Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
My expectations for this beer may have been a bit high - Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard - all together should have been exponentially fantastic. The net result, however, was that the sum was less than the parts. A bit tame, with a moderate caramel malt note and hopping that seemed a bit pedestrian against the malt.
12-23-2010 21:35:26 | More by Brent
3.88/5 rDev -7%
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost three finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells thick with piney and citrus focused hops, but also has a backbone of chewy crystal malt. The nose is made up of aromas of tangerine, surprising-but-subtle cedar, a green herbaceous character, a strong nutty note that mixes in with the cedar, very woody oriented fresh cut pine planks and a sort of dustiness that I can't quite place, but which seems to incorporate the surprising cedar note, the nuttiness and the fresh cut pine planks.
Nicely bitter tasting as the beer first hits my tongue, but the biting bitterness only grows as it rolls across my tongue and it lingers on the palate for quite some time after my first sip, though it slowly fades. Sweet, crystal malt focused notes contribute a touch of sweet-tea like character, perhaps a hint of astringency (though this gets wrapped up in the green hop notes and the oak), a touch of nuttiness and maybe even a hint of dark, sort of roasted malt character. The malt accentuates fruity hop notes that remind me of ruby-red grapefruit, bright tangelo zest, some lychee (especially more toward the finish). There is actually a surprising amount of malt character in this beer; it is indeed dominantly hoppy, but the malt is not far behind. The malt character doesn't put this in chewy, viscous Barleywine territory, but it certainly provides some body and texture to this medium'ish beer. Some touches of alcohol are noticeable as a slight warming / heat in the finish where it mixes with spicy oak and hop notes. The oak definitely seems to boost the hot alcohol feel in the finish and also contributes some woody astringency. As the beer warms up the hop fruit character becomes a bit more apparent with more of the citrus and tropical fruit notes and perhaps even a touch of oak-derived vanillin starts to come out.
Definitely a nice beer, as with the base beers this seems to have lost the vibrancy and surprise that this had for me early on; there are now a lot of beers that are more "arrogant", but this beer is still an aggressive mix of hop and malt character. The oak is interesting here, the oak'ed arrogant bastard is likely the smallest percentage, but it still seems to be a bit too harsh here rather than achieving the vanillin / toasted wood character that I much prefer from my oak character in beer. My second poor even has a touch of buttery oak to it and really as it warms up a fair amount a big, wood-driven pepper note becomes noticeable in the nose and even more so in the flavor of this beer.
12-23-2010 15:38:54 | More by Gueuzedude
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Serving Type - 22oz Bottle
Appearance - Very dark brown sugar tan with some yellow and red tint. Zero head with some decent lacing.
Smell - Wow, i smell all three of the bastard ales, espically oaked and the hops. The spices of arrogant are present and the added hops from bastard are featured. Yummy
Taste - Somewhere between arrogant bastard and double bastard, oaked had a affair with these beers and lucky was born. It is stronger and hopper then arrogant but not as alcohol driven as arrogant. It combines the best features of all three. Actually it has a ton of oaked bastard flavor in it and high hops of double. Malts and barley are strong, as is the citrus hop kick.
Mouthfeel - Its strong, and bitter but so much flavor, man it whips mouth for sure. Tounge is left bitter, and palette has a sweet and sour tingle on it. Better have some water handy or some cheese to clear your mouth after this bad boy
Drinkability - The 22oz is perfect. Nothing more then that though. Its strong and flavorful enough that one and done is the key. Fantastic, i like this the best of the arrogants, and i already hope his is made again.
12-23-2010 10:16:28 | More by wvsabbath
3.83/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint.
This beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with two and a half fingers of dense, off-white head. The head retains and laces wonderfully. Great looking beer. The smell is a little harder for me to describe. It's a bit of a bouquet of sorts, I smell some sort of wood up front (gotta be oak, although I get a bit of a cedar character too), some rich biscuity malts and vanilla, and finally some hops to round it out. There's just a hint of alcohol there too.
