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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 192 | 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.

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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
Photo of MadCat
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the first half into a pint glass and the second into a tulip.

Appearance: Dark ambery red color, decent brown head, decent lacing. First pour had very little head, so I tipped the glass less with the second

Smell: A whole bouquet of different hoppy aromas, with some roasted malt in there. Hints of citrus.

Taste: Much more complex and pleasing than regular Arrogant Bastard. Not nearly as much of a punch you in the mouth bitterness, and with that there is more flavor. Hoppy, bitter, and roasted malt is what I get initially. Hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Thick and pleasant, with some crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Better than Arrogant Bastard, no hesitation in finishing off the 22oz bottle, but I don't have any desire to go for another one.

I was almost disappointed with this, from my first glass. Not sure why, maybe because I got better head on the second one, but the second was a knockout for me. The first disappointed me, mostly because some of the awesome flavors and aromas seemed muted. Surprisingly, I don't pick up any oak in the flavor or aroma, which I would think there would be some due to the oaked arrogant bastard in there. Definitely is better than regular arrogant bastard, but I'm not sure if it is better than oaked or double.

MadCat, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of MeatnCheese
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark red/amber color with a thick whipped head, a good 1/2 inch.

The nose was very different. As the head simmered down a bit it gave off changing aromas from resinous hops to caramel, citrus to sweet heavy malts and a little pine and vanilla.

I definitely thought this beer to be a little lighter than I was expecting. The thick malts and heavy caramel/molasses gave way to the subtle and soon to be prominent fruity hops that played with the malts. Like a grapefruit with sugar.

The mouth feel was about medium with about the same in carbonation. That gave it a very creamy and coating texture with a tinge of heat. I could have used a few more bubbles.

Overall I really enjoyed it, great until the last sip. I really had to talk myself out of getting another since they did such as great job of hiding that ABV.

MeatnCheese, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Lldeegan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with an off white head.
Caramel malt, piney hop and some tropical fruit (mango skin, peach, apple skin) in the nose along with some light bready notes.
Sweet toffee hits the taste buds first with some bready malt then the hops exact a coup de tongue with grass, pine, grapefruit, apple skin and mango with a touch of nuttiness and wood in the finish.
This is really an awesome beer. I loved it more than the beers that made it. Together, they blended to make something in your face yet subtle and complex.
This beer would be great with dry rubbed ribs, or pulled pork.

Lldeegan, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of spree92
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first dance in the Bastard division. It is not disappointing at all. A cloudy dark amber that lightens up around the outside. Small head with lacing and yeast is floating on top. A real fresh hop aroma, moist and powerful, my kind of beer. Citrus, pine and oak hit the tongue and give way to caramel and toffee. Must be the oak aged part that that is. Not much carbonation, that's fine by me, well balanced hops that are potent and addictive. At 8.5%, this is easy going.

My only regret with this is I only bought one. Stone is hard to find in BC and I might not have a second for a while. Oh well, I have this and I feel like a Lucky Bastard.

spree92, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Liverpool08
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice hop treat here. A nice dark amber/ruby color. Smells of nice oily hops and some ripe citrus. The flavor is at first a strong hop hit to the mouth, but mellows to allow for another sip. This becomes a very nice session beer despite the high ABV. You get to sample all of the best of the three Stone beers in each sip. It seems each one keeps the other from taking over and makes this brew an tasty one to have several of.

Liverpool08, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of vtblackdog
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber, very slim head after pouring from bomber into pint glass.

S - Faint hop aroma evenly balanced with malts, catching some oak also.

T - A bit on the pleasant bitter side. Can tell its a strong ale but definitely drinkable.

M - Mouth is feeling it and knowing it.

D - Yes.

vtblackdog, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Genuine
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into my Sam's 22oz sensory glass.

It poured out a very nice dark amber, with slight red highlights when light was shined through it. Upon the body sat a very slight off white 2 finger head

Smell - First picked up the signature stone aroma's, crisp, hoppy. The nose reminded me the most of double bastard. Not picking up so much on the citrus and pine notes.

Taste - As it follows the nose, first and foremost reminds me of a tamed double bastard, very hoppy, which is balanced out by the malts, creating a very smooth beer, which continues to be smooth all the way through the finish. It's not till the finish that I'm able to pick up the oaky flavors, it's very nice!

Mouthfeel - Medium, almost kind of oily, very nice feeling on the palate. carbonation isn't heavy but I think it helps this one out greatly.

Drinkability - Very drinkable from my stand point. I could have a couple bombers in a night and be very happy. A very delicious brew from Stone, I have yet to be disappointed.

Genuine, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of headbucket
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:dark ruby with a bunch of little floaties. Looks kinda still and murky. Minimal off white head and a few small splotches of lacing.

