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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,397
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 137
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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Reviews: 758 | Hads: 2,397
Photo of LouZ
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Poured copper in color with decent head. Didn't get a big scent, but upon tasting you get the distinct flavor of each of the three beers making up this blend. Initially you are hit with the malty Double Bastard flavor, which flows into Arrogant Bastard before finishing with the barrel-aged flavor of the Oaked Bastard. Truly a Bastard-lover's dream. (357 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/20/2014 printed on the bottleneck, so this is some pretty fresh bastard right here. My first time with this blended variant, expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a thick ruby-ish body, semi-clear, with about a finger and a half of thick doughy khaki head. Leaves behind lots of good thick sticky lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - As expected, the aroma is mostly a big citrus pine hop bomb and little else. Grapefruit, pine, resin, oranges, and notes of brown bread and sweetened caramel malt.

T - It follows the nose - lots of big bold citrus - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, & pine with lots of bitterness. Creamy and easy drinking for the big bitterness and abv, I suppose.

M - Feel is extremely bitter and dry. Medium-full bodied with low lying carbonation.

Overall, it was definitely not everything I was hoping it would be. It tasted like little else than your average Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale to my destroyed palate. Still, I am interested to try the Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, amongst the others.

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale -----4/5. (1,141 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a Rastel tulip glass. Bottled 10/03/14.

Appearance: Bright deep dark amber to copper red. Light tan persistent thin head across the top. Plenty of persistent lacing - islands and strands.

Smell: Hoppy with citrus and orange, plus a sweetness under it all along with some pine. The hop aroma takes on some dankness at the beer warms up. It does indeed remind me of Arrogant Bastard with some Double Bastard thrown in.

Taste: Deeply hoppy with orange and citrus zest and some grapefruit as well. There is a solid malt middle to balance all the hops with caramel and bready malt flavors. The finish is a mildly lingering bitterness with pine and a hint of lemon. Alcohol well hidden for a 8.5% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick (approaching creamy), just right carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable....I wish I had another bottle right about now. I am indeed a lucky bastard for getting to enjoy this one, which does indeed come across as a blend of Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. I'm not detecting the oaked version of Arrogant Bastard in this, but I can tell it is a blend, and it's nicely done as well. Like an amped up version of the normal Arrogant Bastard - more intense but with some extra hop flavors thrown in. (1,331 characters)

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around that glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, oak, light vanilla, and floral/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of big citrus/tropical hops, moderate dark malt sweetness, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, oak, light vanilla, and floral/oak earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, oak, and floral/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an fantastic blended strong ale style. All around awesome complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,609 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish amber colored with a quarter inch of tightly knit khaki colored foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of amber malt and citrus hops. The flavor is jam packed with a nice interplay between cereal grain maltiness and citrus hops. The cereal grains start in the front of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated and a bit sticky. (338 characters)

Photo of are_doubleyou
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: This Bastard pours a rich reddish brown with a thick off-white head. Very clear with no signs of haze and a few carbonation bubbles popping up. The head turns into a light lacing. It looks very inviting.

S: A complex blend of different aromas. Most forward are notes of black cherry and raisin with some oak and spicy hop notes. There are some subtle notes of roasted bread underneath, but they are very subtle compared to everything else.

T: If anything, there may be too much going on in this beer. The taste up front is crisp and hints of lightly roasted malt before being overwhelmed. The dominant flavors in the body match the aroma. A complex blend of dark fruits (most notably black cherry here), oak aged flavor and some surprisingly spicy hops. It's very well balanced and all three flavors are constantly fighting for your attention. The finish tastes more of raisin and the spicy hops. My biggest complaint is that the aftertaste is a very strong bitter with a resiny tinge that I didn't smell or taste elsewhere. However, it's hard to be too upset when it taste that good before swallowing.

F: Crisp, thick and immediate. It demands your attention by feel alone.

O: The cap said that I wasn't worthy and I might not be. This is a complex and hearty beer that should not be opened lightly. I would recommend that you try Arrogant Bastard first, but I feel anyone who likes Arrogant Bastard will love Lukcy. I love Stone's flagship. It is one of the few beers that I go back to on a regular basis and this Lukcy a hell of a treat for me. I will definitely buy a couple more to celebrate the holidays and got a strong desire to hold a Stone tasting party while drinking this.

This beer was poured from a 22oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 60F. (1,779 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Most noticeable on the nose is a Stone classic hop blend. Not overly dank it's a more balanced profile of herbal and resiny notes.

