Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 434 | FT: 9
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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 GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into an imperial pint glass.

The Lucky Basartd is similar to its brethern with ruby amber color, good clarity, and thick long-lasting head. As it settles, a nice lace is left in its wake.

Aroma is also similar to the bastards that came before it but seems more amped up in terms of hops. The smell is pure hophead bliss with great west coast character, ie. citrus.

It's flavor is similarly hard to fault. A rich and robust caramel malt backbone stands strong but not as strong as the dominant hops. Great strength and depth of flavors without being overpowering. At least, that is, if you have befriended a bastard before.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with a little more carbonation than is strictly neccessary.

Overall another great beer in a lineup from Stone that is second to none.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always more than happy to try something new from Stone. Review is from notes taken on 12/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a coppery/mahogany color and starts with a one finger khaki head that fades almost immediately to a very faint and incomplete skim and thin ring around the surface; body is a little murky and rather dark, but you can still see through it for the most part; fair spots, strands and washes of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Yep, it's from Stone... Tons of hops that are right up front and come across a little piney, but there is a big citric aspect as well that comes across the nose like grapefruit and/or pineapple; slight malt presence hiding out in the back, but it really does allow the hops to shine.

Taste: Gotta love the West Coast and the way they use their hops out there -- tons of the bitter hops and they really come across as citric, especially grapefruit and pineapple like in the nose, but also a touch of mango, perhaps?; it does have a firm matly backing that provides just a touch of balance, but it still allows the hops to do their job; faint presence of alcohol, but for being over 9%, it's very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight; carbonation is super solid -- not too strong, but present enough to keep it lively yet smooth; a moderately thick, semi-dry sticky coating is left on the palate; belly is left a little warm from the bigger ABV.

Drinkability: Solid beer and a great offering from Stone; nice and bold hoppy flavors that any Bastard would be happy to imbibe; also, it's really well balanced for being the hop bomb that it is; ABV would definitely catch up though, so I can't give it any higher than 4 and feel OK about it.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another major winner from Stone. This is like a liquid creme brulee. Or more accurately, like a creme brulee without the creme.

Pours a deep purply amber with a big, fluffy tanish head that falls to a sticky curtain of lace. The aroma is huge and carmelly, with a big dose of citrusy hops that takes a dark, plummy turn in conjunction with the malt. The flavor is like burnt caramel, with a sweet, charred edge. The hops are huge and sweet and blowzy, citrusy and piny. The mouthfeel is chewy and firm, with a bitter, carmel crunch to it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle split with a friend. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown with crimson red highlights throughout. Two finger sticky beige head with really good retention.

Aroma: Assertive pine notes from the hops up front. Really an onslaught of hops. Some caramel and molasses from the malt.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit rind really dominate here. A strong bitter bite comes from the hops. Almost a touch of pineapple sweetness cuts through the bitter hops. A slight backing of sweeter malt too. Finish is really bitter and filled with pine.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but with some lively carbonation to keep it crisp. Really dry finish.

Drinkability: I cannot imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. It is really flavorful and high in ABV, but the first is definitely enjoyable and in your face.

Overall, one of the hoppier beers I've had in a good long while. The hop profile was a nice combination of over the top bitterness and sweet nice fruit notes. Definitely a nice beer for the price and one that should be enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review number 666! It may as well be from Stone.
At this moment I'm feeling like a Lukcy Basartd right now sitting and drinking this beer.
Looks and smells quite a bit like Arrogant Bastard- deep mahagony color with a tan head that laces the glass as the liquid depletes. Toffee, caramel and tea scents to go along with some herbal notes.
The initial hop bite is really, really good. A bright lemon citrus that I really enjoy gives way to a more bitter, grapefruit character that settles into a resinous pine. An ipa preemptive strike with a strong ale aramada following close behind. Sweetened black tea notes along with some more toffee.
It makes me think of Arrogant Bastard with the volume turned up a bit, but not quite turning into Double Bastard. Fans of those two will be happy with this fellow.
I appreciate the effort it took to write the text on the bottle and the relative ease of reading it. A very worthy brew for my 666th review.

