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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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759 Reviews
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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,408
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 435 | FT: 9
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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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,408
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Al's.

A: The strong ale is a dark caramel brown color, full nearly to the point of opacity. Christmas lights on the other side of the glass do shine through, creating a nice effect.

S: The nose has hops, oak chips, pepper and mint. The pepper and mint are separate, not a pepperminty aroma. Very bold, Oaked Bastard taken up a few degrees.

T: Lots of hops. This bastard is hoppy. Alongside the bite, the oak chips lend a huge presence. As the hops initially transition to the oak, pepper and mint, along with fresh tea leaves, make appearances. The oak has vanilla and seemingly adds strength. More hops follow the oak, mixing with caramel for a bang-up finish. A strong ale that isn't mind-numbingly bitter, not a Ruination. It does pull together the sharper aspects to the bastards.

M: The mouthfeel is sharp, bitter with hops and syrupy with caramel. The oak is the star, a sweetness that amps up the hoppiness.

D: It's hard to believe that this beer is only 8.5%. It feels so much bigger, a tribute to Stone's prowess.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky amber-brown body with a finger of thick, creamy tan foam. A pretty good looking beer.

Smell: rich, malty base with a bright, citrusy, piney hop complement atop. The hops also have a little bit of funk. It's quite nice, although relatively subtle for a Stone strong ale.

Taste: very rich and smooth. This is a top-class strong ale: huge, sweet malt with a variegated array of hop flavors. We start with an herbal, resiny flavor then move into citrus territory before flattening out into an extreme bitterness that should make the brewers feel pretty damn proud. What's amazing is that amid all this flavor and bitterness, this remains a surprisingly smooth beer.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth; big body with a decent level of carbonation. Just a little bit more creaminess would go a helluva long way, though.

Drinkability: highly drinkable for an 8.5% strong ale, though I admit I probably would not want to quaff two bottles of this in a row.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this cuvee de bastard and decided to crack it open tonight.

Pours a deep, dark ruby red, almost mahogany/chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby orange hues when held to a light source. 1.5 finger frothy yellowish tan head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with circles and large splotches of soapy lacing. Looks great!

Complex aroma with a prominent sweet citrus hop presence up front as well as some earthy pine, sweet caramel malt, oak and vanilla. I'm actually picking up notes from each individual beer used in the blend. Slightly toasted underneath with a slight biscuit character in the nose.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end with a very complex flavor profile. A blast of bitter earthy and sweet citrus hops up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry warm finish. Lots of earthy pine up front as well as some citrus peel and grapefruit. I'm actually surprised how bitter this is up front even for Stone. This is countered nicely mid-palate by a sweet caramel malt character that is nice and toasty with hints of biscuit, oak and vanilla. The hops are still the prominent flavor but the malt and oak notes provide decent balance. The high ABV is well masked with only slight warmth in the finish making this beast very quaffable. This might be too bitter/hoppy for some but once again Stone has impressed me.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/25/11
*From notes

A: It presents like rich molasses - hazy, dark brown and thick. A massive three finger head on a simple pour - Jesus. Residual lacing is impressive.

S: A badass mix of alcohol and hops. On a deep inhale, black cherries come out to play.

T: Sweet, rich toffee and caramel, followed by an über dose of malt. Bitter hop residue finishes this one off. Alcohol is quite apparent and doesn't hide one bit - it is a clear player here. As it warms, I get traces of pimento on the back palate.

M: It's voluptuous and rich, but it fades away a bit on the finish. It's properly carbonated, which is much appreciated.

O: Stone's Lukcy Bastard is a reasonably nice brew. It's different then most other offerings I've had recently, and provided my palate a nice change of pace. I don't feel that this is something I'll return to often, but I certainly respect Greg Koch and his blended one-time one-off.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burgundy with a body that was filled with a dense rapid sense of effervesce and a suspended haze. The head is slight with a creamy smoothness, tan in color, moderate in retention while supplying a solid band lacing.

S: Freshly squeezed grapefruit with some sugary pine and toasted sweetness. Rosewood presence with a soft flowery nature will provide you with enough ample hoppage to leave you satisfied along with a dash of pepper.

T: Arrogant like in flavor, bold and bitter with a beautiful toasted grain base filled with a flowery hop presence of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Floral with dry grassy notes with a flowery bitterness gently lacing the tongue. The flavor is bold and bitter yet beautifully smooth.

M: Tight bubbly sensation, full bodied with a nice viscose feel. Heavy on the tongue, bitter and dry with a warming pine and grapefruit afterthoughts.

D: Good drinkability, like its predecessor it can be easily consumed by the six pack once one obtains the appreciation and taste for its so called arrogance, which is quite smooth and lovely for the hardcore hophead. Lucky for the bomber, unlucky I didn't buy more.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 11/10/12.

A- Pours a deep amber with burgundy hues and a finger and a half of off-white head that provides decent lacing.

S- Aroma of citrus, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits. Some pine is evident as well.

