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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,424 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 189 | 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 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
Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brent, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

wvsabbath, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

shand, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of SirRuss
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SirRuss, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Blanco
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Blanco, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ElGordo, Dec 22, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.