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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
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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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,401
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice fluffy light Carmel colored head reaches a solid inch and a half with a strong pour. Body is a classic ancient Amber. Nose is a nice mix of grainy hope and carmalized malts. With first sip you get resin based hops and thick woodsy malts. This beer is surprisingly thick for the style. A nicely drinkable brew but I prefer double bastard with about the same level of mouthfeel.

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my IPA glass....
I should say the label says drink by 1/1/15 and I'm drinking it on 4/8/15.
A - Pours an orange brown color with a dense thick head.
S - Smell is piney and hoppy.
T - Taste is caramel malts, some citrus and a little bitter.
M - A little sticky, medium carbonation.
O - This might be my favorite from the Bastard 4-pack they put out in the Fall. Great flavor, very drinkable.

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Photo of Gear54
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

Smell is rich carmel malts and citrus hops. Also get pine and oak as well.

Taste follows smell very well with much more prominent hoppyness. It's bitter and amazing. No booze at all

Feel is nice and smooth with lasting flavor and nice drinkability.

Another sweet addition to the bastard series.

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

Found this once at my local craft beer store and haven't seen it since - not sure if its seasonal release but I'm on the lookout. Pours a muddled gold out of the bottle. Aroma of barley, pine, earth and floral notes...but there's a lot of oak in there, which also comes out screaming in the taste. It's a monster ale/pale ale/IPA hybrid, for sure, but a brawny one that leans more towards oak, earth and malt flavors than aggressive hop assertiveness. It took my palette for a ride, hence my eagerness to try it again and update the review. Buy it if you see it fresh.

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

You are truly lucky if you happen to find this exceptional IPA on draft. Smooth and strong with a great tasting hop bitterness that lingers on the palate

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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer had glimmers of promise, but just finished too bitter. There were moments that hinted at the sweet decadence of a Double Bastard, but the bitterness was a bit too abrasive for the style. Still an enjoyable beer.

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2.97/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dissappointed. Like Stone beers in general. No Aroma. Bitter taste, which seemed to me unrelated to the hops.

Had it on draft as part of a flight.

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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle commemorating the 17th "yaer of arorgnace". "Dirnk Me Now" prominently displayed. And well, crud, on the side I see it also says Dirnk by Jan 1, 2015, and here I am a week into March. Curse you, BevMo Northgate for your enormous selection of low-turnover brews! Ok, this review is clearly unfair and should be discounted.

Served in a craft pub glass, beer pours deep and coppery in color, with a lighter, substantial head. Smells like malt bomb, and a little bit oaky. Imperial red ale, perhaps? Of course, drinking more than two months after Stone's stated expiration date will do bad things to the promised dry hopping. The flavor, however, still carries a load of West coast style hops. Too much, even for the rather aggressive malt bill, full of bronze barley malt. The fractional dosage of oak barreling adds a really nice touch, and survives in the palate despite the strength of the other flavors.

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2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I recognize this beer has had many good reviews, but I find it to be very harsh and difficult to drink. Poured the rest of the bottle down the drain. I love the bottle and the hype they build in the writings on the bottles, so I was really wanting to like this one and the original arrogant bastard. While I appreciate the complexity and cleanliness of both, I can't recommend or purchase it again. Sorry Stone, I love your other brews!

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Red body, mild head, hops, very malty, almost barleywine at times. I don't know what it is about this particular one. I can drink the Double and Normal AB just fine.. but if you give me this, I instantly feel mildly hungover. A great tasting beer, but I will regret it later.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is not that great. Lacing is mild. Has a caramel, boozy aroma. Slightly citrus. Smooth, bready, caramel taste with a nice hoppy bitterness at the end. Very smooth, resinous taste. Maybe some vanilla. The alcohol content is evident.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This variation is decent, not bad.

Deep ruby red body, sexy appearance. Light tasting, easy drinking. Medium feel and medium body.

Overall - I like the other variations a bit better.

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3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR. I always feel weird ordering Californian beers in Portland, but I had to try this when it was available. Not my favorite style, but certainly a good beer to warm the belly on a chilly night. More memorable than Arrogant Bastard for me, but would like to do a side by side.

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3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle from Fri., 01/02/2014 tasting (thanks, Erich and Sara!), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a snifter glass, drank over ~30 minutes

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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: A glorious near-ruby red ale with brilliant clarity and a creamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops are tempered by notes of caramelized peaches and newly baked bread. Meanwhile, hot buttered rum mixes with grapefruit and apricot. This bouquet is a merry dance, with ever-changing soloists moving to the same even beat.

