386 characters)

Photo of leedorham
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brownish reddish color with an off-white head that sticks around pretty well.

S - Very impressive aroma. Like a bouquet of flowers and herbs. Some earthy character. Dandelion, evergreen forest.

T - Nice caramel character and malt backbone to balance the hop character. Perceiving sweetness from both the caramel and hops.

M - Have to take mouthfeel down to just "good" since there is a bit of a cloying quality about the beer. Smooth and viscous with a nice carbonation level.

D - I'll buy this one again if I get a chance. Enjoyed it greatly. (564 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, from a trip through Oregon and Idaho earlier this summer. Do people actually try to read the grammatical wankery on this particular offering's label?

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, dark murky golden ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of dense puffy ecru head, which sits in like it's going to protest something or other, but eventually gives up a high cloud pattern of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of grapefruit and orange rind, pine needles, bready caramel malt, a bit of black seeded fruit, and soft, alluring alcohol. The taste is green forest-fresh piney hops, less raw, but equally bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee malt, and soft, somewhat sweet booze - not much of the oak from the blend comes through. Still, my Strong Ale 101. The carbonation is quite relaxed, the body a solid, beefy medium weight, a smoothness bitch in the face of the challenging hops. It finishes kind of surprisingly clean, West Coast style - big bitter citrus hops, and backbenched caramel malt.

Fcuk. Wwo! I've had all three of the constituent ingredients to this blend, and, well, this represents oh so well. Intense individual essences all add up to one mother of a brew, and crazily drinkable at that. 8.5 points of ABV slide slinkily over all. Hoppy, sweet, and all that is good with what you should be expecting. Dirnk tihs nwo if yuo cna! (1,365 characters)

Photo of bierguru
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
deep deep amder color pours w a little tan head that laces headlaces out and stays through out beer

S -
smells like the arrogant bastard only bolder hops some nuts spice and a hint of citrus and maybe cherry

T -
malt sweetness big hop citrus flavor finishes with a plum cherry flaovr
when it warms up to just above room temp you get some vanilla and oakiness

M -
smooth with a bite at the end doesnt linger

D -
very drinkable its awesome clear and simple (468 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight cream colored head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of caramel notes with piny and citrus hops.

Tastes of the caramel notes up front followed by delicious hops. Malt has notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and some fruitiness. Hops are characterized by citrus and pine with some floral notes as well. Oak notes are hidden towards the end, but can be found. Bitterness is fairly high, but so is sweetness which gives balance to the beer. Alcohol adds some depth as well on the back end.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation. (588 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my Double Bastard Ale specialty glasses.

A--Ruby red pour with a white head. Small head when poured, fairly good retention on the glass. It actually looks like all the other Bastards.

S--Just what you expect. Smells like an Arrogant, but with just hint of smoke from the Oak Aged. Smells like roasted malts, heavy scent of alcohol. Also, I get some fruit notes.

T--Basically like a smoother Arrogant. A very mellow flavor, but not quite to the level as Oaked Arrogant. However, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Arrogant!

D--At 8.20%, I'd say this is pretty drinkable. You don't really taste the alcohol, but I'm sure by the end of the bottle I will.

Again, Stone, great brew. I'm really glad I got to enjoy this. (756 characters)

Photo of ncaudle
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours a beautiful reddish/brown color with thick cream colored head leaving a nice, albeit slight, lacing.

I love the fragrant aromas of the hops. I can't pick out all of them individually... floral, citrus with just a slight pine backbone. a little bit of the oak comes through as well.

spiceness and some more oak along with some malt sweetness. the blend leaves a nice balance with the bitterness. very smooth.

maybe just on the higher end of the thickness spectrum but still good.

wish I could get this year round... (558 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at my sister's wedding with a guy named Andy. The following are taken from notes and the beer was drunk before I started pounding down glasses of Sierra Nevada pale ale.

It appears dark brown with a sizable light brown head.

It smells a bit of citrusy, grassy and pine like hops. There is a nice mild caramel sweetness as well. I also get a bit of a woody smell as well.

