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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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93
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2,271 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,271
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 119
Gots: 385 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lingers, with lots of legs and sticky lace. Aroma is pungent hops, deep sweetness, and fruity alcohol notes.

Taste starts malty, fruit in the middle, and closes with hoppy bitterness, and then a somewhat harsh alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, yet prickly on the tastebuds at the same time, and drinkability is not so great. The aftertaste that stays in my mouth just kills it for me.

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel, earthy malts and a balmy piney hop.

The taste consisted of a coarse earthy caramel, burnt candy sugar and full, yet reserved piney hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty and complex strong ale. Nice concoction.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burgundy with a body that was filled with a dense rapid sense of effervesce and a suspended haze. The head is slight with a creamy smoothness, tan in color, moderate in retention while supplying a solid band lacing.

S: Freshly squeezed grapefruit with some sugary pine and toasted sweetness. Rosewood presence with a soft flowery nature will provide you with enough ample hoppage to leave you satisfied along with a dash of pepper.

T: Arrogant like in flavor, bold and bitter with a beautiful toasted grain base filled with a flowery hop presence of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Floral with dry grassy notes with a flowery bitterness gently lacing the tongue. The flavor is bold and bitter yet beautifully smooth.

M: Tight bubbly sensation, full bodied with a nice viscose feel. Heavy on the tongue, bitter and dry with a warming pine and grapefruit afterthoughts.

D: Good drinkability, like its predecessor it can be easily consumed by the six pack once one obtains the appreciation and taste for its so called arrogance, which is quite smooth and lovely for the hardcore hophead. Lucky for the bomber, unlucky I didn't buy more.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP tonight after work... Poured into my SN XXX goblet.

Sticky tannish head... nice lacing and descent retention... the brew is deeeep amber and very clear... pretty.

Typical Stone calling card nose... resinous hoppy notes cling to my nostril hairs... Bunches of pithy citrus zest and caramel... hints of brown sugar essence.

Bracingly bitter with barely enough malt sweetness and caramel to balance.. pine and citrus zest are very abundant from the beginning to a long lingering finish... so amazingly hoppy... a palate punch for sure.

Body and carbonation are both medium.... the bubbles are small bubble and very smooth.... I will be saving the rest in the hopes that my brother actually does stop by later this evening.

Just a huge beer... but much like AB, DB and OAB, I am truly appreciate it, but am getting a bit tired of them.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

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

Clear deep copper with a reddish hue, topped by a beige/yellow cap of fine, lingering foam. Lots of chunky lacing, good head retention. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit and citrus rind, some pine resin, caramel and biscuity underneath. Light alcohol and juicy tangerine. Bitterness was nicely balanced by caramel up front, but as the malt faded it was clear who won this battle. Bitterness was powerful by the finish and was obvious that it was overloading my palate after a few sips. Pine and grapefruit flavours were prominent, but also an herbal/minty character as well as citrus pith. Some bready, biscuity notes towards the end with lingering hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, average carbonation with a near-creamy texture. Mild alcohol warmth. This is powerful stuff. Brash hops are kept just under control by the considerable malt presence. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive reddish mahogany color with about an inch of khaki head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very rich and smooth, much less bitter and hoppy than I expected from Stone. There was a noticeable hop presence, but was much more balanced than I anticipated. After the great aroma, I was a bit let down by the taste. There wasn't much on the front of the tongue, and quite a bitter finish. In between, there was a nice blend of malts and hops.

The body was a bit too thin for my liking. Drinkability was OK, I'll have more, but can't see drinking more than 1 in a row. Overall, a decent enough beer, I like it better than the regular AB. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, brown, some murkiness in there, definitely not the clarity you'd see like in a mass produced brown ale. Aroma, chinook hops, yes the wood is detectable in the nose.

Taste, pretty much as advertised, it rounds the double out, it doesn't come across as hoppy, the oak is still there so its getting rounded out even more. Really a good tasting grand cru. Will definitely set one of these down for a year or so and see how it ages, Stone makes this series very durable, sure, there might be some hoppy beers that are good when extremely fresh, but they are delicate. None of these beers are delicate, they all standout for what they are in this blend, and they all leave me a little excited to see what comes of them since I know the hop presence in this beer won't fall on its face in 4 weeks.

$8 a bomber, eh, not a great deal, but good enough I guess.

Photo of tobelerone
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red orange amber. One finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Citrus and piney hops, caramel malt and a hint of oak in the aroma. Hop forward with citrus and piney hops; lightly resinous, grapefruit rind, mild caramel malt, light oak. Finishes with resinous pine and citrus hops and a light oak butteriness. Tastes like a blend of Arrogant, Double Bastard and Oaked Bastard, which is exactly what it is. All are fine hoppy ales and this inherits their greatness. A beer that has grown on me quite a bit since I reviewed it first in 2010.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,271 ratings.