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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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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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Overlord

California

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

Pours a mahogany-ish ruddy brown. Two inches or so of tan head. Foamy.

Smells like biting pine and bittering bitterness, plus a heaping load of oaked caramel. Yipes. I kind of thought we'd be seeing the oak toned down. Guess not.

Beer tastes oak-y, with caramel, a huge pine blast of bitterness on the aftertaste. Needs moar citrus. Maybe some dry grapefruit rind, and that's about it. Even the caramel is blasted away by the oak and bitterness, leaving just the barest sweet tinge.

Not a bad beer. Not that great, either.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 04:09:24 | More by Overlord
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Gobzilla

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark amber brown in color with reddish highlights with a thin khaki bubbly head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a nice bouquet of hop variety is noticeable on the first whiff with slight booze, piney, grassy, and citrus notes. It also has a little caramel malt presence.

T: the hops are pretty potent on the palate too with citrus grapefruit notes that help strenghten the bitterness with piney grassy accents and a touch of booze. There was good caramel malts to hold it down on the balance.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, piney, grassy, and slight bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: it drank good and is a real treat that does justice to the 13 annivesary of the bastards. I would definitely drink more of this if it becomes greatly available.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 00:02:01 | More by Gobzilla
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bierguru

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
deep deep amder color pours w a little tan head that laces headlaces out and stays through out beer

S -
smells like the arrogant bastard only bolder hops some nuts spice and a hint of citrus and maybe cherry

T -
malt sweetness big hop citrus flavor finishes with a plum cherry flaovr
when it warms up to just above room temp you get some vanilla and oakiness

M -
smooth with a bite at the end doesnt linger

D -
very drinkable its awesome clear and simple

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 19:26:45 | More by bierguru
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beersensei305

Florida

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

Active review...
Pours a dark, rich amber brown with nice carbonation and a tan head that disappears fairly quickly; but sticks to the glass nicely. The smell is very citrus just like the Arrogant Bastard but there is a chocolaty smell and obvious booze. Nice angry first bite lots of flavors and depth, very citrusy and hoppy off the first sip with obvious grapefruit flavors in the end. There is nice dark fruit flavors, but I can't distinguish them... it's cherry or plum. Some more flavors I pick out are vanilla and oak flavors, a hint of lemon essence. This is a nice thick beer with decent chewiness. Definitely a beer to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:57:47 | More by beersensei305
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oberon

North Carolina

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

9.20% abv?Mine says 8.5%,anyways it dont matter.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich dark bronze with tight formed one finger slight off white head that left one solid ring of lace behind as it settled.A great mix of juicy fruit malt,brown sugar,and a heavy dose of resiny hop,just how I like a good strong ale to be.Flavors are cakey,and fruity at the onset with big resiny hops in the finish,I love the hop profile goin on here.This is my favorite style of beer so I may be a bit bias here,love the hops!

Come on Lions,make me proud for once in the last ten years!Restore the Roar!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:39:27 | More by oberon
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Delighted to try this version of one of my favorite beers. From what I was told at the store, this is a blend of Double, Standard and Oaked AB mixed with approx a 1/3 of each.

Sure looks like Arrogant Bastard. Creamy tan head with a burgundy tint. The beer is the AB classic maroon/amber color. Excellent retention and lumpy lacing remains.

Smells like Arrogant Bastard... Kind of a cherry coke/Dr. Pepper sweetness to the aroma tucked behind a thick wave of juicy resinous hops.

I think in the end, it mostly reminds me of the Oaked version. A wonderful balance of thick cherry coke flavored sweet malts along with the big pine hop punch. Provides a touch more depth vs. the standard version. Oak depth without the over the top heat from Double Bastard.

Fairly bold body with an oily feel. Slight carbonation.. Wonderful.

Wish I had another bottle, so I assume that means I think it's drinkable. Very nice.

