Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,386 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 428 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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 hail_seitan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - The body is s striking brown-red hue with a thick ivory head on top. Ample lacing graces the side of the glass as the drink is consumed.

S - An onslaught of pine and grapefruit rind. Some caramel maltiness slips in underneath, but are quickly squashed again by the citrus and sap aromas.

T - Aggressive woody pine and resin are the first flavors to hit the palate. Then comes the grapefruit in all its mouth puckering glory. The malt body has pleasant toffee and bread tastes, with a some hints of vanilla, pecans, and earth. The finish is unabashedly bitter and astringent.

M - A damn sappy mouthfeel with a relatively low carbonation. Divine.

O - A hell of a beer. It strikes a perfect balance between the beers blended to make it while still maintaining the over-the-top character of Stone's flagship.

Photo of begforme4484
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mohaghany, with a red hue in the light. Thick tan foamy head that doesn't recede quick. Great visible carbonation coming up the side of the glass.

It smells delicious. An instant sharp hoppiness comes through to greet you. Very resinous hop notes, lots of pine, and a bit of citrus. Really a dank nose. There slightly sweet malt backing too.

Taste is right on target. It takes the smoothness and oak notes from Oaked ABA, the warmth of DB, and the aggresiveness of ABA, and turns it into one magical concoction.
An instant hop bite that is prominant throughout. A nice warmth and sweetness comes through and then finishes smokey and woody. Great!

The mouthfeel is somewhere in between ABA and Oaked. Medium to heavy bodied, with a great amount of carbonation. Really well done.

Drinkability is great for me. I love ABA, I love Oaked ABA, and I do quite enjoy DB when I can get my hands on it. If it were brewed on a consistant basis I would absolutely throw this into my go to beer rotation.

Btw, the bottle reads 8.5% abv.

Photo of Manoftyr
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a lightly oranged amber into the glass with some red highlights, a finger of head rises and slowly lowers itself down.

Aroma-Oakey, it smells a lot like oaked bastard actually; almost spot on, maybe a bit more hoppiness to it but that could just be my imagination.

Taste-Yep, tastes just like Oaked bastard except it starts out a little sweeter and ends with a bit more of a hop kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Plush and thick, syrupy without being chewy, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkabiliy-Keeps me coming back for more sips, tasty and drinkable...if a little disappointing, I was expecting something other than a tweaked oaked bastard in flavor. In fact I might like it a little less than plain ol' Oaked bastard.

Photo of slayer3604
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: Realized that this is my 100th beer review. Only fitting since Stone got me into amazing beer. Cheers, Stone!*

A- Huge ruby/blood red body with a nice caked foamy off white head that leaves an annoying amount of lacing on my Celebrator glass...grrr! ;)

S-Has a nice bold hop bitterness along with dark fruits, red licorice, and anise. Pretty faint for a three bastard cuvee, but whatever.

T-YEAH! 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! YEAH!

M-Thick and chewy, but is slightly cloying.

D-It could be a lot more drinkable in my mind....this is a strong beer with lots of moving parts, but for gods sake, don't have it finish with more maltiness than hoppiness!

Photo of 2xHops
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish hue with absence of carbonation. I could not see much carbonation in the pint glass I have poured the beer in. However, the beer looked very appetizing.

S - The hops came alive when I sniffed the damn thing. It smells like a good beer and very fresh one at that.

Taste - For me, the beer taste crude in their handling of the hops, but I already expected that from Stone. it seems like it's their trademark, to make their beers strong and coarse. I do not mind because it certainly excites my palate.

M - The beer lingers in your mouth long after you have swallowed, so it is quite substantial. However, the beer was ever so slightly flat for my taste.

Drinkability - It's very drinkable on its own, but I would think it's better suited with food as it packs a punch.

Photo of olfolxholme
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into a large Tripel Karmeliet tulip snifter

A - Very healthy two finger light khaki (near white) head. Nice dark ruby beer, glows beautifully when held up to the light. Was surprised by the amount of sediment, but just pour carefully. I'm not always a fan of the Stone bottle rants... but I like this one. "Best after 1.31.13" strikes me as possibly being part of the joke... But who knows. Guess this bastard is two weeks late...