T- Taste-wise I'm getting mostly sweet malts, caramel, bread, and a bit of raisin. As it warms the piney hops begin to take over. The dark fruits also come out more over time. More complex than it initially lets on. Finishes dry with a decent bitter bite.

M- Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with light carbonation.

O- Another solid ASA from Stone.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lingers, with lots of legs and sticky lace. Aroma is pungent hops, deep sweetness, and fruity alcohol notes.

Taste starts malty, fruit in the middle, and closes with hoppy bitterness, and then a somewhat harsh alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, yet prickly on the tastebuds at the same time, and drinkability is not so great. The aftertaste that stays in my mouth just kills it for me.

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive reddish mahogany color with about an inch of khaki head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very rich and smooth, much less bitter and hoppy than I expected from Stone. There was a noticeable hop presence, but was much more balanced than I anticipated. After the great aroma, I was a bit let down by the taste. There wasn't much on the front of the tongue, and quite a bitter finish. In between, there was a nice blend of malts and hops.

The body was a bit too thin for my liking. Drinkability was OK, I'll have more, but can't see drinking more than 1 in a row. Overall, a decent enough beer, I like it better than the regular AB. Certainly worth trying.

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

Clear deep copper with a reddish hue, topped by a beige/yellow cap of fine, lingering foam. Lots of chunky lacing, good head retention. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit and citrus rind, some pine resin, caramel and biscuity underneath. Light alcohol and juicy tangerine. Bitterness was nicely balanced by caramel up front, but as the malt faded it was clear who won this battle. Bitterness was powerful by the finish and was obvious that it was overloading my palate after a few sips. Pine and grapefruit flavours were prominent, but also an herbal/minty character as well as citrus pith. Some bready, biscuity notes towards the end with lingering hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, average carbonation with a near-creamy texture. Mild alcohol warmth. This is powerful stuff. Brash hops are kept just under control by the considerable malt presence. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

From the 650 ml. bottle with a best by Jan 1, 2015 date. Sampled on December 13, 2014 (12-13-14).

Lovely looking brown-red pour with a lingering cream colored head and a touch of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted caramel malts, dark fruit (until it warms), and earthy hops.

The body is better than medium but it is a highly carbonated beer so I burped quite a lot. Ecxuse me. My paly on the Dyslexia influenced laebl.

The earthy and cedar hops come across more vibrantly in the flavor with a roasted malt undercurrent. Somewhat bitter finale. More drinkable than I expected.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is a lot of malt sweetness and citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is a lot of malt sweetness up front with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Lucky Bastard is a solid brew. Happy Anniversary to The Bastard!

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim as I had no idea at the time there was a new bastard. Really digging this one!

A - Nice dark not quite see through amber colour pour with a big, foamy two finger light off white head. Light side lacing but a nice healthy cloud of foam remains atop the brew.

S - Picking up some nice oaky notes along with roasty malts and pleasant hops. Really the best aromatic attributes of each bastard blended into one.

T - Much like the nose this is really, really delicious. Picking up earthy, bitter hops, some roasty sweet malts, and a strong oak finish. Again, the best qualities of each combined into something amazing.

M - Nice and creamy, low almost medium carbonation on this one.

D - Great great appearance and taste really makes this stand out as far as bastards go. The alcohol is a bit more present than I'd like when holding it in the mouth. Plan on aging one of these for 2 years and seeing how it holds up!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened a bottle from my cellar on 9.1.12.

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a one and a half inch light tan head that slowly fades.

S - Carmel, toffee, breatdy malts.

T - Carmel, acidic, wheat toast, and some oxidization.

D - Thin body with solid carbonation with a strong metal finish.

O - This one is way past it's prime. I can tell the key ingredients were good with lots of carmel malts, but the oxidization is just nasty here.

Edit on 11.3.12

New batch and much nicer. Scores reflect this new batch.

S - Strong Carmel malt and dark roasted malt and dark fruit. A nice hoppy background presence.

T - Taste is similar. Sweet Carmel malt with a nice hop balance.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, brown, some murkiness in there, definitely not the clarity you'd see like in a mass produced brown ale. Aroma, chinook hops, yes the wood is detectable in the nose.

Taste, pretty much as advertised, it rounds the double out, it doesn't come across as hoppy, the oak is still there so its getting rounded out even more. Really a good tasting grand cru. Will definitely set one of these down for a year or so and see how it ages, Stone makes this series very durable, sure, there might be some hoppy beers that are good when extremely fresh, but they are delicate. None of these beers are delicate, they all standout for what they are in this blend, and they all leave me a little excited to see what comes of them since I know the hop presence in this beer won't fall on its face in 4 weeks.

$8 a bomber, eh, not a great deal, but good enough I guess.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber split with Swedes21

Appearance – Hazy brownish orange colour with a large size beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, citrus, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and butterscotch. There is also quite a bit of hop bitterness and I can taste some raisins and light vanilla. The beer finishes with a buttery and malty aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Another great beer from Stone. The flavours are nice and the beer has a nice full flavoured punch. I’d say that it is worth seeking out.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is citrusy and pine hops, caramel malt, and some vanilla and oak. Not surprisingly, there's a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with good carbonation. The smoothness of this brew helps make the drinkability good. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try. With that being said, I like the other Bastards more than this one. It was still a cool idea to blend them anyway!

