Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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.
11-05-2012 03:34:42 | More by kojevergas
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.
05-11-2011 03:21:21 | More by jsulko
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
11-17-2010 22:14:26 | More by Urbancaver
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.
12-18-2010 01:41:53 | More by beertunes
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.
02-09-2011 00:39:16 | More by ppoitras
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.
01-03-2011 08:36:30 | More by harrymel
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
01-09-2011 16:03:39 | More by BARFLYB
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.
03-11-2011 03:29:43 | More by vfgccp
2.93/5 rDev -29.7%
Served in New Belgium globe glass.
A: Pours deep amber with head that rises and looks like deep-dish pizza dough. When it punches itself down, nice, intricate lacing is left sticking to the glass. The beer itself is clear but filled with sediment. Good effervescence.
S: Toasted and caramel malts followed by what were once pungent tropical fruits. Intense instant tea aromas and a little earthiness are also present.
T: Toasted and caramel malts and intense tea-like flavors hog spotlight. The fruity and hoppy notes are almost totally absent. Intense, monolithic bitterness butts in mid-palate and does not let go. Weedy, bitter finish.
M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Sticky, yet drying.
O: I knew aging Lukcy Basartd would be a gamble, but I figured it was worth the risk. This beer was best fresh. Drink 'em if you got 'em.
07-26-2011 04:13:21 | More by Wadsey
2.68/5 rDev -35.7%
This was the first beer I reviewed on BA about 2 years ago. I enjoyed it so much I felt I had to tell the world. 400 beer reviews later and it's finally back again.
Ruby Red with 1 finger of white head. Good retention and excellent clarity.
Toffee, Pine Sol, grapefruit zest, Fruity Pebbles and sugar.
Vicious hop action is all over this in the form of Pine Sol cleaner, Fruity Pebbles and grapefruit zest. Nothing juicy, just abrasive and artificial. Has a nice thick malt backbone comprised of toffee and table sugar. There's also a hint of something burnt in there.
Medium-full bodied, oily, bitter and dry.
Not a cohesive brew. The hop and malt bill really seem to work against each other. A beer that I once loved is now just cloying and annoys me. It's amazing how much taste buds can change in a couple years.
Original Review (2010)
A: 4.0, N: 4.0, T: 5.0, M: 3.5, O: 4.5
Final rating: 4.5
Beautiful ruby color with nice lacing and head. Aggressive citrus and pine upfront; slightly spicy with a hint of floral. Big malty caramel backbone with just a hint of oak and vanilla. This is easily my favorite "13asartd." I really hope Stone brews this again for upcoming years.
12-02-2012 14:52:06 | More by justintcoons
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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