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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,397
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 137
Gots: 434 | 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 surprenant1138
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Approx 1/2 inch creamy, tan head that quickly fades away. Slow lacing. Dark amber in color. Earthy, dry aroma with hints of pecan, almonds. Taste is similar, and slightly oaky with a dry hoppy undertone. Taste lingers long after sipping. Mouthfeel is heavy, with a good amount of carbonation feeling. This is a fantastic addition to the line of "Bastard" ales. (381 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is like the AB grand cru

appearance: deep dark copper/brown with some good head rentention and wonderful lacing

smell: caramel malts, huge hop presence

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. awesome flavorful maltbackbone with some oak, vanilla, caramel notes backed up with tons of fresh hops.

mouthfeel: medium bodied and light for a dark beer

drinkability: this is the best bastard overall. great series and does the craft beer worl great justice. (491 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can! (901 characters)

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from 22oz bomber:

A - Beautiful amber color, thin head, sticky lacing

S - Complex strong hoppy scents, spicy, citrus, wood, oh man I think its giving me wood.

T - This is right up my alley, bitter hoppiness, citrus notes followed by all types of spice...even vanilla bourbon hints.

M - Medium/Heavy bodied, low/medium carbonation.

D - This is right up my alley, excellent beer. (405 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AP: Pours a deep golden copper color. tan, foamy head. lots of lacing.
S: Citrusy hops and a nice hint of mowed grass. smells like springtime.
T: Such an interesting combo of tastes. Crisp hop presence up front, a little bit of malt mixed in between, and ends with a nice oak flavor. very rich all around, but not overpowering. clean finish.
M: smooth, higher carbonation then expected, pretty nice
D: incredibly high (420 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass dark amber. Off white head. Smells boozey, spicey, malty, grasslike, and toffee sweet.
This beer is similar to arrogant bastard, but, it is more balanced and drinker friendly. It is a huge hop/malt beer but somehow balances perfectly! A long bitter hop/alcoholic aftertaste.
Medium density mouthfeel with that bitter kick. This drinks WAY to easy for the abv! Need to buy a case of this offering. (437 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On tap again at Uptown Brothers in Denver. Served in a schooner glass and was a red copper color with very good head retention. Absolutely loved the aroma with very vivid citrusy hop tones with a slighthint of vanilla and oak. Flavor upfront was again the citrus hops followed by some serious malt character. Not overly bitter or sweet, very good balance.

Very good beer. I plan on stocking up with a few bombers.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 12-30-2010 20:51:24 (607 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From one lukcy basartd to all others, for such are we who are worthy. Thank Stone for the gargoyles.

"Oepn yuor mnid. Use a craobwr if you msut." - From the label. Reminds me of Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix: "Free your mind." This is definitely a beer best enjoyed after choosing the red pill - no illusions about this strngo ael.

Got this at Whole Foods in Bend, Oregon in April. Tonight seemed right - it's a feeling thing. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $6.99.

A-poured a hazy copper-medium amber with a two-finger, rich creamy head with ample lacing.

S-Rich, sweet malt aroma with a floral hop bouquet. Very pleasant array of aromas from orchard fruits to toffee sweetness. Nice blend of malts and citrus hops.

T-Like somewhere between an ordinary barleywine and a double IPA. It's very good, and close to great. Definite sweet malts reminiscent of dark dried fruits like dates and raisins. Hop bitterness is very nicely balanced, and predominantly grapefruit noted.

M-This has got to be the smoothest 8.5% ABV beer I have ever enjoyed. Drinks like a session beer, except it will kick your hind-pots. Perfectly balanced and carbonated. Not even the faintest hint of alcohol - dangerously smooth.

O-I enjoyed this very much and regret I have no more. No banal beer, this one. Hats off Stone. Just might be the best bastard of 'em all. (1,373 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gentle pour yields 1/4 finger of tan head with good retention. Clear burgundy liquid. Nice

S: Nice juicy crisp hops and tropical fruit. Slight toffee, subdued but pronounced Man Candy.

T: Burnt roast, fish oil, all Bastard, cacophonous. Not as dominant as I remember Bastards being, semi-subdued in fact. Delicious and balanced. Great guava and papaya, sweet as well. Where's the alcohol?