I have a feeling this one will be back from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:17:37 | More by Reagan1984
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popery

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Good beer, but the idea is stronger than the execution. I'm a big fan of blending and hope that more brewers explore the process, but every blended beer isn't a masterpiece. This beer has a bit too much of the raw and rough flavors of fresh DB for my tastes. There's a relatively strong booze-acetone note in the aroma that drowns out some of the complexity. There are also some very nice notes of caramel and aggressive pine/grapefruit rind hops. Taste-wise, it's quite successful. There's a wonderfully bitter pine resin/citrus pith tone on top of layers of caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a bit astringent at first, but that's more of a palate issue. Some very nice flavors coat the mouth and linger. Also, the beer is quite pretty - darkened reddish amber with a thick ecru head. Lucky Bastard is a wonderful expression of Stone's influential viewpoint in American craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:57:14 | More by popery
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Eriktheipaman

California

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

One inch head and some lacing.

The color is a brown/amber almost purple.

Smell of plums, chocolate, and alcohol.

The taste is very burnt and what tastes like high alcohol with slight oak on the back. As with normal Arrogant Bastard I am not thoroughly impressed. It is a good beer just not one of my personal favorites. I would prefer to just drink the OAKED straight up but to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:47:03 | More by Eriktheipaman
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HopHead84

California

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/24/10

On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.

A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.

S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.

T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.  

M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.

Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 00:40:05 | More by HopHead84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for picking up a bottle of this. Poured into a snifter.

Color is a deep mahogany with a single-finger tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing along with a few bubbles around the edges. Nose is nice and hoppy with good notes of resinous pine and citrus. There's a bit of oak in the background.

The taste falls off in a big way from the nose and it cannot be discussed without mentioning the mouthfeel, which is quite dry and tannic. The oak has just really taken this one over and while there is some faint pine and caramel in the background, I get mostly oak along with a bit of heat. I expected a lot from this beer, but only the aroma really delivered.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:40:57 | More by Thorpe429
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Baltika46

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I often drink beers straight from the bottle (yes I was bottle fed as an infant), so I can't accurately portray the appearance, aroma, and true flavor of the beer. With that disclaimer out of the way and since I drank this beer straight from the bottle, this beer is ridiculously good.

If you like double IPAs, then you'll enjoy this one. It has that West coast taste: mega-hopped with a savory, lingering hop goodness. As the "lalbe" indicates, this ale contains some percentage of Oaked Arrogant Bastard. You can definitely taste those woodsy undertones.

I rate beer on drinkability, not on anything else. If I don't have the inclination to have it again, then the rating will be average to above average at best. I definately won't actively seek it out. If the beer is exceptional, I'll buy it again. That being said, this beer is exceptional. Probably the most drinkable of the Stone IPA styles.

On a Pliny the Younger scale (I'm lucky enough to live in NCAL), I give this beer a 3 1/2 Plinys out of 5. Pliny the Elder get's a 4 1/2 and the Younger gets 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:06:47 | More by Baltika46
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head that retains well and leaves impressive lacing...a real looker. The aroma is equally impressive with huge fresh pine and citrus hops, orange marmalade, caramel and vanilla, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol...the hops really pop in the aroma. The flavor is similar with massive piney and citrusy hop notes upfront, along with some grapefruit, orange jam, caramel, toffee, oak and vanilla, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side and drinkability is pretty good despite the hop onslaught and ABV. The is an exceptional beer, the hops are incredibly pungent and fresh and there is a nice malty complexity, easily my favorite of the Bastard series...I hope I can pick up some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 05:16:28 | More by silver0rlead
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turboedtwo

California

2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

a - poured with a nice head, color is a dark amberish, kind of looks like iced tea.

s - smells strongly of hops and some boozey notes

t - this is where i was disappointed. it's not terrible, don't get me wrong. it tastes like regular arrogant bastard but smoother and less hoppiness with a good finish. i know it's basically three types of arrogant bastard but i was hoping for some more of the oaked flavor to come out.

m - nice, smooth, silky.

d - probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:40:37 | More by turboedtwo
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slayer3604

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: Realized that this is my 100th beer review. Only fitting since Stone got me into amazing beer. Cheers, Stone!*

A- Huge ruby/blood red body with a nice caked foamy off white head that leaves an annoying amount of lacing on my Celebrator glass...grrr! ;)

S-Has a nice bold hop bitterness along with dark fruits, red licorice, and anise. Pretty faint for a three bastard cuvee, but whatever.

