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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Ratings: 1339
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%

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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Photo of Seeker41184


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/16/10

Bomber into pint glass

A: Very dark amber in color with some head which disappears quickly.
S: Your typically Stone hop smell.
T: Extremely bitter but sweet at the same time. Piny hops with a dark fruit covered in toffee and caramel. The alcohol content can be tasted.
O: Overall, in typical Stone fashion, I will definetly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:59:42 | More by Seeker41184
Photo of drewd0g

New York

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

Purchased from Big M in Potsdam, NY on 11/16/2010
I'm really interested in these blended beers, i like the concept of it. This one is a really well blended beer. It didn't really taste like i expected. there's this pleasant, almost fruitiness too it. there's some nice subtle oakiness that is in the background but its less oaky than i expected. it's a really good beer, pretty high drinkability. i can definitely see myself having a few glasses of this. it was 8 dollars for a 22oz bomber of this. another good beer from Stone. They should make this year round for sure

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:26:46 | More by drewd0g
Photo of stevenseg


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone, the nationally acclaimed Escondido, California based brewery, combines three of its heavy hitting Bastard ales (Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard) in its Lucky Bastard, a "slef trbitue to 13 yaers of arorgnace" commemorative brew.

Having had each of these beers and being a big fan of all three, I am expecting a great experience with the best of all three beers...the perfect hop balance of Arrogant Bastard, the over-the-top malt and body of the Double, and the zingy tang of the Oaked version...melding together in perfect harmony.

Upon pour, the consistency more mirrors the thinner Bastard ales than the Double version,which would stand to reason given the ratio. The beer sits calmly with its perfect amber hue and thin tan film of lacing, seemingly perfectly carbonated. I can smell the malt from 3 feet away.

Speaking of smell, the hop character typical of best coast ales dominates with a subtle hint of maltiness. In fact there might be more hop character in Lucky than the other three Bastards. Not much oak characteristic comes through.

Now for the best part. I do believe that there is a bit more hop character in this brew, which is actually very pleasant given the huge malt character in the Double version. The late boil flowers punch up front and the early added bitters hang for a few seconds afterward. I can't detect much oak at all. It's supposed to be subtle in the Oaked Bastard variety, so imagine how subtle it will be in a 1:3 ratio with its powerful sisters flanking it. Either way, Lucky maintains that balance of hops and malt that makes the Bastard lines so great.

I love subtle carbonation, and Stone hits it head on with Lucky. I'm estimating a 2.2 vol carbonation rate, which is at the low end for American ales, but perfect considering its body. The body, by the way is just how Bastard should be. Double is almost too thick, but paired with the other two, it adds just the right element.

Besides being a superior 8.5 ABV beer and requiring restraint, Lucky Bastard is exceptionally drinkable. Put it this way: I hardly ever order the same beer twice, but I have had many a Bastard. I AM glad, though, that Stone produces each separately (and should all year round) because I like each element on its own.

An anniversary Bastard is a great idea though...and it's my pleasure to add Lucky to the Beer Advocate domain. Can I please enjoy the rest of my beer now?

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:58:41 | More by stevenseg
Photo of Fieldzy27


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle

reviewed from notes

A-Pours a very dark shade of amber with sticky spotty lace.

S-defined hop aromas that are common with all the beers it is derived from. Caramel and bready notes mixing with strong citrus flavors.

T-Hops upon entry followed by bread notes and hints of oak and caramel More balanced and cleaner than the base beers for this. Takes all the best flavors of its components and accents them.

M-Carbonation is a little higher then I thought and the overall feel is thinner than I would have expected but it works very well overall.

D-Overall very very drinkable and surprising for the ABV. A great concoction from stone. Arrogant Bastard fans rejoice.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:48:57 | More by Fieldzy27
Photo of CrookedStill


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber with a thin white head that lingerings slightly before falling.

Hops are the star here. There is a malt sweetness present but pine/grassy/citrus dominate.

Wow. Right away the palate is hit with a sharp pine bitterness against a sweet malt background. There's a wonderful caramel and oak taste that really compliments the pine/grassy bite of the hops. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Very well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a body that skirts the line between full and medium.

