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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 139
Gots: 434 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Mcmenenins in da city of Philly...

In the glass lucky bastard looks reddish maroon brown with a light tan off cream looking head that left some spots on the glass. Good retention, looks like a bastard. Huge amounts of malt piled on top of a heaping of that signature stone hop bouquete. Oak is prominent as well and some scent of vanilla. Pungent, yet sort of muddled. Also Im not sure the yeast strain, but it totally kills this beer for me. In all the bastards I've had this yeast really detracts from what could be a killer set of beers, stone knows hops, the yeast should be re evaluated. Taste is the faulty (for me) yeast on top of a oaked bastard, double bastard and a arrogant one. Sorry I just cant get past the yeast on this one, nothing more to add except that the body is strong, above medium, not at all hot and kinda bitey from a hopping, carb is no problem but the drinkability is. Sorry

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to admit that the first time you heard of "Arrogant Bastard Ale", you laughed your ass off. Now we have the Lukcy Bastartd. Personaly, I think that it should have been called "Cuvee de Bastard". Regardless, review #1,500 is about to start. On to the beer:

This is a dark reddish amber colored beer with over an inch of foam on top. The retention on top is excellent, and so i the lacing that it gives. The aroma is classic Bastard; carmelized sugar, pineapple, passionfruit, chocolate, and a whiff of ethanol.

A blend well done. Tasting blind, I would have guessed Slightly Oaked Bastard (or if you prefer, SOB, hahaha). There's a lot of malt crammed into this beer, yet the hops still still their strength and some oak note are present. Gotta love that toasted sugar, touch of oak and vanilla, the passionfruit punch...it continues to get better and better as it warms to room temperature. The 8.5% ABV is hidden very well, and it goes down very easy for such a big bodied beer.

Om nom nom. How delightful! Like the other bastard in the family, Lukcy Bastardt rocks. I'd love to see this released again in the future.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I couldn't wait to pop open this one. Been in my cellar for about 2 months.

Dark ruby, acorn brown pour. Deep richness. The lacing is better than the head itself, which is semi-dense and kind of creamy. Lacing is nice and consistent, sticky yet slick.

Smells exactly how I expected from these combined beers. The hops and caramel come in waves. Sweet then hoppy. Pine and citrus juiciness are tamed by the massive malt.

Flavors combine as in the aroma. The caramel and sweet bread are are strong, but the hops make it a bit more spicy. Pine and resin come through, as well as a backbone of wood and oak. Yet the overall taste is a bit harsh, and the alcohol enhances this.

Sharp feel to it, a bit oily and sweet. Wood scratches a bit.
Overall (my first review with the 'overall' category) this beer is good...but the combo of abv, wood, and hops it's just too aggressive that covers up the flavors and enjoyment...a bit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red with a full orange-white head, solid lace, very good retention.

S: Smells like Arrogant Bastard.

T: Lots of crystal malt, has some oomph. Like a less hoppy version of Double Bastard to me. Has that oak smoothness from OAB which I liked a lot.

M: Medium-full bodied, strong, smooth, light hint of ethanol. Very light carbonation works great here.

D: A tad too easy to drink like Oaked Double Bastard. It's the smoothness that does it. Full of Stone house character, really good beer. I'd have thought this'd last until the start of Brewmasters at 10, I guess not.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $6.15. Interesting beer, it combines the malty richness of Double Bastard with the relative hoppy drinkability of the plain Arrogant and dry, oaked bitterness of the final Bastard.

The malt begins with a mix of caramel, biscuit, cocoa and bread crust that's matched by a mild floral note and quickly rolls into the bigger citrus punch hop character. The hops are smooth at first and then dry and almost astringent. It's hard to tell where the fruit is coming from, and I like that. In addition to the citrus and floral hops, there's also a tart cherry taste (not actually puckering) with a little dried fruit. As it warms, more apricot comes out in the aroma to join the citrus and floral notes.

I'd like to try this beer next to Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada. I'm reminded of the same balance of huge malt and huge hops. Heck of a beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stones 13th anniversary beer, blended Oak Aged Bastard, Double Bastard and regular Bastard. The dyslexic Lukcy Basartd Ale I have been dying to try.

