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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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93
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1,374 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 93
Gots: 179 | FT: 4
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: brown with orange hue and a 1 finger offwhite head.

Smell: booze, hops, caramel malts

Taste: caramel, vanilla, oak

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, complex flavors

Drinkability: a very unique and interesting / complex brew. But come to expect that from these guys.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:05:13 | More by THECPJ
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

02-19-2013 03:52:20 | More by drummermattie02
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-26-2012 04:40:51 | More by rolltide8425
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-04-2012 01:43:04 | More by Zaphog
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep auburn with ruby tones, slightly hazed. A fairly thick tanned head bubbles up, retaining pretty well while eventually fading into some bubbly film. Leaves plenty of spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Strong nose with citrus and heavy pine hops. Hints of oak with a splash of alcohol and some caramel as well.

Begins strong and bitter with a heaping dose of pine hops. Powerful citrus, rind, grapefruit, and zest combine with lasting flavor. A mildly sweet malt base is hidden towards the middle with caramel, bread, and earth tones. The oaked portion is evident as well with a bit of raisins and dates. Finishes with bitter hoppiness and some alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, varies from creamy and smooth to dry and chewy feels. Drinks well, although the occasionally intense bitterness and boozy tones slow it down a bit. Solid beer from Stone, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:27:58 | More by xnicknj
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

My dad bought me a 22 0z. bomber as a Thanksgiving Day gift.

The color is a rusty, ruby, tawny color. Very quick beige head that has no retention and some sparse bubbling.

The aroma is a spicey citric fruit skin. Makes me think of orange and lime zest. The malts add some toasted caramel sweetness so the the aroma isn't one hundred percent dominated by hops. But its close, and I think that was the intention.

Lots of citric and earthy hops upfront. Mostly ctric though. The front is a clementine, mandarin, and navel n orange peel mix of strong bitterness. The middle lets the malt bill have a little say in the matter, but still powered over the earthy flower petal and dirt hops. The finish is a resiny palated orange zest hop bomb that lingers for quiet awhile after each sip. The alcohol seems to enhance the hops bitterness. Particularly on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 05:33:56 | More by scruffwhor
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-17-2013 16:55:59 | More by liamt07
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

08-28-2013 00:13:56 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date.

A - Clear bronzed amber with orange highlights give Lukcy an awesome color. A two-finger tan head tops the brew. Low retention but some patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - A slight hint of resiny plastic band-aid floats amid the heavily malty and hoppy aroma. Toasted amber malts and green, piney hop. A good balance in the nose but nothing spectacular going on here.

T - More hops than I expected initially. Lots of that resin flavor pops out with a complimentary pine and sap kick. Earthy hops. The toasted amber malts provide a good balance with a sweetness that comes out in part.

M - Exceptionally smooth and followed through with a medium body and hoppy, bitter finish. A little bit of warming going on from the alcohol.

D - Surprise, surprise, a strong ale from Stone. As Beerwolf would say, "knock me over with a feather." I understand this brew is a combination of all three bastards. Well, I'm glad, cause it tastes just like all three of them with no real difference. It's a good beer, but it's nothing new at all. Nothing sets it apart. It's got good drinkability for what it is anyway. I wouldn't ever open one alone though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:33:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Pours a deep brown color with deep garnet highlights and a full inch and a half of slowly receding beige foam. Smells of citrus, resin with a solid caramel malt backbone that fights hard for a voice. Hints of mint, garlic and tropical fruit round out the nose nicely. Taste is what I'd expected from the aroma although the malt comes through a lot more than I expected. Solid caramel backbone melts into pine resin, citrus and garlic hop bitterness. Finish is rather dry but leaves a fleeting hop bitterness with a hint of alcohol on my palette after every sip. Resinous bubbly and almost creamy mouthfeel, moderate level of bubbles, medium body. Great frikin palette wrecker. Seems like the perfect beer to slowly savor after drinking at the ACBF all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:42:00 | More by johnnnniee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass, this beer pours a cloudy, red-amber color with a thin rim of head. The beer has a hoppy and fruity balanced smell on the nose, with alcohol undertones. The beer has a heavy hop and alcohol flavor, with poor balance. The malt flavors are forward on the tongue and aftertaste, but the hop flavor is everywhere else. The beer has a very sour-bitter aftertaste. The beer is extremely unique, and surprisingly drinkable despite the odd mix and off balance of characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 07:55:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened a bottle from my cellar on 9.1.12.

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a one and a half inch light tan head that slowly fades.

S - Carmel, toffee, breatdy malts.

T - Carmel, acidic, wheat toast, and some oxidization.

D - Thin body with solid carbonation with a strong metal finish.

O - This one is way past it's prime. I can tell the key ingredients were good with lots of carmel malts, but the oxidization is just nasty here.

Edit on 11.3.12

New batch and much nicer. Scores reflect this new batch.

S - Strong Carmel malt and dark roasted malt and dark fruit. A nice hoppy background presence.

T - Taste is similar. Sweet Carmel malt with a nice hop balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:23:17 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/25/11
*From notes

A: It presents like rich molasses - hazy, dark brown and thick. A massive three finger head on a simple pour - Jesus. Residual lacing is impressive.

S: A badass mix of alcohol and hops. On a deep inhale, black cherries come out to play.

T: Sweet, rich toffee and caramel, followed by an über dose of malt. Bitter hop residue finishes this one off. Alcohol is quite apparent and doesn't hide one bit - it is a clear player here. As it warms, I get traces of pimento on the back palate.

M: It's voluptuous and rich, but it fades away a bit on the finish. It's properly carbonated, which is much appreciated.

