Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 138
Gots: 434 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010

Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

A dry-hopped blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.
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Photo of stewart124
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle with a drink by date of 01/31/13

Ruby red and brilliantly clear. Dense off-white head that lingers nicely.

The nose has plenty of pine and i'm not sure if I have started to get used to this smell or if it dissipates quickly but I lose some pine after just couple minutes.

Medium body with a smooth character overall. Huge background bitterness and just a touch of vanilla. Maybe some oak but I am stretching here. Very carbonated and it finishes very dry. Still that lingering piney bite on the tongue.

It doesn't take long for one's tastebuds to be beaten into submission. Medium caramel throughout. White grapefruit is probably the big citrusy note I get from the hops.

Delicious and well worth the price.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich brownish copper with a huge billowing head which persists and causes some of the sexiest lacing known to man

Smell is very hop forward, citrus, pine, and gin/juniper.

Taste is a bit maltier than the nose would lead on. Caramel, sourdough bread, grapefruit. Oak aspect very muted. Really wouldn't pick up on it if I wasn't looking for it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than anticipated. Sturdy carbonation prickles the tongue similarly to the hop bite.

Overall a fantastic beer. A bit muddled as to what the intention is, otherwise would rate higher.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My bottle had a best by date of January 2013. I cracked it open in December, 2012.

This pours a wonderfully rich amber with a thick head of foam. The foam loiters more than lingers, hanging out after the first few sips even. There’s a light aroma. It’s piney, with hints of orange peel and a whisper of cinnamon tea hiding somewhere. It’s not a vibrant, big aroma but nicely layered.

The flavor has a mellow rounded bitterness with a piney, resiny heft to the body with a dry tacky finish. It’s malty and smooth with a big bitterness like its siblings only without the sharp edges. I’m not worthy!

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Photo of Chadhowie
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my favorite of the 5 beers I sampled while at Stone Brewery in Escondido. I ended up buying a growler full of it when I left. The American Strong Ale is to the Imperial Double IPA what Round Table Pizza is to the best italian pizza. They are both outstanding, but the Strong Ale just adds that bold American touch that we all know and love.

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Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark red amber with a bubbly eggshell head. Okay lacing.

S - Very juicy & hoppy (pineapple, citrus & floral).

T - Malty, hoppy, bitter, floral & burnt caramel. Flavors come together & meld wonderfully.
M - In the light side of medium body with high carbonation.

O - Smell delivers, taste is obscenely good. Bitter malty hoppy goodness.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone branded pairing glass (short stemmed goblet)

Pours amber with golden highlights capped by a light beige one and a half finger head. Great retention with a fair amount of splotchy lacing. Toffee, citric hops, and some underlying toasted oak on the nose. Fairly complex, caramel joined by orange rind, charred oak, burnt toast, toffee, bitter grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth and silky with moderate carbonation. A successful blend of all of Stone's infamous "Bastard" brews.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, lacy head on a big red body.

Aroma is great an hoppy. with a nice malty boozy-ness but not harsh.

Taste is a little harsher, too acrid with the hops.

The mouthfeel is awesome, perfect carbonation.

Overall, a worthwhile beer, something I will try again for sure.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby red color with a khaki colored head a good ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of juicy citrus fruit and resin on the nose with no alcohol at all

T: great citrus flavor up front hits with a little of pucketing on the sides of the mith with some malt flavor on the backed no alcohol Tate at all when drinking

M: medium bodied mouthful very easy to drink doesn't drink like an 8.5 % beer

O: extremely great experience with this beer what really enhances it is if you smell the beer and sip it at the same time you can really emerce yourself in this beer

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Photo of searsclone
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a DFH flared pint glass. reviewed about 3 weeks before the enjoy by date

Pours a clear red, caramel color with a huge tan creamy and rocky head.

Smell is sweet chocolate, piney and earth. Really clean.

Taste is excellent balance of sweet caramel, toasty dark chocolate and clean hop finish

mouth is smooth, velvety, creamy. Prickly carbonation, medium mouth feel with a great dry finish. Perfect.

overall, crazy smooth and really easy to drink. If you get a chance, this is a must try!

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Photo of rangerred
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear ruby red with just a thin wispy head. Even with the lack of a substantial head there is very nice lacing throughout.

Aroma of piny hops mixed with burnt caramel. Some maple syrup along with a healthy dose of oak. Burnt toast and rye bread round out the aroma. Really a heavy, roasty, caramely, complex aroma that is extremely inviting.

The flavors continue the themes found in the aroma but on a much more intense scale. Tons of oak and pine with a healthy dose of caramel thrown in. Some burnt character and a spicyness that is reminiscent of rye. Fairly intense bitterness throughout balanced my sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick with a good amount of stickyness in the finish.

Overall, this is my favorite of the Bastard line. Really so much going on here and I really love the oak character. Perfectly blended and really one to savor.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear, bright red to dark copper body with a one finger head. Sticky lacing makes the beer look extra sexy.

Smell: Pineapple, citrus, and pine trees come to mind at first. Sweet malt notes, a smell I will call the Stone Bastard "twang" and a woody oak aroma are also noticed.