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Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Whole Foods near McCarran Airport.

A-Arrogant and bastardly, deep reddish amber. A foamy tan head still covers the surface of my glass almost an hour after pouring.

S-Big citrus and pine notes compete with a strong sweetness. Fun, and big!

T-Citrus hop bite hits you right away, with a very strong malt backbone which is strong without being overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, coats the tongue nicely. Bitterness and fine carbonation linger.

D-Smooth and delicious. I have not had an Arrogant Bastard in a while, so I am not sure of the differences between that beer and this. (I tried reading the notes on the bottle but tje sepllng anyoed me so I gave up). Maybe it's time to try the original again. In any case, this was quite tasty.


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Photo of silentjay
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purple brown brew gives life to a beach sand colored head that raises to several fingers in height, slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing.

first aromas to hit are vanilla and piney, citrusy hops. Kind of a weird combo, but it does smell enticing.

hoppy flavor with a good amount of the barrel aging behind that, which is good since most IPA's aged in barrels lose their hop flavor during the aging process. piney, grassy, and bitter citrusy hops are backed up by vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. definitely has the malt to compete with the hop onslaught you'd expect from Stone and the Bastards.

pretty full bodied with generous carbonation and a very pleasant hop flavor that lingers along with a touch of sweetness on the palate.

drinks well. is a bit boozy throughout, but it doesnt overpower. as a mix, this probably ends up tastier than any of the three separate parts.

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Photo of gamwich
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper with a reddish hue, topped by a beige/yellow cap of fine, lingering foam. Lots of chunky lacing, good head retention. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit and citrus rind, some pine resin, caramel and biscuity underneath. Light alcohol and juicy tangerine. Bitterness was nicely balanced by caramel up front, but as the malt faded it was clear who won this battle. Bitterness was powerful by the finish and was obvious that it was overloading my palate after a few sips. Pine and grapefruit flavours were prominent, but also an herbal/minty character as well as citrus pith. Some bready, biscuity notes towards the end with lingering hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, average carbonation with a near-creamy texture. Mild alcohol warmth. This is powerful stuff. Brash hops are kept just under control by the considerable malt presence. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Docer
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can!

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Photo of BruceWineworks
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Typical IPA appearance with a tan body and lots of white foamy head.

S: Strong flowery fresh hop scent! So fresh.

T: In your face fresh hop taste with a smooth but bitter citrusy aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing watery palate feel.

D: A great beer for any batard lucky enough to get your hands on it. Delicious. The rant on the back of the bottle is priceless.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly dark orange/brown with nice 2 finger head. leaves good lacing.

Smells of Hops, pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit hops and sweet brown sugar and caramel. nice balance.

Taste is a great mix of the hops and malts. pine, citrus hops with carmalized and sweet sugar rich Malts. some alcohol presense. again, a nice balance.

Medium plus body with mild to med carbonation, good hop bite and dry finish, sticky in the mouth and throat with a medium alcohol warmth.

A nice surprise this one was! Great balance of the piney and citrus hops with the sweet caramels, sugar and malts. I'll be going back for more!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours an orangey brown color with a medium-sized frothy head. Tons of sticky lacing. Hell of an aroma. Mostly hops and citrus but some oak as well. Taste is of big hops, orange, and oak. This beer packs a lot of flavor. I must say I am impressed by this Bastard. It is disappointing that this is a one time brew, but I'll be grabbing some to age. This is a really good beer and it certainly has characteristics of the 3 types of Bastard used to make it. Well done, Stone.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to admit that the first time you heard of "Arrogant Bastard Ale", you laughed your ass off. Now we have the Lukcy Bastartd. Personaly, I think that it should have been called "Cuvee de Bastard". Regardless, review #1,500 is about to start. On to the beer:

This is a dark reddish amber colored beer with over an inch of foam on top. The retention on top is excellent, and so i the lacing that it gives. The aroma is classic Bastard; carmelized sugar, pineapple, passionfruit, chocolate, and a whiff of ethanol.