The taste is also pretty well done. It's a complex flavor, with a lot of vaniilla malts and oak flavor at the very start. At the back-end though, a ton of hops come in, enough to almost make me thing I'm drinking an IPA! This was pretty surprising, to say the least. With a blend of all the Bastards, this was not quite what I was expecting. It's a great tasting beer, for sure. If you're not a hop-head, I'd suggest aging this a bit so the hops can mellow out though.
The mouthfeel is just about right, it's pretty full-bodied, which works with the super-heavy taste banquet. The drinkability is about average for the ABV, I find this one to be a bit of a slow drinker. Overall a good beer to try out for Bastard fans, I don't think it beats out the original Arrogant Bastard though.
12-23-2010 06:27:58 | More by shand
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
A - Rich chestnut brown with a strong two inch thick, rice pudding white head. Retention is fairly robust with some meaty lacing left in its wake.
S - Biscuitiness from the malts, a full dose of oak vanillins, and hints of hops bobbing about.
T - Great expression of the malts with the oak engaging them to produce a heavy toffee presence. The hops have a dominating bearing that manifests itself on the finish. Personally, the hops seem overdone - although cleansing, their resinous influence enters too early and too intensely creating a forced distraction from the luxurious malts that deserve to be the center of attention.
M&D - The carbonation, sugar, and alcohol all seem well balanced. However, there is a distinct puckering akin to a tannic onslaught that sucks the moisture from your mouth in an excessive and unpleasant manner. (This is a surprising character to find in this beer, and I can only wonder if there's some residual tannin resiliently hiding in some crevice of my mouth from a cab that I had an hour-or-so ago[despite palate cleansers]).
O - great potential, but a little disappointed that the off-balance hops prevent it being realized. If the excessive puckering is a standard feature (and not a personal mis-perception) then this is another major knock, but I will -for now - not include it in my overall rating. Better Lukc next time Stone.
12-23-2010 04:01:24 | More by SirRuss
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
deep red color with white head. fairly strong lacing. smell is very much of hops and not much else. taste is very different. first hops bitterness and a slight, almost citrus like tanginess. slight alcohol burn. nice mouthfeel. i had no idea what to expect this one but it's great and unique in a "this tastes different but is still blatantly beer" way. drinkability is excellent.
12-23-2010 03:16:37 | More by Blanco
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Body is a pretty garnet color, crowned by a nice, creamy tan head. Aroma is big on pineapple notes from the huge dose of hops. A decent amount of sweet dark malt, some oak, and a good bit of booze also come through. Palate is more balanced, with the roasted notes coming out but not overwhelming things, and a very good dose of pineapple-laden hops showing up mid-palate. A touch of sweetness jumps out on the swallow, before the citrusy hops provide a lingering bitterness. Overall, a very interesting blend that brings out some of the best qualities of each of the three threads that comprise it.
12-22-2010 05:45:57 | More by ElGordo
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. Into a tulip, it poured cloudy amber, with red highlights when held up to the light, and two fingers of beige head; great retention and lacing. Very hoppy nose; dry, bitter, grassy/herbal, orange peel, and caramel apple. The taste began on a very herbal bitter note, then evolved to more caramel apple maltiness, and then finished on a dry peel note. Very little hint of the alcohol content. Smooth, creamy (with great head retention), and medium thickness, yet I found it easy to drink. Fantastic 13th anniversary tribute to a classic beer.
12-22-2010 04:04:17 | More by donniecuffs
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a clear ruby with a light white head.
S: Brown sugar, caramel malt, oak.
T: Similar to the smell, but a blast of hops is present after the sweetness.
M: Mild carbonation, medium bodied, and smooth finish.
D: You could drink this quickly if you wanted to, but the complexity makes it worth sipping.
12-22-2010 03:27:34 | More by stimulus
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
A - Served with a crimson colored body and a smaller, off white head...the head became a wispy cap and left some lacing
S - As I figured, this one is full of bold and aggressive hop notes...grapefruit, pine, and a touch earthiness...dark, crystalized caramel malt lend a nice backbone
T - A kick in the mouth with aggressive hops right up front...I'm getting a citrus flavor...the hops fade out a bit and are balanced by the crystalized malts...there is also a touch of vanilla, so the oak is a touch present...the finish is bitter and full of resinous piney hops
M - Medium bodied...smooth going down and aggressivly bitter
D - This was a pretty good blend of all three bastards...I was okay with the oak notes not being too strong and I loved the assertive hop presence...I would rather have the original bastard though
12-21-2010 15:56:33 | More by thain709
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
A - Dark ruby red in color with a quickly receding cream colored foamy head.
