Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -7%
Stones 13th anniversary beer, blended Oak Aged Bastard, Double Bastard and regular Bastard. The dyslexic Lukcy Basartd Ale I have been dying to try.
Appearance: Amber/Brown in color, head forms and generally recedes to nothing. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nice wine glass.
Smell: Hoppy, citrus, some woodsy notes and a bit of booze, hint of sweetness.
Taste: Nice and complex with a dirth of flavors. Definately the Oaked bastard is in the profile, lending vanilla and char elements. Hops are fairly mellow, a little piney, earthy, light rind. Has some cigar box qualities, and the fruityness of the double bastard is tame but adds another wrinkle to the beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Thick feel, carbonation is good, full bodied. A nice blend of beers and the oak aged character really shines through. Quite nice.
01-25-2011 18:55:20 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
Well, I couldn't wait to pop open this one. Been in my cellar for about 2 months.
Dark ruby, acorn brown pour. Deep richness. The lacing is better than the head itself, which is semi-dense and kind of creamy. Lacing is nice and consistent, sticky yet slick.
Smells exactly how I expected from these combined beers. The hops and caramel come in waves. Sweet then hoppy. Pine and citrus juiciness are tamed by the massive malt.
Flavors combine as in the aroma. The caramel and sweet bread are are strong, but the hops make it a bit more spicy. Pine and resin come through, as well as a backbone of wood and oak. Yet the overall taste is a bit harsh, and the alcohol enhances this.
Sharp feel to it, a bit oily and sweet. Wood scratches a bit.
Overall (my first review with the 'overall' category) this beer is good...but the combo of abv, wood, and hops it's just too aggressive that covers up the flavors and enjoyment...a bit.
03-17-2011 05:22:25 | More by Mebuzzard
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.
The whole 'Bastard' lineup has certainly the most distinctive colour of possibly any beer I've ever laid eyes on. Classic cherry mahogany. It is fetching. Despite the wickedly deep and rustic tone, clarity is fully brandished. Lacing is sprawled over the glass like a carpet and its head is so bubbly you'd think the beer was still fermenting.
Anyone who has stepped foot in a bank vault - or robbed one - can tell you that money, when mint and amassed in huge sums, has a very distinct smell that is difficult, if at all possible, to note once the bills are put in circulation. Apparently it's the same deal with hops: you may be familiar with the fruity, piny character of American hops but they take on a whole other dimension when concentrated in such a quantity. This reeks.
Indeed, it reeks of a bitter, pungent, bizarrely unique musk of stinky, herbal hops that is the distinguishing, infamous house character of all three beers in this blend. To no surprise, it also shares their eccentric, distinguished flavours: pine needles, pink grapefruit, dry wood, green herbals, and gooey caramel. It's at once sugary sweet, sharply citrusy and acidic, earthy and piny and, above all, wrathfully, wrathfully bitter.
My head feels like it's being knocked around - not from alcohol, but from actual punches! The pithy, piny bitterness it leaves sticks like a tattoo and doesn't let you soon forget it. Like the other people at the table, I'm questioning whether I even like it. If it were a person I certainly wouldn't be friends with it. To be frank, it's not the easiest thing to drink. But that 'arrogantly' bitter and dynamic character is precisely what I respect about it.
This is one bad mamajama. Stone talks a big game and Lukcy Basartd backs it up. (And puts you in your place for ever questioning them on it.) While this beer may set literacy back a few pegs, the base beers that comprise it have done more than their part for the advocacy and advancement of characterful and stimulating offerings. And for that we are all Lukcy.
01-11-2011 16:50:09 | More by biegaman
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty fragrent and perfumy, with an interesting combination of dry citrus and considerable sweet malt. The flavor profile seems to replicate the nose pretty closely, but I'm just not digging the blend of flavors. While there is considerable hoppy bitterness, I think this beer is ulimately dominated by its considerable sweet and roasty malt. Also, I get some noticeable heat in the finish, which I attribute to the beers all too noticeable alcohol content. Mouthfeel is at least medium bodied, and certainly the beer delivers plenty of flavor, but I'm just not happy with the combination of malty sweetness and obvious alcohol content. This beer is definitely a bit heavy and tiring on the palate, and I'm just glad I purchased only a sample size glass of it.
Am a bit fan of most Stone beers, but this one just isn't working for me.
01-15-2011 18:23:46 | More by John_M
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Poured from the bottle into a"Nonick" pint glass.