Appearance: Amber/Brown in color, head forms and generally recedes to nothing. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nice wine glass.

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, some woodsy notes and a bit of booze, hint of sweetness.

Taste: Nice and complex with a dirth of flavors. Definately the Oaked bastard is in the profile, lending vanilla and char elements. Hops are fairly mellow, a little piney, earthy, light rind. Has some cigar box qualities, and the fruityness of the double bastard is tame but adds another wrinkle to the beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Thick feel, carbonation is good, full bodied. A nice blend of beers and the oak aged character really shines through. Quite nice.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky brown/amber with a somewhat slight head. Lots of tangy hops, but a bit of sherry notes have crept in- that always reminds me of old beer. I think the blending allows this to an extent. The flavors are mostly cleaner, but there is a still a touch of sherry. The oak makes an appearance in the flavor, but it's just a light accent- which is nice, since I think the oaked bastard is overoaked. Pretty nice deep hop flavors with lots of pine and earthy flavors that go on and on. Pretty smooth and well balanced. Overall it's a succesful blend.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this cuvee de bastard and decided to crack it open tonight.

Pours a deep, dark ruby red, almost mahogany/chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby orange hues when held to a light source. 1.5 finger frothy yellowish tan head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with circles and large splotches of soapy lacing. Looks great!

Complex aroma with a prominent sweet citrus hop presence up front as well as some earthy pine, sweet caramel malt, oak and vanilla. I'm actually picking up notes from each individual beer used in the blend. Slightly toasted underneath with a slight biscuit character in the nose.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end with a very complex flavor profile. A blast of bitter earthy and sweet citrus hops up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry warm finish. Lots of earthy pine up front as well as some citrus peel and grapefruit. I'm actually surprised how bitter this is up front even for Stone. This is countered nicely mid-palate by a sweet caramel malt character that is nice and toasty with hints of biscuit, oak and vanilla. The hops are still the prominent flavor but the malt and oak notes provide decent balance. The high ABV is well masked with only slight warmth in the finish making this beast very quaffable. This might be too bitter/hoppy for some but once again Stone has impressed me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall yellowish tan colored head.

Smells strongly hoppy with pine and menthol being the strongest. I smell wood, caramel, ash, eucalyptus and a slight amount of mint. In short this is a hop bomb.

Starts out neutral to slightly sweet with a very creamy texture. Pretty much not a lot happening with the flavor, just a strong hoppy bittersweet ale without much nuance. The taste reminds me of Guinness FES.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, easily the strongest point of this beer.

Drinkability is good. Strong hoppy ale with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, red toned brown with a small, off white head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, earthy mushrooms, wood, oak, raisins, and nougat.
Taste is of the aromas with a nutty, earthy, flavor and a touch of bitter citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, earthy, and full of wood and bitters. Vanillins linger.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.

A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.

S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.

T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.  

M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.

Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

The whole 'Bastard' lineup has certainly the most distinctive colour of possibly any beer I've ever laid eyes on. Classic cherry mahogany. It is fetching. Despite the wickedly deep and rustic tone, clarity is fully brandished. Lacing is sprawled over the glass like a carpet and its head is so bubbly you'd think the beer was still fermenting.

Anyone who has stepped foot in a bank vault - or robbed one - can tell you that money, when mint and amassed in huge sums, has a very distinct smell that is difficult, if at all possible, to note once the bills are put in circulation. Apparently it's the same deal with hops: you may be familiar with the fruity, piny character of American hops but they take on a whole other dimension when concentrated in such a quantity. This reeks.

Indeed, it reeks of a bitter, pungent, bizarrely unique musk of stinky, herbal hops that is the distinguishing, infamous house character of all three beers in this blend. To no surprise, it also shares their eccentric, distinguished flavours: pine needles, pink grapefruit, dry wood, green herbals, and gooey caramel. It's at once sugary sweet, sharply citrusy and acidic, earthy and piny and, above all, wrathfully, wrathfully bitter.