T-YEAH! Nice and malty, just enough hop to bounce it back to drinkability and has a long lasting finish. Lots of cherry, plum and even rum raisin! YEAH!

M-Thick and chewy, but is slightly cloying.

D-It could be a lot more drinkable in my mind....this is a strong beer with lots of moving parts, but for gods sake, don't have it finish with more maltiness than hoppiness!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 20:42:46 | More by slayer3604
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Anderson Valley's new snifter glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby with a finger of thick, oily, light tan head that slowly receded into fuzzy film that left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Tons of piney hops and citrus assault my nose. More hops than any of the three ingredient beers have on their own. There are some subtle sweet malt and fruit undertones, but for the most part this smells like a super hopped west coast DIPA.
T: Most similar to the double bastard if I had to pick one. Follows the nose with a big piney hop punch, but there is a lot more malt that comes through in the flavor. I pick up notes of pine sap, orange oil, lemon juice, caramel, grapefruit and faint vanilla. The oak doesn't really come through except in the finish. Aftertaste has a slight slight hint of tobacco and smoke.
M: Thick body with tingle carbonation. Mouthfeel is slippery yet viscous. Aftertaste lingers.
D: Wonderful beer. Expertly blended. I wish this was one of their regulars. I think this is a perfect in-between for regular AB and double AB. I could take or leave the oak though. Hopefully I'll get to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:54:31 | More by scottfrie
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a creamy cap atop the hazy amber liquid; leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma, with citrus, pine and a bit of caramel to balance things out

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a burst of resinous citrus that arrives almost instantaneously; by mid-palate, the grapefruit and pine flavors are in full force and build, after the swallow, though just a hint of caramel remains around to balance the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: So fine in so many ways and, unlike some other Stone beers, does not become sticky; just the right amount of malt to balance out the hops

(Had a bottle of thisa few days later and would rate it a shade lower; the hops were more aggressive and the alcohol was more apparent, neither of which was a positive to me; on the plus side, the oak comes through a bit more in the bottle.)

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 01:23:20 | More by brentk56
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Brad007

Vermont

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

At first I thought the title was a typo. So, from what the bottle says, it's essentially a menage a trois between oaked Arrogant Bastard, Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. Oooh, sinful!

Pours a nice garnet color with a one-finger head into my glass. Awesome presentation here.

Lots of piney, citrusy hops deliver a fucking uppercut to the nose, leaving only the essence of sweet, oaked malt. Oh yeah. I can dig this.

Piney, citrusy hops blast the mouth, following up with sweet, oaked mouth that contributes a nice warming feeling. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops and mild malt. Still warm.

Wow, this beer is fkucing aewsmoe! To modify some new Acid Witch lyrics, here goes:

"Drank these beers so many times, turn off the volume cause I know all the lines, so fkucing buzzed, just let the beer flow but only if its Lukcy Basartd or else".

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 01:16:51 | More by Brad007
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DaveHS

California

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

Poured into my Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber with a little over an inch of tan head. Leaves rings of chunky lacing.

S-Piney, resinous hops.

T/M-Aggressively bitter. Tannic, mouth-coating hoppiness. Wave after wave of piney, chewy hops. That's all this is, really, but is that such a bad thing? An absolute hop bomb. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Lacking any complexity, but not bad for what it is. I would prefer a Ruination for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:24:35 | More by DaveHS
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL, 11/19/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy chestnut hue with ruby highlights and a slim, sudsy parchment head. Minimal lace.

Smell -- Hops reminiscent of grapefruit pith, pine resin, and wet-naps. Some onion notes present. Rich malt backbone with caramel and brown sugar, along with oak sugars and woodiness.

Taste -- Grapefruit pith and resin, caramel, raw cane sugar, wetnap, vanilla-like oakiness and faint lumberyard woodiness. Finish is grapefruit pith and marmalade.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full with moderate carbonation. Soft and foamy in the finish. Quite good.