S - American hops (citrus, resin, grass), caremelly malt, light toasted oak presence.

T - Wicked and complex blend of spicy hops, light smoke, very tasty amber malt presence. Nice lingering aftertaste of oak and grassy hops. I see others noting peat - that makes sense.

M - Perhaps a little watery in the body, but, overall, a nice sudsy wash. Aftertaste buzzes with hop bitterness.

O - Very drinkable, complex American Strong Ale with pronounced hop and oak character. Not for the weak of heart, but downright magic in the hands of the right lucky bastard... Even two weeks late...
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Photo of nova009
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a dark reddish brown, a one finger tan head appears and slowly dissipates down to a ring, head clings to the glass well and leaves some nice lacing

S- super hoppy smelling, citrus notes particularly grapefruit, malty, slight sweet caramel smell present as well

T- very very hoppy even more so than most stone brews, slightly woody, partially sweet with a small amount of caramel, finishes pretty bitter

M- medium body with a nice balance of carbonation, smooth and creamy

D- the hops are a little overwhelming in this one, i can drink this but it's not really something that i want drink a lot of, okay to drink once but i probably wouldn't pick up another one of these

Photo of beersensei305
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active review...
Pours a dark, rich amber brown with nice carbonation and a tan head that disappears fairly quickly; but sticks to the glass nicely. The smell is very citrus just like the Arrogant Bastard but there is a chocolaty smell and obvious booze. Nice angry first bite lots of flavors and depth, very citrusy and hoppy off the first sip with obvious grapefruit flavors in the end. There is nice dark fruit flavors, but I can't distinguish them... it's cherry or plum. Some more flavors I pick out are vanilla and oak flavors, a hint of lemon essence. This is a nice thick beer with decent chewiness. Definitely a beer to have again.

Photo of kruky
4/5  rDev -3.8%

I like getting lucky

Photo of neophilus
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour, good off white head and lacing.

Pine-like hop aroma up front, dark malty bread scent fills in the spaces.

Hoppy but smooth at first sip. Heavy malt base and some detectable wood from the Oaked blend. Hop bitterness remains stiff throughout and balances the thick malty body. As it warms lingering taste of caramel and toffee and residual hints of oak.

Smooth mouthfeel carries the thick brew along quite nicely. Finishes a bit sticky but the hops dry out the aftertaste. Sip this one slowly lest the thick malt body overwhelm you.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this baby with my wife between two 16oz snifters.

A deep reddish-orange. The blending comes off more on the Double side than anything. Near garnet in depth, though light will pass through when held up. Lacing is moderate, with a good khaki 2 fingers.

Wow. Intriguing, no one Bastard comes off the strongest, perhaps a new Bastard is born? A bit boozy, mild hop presence on the nose. Very barleywine-esque, with a strong sweet overtone, with toasted bread notes and a citrus finish.

Taste comes off a bit strong in the booze department, giving the fore-flavor a sharp kick. Oak notes dominate, with vanilla and toasted grains dominating. Sharp citrus bite in the end, and a return of the sweet notes from the DBA, which adds a slight note of complexity. Not overly sweet, but rather lacking in balance and depth.

Carbonation is spot on, mouthfeel is rather lacking, leaving no real depth to the beer. Booze is too strong, making this one a sipper not only because it is rather dominant and at 8.5%, might make it a one timer.

This is an interesting beer, but one to try after having the OAB, regular AB and DBA. That way you get you a good understanding of what all went into this beer. Though a nice concept, I heavily prefer them separate. Each one is great on it's own, and blending them just doesn't do them justice.

Photo of Adrianized
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone IRS glass

Very dark reddish brown, nearly black.  Huge offwhite head with great retention and amazing lacing.  Head settles to only a thin layer.

Smells wonderful.  Sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, prunes, and lots of brown sugar.  Smells pretty amazing, actually.

The flavor hold true to the nose.    Sweet caramel and brown sugar malt, molasses, nutmeg, and lots of oak.  Slight hop bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Carbonation feels low considering the crazy head.

Overall, I remember enjoying this fresh, but I think it's gotten better.  A little age definitely smooths it out.  Grab some while you still can.

