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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 119
Gots: 386 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 DPFRD
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a long stem tulip

The body is a ruby color with a fluffy off white cap that rises two+ fingers. The head falls slowly, leaving some dots and random lines of lace behind.

Piney hops throughout, with plums, raisins, bready malt, and toffee. Additional layers of oak, vanilla, and booze. A very pleasing aroma that has equal elements of all three beers.

Aggressive hops meet the palate first. Pine resin and mild citrus with dark fruits through the middle. Toffee, oak, and vanilla poke through. The finish is a bitter rush of pine and white grapefruit, booze, and plums.

Medium body, chewy in spots. Smooth and lush. Long lingering mix of pine bitterness and dark fruits.

You can really pick out the nuances of each of the base beers. Fruitier than I expected, but it works well to balance out the hoppyness. Loads of flavors, layers of complexity. Well blended.

Photo of ffshore545
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juhl31
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of bongobeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Billowing two fingers of head. Good retention. Really good lacing. Semi murky dark red body. 4
Piney grassy and herbal notes on the nose. Not too much malt in the nose just a touch of brown sugar like sweetness. 3.5
Tastes like brown sugar dusted orange rind. A nice toffee malt presence with citrusy (orange rind/lemon/grapefruit), grassy, tobacco, and resinous huge hop punch on the end. Oaky and extremely resinous finish. 4.5
Full bodied well carbonated. Zesty and bitter. 4
This is a really good idea. Perhaps my favorite bastard renditions. 4

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours deep red, hints of brown, quite hazy, with one-finger khaki head on top that settles fairly quickly to a thin cap.Loads of nice spotty lacing, however.

Nose is really dank and piny. Grapefruit rind on top of resiny pine with almost no malt shining through whatsoever, a bit earthy and dense. Some citrus in there, though it's dulled a bit by the layer of dank hoppy goodness.

Taste has that signature resiny, rindy hop note, nice and dank and pungent. Firmly bitter, notes of grapefruit sitting underneath and brightening things up, leaving the palate tingly. Echos of caramel provide some sweetness, though a bit dulled by the thick, fuzzy layer of tingly pine and citrus. Finish is full of caramel goodness, slightly toasty, completely blanketed in piny hop bitterness. The Oaked component may provide a bit of smoothness to the malt component, but it's largely undetectable in and of itself.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, dense, crisply carbonated, with a finish that's long, bitter, and sticky. Plays bigger than it is.

Alcohol is well hidden, but like all the Bastards, carries its bitterness like a battle standard. Nice beer for a glass or two.

Photo of dmfrench
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A glorified Imperial IPA... Oaked Arrogant Bastard wins


A: Deep, clear, burgundy/orange body with a creamy, persistent one finger cream head.

S: Big hops (centennial, I believe), some spice, and a bit of butter bread.

T: Again, big centennial hops, some caramel malt, spices and large underlying sweetness... very much like a DIPA. I expected more complexity after my beloved Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but alas, it was not there.

M: Creamy with perfect carbonation.

D: Really not all that challenging, so fairly high.

Photo of divineaudio
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip glass.

a - pours a deep, transparent copper color and gave me a dense, rocky, two finger, beige head. foam takes its time calming but eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves thick chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - grassy and floral hops, faint grapefruit citrus, toffee.

t - big toffee malt character followed up with big hop character. on the sweeter side but has ample hop bitterness to balance that out. i'm picking up notes of grapefruit, wintergreen or something else mildly minty, and a little wood on the back end. bitterness comes in the form of a pine resin beatdown to the middle and back of the tongue that hurts for a while but in a good way. alcohol content is barely noticeable (in the taste at least).

m - full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. finer co2 profile. very slick from the hop oils but also very smooth. very slight alcohol warming.

o - solid in every way and quite enjoyable. in fact, i think i prefer this over any of the individual beers that go into it. worth seeking out imo.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the recent re-release, into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber-brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Far-wafting aromas of big fruity hops (mango, grapefruit, orange), along with some caramel sweetness and very malted roasted grain. Slight notes of alcohol and wood.

T: Thick bitterness with pronounced grapefruit and pine hop notes, hefty caramel malt, bready, boozy edge, molasses. A tiny bit too sweet.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice creamy feel from the carbonation.

O: Doesn't trump Double Bastard for me (a bit too sweet overall), but this is pretty tasty.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber brown, with a finger of very light brown that laces the glass for a while.

