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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 92
Gots: 180 | 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 flexabull


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Really resiny hop notes, hints of oak, and some dark stewed cherries.

Taste is very complex. Quite hoppy, resiny, candied citrus, and general earthiness. Malt flavors are toasty, grainy, and a little bit fruity. Finish is bitter, boozy, and oaky.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation, soft, and full.

Drinkability is also good. This is a powerhouse of flavors and super complex. Well done Stone, this is another winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:19:48 | More by flexabull
Photo of philbertk


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Brewing Company--Lukcy 13asartd Ale--A Slef TrBiute To 13 Yaers Of Arorgnace--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50 ABV%. 85 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel. Thick pour. No sediment. Thick lacy lasting light tan head. Cloudy dark amber color. Aromatic earthy pine rich hop toasted mild dark fruit ester Belgian hint front. Creamy crusty thick roasted sweet smooth malty body. Clean dry hop spice warm EtOH end. Complex & delicious. Sampled 12/31/2010. Purchased for $7.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 12/1/2010 & PCC Fremont, Seattle on 12/30/2010.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 04:57:05 | More by philbertk
Photo of zhanson88


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lukcy Basartd pours out a dark ruby color with copper highlights. Two fingers of off-white head form which reduces down pretty slowly to decent lacing.

Smell: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, cherry-like fruits, and some oakiness make up the front end, with resinous hops on the back.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malts, along with a bit of rum-like flavor and oak. And, of course, piney resinous hops on the back end and finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is a bit less than medium, it's a bit lighter than I was expecting. It does drink pretty smoothly, however. It's a pretty drinkable beer, but in my opinion not quite as good as the original Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:06:02 | More by zhanson88
Photo of alexgash


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Medium copper body with amber highlights. Clear, filtered seeming. Small pinkie finger of cottony, light beige head. Decent lacing up the sides of the tulip glass. Bastardly nose of singed caramel, rummy fruit, light oak, and, as expected, a healthy dose of piny, resinous hops.

Toasted caramel malts up front. Herbal, piny hop bitterness hits soon after and crescendos to the finish. Caramelized fruits and warming rummy notes sweeten the deal before the hops take over. Finish is bracingly bitter with minty, aspiriny hop bitterness. Some lingering caramel sweetness. Medium-full body with a nice creamy, slightly chewy feel. A very nice blend of some very good beers. Happy 13th bastards!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:27:38 | More by alexgash
Photo of allengarvin


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this is a somewhat hazy walnut-brown beer with a small but dense head. The nose features a lot of hops--very resiny--with toasted malt lingering under there, if you look for it. The flavor is excellent, a study in complex and interesting hopping. Quite bitter, with hop flavor tending toward a rich pine-sap taste, occasionally bringing up hints of citrus. Could it be made with spruce as well? I can't tell, but it's got a sprucy character at the finish. Malt is solid, with toasty caramel and hints of cocoa. But it keeps coming back to the hops. Finish is lingeringly hoppy.

Not at all a session beer, but this is a great sipping and savoring beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:13:28 | More by allengarvin
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after a great session at gbx, moved onto barleys for some more fun. served cold in a pint glass.

pour was very nicely done i have to say with a deep caramel color and a soft tan head on top that really came through quite nicely i have to say. aroma is rich malts, lots of caramel, vanilla and touches of oak and light hops rounding it out. again nicely done. flavor was off the charts as i got most of the double in the flavor with huge malts but the light hops in the finish with a touch of oak an vanilla rouned it out nicely. seemed to have no heat to it an this went own with little effort.

overall a very solid offering here and glad i ha the chance to try it on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 15:17:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of largadeer


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown.

Crimson hued, dark but fairly clear. The off-white head is small but lasting.

Deep caramel and pine aromas hit the nose first. There are subtleties of wafer cookie, peppermint and vanilla.

