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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 100
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Lukcy basartd puors wtih a goreogus rbuy cirmosn cloor. Okay, enough of that. Attractive body, sticky lacing from the custard colored head. Pungent aroma comes across with a thick bouquet of caramel malt and piny, tropical hops. Very green and skunky with a faint trace of oaky vanilla.

Flavor embodies all that the 'Bastard' lineup brings to the table: aggressive hops, but a superb balance of thick caramel & toffee malts. The oak is slight, and thankfully so (I think it's too prominent in Oaked AB). Lingering hoppiness suggests pith and pine. Great carbonation level for the medium-thick body. No big surprised from Stone, here, but despite their lack of creativity you have to commend them for putting out consistently good-tasting, relatively affordable releases.

wagenvolks, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo.

Tastes like Stone, which is all I should need to say, but here's the review anyway. Pours a deep brown with an off-white head that laced well. Full, piney nose with lots of grapefruit, cocoa and vanilla. Big c-hop flavour with the grpefruit and pine coming through stong. Sweet caramel malts back things up, and there's a herbal / woody thing going on to. Luscious, full mouthfeel hits the spot. Great bitterness, as you'd expect from these guys.

A strong offering (in all senses of the term). Nice work, though I'm not sure what a blend of their beers really adds?

bobsy, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful orange-tinted ruby with a nice head. Lots of lacing is left along the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet, sweet hops. Tons of piney goodness with just a touch of sweet caramel malt. Mostly hops though.

T- A little sweet upfront before the hops take over, coating the tongue in pine sap. Some bready malt adds a little balance but ultimately the hops win out big time. Strong bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelming.

M- On the heavy side of medium, a little slick but well-carbonated.

D- Quite good. The alcohol isn't particularly noticeable but the bitterness and overall richness of flavor does wear the palate out after a while. Still, the flavor is good enough that I can finish a bomber with ease.

Well, what can I say? It's a big, brash, and very tasty beer. Typical Stone. I don't know if it really distinguishes itself from some of Stone's other hop monsters, though. I can't say it's really any better than fresh Arrogant Bastard. What I can say, though, is that it's very good and I will almost certainly be getting it again. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich brownish copper with a huge billowing head which persists and causes some of the sexiest lacing known to man

Smell is very hop forward, citrus, pine, and gin/juniper.

Taste is a bit maltier than the nose would lead on. Caramel, sourdough bread, grapefruit. Oak aspect very muted. Really wouldn't pick up on it if I wasn't looking for it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than anticipated. Sturdy carbonation prickles the tongue similarly to the hop bite.

Overall a fantastic beer. A bit muddled as to what the intention is, otherwise would rate higher.

CurtFromHershey, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent hoppy beer. Pours golden with a foamy half inch of head. Citrus hop aromas. Aggressive hops that are muted by a great and substantive malting. Citrus and light fruity tastes. Oh so drinkable.The hops do act to wear down the taste buds somewhat.

Sammy, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of StonyB
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a riddle. What do you get when you cross Stone's Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard?

Answer: We're about to find out.

22 ounce bomber from Jersey City Buy Rite. The usual rambling but entertaining rant from the brewers on the back. 8.5% ABV, as if you expected less.

Intriguing, slightly murky reddish-bronze color after a mildly cautious pour. It's okay to be arrogant, but not to the point of wasting beer. Sticky, sticky lacing that Peter Parker would be proud of. Thin cap of a head, pockmarked with differently sized bubbles.

Intense, in your face aroma. Hops up front, dark fruit, burnt caramel, sour mash. A bit of booze for kicks. Great for clearing out your sinuses. Makes you want to swallow your pint glass whole - that's a compliment.

Surprise! Hops lead the flavor, mainly piny and floral. Dark and slightly sour fruits, think plums and raisins. A hint of spice and bubblegum. Some malt sweetness to sort of, but not entirely, balance the hop assault.