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

My dad bought me a 22 0z. bomber as a Thanksgiving Day gift.

The color is a rusty, ruby, tawny color. Very quick beige head that has no retention and some sparse bubbling.

The aroma is a spicey citric fruit skin. Makes me think of orange and lime zest. The malts add some toasted caramel sweetness so the the aroma isn't one hundred percent dominated by hops. But its close, and I think that was the intention.

Lots of citric and earthy hops upfront. Mostly ctric though. The front is a clementine, mandarin, and navel n orange peel mix of strong bitterness. The middle lets the malt bill have a little say in the matter, but still powered over the earthy flower petal and dirt hops. The finish is a resiny palated orange zest hop bomb that lingers for quiet awhile after each sip. The alcohol seems to enhance the hops bitterness. Particularly on the finish.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought the title was a typo. So, from what the bottle says, it's essentially a menage a trois between oaked Arrogant Bastard, Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. Oooh, sinful!

Pours a nice garnet color with a one-finger head into my glass. Awesome presentation here.

Lots of piney, citrusy hops deliver a fucking uppercut to the nose, leaving only the essence of sweet, oaked malt. Oh yeah. I can dig this.

Piney, citrusy hops blast the mouth, following up with sweet, oaked mouth that contributes a nice warming feeling. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops and mild malt. Still warm.

Wow, this beer is fkucing aewsmoe! To modify some new Acid Witch lyrics, here goes:

"Drank these beers so many times, turn off the volume cause I know all the lines, so fkucing buzzed, just let the beer flow but only if its Lukcy Basartd or else".

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish amber color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A nice dry hop profile. Some sweet caramel bits.

(T)- Again, a nicely dry hop profile. Some caramel-like malts and mild sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A good balance too; primarily dry and hoppy with some caramel sweetness.

(D)- Not bad. I definitely think I preferred this fresh, but its still drinking well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber hues with a half inch of head in this pour.

S - Really oaky! I can also pick up grapefruit, toffee, caramel, and a nice malt sweetness. Smells awesome!

T - Wow that's pretty hoppy! Has a nice sweetness too of the caramel/toffee suggestion but surprisingly no ABV burn to speak of. Oaked finish rounds the hops and sweetness to a smooth Strong ale!

M - Drinks like a regular IPA but its almost the strength of a double!

D - Well it was 7.99 so affordable but I can't find it around here anymore. Still it makes me appreciate the fact that stone has some awesome yet affordable limited releases. Now I need to try the oaked bastard ale..

Final note: I loved this beer almost two times more than the double bastard. In a way the DB was way too malty! So smooth and so drinkable!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny brownish red with one-finger with a lace ring around glass. A great aroma of roasted malts, a little biscuity/bready and some sweet caramel and some leafy hop bitterness in there as weel. First thing that hits me is a bitter hop dryness in the taste, then the malts kick. Comprising most of the medium body, there seems to be a plethora of malt flavors like roasted, bitter chocolate (toffee?), a buttery-sweet sugary sweetness like caramel, and I think I detect hints of coffee. A very dy finish and the ABV bleeds a tad but this is a good sipper.

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is loads of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange. There is also lots of malt in the nose, mainly caramel malts. Fairly sweet backbone.

The taste has a huge burst of citrus and resiny hops which is overwhelming in my opinion, this is followed by some sweet and smooth malts but the bitterness is just too over the top for me. Would have liked some more of the oaked Bastard in this beer to keep it more in balance. Definitely a palate wrecker here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice balance of carbonation, fairly smooth. Overall 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.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Square Pub in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with large amounts of robust caramel malt aromas. The malt aromas have a tinge of toastiness to them as well. Mild amounts of toffee waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops aren't quite as robust. Large and mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet toffee. Pine and leafy hop flavors join in shortly thereafter, fading a bit midway through the sip with the addition of slight oak. The oak fades quickly, allowing pine hops and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall it's been a while since I had a Bastard of any sort (Arrogant, Oaked, or Double) and this was a reminder of why I should revisit them more often. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A super hoppy and sweet smell, with traces of malt and citrus.

T: As expected, there were a lot of hops in this one as well as citrus, malt, an oaky quality, vanilla, and some spices. A little on the unfocused side, but it's still a nice flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A couple of little flaws here, but it's still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by January 13.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a frothy khaki head that lingers.

Pine, resin, and grapefruit are supported by sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread in the aroma. Pine dominates. Dark fruit notes of prunes and fig add intrigue.

Flavor begins with burnt breadcrust and deeply caramelized sugar, with underlying grapefruit pith, herbal tea, and pine, finishing fairly dry and bitter. Oak and resin linger in the aftertaste.

Body is a little full, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Interesting combination of flavors, thought the burnt character dominates and is slightly unpleasant.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.