Photo of B33R501
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. But I don't know. Didnt even bother to get a Double Bastard bottle this year, though I did have a draught the other night. This just reminds me of Arrogant, nothing special, and for 3 bucks less I could have just had an Arrogant.

Pretty, amber, great head. Little oak and vanilla in the aroma. Sweet malts, big piney hops, some veg, some floral. Nice balance bitter and sweet. Strong, drinkable and satisfying.

I think my problem with this beer is this review can cover all the bastards. Been there, done that. Should've saved my 3 bucks, got an AB. Or better yet, pass.

Photo of Chadhowie
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of surprenant1138
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Approx 1/2 inch creamy, tan head that quickly fades away. Slow lacing. Dark amber in color. Earthy, dry aroma with hints of pecan, almonds. Taste is similar, and slightly oaky with a dry hoppy undertone. Taste lingers long after sipping. Mouthfeel is heavy, with a good amount of carbonation feeling. This is a fantastic addition to the line of "Bastard" ales.

Photo of MagicJeff
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into my RR tulilp.

Appearance: Deep amber with a nice brownish-white head which is retained throughout drinking. Great Lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus. Lemony grass. Some slight oak.

Taste: Grassy grapefruit and orange zest. Oaked back taste. As it warms, alcohol and toffee. Love how this one tastes. Very mellow taste.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium bodied. Almost full bodied but still drinkable. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: Great beer from Stone. Could drink this thing all night.

Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright amber color, crystal clear, with a fingers worth of a creamy light brown head (dissipated to a lacing after a minute or so). Decent alcohol legs for only being 8.5%.

S: Huge wave of brown sugar hits you in the nose right off the bat. The Hops are definitely there but hide pretty well behind that enormous brown sugar smell. Nice faint Vanilla. Overall smells more malty than hoppy.

T: The flavor is honestly a real surprise in contrast to the aroma. Obviously very hop forward as this is a Bastard. There's a slight sweetness at the end that tastes caramelized and almost on the verge of a burnt flavor (not in a bad way).

M: Carbonation is pretty average. Mouth-feel is on the lighter side of creamy. A lingering dryness on the tongue.

O: The aroma threw me for a loop, I was actually really looking forward to tasting some of that brown sugar so when it wasn't there that was a little disappointing. Although after I got over the lack of the brown sugar I really enjoyed it. Had just the right amount of kick without feeling boozy.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Murky, cloudy amber/brown. 1.5 finger tan head recedes slowly into a foamy cap, excellent lacing.

Smell - Sweet honeyed malts and the fruity hops mingle very nicely to produce some aromas that invoke gingerbread cookies and spicy fruitcake. Fruity, citrusy hops ultimately dominate the aroma beautifully.

Taste - So complex! First off comes a sweet, fruity, citrusy, mildly piney hop assault, but that gives way to spicy, toasty, bready malts, THEN in comes a touch of smooth, smoky, earthy oak and a touch of vanilla complexity with a whiff of booze. Finishes off-dry and decidedly hoppy with a moderately bitter pine resin bite barely winning out over toasty, biscuity malts.

Feel - Really smooth and creamy medium-full body. Carb is gentle but ample enough to carry the big flavor around and do some scrubbing.

Overall - What a badass beer; Stone killed this one. The flavor is deep, complex, and comes in waves. The massive hopping really cuts through the mix, yet blends and complements the other flavors instead of clashing. A masterfully crafted brew, and one of the better brews I've had in quite a while.

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a reddish brown with a creamy one finger head. Smell is very hoppy. Tangarine, bubble gum, grapefruit. There's an oaky presence with a sweet bread malt backbone. The flavor is delicious. Toffee, bubblegum, hop bitterness. Very creamy mouthfeel. Quite a delicious beer.

Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Here then is another one of those balanced beers in which the balance is of all of the elements in extreme. Thus it is my interpretation of balance, not necessarily that of true balance (such as a Northeastern IPA).

Deep coppery color with a tan head. Big, nay giant aroma of hops and malt and a boozy something. Interesting as it is only (only!) 8.5. The aroma is not delivered in the flavor. It is surpassed. Huge citrus-piney goodness upfront, followed by the deep caramel maltiness and finishing with the balance of resin and syrup.. not the alcohol I expected based on the aroma.

Having these guys in my back yard, I am indeed one lucky bastard.

