Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 113
Gots: 349 | 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:
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 barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a orangish copper color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Citrus hops and booze

T: Starts out with caramel, goes to big citrus hops and booze, finish is a great amount of bitter hops

M: Medium body, bitter, booze

D: Alright

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap @ Mcmenenins in da city of Philly...

In the glass lucky bastard looks reddish maroon brown with a light tan off cream looking head that left some spots on the glass. Good retention, looks like a bastard. Huge amounts of malt piled on top of a heaping of that signature stone hop bouquete. Oak is prominent as well and some scent of vanilla. Pungent, yet sort of muddled. Also Im not sure the yeast strain, but it totally kills this beer for me. In all the bastards I've had this yeast really detracts from what could be a killer set of beers, stone knows hops, the yeast should be re evaluated. Taste is the faulty (for me) yeast on top of a oaked bastard, double bastard and a arrogant one. Sorry I just cant get past the yeast on this one, nothing more to add except that the body is strong, above medium, not at all hot and kinda bitey from a hopping, carb is no problem but the drinkability is. Sorry

Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to admit that the first time you heard of "Arrogant Bastard Ale", you laughed your ass off. Now we have the Lukcy Bastartd. Personaly, I think that it should have been called "Cuvee de Bastard". Regardless, review #1,500 is about to start. On to the beer:

This is a dark reddish amber colored beer with over an inch of foam on top. The retention on top is excellent, and so i the lacing that it gives. The aroma is classic Bastard; carmelized sugar, pineapple, passionfruit, chocolate, and a whiff of ethanol.

A blend well done. Tasting blind, I would have guessed Slightly Oaked Bastard (or if you prefer, SOB, hahaha). There's a lot of malt crammed into this beer, yet the hops still still their strength and some oak note are present. Gotta love that toasted sugar, touch of oak and vanilla, the passionfruit punch...it continues to get better and better as it warms to room temperature. The 8.5% ABV is hidden very well, and it goes down very easy for such a big bodied beer.

Om nom nom. How delightful! Like the other bastard in the family, Lukcy Bastardt rocks. I'd love to see this released again in the future.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall yellowish tan colored head.

Smells strongly hoppy with pine and menthol being the strongest. I smell wood, caramel, ash, eucalyptus and a slight amount of mint. In short this is a hop bomb.

Starts out neutral to slightly sweet with a very creamy texture. Pretty much not a lot happening with the flavor, just a strong hoppy bittersweet ale without much nuance. The taste reminds me of Guinness FES.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, easily the strongest point of this beer.

Drinkability is good. Strong hoppy ale with a great mouthfeel.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a deep pretty dense copper body with a thick golden tan sticky head that stays creamy for much of the beer. There are a few slow microbubbles that glide up the side of the glass.
S- The dry musty grapefruit green hops have some more layers of woody notes and pineapple weed with a finish of pine sap. T- The pungent green juicy hops are very dark but bright. Some caramel malt sweetness comes through underneath and a finish of green citrus hops fade into a lingering pungent hops flavor. As the beer opens the finish takes on more of a harsh dandelion green bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are nice and full but take on more of a pungent bitterness instead of having a full flavor. The malt offers some nice support but the dandelion bitterness just stained my tongue without offering the hop aroma and flavor to support it

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rab53
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/24/10

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.

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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