Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 428 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 2,386 | Reviews: 780
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent hoppy beer. Pours golden with a foamy half inch of head. Citrus hop aromas. Aggressive hops that are muted by a great and substantive malting. Citrus and light fruity tastes. Oh so drinkable.The hops do act to wear down the taste buds somewhat.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw a representative from Stone said this should have been consumed fresh and not aged. This one has been sitting around for a few months.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a small cap. Decent rings of lace around the glass. Smells of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is of sweet brown sugar, caramel, and biscuit up front with a citrus zest hop bite on the finish. Mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Beer has decent carbonation and is somewhat smooth going down. Overall, this is a very good beer that is an interesting blend of 3 of Stone's Bastard releases. It would have been a good idea to have one of these fresh though.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick off white head with good retention with an aggressive poor on a fairly clear deep copper body.

S: aroma is excellent and very enticing with floral, grapefruit and orange citrus, toasted malts and caramel. actually a nicely balanced hop and malt profile here.

T: opens almosty like a barleywine with malts and candy sugar mocing to earthy and pine hops which is unexpected for the aroma. then it finishes a bit sharp and boozy with more caramel malts and pine.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one isnt bad, just a lot of unexpected f.avors. definitly malt forward, still a good beer,

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: An interesting mix of caramel malts, citrusy hops, pine resin hops and oak is present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops are more prominent and lend a moderate to strong amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish (especially the piney hops). Hints of alcohol and vanilla are also noticeable. Once the beer warms up, the vanilla flavors become stronger.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied, crisp and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some alcohol heat is perceptible.
O: This beer is like smelling salts in that tasting the hop bitterness will definitely wake you up, but there's an interesting enough mix of flavors to make it something you can sip and savor. It definitely tastes like a hybrid between an imperial IPA and a strong ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just when you thought the arrogance and bastardization of ales has met its limits, Stone somehow finds new heights of intimidation and brashness in a beer.... and doing so with such beauty, elegance, and refinement. Not unlike an elegant balerina- turn porn star.

High aggression of pine resins, citrus piths, and sharp spruce lead the hoppy nose into a swirl of hops with malty notes of bread crust, lightly scorched caramel, and sun-kissed barley kernels. All of which scream brashness and assault.

Pouring a deep amber color, the beer carries a hazy glow with a dense and sturdy yellowish head. Very mousse-like and sticky with lace/legging. Maybe the beer should be served with a fork and knife.

An on slaught of dense malt flavor begin with deeply caramelized barley, toffee, and molasass. Not to be outdoane, the rebuttal of hops balance the mean spirited malts with sharp pine, resin, white grapefruit flesh, and a pithy/sappy taste unlike anything ever found in a beer.

Heavy, full, and creamy early, the beer takes ultimate fullness to malty dryness, arid hoppiness, and alcoholic warmth in a hurry. This makes the beer way too drinkable for such strength and power.

The insestual nature of these Basards give the right contributions from each while giving the beer a fresher dry-hopped aroma, fortified hop flavor, and intense bitterness. If not for the paint thinner-like alcohol taste and shear power in flavor, the beer could reach perfect- even if a bastard.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

damn good, this takes the edges off some of the other bastards in a really great way. its got a deep dark red color, richer looking than the others, with a full inch of thick off white head. it smells only a little oaky, not too much of that one in the blend i dont imagine. a good mix of the sweet red malt and the burnt sugar complex of the other ones, i also dont get an obnoxious amount of alcohol which i kind of do in double bastard. this is more refined, more nuanced, more interesting, and certainly more enjoyable to drink than even the classic bastard in my opinion. the caramel desserty flavors without all the sugars is the great success of this beer, and the layers of grain are also beautiful. a really full bodied brew, a tough bomber to drink alone, if you want to stay coherent at least, and a great long aftertaste. filling but no more than necessary. a good food beer too, this worked well with fresh pheasant stew. dont know if they made this more than once or not, but i would try it again. thanks a lot to drlovemd87 for hooking it up.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep amber color with a nice looking strong cream colored head on top. The aroma of the beer was hoppy, it also had a good amount of malt on the nose too. The taste of the beer is simply a blend of the Bastard's. It's hoppy, it's a little sweet, just really nice flavors going on here. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty nice also, has a good medium to thick body with a solid amount of carbonation. Overall I was glad I got a bottle of this, it went pretty quick at my local shop.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose caramel malt, citrus, floral, hops, butterscotch, faint spice.Taste caramel malt, dry hop, citrus, molasses, oak, residual sugar.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown.

Crimson hued, dark but fairly clear. The off-white head is small but lasting.