Photo of DrewV
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Bastard winner here, bold and in your face. Between the heavy, viscous malts and the sticky, earthy hops, it leaves little room for the 8+% ABV. In traditional Bastard style, everything in this brew is over the top and flawlessly executed. However, at $8 for a bomber, there really is no reason to choose this beer over Stone's Double Bastard, which is over 11% ABV for the same price and virtually the same flavor profile, just amped up a bit.

Overall this is a solid "A" rated brew, but in comparison with Stone's other offerings, I'd have to drop it to an "A-" based on value alone.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-ruby/amber tones after being poured into my pint glass, with mildly bubbling head and modest lacing. as a point of reference, in my ambient light it showed slightly lighter than the original Bastard brew but none the less attractive.

S-nice malts, some caramel character, and signature citrus-pine hoppiness meets the nose.

T-no major departure from the original as I taste, and I have no real qualms with that. the taste is slightly sweeter, with a pronounced albeit mild caramel presence. the hops are still there but the kick actually seems a bit more modest and the overall flavor itself strikes me as more muted in spite of the slightly higher ABV.

M-very evenly balanced brew. not heavy at all, mildly carbonated, and with a sticky but pleasant feel and a smooth aftertaste.

O-this brew is certainly not looking to set itself apart from its Bastard brethren in any major way, and with the great product that Stone has in that line I don't really see why that wheel needs much reinventing anyway. There is enough here to let me know that I am drinking something other than the Oaked, Double, or original Bastard, and as an adoptee in my own life I am more than happy to welcome another illegitimate brother to the table.

salud!

Photo of StonyB
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a riddle. What do you get when you cross Stone's Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard?

Answer: We're about to find out.

22 ounce bomber from Jersey City Buy Rite. The usual rambling but entertaining rant from the brewers on the back. 8.5% ABV, as if you expected less.

Intriguing, slightly murky reddish-bronze color after a mildly cautious pour. It's okay to be arrogant, but not to the point of wasting beer. Sticky, sticky lacing that Peter Parker would be proud of. Thin cap of a head, pockmarked with differently sized bubbles.

Intense, in your face aroma. Hops up front, dark fruit, burnt caramel, sour mash. A bit of booze for kicks. Great for clearing out your sinuses. Makes you want to swallow your pint glass whole - that's a compliment.

Surprise! Hops lead the flavor, mainly piny and floral. Dark and slightly sour fruits, think plums and raisins. A hint of spice and bubblegum. Some malt sweetness to sort of, but not entirely, balance the hop assault.

Medium-bodied. Slightly chalky texture initially, though the finish is juicy and not unpleasant. Not that acidic despite the hop mob.

Figures that Stone would make another sensory overwhelming beer that in the end, tastes pretty darn good. And makes you want to have another,and another, consequences be damned.

Apparently, Bastards can peacefully co-exist. Definitely recommended, but you have to ask yourself one question:

Do you feel Lukcy, punk? Well? Do you?

Photo of mbusster88
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red/light brown color. Good two finger tan head lasts for a decent amount of time but then fades away. Very hazy with suspended solids throughout the beer.

S: Very grapefruit pine nose with the hop profile. Good amount of this hop presence makes this one a kick right up front in the nose. Great woody character in the nose as well that balances out the hop kick.

T/M: In typical AB fashion the hops are really strong up front. The heavy alcohol base is not present but gives a bit body to this beer. Great wood notes help balance the beer out at the finish. Really quite smooth for being a reasonably high ABV. Really love the hop/wood balance as it makes this drinkable but still really aggressive.

D: Great beer! A nice representation of the AB line of beers and a great addition. Really hope this one get produced in the future!

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark mahagony color with ruby highlights. Slight head at pour. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma had a darkness with an extreme hop burst, on the citrusy side, quite complex and oh so pleasant. Drink is just as complex. Great huge hope flavor from start to finish. Almost grassy finish with expected dryness but not overpowering. A slight toastiness in middle. Orange peel, but more grapefruit peel prevelant. Really hard to pick out all flavors, everything blends together extremely well. Very light on body to have so much flavor. Very very drinkable, could easily
sneak up on you. Wow oh wow, easily
a new top ten.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.