The palate is about what I'd expect from a blend of the 3 Bastards: deep caramel malts, a little sugar cookie, vanilla, astringent oak and abrasive, resiny hops. Medium bodied, pretty quaffable for what it is. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 07:13:37 | More by largadeer
Photo of mavbrew


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a dark reddish color with some amber highlights. The light tan/khaki colored head is a solid 2 fingers thick and slowly dissipates leaving a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The scent is very hoppy (citrus hops, floral hops), has sweet malt notes and some caramel.

T: The upfront taste is a blend of hops, as mentioned above, has some oak characteristics, a bit of sweet, caramel malt flavor is also present. The finish is dry and leaves a bitterness behind, much like the original.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is smooth.

D: A nice blend of the three, some nice flavor and solid hops characteristics. The ABV is hardly noticeable and should be enjoyed slowly. Overall, this is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:53:01 | More by mavbrew
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, coppery/reddish color with a decent head on top. Big hop aroma-grapefruit like. Quite the assertive hop bitterness and flavor right up front. Some residual malt but hops are the name of the game here. Resiny and puckering mouthfeel. Some sticky sweetness in the finish. Very solid beer across the board.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:24:20 | More by lackenhauser
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive bitter hop, oak, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, oak, big bitter hop, and very slight citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. This one was pretty well balanced as well for a hop friendly palate. I could see this one being too hoppy for a person new to really hoppy brews though. The blend of the brews actually turned out a lot nicer than I was expecting them to. This one is a definite must try even if you have to trade for it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 12:02:39 | More by thagr81us
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber color with a tan head. surprisingly clear. i thought the double bastard would cloud it a little. it looks quite pleasant.

S - fantastic sweet pleasant notes. this is where the arrogant bastard thrives. i can feel it beginning to engulf my palate through my nose.

T - a lot of taste notes from the oaked arrogant. only problem for me is the initial taste doesnt seem quite all there. but i love the piney bitterness. prolly from the double.

M - bitterness sticks but its quite pleasant. i love how long the oak stays, its quite the warm teddybear feeling.

D - surprisingly easy to drink but didnt get much of the double bastard in it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:00:59 | More by stylinprofiylin
Photo of elgiacomo


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pretty fresh.

Pours clear reddish copper with a two finger light beige head that leaves some spiderwebs of lacing and holds a wispy cap and bubbly ring.

Aroma is grapefruit and citrus hops, some pine, good caramel malt, a hint of vanilla and oak, some apples and other fruits hiding underneath. Good strength.

Flavor starts with some resinous hops, citrus, some pine, serious caramel malt backbone, a little vanilla and oak, good bitterness with only mild sweetness.

Medium bodied, a bit sticky, oily, medium carbonation.

Pretty tasty stuff, glad I got a chance to try it. Really need to get around to trying some Double Bastard....

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:27:45 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Lerxst


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear and dark amber with substantial off white head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of sticky lace.

S-Loads of piney and citrus hops with a slightly sweet malt backbone. Smells like its Bastard brothers had a party together.

T-Big blasts of pine, citrus hops. Nice bitter bite. Slightly sweet caramel malt in the middle and back. Not picking up any oakiness, but thats ok, this is good stuff.

M-Medium body. Slightly prickly carb bite with a bitter back end bite.

D-As with all the Bastards, I take it slow. But each sip is a palate pleaser which makes this very drinkable.

Another hit from Stone. I love the Bastard line and this one does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:58:32 | More by Lerxst
Photo of Bierguy5


3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 8.5% abv. Pours a clear lighter chestnut color. Maybe a deep amber with some lighter edges. Thick beige head holds pretty well for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer. Nice patches of surround the sides of the glass.

Hops seem to come to the forefront. Big juicy grapefruit and other citrus fruits, along with some sharp piney notes. Other ripe fruity notes like apricot come through. Toffee and caramel malty notes. A hint of aspirin.