Deep caramel and pine aromas hit the nose first. There are subtleties of wafer cookie, peppermint and vanilla.

The palate is about what I'd expect from a blend of the 3 Bastards: deep caramel malts, a little sugar cookie, vanilla, astringent oak and abrasive, resiny hops. Medium bodied, pretty quaffable for what it is. A great beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky muddy pumpkin with candied orange rind edges and a wonderful looking crown of light brown sugar mousse that looks like it will last into next week. Generous hop resins are leading to scads of sticky lace on the upper reaches of the glass. Every one of these Bastards looks great.

The nose, as expected, features plenty of toasted-caramel malt and even more resinous citric hoppiness. Maybe a little oak too, it's difficult to say for sure. Pure pleasure to sniff for those who like highly hopped American strong ales from outstanding craft breweries.

Lukcy Basartd was bound to be fantastic beer from the start, given its component ales. I'm not sure what the purpose was here (other than an opportunity to come up with a memorable name and another bitchin' label), but this is unquestionably a delicious anniversary release, if not exactly an inventive one.

Given the memory fading mists of time, it's hard for me to tell how much this brew has been influenced by each of the others. All of which have their own distinct personalities, by the way. Oh well, best to enjoy the marvelous melange and be done with it. In other words, less thinking and more drinking.

The flavor profile is basically a two-note affair that still has the effect of a symphony at ear-bleeding, earth-shaking volume: caramel malts and a buzzsaw of white grapefruit hoppiness that should be a cinch for most true hopheads to handle... even over the course of 22 ounces... that are disappearing frighteningly quickly.

As is the case with every one of the Bastards, and Stone beer in general, the mouthfeel is an absolute treat for the senses. It's the very definition of medium-full creaminess and has an ideal undercurrent of lightly tongue-stinging bubbles that go hand-in-glove with lightly abrasive alpha acids.

My Bastard Olympics goes as follows: Arrogant gets the bronze, Double the silver, and Oaked Arrogant the gold. Lukcy Basartd Ale (Cuvee de Bastard would've been a good choice too) is probably side-by-side with Double. It isn't too disappointing that this bad boy won't see the light of day again, as long as Stone continues to brew the others.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after a great session at gbx, moved onto barleys for some more fun. served cold in a pint glass.

pour was very nicely done i have to say with a deep caramel color and a soft tan head on top that really came through quite nicely i have to say. aroma is rich malts, lots of caramel, vanilla and touches of oak and light hops rounding it out. again nicely done. flavor was off the charts as i got most of the double in the flavor with huge malts but the light hops in the finish with a touch of oak an vanilla rouned it out nicely. seemed to have no heat to it an this went own with little effort.

overall a very solid offering here and glad i ha the chance to try it on tap!

Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, from a trip through Oregon and Idaho earlier this summer. Do people actually try to read the grammatical wankery on this particular offering's label?

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, dark murky golden ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of dense puffy ecru head, which sits in like it's going to protest something or other, but eventually gives up a high cloud pattern of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of grapefruit and orange rind, pine needles, bready caramel malt, a bit of black seeded fruit, and soft, alluring alcohol. The taste is green forest-fresh piney hops, less raw, but equally bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee malt, and soft, somewhat sweet booze - not much of the oak from the blend comes through. Still, my Strong Ale 101. The carbonation is quite relaxed, the body a solid, beefy medium weight, a smoothness bitch in the face of the challenging hops. It finishes kind of surprisingly clean, West Coast style - big bitter citrus hops, and backbenched caramel malt.

Fcuk. Wwo! I've had all three of the constituent ingredients to this blend, and, well, this represents oh so well. Intense individual essences all add up to one mother of a brew, and crazily drinkable at that. 8.5 points of ABV slide slinkily over all. Hoppy, sweet, and all that is good with what you should be expecting. Dirnk tihs nwo if yuo cna!

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  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!

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear copper-amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: Smells intensely hoppy, much like Arrogant Bastard. Lots of piney and citrus peel hop notes which are quite pleasant. Follows with caramel and brown sugar and apples.

T: The flavor is really nothing like the aroma. The hoppiness is not really there other than a bit of bitterness. There is an intensely sweet flavor that is almost like candied apples. A touch of alcohol is present as well. Maybe just a bit oxidized as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: The smell of this was really great, but the flavor was sort of weird. A bit too sweet and appley for my tastes. But, an interesting enough to keep me coming back.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with ruby highlights. it had a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and piney with roasted malt and subtle hints of vanilla.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with piney/spicy bitterness. A little bit of oak and vanilla.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good strong ale. Another great one from Stone.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-brown body with a goodly-sized, foaming, off-white head.

