Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,392
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 136
Gots: 430 | FT: 9
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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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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. (727 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red orange amber. One finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Citrus and piney hops, caramel malt and a hint of oak in the aroma. Hop forward with citrus and piney hops; lightly resinous, grapefruit rind, mild caramel malt, light oak. Finishes with resinous pine and citrus hops and a light oak butteriness. Tastes like a blend of Arrogant, Double Bastard and Oaked Bastard, which is exactly what it is. All are fine hoppy ales and this inherits their greatness. A beer that has grown on me quite a bit since I reviewed it first in 2010. (608 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One fingered off white head on top of a dark red/light brown beer. Slighty above average lacing and head retention.

S- Deep (sweet dank) hop smell.

T- Hops! Sweet alcoholic taste. Dark fruits, hella caramel.

M- Great mouthfeel/carbonation. Kind of syrupy.

D/O- DIPA/American Barleywiney, good beer. Excellent value at $5.99. Long story short, gave the only bottle that I had bought to my Pharmacist/craft beer drinking friend after he had gotten hired elsewhere...and he returns the favor by splitting it with me a couple months later. What a treat...share! (565 characters)

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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Medium maple syrup.

S - Dry, dusty, somewhat barny hop character. Touch of funk.

T - Dusty, earthy hop character. Nice malt.

M - Medium body. (269 characters)

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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark amber brown in color with reddish highlights with a thin khaki bubbly head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a nice bouquet of hop variety is noticeable on the first whiff with slight booze, piney, grassy, and citrus notes. It also has a little caramel malt presence.

T: the hops are pretty potent on the palate too with citrus grapefruit notes that help strenghten the bitterness with piney grassy accents and a touch of booze. There was good caramel malts to hold it down on the balance.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, piney, grassy, and slight bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: it drank good and is a real treat that does justice to the 13 annivesary of the bastards. I would definitely drink more of this if it becomes greatly available. (847 characters)

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. (903 characters)

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. (865 characters)

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! (453 characters)

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. (678 characters)

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. (583 characters)

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. (579 characters)

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". (877 characters)

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. (863 characters)

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! (705 characters)

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. (1,100 characters)

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. (734 characters)

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. (756 characters)

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! (796 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: brown with orange hue and a 1 finger offwhite head.

Smell: booze, hops, caramel malts

Taste: caramel, vanilla, oak

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, complex flavors

Drinkability: a very unique and interesting / complex brew. But come to expect that from these guys.

Cheers,
The CPJ (322 characters)

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! (936 characters)

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. (536 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep auburn with ruby tones, slightly hazed. A fairly thick tanned head bubbles up, retaining pretty well while eventually fading into some bubbly film. Leaves plenty of spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Strong nose with citrus and heavy pine hops. Hints of oak with a splash of alcohol and some caramel as well.

Begins strong and bitter with a heaping dose of pine hops. Powerful citrus, rind, grapefruit, and zest combine with lasting flavor. A mildly sweet malt base is hidden towards the middle with caramel, bread, and earth tones. The oaked portion is evident as well with a bit of raisins and dates. Finishes with bitter hoppiness and some alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, varies from creamy and smooth to dry and chewy feels. Drinks well, although the occasionally intense bitterness and boozy tones slow it down a bit. Solid beer from Stone, but not my favorite. (928 characters)

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

I picked up a bottle at State Line last weekend. Served in my Duvel tulip.

A beautiful, rich mahogany color with a dense, tan head that recedes to a disk, leaving a little lacing. Clarity as excellent. The nose is quite excellent. A moderate hop character is present, with pineapple, some pine needles and some citrus. Malt character is quite nice with caramel, a little cocoa-like bitterness, and some fruitiness. While this isn't a combination I typically care for, the flavors are very well integrated.

The palate opens with a moderate sweetness, very Double Bastard like but much better because it isnt' as intense. Caramel, toffee, a little butterscotch and burnt sugar with a moderate hop presence. Hop bitterness is medium-light with plenty of flavor. The pineapple and light citrus works really well with the malt character. I can't say I get much oak here, apart from the faint tannin character on the finish. The mild toffee-like sweetness and pineapple on the finish are quite excellent. Juicy and medium in body with soft carbonation, this feels quite good on the palate. Significantly better than I expected it to be, this is a great beer. (1,155 characters)

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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