S: semi sweet malts start it off,with some dark citrus and grapefruit smell coming later. Also a bit of earthy/herbal notes in there.

T:dark toasted malt starts it off. Then a nice grapefruit hop flavor comes in, puckering my mouth a bit. I start to taste a little bit of the oak after grapefruit,and it is tthe oak and grapefruit bitterness that lingers in my mouth the most prominently, and a little bit of the toasty malt flavor comes back too. An odd mix of the toasty malt and grapefruit juice bitterness.

M: somewhat thick and seems kind of dense in my mouth, would like a littlemore carbonation but this amount seems to fit the style.

D: strong lingering bitterness and the sweet/toasty flavor combine with abv limit it. I am glad I'm splittling this bomber.

headbucket, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of BeanBone
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, orange-brown body capped by a finger and half of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves terrific lacing.

Aroma: A blast of citrusy, tropical-fruity, piney, and thoroughly resinous hops and subtle booze over a syrupy dark caramel malt body; typical Bastard territory.

Flavor: Up front, heaps of resinous, spicy, piney, citrusy, and nicely bitter hops along with just a hint of vanilla and wood. Underneath, there's a solid dark-caramel backbone keeping everything from being unbalanced. The alcohol is not fully masked, and contributes nice spicy character throughout. Dark biscuity malt and resinous hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and syrupy medium-full body with medium carbonation a dry finish. Nice warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: About what you'd expect with the alcohol content and IBUs: not quite a sipper, but close.

Verdict: Lukcy Basartd is a must-try for fans of Stone's Bastard line. If you're familiar with these beers you know what's to be found here, but this blend is so damn tasty it easily warrants its existence.

BeanBone, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

damn this beer is something else!!!!

dark ruby in color...with a fading head and excellent lacing...

smells like a nice medley of hops, hops, and malt!...its got that new smell maybe the cascade hops...maybe a hint of chocolate too...

the taste is very nice very malty and very hoppy...very well balanced...

the feel is creamy with a dry finish....

nice drink ability even though its up there in abv

nickthegun12, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cask Republic into a 12oz tulip.

A: Beautiful, clear ruby body with an inch of substantial tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. Quite nice.

S: Resinous, piney hops, and...wait, that's it. Maybe some faint caramel sweetness. Enjoyable enough, but nowhere near the complexity I was expecting.

T: Super hoppy, with pine and grapefruit backed up by caramel malt and a touch of fruity booze. Maybe some oaky vanilla on the bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Ok, but definitely less than the sum of its parts.

M: Sticky medium body with a ton of fine carbonation. Ok, but not great.

D: Too much going on here without adding up to anything interesting. It somehow manages to be too sweet, too bitter, and too boozy, all at once. Not the easiest to drink, although it is rather engaging in its sheer aggressiveness.

Notes: This is one arrogant beer all right, but I don't really think it has any right to be. I prefer all three of its constituent parts to it, easily. At least since I got it on tap I didn't have to read that god-awful gibberish on the bottle...


woosterbill, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good One!!! I like all the "bastids" and the blended one is good too. Pours a clear reddish color with a good size frothy off white head and good lacing. Smell is caramel malts and citrus hops...both aromas pronounced and overall very nice.

Big flavor, worthy of the Arrogant Bastard tradition. I was surprised at how much the woody/oak flavor came through. The beer starts out with a quick blast of citrus hops, muted by a big rich caramel malt flavor and hops again at the end. The oak flavor pretty much stays throughout. It drinks kind of like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is rich. The heavy duty hoppiness adds crispness. Pretty tame as far as the alcohol presence is concerned. Goes down very nice and smooth. A very good beer that I will drink again (I bought two bottles)!!!

JayQue, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent hoppy beer. Pours golden with a foamy half inch of head. Citrus hop aromas. Aggressive hops that are muted by a great and substantive malting. Citrus and light fruity tastes. Oh so drinkable.The hops do act to wear down the taste buds somewhat.

Sammy, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is mainly fruity, mostly orange, and slightly sweet. There is also a hint of hops. It pours a clear, dark mahogany that is more brown than red and has a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy with tones of malt and citrus and just a little bitterness - very satisfying! Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a nice sour citrus and hoppy finish.

Cyberkedi, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Fieldzy27
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle

reviewed from notes

A-Pours a very dark shade of amber with sticky spotty lace.

S-defined hop aromas that are common with all the beers it is derived from. Caramel and bready notes mixing with strong citrus flavors.

T-Hops upon entry followed by bread notes and hints of oak and caramel More balanced and cleaner than the base beers for this. Takes all the best flavors of its components and accents them.

M-Carbonation is a little higher then I thought and the overall feel is thinner than I would have expected but it works very well overall.

