Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured into tulip...
A: Pours a dark amber with hues of red and orange, frothy two finger head, decent retention and excellent lacing.
S: Aromas of sticky pine resin hops, boozy alcohol and heavy bready malt.
T: All the flavors of the nose but unfortunately they aren't very well balanced at the moment. I really think in a few months this will really come into its own and be a great beer, but right now the hops overpower everything in the start and the booze cleans everything up on the finish leaving a heavy flavor of malt and booze with bitter hops on the finish.
M: Medium body, slightly oily and thick but nice carbonation. Finish is a little long on the hops and not quite dry enough.
D: The unbalanced flavors and heavy booziness of this beer make it less than drinkable and while I like the beer and am really looking forward to what it will taste like in 6-12 months, right now it is off.
12-02-2010 01:17:46 | More by RedBrewer83
3.58/5 rDev -14.1%
A - Deep red color that yellows on the edges. A foamy, two finger head that looked fairly tan. Some nice lacing and sheets left on the sides.
S - Malt forward, lot of caramel on this with a resiny hops that somehow doesn't smell piney.
T - Decent amount of hops in there, although it is mostly resin to me. This reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but you can tell there is some Double in there as well. Sweet, with some wood, balance is nice with the bitterness.
M - It's full bodied with a dose of carbonation, don't really notice this one way or the other.
D - Pretty drinkable for a 9.2%, don't really get that off of the taste of feel. This is a solid beer, not a world beater, but I thought it was decent.
12-01-2010 18:48:40 | More by AgentZero
3.28/5 rDev -21.3%
Poured into a Sierra Tulip Pint Glass from 22 oz bomber.
Let me start by saying A. I really love me some Arrogant Bastard. B. I really really love me some Double Bastard. C. I wish Oaked was still a seasonal limited release, but still enjoy it.
Appearance was what you expect from this blend, deep red hues like pomegranate and Macintosh apple skin. Nice frothy light tan head with shimmering lacing. Good clarity, a very excellent looking brew.
Aroma was a bit puzzling at first, a bit of conflict of oak, juicy tropical hops and alcohol esters. As it warms the nose brightens and becomes a mixture of tropical fruits, candied apple, pie crust and raspberry jam.
Unfortunately the flavor was even more puzzling, the oak came off like liquid wood, I don't know how else to say it. The hop presence was juicy and presented a nicer firm bittering than any of the single beers of the blend which was nice, but I think that may have been from a surprisingly thin character from this beer. It was stunningly aqueous and juice or wine like in body. The alcohol esters were too apparent and strong.
The mouthfeel was also a mixed bag, while the bittering and dry character helped push my preferred hop character, the alcohol heat and lesser body detracted from the experience.
Not a beer that I would be eager to seek out again. While strong in look and aroma, the beer gets very muddy and alcohol estery from there. It is not easily drinkable because you keep trying to place what this blend should be, and in addition the morning after has a bit of fusel kick back.
12-01-2010 12:46:43 | More by PBoegel
3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. 8.5% ABV.
A: Deep ruby red body. Decent white head with some lacing.
S: Caramel and herbs, maybe come citrus.
T: Big herbal notes from the hops. Strong bitterness. Fruits and caramel from the malt. I'm not really picking up any oak.
M: Somewhat thick but not syrupy, medium carbonation.
D: I've realized that I don't really care for big herbal hops like Chinook and Columbus. My tastes definitely tend more toward the pine/grapefruit varieties. If you like that herbal spiciness, though, you'll probably really like this beer.
12-01-2010 05:08:17 | More by BarrelO
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a hazy amber color with a tight cream colored head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smells of caramel notes with piny and citrus hops.
Tastes of the caramel notes up front followed by delicious hops. Malt has notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and some fruitiness. Hops are characterized by citrus and pine with some floral notes as well. Oak notes are hidden towards the end, but can be found. Bitterness is fairly high, but so is sweetness which gives balance to the beer. Alcohol adds some depth as well on the back end.
Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.
12-01-2010 03:07:38 | More by ocelot2500
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
A good looking mohagany color with thick off white head and a tone of sticky lacing. There's some fine sediment particles floating about.
True to form, this has a great hoppy scent of pine and grapefruit with a caramel malt backing.
The taste is tons of hops- pine, grapefruit, and some herbal tones. They dominate the caramel malt by a longshot.
Mouthfeel is heavy and dry. It's very fresh and clean tasting.
Good drinkability. If you like any of the other bastards, it's a given you'll like this one.
12-01-2010 02:42:12 | More by Vonerichs
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
Amber/ brown color with tan head.
Aromas of pine and citrus and flavors of the same too, with some caramel malt thrown in.
Medium-full body with some bitterness and alcohol warmth on the finish.
This is pretty much Ruination with an Arrogant Bastard-esque malt profile. Which is what it needed all along to earn it's "arrogant" credentials.
This is good stuff, too bad it costs more than it's worth.
12-01-2010 01:42:51 | More by dedrinker
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Huge head rising up and hangin' out for a spell. Bits of lace here and there and a light covering on top. Smell is sweet and piney. Large amounts of caramel and and toffee. Hops are pine forest fresh. Taste is a cross between Arrogant and Double Bastard. The malt base is like the Double and the hop profile like Arrogant. Overall this is quite a bit like a DIPA as the grapefruit and pine parade is big and festive but the base is more like a barleywine. No sign of the alcohol and the hops are so big here there would have to be a high level of it to notice. Feel is moderately carbonated with a syrupy viscousity. Drinkability is much better than the abv would have you think. Good stuff that I'll be looking
pick up a few bottles of.
12-01-2010 00:49:56 | More by scootny
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
My bottle says 8.5% abv. so I hope this is the right beer, the pic looks correct.
Pours out a really nice slightly cloudy dark ice tea color with 1/2 finger of off-white creamy suds.
Smell is sugar malt and yeast with a raisin bread soaked in alcohol sort of thing going on.
Taste is bitter at first and strong alcohol with a bit of sugar towards the end. Not much else going on here. There is some date/bitter raisin flavors but very subtle.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a high gravity brew.
Drinkability is only slightly low because the flavor carries the beer despite the high abv.
11-30-2010 22:09:41 | More by peabody
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
A Slef Trbitue to 13 Yaers of Arorgnace
Poured into a Lucifer snifter. Had with regular AB, OAB and DB in this order:
AB --> OAB --> Lukcy --> DB
Dark ruby, rust brown colored, and slightly hazy with a big and creamy brown head with good head retention and kickass lacing.
This one sure is aggressively dry hopped, to the extent that other Bastards that are no short of hops seem pale against this one. The aroma has the most intense herbal and leafy character from dry hopping. Very fresh smelling, and un-bastardly to be frank. My only complaint is the complete dominance of hops on caramel and oak.
Strangely light and fruity taste, perhaps because the palate is conditioned to hop assault by now, but most likely because of the freshness introduced by intense dry hopping combined with the dark caramel sweetness. Yes, the sweetness of malts finally shows up among the group and it's not surprising that it's coming from Double Bastard. However, oak still seems absent.
Body is certainly bigger than AB and OAB. Low carbonation, or perceived so because of higher temperature. Clean finish with a long lasting bitterness and hop flavor.
This is Bastard & a half if you ask me! I can't tell if I'd like to age this one because the hop character will fade, but it's a shame that oakiness is completely shadowed in this version.
11-30-2010 10:23:48 | More by tewaris
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a dark red with a full orange-white head, solid lace, very good retention.
S: Smells like Arrogant Bastard.
T: Lots of crystal malt, has some oomph. Like a less hoppy version of Double Bastard to me. Has that oak smoothness from OAB which I liked a lot.