The flavor is far more hop forward, as this is a Strong Ale. A bit of malt supports the backdrop but a herbal, floral hop sets bravely at the forefront. This is very good but simply doesn't distinguish itself from the rest of Stones repertoire (375 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of lemon and pine with a little mango and grain.
The taste is a great blend of lemon, pine and grapefruit bitter with mild caramel and malty sweetness.
The texture is quite soft and nice.
Really enjoyable. (284 characters)

Photo of Hurlshot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

You feel like a lucky bastard when you buy this thing, and it does not disappoint. It is strong, but not an overpowering ale. You can still make out the wonderful mix of flavors., and it continues to taste great until the last swig. (234 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bottled 10/03/14, poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of barleywine-like aromas; notes of piney, citrus, earthy & grassy hops, toasted caramel malt with some doughy aroma to close it out

T- big malty and sweet backbone gives large notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & fresh brown bread. Hop profile gives notes of pine, orange peel, & earthy/herbal notes. Sweet malty finish with a little bit of leafy hop on the linger

M- thick & viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and chewy mouthfeel, and a silky slightly warming finish

O- a well balanced strong ale that is quite drinkable for 8.5% (767 characters)

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

A - Pours a reddish-brown with a two-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of citus, piney hops, and caramel malts.

T - The flavor follows the nose. Upfont there is a strong amount of sweet caramel malts and citrus (orange & grapefruit). The sweetness is cut mid palate by the earthy/piney hops. The finish has some bitter hops, vanilla, and light booziness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is definetly my favorite of the Bastards. The flavors are very well rounded. Very solid beer. (585 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby red with a heavy garnett orange hue and good clarity. Poured with a thick, rich, light beige foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. An array of  aromas: over ripe citrus orange and pineapple, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, herbal hops, funky yeast, and caramel malt. Medium bodied with lazy, yet incredibly rich carbonation through the middle. Tangy, minty and ripe citrus hop flavors with smooth vanilla. Sweet maltiness throughout. Herbal and citrus hops give way to emerging pine hoppiness from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dry with a slightly subdued lingering pine hop bitterness. The Bastards belong in the their own category. (650 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Good to see another Stone beer making it back into rotation. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a dark-cooper brown. Murky to say the least, poured out smooth, left behind an impressive 2 inch head that dissipated to just a flutter of foam that continued to leave an impressive and inviting lacing to the bottom.

Smell: First thing that comes to mind upon first aromas is black sugar, molasses, some toffee and a good underlying of lemon zest that comes and goes fairly quickly. Good caramel malts are pretty apparent throughout the whole session.

Taste: First sips and I'm experiencing a pretty heavy rush of zest hops and citrus. Of course upon further inspection and tasting I sense sweet, brown sugar, and some faint piney-like flavors that contribute to the sweet flavors. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, crisp and leaves a somewhat dry-finish on the palate. Goes down decent enough.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I've had good expectations. I really enjoy the limited releases by Stone. This was a really interesting find and I was a little hesitant upon seeing it was a blend of three of arrogant bastard's styles. But everything blended together nice and very balanced. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and would most likely try again. Cheers! (1,379 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Notes from 11/7/14

A - 3.5 fingers of off-white, dense head. Great lacing and retention. Ruby body.

S - Caramel malts. A little rotten vegetable . Some citrus and a lot of floral sweetness. Bubble gum.

T - Caramel malt. Mild citrus (orange). Pepper/spice. Medicinal and floral notes in the middle. Finish is slightly bitter with a little alcohol.

M - A little syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish. (417 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - The body is s striking brown-red hue with a thick ivory head on top. Ample lacing graces the side of the glass as the drink is consumed.

S - An onslaught of pine and grapefruit rind. Some caramel maltiness slips in underneath, but are quickly squashed again by the citrus and sap aromas.

T - Aggressive woody pine and resin are the first flavors to hit the palate. Then comes the grapefruit in all its mouth puckering glory. The malt body has pleasant toffee and bread tastes, with a some hints of vanilla, pecans, and earth. The finish is unabashedly bitter and astringent.

M - A damn sappy mouthfeel with a relatively low carbonation. Divine.

O - A hell of a beer. It strikes a perfect balance between the beers blended to make it while still maintaining the over-the-top character of Stone's flagship. (859 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby thin tan head sticky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, oak and citrus peel hops. Not particularly intense.

Flavor: Pine and citrus peel hops, very astringently bitter as per all of the Bastards. Toasty, oaky. Not quite as boozy as Double bastard, but still too boozy for 8.5% ABV in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Super sticky, with a boozy tingle. (357 characters)

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

Definitely one of the top 5 most unique beers I've ever had. The blending presents a lot of flavor interchange. Floral/Sweet Fruits/Resin/Leather/Oak/Caramel/Vanilla. Flavors opened as the beer warmed. This one has me interested in trying their DB (247 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle (10/10/2014):
Pours much like the regular Arrogant Bastard in color and clarity, maybe a bit lighter hue. The head pours a bit more and sustains a tad longer. Light auburn red, obvious clarity when held to light, and some lacing. Nose is a bit fruitier than the original, to me. The hops are floral citrus, citrus zest, and have a honey-like sweetness (perhaps reminiscent of tropical fruits) to them that I don't get from the original.