Medium-bodied. Slightly chalky texture initially, though the finish is juicy and not unpleasant. Not that acidic despite the hop mob.

Figures that Stone would make another sensory overwhelming beer that in the end, tastes pretty darn good. And makes you want to have another,and another, consequences be damned.

Apparently, Bastards can peacefully co-exist. Definitely recommended, but you have to ask yourself one question:

Do you feel Lukcy, punk? Well? Do you?

StonyB, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a brownish shade of red with a two finger tan head. Looks very dark and forboding...

S- citrus hops, and a ton of them. Pretty great.

T- really complex beer....mostly getting a ton of citrus, but I'm also getting some of the oak as well from the Oaked Bastard.

M- getting some maltiness out of this one, along with a very solid body. Doesn't detract at all

O- this beer is excellent. Couldn't have imagined that a blend of three beers could turn out any better

bigfnjoe, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its a beaut to look at. sturdy, frothy head sits above a brown body.

The unmistakable taste of the its cousin the arrogant bastard is the backbone of this brew. Smells hotter than it ends up. While still on the hot side its in the wheelhouse. Tag a darkened fruit backside to an AB and you've got your lucky bastard. Tastes as though maybe a year of aging would be worthy of a try.

DogFood11, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red brown with off white head.

Sugars, caramel and hops.

creamy caramel and rye toast lead straight into bitter floral hops. hints of burnt sugars and crisp citrus with peels.

Excellent carbonation and very creamy.

Great balance and well blended alcohols

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of JoePat
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an earthy/dirty brown color with a thick light tan head that sticks around forever.

I get hammered with piney, citrusy, grassy hops in the nose of this beer.

The flavor has malty, hoppey, bitter, piney, grassy flavors. The malt is smooth caramel flavor not much roast if any at all.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The beer just slide over your tongue.

This is not the most drinkable beer out there but I do think it is the most drinkable bastard.

On a side note I do have to say that the guys a Stone are real bastard for spelling this beer the way they did. It took me forever to find it!

JoePat, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of gamwich
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wonderfully ostentatious bottle worthy of its heritage. A frothy head dissipates leaving thick lacing rife with large bubbles. The color is a hazy burnt sienna. The nose is fairly small, malty with some hop presence and alcohol. The taste is sweetly malts with hints of vanilla and oak balancing the huge pine-y, bubblegum hop presence. It has a dry tannic finish inviting one to take another sip. Nummy.

gamwich, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Amber hue with rocky 20finger head with good retention and very ornate lacing.

S; Strong aromas of pine, resin, and grapefruit with some extra tropical fruit and floral nose behind. Malt is pale and does not impede the hops assault.

T: Huge pine resin hops blast accented by citrus and floral tones with token pale malt sweetness to prevent this from totally incapacitating your palate. Unfortunately, the hops flavor doesn't provide the complexity of the nose.

M: Medium-to-full body with slick, coating feel. Severely drinkable (with penalty the morning after).

D: A very drinkable brew that does all the little things well but misses the top-tier mark on flavor with the bitterness too overwhelming to allow the hops nuances that are probably there to come through as much as they could. Delicious all the same for hopheads out there. I have to admit that I shared an Arrogant Bastard regular after this and enjoyed it more because the flavor was more varied and rounder.

argock, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle available in the county. I'm the lukcy basartd. Pours dark amber brown with great off brown head. Delicious looking brew we have here.

Smells of caramel, dark fruitiness, nice bitter hop punch also. Great nose on this brew. Really adds to the character.

Taste is superb. Knocks you right out with super hop bite, nice earthy maltiness. Has the best qualities of all three of these beers blended seamlessly into one. Perfection!

Great mouthfeel, not overly heavy, sure as hell not light, about as good as it gets. Drinkability is good, too bad this is my last one. Need to find more and stock them away for safe keeping. Great work Stone, one of my personal favorites!