S - Brilliant pine with earthy and cedar type notes as well.
T - Intense hop presence with wood, musk and a touch of a very well hidden sweetness hiding in the back end, which finishes with a touch or pepper.
M - Thicker than I expected and smooth on the tongue. World class palate wrecker!
Another fine fun time super day great offering from Stone.
12-21-2010 14:41:12 | More by gopens44
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
Bought this on a whim as I had no idea at the time there was a new bastard. Really digging this one!
A - Nice dark not quite see through amber colour pour with a big, foamy two finger light off white head. Light side lacing but a nice healthy cloud of foam remains atop the brew.
S - Picking up some nice oaky notes along with roasty malts and pleasant hops. Really the best aromatic attributes of each bastard blended into one.
T - Much like the nose this is really, really delicious. Picking up earthy, bitter hops, some roasty sweet malts, and a strong oak finish. Again, the best qualities of each combined into something amazing.
M - Nice and creamy, low almost medium carbonation on this one.
D - Great great appearance and taste really makes this stand out as far as bastards go. The alcohol is a bit more present than I'd like when holding it in the mouth. Plan on aging one of these for 2 years and seeing how it holds up!
12-21-2010 06:22:15 | More by rudzud
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Fluffy head fades slowly, sticky lacing, light toasty amber brown clear color.
Nose of fresh hops, earthy and spicy, nice toasty red malts, little creamy.
Taste fresh earthy spicy hops, rich creamy malts, strong malts, semi sweet but very bitter, little astringent, earthy.
Mouth med bodied decent carb.
Drink is ok, long bitter astringent finish, very bitter. No real booze, hint of minerality.
12-21-2010 03:37:01 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a nice deep amber color with one and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Heads lasts for a few minutes and leaves some lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, and very light oak. Not a lot of oak and no alcohol present in the smell.
t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine, fruity malts, oak, caramel malts, and bready malts. Some bitterness up front which them moves into the smoothness of the oak and caramel malts. Tiny bit of alcohol but not much.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, very smooth body.
d - A pretty good strong ale. The smell had some nice pine and citrus hops, whereas the taste had a lot more oak and malts come out. Both were enjoyable, would give another shot.
12-21-2010 01:59:59 | More by mdfb79
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
Had at my sister's wedding with a guy named Andy. The following are taken from notes and the beer was drunk before I started pounding down glasses of Sierra Nevada pale ale.
It appears dark brown with a sizable light brown head.
It smells a bit of citrusy, grassy and pine like hops. There is a nice mild caramel sweetness as well. I also get a bit of a woody smell as well.
The taste initially is dominated by a complex hop flavor. I get some mild citrus quality from the hops a nice grassy pine flavor from the hops and of course bitterness from the hops. The powerful hop flavor is dominated by a nice caramel flavor. There is a great strong oaky flavor that leaves a nice woody and vanilla like taste on the palate. Really good they blended this beer perfectly and got the best elements of all three of the bastards.
The carbonation is moderate. It has a nice mouth feel.
The drinkability for the size of this beer is not bad, but this is not the kind of beer you drink all night.
Overall a fantastic beer. I feel lukcy for being able to pick up a bomber of this. Stone did a fantastic job blending the three bastards.
12-20-2010 16:27:28 | More by chumba526
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
The Bastard in me really wanted to get a hold of this beer.
Pours from bomber into IRS snifter a deep russet brown hue with ruby amber edges that just catch the light incredibly. Foam was in great abundance with the pour; as was to be expected with any Bastard beer that I've enjoyed. Head was cream colored that slowly receded to sticky lacing and modest fuzz rimming the glass.
The hops are the obvious dominating character in this beer. Big, piney and earthy is the ticket with big portions of caramel and honey sweetness. The oak character is really nice, just the nicest hint of wood to really pull you in.
