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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lukcy Basartd opens to an intense hoppy aroma that spills over the open bottle with heavy, deep shades of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and menthol. The beer in fact smells at first far more like a fresh-ground pound of hop pellets than a beer. After a few seconds these initial hop-heavy aromas fade somewhat, allowing an intensely sugary base to shine through, with orange, berry, apricot, peach, cherry, and white grape fruit esters, thick brown sugars, vanilla, and candi sugar. Toast crust and biscuit form an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is great, immediately promising to be a hophead’s dream, but then allowing enough sugars to come through to speak of a well-made all-around beer, instead of just a hop bomb.

On the tongue, the beer is intensely, unsurprisingly hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind up front, supported by a varied hop armada of dandelion stem, mint, menthol, eucalyptus, and some of the largest anise flavors I’ve encountered in a beer. There are also a huge amount of sugars in here—there have to be, to be noticed against the hops—bringing orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit notes, as well as brown sugars. Toast crust, burnt toast, and biscuit add earthy complexity. In subsequent sips the hops become even more pronounced, but the sugars seem to die off a little, or at least the tongue is so overwhelmed with bitterness that the sugars aren’t noticed. The beer does take on a medicine-like black licorice overtone in these subsequent mouthfuls, which combines with the pine resin and 8.5% ABV to form an oily, clingy, alcohol-vapor cloud that claws its way up the nasal cavities. The aftertaste is mainly bitter piney hops, with some sugars fighting for attention, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a slick medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is seriously hoppy beer, and anyone not familiar with the extremities to which hops can be pushed should stay very far away, as this will probably be so licorice and anise-laden as to be gag-worthy. But true hopheads will likely find this superb, featuring a stunning and powerful array of hop flavors. The beer does suffer somewhat from the heaviness of the hops, however, especially in the licorice overtone, and could have used either slightly less hops, or slightly more fruits to balance things out. Still, this is amazing brew, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:59:50 | More by jondeelee
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Mic-Lee


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, semi-translucent. Smells great. Sweet hops; very inviting. Bitterness of the hops hits you right away. Rich, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium carbonation. Not terribly boozy, but the alcohol is there.

Overall: Has a nice rich color and a great hoppy smell, making it a very inviting beer. The bitterness hits in the beginning rather than the finish as many beers do, and this gives it a welcoming initial burst. Very interesting. A satisfying and flavorful gulp. A tad bit of warmth despite being quite hoppy and bitter. Not amazingly complex, but a great example of a delicious hoppy brew. I would recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:00:11 | More by Mic-Lee
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark ruby brown with a two-finger length of-white head that retains very well. There is plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are a lot of hop aromas in the smell. I get the typical citrus and pine. There's some oakiness and plenty of caramel malt. There's a lot going on here in the flavor. Those hops are up front and are somewhat dank with plenty of citrus. The piney hops are stronger in the back end and there is a nice lingering aftertaste. I get the caramel oakiness that is typical of the oaked bastard. There's a solid malt backbone here that is typical of the regular arrogant bastard. There is some alcohol too. It almost seems like I get different aspects of the different bastards with each sip. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. It's a smooth beer that drinks very well. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 23:52:05 | More by acevenom
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby, some carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good hop profile, earthy, caramel and some dirt.

T-Good balance, caramel balances out with good hop profile. Some toffee. Dirt and grass ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, crisp with hop resins abound.

O-Was expecting a little bit more in terms of hops but it was a decent beer at the end of the day. Hopefully Stone releases this more often.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:30:15 | More by rlee1390
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this is a New Beer Sunday beer.

The body is a deep amber, looks more like Oaked Arrogant than the other 2. Thin khaki head.

I get alot of Arrogant Bastard on the nose. Strong caramel and toffee notes (probably from Double Bastard). I surprisingly get alot of pineapple and grassy aromas. Other faint citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, and starfruit come in faintly. Very balanced and nice.

Lots of grassy, lemony hops. The hops that come one remind me ALOT of 16th Anniversary from Stone. Light slick lemons and lemongrass as well. Toffee and caramel are more in the background than I expected, and its more drinkable than you would expect.

It drinks extremely well. The slick hops make what would be a super sweet beer very balanced. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 19:32:09 | More by VncentLIFE
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured from an arrogant bottle into an unworthy New Belgium snifter. This lucky bastard of a beer pours clear with a beautiful reddish amber color, a nice rocky head, and bubbles streaming up the center of the glass. Nice nose with a good mix of caramel malt tones, sticky, sappy hops, and a hint of vanilla.

