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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,433 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 190 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

biboergosum, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

zeff80, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 13, 2010
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3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

nickfl, Jan 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jason, Sep 09, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark ruby body, light tan head forms thick like dough rising. Fine lacing spread evenly all around the sides of my chalice. Aroma is full of dark nearly burn sugars with a hint of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, with the citrus pine ridden hop tones found in the Double Bastard definitely looks more like the traditional Bastard. This was an awesome idea to blend all three to make something better than any of it's parts. Spicy citrus dark brown sugar malts hints of pine cones, hoppy but balanced. A touch of oak well hidden, alcohol within the flavor spectrum this is how the Bastard is meant to be. This is more of what I remember the early days of Arrogant Bastard meant to me back in 2001 was my first experience. Harsh abrasive but fruit pine and citrus hops balance it out with darker caramelized hops I think they have found the right balance with this Cuvee de Bastard. Smooth drinking mouthfeel medium to full bodied natural easy going carbonaton this body is oily with some resins. Drinkability overall is excellent very easy to drain a 22 ounce bottle but becareful the alcohol by volume will hit you at 9.2% abv, keep trying beers in order to come across this type of an experience.

WVbeergeek, Dec 02, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 08, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel this this release is significantly better than the first time I had it. Maybe the blend is different this batch. Who knows.

Really nice hoppy spice character going on. Minimal citrus tones with a fair amount of pine. Great balance, even though it's pretty powerful and robust. I like this beer a lot. And it's probably one of the coolest bottle designs I have see from Stone so far.

RblWthACoz, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to carlos for sharing this with me and tenderbranson69 -poured chilled from the bomber into a cervoise.

A deep ruby color with slight haze and thick cap of cream which sticks to the glass in a lace ring. The bead is fine. The smell is fruity but not overly sweet, moderate bitterness in the nose and lots of woody earthy scents, there is a mild citrus accent and hints of stone fruit. The wood is pretty high in the aroma with a slightly green odor. The feel is intense: bitter, resinous slightly sticky and tannic with a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly drying and strong finish. The wood gives a slight edge and tang to the mild sweetness from the malt with a mild bitter acidic note that carries through.

The flavor is Not as a I expected really, more malt and wood giving an almost balanced flavor to the high alpha hop blast. The sweetness is there with a mild berry not and the oakiness is very substantial with the tannic quality giving a vinous accent to the grapefruit and pine from the hops. I enjoyed this beer and it evolved quite a bit from straight out of the bottle to a while later. The wood is strong and gives slightly green element which makes it seem kind of raw at first, and the flavor doesn't shy away. It is appararent this is a strong ale with the 8.5% not hidden really. I liked this but probably would not seek out more unless I was jonesin' for some wood flavored beer.

Slatetank, Jan 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bbatch pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Figs, cakeyness, plums, brown sugar, pineyness & some boozeyness as this warms

T: Follows the nose with herbal & woody hops & some boozeyness mixes in with pineyness up front. Grapefruit comes in as this warms, also some orange peel bitterness, some woodyness as well & just a hint of port. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, & breadyness, but mostly grapefruit & some unneeded boozeynes

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, skews hoppy

I like this, was thinking a little different flavor profile based on the description, very hop-forward, would almost think this was a Barley-Wine, a bloody pricey one

russpowell, Nov 20, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a tulip.

A - Served in two fingers of light than foam that eventually settle to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. The body is a transparent red color.

S - Some nice dank and pine dry hop aroma, light oakiness, as well as a faint cheesy note. Some vanilla and a fruity malt backbone.

T - The taste is a little more caramel-heavy, with some oaky vanilla, and citrus hop character. Very bitter and oaky finish. I looked up the blend and discovered that this is "a 50/50 blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale. The blend is then oaked and double dry-hopped."

M - It has a fairly hefty body that is more akin to Double Bastard. Very sticky and chewy with medium carbonation.

D - I like this, although I think the aroma was my favorite part. My notes are spelled about as well as the name of this beer, so I think having more than one would probably be a bad idea. The mixture of intense bitterness and tannic oak gets fatiguing as well.