S - Smells pretty much exactly as I expected. It smells like a perfect blend of the three beers it is. Sweet, but slightly oaky.

T - Delicious, but it lacks the certain sweetness and je ne sais quoi that Double Bastard has. A very solid beer, but I wish they had done something a little different with this beer, other than simply mixing the three.

M - Remains a little bit bitter on the tongue after swallowing, but not in a good way. I can certainly taste the Oaked long after the swallow.

D - This is a good drinkable beer, but it just makes me wish I was drinking a Double Bastard, honestly...

Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As expected, the initial taste of Lukcy Basartd is kick in the face of massive resiny/piney/citrusy American hops backed up with strong oak wood flavor. I've always found the Bastard beers to have a surprisingly sweet, almost fruity malt backbone underpinning the big hops. This one is no different there, but I think the oak helps to really round out the balance between the malt and hops. Great beer and easily the best by far of the Bastards.

Photo of Mic-Lee
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, semi-translucent. Smells great. Sweet hops; very inviting. Bitterness of the hops hits you right away. Rich, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium carbonation. Not terribly boozy, but the alcohol is there.

Overall: Has a nice rich color and a great hoppy smell, making it a very inviting beer. The bitterness hits in the beginning rather than the finish as many beers do, and this gives it a welcoming initial burst. Very interesting. A satisfying and flavorful gulp. A tad bit of warmth despite being quite hoppy and bitter. Not amazingly complex, but a great example of a delicious hoppy brew. I would recommend this one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw a representative from Stone said this should have been consumed fresh and not aged. This one has been sitting around for a few months.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a small cap. Decent rings of lace around the glass. Smells of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is of sweet brown sugar, caramel, and biscuit up front with a citrus zest hop bite on the finish. Mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Beer has decent carbonation and is somewhat smooth going down. Overall, this is a very good beer that is an interesting blend of 3 of Stone's Bastard releases. It would have been a good idea to have one of these fresh though.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. The body is dark murky amber color with a respectable finger of off white head with good sticky lacing. The aroma is like a fruit salad. Cantaloupe aroma with a slightly piney hop aroma. Really kind of sweet tropical fruit aroma on this. Real melon flavor on this rounded out with bitter floral piney hops to finish. Real bitter finish on this. The mouthfeel is kind kind of light and the carbonation could be toned down a bit. Good and tasty though, I'll pick up more of these guys fore sure.

Photo of Sam21
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance - Deep ruby body with a long lasting sticky khaki head. A truly beautiful beer.

Smell - Pineapple is noticed initially up front. Dense citrus hops as expected. Subtle oak is nestled nicely amonth the sweet fruits. Really smooth balance from each component.

Taste - The hops come out to play as they erupt with waves of citrus fruits and sweet pineapple. There is a decent malt backbone adding some caramel to the mix. The finish hits hard with a concotion of alcohol, bitterness and oak before melting into subtle waves of fruit, caramel, and an intense bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied and extremely creamy. This beer feels like velvet in the mouth.

Drinkability - A sipper, but full of complexities and in your face hoppiness. A smooth drink.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 22 oz bomber from the Arrogant Bastard box

Photo of moshea
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of N_Overholt
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CloudStrife
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very clear ruby with a 1.5 finger mostly white head. Gets a little rocky over a minute or two, ample carbonation. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Get a malty yet very hoppy brew. Reminds me of a stinky cheese shop I went to as a kid. Fruits are in there too, dark ones like fig and plum.

T: Very complex blend of ales here. Has a sweet tone, but also a lot of hop and malt oomph. Still that signature stone taste, yeast? Also the oak comes through almost as a maple syrup.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Could be considered a little syrupy and sticky from the hops but it suits it well.

Overall I like this blend. Very interesting and to see how the different flavors meld together. Would have it once or twice and recommend giving it a go.

Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bottled 10/03/14, poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of barleywine-like aromas; notes of piney, citrus, earthy & grassy hops, toasted caramel malt with some doughy aroma to close it out

T- big malty and sweet backbone gives large notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & fresh brown bread. Hop profile gives notes of pine, orange peel, & earthy/herbal notes. Sweet malty finish with a little bit of leafy hop on the linger

M- thick & viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and chewy mouthfeel, and a silky slightly warming finish

O- a well balanced strong ale that is quite drinkable for 8.5%

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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