Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours dark copper in color with a large bronzed head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a little ring of lace and some foam floating on the beer.
Smell: All of the bastards are here- a wealth of citric and piney hops dominate, with woody aromas and toasty malt in the background, along with a tea-like hint.
Taste: Begins woody and bitter, rounding out to some buttery flavors and finishing with strong earthy, woody, and citric hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth body with light carbonation and an intense dry finish from the hops.
Drinkability: A great " cuvee de Bastard"- all of the Bastards are here and all complement each other well (which is to be expected). A very nice brew, better than any single Bastard- too bad it will only be around for a short time. Get this while you can!
12-24-2010 17:34:47 | More by Mosstrooper
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
No date on the bottle, but another great example of art work on the bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Deep, hazy, brown body with red and orange hues. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving small amount of lace along the glass.
Two-tone aroma: grassy, resiny hops and caramel malt. In this bottle, the malt is more prominent in the aroma than the hops.
Tasty combination of the piney, grapefruit hops and the sweet caramel malt. The oak comes through much more in the flavor than in the aroma. Small amount of spices and dark fruit peek through in the flavors as well.
Medium mouthfeel that goes down easily with very little notice of the alcohol. This may be my favorite "bastard." Something about the combination of these brews that works well.
03-26-2011 22:26:41 | More by FanofHefe
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a mirky brown wiith a slight reddish tint. Solid 1-2 finger thick frothy tan head. Short to Medium retention and moderate lacing. Noticeable light sediment througout.
Nice sweetness on the nose with notes of dark fruit, candy sugar, dates, figs, caramel and rich malt
Great full rich flavor that has real nice balance. Great sweetness up front with similar nose notes. Dark fruits and rich malt. Hop notes peek through towards the end and more as the beer warms a little. Nice Hop notes are like a pinesap-orange peel.
Good carbonation, full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and a little tacky.
Overall I Love this beer. I had this when it first was released and loved it then. Trying it now, I Love it still but think it's good to go. Any more aging and the hop character will be gone and the sweet maltiness will dominate. So if you have one, don't sit on it much longer.
07-01-2011 18:01:20 | More by MrVonzipper
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Picked up a few of these at Jungle Jims, cinci. One of which signed by Greg himself.
It pours an awesome red, nice off-white head. Lace, so so.
Aroma of sweet malts with a citric background.
Taste is of citric ale well balanced with good hop balance.
Taste starts out citric with hints of malts. Sugar sweetness with Arragant hops.
Mouth is coated sweet dryness.
Easy drink with flavor. Lucky to try it.
03-06-2011 05:32:13 | More by chilidog
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, best before 1/31/13. Poured aggressive down the center and got a huge 4 inch off white head, hangs around awhile before coating the glass with lace. Smell is citrus, carmel, pine, toffee, bready, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is very big, sweet carmel and toffee up-front, with a burst of grapefruit, citrus, and alcohol in the finish, really well done. Body is medium large, with plenty of carbonation, more lush than dry, and very approachable. This is another hoppy gem from Stone.
11-04-2012 13:35:46 | More by SawDog505
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Nice medium-dark amber in appearance with a decent half inch off white head.
The smell is very very hoppy. No malt sweetness is detected. The hop aromas are full of tropical fruit flavor and a hint of orange.
Nice taste that reminds me immediately of the oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard in the balance of hops and malt. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance out the hop flavor. I get a lot of melon flavor from the hops. It's enjoyable, but not the greatest thing ever.
The mouthfeel is nice and sparkling; not too aggressive. This could either be a sipper or a quick drinker, depending on the mood. I actually like it a lot.
12-18-2010 07:23:28 | More by andrewinski1
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
On tap again at Uptown Brothers in Denver. Served in a schooner glass and was a red copper color with very good head retention. Absolutely loved the aroma with very vivid citrusy hop tones with a slighthint of vanilla and oak. Flavor upfront was again the citrus hops followed by some serious malt character. Not overly bitter or sweet, very good balance.
Very good beer. I plan on stocking up with a few bombers.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 20:51:24
01-28-2012 17:53:15 | More by hopfacebrew
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
Lukcy Basartd opens to an intense hoppy aroma that spills over the open bottle with heavy, deep shades of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and menthol. The beer in fact smells at first far more like a fresh-ground pound of hop pellets than a beer. After a few seconds these initial hop-heavy aromas fade somewhat, allowing an intensely sugary base to shine through, with orange, berry, apricot, peach, cherry, and white grape fruit esters, thick brown sugars, vanilla, and candi sugar. Toast crust and biscuit form an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is great, immediately promising to be a hophead’s dream, but then allowing enough sugars to come through to speak of a well-made all-around beer, instead of just a hop bomb.
