Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 434 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 beersensei305
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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Photo of neophilus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of B33R501
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Chadhowie
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of DrewV
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.


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Photo of StonyB
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

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Photo of mbusster88
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks wise is BEAUTIFUL. A deep purplish red ....a touch cloudy.....and a frothy verrrry light brown tannish head. wow. Smell wise I'm getting a lot of carmel malts and pine like hops..woody.earthy hops. Almost a breadyness to it as well. very pungent and hoppy. This beer tastes awesome!!! pine punches up front...some citrus back bone to it as well. not really getting the vanilla that everyone is talking about yet.
mouth feel is very nicely carbonated, just perfect.very enjoyable.

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Photo of cjoc83
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/brown with about a finger of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel malts, pine and citrus hops. Was expecting a bit more complexity here.

Taste closely resembles the smell. The sweet malts are the first thing I taste, then some piney-citrusy hops in the middle, then back to the sweet malt on the back of the tongue before finishing with a nice, resiny hop presence that coats the tongue and leaves a mild hop after-taste. I was hoping for more oak flavor, and while there is a hint of it, it's very faint.

A medium-bodied ale with decent carbonation, not too much or too little. Very smooth and a bit creamy, so drinkability is good.

Overall, a very solid beer, but I have to say, I was expecting a bit more complexity for a beer that seems to have garnered so much hype. The sweet, caramel malts seem to dominate this beer, and some more pronounced hop flavor would have been nice. The oak-aged notes were also hard to discern, which was disappointing. But a very good brew nonetheless, and at $11 for a bomber, it was pretty reasonably priced. Good but not anything out of this world.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Lukcy Basartd poured a deep amber with a 2 finger creamy tan head. The head retention was exceptional and laced throughout the whole glass.

Smell: a lovely hop hit on the front of the nose, citrus and spice own the aroma. A caramel undertone van be smelled with a slight alcohol nose.

Taste: the taste is true to the aroma. The front of the tongue picks up a complex and very was at hop blend. It is paired with a caramel malty sweetness on the back of the tongue with a slight alcohol warmness.

Mouthfeel: not too thick and no unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall Lukcy Basartd is definitely worth hunting down. A truly enjoyable beer that lives up to the hype on its label!

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to BeerFM's own Andy for sharing!

Rich mahogany color. This basardt has some nice aromas of malts, hops, caramel, brown sugar, but there an odd plasticy smell that is pretty apparent. Drinkability is fair with the balance of hops, malts, bitterness, and alcohol. Tastes a lot like other Stone ales. For an anniversary beer, I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours reddish brown. minimal head retention

S: Has a floral/fruity complex mix with hops. A hint of grapefruit, maybe orange as well.

T: A piny grapefruit character hits the palate first. Followed by the presence of hops. A little on the bitty side.

M: A beer that bits your tongue off the start. A tongue twister.

D: Good and complex, markedly smoother and more drinkable than the others in the series..

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Photo of fourplayed
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly dark orange/brown with nice 2 finger head. leaves good lacing.

Smells of Hops, pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit hops and sweet brown sugar and caramel. nice balance.

Taste is a great mix of the hops and malts. pine, citrus hops with carmalized and sweet sugar rich Malts. some alcohol presense. again, a nice balance.

Medium plus body with mild to med carbonation, good hop bite and dry finish, sticky in the mouth and throat with a medium alcohol warmth.

A nice surprise this one was! Great balance of the piney and citrus hops with the sweet caramels, sugar and malts. I'll be going back for more!

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Photo of Hoops4life511
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 22oz bomber:

A - Beautiful amber color, thin head, sticky lacing

S - Complex strong hoppy scents, spicy, citrus, wood, oh man I think its giving me wood.

T - This is right up my alley, bitter hoppiness, citrus notes followed by all types of spice...even vanilla bourbon hints.

M - Medium/Heavy bodied, low/medium carbonation.

D - This is right up my alley, excellent beer.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear, bright red to dark copper body with a one finger head. Sticky lacing makes the beer look extra sexy.

Smell: Pineapple, citrus, and pine trees come to mind at first. Sweet malt notes, a smell I will call the Stone Bastard "twang" and a woody oak aroma are also noticed.

Taste: Sweet malts and grapefruit blend into a huge hop punch. An "oaky" flavor similar to that found in Oaked Arrogant Bastard can be found but it is not quite as prominent. A slight alcohol burn lingers in the aftertaste together with the hops.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to wash down the sticky hops.

Overall: Stone seems to be rehashing old ideas but, with brews like this, who could complain? I think I prefer the original Bastards, especially the Oaked, to this hybrid but it can still be considered a successful experiment. I hope to have this again.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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