A large four finger head off the pour with light brown cream bubbles. Body is a clear dark amber getting into a nice red color. Very good looking brew this is, and nice retention head. Head is quite fluffy. Decent lacing upon this glass as well real good stick throughout.
Mild malt and hops and very faint herbal tea smells off the bouquet. A surprisingly small and muted nose on this beer but a nice one. Some more examination is a faint citrus grapefruit behind it all. Lots to play with here and explore quite impressed, but wasn't originally at first noticing anything.
A big nice fruit grapefruit with simple hop bitters. Sweet honey finish on a thick almost syrup like body. Grain chew ness almost wet hop character and good teeth coating effect also. Bounces into sweet malt tastes of toffee and then back to citrus grapefruit oils without slickyness. Doesn't feel boozy at all either, and has that lime bitter/hop punch that I like.
This is a nice strong ale and is not actually that jarring or extreme. This almost feels like a good Double Imperial to go.
02-21-2011 20:18:14 | More by smakawhat
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured burnt caramel, earthy malts and a balmy piney hop.
The taste consisted of a coarse earthy caramel, burnt candy sugar and full, yet reserved piney hop.
The mouthfeel was full with a residual hop spice.
Overall a tasty and complex strong ale. Nice concoction.
12-20-2012 02:03:27 | More by plaid75
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-29-2011 13:11:03 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.
A - dark brownish amber with a large, brownish, off white head that's foamy and dense with solid retention
S - malty with some chocolate notes; piny hop aromas
T - hoppy, piny, bitter, earthy, some chocolate malt, woody; very full flavored
M - medium to full bodied, warm, well carbonated
This is a decent beer. It has great balance and overall flavor. The maltinesss was a bit much for me, but there was an intense hop character that improved the drinkability for me. In the end, I prefer the original Arrogant Bastard to them all, but I would never turn this down.
12-10-2012 00:37:10 | More by tdm168
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color with an off white one finger head. Slow dissipation to a layer of foam on top. Sheets of lacing down the sides.
S: Very hoppy, citrus and pine. A good bit of caramel as well.
T: Very nice. Has a good bit of caramel and malts. I also get some molasses and a little wood flavor from the OB. The hops take over though and leave with a slightly bitter finish.
M/DL Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very interesting beer. The bigger body makes it a little hard to drink more than a glass. I like that the oak/wood shines through a little bit. It is heavy on the pine flavor, but that should be expected based on what this beer is a combination of. As others have noted would have liked it a $1-$1.50 cheaper. (bought mine for $7.50).
01-09-2011 01:03:29 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
01-02-2011 02:14:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a deep, brownish red color with a big fluffy off-white head filling the top two inches of the glass. pretty nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.
The aroma has a very juicy, citrusy hoppiness to it. I'm getting a lot more pineapple and mango out of it compared to all the regular bastards. Grapefruit and pine also come out in the hoppiness as well. I get a hint of oak coming through along with some big malty sweet notes. Very nice aroma overall, I love the added tropical fruit hoppiness it had.
The taste starts off with more of the sweet, malty flavors as well as some of the tropical fruit like hoppiness. Midway it takes a sharp turn towards resiny, pine, grapefruit and bitter hoppiness. The resiny pine and grapefruit linger well after the finish and show some of the oak flavor to it as well. Pretty nice range of flavors overall.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it overall. Very nice blend of all the bastards. Cool beer and a very enjoyable one as well.
02-12-2011 01:21:01 | More by billab914
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-07-2010 00:58:11 | More by DrJay
4.38/5 rDev +5%
22 picked up at the COOP tonight after work... Poured into my SN XXX goblet.
Sticky tannish head... nice lacing and descent retention... the brew is deeeep amber and very clear... pretty.
Typical Stone calling card nose... resinous hoppy notes cling to my nostril hairs... Bunches of pithy citrus zest and caramel... hints of brown sugar essence.
Bracingly bitter with barely enough malt sweetness and caramel to balance.. pine and citrus zest are very abundant from the beginning to a long lingering finish... so amazingly hoppy... a palate punch for sure.
Body and carbonation are both medium.... the bubbles are small bubble and very smooth.... I will be saving the rest in the hopes that my brother actually does stop by later this evening.
Just a huge beer... but much like AB, DB and OAB, I am truly appreciate it, but am getting a bit tired of them.
12-09-2010 06:04:10 | More by JohnGalt1
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-16-2010 12:59:15 | More by glid02
3.23/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
12-18-2010 01:41:53 | More by beertunes
3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.
A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.
S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.
T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.
M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.
Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.
11-25-2010 00:40:05 | More by HopHead84
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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