Taste: Sweet malts and grapefruit blend into a huge hop punch. An "oaky" flavor similar to that found in Oaked Arrogant Bastard can be found but it is not quite as prominent. A slight alcohol burn lingers in the aftertaste together with the hops.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied with just enough carbonation to wash down the sticky hops.

Overall: Stone seems to be rehashing old ideas but, with brews like this, who could complain? I think I prefer the original Bastards, especially the Oaked, to this hybrid but it can still be considered a successful experiment. I hope to have this again.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body is a lovely ruby red color. 1 finger of white foam forms and dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of lemongrass and herbal-scented hops. Just a hint of zesty tangerine and candied orange. Rich caramely malts play nicely in the background.

T - Sweet caramel and orange up front. Some mild woody character--no doubt from the cut of Oaked AB that went into this. Earthy and lemony hops play through the middle and finish. Some tannic character as well as some dark caramel malts and bitter citrus peel flavors make up the majority of the finish.

M - Medium body. Understated but good carbonation. Finish is quite clean and semi-dry.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A medium-dark copper with good clarity. The persistent head forms a good stand of rocky light tan bubbles that leave a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A heady, strong bouquet of tropical and citrus hops aromas with pineapple and lemon being the dominate notes with supporting mango and orange. There is a bit of an herbaceous, grassy note from dry hopping. The malt adds a moderately-light, clean sweet note.

T: Aggressive hops bitterness dominates with an equally supportive malt bill that brings a light caramel, a bit of dry grain and clean sweetness. There is a good amount of hops flavor with the pineapple and lemon still take the lead with a bit more pine than in the nose followed by some orange. The balance is very bitter but the malt sweetness is still very apparent. The alcohol bring a light sweetness towards the off-dry finish with a lingering citrus peel-like bitterness.

M: A lightly creamy, slightly more than medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There is light alcohol warmth and a slight tingle on the palate.

O: Lucky Bastard indeed, at least for any self described hopheads! This beer is an outstanding, huge West Coast tropical/citrus hop bomb.

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear copper color with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, oak, brown sugar, and citrus hops.

The taste is a very nice combination of sweetness and bitterness with toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, oak, citrus, and pine. Nothing subtle about the taste of this beer, which is probably why I love it so much.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Has a bit of a sticky feel, and a bittersweet aftertaste. Very nicely made.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jan 31, 2013

Pours a clear, copper color with just over one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma just like all the Stone Bastards. Pine and citrus hops in the forefront with a deep malt notes of caramel and bread.

Hop flavors lead the assualt on the tastebuds. Citrus, pine, and herbs are all there. Bitterness is moderate to high but there is enough malt sweetness to make the beer palatable. Nice caramel/toffee notes. Just the faintest hint of oak. Booze comes in the finish with flavor and warmth.

Solid body and wonderfully carbonated. One of the better Stone beers in this area. Great big beer texture that is smooth and gentle despite the alcohol in the finish.

A very good Bastard. A blend that worked in this case.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-orange brown in color with a modest tan head and some lacing

S-roasted malt, caramel, oak, hints of pine and citrus

T-roasted malt, pine, caramel, earthy, oaky, slight citrus and some bitter hop presence, a bit of alcohol bite

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky feeling

O-nice combination of the Bastards with great elements of each blended well into an enjoyable beer to savor

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Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear ruby red with a light brown, frothy, pillowy head that builds well and fades slowly leaving behind good lace and great retention. Nice when held up to light.

S: Huge burst of sweet, roasted malt, caramelized sugar, maple sugar, wood, earth, and a bit of booze. Give it a swirl to build the head again and some really complex aromas come out. Maple syrup, bourbon, dark, dried the beer warms, some strange metallic aromas come out and it smells too sweet. I'm not gonna knock it too much because it's been in my glass for nearly two hours.

T: The flavors are very complex, as well. Heavily roasted, almost smoked or charred malt stand out with hints of booze and wood. The booze is very complementary with the malt character. In my opinion, the blend works out really well. I'm a big fan of this.

M: Surprisingly not-so-heavy body with a clean, flavorful finish. Fairly cloying at room temperature with plenty of time to breathe. But that's just the heavy roasted malt tiring out the palate I'm sure.

O: Awesome concept with equally awesome execution. To me, the Oaked Bastard really shows itself. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of sevenarts
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber/dark orange with a modest tan head and some lacing.

S: Piney hops dominate but are balanced by sweet caramel, some woody aromas and a good amount of booze.

T/M: Sweet malty caramel up front, followed by pine and citrus from the hops, some spiciness, wood, and booze and warmth on the back end. Very creamy, which helps it go down easy despite the alcoholic bite and pine bitterness.

O: This is a blend of Stone's other "Bastard" beers (original, oak-aged, double) and it tastes like a hybrid, with an interesting blend of flavors. Not as good as the other Bastards, but still an interesting beer that packs quite a punch.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife is in Brooklyn tonight for a DMB concert, so time to wrap some gifts and give this beer a shot. It's been in my fridge a few weeks.

