Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
01-30-2011 00:45:09 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-28-2011 05:06:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
11-24-2010 19:40:57 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-12-2013 02:00:56 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
03-11-2011 13:30:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
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.)
11-23-2010 01:23:20 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
11-29-2010 06:41:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
12-31-2010 15:17:51 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-10-2010 02:28:40 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
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,
12-08-2012 02:11:25 | More by kylehay2004
3.88/5 rDev -7%
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.
01-10-2011 20:31:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-02-2011 03:53:17 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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!
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11-25-2010 18:39:27 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
11-19-2010 06:59:10 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-26-2012 02:00:14 | More by zeff80
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.