Really a wonderful beer. There really isn't much I could say here that hasn't been said in the previous reviews. Intense hop bite against a nice oak and caramel background and easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. The Bastard line of beers have, in my opinion, set the bar for what a beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:13:29 | More by CrookedStill
Photo of vtblackdog


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber, very slim head after pouring from bomber into pint glass.

S - Faint hop aroma evenly balanced with malts, catching some oak also.

T - A bit on the pleasant bitter side. Can tell its a strong ale but definitely drinkable.

M - Mouth is feeling it and knowing it.

D - Yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:33:17 | More by vtblackdog
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

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

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Reddish copper body, 2" bubbly khaki head

S- Dank, floral, spicy hops. Vanilla, funky out of date milk, clay, strawberry like sweet malts

T- Dank funky hops, spice, vanilla, caramel malts, alcohol twang and heat, lingering grapefruit bitterness

M- Creamy body, crisp carbonation

O- No matter how hard i try to find a different way to describe it, the same thing comes to mind... Vanilla ice cream with booze in it, which fades to a grapefruit bitterness. It smells of funky milk with booze tingling the nose, in a good way. This is my second favorite Stone and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:08:06 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of SeaUrchin


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap after a hopslam at slows bbq, served in a goblet

appearance - a brownish color but lighter than i expected with a milk chocolate colored head, not to big but retained it for most of the beer, light carbonation

smell - smell of hops and malt up front, hops is more dominant, then it went into a slight citrus and other assorted fruit smell, finished with a slight oak scent

taste - tasted of bitter hops up front that moved into a nice sweet malt, then there was a healthy citrus and finished with a nice mellow oak flavor and slight alcohol sweetness, over all well balanced

mouthfeel - a bit thinner than i expected from the color but still a nice texture, really hit the spot being thirsty

drinkability - goes down easy, finishing on a mellow sweetness encourages one to take another sip to get back to the bitter hops, i could see this getting away from someone if they werent careful, also could be used to get a brown ale drinker come to the hoppy side

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 23:23:06 | More by SeaUrchin
Photo of brewski09


4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a Columbus Brewing Company pint glass.

A - Reddish brown with a beige/tan 1.5cm head. The head dissipates relatively quickly, but average for an 8.5% ABV beer. A nice beer to look at that indicates complexity to come.

S - Booze/vanilla oak (american) heavy in the beginning and . I would say primarily a Centennial aroma that fights with the booze and oak to eventually gain a dominance, but only slightly. Brief moments of booze and oak still show through in the aroma.

T - You get a steady bitterness right away that is married nicely with the booze and oak, then they fall out of symmetry before returning to a nice balance. The complexity of the flavors and how they start of in harmony, then each have their own moment, and then end in harmony again.

M - This is a rich, full beer on the palate in every way, including the mouthfeel. The beer is full and silky, with a nice resiny oil and residual sugar coating the palate after the sip is gone.

O - A great beer with a lot of complexity to it. It takes the 3 Arrogant Bastard Series beers and really melds them into something greater than any of the originals.

This is one of my favorite beers and I have to admit, I was sad to see this was my last bottle of the second release. I aged one 9 months and didn't think it was worth it. It was better in the first few months.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:58:13 | More by brewski09
Photo of ArrogantBastage


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug

A: Poured a deep caramel with a thick beige head which lingered for a while. The head receded to a thin ring and left a fair amount of lacing throughout the session.

S: Faint hint of oak mixed with caramel malt and a touch of alcohol. Hops are present as the beer warms and opens.

T: Matches the smell almost perfectly and with the malt and hops leading the way followed by oak. Nice hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish with the bitterness lingering for a while.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation detected.

D: Definitely one to sip and enjoy but possible to have a few in an evening. Great beer and one that I recommend to anyone that appreciates Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 15:23:10 | More by ArrogantBastage
Photo of javincik

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle. Poured into a snifter

A-Pours a deep reddish brown with a very tight tan head that is quite persistent in hanging around. Nice cling and lacing as it recedes to a collar and a few islands of foam.

