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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | 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 yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL, 11/19/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy chestnut hue with ruby highlights and a slim, sudsy parchment head. Minimal lace.

Smell -- Hops reminiscent of grapefruit pith, pine resin, and wet-naps. Some onion notes present. Rich malt backbone with caramel and brown sugar, along with oak sugars and woodiness.

Taste -- Grapefruit pith and resin, caramel, raw cane sugar, wetnap, vanilla-like oakiness and faint lumberyard woodiness. Finish is grapefruit pith and marmalade.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full with moderate carbonation. Soft and foamy in the finish. Quite good.

Drinkability -- It's easy to detect the base beers, but overall it's like Oaked with more malt sweetness and body lent form Double Bastard. Has a little bit of onion-like hop flavor and aroma, but still quite good. However, I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard over this one.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful but small off white head. Body is a gorgeous clear amber. Smell is very hoppy and florally. This does taste like the beers from which this is born, but i enjoy it better. There is a great floral quality and much more malty sweetness than the others. This is also very well balanced. Feel is tingly and medium. There is the slightest drying effect. The aggressive bitterness prevents this beer from being super drinkable.

kbnooshay, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Pours a deep red color with a significant amount of white head on top. On the nose, I get both floral and earthy hops, light wood and dates. On the palate, full bodied, good carbonation, with a pretty nice balance between the toffee sweetness, the citrusy hops and the lingering alcohol.

emmasdad, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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atsprings, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

A lovely follow-up to Darkness. It pours a slightly hazy ruby topped by a thick finger of eggshell foam. The nose comprises pearl onions, light pine, white bread, orange peel, Swiss cheese, and a decidedly light bit o' toffee. As odd as it may sound (I know it did to me), it comes together nicely enough. The taste blasts the tongue with hops, mostly traipsing in with spicy, onion-y notes. A cowering puddle of caramel lies dejected in the back. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick feel, and a dry finish. Overall, I think this thing is a bit much. I think a good amount of complexity could have been achieved had the hops not destroyed all semblance of anything else. Still, this was quite the event.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of juhl31
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-reddish caramel in color and very clear. a bit more ta colored than white head with some good lacing. the type of retention where a solid ring stays around the glass and a "looking at clouds" type picture shows up and floats about the middle

-welp, this was definitely dry hopped a good amount. some pine and hint of caramel in there. kinda weird for a bastard

-the hops shows up, but not too much. still has that good caramel malt background. a solid bitter finish. the oak comes out as well in the aftertaste

-i say smooth a lot for mouthfeel, but this is very smooth. almost tastes flat but with a ton of body. has a rich, sticky feel to it

-i like this. enough to drink a bomber to myself on a thursday night just chillin at home with the wife. i like it more than arrogant, but not as much as double

juhl31, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of cooncat
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a local pub on tap last night.

Served in a standard pint glass (which is really 14.5 oz ... have to talk with the manager about that one of these days).

The beer is amber in color, perhaps with some light garnet hues. (tough to tell in a darkened bar). My glass was served with about a 1/2" head, which had decent retention for the abv. Also, some lacing evident as the glass is drained.

Smell is huge on hops, and I'm picking up mostly Centennial, though maybe some Amarillo is in there. Can't get much malt in the nose off this hop bomb.

The tastes follows the nose in that this is a Centennial hop bomb. This is nothing like the rest of the "Bastard series", which I consider pretty malty. There is enough malt to support the huge hops, but just barely. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation at about the 2 volume level. (at least at my bar)

My drinkability score reflects that this is a 9.2% abv brew, and thus isn't a session brew. I could possibly do 2 without feeling "impaired". Also, Centennial isn't my favorite hop (I'm a home brewer) ... guess that's a personal thing, but I'm not a fan of 2 Hearted for the same reason. Still, I enjoyed the (mini) pint, and if I'd had the time, I'd probably have had another.

If you're a bonafide Stone hophead, this one's for you. Find it, buy it, drink it!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful sturdy and creamy head sits atop the standard deep mahogany Arrogant Bastard is so well known for. Lacing is not as good as the Oaked and Regular versions, but is still quite good. The second pour actually remedies this lacing issue quite well. A beautiful beer.