On the tongue, the beer is intensely, unsurprisingly hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind up front, supported by a varied hop armada of dandelion stem, mint, menthol, eucalyptus, and some of the largest anise flavors I’ve encountered in a beer. There are also a huge amount of sugars in here—there have to be, to be noticed against the hops—bringing orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit notes, as well as brown sugars. Toast crust, burnt toast, and biscuit add earthy complexity. In subsequent sips the hops become even more pronounced, but the sugars seem to die off a little, or at least the tongue is so overwhelmed with bitterness that the sugars aren’t noticed. The beer does take on a medicine-like black licorice overtone in these subsequent mouthfuls, which combines with the pine resin and 8.5% ABV to form an oily, clingy, alcohol-vapor cloud that claws its way up the nasal cavities. The aftertaste is mainly bitter piney hops, with some sugars fighting for attention, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a slick medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is seriously hoppy beer, and anyone not familiar with the extremities to which hops can be pushed should stay very far away, as this will probably be so licorice and anise-laden as to be gag-worthy. But true hopheads will likely find this superb, featuring a stunning and powerful array of hop flavors. The beer does suffer somewhat from the heaviness of the hops, however, especially in the licorice overtone, and could have used either slightly less hops, or slightly more fruits to balance things out. Still, this is amazing brew, and worth trying.
11-20-2012 00:59:50 | More by jondeelee
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of head, decent retention and lacing.
Totally hop forward..evergreen, some citrus, some sweet grains in the back for balance.
Big bitterness throughout, oily hops, overwhelming pine, long dry bitter finish.
Medium bodied, dry.
Good but too much going on. Why complicate things by blending bastards?
11-17-2012 06:01:15 | More by TheMultiYeast
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Billowing two fingers of head. Good retention. Really good lacing. Semi murky dark red body. 4
Piney grassy and herbal notes on the nose. Not too much malt in the nose just a touch of brown sugar like sweetness. 3.5
Tastes like brown sugar dusted orange rind. A nice toffee malt presence with citrusy (orange rind/lemon/grapefruit), grassy, tobacco, and resinous huge hop punch on the end. Oaky and extremely resinous finish. 4.5
Full bodied well carbonated. Zesty and bitter. 4
This is a really good idea. Perhaps my favorite bastard renditions. 4
06-28-2011 01:34:58 | More by billshmeinke
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
Beautiful blood red body with a large off-white head. Hops, earth, spices, toast, and molasses in the nose. Malty, toffee, earth, spices, hops, a dry finish. This beer packs major flavor and is still amiable on the palate throughout. Thick in mouthfeel. A wonderful maltbomb with hop presence.
12-26-2010 00:44:31 | More by JRed
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into my big Duvel glass and I am met with a beautiful burgandy ale which looks almost too good to drink...almost. Big frothy head with staying power and major lacing all over the glass. The combination of all the bastards produces a citrus (little orange, little pineapple), piney and a slight floral scent. I would have a liked a little more in this area. The taste is bitter up front followed by an even bitterer (if that's a word) swallow and aftertaste. There is also a slight grassy taste and yellow grapefruit is definitely in the mix. Well done. The combo works. Drinkability is good although the flavor will knock your palate around and kill the buds after awhile. The bomber I consumed was perfect for the session but anymore would be overkill in my opinion. Overall I love the concept of combining the bastards and in the end it has created a winner.
01-29-2011 02:13:41 | More by kaseydad
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
22 oz bomber.
Appearance: A fine looking beer. Clear dark red with a light tan colored head. Pretty good retention down to some little swirls on the surface. Some sheets of lacing in the snifter, but nothing that sticks and dries.
Smell: Very pine sappy and citrusy hops. There is oak and sweet smelling caramel malt. Very hoppy and very malty, it smells balanced and inviting.
Taste: One of the biggest hits of pine flavor I've experienced in a while. Sweet citrus hops swirl in and out, but pine rules here. Again, good malty balance with some toast and caramel. Oaky vanilla too. I really like this.
Moouthfeel: Fairly aggressive and slightly tingly carbonation, but its not overdone and works well. Slick in the mouth and sticky resin on the finish.
Drinkability: Excellent beer. Gotta go get some more.
12-04-2010 02:14:14 | More by rapidsequence
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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