I poured this beast into a Caesar's Palace bomber glass - nice presentation - a good inch and a half of foamy head which reduces quite gradually. Clear amber in color with some rising bubbles. Smells of malts and alcohol.

Has a sugary sweet malt flavor followed by a bitter, piney hop finish. I'm also noticing some caramel notes and a mild alcohol burn. This is heavy duty stuff. A meal in itself. I just had some dragon sushi rolls, was planning on cooking up some steak tips but now I'm having second thoughts.

This is another flavorful/complex offering from Stone. A definite slow sipper. I recommend having it before or after a light dinner. As for me, I'll probably still have the steak tips. "I eat too much..too much!!" --DMB

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Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel, earthy malts and a balmy piney hop.

The taste consisted of a coarse earthy caramel, burnt candy sugar and full, yet reserved piney hop.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty and complex strong ale. Nice concoction.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter, this batch is best by 1/31/13

Pours a dark brown ruby with a finger of creamed mocha foam. Retention is pretty average, but a bit expected. Pretty good lacing

Aroma is pretty interesting, hops standing out the most followed with some caramel and toffee malts. Some oak is in there along with a trace of alcohol. Hints of chocolate and tobacco. Not as pungent as I hoped

Taste of strong hops, caramel, oak, alcohol, and some sweet malts. All of the flavors balance each other quite well, which honestly leaves the beer tasting a little bland. Overall it's still pretty strong though

Feel is full bodied, mild carbonation, good bitterness, and goes down smooth. Creamy with a dry finish, very drinkable

Overall this beer is pretty good. It's probably the most inferior of all the bastards, but it's a bastard none the less and still better than a lot of strong ales out there. If my regular store has any left I'll buy some more, in any case I'm glad I got to try it

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-ruby/amber tones after being poured into my pint glass, with mildly bubbling head and modest lacing. as a point of reference, in my ambient light it showed slightly lighter than the original Bastard brew but none the less attractive.

S-nice malts, some caramel character, and signature citrus-pine hoppiness meets the nose.

T-no major departure from the original as I taste, and I have no real qualms with that. the taste is slightly sweeter, with a pronounced albeit mild caramel presence. the hops are still there but the kick actually seems a bit more modest and the overall flavor itself strikes me as more muted in spite of the slightly higher ABV.

M-very evenly balanced brew. not heavy at all, mildly carbonated, and with a sticky but pleasant feel and a smooth aftertaste.

O-this brew is certainly not looking to set itself apart from its Bastard brethren in any major way, and with the great product that Stone has in that line I don't really see why that wheel needs much reinventing anyway. There is enough here to let me know that I am drinking something other than the Oaked, Double, or original Bastard, and as an adoptee in my own life I am more than happy to welcome another illegitimate brother to the table.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feel this this release is significantly better than the first time I had it. Maybe the blend is different this batch. Who knows.

Really nice hoppy spice character going on. Minimal citrus tones with a fair amount of pine. Great balance, even though it's pretty powerful and robust. I like this beer a lot. And it's probably one of the coolest bottle designs I have see from Stone so far.

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Photo of BRadPhotography
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint glass

A: medium body, small tight head

S: piny, hoppy, thick malts, citrus sharpness

T: smooth, piny hops bitter kick, big flavor

M: medium weight, carbonated smooth glide, hoppy, piny bitter, bright

O: If you like the others this is a good hoppy bitter kick with the same family taste.

one bottle consumed :-)

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "Enjoy by January 31, 2013" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

I was generally interested to try this, as I've enjoyed Stone's hop profile lately. The beer, however, is not as satisfying as hoped, consisting of a fairly generic grapefruit-meets-pine hop mixture atop a caramel-like malt sweetness that is too nondescript and one-dimensional to be particularly enjoyable. The obvious ethanol content and its imposition on the senses further dilutes the flavors and aromas, leading to a strong ale that is alright, above average, but nothing amazing. While clearly of the "Arrogant Bastard" lineage, this blend of the beers will probably be a one-time try for me.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white to light tan foam with above average retention; it also leaves above average lacing along the sides of the glass as it descends. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out dark copperish hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, active and plentiful.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit-like hops atop a fairly generic, caramel-like sweet, malt body, with spicy ethanol wafting about in the background.

Tasting opens with caramel-like malt sweetness that quickly transitions to a mid-palate with a fairly balanced blend of pine and grapefruit-like hop flavor, hop bitterness, and caramel malt sweetness. As with aroma, though, maltiness does not change with time or across the palate, generally tasting one-dimensional. Back of palate picks up plenty of spicy ethanol, a bit too strong and obvious for an 8.5% beer, blending with the malt to create a slightly cumin-like taste. Back of palate also features substantial hop bitterness with a pine-like edge. Lingering aftertaste of pine and grapefruit-like pine bitterness intertwined with ethanol.

Body is medium in weight. Carbonation is medium to highly intense at first, coming across as quite prickly, but gradually generating a foamed beer across the palate that moves easily and steadily. Ethanol burn felt on the tongue and back of throat; heat felt in the nostrils. Not well-hidden, makes the beer less enjoyable. Closes dryly, with some stickiness across the palate.

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