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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 656
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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Photo of olfolxholme


4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into a large Tripel Karmeliet tulip snifter

A - Very healthy two finger light khaki (near white) head. Nice dark ruby beer, glows beautifully when held up to the light. Was surprised by the amount of sediment, but just pour carefully. I'm not always a fan of the Stone bottle rants... but I like this one. "Best after 1.31.13" strikes me as possibly being part of the joke... But who knows. Guess this bastard is two weeks late...

S - American hops (citrus, resin, grass), caremelly malt, light toasted oak presence.

T - Wicked and complex blend of spicy hops, light smoke, very tasty amber malt presence. Nice lingering aftertaste of oak and grassy hops. I see others noting peat - that makes sense.

M - Perhaps a little watery in the body, but, overall, a nice sudsy wash. Aftertaste buzzes with hop bitterness.

O - Very drinkable, complex American Strong Ale with pronounced hop and oak character. Not for the weak of heart, but downright magic in the hands of the right lucky bastard... Even two weeks late...

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:51:51 | More by olfolxholme
Photo of WoodBrew


4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Lukcy Bastard is a big beer and reminded me of a good scotch ale. The beer poured a deep rich amber with thin white head that left some lacing. The smell was mostly malt with some sweet undertones. The taste was heavy with malt that included earth/peat with caramel hints and alcohol. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good beer....certainly could not session this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 22:14:24 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of kvgomps


3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is thick with a lingering 1/2 inch head - does the souffle thing. Scent is surprisingly malty with just a hint (barely) of oak.

Taste is more like the Bastard you expect. Haven't had the Double so I'm not sure how strong of a presence it makes. Good pine flavor, decent resin/malt backbone, oak on the aftertaste (not too strong when cold but much heavier as it warms).

Not a common feature of Stone for me but this gets better as it warms. Doesn't hold a candle to Ruination but the oak makes this better than your average Bastard. This beer loses what it gains by the oak with the idiotic label. If you get past the first paragraph without a headache you're the better man.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:38:37 | More by kvgomps
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours an amber color topped off with a white head.

S Lots of tropical fruit and citrus with lots of grapefruit like bitterness coming out.

T A lot of sweet tropical fruit and citrus with just a bit of bitterness and bready malt.

M a bit of a heavy body

Overall a pretty good take on Arrogant bastard family of beers. The tropical and citrus notes really set it apart from the others.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:37:58 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Enjoy by Jan 31, 2013, so I just barely made it.

3.5 A: Clear copper amber color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is decent and a diffuse lattice of foamy lacing is left.

3.5 S: Surprisingly hoppy, this takes on a lot of the double bastard. Hop aroma is a mix of floral foremost with pine, herbal and earthy following behind. Caramel and toasty maltiness with notes of toffee and dark fruits - raisin and dates.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Piney and floral hop flavor. Caramel, toffee, toastiness, and neutral malt maltiness. Dark fruits.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and quite smooth.

3.5 D: This is good, but nearly every thing Stone offers has been eclipsed hundreds of times since craft beer started going more mainstream and showing up everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:38:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean dark copper pour with 2 fingers of yellowish head which left behind lots of nice lacing. aroma of sweet caramel, raisins, dates, a subtle smokiness, earthy bitter smelling hops. the flavor is complex as all hell. a delicious arrangement of sweet malts showcase the hell out of this beer, blend in some burnt tire bitterness from the hops, a subtle smoked flavor, a little bit of a wood profile, cherries, roasted grains.. holy crap this beer is all over but somehow works, and works damn well. medium body on the heavy side with a moderate amount of carbonation and a nice creamy feel to it overall.

this is an excellent beer. after all these years, the bastard is still excellent, and this is a great edition of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:58:13 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of stewart124


4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle with a drink by date of 01/31/13

Ruby red and brilliantly clear. Dense off-white head that lingers nicely.

The nose has plenty of pine and i'm not sure if I have started to get used to this smell or if it dissipates quickly but I lose some pine after just couple minutes.

Medium body with a smooth character overall. Huge background bitterness and just a touch of vanilla. Maybe some oak but I am stretching here. Very carbonated and it finishes very dry. Still that lingering piney bite on the tongue.

It doesn't take long for one's tastebuds to be beaten into submission. Medium caramel throughout. White grapefruit is probably the big citrusy note I get from the hops.

Delicious and well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:48:09 | More by stewart124
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich brownish copper with a huge billowing head which persists and causes some of the sexiest lacing known to man

Smell is very hop forward, citrus, pine, and gin/juniper.

Taste is a bit maltier than the nose would lead on. Caramel, sourdough bread, grapefruit. Oak aspect very muted. Really wouldn't pick up on it if I wasn't looking for it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than anticipated. Sturdy carbonation prickles the tongue similarly to the hop bite.

Overall a fantastic beer. A bit muddled as to what the intention is, otherwise would rate higher.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 23:53:03 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of elNopalero


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My bottle had a best by date of January 2013. I cracked it open in December, 2012.