The taste initially is dominated by a complex hop flavor. I get some mild citrus quality from the hops a nice grassy pine flavor from the hops and of course bitterness from the hops. The powerful hop flavor is dominated by a nice caramel flavor. There is a great strong oaky flavor that leaves a nice woody and vanilla like taste on the palate. Really good they blended this beer perfectly and got the best elements of all three of the bastards.

The carbonation is moderate. It has a nice mouth feel.

The drinkability for the size of this beer is not bad, but this is not the kind of beer you drink all night.

Overall a fantastic beer. I feel lukcy for being able to pick up a bomber of this. Stone did a fantastic job blending the three bastards. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red with a full orange-white head, solid lace, very good retention.

S: Smells like Arrogant Bastard.

T: Lots of crystal malt, has some oomph. Like a less hoppy version of Double Bastard to me. Has that oak smoothness from OAB which I liked a lot.

M: Medium-full bodied, strong, smooth, light hint of ethanol. Very light carbonation works great here.

D: A tad too easy to drink like Oaked Double Bastard. It's the smoothness that does it. Full of Stone house character, really good beer. I'd have thought this'd last until the start of Brewmasters at 10, I guess not. (602 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown.

Crimson hued, dark but fairly clear. The off-white head is small but lasting.

Deep caramel and pine aromas hit the nose first. There are subtleties of wafer cookie, peppermint and vanilla.

The palate is about what I'd expect from a blend of the 3 Bastards: deep caramel malts, a little sugar cookie, vanilla, astringent oak and abrasive, resiny hops. Medium bodied, pretty quaffable for what it is. A great beer. (445 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a cloudy tan, like the color of iced tea. Has a minimal, soapy head that clings like a ring around the rim.

Has a yeasty, bready smell, with grape, currant and burnt sugar. The fruity aroma is quite pleasing.

Bitterly bitter, this beer is a 72 year old virgin who was just laid off for the 37th time and is living in his 2nd cousin's rat infested basement. Slightly sweet, somewhat fruity, the bitterness of this awesome ale allows full flavor before leveling your mouth to the floor with awesome bitter.

Medium to full bodied, this brew leaves your tongue feeling dry and your throat spiced.

Stone's Bastard series is always a good bet for a tasty beer, and this one does not disappoint. While excellent, I'm not seeing much difference between this and their regular Arrogant Bastard. (849 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a bit and recedes to some ok lacing.

The smell is nice but I expected more. It is sweeter than I expected with a nice resinous hop smell with both citrus and pine. The malt is rather caramally and a hint of alcohol can be whiffed.

The flavor comes across better to me than the smell. It has that nice hop kick with a big long hit of bitterness. The sweetness comes through to provide a bit of balance, but it isn't as prevalent in the taste as it was in the smell. There is also a nice woodiness. This one is so delicious but I would take both the Double and the Oaked over it.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both perfect. It is a very nice beer. (744 characters)

Photo of stylinprofiylin
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber color with a tan head. surprisingly clear. i thought the double bastard would cloud it a little. it looks quite pleasant.

S - fantastic sweet pleasant notes. this is where the arrogant bastard thrives. i can feel it beginning to engulf my palate through my nose.

T - a lot of taste notes from the oaked arrogant. only problem for me is the initial taste doesnt seem quite all there. but i love the piney bitterness. prolly from the double.

M - bitterness sticks but its quite pleasant. i love how long the oak stays, its quite the warm teddybear feeling.

D - surprisingly easy to drink but didnt get much of the double bastard in it. (652 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich mahogany, deep amber brown. Lots of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. The way a good brew should look.

S - Brown sugar, cinnamon. Finishes with a nice alcohol presence.

T - Wow, tasty! Huge sweet malty backbone up front, finishing with a nice bitter kick. Brown sugar, molasses.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - If you like the Bastard, you need to try this one. This might be the peak of the Bastard series. Very well balanced and damn tasty. (481 characters)

Photo of stevenseg
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone, the nationally acclaimed Escondido, California based brewery, combines three of its heavy hitting Bastard ales (Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard) in its Lucky Bastard, a "slef trbitue to 13 yaers of arorgnace" commemorative brew.