D-Overall very very drinkable and surprising for the ABV. A great concoction from stone. Arrogant Bastard fans rejoice.

Fieldzy27, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  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.

beerthulhu, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lukcy Basartd pours an attractive crimson stained copper. It's a little hazy, but tons of light cuts through showing strong, deep red highlights. A soft cream colored head caps it off. It stands nearly two fingers tall, but falls relatively quickly. Lacing was on the lighter side.

The nose is good. It's chock full of caramel up front. The malt base smells more than solid. Hops are rather strong in the mix, and feature a host of scents. I'm getting citrus grapefruit and pineapple, lots of pine, and light grass and herbal notes. The herbal notes are secondary and smell mostly like tobacco. They're subtle though. I'm not getting much in terms of oak. That'd be a welcome addition. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. Smells good.

The flavor is quite good, but I'm not sure how much I like it. It kicks off with a very strong hop flavor. It's a rather strong buzzy and bitter assault. Classic Bastard. Excuse me...Basartd. The malt base is mostly caramel. It's a little sweet, but does little to calm down the strong hop presence. That's okay by me. The hops are seem to be equal parts citrus and pine with just a touch of grass thrown in for good measure. A secondary herbal , tobacco-ish flavor is noted. It works. I'm still not getting any oak. But, the flavor is still tremendous. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes hoppy and bitter.

Lukcy Basartd has a medium body. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but works well. It's not svelte or smooth, but does a damn nice job overall. Drinkability is quite good. I'm really enjoying this. The flavor rocks, and it goes down surprisingly easy. A bomber? By all means, yes!

Lukcy Basartd is an excellent beer. It's difficult to screw up when you're starting with components such as Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked AB. Having said that, this is truly a case where the sum is less than its parts. In fact, it's a little less than each of its individual parts. But, given Stone's knack for creating brilliance, this is still fantastic beer. Go out and grab a bottle. If you don't like it...well...you're just not worthy!

prototypic, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my big Duvel glass and I am met with a beautiful burgandy ale which looks almost too good to drink...almost. Big frothy head with staying power and major lacing all over the glass. The combination of all the bastards produces a citrus (little orange, little pineapple), piney and a slight floral scent. I would have a liked a little more in this area. The taste is bitter up front followed by an even bitterer (if that's a word) swallow and aftertaste. There is also a slight grassy taste and yellow grapefruit is definitely in the mix. Well done. The combo works. Drinkability is good although the flavor will knock your palate around and kill the buds after awhile. The bomber I consumed was perfect for the session but anymore would be overkill in my opinion. Overall I love the concept of combining the bastards and in the end it has created a winner.

kaseydad, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much has been said about this beer, but for those not in the know: this is an anniversary ale celebrating 13 years of Stone arrogance. It's a blend of all the bastards -- Arrogant, Oaked Arrogant and Double.

Lukcy pours from the bottle a gorgeous ruby, deep and clear. A creamy and cream-colored head about a finger thick rests atop the bejeweled brew for a minute before receding to a thin ring, leaving long, jagged spatters of lace behind. There's a bit of speckled snowflake lace peppered throughout the liquid.

In the nose: grass, a bit of dank weed, basil, caramel, vanilla, oak. It sweetens as it warms, adding notes of subtly toasted malt and sugary juicyfruit.

It's maltier in flavor: caramel, toasted oak and vanilla hold court. But the hops are still there, grassy and tropical fruit-sweet. The bitterness is moderate, but interestingly not even as powerful as in the original Bastard, which I'm fine with. A decent alcohol flavor show its face but doesn't distract from the other stuff that's present.

Medium-high carbonation prickles the tongue a little painfully. The velvety medium body is rather nice to move about, and both the bitterness and alcohol never get out of control.

Easily the best. I'm not sure how it's possible, but Lukcy Basartd seems greater than the sum of its parts. Oakier than Oaked Arrogant Bastard, more arrogant than the normal version.

Phelps, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a chestnutty-copper brown with an off-white, almost yellow tinged head. Retention is strong and leaves strings of vibrant lace.

S - Big resin nose with hints of cut grass and a bit of tropical citrus

T&M - A tangy hop assault on the palate. Manages to be spicy, resiny, and a bit fruity all at the same time. There is a sharp, spicy bit at the front, followed by resin, and ends with a slightly sweet, malty, citrusy (and woody?) finish with a slight alcohol warmth on the way down. Hops continue to resound on the palate long after the swallow. The further you get into this beer (and I suspect the more accustomed to the hop dosage), the more some of the sweeter traits shine through.

D - I've been taking a break from the hoppier side of things, and I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. Goes down surprisingly smooth with little regard to the ABV. An excellent offering.

ZeroSignal, Jan 28, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.