A blend well done. Tasting blind, I would have guessed Slightly Oaked Bastard (or if you prefer, SOB, hahaha). There's a lot of malt crammed into this beer, yet the hops still still their strength and some oak note are present. Gotta love that toasted sugar, touch of oak and vanilla, the passionfruit continues to get better and better as it warms to room temperature. The 8.5% ABV is hidden very well, and it goes down very easy for such a big bodied beer.

Om nom nom. How delightful! Like the other bastard in the family, Lukcy Bastardt rocks. I'd love to see this released again in the future.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip shaped glass

Pours a dark ruby brown color, slightly cloudy, increasingly cloudy as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Head starts out large and fades fast, light tan color, seems to lace like crazy. Beer looks very thick because the carbonation rises so slowly, but definitely active carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity and really nice (I mean *really* nice) -- sweet and flowery and lots of hops. I could smell this all day. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is very's a sort of mild toffee with nuts and a super hoppy finish, nice crisp bitter burnt-nuts and hops aftertaste. I don't really know what else to say about it, but it's quite good.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin for such a thick-looking beer, also very pleasant. Also surprisingly drinkable for a 9.2% beer.

Overall, pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect much, I sort of thought it would be gimmicky. Sometimes I think Stone's exceptional reputation is exaggerated, but this is really a good beer.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber body with a cream colored cap of foam that isn't overwhelming in size, but leaves a load of sticky lacing.

Resiny pine fills the nose, immediately followed by tangy citrus and very tart apple aromas. Caramel and a vague woodiness lie underneath. Huge pine and grapefruit bitterness cuts through the thick malty body. Some apple pie and a touch of oak in the warm (but not boozy) finish. Dries out somewhat, leaving a finish that's more bready than sweet. Kind of a big brother version of Arrogant Bastard, at once aggressive on the hoppy and malty ends of the spectrum. Well done.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber, great lacing and a solid frothy tan head.

Nose is malty and deep, some hops noticeable.

Really nice deep malt taste, caramel and bready, deep notes of plums and stone fruits, with an alcohol bite, dry at the end, I like this better than the regular AB, this is not as front forward hoppy, more like an English barleywine, very tasty.

Full and deep mouthfeel, neither too heavy or light, sorry this is only a one time beer. Very easy drinkable for the style, a bomber goes down nicely. After dinner yes, but with and before are OK too. Mine did say 8.5% as well, the 9.2% is wrong.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date.

A - Clear bronzed amber with orange highlights give Lukcy an awesome color. A two-finger tan head tops the brew. Low retention but some patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - A slight hint of resiny plastic band-aid floats amid the heavily malty and hoppy aroma. Toasted amber malts and green, piney hop. A good balance in the nose but nothing spectacular going on here.

T - More hops than I expected initially. Lots of that resin flavor pops out with a complimentary pine and sap kick. Earthy hops. The toasted amber malts provide a good balance with a sweetness that comes out in part.

M - Exceptionally smooth and followed through with a medium body and hoppy, bitter finish. A little bit of warming going on from the alcohol.

D - Surprise, surprise, a strong ale from Stone. As Beerwolf would say, "knock me over with a feather." I understand this brew is a combination of all three bastards. Well, I'm glad, cause it tastes just like all three of them with no real difference. It's a good beer, but it's nothing new at all. Nothing sets it apart. It's got good drinkability for what it is anyway. I wouldn't ever open one alone though.