This pours a wonderfully rich amber with a thick head of foam. The foam loiters more than lingers, hanging out after the first few sips even. There’s a light aroma. It’s piney, with hints of orange peel and a whisper of cinnamon tea hiding somewhere. It’s not a vibrant, big aroma but nicely layered.

The flavor has a mellow rounded bitterness with a piney, resiny heft to the body with a dry tacky finish. It’s malty and smooth with a big bitterness like its siblings only without the sharp edges. I’m not worthy!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:54:22 | More by elNopalero
Photo of superspak


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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/31/2013. Pours slightly hazy red amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, grass, orange rind, toast, caramel, oak, pine, bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop/malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, toast, tangerine, citrus rind, caramel, pine, floral, grass, bread, oak, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of citrus piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, caramel, toast, grass, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent flavor complexity of hop flavors with a nice malt balance; and minimal cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with and fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent American strong ale. Great hop complexity and balance of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:07:05 | More by superspak
Photo of Chadhowie


4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my favorite of the 5 beers I sampled while at Stone Brewery in Escondido. I ended up buying a growler full of it when I left. The American Strong Ale is to the Imperial Double IPA what Round Table Pizza is to the best italian pizza. They are both outstanding, but the Strong Ale just adds that bold American touch that we all know and love.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 00:23:54 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of cvm4


4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark red amber with a bubbly eggshell head. Okay lacing.

S - Very juicy & hoppy (pineapple, citrus & floral).

T - Malty, hoppy, bitter, floral & burnt caramel. Flavors come together & meld wonderfully.
M - In the light side of medium body with high carbonation.

O - Smell delivers, taste is obscenely good. Bitter malty hoppy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:10:53 | More by cvm4
Photo of chanokokoro


3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone branded pairing glass (short stemmed goblet)

Pours amber with golden highlights capped by a light beige one and a half finger head. Great retention with a fair amount of splotchy lacing. Toffee, citric hops, and some underlying toasted oak on the nose. Fairly complex, caramel joined by orange rind, charred oak, burnt toast, toffee, bitter grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth and silky with moderate carbonation. A successful blend of all of Stone's infamous "Bastard" brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:23:50 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of mdwalsh


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, lacy head on a big red body.

Aroma is great an hoppy. with a nice malty boozy-ness but not harsh.

Taste is a little harsher, too acrid with the hops.

The mouthfeel is awesome, perfect carbonation.

Overall, a worthwhile beer, something I will try again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 17:22:27 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

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

A: ruby red color with a khaki colored head a good ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of juicy citrus fruit and resin on the nose with no alcohol at all

T: great citrus flavor up front hits with a little of pucketing on the sides of the mith with some malt flavor on the backed no alcohol Tate at all when drinking

M: medium bodied mouthful very easy to drink doesn't drink like an 8.5 % beer

O: extremely great experience with this beer what really enhances it is if you smell the beer and sip it at the same time you can really emerce yourself in this beer

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 21:28:25 | More by smcnulty1981
Photo of searsclone


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

poured into a DFH flared pint glass. reviewed about 3 weeks before the enjoy by date

Pours a clear red, caramel color with a huge tan creamy and rocky head.

Smell is sweet chocolate, piney and earth. Really clean.

Taste is excellent balance of sweet caramel, toasty dark chocolate and clean hop finish

mouth is smooth, velvety, creamy. Prickly carbonation, medium mouth feel with a great dry finish. Perfect.

overall, crazy smooth and really easy to drink. If you get a chance, this is a must try!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:54:15 | More by searsclone
Photo of rangerred


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

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear ruby red with just a thin wispy head. Even with the lack of a substantial head there is very nice lacing throughout.

Aroma of piny hops mixed with burnt caramel. Some maple syrup along with a healthy dose of oak. Burnt toast and rye bread round out the aroma. Really a heavy, roasty, caramely, complex aroma that is extremely inviting.

The flavors continue the themes found in the aroma but on a much more intense scale. Tons of oak and pine with a healthy dose of caramel thrown in. Some burnt character and a spicyness that is reminiscent of rye. Fairly intense bitterness throughout balanced my sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick with a good amount of stickyness in the finish.

Overall, this is my favorite of the Bastard line. Really so much going on here and I really love the oak character. Perfectly blended and really one to savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:41:00 | More by rangerred
Photo of Raven3464


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

Appearance: It pours a clear, bright red to dark copper body with a one finger head. Sticky lacing makes the beer look extra sexy.

Smell: Pineapple, citrus, and pine trees come to mind at first. Sweet malt notes, a smell I will call the Stone Bastard "twang" and a woody oak aroma are also noticed.

Taste: Sweet malts and grapefruit blend into a huge hop punch. An "oaky" flavor similar to that found in Oaked Arrogant Bastard can be found but it is not quite as prominent. A slight alcohol burn lingers in the aftertaste together with the hops.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to wash down the sticky hops.