M: Medium-full bodied, strong, smooth, light hint of ethanol. Very light carbonation works great here.
D: A tad too easy to drink like Oaked Double Bastard. It's the smoothness that does it. Full of Stone house character, really good beer. I'd have thought this'd last until the start of Brewmasters at 10, I guess not.
11-30-2010 05:06:50 | More by Halcyondays
4.75/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours a deep mohaghany, with a red hue in the light. Thick tan foamy head that doesn't recede quick. Great visible carbonation coming up the side of the glass.
It smells delicious. An instant sharp hoppiness comes through to greet you. Very resinous hop notes, lots of pine, and a bit of citrus. Really a dank nose. There slightly sweet malt backing too.
Taste is right on target. It takes the smoothness and oak notes from Oaked ABA, the warmth of DB, and the aggresiveness of ABA, and turns it into one magical concoction.
An instant hop bite that is prominant throughout. A nice warmth and sweetness comes through and then finishes smokey and woody. Great!
The mouthfeel is somewhere in between ABA and Oaked. Medium to heavy bodied, with a great amount of carbonation. Really well done.
Drinkability is great for me. I love ABA, I love Oaked ABA, and I do quite enjoy DB when I can get my hands on it. If it were brewed on a consistant basis I would absolutely throw this into my go to beer rotation.
Btw, the bottle reads 8.5% abv.
11-30-2010 03:23:48 | More by begforme4484
3.5/5 rDev -16.1%
presented to me in a tulip glass at Fountainhead while visiting Chicago for thanksgiving.
is a bit murky dark brown with two and a half fingers of head that stay around for a while and leave excellent lacing.
smell is a bit stale and onioney. moreso than other versions of arrogant bastard. some citrus and pine from the dry hopping come through in the smell too.
taste is piney onion hops up front with delicously complex caramel malt profile in the background. maybe a hint of oak, but barely detectable. dont like the hop profile here.
mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with nice chewey feel. well made brew.
I enjoy double bastard and oaked bastard a bit more than this brew as the mix doesnt offer much to me and the dry hops arent my favorite type. only one pour of this for me.
11-29-2010 07:09:21 | More by pdoran10
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Just when you thought the arrogance and bastardization of ales has met its limits, Stone somehow finds new heights of intimidation and brashness in a beer.... and doing so with such beauty, elegance, and refinement. Not unlike an elegant balerina- turn porn star.
High aggression of pine resins, citrus piths, and sharp spruce lead the hoppy nose into a swirl of hops with malty notes of bread crust, lightly scorched caramel, and sun-kissed barley kernels. All of which scream brashness and assault.
Pouring a deep amber color, the beer carries a hazy glow with a dense and sturdy yellowish head. Very mousse-like and sticky with lace/legging. Maybe the beer should be served with a fork and knife.
An on slaught of dense malt flavor begin with deeply caramelized barley, toffee, and molasass. Not to be outdoane, the rebuttal of hops balance the mean spirited malts with sharp pine, resin, white grapefruit flesh, and a pithy/sappy taste unlike anything ever found in a beer.
Heavy, full, and creamy early, the beer takes ultimate fullness to malty dryness, arid hoppiness, and alcoholic warmth in a hurry. This makes the beer way too drinkable for such strength and power.
The insestual nature of these Basards give the right contributions from each while giving the beer a fresher dry-hopped aroma, fortified hop flavor, and intense bitterness. If not for the paint thinner-like alcohol taste and shear power in flavor, the beer could reach perfect- even if a bastard.
11-29-2010 06:41:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
My first review
Poured from bomber into Bruery tulip at ~ 50 degrees
A: pours amber with a thin off white/straw colored head with low retention. fine bubbles. minimal lacing.
S: very fragrant, sweet and hoppy, hints of vanilla
T: hoppy with a hint of caramel, fruity aftertaste that I can't quite name
F: smooth sipping, medium carbonation, flavor lingers at the base of your tongue between sips
D: very drinkable, hides it's ABV very well, could drink several pints before realizing it's potency. A beer I'd seek out again!