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Photo of Fillpott
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a regular American pint glass. It is a very good looking beer w/ a small, tannish head, and a clear, copper color w/ a small amount of lacing. As I poured this, I thought that I had an open bag of Simcoe or Centennial hops somewhere next to me. The grapefruit, cut-pine aromas were very pronounced, but the strong backbone of malt gives it balance, especially as this beer warms a little. The taste is nothing like I expected. It was almost syrupy and I thought cloying. However, as I finished swallowing, the beer finished very smooth, full, and balanced. The beer almost seems like it doesn't have bittering hops, just a lot of dry hopping. This isn't a beer to take lightly, but I will look for this one again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Expectations run amok with this beer. Pours a gorgeously, crystalline rufous caramel hue, mahogany ruby, a really attractive color, just absolutely brilliant. The body is capped by a dull but fairly regal finger of desert sand head with above average retention, though perhaps not above average for an Arrogant Bastard family offspring. The finely bubbled collar is consistently replenished by micro-fine and slow ribbons of effervescence, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is even more impressive - runny and glittery at first, but sticky at the last, leaving splatters and streaks along the sides of the snifter.

Aroma: Chinook is very dominant in the nose, or at least something Chinook-esque - dry-hopped, leafy, herbal, spicy, and piney, the aroma smells like what you'd expect ... Arrogant Bastard plus. Citrus notes follow closely behind - thick, chunky, juicy ruby red grapefruit, slightly pithy, freshly squeezed, fleshy blood orange pulp, faintly berry-like at points. Tawny caramel, toffee, and butterscotch mingles with brown sugar to provide a nice background for the astringent hop acids and the aforementioned hop notes. Slightly toasty, oak notes are masked by the astringencies at first, but ultimately shine through just a little.

Taste: Citrus is much more dominant in the taste than it was in the aroma, a fat, tart, biting grapefruit note that mingles with lighter versions of itself as well as tobacco, spicy mint - mostly wintergreen - and a crapton of piney sprucey notes. Very light and floral in places, almost estery. Astringencies from the hops are large and in charge, but mellowed a little by virtue of the melding and Oaked AB addition, methinks, with the acidic qualities that likely could be present tempered to a fraction (not an insignificant fraction, mind you, but a fraction nonetheless) of their full strength. The malt base is sweet, sugary, borderline saccharine (though, yes, balanced with the aforementioned), suggesting tons of pure dark caramel malt, toffee overtones, molasses and light brown sugar, and a few drier toasty notes. Fruity overtones - cherries, light raisin-y notes - intermingle with both the fruity notes of the hops as well as the sugars evident in the malt foundation. Oaky notes are subdued, faintly suggestive of vanilla and coconut (mostly the latter, not the former), though present, particularly as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick thick thick is the name of the game, much as it is w/ any Arrogant Bastard permutation. Carbonation isn't really evident, though it's certainly there - it's more that you can't feel individual pinprick points of of effervescence because of the epic amount of spicy hop bitterness present. The end result is a beer that's a little thick and heavy on the tongue, though not oppressively so.

Drinkability: The 9.2% is there in force, and it doesn't go unnoticed. Not in the aroma or flavor, of course - there are far too many hop astringencies and too much bitterness for it to shine through there. But you can feel it after a full bomber (particularly when that bomber follows two full Sierra Nevada Celebration bombers - note, do not attempt at home), and that's enough to lend a word of caution. That being said, I can't say I was blown away by this beer. There were some expectations going in to it, true; but this one seemed to be a little less enjoyable than indeed either of its three individual component beers are, and that's saying something. I'd take a fresh Double Bastard (for sure), an Oaked Arrogant Bastard (likely), or a plain ol' Arrogant Bastard (maybe) over this, and that suggests that maybe something else needs to be done to make these beers "special" (not that they need to be made special - they're all stellar on their own). Still, this beer was pretty solid, interesting if not fascinating, and one I was happy to try ... especially at the price point (about the same as an AB, 3 dollars less than a DB).

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4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A thick copper tone with a nice head

S - Not too obtrusive. Citrus notes arise when you really get your nose in the glass.

T - Very balanced from the beginning to the end. The citrus in the nose comes into the taste but is far more impressive than the weaker nose.

M - smooth with substance. slightly viscous feel.

D - it's a bit much for some people, but I could drink this buy the case.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.