Having had each of these beers and being a big fan of all three, I am expecting a great experience with the best of all three beers...the perfect hop balance of Arrogant Bastard, the over-the-top malt and body of the Double, and the zingy tang of the Oaked version...melding together in perfect harmony.

Upon pour, the consistency more mirrors the thinner Bastard ales than the Double version,which would stand to reason given the ratio. The beer sits calmly with its perfect amber hue and thin tan film of lacing, seemingly perfectly carbonated. I can smell the malt from 3 feet away.

Speaking of smell, the hop character typical of best coast ales dominates with a subtle hint of maltiness. In fact there might be more hop character in Lucky than the other three Bastards. Not much oak characteristic comes through.

Now for the best part. I do believe that there is a bit more hop character in this brew, which is actually very pleasant given the huge malt character in the Double version. The late boil flowers punch up front and the early added bitters hang for a few seconds afterward. I can't detect much oak at all. It's supposed to be subtle in the Oaked Bastard variety, so imagine how subtle it will be in a 1:3 ratio with its powerful sisters flanking it. Either way, Lucky maintains that balance of hops and malt that makes the Bastard lines so great.

I love subtle carbonation, and Stone hits it head on with Lucky. I'm estimating a 2.2 vol carbonation rate, which is at the low end for American ales, but perfect considering its body. The body, by the way is just how Bastard should be. Double is almost too thick, but paired with the other two, it adds just the right element.

Besides being a superior 8.5 ABV beer and requiring restraint, Lucky Bastard is exceptionally drinkable. Put it this way: I hardly ever order the same beer twice, but I have had many a Bastard. I AM glad, though, that Stone produces each separately (and should all year round) because I like each element on its own.

An anniversary Bastard is a great idea though...and it's my pleasure to add Lucky to the Beer Advocate domain. Can I please enjoy the rest of my beer now? (2,427 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky orangish brown color with a thick, fluffy light tan head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a good lace.

This beer is dominated by a piney hop aroma. I can detect some caramel malty notes in the background. Grapefruit is also mildly present.

This beer has a piney and grapefruity flavor. Some subtle malt flavor mixes in. It has a sweet caramel flavor also.

This beer is full bodied. It is carbonated to perfection. It leaves a piney taste. The alcohol warms ever so slightly on the way down.

This beer might not make the best session beer. The alcohol content is a bit high, and although it tastes great, the aggressive flavor may become cloying after a while.

Overall: This beer is great. It is like the best of all the Bastards all mixed together. (784 characters)

Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It may have all started with one beer; the Arrogant Bastard - a strong American Pale Ale that throws caution to the wind and plainly exclaims to you on the back of the bottle (in 3 or 4 long paragraphs) that you probably aren't worthy of the beer that you are holding. This approach made sense in 1997 when the Bastard came out, and craft beer was barely known at all. Now though it has turned into a cult, and The Arrogant Bastard is one of the Best Selling American Pale Ales on the planet. So what is the Lucky Bastard? It is the 4th in a long line of Bastard Ales, and I'd put money on betting that it is not the last.

After the Original 8.5% Arrogant Bastard came the Double Bastard at 10.5%, and then the Oaked Bastard (7.2%) not long ago. The Double Bastard may have eclipsed the Arrogant, but to me the Oaked fell short, and just didn't work well with the style. Lucky for us though, this most recent version of the Bastard takes the best aspects of all three ales and combines them into 1 outstanding beer. The Lucky Bastard is therefore a combination of the Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard. If you get your hands of a bottle of the Lucky Bastard, take a good close read of the back, and see if you find something odd... Every word is spelled inncorectly in a specific style that allows your brain to interpret the words naturally. The first and last letter of each words are correct, but everything in between is jumbled. Did you even notice that the front label is misspelled?...

