Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,392
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 136
Gots: 430 | 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 mabermud
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. (188 characters)

Photo of almostjay
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. (316 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
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 (155 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of ZAP
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. (367 characters)

Photo of PostRockandCats
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. (564 characters)

Photo of chinchill
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. (411 characters)

Photo of jooler
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 (182 characters)

Photo of GSP
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 (177 characters)

Photo of OhioRay
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. (641 characters)

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)

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