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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,341 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 128
Gots: 413 | 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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Ratings: 2,341 | Reviews: 776
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep mahogany red color. Small/medium sized off white head.

S- Complex overall, similar to a barelywine. Toasted caramel malt, pungy citrusy hops, some oak, some alcohol.

T- Right along with the fantastic smell.. the taste is on par. Strong toasted caramel malts, followed by the citrus hops, some sharp spice/mint, an underlying oak ties it together. Slight warming of the abv but well done.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth on the palate, flavor lingers.

O- Pretty bitter and has a tangy bite from some sort of mint/spice. Beyond that this thing is complex and flavorful and was enjoying to sip on.

Photo of deadliest
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Brownish red with eggshell head.
S - Resin hops, and very sweet, not as hoppy as other Bastards, much sweeter.
T - Caramel and maltiness, pine resin hops, a bit of citrus hops.
M - Medium body, mild alcohol warming, lightish carbonation.
D - Very good, but a little sweeter than I expected going in. Would definitely buy again

Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle split with a friend. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown with crimson red highlights throughout. Two finger sticky beige head with really good retention.

Aroma: Assertive pine notes from the hops up front. Really an onslaught of hops. Some caramel and molasses from the malt.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit rind really dominate here. A strong bitter bite comes from the hops. Almost a touch of pineapple sweetness cuts through the bitter hops. A slight backing of sweeter malt too. Finish is really bitter and filled with pine.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but with some lively carbonation to keep it crisp. Really dry finish.

Drinkability: I cannot imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. It is really flavorful and high in ABV, but the first is definitely enjoyable and in your face.

Overall, one of the hoppier beers I've had in a good long while. The hop profile was a nice combination of over the top bitterness and sweet nice fruit notes. Definitely a nice beer for the price and one that should be enjoyed fresh.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip

Strong ale it is! Big, thick, and a bit on the chewy side-reminiscent of an American Barleywine. Initial taste is big, bold, resinous, sticky hops. Hops are citric (grapefruit) and earthy w/ moderately high spiciness. Bitterness is clean, firm, sometimes a little sharp but clears relatively quickly. Heavy, sweet cooked caramel flies under the cloak of the hops, keeps the assertive hops from wrecking the palate. Molasses-like dark sweetness is present as well. The beer has a touch of warmth from the oak. The oak adds a layer of complexity and rounds out the beer some. More heat is added by the fusel alcohols present in this big beer. Warmth from the alcohol is detected with each sip. Some cereal/grains are present in the finish. Body is medium-thick. Carbonation is appropriate to style. This is a darn good brew. Sip. Enjoy. Repeat.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with an off white head.
Caramel malt, piney hop and some tropical fruit (mango skin, peach, apple skin) in the nose along with some light bready notes.
Sweet toffee hits the taste buds first with some bready malt then the hops exact a coup de tongue with grass, pine, grapefruit, apple skin and mango with a touch of nuttiness and wood in the finish.
This is really an awesome beer. I loved it more than the beers that made it. Together, they blended to make something in your face yet subtle and complex.
This beer would be great with dry rubbed ribs, or pulled pork.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear toasted cherry color. Brownish crimson. Head is a vibrant tan hue. Head is thick and bubbly. It leaves generous speckles of lacing.

S-Big and brawny. Obviously well-hopped. Big notes of pine. Citrus and green grass hops. A cauldron of caramel. Even a whisper of oak. This beer delivers the liquor-fueled sweetness of Double Bastard, the loud hoppiness of Arrogant Bastard and the divine oak of Oaked Bastard.

T-The slight nuance of oak really adds another layer to the violent pine hop and flowing caramel. This is defiant brew; liquid insolence! Freakish bitterness meets velvety maltiness. Then the sneaky oak sets in. Booze is not masked.

M-Bitter! Drying! Boozy! A sipper. Medium carbonation. Fuller bodied.

O/D-I personally find all three of the base beers to be excellent (I will give the nod to Oaked Arrogant Bastard as my personal favorite). This one is pretty neat, but I find that the parts are greater than the sum in this situation. Still pretty awesome, but I would probably take any of the three original Bastards over this. Still a damn good beer.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish amber in color. Slightly cloudy. Forms a respectable, creamy, tannish colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pungent hops with a caramel malt background. Some alcohol.

T: A good dose of thick, creamy caramel malt nicely balanced out by a deep, earthy, hop bitterness. Earth, wood, oak, and dark malt with a bit of fusel spice on the finish.

M: Heavier side of medium with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that is cut by the hoppy bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

D: A nice beer, a bit more malty than I expected, but the aggressive hops tone down the maltiness, making this a rather enjoyable drink.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great color to Lucky Bastard, deep ruby / garnett color, brownish around the edges. Nice head that fades into a ring with some floaty bits. Aroma is pretty hoppy, mostly colombus/warrior hops, little onion and garlic going on. Than there is a bit of oak and vanilla followed by a waft of alcohol. I also pick up some berry aroma. Flavor is rich and chewy with tones of american hops, and crystal malt. There is an interplay between deep caramel, sweet malts and really bitter hops. Again light berry flavor is detectable. The blending of the oaked bastard really tames the double down. Its a great blend for sure. Super easy to drink, well hidden alcohol, can't even tell its 8.5%, rich dense mouthfeel.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. No visible date.

Appearance - Moderate pour produced a cascading off white head that quickly settled to a small cap with wispy lacing. This cap sits above a murky burnt tangerine almost mahogany hued brown liquid. Clearly unfiltered makes the liquid in the glass completely opaque and when sitting for a few minutes yeast sediment appears on the bottom. Perhaps next time I'll try to keep more of the yeast in the bottle, but for now it isn't quite perfect.

Smell - Faint grapefruity hops along with a hint of bread and sweetness. Very pleasant but not overwhelming.

Taste/Mouth - Bitter hopping up front gives way to big malty sweetness. No real astringency from the alcohol, but it is detectable. Pleasant mild carbonation in a medium body. Dry finish lasts seemingly forever during which new flavors appear including a slight oak character. While very tasty, a 12 oz would have been a more appealing serving size.

Overall - A good beer and an interesting combination of the bastards. A little much on the palate for one person to tackle a bottle, not usually a problem I have with AB or Oaked AB, but this one seems to become a chore toward the end. I will definitely have it again as it was interesting and tasty, but not the first I'd recommend off the shelf.

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Clear and deep mahogany in color, the color is almost the same as the color of the bottle (so maybe that would be more dark brown?). Not the thickest head even with a slightly aggressive pour. Some retention and lacing but nothing incredible. Smell is amazing! Great pineapple and grapefruit hops that smell fresh as can be. Really impressive. Some malt but mainly those citrusy hops. This is definitely reflected in the taste. The taste is a more complex though. Its a great blend of some oak (presumably from the Oaked Arrogant) with some caremel malt and then the nice citrus hop kick as it goes down. A little bit of alcohol too but nothing bad. Mouthfeel was thicker but not too crazy with an oily slick left behind. Overall a great beer and the ABV is unnoticeable. My only critique is that its not all that different than the individual bastards but I guess its just a blend so obviously it'll share their characteristics.

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.