The beer starts off with a light base, a hint of amber ale flavors, but tropical fruit sweetness takes over. I get papaya mainly, but strangely a hint of coconut also. There is a lighter citrus taste, orange or tangerine like, that comes in afterwards and slowly fades to orange peel and maybe a little ruby grapefruit.

The beer when I drank it was lacking a bit of carbonation, but that didn't really hurt the beer. The beer seemed a bit thin, but the flavors bold enough to give almost a medium overall body to the beer. A woody dryness builds up over the beer, not obvious in any particular sip (might also be product of other beers).

I enjoyed this beer. The somewhat sweeter nature of the full taste was a bit surprising. Having reviewed this after having a normal Arrogant Bastard might have skewed my perception slightly. I had trouble discerning whether I liked this better than the BBA version, but I think it's another very small step up over that.

edit: letting the beer warm a bit mellowed out the flavors very nicely. (1,489 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some how my review got erased or not saved but I'm going to note what I remember and update this if I end up getting it again which I hope I do sometime.

This beer seemed to be much more tame than the double bastard and have more character than the dirty bastard. (264 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Ale. Smooth, very smooth for an 8.5 ABV. This Dry hopped bastard boarders on being an IPA - as a friend said he assumed upon tasting it. Nice Brown/amber color with a 2 finger head when poured into a pint glass. Get the hops and several fruit notes on the nose (grapefruit, maybe cherry). The taste is very hoppy, with a smooth finish of some nutty or typical brown characteristics. Again, the beer is smooth with very good body. Lacing is consistent down the glass, lasting well after I finish. Hope I get Lukcy again sometime soon. (555 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Clear dark orangey brown with medium bubbles to the body. Head is off white

Smell: Floral scent. With a lemon skin feel.

Taste: Sour and extra bitter with the rifht blend of wood and citrus.

Mouth: medium to heavy feel with the best stickiness I think I've had. Lingers like a bad cold but very delish.

Overall: I was lucky to even grab two bottles of this at my local retailer and another as a gift. This brew absolutely delivered. Salud! (480 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber, ruby red glass shows excellent clarity and holds a thin cover and thick halo of foam that laces the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy, pine, earthy, mild citric, with a toffee malt base.

Taste: Hops are up front and firm, more citric than the nose, it stays grapefruit while some pine and sugary malt make passing appearances. It's a bit hot with some alcohol in the finish.

Feel: Medium carbonation, light medium body is a bit oily and numbing.

Overall: Tried side by side with an Arrogant Bastard, this is hoppier, and hotter with alcohol than a straight Bastard. There's more base as well, a richer, more toffee, caramel malt sweetness that holds the other flavors up.

Very enjoyable, could see grabbing a few more. (733 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep clear brown with a slight ruddy tint. The almost-white head is thin and then disappears to almost nothing. And yet it still leaves nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is woody, with light hints of caramel sweetness and a little floral hops. The taste is delicious, but changes slightly with each sip, with some oaky, some more malt-forward, and others more aggressively hops. It has a nice weight and smooth feel with a big bite at the finish. (460 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks wise is BEAUTIFUL. A deep purplish red ....a touch cloudy.....and a frothy verrrry light brown tannish head. wow. Smell wise I'm getting a lot of carmel malts and pine like hops..woody.earthy hops. Almost a breadyness to it as well. very pungent and hoppy. This beer tastes awesome!!! pine punches up front...some citrus back bone to it as well. not really getting the vanilla that everyone is talking about yet.
mouth feel is very nicely carbonated, just perfect.very enjoyable. (495 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nose hit me the hops first. Piney and citrusy. Followed by the rich malt presence and some oak.

The taste is bitter and deep caramel malt upfront. Def citrus and grapefruit hoppiness in there. It's hard to discern the hop profile because it's masked behind a richer darker malt base than I'm used to for this amount of hops. American Strong Ale, or American Brown IPA. Blurring genres once again is Stone.

I'm also getting vanilla Dr. Pepper in the taste, but obviously a bitter version. Seriously, It's kinda like adult Dr. Pepper for me right now and that's awesome. And the times when Dr. Pepper tastes more fruity and less just viscous sweet, you know?

Anyway, It's an awesome beer. So far my favorite of the Stone 4pk. On to the BBA>> (743 characters)

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