Full body and really creamy feel on this bastard. Flavor-wise, this is one complex bastard. I swear I can taste all 3 of the Bastards in this bastard. I get sweet caramel and oaky, vanilla-like notes in the front of the palate and a nice blast of hops at mid-palate that bring on flavors of oranges and grapefruit. The finish is dry and sustained and has a nice pleasant boozy Double Bastard warmth to it. Those bastards at Stone really know what they're doing.

This bastard makes me proud of the term ``American Strong Ale''. Its blend of somewhat mismatched flavors make it a truly unique bastard. It's like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA with a dash of vanilla tossed in for good measure. Definitely recommended (bastard).

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:06:02 | More by deadonhisfeet
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of head, decent retention and lacing.

Totally hop forward..evergreen, some citrus, some sweet grains in the back for balance.

Big bitterness throughout, oily hops, overwhelming pine, long dry bitter finish.

Medium bodied, dry.

Good but too much going on. Why complicate things by blending bastards?

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 06:01:15 | More by TheMultiYeast
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz brown pop top with quintessential Stone graphics and attitude; best by 1-31-13. Poured into my half-pint Black Sheep chalice.

Appearance: Bright, beautiful amber hue, with a large light tan cap which shows good retention.

Smell: Straight-up dank, herbal hops (Chinooks?). Just a bit of sweet caramel malt underneath, but it's almost completely overwhelmed by the hops.

Taste: Big bitterness (of course), with herbs and a touch of orange pith. The caramel malts are honestly pretty overwhelmed here. The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not overpowring. Not as much of the oaked Bastard as I'd like, but there is a bit of oaky astringency here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, which really increases the drinkability, but I'd almost like just a bit more in a beer of this size/strength.

Overall: Bold, brash, and ballsy. Pretty much the only way Stone knows how to do it. I like this better than Double Bastard, which I found (even after a year) to be a bit too sharp and unbalanced. This is bolder than Arrogant Bastard, and just slightly rougher. Yet, I have to say I like this almost as well, or as well, as the Oaked Bastard, which might be my favorite of the four. For $6.99, this is something I'd pick up once or twice a year if I had access.

87-B

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:39:41 | More by BedetheVenerable
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours cola-colored, nearly the same color as the bottle. Nice film of pale white head throughout.

Aroma is a potent mix of caramel and piney, biting hops. There's a touch of sweetness, like M&Ms, as well.

Flavor is a really interesting mix of malts and hops. Caramel and an oak woodiness permeate, but leave a little room for the dry, pine hope flavor to sneak through. The combined flavor is so big, I almost wish this beer was a pie so I could chew it.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and dense, but the finish is just a bit sticky, with wonderful flavors remaining.

Great beer all-around. Sometimes brewers amaze me, especially ones like Stone, who produce these spectacular beers with huge flavors in mass quantities. There's a reason they're one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:43:17 | More by stonermouse
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Nugganooch

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer with a standard Stone Brew pint glass
*Notes from Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!! 11/11/12

A: Pours that same deep auburn color as the original with such great clarity to it. Produces a good half finger of persistent khaki foam head. Leaves behind some rings of chunky lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts and dank hops by way of pine, dried herbs, and spicy citrus. Malt imparts some undercurrents of toasted raisin bread. There is a of bit of solventy alcohol vapor coming though as well. Nice aromas overall. Seems much hoppier than the original AB.

T: Hoppy out the gates with waves of pine, orange citrus, and a real danky herbalness. Big time Chinooks here. Toasted biscuit and caramelized sugars stand firm and are complimented nicely by some raisin/plum/fig esters. A slight earthy wood note but not picking up a ton of the Oaked here. There is an upper moderate level of bitterness to the beer that lingers long after the finish. Alcohol is present but not distracting. A real nice blend and a bit more enjoyable than the standard AB for me.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall. Delivers a nice moderate physique with slight chewy consistency and even carbonation. Has a nice drying crisp texture in the finish. Some resinous hop linger action.

D: A solid blend of the three Bastard’s. Hoppier than the originally and much more drinkable than the Double. Yet still true to Stone form with the big bold flavors we have come to love in Arrogant Bastard…only slightly more accentuated I would say. Not sure if they dry hop this version but it does seem much hoppier than the original. I can do without the drabble on the side of the bottle…what a bother to decipher.

I would say definitely go for it if you are a fan of the standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 19:12:02 | More by Nugganooch
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draheim

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big sudsy beige head, sticky lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is dank and chewy. Copious sticky resinous hops - fresh citrus and pine.

Taste follows nose. Bitter, hoppy, caramelly. Chewy and sticky pine resin. Lots of bold flavors; classic Stone.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slick with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a well-crafted, balanced American strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:33:46 | More by draheim
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BucannonXC5

California

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $6.99 on Nov. 15, 2012). Mahogany reddish brown with 1 ½ fingers of khaki tan head. Good caramel thick retention on the top and good foamy retention on the sides.