BabyBastard, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Lukcy Bastard is a big beer and reminded me of a good scotch ale. The beer poured a deep rich amber with thin white head that left some lacing. The smell was mostly malt with some sweet undertones. The taste was heavy with malt that included earth/peat with caramel hints and alcohol. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good beer....certainly could not session this one.

WoodBrew, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of SadMachine
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 11/10/12.

A- Pours a deep amber with burgundy hues and a finger and a half of off-white head that provides decent lacing.

S- Aroma of citrus, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits. Some pine is evident as well.

T- Taste-wise I'm getting mostly sweet malts, caramel, bread, and a bit of raisin. As it warms the piney hops begin to take over. The dark fruits also come out more over time. More complex than it initially lets on. Finishes dry with a decent bitter bite.

M- Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with light carbonation.

O- Another solid ASA from Stone.

SadMachine, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours dark amber, murky, mocha head, thick and dense, stays for a bit at the 1/4 inch level, flows to a frothy film and leaves respectable elongated blobs of lace. Malted up nose, with some hoppy undertones.

Flavorful and highly enjoyable brew. I'm a major fan of all three of the root beers that flow together to make this one, so no suprise that I'm loving it.

Big and bold, agressive and assertive. Malted up, but boldly hopped late. We are all "Lukcy 13asartd" to be able to enjoy this offering.

Please make it a regular in the Stone line- and not a limited release....

Billolick, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent caramel colored with a thick inch high head of frothy dimpled light beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of toffee and fresh citrus. Initial flavor of bright and fresh citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and orange rind, moving quickly to fresh cut pine bough tips, hints of tangerine and honey. Subtle caramel and honey malt rides beneath, moderate bitterness, lots of hop flavor here. ABV does not detract from flavors.

Even mouthfeel, rich and round, not too tingly. Very flavorful, great beer, highly drinkable.

far333, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lukcy Basartd pours an attractive crimson stained copper. It's a little hazy, but tons of light cuts through showing strong, deep red highlights. A soft cream colored head caps it off. It stands nearly two fingers tall, but falls relatively quickly. Lacing was on the lighter side.

The nose is good. It's chock full of caramel up front. The malt base smells more than solid. Hops are rather strong in the mix, and feature a host of scents. I'm getting citrus grapefruit and pineapple, lots of pine, and light grass and herbal notes. The herbal notes are secondary and smell mostly like tobacco. They're subtle though. I'm not getting much in terms of oak. That'd be a welcome addition. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. Smells good.

The flavor is quite good, but I'm not sure how much I like it. It kicks off with a very strong hop flavor. It's a rather strong buzzy and bitter assault. Classic Bastard. Excuse me...Basartd. The malt base is mostly caramel. It's a little sweet, but does little to calm down the strong hop presence. That's okay by me. The hops are seem to be equal parts citrus and pine with just a touch of grass thrown in for good measure. A secondary herbal , tobacco-ish flavor is noted. It works. I'm still not getting any oak. But, the flavor is still tremendous. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes hoppy and bitter.

Lukcy Basartd has a medium body. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but works well. It's not svelte or smooth, but does a damn nice job overall. Drinkability is quite good. I'm really enjoying this. The flavor rocks, and it goes down surprisingly easy. A bomber? By all means, yes!

Lukcy Basartd is an excellent beer. It's difficult to screw up when you're starting with components such as Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked AB. Having said that, this is truly a case where the sum is less than its parts. In fact, it's a little less than each of its individual parts. But, given Stone's knack for creating brilliance, this is still fantastic beer. Go out and grab a bottle. If you don't like it...well...you're just not worthy!

prototypic, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking mohagany color with thick off white head and a tone of sticky lacing. There's some fine sediment particles floating about.

True to form, this has a great hoppy scent of pine and grapefruit with a caramel malt backing.

The taste is tons of hops- pine, grapefruit, and some herbal tones. They dominate the caramel malt by a longshot.

Mouthfeel is heavy and dry. It's very fresh and clean tasting.

