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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,910 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 103
Gots: 288 | FT: 6
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 BRadStudios
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint glass

A: medium body, small tight head

S: piny, hoppy, thick malts, citrus sharpness

T: smooth, piny hops bitter kick, big flavor

M: medium weight, carbonated smooth glide, hoppy, piny bitter, bright

O: If you like the others this is a good hoppy bitter kick with the same family taste.

one bottle consumed :-)

BRadStudios, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

IPAchris, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "Enjoy by January 31, 2013" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

I was generally interested to try this, as I've enjoyed Stone's hop profile lately. The beer, however, is not as satisfying as hoped, consisting of a fairly generic grapefruit-meets-pine hop mixture atop a caramel-like malt sweetness that is too nondescript and one-dimensional to be particularly enjoyable. The obvious ethanol content and its imposition on the senses further dilutes the flavors and aromas, leading to a strong ale that is alright, above average, but nothing amazing. While clearly of the "Arrogant Bastard" lineage, this blend of the beers will probably be a one-time try for me.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white to light tan foam with above average retention; it also leaves above average lacing along the sides of the glass as it descends. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out dark copperish hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, active and plentiful.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit-like hops atop a fairly generic, caramel-like sweet, malt body, with spicy ethanol wafting about in the background.

Tasting opens with caramel-like malt sweetness that quickly transitions to a mid-palate with a fairly balanced blend of pine and grapefruit-like hop flavor, hop bitterness, and caramel malt sweetness. As with aroma, though, maltiness does not change with time or across the palate, generally tasting one-dimensional. Back of palate picks up plenty of spicy ethanol, a bit too strong and obvious for an 8.5% beer, blending with the malt to create a slightly cumin-like taste. Back of palate also features substantial hop bitterness with a pine-like edge. Lingering aftertaste of pine and grapefruit-like pine bitterness intertwined with ethanol.

Body is medium in weight. Carbonation is medium to highly intense at first, coming across as quite prickly, but gradually generating a foamed beer across the palate that moves easily and steadily. Ethanol burn felt on the tongue and back of throat; heat felt in the nostrils. Not well-hidden, makes the beer less enjoyable. Closes dryly, with some stickiness across the palate.

falloutsnow, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

danipp, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of DrewV
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

DrewV, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Lex_Talionis
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Lex_Talionis, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ssjkyle, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

strongaf, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Auraan, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard pour into my favorite goblet produces a 1" head that reminds me of a vanilla milkshake. And it just sits there, taking several minutes to recede. When it does, it leaves behind the thickest, most persistent lacing I have encountered. The beer itself falls somewhere between amber and orange. This is a pretty glass.

How does it smell? Well, it's a bit of a malt bomb, which I did not expect, for some reason. Tropical fruits dominate the hop profile. There's something vegetal in there, too.

My nose did not lie. This is one malty beer. There is a significant finishing bitterness, but the malts and sweetness cut across the hops completely. In a blind tasting, I would have called this a barleywine. It even has the creaminess to match the head.

Except...

This is one bitter beer. The kick at the end is hard to ignore. It looks great, smells and tastes pretty good. But the finishing bitterness just feels like piling on. It's a disappointment.

DaveAnderson, Dec 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Stubbie1, Dec 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

irishgreensoda, Dec 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

vanillacokaine, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Hopprof
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this little number from Shipmates in Cerritos. This beer is a rare find and a real jewel in the Stone Brewing "cannon". Has a chocolate/caramel smell. Sweetness up front, bitterness at the finish. Head forms into pristine rings inside the tulip glass through progression. This is definitely my favourite offering from Stone.

Hopprof, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber body with beige head of a finger's width

S: chewy malts and piney hops

T: very typical of the Bastard line - rich malt base, caramels and chew, hoppy citrus and pine

M: medium weight, chewy, slick, moderate carbonation, nice aftertaste

O: the best part of this beer is that it is clearly the same lineage as the Double, Arrogant and Oaked Bastard ales. But it doesn't do much to distinguish itself. It sits firmly between the Arrogant and Double Bastards. Of course a great beer, but not mind-blowinig if you're familiar with the line.

Greywulfken, Dec 11, 2012
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.

tdm168, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

raly03, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Stumpy29er, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerOps, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium to darker brown with a bit of amber mixed in. Sweet head - close to two fingers on an 8 oz pour - cream colored. Mouthfeel is excellent with good carbonation up front and a fizzing on the end that accentuates the bitterness. Smell has some hops but not overpowering - piney - with sweet malts. Taste is incredible for fans of the AB series - bitter, sweet, a bit of the oak'd I love and overall an extremely enjoyable brew.

Oakenator, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

server222, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mrskunk, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An attractive golden oak color in the really big Duvel tulip. Very nice sudsy foam and it does have a nice mouthfeel, just a little oily.

Malty and melting with caramel. Quite a lovely sunshiney flavor. Then the Hop Bastards come in and stomp over everything enthusiastically. But there is some pleasant fruity flavor, dried apricot and green plum, all very tart and sharp. The oak adds a nice undertone without being wood in your face. I think other brewers ought to consider blending their over-barrelled brews with other stuff.

Maybe this is a case where the sum is greater than the parts. I am not a big AB fan and even less of the Double AB (I call it Ignorant MF). So this is a step up for me, even though the endless candied grapefruit pith got old about 10 years ago. From the 22 oz bottle for six bucks from the Ibis Market in San Diego.

mactrail, Dec 08, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking clear amber with a fat, soapy, tan head. Head retention is better than average with some spiderwebbing around the edge of the glass. Toffee, grass, orange peel, and sweet lemon on the nose. The mouthfeel is wet, smooth, full, but lacking carbonation sting. There's a less offensive hop presence in this concoction than is normal for Stone. In fact, it might even be described as drinkable. I note a lot of pine and a little orange. There's some balance. But, I'm not sure with what. The finish, however, delivers that familiar Stone hop hot sensation and bitterness. Not horrible, but I've been duped by Stone, once again. I really want to try one that knocks my socks off.

DocJitsu, Dec 08, 2012
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.