M: Gentle, balanced, mellow but bitter. No heat.

D: Very nice. I want another and will buy again. This blend of the three is better than any of them alone. One of the best I've had from Stone. (588 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter
Never thought Id get the chance to try out this bastard
2012 release

A- Pours a very deep amber color. A 1.5 finger of a slightly off tan colored head. Good head retention.

S- I get a fresh piney hop up front. A bit of an herbal, garlic note. Somewhat spicy. A slight woody character. A massive and smooth malt load.

T- A moderate bitterness up front. The malts sweep over and really dominate the moth of the beer. There is a ton of toffee, a bit of caramel and a slight herbal nutty note. There is a slight wood flavor to this beer that really rounds out all the flavors. The hop presence in this beer is strong. There is a slight pine at first and a minimal amount of citrus. The hops are mostly spicy, oniony, earthy hops. Aftertaste is bitter and sticky with a nice hoppy flavor.

M- Not quite doubly bastard thick but A huge bodied brew. Also quite bitter. Getting through a bomber by yourself is going to be all you can do for the night.

O- Awesome stuff. I wouldn't want to age it at all. Its amazing how different it is from the rest of the bastard series. This is a badass bastard and im glad it was re-released.

Also, I must have read the label at least a dozen times before I realized it was spelled incorrectly. (1,259 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim as I had no idea at the time there was a new bastard. Really digging this one!

A - Nice dark not quite see through amber colour pour with a big, foamy two finger light off white head. Light side lacing but a nice healthy cloud of foam remains atop the brew.

S - Picking up some nice oaky notes along with roasty malts and pleasant hops. Really the best aromatic attributes of each bastard blended into one.

T - Much like the nose this is really, really delicious. Picking up earthy, bitter hops, some roasty sweet malts, and a strong oak finish. Again, the best qualities of each combined into something amazing.

M - Nice and creamy, low almost medium carbonation on this one.

D - Great great appearance and taste really makes this stand out as far as bastards go. The alcohol is a bit more present than I'd like when holding it in the mouth. Plan on aging one of these for 2 years and seeing how it holds up! (936 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark ruby brown with a two-finger length of-white head that retains very well. There is plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are a lot of hop aromas in the smell. I get the typical citrus and pine. There's some oakiness and plenty of caramel malt. There's a lot going on here in the flavor. Those hops are up front and are somewhat dank with plenty of citrus. The piney hops are stronger in the back end and there is a nice lingering aftertaste. I get the caramel oakiness that is typical of the oaked bastard. There's a solid malt backbone here that is typical of the regular arrogant bastard. There is some alcohol too. It almost seems like I get different aspects of the different bastards with each sip. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. It's a smooth beer that drinks very well. This is an excellent beer. (908 characters)

Photo of snpub540
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that this beer brought me back to why I first sarted loving Stone in the first place. It poured a nice murky brown hue that had some copper highlights and a nice tan head that left some very nice sheets of lace down on the glass.

The smell was very enticing with both malts and hops being represented very well. Toasted breand and caramel take care of the malt aromas while pine and grass, with a slight hint of grapefruit make up the hop smells.

Taste is a sweet caramel and bready flavor upfront followed by the roasted malts, and the pine and tropical fruit flavors make up for the dry bitter finish. Very tasty and the lingering aftertaste makes you want to take sip after sip.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. This is a great blend and all the flavors of Bastards that I fell in love with are represented. The smoothness of Oaked, the warming alcohol of Double, and the sharp aggressiveness of the Original AB all unite to make one of the most if not perfect beer from Stone Brewing I have ever tasted. I wish I had a whole case of this. (1,077 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Dark burgundy/brown with a tan finger head.

S- Grapefruit and pine hops, dark fruits, oak, and caramel. Can really smell all three Bastards in it, just amazing and screams drink me!!

T- Nice hoppy bitter flavor, oak, dark fruits, a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. All three Bastards blend together very well.

M- Smooth, nice medium body.

D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I would like to see how it taste with a little bit of age on it because the alcohol a little hot right now. If you enjoy the Bastards this is a must try!! (577 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour looked like a fresh bottle of double bastard. Deep ruby color with a finger and a half of white head. Some nice lacing as well.