Taste: Warm, buttery caramel adds just enough sweetness to toasty malt and resinous hops to bring this out from IPA territory. The medium bitternrss lasts through the finish, but not without a fresh breath of spearmint mixed with citrus. Complex YUM.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture meets just enough fizz to keep this drink merry and bright. A slightly watery feel detracts somewhat--a bit more body would do the taste buds good.

Overall: A bit more viscosity, and you have yourself a masterpiece. Speaking subjectively, this beer more than encompasses and harmonizes my favorite elements of the moment: Bright hops and sweet/hearty melanoidins. I will be seeking out this beer like a fox.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Burgundy/brown colored...nice frothy tan head
S-Very fresh floral and piney hop aroma....
T-Big pine flavor.....malt is secondary but has some toffeeish characteristics...some hints of dark fruits as well.
F-Medium to full bodied....strong bitterness on the finish...
0-Not as complex as I had hoped but nothing wrong with this piney strong ale offering from Stone.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a glass

L: Pours a pretty garnet color with a quickly-disappearing light tan head. Clear. No lacing.

S: Mild and malty. I get a little citrusy hops, but there's not much in the nose for me. But, to be fair, I really should be drinking this is a sniftner.

T: Bitter, piney hops right up front. Bit of vanilla. But hops are the players here.

F: Not too carbonated. Smooth and light on the tongue.

O: Some of the lovely things about the the individual brews get lost when mixed together. But, overall, a nice blend and a pleasant beer.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Yardhouse.
Dark red-brown with a durable head that left nice patterns of lacing on the glass.
Both the aroma and the flavor have depth and the flavor has admirable complexity. The aroma has pronounced caramel and vanilla notes and seems to hint that the flavor might disappoint but it does not. There are suggestions of oak, toffee, vanilla and dark fruits, but nothing to mask the solid malt base.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really hoppy aroma.
This tastes really hoppy, malty and crisp. Sort of tastes like a very hoppy and dark hopageddon but a lot higher quality. I would prefer this over double bastard

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3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is over done and over rated. The mouth feel is best described as sticky and it leaves a sugar residue on the lips and pallet. If is not crisp as this style dictates

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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep ruby color. Very clear. 2 fingers of a beige head which dissipates slowly and leaves some excellent lacing on the glass.

S - Rich caramel malts. Pine and earthy hops present. Very nice.

T - Caramel, toffee malt flavors up front. The hops are very earthy, then its like chewing on pine needles. Finishes bitter. Lovely. The alcohol is masked by all of the flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium to medium-light carbonation.

O - Very good beer. Pleasant all the way around. The alcohol is hidden very well, so this becomes a dangerously drinkable beer for its strength. I would absolutely pick this one up again.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

M: full and sticky

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

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip

Strong ale it is! Big, thick, and a bit on the chewy side-reminiscent of an American Barleywine. Initial taste is big, bold, resinous, sticky hops. Hops are citric (grapefruit) and earthy w/ moderately high spiciness. Bitterness is clean, firm, sometimes a little sharp but clears relatively quickly. Heavy, sweet cooked caramel flies under the cloak of the hops, keeps the assertive hops from wrecking the palate. Molasses-like dark sweetness is present as well. The beer has a touch of warmth from the oak. The oak adds a layer of complexity and rounds out the beer some. More heat is added by the fusel alcohols present in this big beer. Warmth from the alcohol is detected with each sip. Some cereal/grains are present in the finish. Body is medium-thick. Carbonation is appropriate to style. This is a darn good brew. Sip. Enjoy. Repeat.

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3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An active pour yields voluminous three fingers worth of late to develop off white colored frothy goodness comprised of varying sized bubbles... Super star retention... The head becomes lighter and takes on a more whipped appearance as it settles a bit... A light to moderate bit of carbonation, some of which clings to the glass and the rest of which moves at a moderate pace... The color is a light brown and cherry red... A wee bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is more subdued than expected... A light piney hop presence... A malty bread base lies beneath the surface... Smells like a standard American strong ale, but without any of the individual complexities of the brews blended herein... However, it should be noted that the nose continues to evolve and intensify as this one warms closer to room temperature... The end result is a very robust and potent bouquet... The flavor profile has some light piney hop intensity, some medicinal cough drop character, toffee and a strong malty bready base... Medium bodied and sturdy... Dry throughout with a slight increase in intensity on the finish... Limited carbonation... Not a bad beer by any means, but not remarkable different from any of the three constituents which make it up... I would opt for any this brew's parents over this when provided the option...

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

Bottle: Poured a dark copper color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak with some residual sugar notes and strong hoppy notes of citrus and earthy notes. Taste is also dominated by oak notes with plenty of residual sugars and strong hoppy notes with light oak in the finish. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good stuff overall and very enjoyable beer.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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