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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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93
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1,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 100
Gots: 179 | FT: 4
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 2late2brew
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is semi-thick smooth w/light touch centerpour of pint glass. Deep Mahogany reddish brown with beige cream colored firm head retention that persists long after pour leaving lacing all down side of glass. Absolute brillant/bright clarity. A+
Smell of citrus fruit, very aromatic & invitng warmth off malts. A
Taste has a nice twang of grapefruit bitterness to balance malty body. Deceptive strenth with some warming but refrained. Oak character very subtle but there. A+
Great overall balance that lends itself to pure drinkability, a rare feat for substantial style. A+
Fits right in double imperial category, just under Barley Wine strength/mothfeel. A

The best offering I've enjoyed from Stone in years. Highly recommend & looking to stock up.

2late2brew, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

billab914, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh growler from Stone on Super Bowl Sunday.

A - Deep amber with off white "dirty" looking head. Slightly foamy with plenty of lacing.

S - Tons of hops dominate with the malt profile you know from regular Bastard. Maybe a distant hint of oak but mainly amber malts and tons of hops.

T - I like this blend as it has so much complexity without one thing dominating. Hops are clearly the dominate flavour, though they are well balanced with the maltiness from Double B etc.

M - Fairly full bodied at the start with a little alcohol thinness coming thru at the end.

D - This is a wonderful blended beer with ample dry hops and a solid malt profile. While I wouldn't drink a whole growler to the dome this is a nice one to have in the mix. In all honesty it is the best Bastard of the lot.

Dijeriduster, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of kalkavekkian
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky bastard review
L= dark caramel tan with a mildly thick creamy head sticky lacing
S= Smells of toasty malt and grain
T= nice dose of bitter hops with a good malt balance and a medium hop finish. I thought it was a bit milder than I was expecting given most of my previous Stones experiences.
M= medium mouthfeel
D= I had a 22 and could easily knock off a couple more. 8.5% wasn't a problem and not that noticeable. If I see more of this I will buy it.

kalkavekkian, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish hue with absence of carbonation. I could not see much carbonation in the pint glass I have poured the beer in. However, the beer looked very appetizing.

S - The hops came alive when I sniffed the damn thing. It smells like a good beer and very fresh one at that.

Taste - For me, the beer taste crude in their handling of the hops, but I already expected that from Stone. it seems like it's their trademark, to make their beers strong and coarse. I do not mind because it certainly excites my palate.

M - The beer lingers in your mouth long after you have swallowed, so it is quite substantial. However, the beer was ever so slightly flat for my taste.

Drinkability - It's very drinkable on its own, but I would think it's better suited with food as it packs a punch.

2xHops, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 22oz bomber:

A - Beautiful amber color, thin head, sticky lacing

S - Complex strong hoppy scents, spicy, citrus, wood, oh man I think its giving me wood.

T - This is right up my alley, bitter hoppiness, citrus notes followed by all types of spice...even vanilla bourbon hints.

M - Medium/Heavy bodied, low/medium carbonation.

D - This is right up my alley, excellent beer.

BeerisfoodLLC, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red/light brown color. Good two finger tan head lasts for a decent amount of time but then fades away. Very hazy with suspended solids throughout the beer.

S: Very grapefruit pine nose with the hop profile. Good amount of this hop presence makes this one a kick right up front in the nose. Great woody character in the nose as well that balances out the hop kick.

T/M: In typical AB fashion the hops are really strong up front. The heavy alcohol base is not present but gives a bit body to this beer. Great wood notes help balance the beer out at the finish. Really quite smooth for being a reasonably high ABV. Really love the hop/wood balance as it makes this drinkable but still really aggressive.

D: Great beer! A nice representation of the AB line of beers and a great addition. Really hope this one get produced in the future!

mbusster88, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As expected, the initial taste of Lukcy Basartd is kick in the face of massive resiny/piney/citrusy American hops backed up with strong oak wood flavor. I've always found the Bastard beers to have a surprisingly sweet, almost fruity malt backbone underpinning the big hops. This one is no different there, but I think the oak helps to really round out the balance between the malt and hops. Great beer and easily the best by far of the Bastards.

WhyBeNormal, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of vgarneth
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Stone's brews. Drank on the eve of February 8th 2011, watching Billy Gardell's stand up "Halftime" on Comedy Central with a good friend of mine. Nice appearance, nose, and mouthfeel. Drinkability is just over average, but fits well with the Arrogant Bastard Ale series.

vgarneth, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Sam21
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance - Deep ruby body with a long lasting sticky khaki head. A truly beautiful beer.