Beer opens up with malted sweetness that softly caresses, then moves to big piney aggressive hops that assault the taste buds. Malts and hops take a back seat to that strong oak. It pretty much dominates from mid palate to earthy finish. The oak characteristics held very well against the onslaught of hops, perhaps too well. I really liked the oak flavors, but it might be overpowering to some.
Mouthfeel is full and luxurious. Modest carbonation is just about right for a beer of this much wood character.
Drinkability is good in my book. The oak is strong, but it has a lot to offer with its dry hoppiness and sweet malts
12-20-2010 07:46:05 | More by Foxtrot
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured a rich orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of fluffy off-white head that quickly receded to a thin film. Strong aroma of caramel and citrus hops with a touch of vanilla oak.
Moderate carbonation and a creamy, thick mouthfeel. Lots of caramel malt backbone with a healthy amount of citrus hops and a hint of oaky vanilla and smoke buried in there somewhere. Nicely bitter hop finish with pine and spice.
Just a hint of alcohol and fairly easy-drinking, but didn't rise above the other Bastards available from Stone. It seemed to capture the fullness of flavor from the Double Bastard without as much heaviness, but even so I wouldn't make a point of seeking it out again.
12-20-2010 06:41:04 | More by grittybrews
3.83/5 rDev -8.2%
On tap at Bodega.
A- This beer is a deep copper, cherry wood red with a decent haze to it.
S- Its nicely blended in the aroma. Sweeter things like vanilla, caramel and toffee interweave with aromas of typical Bastard hops, grass, lemon, pineapple and lots of pine. It has a potent, complex smell that approaches barleywine territory. But hey, thats what these Bastards are all about.
T- Its strong like Double Bastard, but better. Nice vanilla, oak and caramel with a healthy dose of bittering and fruity hops. Its battles back and forth between smooth, velvety, malty and intimidatingly hoppy. It keeps you on your toes.
A prediction: collaborations are on their way out and blends of flagships like this are going to be all the rage in 2011.
12-20-2010 04:21:00 | More by MbpBugeye
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a deep, dark chestnut color with a modest, thick tan head that leaves behind some stringy lace. Big sticky green aroma...fresh citrus pulp, resinous pine, wood, caramel, and a bit o' booze. Flavor is a fairly good balance of caramel maltiness and a bitter blast of lupulin goodness. Green pine resin bitterness, grapefruit rind, juicy citrus, oak, and a hint of brown sugar. This is all about the hops, but there's a good bit of malt to back it up, keeping it from being too "bright". Medium-plus bodied, bitter, and just a touch hot. A masterful blend of the Bastards!
12-20-2010 01:32:41 | More by wedge
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
I picked up a bottle at State Line last weekend. Served in my Duvel tulip.
A beautiful, rich mahogany color with a dense, tan head that recedes to a disk, leaving a little lacing. Clarity as excellent. The nose is quite excellent. A moderate hop character is present, with pineapple, some pine needles and some citrus. Malt character is quite nice with caramel, a little cocoa-like bitterness, and some fruitiness. While this isn't a combination I typically care for, the flavors are very well integrated.
The palate opens with a moderate sweetness, very Double Bastard like but much better because it isnt' as intense. Caramel, toffee, a little butterscotch and burnt sugar with a moderate hop presence. Hop bitterness is medium-light with plenty of flavor. The pineapple and light citrus works really well with the malt character. I can't say I get much oak here, apart from the faint tannin character on the finish. The mild toffee-like sweetness and pineapple on the finish are quite excellent. Juicy and medium in body with soft carbonation, this feels quite good on the palate. Significantly better than I expected it to be, this is a great beer.
12-20-2010 01:12:59 | More by DefenCorps
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
A- Pours a cherrywood red color with a thick beige head that leaves nice lacing rings all the way down.
S- Huge whiff of ruby red grapefruit and citrus hops. A touch of orange peel and a bit of alcohol coming through as well.
T- Nice bold hoppy flavor initially with flavors of pine, floral, citrus, and a bit of oak in the finish. A decent malt presence is noticeable throughout but the hops dominate.
M- Medium/full bodied with a bit of a brash finish. Nice carbonation throughout.