Smelled a mix of a bunch of different flavors. Noticed the hops first, seemed to be dates or raisins though. Also got toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. Definitely the best part of the beer.

Tasted a lot different than I expected. Got oaky wood, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates. Grapefruit hops, but not overly strong. Could taste the alcohol though. Pretty bitter on the tongue.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, warm finish. Felt very good after.

A decent beer overall, but I was hoping for more. The taste was a bit much and didn’t really work for me. Just too much going on. Some of my ratings could have gone either way, but I’d try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:24:45 | More by BucannonXC5
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nUgZ

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing. Couldn't be any better.

S: Hops, sweet malts, bread, and more hops. Love it!

T: Lots of hops, malts, and the nutty flavors that all the Bastards have. Some vanilla and the oaked flavors shine through as it warms. The best aspects of all three beers involved. Perfectly balanced!

M: Medium to thick bodied with good carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is about as good as it gets...a perfect Stone brew. Hides the alcohol well and is super easy to drink. The best Bastard yet!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:13:11 | More by nUgZ
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours brown with hints of ruby, I get a nice finger and a half of slightly tanned head that has excellent retention... Tons of nice lacing... Great looking beer.

S: hops, citrusy and piney hops, a touch of malt, not as sweet of an aroma as I expected, smells nice

T: much like the nose, pleanty of hop deliciousness,for the malts I get a bit of caramel and toffe and a light touch of oak... Very well balanced and delicious.

M: on the heavy side of moderate with a nice creamy carbonation that accents the hop bite and keeps this beer from being to syrupy... Nice lush mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.

O: this is my favorite variation of arrogant bastard, when balanced together it is like they cancel each others negatives and strengthen the positives, a great blend of a great brew... Love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:32:55 | More by PeterIngemi
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joecast

Australia

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No point going into too much detail. You know what this beer is about.

My favorite of the bastard beers. Has the best of its three components.
Aggressive hop character of AB,
Smooth maltiness of oaked,
And straight out brashness of double.

Seriously enjoyable. Having fun picking it apart and placing where all the nuances came from.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:21:46 | More by joecast
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neophilus

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour, good off white head and lacing.

Pine-like hop aroma up front, dark malty bread scent fills in the spaces.

Hoppy but smooth at first sip. Heavy malt base and some detectable wood from the Oaked blend. Hop bitterness remains stiff throughout and balances the thick malty body. As it warms lingering taste of caramel and toffee and residual hints of oak.

Smooth mouthfeel carries the thick brew along quite nicely. Finishes a bit sticky but the hops dry out the aftertaste. Sip this one slowly lest the thick malt body overwhelm you.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:31:40 | More by neophilus
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kshizzle101

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A - Dark reddish in color, a thick 2 inch head that lasts for awhile.

S - smells extremely hoppy, malts like biscuits. you can smell the booze on this one too.

T - like the smell, extremely hoppy. spicy malts and finishes with strong booze

M - heavy. Given the booze content here, I would have preferred 12 or 16oz of this rather than a 22. But i'll take it, because it's damn good.

Overall - An interesting blend from Stone. I love all three components that make up this blend so it's no shock I love this one as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:41:45 | More by kshizzle101
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Basartd
22oz, BBD 1/31/13
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a really pretty copper amber color. Almost clear. About a finger and a half of off white head. Very fluffy. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Nicely carbonated.

S: Really awesome nose. Smells really fresh. Getting those fruity hop aromas, mango and citrus. But then those complex malts, caramel and toffee. And touches of wood and vanilla. Awesome.

T: Right on the tip of the tongue, you get that aggressive Stone hop bitterness. Strong flavors of pine mostly, but also some citrus hints. Also some grapefruit as it warms. bitter grapefruit. The. You get those sweet malt flavors. That caramel and slight vanilla toffee from the oak aging. It's actually pretty complex. Warming up brings out even more. Somewhat dry finish, leaving you wanting another sip. Best of the Bastards.

M: it's a big medium bodied. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 15:02:26 | More by inlimbo77
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JMayala


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Lucky Bastard (Lukcy Basartd). I am employed by Total Wine & More in CA and this is an item I've been looking forward to tasting and reviewing.

Whether you buy into "The Bastard" beers' messages or not it is true that this beer is meant for a certain breed. Liking or disliking it doesn't prove if you have good taste in beer, it's a matter of if you like this style, because no other beer really tastes like a Stone Bastard.

A - The appearance is a crystal clear ruby/blood tinted dark ale color. Although appearance of a beer is one of my least important factors, this one looks outstanding.