Overall: Stone seems to be rehashing old ideas but, with brews like this, who could complain? I think I prefer the original Bastards, especially the Oaked, to this hybrid but it can still be considered a successful experiment. I hope to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 14:32:50 | More by Raven3464
Photo of rundocrun


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body is a lovely ruby red color. 1 finger of white foam forms and dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of lemongrass and herbal-scented hops. Just a hint of zesty tangerine and candied orange. Rich caramely malts play nicely in the background.

T - Sweet caramel and orange up front. Some mild woody character--no doubt from the cut of Oaked AB that went into this. Earthy and lemony hops play through the middle and finish. Some tannic character as well as some dark caramel malts and bitter citrus peel flavors make up the majority of the finish.

M - Medium body. Understated but good carbonation. Finish is quite clean and semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:41:42 | More by rundocrun
Photo of MadScientist

New York

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

A: A medium-dark copper with good clarity. The persistent head forms a good stand of rocky light tan bubbles that leave a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A heady, strong bouquet of tropical and citrus hops aromas with pineapple and lemon being the dominate notes with supporting mango and orange. There is a bit of an herbaceous, grassy note from dry hopping. The malt adds a moderately-light, clean sweet note.

T: Aggressive hops bitterness dominates with an equally supportive malt bill that brings a light caramel, a bit of dry grain and clean sweetness. There is a good amount of hops flavor with the pineapple and lemon still take the lead with a bit more pine than in the nose followed by some orange. The balance is very bitter but the malt sweetness is still very apparent. The alcohol bring a light sweetness towards the off-dry finish with a lingering citrus peel-like bitterness.

M: A lightly creamy, slightly more than medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There is light alcohol warmth and a slight tingle on the palate.

O: Lucky Bastard indeed, at least for any self described hopheads! This beer is an outstanding, huge West Coast tropical/citrus hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:49:40 | More by MadScientist
Photo of hardy008


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear copper color with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, oak, brown sugar, and citrus hops.

The taste is a very nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, oak, citrus, and pine. Nothing subtle about the taste of this beer, which is probably why I love it so much.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Has a bit of a sticky feel, and a bittersweet aftertaste. Very nicely made.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:11:39 | More by hardy008
Photo of morimech


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jan 31, 2013

Pours a clear, copper color with just over one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma just like all the Stone Bastards. Pine and citrus hops in the forefront with a deep malt notes of caramel and bread.

Hop flavors lead the assualt on the tastebuds. Citrus, pine, and herbs are all there. Bitterness is moderate to high but there is enough malt sweetness to make the beer palatable. Nice caramel/toffee notes. Just the faintest hint of oak. Booze comes in the finish with flavor and warmth.

Solid body and wonderfully carbonated. One of the better Stone beers in this area. Great big beer texture that is smooth and gentle despite the alcohol in the finish.

A very good Bastard. A blend that worked in this case.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:48:43 | More by morimech
Photo of MDDMD


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

A-orange brown in color with a modest tan head and some lacing

S-roasted malt, caramel, oak, hints of pine and citrus

T-roasted malt, pine, caramel, earthy, oaky, slight citrus and some bitter hop presence, a bit of alcohol bite

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky feeling

O-nice combination of the Bastards with great elements of each blended well into an enjoyable beer to savor

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:00:19 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Gatch


4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear ruby red with a light brown, frothy, pillowy head that builds well and fades slowly leaving behind good lace and great retention. Nice when held up to light.

S: Huge burst of sweet, roasted malt, caramelized sugar, maple sugar, wood, earth, and a bit of booze. Give it a swirl to build the head again and some really complex aromas come out. Maple syrup, bourbon, dark, dried fruits...as the beer warms, some strange metallic aromas come out and it smells too sweet. I'm not gonna knock it too much because it's been in my glass for nearly two hours.

T: The flavors are very complex, as well. Heavily roasted, almost smoked or charred malt stand out with hints of booze and wood. The booze is very complementary with the malt character. In my opinion, the blend works out really well. I'm a big fan of this.

M: Surprisingly not-so-heavy body with a clean, flavorful finish. Fairly cloying at room temperature with plenty of time to breathe. But that's just the heavy roasted malt tiring out the palate I'm sure.

O: Awesome concept with equally awesome execution. To me, the Oaked Bastard really shows itself. Fantastic stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:50:30 | More by Gatch
Photo of sevenarts

New York

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

A: Amber/dark orange with a modest tan head and some lacing.

S: Piney hops dominate but are balanced by sweet caramel, some woody aromas and a good amount of booze.

T/M: Sweet malty caramel up front, followed by pine and citrus from the hops, some spiciness, wood, and booze and warmth on the back end. Very creamy, which helps it go down easy despite the alcoholic bite and pine bitterness.

O: This is a blend of Stone's other "Bastard" beers (original, oak-aged, double) and it tastes like a hybrid, with an interesting blend of flavors. Not as good as the other Bastards, but still an interesting beer that packs quite a punch.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:14:08 | More by sevenarts
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.