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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: 137
Gots: 433 | 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: 758 | Hads: 2,398
Photo of M_C_Hampton
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 (498 characters)

Photo of mac31
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. (859 characters)

Photo of philbe311
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... (1,359 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
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. (453 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, copper, with an off-white one-finger head that dissipates to foam. Light lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops. Resiny. A slight maltiness, but those Stone hops are aggressive.

T: Piney but smooth. A really terrific blend of hops and malts. Lightly bitter. A nice smooth finish.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: The best of the Bastards, for sure. This one is much smoother and didn't take my head off like the Double Bastard. Terrific fresh. Recommended. (519 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful mahogany with a lathery two finger head of foam.

Caramel, pine, citrus, dark fruits, and oak.

Vanilla, oak, raisins, dates, caramel, citrus, and pine. Hop resin aftertaste with some dark fruit as well.

Heavy bodied, medium-heavy caronation, resinous on the front end, dry finish.

Overall, this is one complex bastard. (339 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Lukcy Basartd has a medium, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, rust-red appearance, and a nice lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is rather bursting, and one picks up strong, but not piney, hop resin, brown, syrupy malt, and sweetness. Taste is the same, and the bitterness balances the sweetness quite well. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lukcy Basartd finishes semi-dry and easy drinking.

RJT (404 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip

So, glad that they re-released this and along with a BA version as well.

A: Beautiful amber-tinged copper color. Some lacing and a fast receding head. Almost no collar.
S: Sweet malts and resinous pine hops.
T: This is crazy hoppy. It really comes across as an Imperial Red/Amber ale. The sweetness from the malts is definitely in there. A bit sweet, but lots of resinous hop oils in there to meld with it and just taste delicious. I really wonder how this would taste in a year from now.
M: Nice bit of carbonation that fluffs it up just enough to best deliver the flavor.
O: This might be the best of the bunch. I want to say that it is definitely the hoppiest one. The Double Bastard probably beats it for aging, but who can beat a pre-made brewery cuvee? (819 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

From the 650 ml. bottle with a best by Jan 1, 2015 date. Sampled on December 13, 2014 (12-13-14).

Lovely looking brown-red pour with a lingering cream colored head and a touch of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted caramel malts, dark fruit (until it warms), and earthy hops.

The body is better than medium but it is a highly carbonated beer so I burped quite a lot. Ecxuse me. My paly on the Dyslexia influenced laebl.

The earthy and cedar hops come across more vibrantly in the flavor with a roasted malt undercurrent. Somewhat bitter finale. More drinkable than I expected. (579 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Dark amber with a low off-white head.

Smell: Moderate floral and piney hops.

Taste: Dark yeast and malt flavor up front with some bitterness towards the end. Woody and dry. A little alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with low carbonation.

Overall: Hard to describe, but very good. I like it a bit more than Arrogant Bastard - some of the flavors are toned down in favor of wood and hops. (409 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet with 1 finger of off-white head

Smell: Pine and spruce hop aromas

Taste: Up front, I get a lot of earthy and resin-like flavors with some toffee notes coming through in the middle with a caramel and hop finish

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly cloying without nearly a sticky feeling like other resinous beers

Overall: A very enjoyable variant from the Bastard series that certainly has to be enjoyed fresh. I personally like how clean it finishes relative the to resin hop flavors present. (569 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA. Served in a snifter 12/12/14.

A- Dark copper-brown body. One finger white head with nice retention time, no lacing. The head disappears quickly into a thin collar that persists for a while. Overall the colour of the body is a bit gross; murky even. That's not been the best aspect of the Bastards anyway, so I'm not too worried.

S- Pine hops, oak, herbal aromatics assault the nose. A good bit of sweet caramel and raisins hit the nose as well. This is an intense, hoppy and malty beer that brings all aspects of the beer cleanly to the nose. Very complicated, even has a bit of leather to it if I'm not mistaking it for something else.

F- Bitter pine up front, oak and caramel in the middle, raisins and some citrus in the background. Bitter pine and breadiness finishes things out. There is a lot going on in this beer, not all of it good, but it makes for a relatively unique and interesting flavour that seems to defy even what one of the Bastards would bring to the table with characteristics of another Bastard. Fascinating beer that doesn't work for me, but overall the Bastards aren't my favourite base beer in any case so I am not too surprised.

M- Medium bodied, on the fuller side. Just about right in terms of carbonation. Slick and resinous, the finish is pine-forward all the way despite the strong malt presence that balances it out in a good way. More like restrains it, really.

O- Unsurprisingly hop-forward, Stone remains unapologetic for what they are and what they do, and this beer represents that quite well. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay and you might as well get around to trying their brews. Even if you're like me and don't get their beers in Wisconsin. (1,746 characters)

Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought as a part of “The Bastard Box” or something like that for $19.99 from Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio a few weeks ago. In the box are bombers of Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Lukcy Basartd and Bourbon Barrel Aged Bastard. I have previously reviewed the classic AB and Double Bastard. Now I get to review this one and later the BA AB. No “Best By” date observed by me.

A Classic creamy light brown head over a dark copper but translucent body, much like the classic look of Arrogant Bastard. I enjoyed a bomber of that the other night for comparison purposes, of course. 4.0

S Strong malt and hop presence just like in the classic. There is also an “oaked” sense to the beer but expectedly it is not strong (this beer is a blend of oak, double bastard and Arrogant Bastard. This remains a classic beer taste. I have likened it to all levers pushed up to max (hops, barley malt, etc) and this is no exception. 4.0

T Classic Arrogant Bastard taste with a sense of that “Oaked” AB but it is more difficult for me to detect that “Double Bastard” in the taste. Likely because these are 3 different versions of AB and presumably 1/3 of it is indeed regular AB (hard to detect 1/3 of Double Bastard!). Anyway, the taste is challenging, interesting, complex, all of the things that the label claims that it will be. 4.5
M Full, big, stinging hops, full barley malt. Arrogant Bastard (and versions of it) may have one of the biggest mouthfeels that I have come across. Another one that comes to mind is SN Bigfoot. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is moderate since this is SUCH a big, foreboding beer (that comment may be made about all of the Bastard line). Overall this is a classic beer and I enjoy that the brewers created this blend in celebration of AB’s 13th Anniversary. 4.0 (1,887 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Here then is another one of those balanced beers in which the balance is of all of the elements in extreme. Thus it is my interpretation of balance, not necessarily that of true balance (such as a Northeastern IPA).