O: Stone's Lukcy Bastard is a reasonably nice brew. It's different then most other offerings I've had recently, and provided my palate a nice change of pace. I don't feel that this is something I'll return to often, but I certainly respect Greg Koch and his blended one-time one-off.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:33:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

650 mL bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter. No bottle date. C'mon, Stone!

Appearance - Off white head. Deep amber body. A bit murky. Decent head and some nice lacing and retention.

Smell - Soapy. Hops have faded, I suppose. It's distinctly Stone-ish in its aroma. Still a little hoppy with a blend of caramel and darker malts.

Taste - It's a bit oxidized. Just a bit. A little wet cardboard inching its way into this one. Otherwise, it tastes quite nice. Hoppy at first, but it passes quickly. Similar profile to Arrogant Bastard with a stronger chocolate malt presence. Maybe more pale malts, too. Definitely a touch of oak to this, probably the predominant source of the oxidation flavors. Still has the traditional bitter Stone finish.

Overall - Getting old, obviously. I'm sure there aren't many people out there drinking a year and a half old Lucky Bastard. Still a tasty beer. The oxidation doesn't bother me much. At this level, it adds just a bit of complexity to an amped-up Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:39:35 | More by Alieniloquium
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A super hoppy and sweet smell, with traces of malt and citrus.

T: As expected, there were a lot of hops in this one as well as citrus, malt, an oaky quality, vanilla, and some spices. A little on the unfocused side, but it's still a nice flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A couple of little flaws here, but it's still a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 13:06:35 | More by avalon07
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red brown amber. One finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Citrus, oak and malt aroma, very hoppy. Very hoppy with strong malt and oak blended. Finishes with citrus hops and alcohol. Somewhat off balanced, but tasty. I liked the mellowness of oaked Arrogant Bastard better.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:36:14 | More by LiquidAmber
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive bitter hop, oak, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, oak, big bitter hop, and very slight citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. This one was pretty well balanced as well for a hop friendly palate. I could see this one being too hoppy for a person new to really hoppy brews though. The blend of the brews actually turned out a lot nicer than I was expecting them to. This one is a definite must try even if you have to trade for it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 12:02:39 | More by thagr81us
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky amber-brown body with a finger of thick, creamy tan foam. A pretty good looking beer.

Smell: rich, malty base with a bright, citrusy, piney hop complement atop. The hops also have a little bit of funk. It's quite nice, although relatively subtle for a Stone strong ale.

Taste: very rich and smooth. This is a top-class strong ale: huge, sweet malt with a variegated array of hop flavors. We start with an herbal, resiny flavor then move into citrus territory before flattening out into an extreme bitterness that should make the brewers feel pretty damn proud. What's amazing is that amid all this flavor and bitterness, this remains a surprisingly smooth beer.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth; big body with a decent level of carbonation. Just a little bit more creaminess would go a helluva long way, though.

Drinkability: highly drinkable for an 8.5% strong ale, though I admit I probably would not want to quaff two bottles of this in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:45:26 | More by flagmantho
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle to snifter.

A - Murky amber colour, slightly translucent. Half a finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet caramel and citrus hop aromas dominate up front. Some pine, spice and toffee notes also present. Well balanced nose.

T - Big sweet malt presence up front with caramel and toffee flavours present. A good hop bitterness is present with citrus and pine flavours.

M - Medium body, creamy. A lot of sticky hop oils are present. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 20:17:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber hues with a half inch of head in this pour.

S - Really oaky! I can also pick up grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and a nice malt sweetness. Smells awesome!

T - Wow that's pretty hoppy! Has a nice sweetness too of the caramel/toffee suggestion but surprisingly no ABV burn to speak of. Oaked finish rounds the hops and sweetness to a smooth Strong ale!

M - Drinks like a regular IPA but its almost the strength of a double!

D - Well it was 7.99 so affordable but I can't find it around here anymore. Still it makes me appreciate the fact that stone has some awesome yet affordable limited releases. Now I need to try the oaked bastard ale..

Final note: I loved this beer almost two times more than the double bastard. In a way the DB was way too malty! So smooth and so drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:59:00 | More by DrDemento456
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy copper to amber like color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, hops and hints of oak. In the taste, pine hops, dark fruit and oaky, with hints of alcohol. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry oak and pine like hops in the aftertaste. I can tell it is a blend of all three bastards, a bit abrasive, but that is what it should be.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 13:59:08 | More by OWSLEY069
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep red color that yellows on the edges. A foamy, two finger head that looked fairly tan. Some nice lacing and sheets left on the sides.

S - Malt forward, lot of caramel on this with a resiny hops that somehow doesn't smell piney.

T - Decent amount of hops in there, although it is mostly resin to me. This reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but you can tell there is some Double in there as well. Sweet, with some wood, balance is nice with the bitterness.

M - It's full bodied with a dose of carbonation, don't really notice this one way or the other.

D - Pretty drinkable for a 9.2%, don't really get that off of the taste of feel. This is a solid beer, not a world beater, but I thought it was decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 18:48:40 | More by AgentZero
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is citrusy and pine hops, caramel malt, and some vanilla and oak. Not surprisingly, there's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with good carbonation. The smoothness of this brew helps make the drinkability good. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try. With that being said, I like the other Bastards more than this one. It was still a cool idea to blend them anyway!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:40:42 | More by bluejacket74
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Aroma is mainly fruity, mostly orange, and slightly sweet. There is also a hint of hops. It pours a clear, dark mahogany that is more brown than red and has a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy with tones of malt and citrus and just a little bitterness - very satisfying! Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a nice sour citrus and hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:47:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-01-2013 03:17:29 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.