MasterSki, Nov 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

jlindros, Dec 21, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's effing spelling begs for misunderstanding. Beer is poured into a dogfish head snifter. Beer is dark amber with mild haze, good head of small bubbles, great lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is chewy with CTZ hops and a nice malt backbone.

Beer is big in body, very chewy on the back-half. I think the oak wins in the blend, I should bother to look up the blend but ultimately I won't. Oh well....Beer is hoppy and bitter in the second half. Earthy and sulfur, classic centennial hop character, oak in the late palate, lead off is like double bastard with strong character and malt backbone. I'd have it again. I love Stone, the brewery that got me into beer and keeps me coming back.

drabmuh, Dec 09, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

oline73, Mar 25, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An attractive golden oak color in the really big Duvel tulip. Very nice sudsy foam and it does have a nice mouthfeel, just a little oily.

Malty and melting with caramel. Quite a lovely sunshiney flavor. Then the Hop Bastards come in and stomp over everything enthusiastically. But there is some pleasant fruity flavor, dried apricot and green plum, all very tart and sharp. The oak adds a nice undertone without being wood in your face. I think other brewers ought to consider blending their over-barrelled brews with other stuff.

Maybe this is a case where the sum is greater than the parts. I am not a big AB fan and even less of the Double AB (I call it Ignorant MF). So this is a step up for me, even though the endless candied grapefruit pith got old about 10 years ago. From the 22 oz bottle for six bucks from the Ibis Market in San Diego.

mactrail, Dec 08, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle from the Foodery, Phildadelphia, PA

I wouldn't have thought blending these three beers would make a significantly different entity, but surprisingly, it did, with the regular Arrogant Bastard--strong as it is--mellowing out the flavors of the Double and the Oak-aged, making them not necessarily better, but perhaps more drinkable and accessible.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle a hazy, dark, orange-chestnut color with a dense but small white cap of bubbly, off-white head. Aroma is similar to Arrogant Bastard, with lots of pine and citrus hops being the prominent feature. Pine and citrus in the taste, with a strong caramel malt base, earthy, with notes of resin, orange, grapefruit, with subtle touches of booze in the background. Very strong, but uncommonly smooth. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, lots of flavor, and definitely drinkable, but not for the weak of heart.

Rifugium, Jun 28, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale, roasted, and crystal malt scent along with one hell of a citrus hop nose. It has a mild alcohol warmth. The taste is great. It has an aggressive bitterness that hits you up front and resinates in the finish. The malt profile boasts of caramel malt as well as a nice subtle roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking strong ale. It's not as good as Arrogant Bastard, but it's still better than most examples on the market.

WesWes, Dec 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice deep amber color with one and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Heads lasts for a few minutes and leaves some lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and very light oak. Not a lot of oak and no alcohol present in the smell.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine, fruity malts, oak, caramel malts, and bready malts. Some bitterness up front which them moves into the smoothness of the oak and caramel malts. Tiny bit of alcohol but not much.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, very smooth body.

d - A pretty good strong ale. The smell had some nice pine and citrus hops, whereas the taste had a lot more oak and malts come out. Both were enjoyable, would give another shot.

mdfb79, Dec 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MarkyMOD, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is a mix of pine and orange hops, with quite a bit of caramel malt and some alcohol. I also get a little bit of brown sugar. The flavor is orange citrus with some oaked caramel notes. I also get a little bit of alcohol and some pine hop notes. As the beer warms, the oaked notes become more prominent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer.

Mora2000, Apr 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 11, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very large and slowly settling head; leaves lots of chunky lace after each sip. The brew is a muddy brown. (Second tasting a year and half later, the liquid is crystal clear!)

Mostly malty, similar to high-hopped barley wine. Slightly sweet with a strong molasses smell. The hop is very present but subtly spicy.

The hop bitterness is more pronounced in the taste. There's a strong alcohol warmth behind the lightly sweet flavor of brown sugar. The body is rich with a high (balancing) carbonation level. There's a bit of yeast in the swallow, but the aftertaste is an excellent balance of hop and high-alcohol malt. In short, a wonderful beer.

smcolw, May 22, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.