Drinkability -- It's easy to detect the base beers, but overall it's like Oaked with more malt sweetness and body lent form Double Bastard. Has a little bit of onion-like hop flavor and aroma, but still quite good. However, I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 20:34:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
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kbnooshay

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful but small off white head. Body is a gorgeous clear amber. Smell is very hoppy and florally. This does taste like the beers from which this is born, but i enjoy it better. There is a great floral quality and much more malty sweetness than the others. This is also very well balanced. Feel is tingly and medium. There is the slightest drying effect. The aggressive bitterness prevents this beer from being super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:39:57 | More by kbnooshay
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Pours a deep red color with a significant amount of white head on top. On the nose, I get both floral and earthy hops, light wood and dates. On the palate, full bodied, good carbonation, with a pretty nice balance between the toffee sweetness, the citrusy hops and the lingering alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 18:38:27 | More by emmasdad
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bobmer itno a Hopus glsas puors a cirsp depe abmer wiht a decetn drak khaik haed. Amora is a ncie belnd of cirsp Erathy hpos adn caramle matls. Teh tatse is an asboluetly wodnreful comlpex belnd of bunrt caramle, pnie hpos, aok adn a hitn of friut. Teh bere is meduim bdoied wiht its aclohol cotnent vrey wele hdiden. Tihs is a trluy icnredilbe berw, I'll be pikcing up mroe of it if it hsan't sodl uot yte!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:32:33 | More by atsprings
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

A lovely follow-up to Darkness. It pours a slightly hazy ruby topped by a thick finger of eggshell foam. The nose comprises pearl onions, light pine, white bread, orange peel, Swiss cheese, and a decidedly light bit o' toffee. As odd as it may sound (I know it did to me), it comes together nicely enough. The taste blasts the tongue with hops, mostly traipsing in with spicy, onion-y notes. A cowering puddle of caramel lies dejected in the back. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick feel, and a dry finish. Overall, I think this thing is a bit much. I think a good amount of complexity could have been achieved had the hops not destroyed all semblance of anything else. Still, this was quite the event.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 06:59:10 | More by TMoney2591
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juhl31

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-reddish caramel in color and very clear. a bit more ta colored than white head with some good lacing. the type of retention where a solid ring stays around the glass and a "looking at clouds" type picture shows up and floats about the middle

-welp, this was definitely dry hopped a good amount. some pine and hint of caramel in there. kinda weird for a bastard

-the hops shows up, but not too much. still has that good caramel malt background. a solid bitter finish. the oak comes out as well in the aftertaste

-i say smooth a lot for mouthfeel, but this is very smooth. almost tastes flat but with a ton of body. has a rich, sticky feel to it

-i like this. enough to drink a bomber to myself on a thursday night just chillin at home with the wife. i like it more than arrogant, but not as much as double

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 05:18:15 | More by juhl31
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cooncat

Ohio

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

Had this at a local pub on tap last night.

Served in a standard pint glass (which is really 14.5 oz ... have to talk with the manager about that one of these days).

The beer is amber in color, perhaps with some light garnet hues. (tough to tell in a darkened bar). My glass was served with about a 1/2" head, which had decent retention for the abv. Also, some lacing evident as the glass is drained.

Smell is huge on hops, and I'm picking up mostly Centennial, though maybe some Amarillo is in there. Can't get much malt in the nose off this hop bomb.

The tastes follows the nose in that this is a Centennial hop bomb. This is nothing like the rest of the "Bastard series", which I consider pretty malty. There is enough malt to support the huge hops, but just barely. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation at about the 2 volume level. (at least at my bar)

My drinkability score reflects that this is a 9.2% abv brew, and thus isn't a session brew. I could possibly do 2 without feeling "impaired". Also, Centennial isn't my favorite hop (I'm a home brewer) ... guess that's a personal thing, but I'm not a fan of 2 Hearted for the same reason. Still, I enjoyed the (mini) pint, and if I'd had the time, I'd probably have had another.

If you're a bonafide Stone hophead, this one's for you. Find it, buy it, drink it!

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 22:58:18 | More by cooncat
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.