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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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2,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 125
Gots: 402 | 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 costanzo_mike
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Seabass1964
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Evan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of mattycasey
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firstlighthiker
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of timnkate
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ahalloin
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into tulip.

Appearance is a dark copper color, slightly opaque with some cloudiness but with a nice color sheen. A slightly darker than off white head crown's the Lukcy Basartd nicely, dissipating to a thin ring atop the beer.

The smell is all Stone, all the time! I love it! Powerfully dank pungent hops make their presence known and felt as they waft from the surface. Hops exhibit major pine qualities and some subtler floral notes, making me think the Lukcy Basartd has a sensitive side. Some malt sweetness appears as the beer warms with notes of baked sweet breads and slight toffee. A slight tone of oak is noticeable as well from the Oaked Arrogant thread. Really, the focus is on the hops.

The taste has the biting nature of high alpha American hops (Chinook?) with notes of pine, some citrus, and a touch of floral/earthy hops. The malt backbone shows up a bit in the front with light caramel notes. Some vanilla oak notes shine through a bit as well. This quickly gives way to the incredibly bitter, medium dry finish. The finish also exhibits some moderate alcohol heat. The bitterness lingers long on the palate letting you know, this beer isn't wussy!

The mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. The alcohol heat in the finish is somewhat distracting producing a small ethanol character.

Drinkability is tough on this one. What you have is a great malt bill, coupled with massive hop aroma and flavor but with an unabashed bitterness and alcohol heat in the finish. I guess this Basartd has no qualms about who he is and isn't afraid to show it.

I like Stone beers a lot, however, the alcohol heat and exceeding bitterness turned me off a bit on this one.

Photo of ATPete
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a deep red/brown color with a small head that doesnt hang around for very long. A ton of sweet malts, a mild waft of alcohol and that signature, spicy Arrogant Bastard hop profile. Round creamy body, the sweetness of the malts dominate the flavor but i never once found the beer to be too cloying. Complex and layered with characteristics of all the beers blended showing their stuff. I loved it, im not the biggest Double Bastard fan and IMO this blend showed that beer wonderfully. Great job.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, copper, with an off-white one-finger head that dissipates to foam. Light lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops. Resiny. A slight maltiness, but those Stone hops are aggressive.

T: Piney but smooth. A really terrific blend of hops and malts. Lightly bitter. A nice smooth finish.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: The best of the Bastards, for sure. This one is much smoother and didn't take my head off like the Double Bastard. Terrific fresh. Recommended.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sevred at 50 dergees farhenhight. Botlted on 11/20/14

I dindt celalr this Basartd aile fore moar than won weake.

Tatsy and worht the ate bukcs. Stepp asied! Porst!

Photo of Biggcatch
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of mj81
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

From the bomber to a pint glass. Pours a really nice deep dark red with a very nice big frothy white head. Looks amazing. The head starts to slowly retreat but looks as though it's going to stick around for the majority of the drink. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. The smell right away is hoppy. Some pine, a hint of citrus and some fruits (mainly some cherry). There are some malt aromas, mainly in the background there is some caramel. As far as taste goes it's pretty comparable to the smell. At first I got a lot of malt followed by a nice bitter taste from the hops. Almost a lingering sweetness in there. Finishes with a nice hop bite, kind of piney in a way. Mouthfeel is a bit above average, by no means thin. I slightly high ABV, but a couple of these would be no problem. Very tasty and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Overall I wish I would have grabbed another one or two, an interesting blend of some solid Stone brews. Definitely wasn't let down.

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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

On tap at Reggie's Rock Club; poured into a 16oz clear plastic cup.

A: Dark red with an impressive fluffy white head that sticks around forever.

S: Intense citruscy and spicy hops with a bit of sweetness.

T: Taste exactly like what is in it. There is the sweet Arrogant Bastard base with the hoppy intensity of Double Bastard with the smoke and peat from Oak-Aged AB. All the flavours come together beautifully.

D: There is a bit of alcohol kick and hop bitterness to slow you down, but at 8.5 its surprisingly drinkable.

Overall: Another great offering from Stone. The Arrogant Bastard line is one of the most consistent any brewery produces and Lukcy Basartd is no different. This sits somewhere between Oaked Bastards and Double Bastard for me.

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

A: Dark caramel colored. Three fingers of soapy tan head...tons of texture. Curtains of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Caramel, toffee, raisins or prunes, citrus and floral hops.

T: Pretty well follows the nose. That raisin/prune taste really stands out to me. Caramel and toffee shows up, backed up by a citrus/herbal hop profile.

M: A little chewy. Leaves behind a thick film of bitter, dry aftertaste. Also leaves a tingly feeling behind. Love it.

O: Very easy to drink for an 8.5% strong ale. Good taste and smell, but the peripheral metrics(A/M) really stand out to me. Will buy this again.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.