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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,406 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 100
Gots: 179 | 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 JRed
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of andrewinski1
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

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

billshmeinke, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kaseydad, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

spw109, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

sludgegnome, May 25, 2013
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Kenai4, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rapidsequence, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of stewart124
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle with a drink by date of 01/31/13

Ruby red and brilliantly clear. Dense off-white head that lingers nicely.

The nose has plenty of pine and i'm not sure if I have started to get used to this smell or if it dissipates quickly but I lose some pine after just couple minutes.

Medium body with a smooth character overall. Huge background bitterness and just a touch of vanilla. Maybe some oak but I am stretching here. Very carbonated and it finishes very dry. Still that lingering piney bite on the tongue.

It doesn't take long for one's tastebuds to be beaten into submission. Medium caramel throughout. White grapefruit is probably the big citrusy note I get from the hops.

Delicious and well worth the price.

stewart124, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of illini4x4
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

illini4x4, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of WVUbrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

WVUbrew, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

juliusseizure, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sitarist for the generous LIF...this is one of the 4 offerings sent.
Pours a rust color w/ a generous two fingers of light tan head. Lacing is thick and lasts for the entire glass.
Decent aroma. More biscuit malt than hops which surprises me when it comes to Stone. With a lingering nose, some nice fruity notes shine through and things start to balance out.
Taste is more balanced up front. The good news is I like the hop profile and there is a solid bitterness that accompanies the fruitiness.
Not a thin beer, but does not feel very heavy for a strong ale. ABV is well hidden. I believe the body will thicken with a short time in the cellar, so I will look to pickup a bottle personally to age for 6 months. Stone's beers have proven themselves to age quite well, with the exception of their hop bombs.

warriorsoul, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

JustinMatthew, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

readnig thsi bttole gvies em hadeacehs....

eyes...
once upon 11:39 eastern
just over 2 fingers o' foam from the pour
while I nodded, gently viewing
a ruby red hue through and through
with head that prolongs it's stay
and legs that last ever more

nose...
Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak November
garden state, hops from the left coast dominate
Eagerly I nearly quaffed till morrow; vainly I had sought to inhale in one swallow
For the caramel malt and radiant brew whom the gargoyle's name Lucky,
time to down some of this bastard's pluck
and strive to run over that guy "little bit of luck"

taste etc...
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each wave of sip,
Thrilled me---filled me with fantastic hop bitterness felt before
So that now, to slow the gurgle of my glut, I stood repeating,
" 'Tis some stong ass hops I sip thee more,
Some more sips and another pour.
This it is, and and a bit more."

Presently my buzz grew stronger; hesitating then no longer
"Sir," said I, "or Bastard, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is, I was sipping, and so roughly you came rapping
And so bluntly you came tapping, tapping at my shoulder with a roar,
That I scarce was sure I read you." Here I opened wide my mouth;---
Wicked hops and silky mouth feel more.

And the Bastard, never relenting, still is stinging, still is lingering
On the palette like a burst of Dionysus just here by my Pentium 4;
And lucky's eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming.
And the desk light o'er him streaming throws the bomber's shadow across the floor;
And my gaze from under that shadow lies floating from an ABV over 8.4
The glass shall be lifted---nevermore! (until I run to the store to get some more)

verdict?
Somehow smoother than the arrogant one... who says there can be only one ? I say, make it a lucky... This is an unapologetic beer but not unapproachable. f'n yum.

Ego, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -4.1%

wyatt13, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Gtg642, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special blend of 3 different Bastard Ales!!

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby color with about 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma has a good amount of piney, earthy and citrusy hops along with caramel malt notes, hints of vanilla and oak notes.

The taste also has a lot of hop flavor; piney, earthy and citrus notes. The middle has a good deal of caramel malt sweetness and that is followed by a decent amount of oak flavor and vanilla as well. Finishes very crisp, clean and dry.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. Can't smell or taste any alcohol.

This is a great addition to the Bastard line, but not the greatest in my opinion. Definitely try it if you can find it.

JohnnyMc, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of azdback
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic Stone Silk screen bottle. Just to put an exclamation point on the Arrogance, the entire bottles writing has all of the middle letters mixed up. There have been studies that say only a small % of people can read this. Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass. Dark caramel color. Cloudy with just enough light to see the carbonation bubbles rising to create a beautiful two finger head that is light tan in color and rocky in appearance. Lace stays pretty sticky to the end and leaves a ring pattern.

Smell is of ultra sweet malts. Caramel and burnt sugar. Some citrus smells are still with this. There is also some bread or yeast flavors and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is initially a lot like original Bastard. Lots of burnt caramel and ultra citrus bitterness this quickly changes to the second component and that is Double Bastard and the flavors are really sweet malts with some alcohol burn. The last of the three I get are the char of the barrels. All three work very well together. I'm a fan!!

Mouth is spot on for an American Strong. Flavors are rich and full to the end. For a brew that isn't dark, at all, I would call this full bodied. There is just a bit of alcohol burn in the belly which I enjoyed. My tongue has been ruined just like the glass suggests.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I drank many of these earlier in the year but wasn't reviewing beers at the time. I think the last one I had I traded. This one comes from Handsombrewer, thanks Ben. I have an Arrogant Bastard every single night, have loved Double Bastard yearly and sporadically have enjoyed Oaked. Never, before this brew, did I think I would enjoy the three together. Wonderful idea and even better brew!!

azdback, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ridgeline23, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber with a little over an inch of tan head. Leaves rings of chunky lacing.

S-Piney, resinous hops.

T/M-Aggressively bitter. Tannic, mouth-coating hoppiness. Wave after wave of piney, chewy hops. That's all this is, really, but is that such a bad thing? An absolute hop bomb. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Lacking any complexity, but not bad for what it is. I would prefer a Ruination for the same price.

DaveHS, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a tulip taster glass. This is the first time I have ever seen or had this beer. Sweet.

A: A reddish brown color with a hint of orange. A thin off white head left full ring lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops dominate the nose with some sweet malt undertones. The hops dominate though.

T: Surprisingly the sweeter bready biscuit malt come out first but quickly get assumed by the just massive hops. Hops flavors of citrus and pine dominate with some alcoholic flavors. The finish is all hops that turn massively bitter and just linger forever. Wow.

M: Full, resiny, prickly, bitter, bitter, bitter. This baby lasts forever in your mouth.

Overall this was a fantastic beer. Just the right combination of Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard. It carries more hops than AB, way more hops (like that's possible) but doesn't carry the alcohol of DB. Fantastic beer.

Kadonny, Dec 09, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.