S: Smells of hops in an aggressive way, but it is well balanced by the even more aggressive malt character. Slight wood notes and a strong estery backdrop with slight alcohol notes provide a great overall aroma.

T: Well balanced flavor combines the character of all three constituent beers quite well. Has much more sweetness than I had originally expected and that is where the balance leans. The bitterness is ever-present as can be expected in an AB. The alcohol is also present, but masked just enough to allow for a wonderful overall effect. The balance is just short of perfect.

M: Creamy and thick and it stays that way all the way to the perfectly medium finish. It's not too dry or too wet. The alcohol is a bit present creating a slight drying effect a few moments after the finish is complete.

O: The singular issue with this beer... It is a one bomber and done beer. It's not that the ABV is too high, it just the pure aggressiveness of the beer itself. I could keep drinking it, but by the time I finish the first, my taste buds are pretty much burnt out. It's also quite the meal in a bottle.

ryantaussig, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a tulip.

A - Served in two fingers of light than foam that eventually settle to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. The body is a transparent red color.

S - Some nice dank and pine dry hop aroma, light oakiness, as well as a faint cheesy note. Some vanilla and a fruity malt backbone.

T - The taste is a little more caramel-heavy, with some oaky vanilla, and citrus hop character. Very bitter and oaky finish. I looked up the blend and discovered that this is "a 50/50 blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale. The blend is then oaked and double dry-hopped."

M - It has a fairly hefty body that is more akin to Double Bastard. Very sticky and chewy with medium carbonation.

D - I like this, although I think the aroma was my favorite part. My notes are spelled about as well as the name of this beer, so I think having more than one would probably be a bad idea. The mixture of intense bitterness and tannic oak gets fatiguing as well.

MasterSki, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really looking forward to trying this and was quite disappointed....

Good crisp head on the pour and a nice brown colour.
Smells very hoppy with hints of oak. Definitely smells like it would be very tasty!!!
Tastes... Pretty shitty actually... Harsh hops that don't blend with the oak well at all. I can taste oak and double bastard hoppiness separately and it's honestly too busy and strong to enjoy at this point...
Maybe with some time this would back off but as is it was very unbalanced and overwhelming without the kind of complexity i had hoped for

Urbancaver, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortunate to try this on tap at Fountainhead. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Like the others, this pours a dark cherry / mohagony color, with a fluffy off-white head that retains nicely, with generous lacing coating the glass.

Smell: A bit herbally from almost excessive dry hopping. Earthy and citrus hop notes are present as well. Some dark fruits manage to make themselves known, smells like figs and raisins from Crystal 120.

Taste: Light dark fruit flavors with the semi sweet malt to start. I enjoy the use of this malt in the bastards. The malt flavor really is pushed aside by the earthy, grassy hops. Bitter and strong in flavor, the hop presence is quite strong. The end does not wrap up as nicely as I wish it would, maybe a bit more OAB in there would be nice.

Mouthfeel: Not quite stout level, but this has quite a full feel, with a fair amount of hop oil from the dry hop. The carbonation is consistent, but it almost feels creamy and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: The dry hopping is quite intense and would be too much to handle more than once. I enjoyed the newest member of the bastard family, but for my money there is not a bastard better than the OAB.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on tap at the Barley House in Algonquin, IL

This beer is served a ruby red color with an ecru foam adorning the surface. The smell is overpowering with hoppy aroma. Many would like that, I'm putting out there, for the record, that this much hops makes me nervous. The taste is really quite hoppy, but there is a bit of a caramel taste thrown into the background just so that it's not a liquid made up entirely of hops. The mouthfeel is quite bitter, but that's something that I've grown to expect from Stone. Overall this was a good beer, I understand that there are many will love it, I respect it, and that's as far as I'm going.

Vdubb86, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of drewd0g
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Big M in Potsdam, NY on 11/16/2010
I'm really interested in these blended beers, i like the concept of it. This one is a really well blended beer. It didn't really taste like i expected. there's this pleasant, almost fruitiness too it. there's some nice subtle oakiness that is in the background but its less oaky than i expected. it's a really good beer, pretty high drinkability. i can definitely see myself having a few glasses of this. it was 8 dollars for a 22oz bomber of this. another good beer from Stone. They should make this year round for sure

drewd0g, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear chestnut brown with a healthy frothy light tan head. Smells of caramel mixed with pine in the aroma department, strong old ale presence from malts.

