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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,392 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,392
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 JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby with about two fingers of tan head, made up of small and medium sized bubbles. The head has some staying power.

Aromas of resiny, piney, citrusy hops. Not sure how this is significantly different from arrogant A little more hops, a little more malt. But the overall profile is very similar.

First sip is of a hop bomb, just like, old arrogant. A little more punch. Hops are approaching a grassiness that hints of going a little overboard on the hop additions. There is some malt present, but the hops pack such a grapefruit and overall citrusy punch, that it is hard for them to have any staying power. The finish is long and bitter, with grapefruit dominating.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, with a puckering bitterness.

This is a very drinkable beer, but in small doses. The 22 oz bomber is just overkill, and by the time I get to the end, I'll still be tasting this tomorrow. This just borders on too big.

JamnesCameron, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%

11/24/10

On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.

A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.

S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.

T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.  

M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.

Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.

HopHead84, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
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.

PBoegel, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of headbucket
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%

A:dark ruby with a bunch of little floaties. Looks kinda still and murky. Minimal off white head and a few small splotches of lacing.

S: semi sweet malts start it off,with some dark citrus and grapefruit smell coming later. Also a bit of earthy/herbal notes in there.

T:dark toasted malt starts it off. Then a nice grapefruit hop flavor comes in, puckering my mouth a bit. I start to taste a little bit of the oak after grapefruit,and it is tthe oak and grapefruit bitterness that lingers in my mouth the most prominently, and a little bit of the toasty malt flavor comes back too. An odd mix of the toasty malt and grapefruit juice bitterness.

M: somewhat thick and seems kind of dense in my mouth, would like a littlemore carbonation but this amount seems to fit the style.

D: strong lingering bitterness and the sweet/toasty flavor combine with abv limit it. I am glad I'm splittling this bomber.

headbucket, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

GreesyFizeek, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

crobinso, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

mwbrady12, Aug 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

ajtorres311, May 10, 2013
Photo of Dat
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Dat, Nov 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Tee2Grn, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose beers I often find underwhelming. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a rich vibrant amber-copper. Quite appealing for the style. I'm impressed. Semitransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, dry floral hops, fruit, grapefruit hop character, amber malts, and a bit of biscuit. A mild strength aroma. Not horribly evocative, but pleasant. I don't detect yeast or alcohol.

T: Dry floral hops, evoking fruit - especially grapefruit and berry. Toasted malt with a hint of cream forms the somewhat bland foundation. No real yeast comes through. I do get some oak - but not enough. It's a mess of flavours and feels rather haphazard - like a chance success at blending random flavours. There's no real focus or feeling of deliberation behind it. It's just scattershot. It's pleasant but it lacks balance or reason. Even a bit acidic on the climax. An accidental success. I can definitely tell it's a blend - and not a great one at that.

Mf: Smooth, tingly, musty, and wet. It has random moments of coarseness and dryness, matching the messiness of the flavours. It's off from what it should be.

Dr: This is quite the mess. Not at all balanced. It's enjoyable for what it is, but it's overpriced and overrated. It has good aspects, but not enough to justify purchasing it again. It does hide its ABV quite well. Another mundane offering from Stone.

High C+

kojevergas, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

CDCNAM, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Mdog, Feb 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Dark amber color with off white head that lingers well

Sweet malty smell

Taste is very sweet and very carmel flavored. Alcohol is present in the finish.

This doesn't seem to be a style that I care for. Wasn't a huge fan of regular AB and this just doesn't do it for me either.

jsulko, May 11, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Urbancaver
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%

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 beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive reddish mahogany color with about an inch of khaki head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very rich and smooth, much less bitter and hoppy than I expected from Stone. There was a noticeable hop presence, but was much more balanced than I anticipated. After the great aroma, I was a bit let down by the taste. There wasn't much on the front of the tongue, and quite a bitter finish. In between, there was a nice blend of malts and hops.

The body was a bit too thin for my liking. Drinkability was OK, I'll have more, but can't see drinking more than 1 in a row. Overall, a decent enough beer, I like it better than the regular AB. Certainly worth trying.

beertunes, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%

22oz bottle purchased somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lingers, with lots of legs and sticky lace. Aroma is pungent hops, deep sweetness, and fruity alcohol notes.

Taste starts malty, fruit in the middle, and closes with hoppy bitterness, and then a somewhat harsh alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, yet prickly on the tastebuds at the same time, and drinkability is not so great. The aftertaste that stays in my mouth just kills it for me.

ppoitras, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%

1/3/11, poured from bottle to NB tulip.
$7 for 22oz @ Huck's in Spokane, WA

A: Pours a burnt orange ale with single finger light tan head which dissipates quickly leaving non-confluent patches. Ale is a bit hazy, with sharp light shine, but little clarity on shapes. Moderate, sticky lacing.

S: Hops - standard Stone...Piney with apples, citrus, earth, and a shine of spice. malt background is unique in this blend: I smell seafoam (candy). Hints of oak and remains slightly alcoholic.

T: Bitter, malty, cream of tarter, alcohol, oaky astringency. Very, very distant marzipan on finish. Not too impressed here with this one.

M: Slick, fine carbonation in a medium to heavy body. Leaves my tongue a bit coated and creamy, which is a nice surprise and levels out the bitterness quite a bit.

D: This is a good beer. Not great, and not an anniversary caliber beer by any means. Good experiment, worth one try.

harrymel, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%

On Tap @ Mcmenenins in da city of Philly...

In the glass lucky bastard looks reddish maroon brown with a light tan off cream looking head that left some spots on the glass. Good retention, looks like a bastard. Huge amounts of malt piled on top of a heaping of that signature stone hop bouquete. Oak is prominent as well and some scent of vanilla. Pungent, yet sort of muddled. Also Im not sure the yeast strain, but it totally kills this beer for me. In all the bastards I've had this yeast really detracts from what could be a killer set of beers, stone knows hops, the yeast should be re evaluated. Taste is the faulty (for me) yeast on top of a oaked bastard, double bastard and a arrogant one. Sorry I just cant get past the yeast on this one, nothing more to add except that the body is strong, above medium, not at all hot and kinda bitey from a hopping, carb is no problem but the drinkability is. Sorry

BARFLYB, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Medium maple syrup.

S - Dry, dusty, somewhat barny hop character. Touch of funk.

T - Dusty, earthy hop character. Nice malt.

M - Medium body.

vfgccp, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of alwaysplayin
3/5  rDev -28.1%

alwaysplayin, Feb 27, 2012
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.