Smell - Pineapple is noticed initially up front. Dense citrus hops as expected. Subtle oak is nestled nicely amonth the sweet fruits. Really smooth balance from each component.

Taste - The hops come out to play as they erupt with waves of citrus fruits and sweet pineapple. There is a decent malt backbone adding some caramel to the mix. The finish hits hard with a concotion of alcohol, bitterness and oak before melting into subtle waves of fruit, caramel, and an intense bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied and extremely creamy. This beer feels like velvet in the mouth.

Drinkability - A sipper, but full of complexities and in your face hoppiness. A smooth drink.

Sam21, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

ppoitras, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, citrus and brown sugar.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. the malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although this is a blend of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard this beer tasted a lot like Old Guardian to me. Overall it's a good beer to drink for a while but not as good as any of the other four beers mentioned.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of willjschmidt
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a decent sized tan head.

S: Citrusy and piney hops over a bit of sweet caramel malt.

T: A very interesting spin on arrogant bastard. A huge dose of citrusy and piney hops. An equally large dose of of semi sweet caramel malt. It's a very smooth and pleasant bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied, smooth as hell, active carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for the huge blast of flavor and the 8.5% ABV. Very delicious, a great take on the arrogant bastard series from Stone.

willjschmidt, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a dark ruby-amber with a finger of thin off-white head. Some yeast sediment is visible, pour was perhaps a bit too aggressive.

S - Mellowed bitter citrus hops with a sticky sweet background. Very malty and sweet but balanced with lots of hops.

T - Some grapefruit hoppy bitterness followed by an extreme sweetness from the malts. Some bready/biscuity undertones. The little bit of pine hops are nice but could use a boost. Can't really catch any oak.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Sweetness can be cloying.

D - Goes down fairly easy for an 8.5%. Flavors are very strong, but that's to be expected -- you've gotta be a Bastard to drink it!

greenmonstah, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. A hard pour gives a strong frothy head tan in color with a lot of lacing and glass retention. It looks initially dark enough to be a porter during the pour, but that changed pretty quickly. When held up to the light it's more of a chestnut/mahogany color. Clearly not filtered,particles all over the place, pretty hazy.

Smell is wonderful. It's one hoppy smelling beer. The good part about this, is there are clearly a ton of hops put in, but it's never overly hoppy. Dry piney hops with a hint of citrus zest. Slight touch of alcohol to warm the nose, with just a hint of sweetness from the malts, slightly smokey/earthy tones. All of it's pretty well balanced, a really good smelling beer.

Taste is equally excellent. It's hoppy and bitter, yet much sweeter than I expected. As mentioned earlier, very hoppy. Dry hopped pine dominate the hoppy portion, still some slight citrus zest again, slightly grassy and a little herbal as well. Well malted for added sweetness. The oaked portion comes out in the flavor, it has a nice smokey and oak aftertaste that's a great addition to the flavor. Well balanced, close to perfect.

Mouthfeel is top notch. It's on the fuller end of medium bodied. Almost a sweet honey-butter texture with a clean/bitter, yet smokey, finish. Absolutely wonderful. This beer is dangerously drinkable. You could use this as a slow sipper, yet could easily pound it if you're not paying attention.

Another freaking home-run from Stone, absolutely wonderful brew. If this weren't a specialty brew and available year round, I'd probably always have it at my disposal.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Founders Sniffer
A- Dark cooper with white head that retains
S-Nice hoppy wooden smell. malt is starting to come through with age.
T-transfers from hoppy to more mellow as the beer warms up. Very subtle undertones of caramel. Sweeter than I expected.
M-Medium bodied. Leaves a nice wooden after taste in my mouth
D-very drinkable. Enjoyed it with the start of the superbowl

brew3crew, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Beernf
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo in Santa Monica, CA.

Cracked this at a party with several beer drinking friends. It quickly erased all memories of beer ingested prior to it because of an intense nose, super boozy flavor and a warming sensation in the gut the more it was consumed. Seriously, this is beer to get you drunk and it makes no bones about it. Looks like alcohol, smells like alcohol and definitely tastes like alcohol. However, sometimes that's what you want. A strong American barleywine style knockout punch to end a night. Just make sure there is a comfortable bed nearby if you do more than 1 of these.