I opened the Lucky Bastard (8.5% abv, 650ml) up cool around 12C (54F) and poured it into 3 tulip glasses to share with my friends. The pour was smooth and silky in classic Stone fashion building a golden red beer with a thickly packed mound of bubbles. What was built was stupendous - sitting on the table the beer glowed a dark amber bronze, gleaming with copper, mahogany, royal red and sheer metallic chrome. The head was lush and large filling almost half the glass about 2 to 3 inches above the beer. Carbonation was light all the way up forming a tan brown colored smooth, mouse-like, and creamy cap. When held into the light this beer showed a totally transparent body that was among the richest ruby colors I have ever seen in beer - this is absolutely the best looking Bastard yet.

The nose on the Lucky Bastard is also my favorite yet - it is malty-rich first with a quick shot of sweet oak. Generous candy-like caramel and light toffee dance easily across my senses, and warm biscuit malts melt perfectly with pale malt and crisp fruit. Hops aren't shy either though. While the malt backbone of this beer leans towards the Double Bastard the fresh and clean flavors in pine, citrus and zest shine through reminiscent to the Arrogant Bastard. Grapefruit lingers from end to end, and cleans the way for a sweet candied oak witch it much fresher here than in the Oaked Bastard.

The first sips to the last all mimic the nose quite well, but bring forward greater intensity, and show off a masterful mouthfeel. A silky and lightly oil stricken beer glides easily over your palate bringing smooth waves of malty sugar and caramel. It is big and robust with a toffee sweetness, but a crisp overall sensation. This is made possible clearly due to the crisp west coast hopping which is apparent from end to end.

Citrus leans in and cleans your palate starting on your tongue and waving into your cheeks. Grapefruit zest touches lemon a bit, but hinges towards pine and earth. It is a genuinely smooth and delicious hop flavor which is bigger in hop flavors and aroma than it is in bitterness. Don't be mistaken though, bitter comes though in dryness and resin - and rightfully so, or else this beer would end up to be cloyingly thick and sweet.

The overarching flavor here that makes this beer to me is a sweet oak that lingers lightly throughout the entire drink. It is less distinct and powerful than any of the malts or hops, but is present the whole time, and adds a great deal of depth and character to this American Pale Ale. The finish is sweet at first, but bitteringly dry at the end. This is probably my favorite of the Bastards now, however I would drink the Arrogant the majority of the time for its simple, but perfect refreshing characteristics. Hopefully the Lucky Bastard will be around for a long time, and I can see it matching so well with creamy and old cheeses, as well as rich pastas or game. I can't wait to taste all 4 Bastards side by side. Well done guys!

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/12/11/tasting-the-stone-lucky-bastard/ (4,579 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by date of January 31, 2013. I chose to hang onto it longer.

A: Murky red-brown color with tawny hues. Creamy sand-colored head stands at a finger and a half initially, but eventually settles. Lacing is spotty.

S: Bready, toasted crust. Hints of golden raisin. Pleasing oak backing, slight vanilla pull. Semi-assertive herbal and piney hops shifts into tropical citrus notes of lemon and tangerine.

T: Very smooth malt tastes of creamed cereal grains, toffee, and bread crust. hints of golden raisin. Seasoned oak owns the mid palate with a drying woody vanilla pull. Hops add a charge of resiny bitterness toward the end, but it's mellowed and smoothed into the rest of the flavor profile quite seamlessly. Playful citrus notes and a touch of marmalade toward the back end. Long finish of hop spice, drying wood, and bread crust.

M: The body thick and filling, but not weighty. It has a whipped airy quality that allows it to glide over the palate. Ridiculous smoothness. Low carbonation. Stellar.

O: I like Arrogant Bastard, I really like Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and I love Double Bastard. What happens when you blend the three? Somehow something even better than the sum of its parts emerges. This beer is the definition of smooth. The flavors blend together seamlessly, the balance is perfect, and it's heavenly in the mouth. This instantly became a favorite of mine. (1,417 characters)

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.