11-29-2010 02:59:55 | More by roodie
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy reddish-brown color. Fairly off-white head becomes a film with a fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Similar, but lighter than, the Arrogant Bastard aroma. Grapefruit, hops, and some underlying caramel.
Taste: Pretty mellow at first, but quite nice with the grapefruit and caramel. Gets stronger towards the finish, and there's some bitterness there too.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, with hardly any carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, but it is quite strong - need to take it slow. The flavor can get a bit monotonous too.
A nice special offering from Stone - nothing essential, but for those who enjoy Arrogant Bastard, it is fun to try.
11-29-2010 02:42:06 | More by mithrascruor
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
A-Deep amber with an off white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.
S-Very floral, hoppy, with some notes of caramel, peach, and alcohol.
T-Hoppy with a slight malt backbone. The flavor is floral and fruity with a nice peach flavor. There are also some nice caramel and toffee flavors as well.
M-Thick and nearly syrupy.
D-Very drinkable given its abv.
Overall, I thought this was a solid beer. I think I even liked it better than the standard Bastard offerings. Lovers of those and Stone will enjoy this one.
11-29-2010 02:15:50 | More by thegodfather2701
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Rich dark mahagony color with ruby highlights. Slight head at pour. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma had a darkness with an extreme hop burst, on the citrusy side, quite complex and oh so pleasant. Drink is just as complex. Great huge hope flavor from start to finish. Almost grassy finish with expected dryness but not overpowering. A slight toastiness in middle. Orange peel, but more grapefruit peel prevelant. Really hard to pick out all flavors, everything blends together extremely well. Very light on body to have so much flavor. Very very drinkable, could easily
sneak up on you. Wow oh wow, easily
a new top ten.
11-29-2010 01:54:37 | More by despainmakesbeer
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
22oz bottle at about cellar temp split with a friend poured into a nonik pint.
pours out a huge billowy off white head, had to wait for it to settle a few minutes before finishing the pour. amazing looking cap. dark ruby red body with a touch of sediment. lots of lace and great retention.
aroma is full of freshly picked whole flower hops. also some pellet hops, lots of pine, citrus, perfumey, tons of resin. malts take a back seat, but the hops smell amazing.
great tasting hops, much better balance than the aroma would suggest, still very hop forward though. fresh, piney, citrusy, perfumy hops balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.
so smooth, great feeling carbonation, nothing overdone. hops are felt on the palate after each sip.
abv is not noticable at all, drinks so easy. IMO this is one of the better ones from the bastard series, highly recommended. i definatly be picking up some more real soon.
11-28-2010 15:42:30 | More by dogfishandi
4/5 rDev -4.1%
A- Pours a murky brown color with a fairly dense khaki colored head that left some webby lacing on the glass.
S- The aroma is dominated by tropical fruit and piney hops. Some fresh and buddy notes to go with a lemony twang.
T- Big pine and resin like hop bitterness; tastes like you are drinking some bitter pine sap. The hops are supported by a bready malt that has some lemony tea like characteristics. Some honey and chocolate notes are detected.
F- The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, finishes bitter, which is a bit lingering.
D- The "Arogant" line is good but not sure if it is my cup of tea. The hop profile is more bitter centric than I prefer and a touch harsh. It is tasty but not sure something I would continously buy more of.
11-28-2010 07:20:13 | More by Gmann
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
Its a beaut to look at. sturdy, frothy head sits above a brown body.
The unmistakable taste of the its cousin the arrogant bastard is the backbone of this brew. Smells hotter than it ends up. While still on the hot side its in the wheelhouse. Tag a darkened fruit backside to an AB and you've got your lucky bastard. Tastes as though maybe a year of aging would be worthy of a try.