Smell: This Stone bastard saturnalia smells of sliced, oily citrus fruits, rigid Colorado Blue spruce planks, and a firm, unapologetic grassiness marked by sweet-scented, cooked sugar notes and a subtler hint of toasted malt.

Taste: Sweetish affront upfront with chewy toffee and moderately toasted barley enveloped in caramelized sugars. Staunchly grassy, with bold hoppy flavors of pithy grapefruit peelings, concentrated resins, shredded mint leaves, and segmented tangerines, producing acidic, raunchy hop-burps. Cutting, caustic bitterness. Small surge of yeastiness midway. Very faint trace of the 'Oaked' variety. Warming, clear cut alcohol on the citrusy, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The bitterness and alcohol certainly keeps me at a slow, tenuous pace. A nice, bitter, one-bottle diversion to while away the hours being trapped under a blanket of rare Atlanta snow.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of an amber-brown body with perfect clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - A rich, barleywine like combination of malt and hops with notes of caramel, mustard, rosemary, oak, and pine.

T - Dark caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front with some peppery hops. The caramel character becomes a bit burnt in the middle with swelling bitterness and some pine notes. The beer finishes with lots of mustard, pine, and burnt caramel as well as a tannic oak note that lingers on the palate. Huge hop bitterness washes away any residual sugar that might be left once the beer is gone.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is about what I would expect from a blend of the various bastards. The hops are crushingly bitter and full of peppery pine flavor that works with the dark malt to give off a mustardy barleywine character. It is a bit on the harsh size in the aftertaste with both acrid bitterness and some tannic oak notes. An interesting beer, but when it comes to Stone's beer, I still much prefer the beers that don't come with bastard in the name.

Photo of oline73
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a finger and a half of fluffy tan head.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with hints of pineapple, and tangerine. You can also pick up some malt with hints of brown sugar.

Taste: Super bitter hops maul the tongue. Again, I'm picking up citrus hops, pineapple and tangerine flavors. There is a mild sweetness with some of the malt and brown sugar flavors. There is a bit of alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bit higher than usual amount of carbonation. The carbonation is smooth, and doesn't seen out of place.

Overall: This is a good beer. In my mind I would rather have the Oaked Arrogant Bastard any day. I like the flavors from the oak, and I feel they are missing here.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Bastard pours a cloudy deep-crimson and chestnut body beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of creamy lace about the glass.

The aroma offers resinous hops that are citrusy, grassy, leafy, piney, and floral - but mainly resinous. There's some fruit, mainly pineapple, but not nearly as much as you might expect there could be. In fact, I may be finding more yeast fruitiness than hoppy fruitiness; or is it all just the yeasty fruitiness combined with the hop aromas? Some of the malt comes through, but it's intertwined with the hop and you can't really get through that to focus on it specifically. You can sense that there's darkish caramel malt there (your eyes tell you that as well), but you can't separate it from the hops. All you can really find is a delicate note of sweetness amidst the chaos of the hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a thin edge of dextrins. It warms and becomes creamy as the carbonation is released.

The flavor displays the same combination of darkly caramelish malt and resinous, piney, grassy, citrusy and floral hops found in the aroma. Here, however, they're a little easier to discern. An occasional dollop of sweet malt shows through here and there, although a rock solid bitterness is always ready to bash it away! This is one bitter, hoppy ale ! ! ! As it warms it softens a bit though, allowing more of the maltiness to come through, as well as more fruitiness and floral character.

As to drinkability, it would require a very strong palate to go through more than an Imperial pint of this without losing at least a little of your senses - and don't forget that even though the alcohol doesn't really seem to show, it's still a pretty solid 8.5% alc./vol.! So the question is "how much did you/do you enjoy it"? And "how much would you like to have another one at another time?". The answer for me is that I'd do it. I'd love another. It's a total assault on your tastebuds, and that's probably a good thing every now and again. But I've also treated it as somewhat of a sipper, allowing my palate some time to recover between sips. I really don't think I could handle a pint of this out at the pub with the lads. For that I'd prefer something a little more balanced and focused, say... the standard Stone IPA. Still, I've got to give it good marks. Cheers!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, citrus and brown sugar.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. the malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although this is a blend of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard this beer tasted a lot like Old Guardian to me. Overall it's a good beer to drink for a while but not as good as any of the other four beers mentioned.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy head fades slowly, sticky lacing, light toasty amber brown clear color.

Nose of fresh hops, earthy and spicy, nice toasty red malts, little creamy.

Taste fresh earthy spicy hops, rich creamy malts, strong malts, semi sweet but very bitter, little astringent, earthy.

Mouth med bodied decent carb.

Drink is ok, long bitter astringent finish, very bitter. No real booze, hint of minerality.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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