D- A really nice brew. I love all 3 of the 'bastards' and trying them blended together is a nice treat.
12-20-2010 01:12:46 | More by projectflam86
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
Thanks to sitarist for the generous LIF...this is one of the 4 offerings sent.
Pours a rust color w/ a generous two fingers of light tan head. Lacing is thick and lasts for the entire glass.
Decent aroma. More biscuit malt than hops which surprises me when it comes to Stone. With a lingering nose, some nice fruity notes shine through and things start to balance out.
Taste is more balanced up front. The good news is I like the hop profile and there is a solid bitterness that accompanies the fruitiness.
Not a thin beer, but does not feel very heavy for a strong ale. ABV is well hidden. I believe the body will thicken with a short time in the cellar, so I will look to pickup a bottle personally to age for 6 months. Stone's beers have proven themselves to age quite well, with the exception of their hop bombs.
12-19-2010 23:33:01 | More by warriorsoul
3.88/5 rDev -7%
Drowning my sorrows as my FF team loses in the conference championship game. Such is life...
You aren't seeing a typo, either. It is, in fact, Lucky basARtd ale. I think it's really got a "13" in there somewhere also, but who knows.
Wow, look at that - Philly actually came back and tied it up 30-30...whoa...
Pours a super dark, reddish amber. Very crazy. light-mideum carbonation, but there's this hazy sediment floating around in there. Don't usually see that in stone ales. Nice, creamy head leaves excellent lacing. Nice so far. Huge aromas akin to a strong American Amber or Pale Ale. Nice caramel malt notes and, of course with Stone, lots of piney hops.
I can't freaking believe it, Philly is going to win this game - 65 Yd. punt return for TD!!!
Flavor is enormous, no surprise there for Stone. This beer is in the 8% ABV range and at only $4.29/bomber is a nicely priced big ale. Not a lot of flavor nuance. Mostly a blast of malt and hops. But the finish is very long and bitter in a great way. This is not a super-unique ale by any means, but it will quash your cravings for hops and malt.
What I like most: The price and huge robust flavor profilr.
What I like least: Lack of nuance and uniqueness.
Verdict: Totally worth tracking down as it's well priced.
12-19-2010 21:26:32 | More by SolomonGrundy
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.
A - Pours a gorgeous slightly burnt caramel with some nice copper hints and ruby hints all over. There is a nice dark cream colored head almost burnt colored with nice dense and tightly packed bubbles. The beer is not hazy and some light can shine right through.
S - Delicious pine come up the nose first hops and more hops. Some grassy and herbal notes form the hops as well are then blended with some nice vanilla bean aromas. The hops are near perfection. The resins are vivid and very complex. On the back you can kind off smell the tropical side of the hops coming through with some nice ripe peach and some slight grapefruit. There is some bread hints in there as well.
T & M - Starts off with some nice resiny and piney hops with slightly dry citrus notes. This is then followed by some nice notes of vanilla and slightly woody character that mixes well with some grain and earthy malt tones. Slightly bready in the middle part of the beer. tHe finish is a nice balance and combination of piney and citrusy hops with some slight vanilla sweet notes as well as some bread. There is also a nice boozy warmth that warms my whole body. I love the citrusy and resiny hop character to this beer that is intense but at the same time balanced. Nice and silky with nice CO2 balance and a nice medium body. Quite complex but not too complicating.
D - Very good brew. I would have this more often if Stone was more available in my parts. Awesome brew.
12-19-2010 20:14:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
22oz into a Duvel Tulip
Pours a deep ruby red with a thin foamy off white head.
Nose is big hops, as expected. The abrasiveness nature of the regular bastard meets the smooth sweetness of the double. the result is a relaxed, yet bright aroma. Very nice.
Taste is more like regular/oaked bastard than the double. It's almost like the blend calmed down the screaming bitterness found in Arrogant Bastard. I've read that AB is 100% Chinook hopped, and I do get a huge dose of Chinook in the flavor. Oak lingers a bit on the back end. Overall, a fitting tribute to the beer that has defined the American Strong Ale category.
Mouth is medium smooth. Drinks like a champ.
Very enjoyable brew from Stone.
12-19-2010 18:49:22 | More by mondegreen
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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