11-28-2010 06:09:21 | More by DogFood11
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
A: The pour looked like a fresh bottle of double bastard. Deep ruby color with a finger and a half of white head. Some nice lacing as well.
S: The nose is pure dank hops. Really pungent. The best part of this beer. You got a touch of the oak but not much. It was a nice subtle touch. Little bit of booze and some malt creeping through.
T: The taste was nice and complex. Oaked bastard IMO is not that great and way to expensive but in this blend it really worked out nicely. It was hoppy and boozy and everything you would expect from this beer. It also had a nice dept of flavor.
M: Carbonation was sharp but not overwhelming. The body was slightly on the thick side of medium.
D: I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I love DB but could leave the others and this was a nice compromise between the best of all three. Not to be cellared this needs to be consumed ASAP.
11-28-2010 03:11:35 | More by aerozeppl
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Poured a mohogany color with very little light passing through, vicious 2 + inch head, and tons of lacing that fell back into the glass nicely.
S: Citrus bomb for sure, piney, oaky, but with a huge malt presence that wafted through the air even from about three feet away. Dang!
T: This was very much in line with their "Arrogant Bastard" series, only this one had more of a dark cake icing aftertaste. Pineapple, grapefruit, plums, and licorice.
M: I detected quite a bit of booze at first, but after my palate adjusted, that went away and the thick fruit explosion hit my taste buds after every sip. Very well carbonated.
D: I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world because I'm sick of the same old thing over and over again. However, I occasionally like to indulge. If you're an extreme hophead, this will not disappoint.
11-27-2010 08:57:38 | More by Chaney
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a 650ml bottle into my Guiness Porter pint glass.
Pours a deep amber to almost mahogany, depending on the badkground. More orangish or ruby highlights when held up to the light. 1 1/2 finger thick, creamy, voluptious, light tan head leaving copious lacing. Harder 2nd pour gave a three finger head that soon became cratered or dimpled. Thick foam clinging up one side and thick sticky lacing. One of the best heads ever. I knocked it up from a 4 to a 5.
Aroma of huge, sweet and fruity, over the top hops. Like over-ripe oranges or grapefruit. Bitter citrus peel and damp woody aromas as well.
Tastes of sweet caramely malts, then piney, citrusy hops, but in the end, the woody bitterness will try to overwhelm everything else.
Medium mouthfeel, quite pleasant. Nice burning alcohol warming deeply into the throat.
Very drinkable. Plenty of flavor and aroma to keep it interesting. The 8.5% ABV slows you down and perhaps, the bitterness as well, but as the beer warms, the bitterness lessens and it becomes easier to drink.
11-27-2010 05:23:56 | More by obywan59
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Just picked up a bomber of this and poured it into an oversized wine glass for a night cap. I think the Bastard line is just so-so, with Oaked being by far my favorite, but I'm hoping to get the best of all three.
Appearance: Deep rich, slightly translucent, which gives it tiger wood coloring. Very thick, yet foamy head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Hoppy off the bat, but more caramelly malts keep coming out as it warms. The oak is there too, which is great. Nothing to complex or intriguing, but it smells like a bastard.
Taste: Piney hops come out first, but there is a nice balance of the oaked and caramel/roasted malt that come out. There is a warming alcohol bite, especially while drinking the second glass. This profile it sharp and biting, but never overwhelms.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Easy drinking, but the robust flavor gets to be a bit much. A bomber is a perfect sized outing for this one. The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied.
Overall: I think Lukcy does a good job of bringing out the best qualities of all the other three Bastard lines. It is hoppy and bitter like the flagship. The caramel malt brings a good, somewhat complex richness like Double. And the oaked qualities do a good job of tying it all together. Usually, I think Double is too rich, regular is not balanced, and oaked is only good for its oaky goodness. This one brings all their strengths together and helps hide all of their collective weaknesses.
11-27-2010 03:27:19 | More by soze47
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,388 ratings.