Taste of a very well blended strong ale. I had Arrogant once a long time ago and to compare would be unfair at this time - will need to revisit, but this is much more of a hop bomb from what I remember. Stong pine and grapefruit hops mixed with a healthy Old Ale malt blend.

The blend although extremely bitter, panging the back of my throat with bitterness (although you wouldnt think so from the aroma) is very nice and evenly mixed. Not too much malt, not overdone with the hop presence, this one is up there with some of the best Stone brews I have had. Sticky resiny hop flavors mixed with a heavy malt profile make this an easy drinker with a relatively light carbonation and a nice mouthfeel...

alpinebryant, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA r0nyn. From 11/16 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful hazy amber pour with some vibrant magenta hues when held directly against the light. A nice off-white to tan head with a short period of head retention with dotted lacing on the glass. Smell is very floral at first, especially with the dry hopping process on top of the conglomeration of the three Bastards. But there's a grand amount of underlying maltiness, as well. There's some citrus fruitiness that I can't name, but it's definitely there.

The taste is full of malty sweetness, like the DB and Oaked AB and not so much hop pine-like. The hoppiness, however, makes its presence known at the immediate finish, which has the bitterness and specifically dries out your mouth interestingly well. Those hop oils are vicious, yet incredibly fascinating and delicious. A very interesting blend. I honestly thought this 13astard was gonna be a hop monster, due to prior experiences with the other three recipes, but I don't mind- it's still amazing as is.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and not too carbonated. This drinks incredibly well, as it's very balanced, tasty and very, VERY mellow. Easily drinkable, especially ones who have succumbed to Stone's bastardization. Was very excited to find out about this beer and finally have it. Still not your average fizzy yellow stuff, wussies.

infi, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Courtesy of and split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark reddish caramel color that's hazy and translucent. Half-inch head that resolves into a thin white cap, leaving lots of stringy, sticky lacing. Really a very pretty looking beer. Smell is quite hop-forward, with plenty of fresh dry hops in the nose, along with some citrus and a subdued malt character. Not exactly grapefruit, but definitely that bittering quality in the nose. Alcohol is only mildly detectable.

A big punch of hoppy bitterness to start and it lingers throughout the whole flavor experience. Gives way to some sweetish malts that mingle with the bitterness to create a surprisingly balanced taste. There's some sugary fruitiness and just a little bit of barley. A very slight bit of booziness at the end. Mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation to it, giving it a slightly prickly feel. Finish is very drying, leaving your palate literally high and dry.

Drinkability is very good. Not as bitter and bracing as I was expected. Definitely more like the Oaked Arrogant Bastard than the regular variety and I take that an excellent quality. I could most likely put away a bomber of this on my own. I do consider myself a lukcy 13asartd to be able to experience this quality Stone product!

r0nyn, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of dbhall
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to start this beer is great. all three of the bastards tried, and this might be my favorite. it pours a brownish red with a slight tan head. smell is awesome. smells of citrus, hops, and sweet fruit. great taste with fruit-like sweetness hitting the front of the tounge and hops hitting the back. balanced with a mouthfeel that is thick, but not like the double bastard. there is good carbonation, and you can feel it kind of bubble. i could drink a lot of these. but as for right now i think im gonna just enjoy this bomber.

dbhall, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours dark amber, murky, mocha head, thick and dense, stays for a bit at the 1/4 inch level, flows to a frothy film and leaves respectable elongated blobs of lace. Malted up nose, with some hoppy undertones.

Flavorful and highly enjoyable brew. I'm a major fan of all three of the root beers that flow together to make this one, so no suprise that I'm loving it.

Big and bold, agressive and assertive. Malted up, but boldly hopped late. We are all "Lukcy 13asartd" to be able to enjoy this offering.

Please make it a regular in the Stone line- and not a limited release....

Billolick, Nov 12, 2010
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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.