My head feels like it's being knocked around - not from alcohol, but from actual punches! The pithy, piny bitterness it leaves sticks like a tattoo and doesn't let you soon forget it. Like the other people at the table, I'm questioning whether I even like it. If it were a person I certainly wouldn't be friends with it. To be frank, it's not the easiest thing to drink. But that 'arrogantly' bitter and dynamic character is precisely what I respect about it.

This is one bad mamajama. Stone talks a big game and Lukcy Basartd backs it up. (And puts you in your place for ever questioning them on it.) While this beer may set literacy back a few pegs, the base beers that comprise it have done more than their part for the advocacy and advancement of characterful and stimulating offerings. And for that we are all Lukcy.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty fragrent and perfumy, with an interesting combination of dry citrus and considerable sweet malt. The flavor profile seems to replicate the nose pretty closely, but I'm just not digging the blend of flavors. While there is considerable hoppy bitterness, I think this beer is ulimately dominated by its considerable sweet and roasty malt. Also, I get some noticeable heat in the finish, which I attribute to the beers all too noticeable alcohol content. Mouthfeel is at least medium bodied, and certainly the beer delivers plenty of flavor, but I'm just not happy with the combination of malty sweetness and obvious alcohol content. This beer is definitely a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, and I'm just glad I purchased only a sample size glass of it.

Am a bit fan of most Stone beers, but this one just isn't working for me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a orangish copper color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Citrus hops and booze

T: Starts out with caramel, goes to big citrus hops and booze, finish is a great amount of bitter hops

M: Medium body, bitter, booze

D: Alright

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Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a deep pretty dense copper body with a thick golden tan sticky head that stays creamy for much of the beer. There are a few slow microbubbles that glide up the side of the glass.
S- The dry musty grapefruit green hops have some more layers of woody notes and pineapple weed with a finish of pine sap. T- The pungent green juicy hops are very dark but bright. Some caramel malt sweetness comes through underneath and a finish of green citrus hops fade into a lingering pungent hops flavor. As the beer opens the finish takes on more of a harsh dandelion green bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are nice and full but take on more of a pungent bitterness instead of having a full flavor. The malt offers some nice support but the dandelion bitterness just stained my tongue without offering the hop aroma and flavor to support it

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Al's.

A: The strong ale is a dark caramel brown color, full nearly to the point of opacity. Christmas lights on the other side of the glass do shine through, creating a nice effect.

S: The nose has hops, oak chips, pepper and mint. The pepper and mint are separate, not a pepperminty aroma. Very bold, Oaked Bastard taken up a few degrees.

T: Lots of hops. This bastard is hoppy. Alongside the bite, the oak chips lend a huge presence. As the hops initially transition to the oak, pepper and mint, along with fresh tea leaves, make appearances. The oak has vanilla and seemingly adds strength. More hops follow the oak, mixing with caramel for a bang-up finish. A strong ale that isn't mind-numbingly bitter, not a Ruination. It does pull together the sharper aspects to the bastards.

M: The mouthfeel is sharp, bitter with hops and syrupy with caramel. The oak is the star, a sweetness that amps up the hoppiness.

D: It's hard to believe that this beer is only 8.5%. It feels so much bigger, a tribute to Stone's prowess.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Lukcy Bastard is a big beer and reminded me of a good scotch ale. The beer poured a deep rich amber with thin white head that left some lacing. The smell was mostly malt with some sweet undertones. The taste was heavy with malt that included earth/peat with caramel hints and alcohol. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good beer....certainly could not session this one.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Medium maple syrup.

S - Dry, dusty, somewhat barny hop character. Touch of funk.

T - Dusty, earthy hop character. Nice malt.

M - Medium body.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  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.


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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One fingered off white head on top of a dark red/light brown beer. Slighty above average lacing and head retention.

S- Deep (sweet dank) hop smell.

T- Hops! Sweet alcoholic taste. Dark fruits, hella caramel.

M- Great mouthfeel/carbonation. Kind of syrupy.

D/O- DIPA/American Barleywiney, good beer. Excellent value at $5.99. Long story short, gave the only bottle that I had bought to my Pharmacist/craft beer drinking friend after he had gotten hired elsewhere...and he returns the favor by splitting it with me a couple months later. What a treat...share!

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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