S-Tons of citrus and piney hops predominate. Some orange rind and grassy notes also. Underlying caramel and biscuit come thru, although the hops are the real star here. Maybe a hint of some darker fruits.

T-Initially quite sweet, but this quickly gives way to a cascade of flavors. Citrus and pine flavors wash through, followed by a wave of grassiness and darker fruits, bread and biscuit, caramel, and finally a tongue blistering bitterness. Surprisingly complex. A hint of alcohol burn in the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Sticky.

D-For a brew of this strength, it's pretty easy to put down. Certainly a palette shredder. Towards the end of the bomber, my tongue felt like it was scorched. Nevertheless, there is only a faint hint of alcohol burn, and it certainly isn't cloying. It is a little more difficult to drink as it warms. I would keep this one between 40-50 degrees F.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:11:52 | More by javincik
Photo of vgarneth

North Carolina

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

I love Stone's brews. Drank on the eve of February 8th 2011, watching Billy Gardell's stand up "Halftime" on Comedy Central with a good friend of mine. Nice appearance, nose, and mouthfeel. Drinkability is just over average, but fits well with the Arrogant Bastard Ale series.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:34:38 | More by vgarneth
Photo of Buttermaker


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

Arroma: What a bouquet! This is one of the freshest, hoppiest noses ever to come out of the bottle. If I could drink this through my nose I would.

Taste: This is basically a stronger, more full bodied version of Arrogant Bastard...which is already pretty damn strong and full bodied. Leave it to Stone to not be satisfied with their own belligerence. There's hops in the beginning, middle and end and plenty of malt to match.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. It's supposed to be a heavy beer but it starts to feel a little syrupy by the end.

Recommended Music Pairing: Husker Du - New Day Rising

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:21:03 | More by Buttermaker
Photo of Sdesenberg


4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a 22 oz Joe Lewis at the local Stop N Steal for 6.99. Ouch. This stuff better be exceptional.

Pours the color of good summer sun tea with thick rich head that lingers and leaves substantial lacing. The smell and taste are simply spectacular. It's almost like everything is so well balanced you find it difficult to isolate any one strongest flavor. It's just unbelievably smooth, rich, creamy and very drinkable. It has a full mouthfeel and is quite filling. This stuff is absolutely great.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:24:07 | More by Sdesenberg
Photo of calir1


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for this one. Christmas morning beer!!! Might as well, nothing else to do. Tastes better than I remember regular arrogant bastard and much hoppier. Smells wonderful and seems like a great strong ale hopped up more than usual. Love it and wish it comes out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 19:21:17 | More by calir1
Photo of Fillpott

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a regular American pint glass. It is a very good looking beer w/ a small, tannish head, and a clear, copper color w/ a small amount of lacing. As I poured this, I thought that I had an open bag of Simcoe or Centennial hops somewhere next to me. The grapefruit, cut-pine aromas were very pronounced, but the strong backbone of malt gives it balance, especially as this beer warms a little. The taste is nothing like I expected. It was almost syrupy and I thought cloying. However, as I finished swallowing, the beer finished very smooth, full, and balanced. The beer almost seems like it doesn't have bittering hops, just a lot of dry hopping. This isn't a beer to take lightly, but I will look for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:58:40 | More by Fillpott
Photo of Hoops4life511

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. No visible date.

Appearance - Moderate pour produced a cascading off white head that quickly settled to a small cap with wispy lacing. This cap sits above a murky burnt tangerine almost mahogany hued brown liquid. Clearly unfiltered makes the liquid in the glass completely opaque and when sitting for a few minutes yeast sediment appears on the bottom. Perhaps next time I'll try to keep more of the yeast in the bottle, but for now it isn't quite perfect.

Smell - Faint grapefruity hops along with a hint of bread and sweetness. Very pleasant but not overwhelming.

Taste/Mouth - Bitter hopping up front gives way to big malty sweetness. No real astringency from the alcohol, but it is detectable. Pleasant mild carbonation in a medium body. Dry finish lasts seemingly forever during which new flavors appear including a slight oak character. While very tasty, a 12 oz would have been a more appealing serving size.