Starts with a sturdy malt backbone, but quickly moves to hop bitterness and drying tannins. Flavor is not as juicy as the nose indicates. Bitterness is a bit more herbal. Finishes bone dry.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Some warming alcohol. I enjoyed the nose, but the dryness took away from things a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:49:17 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like fresh cone hops with a sweet cherry grapefruit like smell that mixes in with the sweet malt. The taste hits you with sweet on the tip of your tongue and then a real long dry bitter finish from middle to end. I love hopped up west coast beers. You can always count on them to have that extremely fresh resinous green hop bitterness. It just tastes so fresh because of this. This would be extremely hoppy if it weren't for the sweet malt that combines with an oak like flavor that you can definitely pick up. The combination is fantastic. It really is an IPA without being an IPA but with more malts. This is an amazing beer and it combines 3 quality beers in one to get that flavor. The Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Aged Arrogant Bastard and the Double Bastard. I'm glad they came up with this idea because it adds for a really complex rich tasting beer that is very hoppy resinous and piney. It has a full body feel and since you can taste the raw hops with the sweet malt the alcohol hardly comes through for 8.5. What an amazing beer. Stone never fails when it comes to top notch quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:25:53 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of 100floods


3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany brow with a cream white head that does seem to want to stick around for long. It appears to be pretty cloudy, too. Hops Hops HOPS! Unfortunately I cant seem to smell much. This has the signs of the classic bastard flavor. The first sip, however, wasn't as strong as I would have expect. Rich hop flavor, earthy, chewy. Definitely a woody flavor from the oak aged portion. Notes of caramel as well. This beer starts with a very strong hop attack, very bitter, almost spicey, then kind of fizzles before you can get to the malt and some other hop flavors. That flavor kinda seems to pair up with some of the malt. There's a citrus-malt finish. The carbonation keeps things moving but seems a little too much, only because I like my strong ales with a little less carb. Perhaps it's a way to keep it from turning into a malt bomb, which actually, now that I think about it, saves the beer.. Overall a good beer to have tried. I don't think blending the three beers made a difference. I've had all the different versions of the Bastard, all which I like, all the flavors are familiar, which is nice, but blending it does bring anything new to the table.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:41:05 | More by 100floods
Photo of DrDemento456


4.88/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:59:00 | More by DrDemento456
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber brown, with a finger of very light brown that laces the glass for a while.

S - Smells pretty much exactly as I expected. It smells like a perfect blend of the three beers it is. Sweet, but slightly oaky.

T - Delicious, but it lacks the certain sweetness and je ne sais quoi that Double Bastard has. A very solid beer, but I wish they had done something a little different with this beer, other than simply mixing the three.

M - Remains a little bit bitter on the tongue after swallowing, but not in a good way. I can certainly taste the Oaked long after the swallow.

D - This is a good drinkable beer, but it just makes me wish I was drinking a Double Bastard, honestly...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:24:41 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber, almost brown with ruby highlights into my tulip glass with just about two fingers of head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Beautiful blend of caramel malts, bright citrus hops and earthy oak. Although there is a citrus zest to it, it comes off more as pear or pineapple than the common grapefruit.

T - Bitter hop bite that lasts throughout the whole experience. Bight citrus zest, grapefruit and even some pineapple notes. Caramel malts are there but don't stand out as much us usual next to the aggressive hops. Notes of Oak are also present and quite nice. On the back end the bitterness continues to stay with you right on to the next sip.

M - Medium to full in body, well balanced, very nice.

D - This beer is awesome, but very aggressive on the taste buds and can't imagine doing more than one bomber in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 16:22:10 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blue monkey tavern, served into a chimay chalice.

A- comes my way with a finger or so of eggshell colored creamy head that settles rather quickly leaving a good bit of suds on the glass and a foamy island on top. Cloudy red brown in color with a sweet glow when held to light.

S- roasty malts and a bold piney hop. Touches of dark bread and burnt sugar.

T- huge malt and hop profile that keep each other in check nicely. Hops are predominantly pine but there is some citrus bitterness like grapefruit rind. Malts a toasty and roasty with some dark bread and a sorgrum like sweetness. You do get a bit of oak and char.