Deep coppery color with a tan head. Big, nay giant aroma of hops and malt and a boozy something. Interesting as it is only (only!) 8.5. The aroma is not delivered in the flavor. It is surpassed. Huge citrus-piney goodness upfront, followed by the deep caramel maltiness and finishing with the balance of resin and syrup.. not the alcohol I expected based on the aroma.

Having these guys in my back yard, I am indeed one lucky bastard. (654 characters)

Photo of pagriley
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

A - pours mid amber with thick head
S - Pine and citrus hops overpower any sense of oak or malt
T - Citrus and tropical hop flavors with a huge thwack of pine bitterness that overwhelms the finish. Malt backbone is there but not much oak going on that I can detect; hops crushes all else. A bit of alcohol heat which was a surprise for only 8.5%
M - Nice creamy malts support the hops

O - Nice beer, and a decent price as a bomber (6 or 6.50 I think). Nice to try, but nothing I would feel the need to revisit in a hurry. (525 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice mix of dank hops, oak, and faint caramel sweetness. Comes off just as you'd imagine from the blend of DB, OAB, and AB....Drinkable like most Stone brews...would revisit (174 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sevred at 50 dergees farhenhight. Botlted on 11/20/14

I dindt celalr this Basartd aile fore moar than won weake.

Tatsy and worht the ate bukcs. Stepp asied! Porst! (170 characters)

Photo of craftaholic
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer poured into a perfect pint. Has a great hue, soapy head with awesome retention. The smell is hoppy and it had me concerned. I love the idea of this being a blend of 'arrogant' 'oaked arrogant' and 'double' but...i'm fairly certain they are lying to us. My hopes died in the nose. The taste while it is quite delicious does not match the style nor the recipe. I get a very hoppy, citrus forward: pineapple and grapefruit DIPA. I call sorcery.

Delicious IPA in a strong ale's clothing. (499 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -3.6%

10/31/14. Cascading bubbles on the pour, almost like a stout it is very dense for this type of beer. Two fingers of cream colored, mottled, thick head, mahogany-colored and clear. Piney and woody aromas, with some grass and herbal notes. Toasted malt and caramel. The sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by a long, bitter finish (yes that's a good thing). Full-bodied and well-carbonated. This is a big beer! (422 characters)

Photo of fmt_beer_drinker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Stone makes my favorite beers. I waver between regular 'Arrogant Bastard' and Ruination, but either of those are just about the perfect beer for me. So when they did this limited release I had to track it down. It says to drink NOW. Well I waited until lunch but I that's soon enough.

Overall, I was a tiny bit disappointed. I think regular Arrogant Bastard is a tiny bit better. Which still leaves this beer in the upper echelon of beers. Just to confirm my review, I also found it on tap ($6 for 10 oz, jeez!), and still prefer Arrogant, if just by a little bit. It's great, but in my opinion Arrogant still is a bit more balanced. Am I sad I bought it? Hell no, and everybody who likes hoppy, rich beers should give it a try! (739 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Big blast of hops here, mostly reminiscent of dank weed with some herbal and grassy notes along with a bit of citrus. There are some caramel malt aromas underneath.

T: Hops dominate here as well, with the dank weed showing up along with some herbal and melon flavors and grapefruit rind. It is very earthy tasting with some nutty notes as well before a moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is a bit oily feeling but avoids being watery.

O: A good beer, overall. A huge hop presence with some unique aromas and flavors while avoiding being too bitter. (728 characters)

Photo of bigmike85
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a copper color with a nice 2 inch head, good lacing around the glass. At first an earthy/dark cherry taste with a good amount of hops then finished with a mildly citrus taste. The 8.5 ABV is hidden well. (209 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%

22 oz bomber.Pours a brownish gold color.Smell of pine.Taste is strong hoppy flavor.I didn`t liike this one as well as the Bourbon Bastard but still pretty good.Got this in a bastard box which is a great deal.4 Bombers for 19.99.Get the Bastard box if you can find it and compare all of them.Highly recommend. (309 characters)

Photo of deford
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a bomber into an IPA glass.

A- Great head! A full two inches thick and caramel colored. The ale is pretty dark and kinda red.

S- Dark fruits (really?) and oak mostly...maybe some citrus as well. Really enjoyable.

T- Sweet oaky pine cones followed right away by a hop blast. I get a lil of the alcohol on the finish.

M- As it should be, unnoticed. The beer flows around my mouth without so much as a hint of anything to distract from the taste.

O- Stone pulls this off every time...it's a fine beer for Friday night or Monday afternoon...with dinner or afterward with cigars. The nose on this might be even better that the taste... (647 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%

The relevant question here is as follows:
In this instance, which is greater – the whole or the sum of its parts?

I’ll fall slightly in favor of the parts. Oaked and Double Bastard both have very distinct flavors as stand-alone offerings. The blending of these flavors along with the addition of some regular Arrogant Bastard leads the unique qualities of each version to get lost in the shuffle.

This remains an excellent offering but I’d rather drink an Oaked or Double as a stand-alone rather than as part of this blend. (533 characters)

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