Good drinkability. If you like any of the other bastards, it's a given you'll like this one.

Vonerichs, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer tongue tosser, very complex, bitter sweet finish. Has a hoppy smell almost herbal, color is reddish brown with a white sudsy head, taste is hoppy with some cherry hints. Taste is good but it bitterness is a bit overwhelming, had a sudsy hoppy feel though which also is good

hdofu, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burgundy with a body that was filled with a dense rapid sense of effervesce and a suspended haze. The head is slight with a creamy smoothness, tan in color, moderate in retention while supplying a solid band lacing.

S: Freshly squeezed grapefruit with some sugary pine and toasted sweetness. Rosewood presence with a soft flowery nature will provide you with enough ample hoppage to leave you satisfied along with a dash of pepper.

T: Arrogant like in flavor, bold and bitter with a beautiful toasted grain base filled with a flowery hop presence of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Floral with dry grassy notes with a flowery bitterness gently lacing the tongue. The flavor is bold and bitter yet beautifully smooth.

M: Tight bubbly sensation, full bodied with a nice viscose feel. Heavy on the tongue, bitter and dry with a warming pine and grapefruit afterthoughts.

D: Good drinkability, like its predecessor it can be easily consumed by the six pack once one obtains the appreciation and taste for its so called arrogance, which is quite smooth and lovely for the hardcore hophead. Lucky for the bomber, unlucky I didn't buy more.

beerthulhu, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter.

This brew pours a deep, rich mahogany, rather transparent, with a light tan finger and a half of thick, bubbly head that leaves spongy spiderwebs down the glass.

The aroma starts out sticky sweet, with tons of malts and caramel notes. Then the hops hit you! Very piny and floral, with pleasant touches of grapefruit and citrus.

The taste is nice and bitter on the front of the tongue, moving then to rather woodsy hop oils and bits of sweet citrus. Just before the finish you get some of the sweet malts, adding nicely to the balance, before finishing with a lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol is there slightly, but thers' plenty enough going on here to not notice.

The feel is solid medium in body, very smooth, almost velvety, with a nice median carbonation level.

Very good drinkability.

Overall, another very good Stone brew. This one should be interesting with some age on it.

EgadBananas, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of the 22 oz.
A: Clear cherry wood with a nice one-finger cream head that died to a big collar and thick film with lacing.
S: Creamy mild booze and biscuit with a slight oak that comes off like vanilla bourbon. This smells enticing, but subtle.
T: Very smooth earthy oak with a bourbon vanilla alcohol character. This is a real bastard... not really like any of its parents. The creaminess is unsettling good, with an earthy piney hops finish.
M: Creamy all the way, with a bitter dry alcohol finish that lingers.
D: Awesome.

This is a great beer, even for those that don't like the bastards.

ne0m00re, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red with some haze and a creamy off-white cap. Good size and retention. Some thicker lace.

S- Huge aroma of oak, pine, dark fruit and citrus.

T- Like a bigger, stronger version of Oaked AB. Big on the oak. Pine and citrus big from the hops. Dark fruit and caramel malt. Some alcoholic edge.

MF- Moderate body and carbonation. Warm palate and big bitter finish.

DB- I like how this worked out. I always was impressed by Oaked AB's small size and how flavorful it is. This packs Double Bastard's strength with some good oak.

cbutova, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tarnished copper color, clear with yellowy white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is delicious combination of aggressive pacific coast hops (pine and grapefruit) and balanced sweetness (Carmel, bread, brown sugar). This really brings the components together nicely. Aggressive pine and grapefruit as noted in Arrogant Bastard, full notes of Carmel, brown sugar and bread that is not overly sweet from the Double Bastard and a smoothed out bitterness from the Oak Aged. Fuller side of medium bodied, doesn't appear as heavy as others in it's series. A very nice blended beer where each of it's parts add up perfectly.

rfgetz, Jan 20, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.