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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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.

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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.

Lerxst, Dec 30, 2010
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.

Bierguy5, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of thebrood1987
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.

thebrood1987, Dec 30, 2010
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.

100floods, Dec 30, 2010
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!

DrDemento456, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of gdrydenc
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...

gdrydenc, Dec 29, 2010
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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Dec 29, 2010
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.

oglmcdgl, Dec 29, 2010
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.

perrymarcus, Dec 28, 2010
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.

kiddynamite920, Dec 28, 2010
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.

Pencible, Dec 27, 2010
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.

Retsinis, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of jnn4v
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Acorn / hazel brown. Possibly hazelnut hues as well. Limited head. No sediment or haze.

S: tropical fruits like passion fruit, papaya, earthy / herbal hops, coppery scents, and a surprising lack of oak

T: Very herbal and earthy taste. Some copper and citrus zest and white grapefruit. Tropical fruits begin to emerge, as does the malt once it warmed.

M: Relatively viscous for the genre. Not as much carbonation as I had expected. Good overall body.

D: Only improved the entire time it was open. Bitterness is still dominant, but sweetness has risen commensurately as it warmed. Good depth and complexity of flavors.

jnn4v, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of boomer31
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First, the label is impossible to read...seriously

A - Pours a transparent copper with a light tan head. A touch of stick to the glass and some head remains.

S - Nice oak nose with a earthy hop presence. Some malt comes thru but the earthy wood is predominant.

T - Sweet malt, earthy hop then dry oak. This is a perfect blend of double and regular bastard and neither really stands out. The oak and malt play well together and really hide the dry hop additions though no complaints here.

M - Very rich and full, reminds me of double bastard. Dry with a nice low carbonation

D - Very well rounded, a little dry but bery easy to drink

Overall a great beer. Judging by the ABV this must be more regular bastard than double but the oak and hops are a great blend

boomer31, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of jonvan04
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark brown and had a tan head. It had an awesome piney hop aroma which I wasn't expecting. This year's double bastard was very bitter but didn't have as much hop aroma, neither did the oaked or the regular bastard. This smelled as if it had been dry hopped after it was blended. The taste was more hop forward, but overall well balanced. It didn't have the bitter aftertaste of the double or even the arrogant bastard, the blending seems to have mellowed this out in a good way. This has to be one of the best releases Stone has put out this year. In this case, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

jonvan04, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Three Bastards walk into a bar...

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour a rusty orange with ruby highlights and a tanish/orange caped head that leaves some nice lacing. AB is one of the best looking brews, seems like the DAB mix took away from that just a tad.

S: The nose is filled with piny hops with a sweet fruit tinge to it.

T: The flavor is excellent. I'm getting all the best notes of double bastard with a year of age on it, some oak, lots of fruit/citrus notes, we a good caramel malt background.

MF: Mouthfeel is very full and very creamy. Just about a perfect mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is great for this big bruiser of an ASA.

Overall, this brew might just be one of the best incarnations of the Bastard I've had. I'm definitely going to make this mix at home after my stash runs dry.

TKEbeerman, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of DPFRD
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Dark nefarious looking beer with a coffee colored head.

S- It's got the hops going... Piney stinging aroma with some toffee background. Maybe getting some of that oaked bastard out of it too.

T- Hop explosion backed by some nice malts. You get that piney hop thing going, not detecting so much of the citrus hops, but there's a touch of them. It's got that awesome bastard taste to it, with some smokey notes. I detect the oak, but it's not as pronounced as some of the other reviews state.

M- Full bodied, with decent carbonation.

O- Really good, it seems to be like the perfect synergy of these three beers meeting into one, they should've named it Voltron. I'm a double bastard man myself, but this is next in line in the bloodline of the bastards.

DPFRD, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of JRed
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful blood red body with a large off-white head. Hops, earth, spices, toast, and molasses in the nose. Malty, toffee, earth, spices, hops, a dry finish. This beer packs major flavor and is still amiable on the palate throughout. Thick in mouthfeel. A wonderful maltbomb with hop presence.

JRed, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of calir1
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for this one. Christmas morning beer!!! Might as well, nothing else to do. Tastes better than I remember regular arrogant bastard and much hoppier. Smells wonderful and seems like a great strong ale hopped up more than usual. Love it and wish it comes out again.

calir1, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Lothore
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a thick creamy head that leaves suds all the way down the glass.

S- Smells like a hike through the redwoods. Pine, and deep earthy aromas.

T- Lots of pine, deep caramel notes, with a sharp, slightly bitter finish.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This beer is phenomenal in my book and blows any one of the the three components out of the water. A great mix that I hope will be back soon and often.

Lothore, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a blend I expect some have assembled on their own. For reference: I've had and enjoy the regular Arrogant Bastard; I've had and not really enjoyed Double Bastard; I've not had Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Maroon body, brilliantly clear pierced with crimson highlights and capped by a persistent creamy finger of beige suds. Rich velvety lacing - very faint mottled legs.

Bready with some citrus-like hops and a touch of evergreen. Light caramel malt, with a whisper of smoke.

Aggressive on the palate - deep rich malt and sharp herbaceous hops. The minty flavors are present from Double Bastard, but the dilution (and contribution of wood perhaps) tames the catty almost ammonia like flavor that DB can have. Dry finish with a touch of vanilla and wet wood. More potent than AB yet more balanced than DB - this blend works well.

Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy but with a crisp edge. Suitably carbonated.

More interesting than any of the base beers I think. Great example of the style, well worth picking up.

augustgarage, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark copper in color with a large bronzed head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a little ring of lace and some foam floating on the beer.

Smell: All of the bastards are here- a wealth of citric and piney hops dominate, with woody aromas and toasty malt in the background, along with a tea-like hint.

Taste: Begins woody and bitter, rounding out to some buttery flavors and finishing with strong earthy, woody, and citric hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body with light carbonation and an intense dry finish from the hops.

Drinkability: A great " cuvee de Bastard"- all of the Bastards are here and all complement each other well (which is to be expected). A very nice brew, better than any single Bastard- too bad it will only be around for a short time. Get this while you can!

Mosstrooper, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of AwYeh
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber to brown color with two fingers of frothy white head.

S: Very strong pine hops (strength may be due to freshness, I don't think I've ever had a Bastard/Basartd that had been on the shelves for as short a time as this one). Oak is noticeable too, and is the first noticeable quality of the taste.

T, cont.: Plenty of hop bitterness, and a bit of fruity sweetness too, maybe from raisin and plum. I might have guessed this was an IPA if I took a slip blindfolded.

M: Slightly creamy; beer has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Decent, maybe a bit too sweet to go beyond the one bomber of it in a night. A slow drinker, but that's reasonable considering its ABV.

I preferred each of this beer's three components when I had them on their own, but definitely give this a try if you enjoyed the others.

AwYeh, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of jlpayne
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent copper-red body. Off-white head slow to build, slow to recede. Minimal carbonation apparent.

S - Big hops complemented by smooth oak. Somewhat sweet. Very impressive.

T - Oh my. Delightful hop profile. The oak rounds the flavor perfectly. Unbelievably well balanced.

M - On the lighter side of creamy. Smooth as butter.

D - Treacherous, as the ABV is well hidden and the beer is damn good. I think I just found my new favorite Stone.

Delicious. Highly recommendable.

jlpayne, Dec 23, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.