Beernf, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a beautiful mahogany color. It has a long lasting tan head. Consistency is awesome and leaves a curtain of lacing. Nose is mostly citrus. Lots of grapefruit to start. Its a little sour in the middle and you get some sweet caramel notes in the background to balance it out a little. The taste is a little more balanced than the nose. You still get the citrus hops up front but the caramel sweetness is more pronounced giving it better balance. Neither aspect so far is complex yet both are spot on and very tasty. Mouth feel somewhat full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not bad seems a little bit thick for these sort of flavors. Its a sipper for sure. A bomber should suffice.

depechemode1983, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Central Market this week and figured I should pick it up. We don't get Double Bastard here, so I figured that this was the best way to go. I'm so lukcy! Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a deep, dark red with a brown-tinged white head. The head is thick as all heck, but doesn't stay around for long. If there was more to the head, I'd rate it higher.... but I just can't justify it.

The initial nose is wonderful. First comes the hops. Arrogant Bastard was the first truly hoppy beer I had and those wonderful hops are still seared in my mind. Afterward comes the American Barleywine sweetness and thickness. Malty as all heck. There's also a slight hint of vanilla. I actually can smell parts of all 3 Bastards in here, awesome.

The taste is slightly disappointing relative to the nose. The hops take a bit of a backseat and the booziness takes over. Maybe a bit too hot and not hoppy enough. Wish it were better. I can get some oakiness, but it's more muted. I'm a bit disappointed by the way this came out.

That being said, this beer has good carbonation and is pretty drinkable for the size. I just wish the flavor wasn't masked by the huge booziness.

UTCengOwl, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber color, almost clear with a one finger tan head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

S - The hoppiest smell of the Bastard series I've had. Still very strong malt in the background but the hops shine through here.

T - Taste is quite bitter in the beginning with a slight spiciness. Very sweet malt midway through and a good balanced finish that lingers for a while. Also a noticeable vanilla taste perhaps due to the oak aged portion of this blend.

M - Mouthfeel is great. A medium-full body with good carbonation. Perfect.

D - The thicker mouthfeel makes it slightly less drinkable.

Loved this beer. My favorite in the Bastard series.

Janderson91, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby amber with a cream colored foamy head. Some decent spotty lacing, good clarity.

Pine hop nose with some sweet and bitter malt aromas. Wanted a bit more here.

All hops and malt here. Big juicy piney hop flavor, balanced with some sweet fruit notes, some dark toasted bread. Flavor dissipates to long sticky hop bitter finish. You have some green herb, some wood, and a million little notes of sour, bitter and sweet in there. Complex and tasty. Alcohol very well hidden.

Fuller bodied and mouth coating.

Easy drinking. The subdued booze helps. Great beer, hands down.

OtherShoe2, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Manoftyr
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a lightly oranged amber into the glass with some red highlights, a finger of head rises and slowly lowers itself down.

Aroma-Oakey, it smells a lot like oaked bastard actually; almost spot on, maybe a bit more hoppiness to it but that could just be my imagination.

Taste-Yep, tastes just like Oaked bastard except it starts out a little sweeter and ends with a bit more of a hop kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Plush and thick, syrupy without being chewy, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkabiliy-Keeps me coming back for more sips, tasty and drinkable...if a little disappointing, I was expecting something other than a tweaked oaked bastard in flavor. In fact I might like it a little less than plain ol' Oaked bastard.

Manoftyr, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seen this around in a few places, figured I'd pick it up and give it a try.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, the beer is a deep, clear brown color with about a half inch worth of light tan colored head. The head fades away fairly quickly, leaving behind a thin layer of foam with sporadic bubbles across the top of the beer.

Smell: I'm getting a light grapefruit/citrusy smell, but it's not the sort of quality you get from hops. There's a sweet, bready, toffee-like quality to it too.

Taste: Got some bitterness from hops, that hits me right up front. The malt comes in a bit later, and it's not as strong as I would have thought it would be given the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, drinks easy.

Drinkability: Not a bad tasting brew. Its got a dry bitterness from the hops, which I like, and a decent malt profile to compliment the hops. I feel like it could have a bit more complexity and oomph, but it's not a bad brew. I'm glad I tried it, and I wouldn't turn one down if I was offered one, but I don't think I'd rush out to pick up another bottle anytime soon.

krisandajt, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours lightly hazy red-brown with a thick cap of dense yellowy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. yup, this smells like stone. caramel and light toffee. grapefruit and pine. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

taste is good. resiny pine and grapefruit. orange and tangerine. light alcohol. medium-high bitterness level. bit of raw oak and vanilla. caramel and light toffee. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a neat blend of the bastards, with each of them showing itself but none really overpowering. good stuff!

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

clayrock81, Feb 04, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.