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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,392 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into my new Founders Sniffer
A- Dark cooper with white head that retains
S-Nice hoppy wooden smell. malt is starting to come through with age.
T-transfers from hoppy to more mellow as the beer warms up. Very subtle undertones of caramel. Sweeter than I expected.
M-Medium bodied. Leaves a nice wooden after taste in my mouth
D-very drinkable. Enjoyed it with the start of the superbowl

brew3crew, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a cloudy tan, like the color of iced tea. Has a minimal, soapy head that clings like a ring around the rim.

Has a yeasty, bready smell, with grape, currant and burnt sugar. The fruity aroma is quite pleasing.

Bitterly bitter, this beer is a 72 year old virgin who was just laid off for the 37th time and is living in his 2nd cousin's rat infested basement. Slightly sweet, somewhat fruity, the bitterness of this awesome ale allows full flavor before leveling your mouth to the floor with awesome bitter.

Medium to full bodied, this brew leaves your tongue feeling dry and your throat spiced.

Stone's Bastard series is always a good bet for a tasty beer, and this one does not disappoint. While excellent, I'm not seeing much difference between this and their regular Arrogant Bastard.

TheHoppiest, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +19.9%

WritersBlock, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Ncpogs
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Ncpogs, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Served in a snifter on tap at the Barley House in Algonquin, IL

This beer is served a ruby red color with an ecru foam adorning the surface. The smell is overpowering with hoppy aroma. Many would like that, I'm putting out there, for the record, that this much hops makes me nervous. The taste is really quite hoppy, but there is a bit of a caramel taste thrown into the background just so that it's not a liquid made up entirely of hops. The mouthfeel is quite bitter, but that's something that I've grown to expect from Stone. Overall this was a good beer, I understand that there are many will love it, I respect it, and that's as far as I'm going.

Vdubb86, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
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.

FanofHefe, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ilikebeer03, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

sukwonee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Mosstrooper
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!

Mosstrooper, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of GuttaMane138
4/5  rDev -4.1%

GuttaMane138, May 28, 2013
Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Irrationalist, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jsurfs82, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
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.

MrVonzipper, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of tastymug
4/5  rDev -4.1%

tastymug, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

csmartin6, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Skunkdrool
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Skunkdrool, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of chilidog
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.

chilidog, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
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.

andrewinski1, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of hopfacebrew
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

hopfacebrew, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Bockerdoppel91, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

vcoggins, May 23, 2013
Photo of Sazz9
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Sazz9, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
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?

TheMultiYeast, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of JRed
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.

JRed, Dec 26, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.