S - The smell is not much different to the other three bastards...hoppy of course, with that slight but nice oak from the oaked arrogant. The difference comes in the malts, which dull the hops enough to make it more subtle than any of the other bastards.

T - Almost exactly as the smell. The malts that aren't as present in the other bastards make this blend the most balanced of the group. Gives the drink-ability of a lighter I.P.A. with the flavor of a true strong ale, without compromising either field.

M - Mouth-feel is smooth and silky for a strong ale. Not perfect but just about as good as it gets for a beer in this field.

Overall...
This beer is fantastic. Again, it isn't for everyone but for some like me it'll be exactly what you'd hoped for. Blending all the Stone "Bastard" family into one beer that gives you all the advantages of the 3 and remarkable balance is like a dream come true to me. If you are a Stone/Bastard fan, try one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 10:38:08 | More by JMayala
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daledeee

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what this was until I picked it up. A blend of different bastards.

Poured a very dark brown with a lighter head than others of the Bastard species.

Nose: Hops pretty much it(on the pine side)

Taste: As usual with Stone, very hoppy. This one has a nice malty balance to it but still has a very bitter finish and after taste. I can tell there is some oak aging in here.

Mouth feel is creamy and medium carbonation. Alcohol is pretty apparent, but not that high of ABV. For some reason, I like some of the other Bastards better.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:51:44 | More by daledeee
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, surprised I didn't review this the last time it came out because I know I've had it before. Oh well, a buddy picked one up and shared it with me, its still good. Hoppy smell that sort of leads you on about what the flavor will be. I found the flavor to have a decent bitterness but I felt like the oaked bastard really dominated. It would be interesting to learn what the blend percentages are but I'd guess its "classified'. Alcohol was noticeable and I'm sure the double bastard was responsible. This was good but I think regular old arrogant bastard may be the best bastard.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:20:18 | More by ArrogantB
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 11/10/12.

A- Pours a deep amber with burgundy hues and a finger and a half of off-white head that provides decent lacing.

S- Aroma of citrus, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits. Some pine is evident as well.

T- Taste-wise I'm getting mostly sweet malts, caramel, bread, and a bit of raisin. As it warms the piney hops begin to take over. The dark fruits also come out more over time. More complex than it initially lets on. Finishes dry with a decent bitter bite.

M- Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with light carbonation.

O- Another solid ASA from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 07:39:57 | More by SadMachine
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A blend of Arrogant Bastard, double bastard, and oaked arrogant bastard.

Clear chesnut hue with a thin off white head. Dark fruits, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee, smokey, anise, earthy hops and alcohol.

Tastes very much like a cognac. Sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee, up front. The oak aging from the oaked bastard comes through on the mid-palate with oak, smoke and vanilla. Finishes with an underlying earthy hop bite. Massive and complex but detectable booze throughout that stings the gums and burns the throat a touch. A little too overly complex that slaps the tongue around and confuses the taste buds. An alcohol cocktail blend of three very similiar but different beers that crashes into one mess of a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:58:04 | More by jtierney89
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bbbblover


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rich brown, as you would expect from such a strong ale.

Tast is similar to the original bastard but... more so. Slightly bitterer and a little bit less sweet. Kind of tangy. I personally feel the original (while still one of my all time favorites) is a little too malty, so this refinement of the hop/malt balance is a positive change.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, off the charts. This is a really BIG beer. The alcohol warms your mouth, and the bitterness lingers deliciously at the back of the tongue.

Overall, this is a great addition to the Bastard family, and maybe my favorite of all the Bastards. I didn't know it was a blend while drinking it, but in retrospect it seems to have successfully captured the best features of all its constituent parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 10:47:49 | More by bbbblover
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish body - almost coppery. The head is thick and fluffy and sticks around for a few minutes but remains in a quarter-shaped circle among the middle of the top layer of the brew. The lacing on the glass remains present throughout the drink.

S: Wofts a strong hoppiness, with some caramely maltiness, piney, and some underlying smells of oak.

T: Strong malty taste, finishing with loads of hops. A good amount of bitterness that lingers after swallowing. I don't get a lot of oakiness, which is somewhat disappointing, but the balance of bitterness and hops combined with malty sweetness tastes really good.

M: This is actually a much lighter bodied beer than I was expecting. I'd say medium-bodied, but I enjoy that it is pretty creamy, and it is very drinkable.

O: Very happy to have this one. It's so complex that every drink almost tastes completely different. The first few sips I didnt get any oak flavor and then it comes out as it warms a bit. It is the kind of beer that you don't realize has a high ABV because of how easily it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:54:13 | More by Justin_Neff
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.