Overall - A good beer and an interesting combination of the bastards. A little much on the palate for one person to tackle a bottle, not usually a problem I have with AB or Oaked AB, but this one seems to become a chore toward the end. I will definitely have it again as it was interesting and tasty, but not the first I'd recommend off the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:18:08 | More by Hoops4life511
Photo of gamwich


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wonderfully ostentatious bottle worthy of its heritage. A frothy head dissipates leaving thick lacing rife with large bubbles. The color is a hazy burnt sienna. The nose is fairly small, malty with some hop presence and alcohol. The taste is sweetly malts with hints of vanilla and oak balancing the huge pine-y, bubblegum hop presence. It has a dry tannic finish inviting one to take another sip. Nummy.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:15:24 | More by gamwich
Photo of BikeChef

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

High hopes for this as blending works for wine, why not for beer?
Attractive dark amber color, very hoppy nose, maybe moreso than I'd expect for this beer, but hey, this is Stone.

Malt and hops mingle nicely on the tongue. Trying to detect some oak, but can't. An astringent, short finish that doesn't really invite another sip. The whole is not more than the sum of the parts, I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:55:40 | More by BikeChef
Photo of Mic-Lee

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, semi-translucent. Smells great. Sweet hops; very inviting. Bitterness of the hops hits you right away. Rich, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium carbonation. Not terribly boozy, but the alcohol is there.

Overall: Has a nice rich color and a great hoppy smell, making it a very inviting beer. The bitterness hits in the beginning rather than the finish as many beers do, and this gives it a welcoming initial burst. Very interesting. A satisfying and flavorful gulp. A tad bit of warmth despite being quite hoppy and bitter. Not amazingly complex, but a great example of a delicious hoppy brew. I would recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:00:11 | More by Mic-Lee
Photo of Beernf


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo in Santa Monica, CA.

Cracked this at a party with several beer drinking friends. It quickly erased all memories of beer ingested prior to it because of an intense nose, super boozy flavor and a warming sensation in the gut the more it was consumed. Seriously, this is beer to get you drunk and it makes no bones about it. Looks like alcohol, smells like alcohol and definitely tastes like alcohol. However, sometimes that's what you want. A strong American barleywine style knockout punch to end a night. Just make sure there is a comfortable bed nearby if you do more than 1 of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:37:21 | More by Beernf
Photo of BruceWineworks

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Typical IPA appearance with a tan body and lots of white foamy head.

S: Strong flowery fresh hop scent! So fresh.

T: In your face fresh hop taste with a smooth but bitter citrusy aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing watery palate feel.

D: A great beer for any batard lucky enough to get your hands on it. Delicious. The rant on the back of the bottle is priceless.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 23:46:41 | More by BruceWineworks
Photo of Chadhowie


4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my favorite of the 5 beers I sampled while at Stone Brewery in Escondido. I ended up buying a growler full of it when I left. The American Strong Ale is to the Imperial Double IPA what Round Table Pizza is to the best italian pizza. They are both outstanding, but the Strong Ale just adds that bold American touch that we all know and love.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 00:23:54 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of Hopstamon

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge ruby red body with a nice foamy off white head that leaves lacing on the glass

S-Has a nice bold hop bitterness along with dark fruits, maltly love...

T- Diggin it-- Nice and malty, just enough hop to bounce it back to drinkability and has a long lasting finish. Lots of cherry, plum and even rum raisin! mmm

M-Thick and chewy, but is slightly cloying.

D- D is for drinkable... yum

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:35:33 | More by Hopstamon
Photo of turboedtwo


2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

a - poured with a nice head, color is a dark amberish, kind of looks like iced tea.

s - smells strongly of hops and some boozey notes

t - this is where i was disappointed. it's not terrible, don't get me wrong. it tastes like regular arrogant bastard but smoother and less hoppiness with a good finish. i know it's basically three types of arrogant bastard but i was hoping for some more of the oaked flavor to come out.

m - nice, smooth, silky.

d - probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:40:37 | More by turboedtwo
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.