M- a bit above medium in body with a even bigger carb that really aerates the brew and makes it feel even lighter. Small touch of heat.

D- I like this better then all of its parts. Go figure. Nice strong ale blend we got here. Ill keep an eye out for a bottle to lay down and see what happens with some time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 03:39:34 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of perrymarcus


3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky chestnut tone with a khaki finger of head... impressive retention; suberb lacing. great presentation.

potent nose is headlined by citrus hops and caramel malts; some earthy, oakiness is present.

flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off, with strong citrus hoppy notes (maybe a touch of pine) balanced by a caramel malty backbone. bitter, hoppy finish... tasty brew, ABV is well-hidden.

medium-full body with some chew to it; average carbonation. very, very solid beer, though for my money not big drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 04:27:53 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of kiddynamite920


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper, ruddy brown. Head is just a shade off-white and is retrieving to a ring around the glass.

S: Bitter, bitter hops. Grapefruit and citrus zest are fairly prominent. Unlike AB and DB, there is also a caramel sweetness on the nose. Some sweet fruits, pears and apples with a pineapple tartness. Reviewed fresh so the alcohol is still noticeable.

T: Very bitter hops along with a smooth, caramel flavor. Perhaps this is the Oak aged lending its hand in the mix. Absolutely aggressive with the hops here, this is a big beer. Pineapple and grapefruit are very noticeable here.

M: All out attack on your bitter taste receptors. Bitterness lingers around the palate far after the beer has left your mouth. Licking the gums reveals a whole lot of grapefruity goodness and brings back a good amount of the bitterness.

D: Sipping this one slowly, hard not to. There is so much going on here that each sip brings on something new. As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more evident, making it even more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:30:07 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy light mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like orange and pineapple hops, with caramel malt and a little papaya and earthy copper.
T: It tasted super bitter like herbal hops and citrus zest and a bit of grapefruit, with some caramel malt. It had a clean and lasting very bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent.
D: This had a very nice scent and taste with pretty good body, but it was nothing too special. The alcohol was well hidden, but the lasting bitterness made it less than easy to drink. Very enjoyable fresh...I'm not sure if age would help improve. But standard Double Bastard is still probably my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 21:46:47 | More by Pencible
Photo of Retsinis


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber.

Poured into my Bruery Tulip glass. It pours a nice Reddish brown amber, a dense cloudy haze, with a creamy two inch head that fades to one inch that was retained for a long while. Eventually it fades, and then sticks to the glass.

The Aroma is of dry hops, pine, oak, malt, hint of vanilla.

Taste is of brown sugar, toasty bread, Caramel, hops, oak, with a tinge of heat from the alcohol.

Medium body, and could be enjoyed as either a slow sipper, or drink 1 or two bombers.

Had doubted some of Stone's new beer offerings as of late, but this beer restored my faith that they can make a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:47:58 | More by Retsinis
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this cuvee de bastard and decided to crack it open tonight.

Pours a deep, dark ruby red, almost mahogany/chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby orange hues when held to a light source. 1.5 finger frothy yellowish tan head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with circles and large splotches of soapy lacing. Looks great!

Complex aroma with a prominent sweet citrus hop presence up front as well as some earthy pine, sweet caramel malt, oak and vanilla. I'm actually picking up notes from each individual beer used in the blend. Slightly toasted underneath with a slight biscuit character in the nose.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end with a very complex flavor profile. A blast of bitter earthy and sweet citrus hops up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry warm finish. Lots of earthy pine up front as well as some citrus peel and grapefruit. I'm actually surprised how bitter this is up front even for Stone. This is countered nicely mid-palate by a sweet caramel malt character that is nice and toasty with hints of biscuit, oak and vanilla. The hops are still the prominent flavor but the malt and oak notes provide decent balance. The high ABV is well masked with only slight warmth in the finish making this beast very quaffable. This might be too bitter/hoppy for some but once again Stone has impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 07:50:38 | More by corby112
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.