S: The nose is pure dank hops. Really pungent. The best part of this beer. You got a touch of the oak but not much. It was a nice subtle touch. Little bit of booze and some malt creeping through.

T: The taste was nice and complex. Oaked bastard IMO is not that great and way to expensive but in this blend it really worked out nicely. It was hoppy and boozy and everything you would expect from this beer. It also had a nice dept of flavor.

M: Carbonation was sharp but not overwhelming. The body was slightly on the thick side of medium.

D: I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I love DB but could leave the others and this was a nice compromise between the best of all three. Not to be cellared this needs to be consumed ASAP. (875 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9.2% and there is no date.

Appearance: From the pour I got a tall tan head on top of a deep crimson red body. The head is long lasting and makes lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are deep bitter herbal and resin like pine hop notes over a sweet lightly toasted and caramel like maltiness.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a deep hop character with resin like pine notes along with some herbal and bitter orange oily notes. This all sets up on a sweet brown sugary and toffee like malty backbone. It also has a very slight hint of earthy woody oak. This adds another nice layer of subtle complexity. The finish has a pleasant hop bitter linger that just hangs on long enough to be interesting and note over stay its welcome. On the palate the mouth feel is medium to full with a slightly oily yet sticky feel and the carbonation is soft but still active.

Notes: To start with all the beers that were blended here are excellent on there own. Blended together they work well with each other and other a new excellent and complex beer. (1,147 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at about cellar temp split with a friend poured into a nonik pint.

pours out a huge billowy off white head, had to wait for it to settle a few minutes before finishing the pour. amazing looking cap. dark ruby red body with a touch of sediment. lots of lace and great retention.

aroma is full of freshly picked whole flower hops. also some pellet hops, lots of pine, citrus, perfumey, tons of resin. malts take a back seat, but the hops smell amazing.

great tasting hops, much better balance than the aroma would suggest, still very hop forward though. fresh, piney, citrusy, perfumy hops balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

so smooth, great feeling carbonation, nothing overdone. hops are felt on the palate after each sip.

abv is not noticable at all, drinks so easy. IMO this is one of the better ones from the bastard series, highly recommended. i definatly be picking up some more real soon. (920 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale is a delicious variation on the bastard series.

A: Dark red orange colour and a huge head that lasts. 5

S: Piney hop aroma with some sweet maltiness too. 4.5

T: Malty with a pine woody tang from the hops. The finish is woody with a slight alcohol kick. 4.5

M: Silky with some slight carbonation. The hop oils are noticeable. 4.5

O: Yum, Yum. It has the hoppiness of Arrogant Bastard with some of the complexity of Double Bastard. 4.5 (462 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Bastard no matter how it's spelled! 2013 version, best by Jan. 31, 2013. From a 22oz bottle into my favorite snifter.

Pours a beautiful clear garnet. About two finger of khaki foam, nice tight bubbles, really solid retention with some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Hoppy upfront, with some resinous pine and grapefruit. Tons of toffee, bready malts in the middle. Hints of oak and vanilla. Bit of booze in the finish with some earthy hops.

Not as hoppy upfront as the nose, still get some of those awesome dry hopped citrus/pine flavors. Tons of malt. Hits all the notes; from cereal to caramel to dark fruit to a bit of roasty and even a faint hint of chocolate. The Oaked lends it's traits with some wood and vanilla flavors. Bitter throughout. Definitely some alcohol of the back of the tounge.

A solid medium heavy, but with ample carbonation. Bitter and dry in the finish. Tons of flavor but still very drinkable, maybe dangerously so.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer. It does manage to be better than the some of it's parts. The dry hopping is what seals the deal for me. A truly one of a kind American ale. Buy this if you see it. While you will appreciate this more if you have tried the three other Bastards, it is a fine beer independently. Drink it fresh. Cheers! (1,309 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear ruby red with a light brown, frothy, pillowy head that builds well and fades slowly leaving behind good lace and great retention. Nice when held up to light.

S: Huge burst of sweet, roasted malt, caramelized sugar, maple sugar, wood, earth, and a bit of booze. Give it a swirl to build the head again and some really complex aromas come out. Maple syrup, bourbon, dark, dried fruits...as the beer warms, some strange metallic aromas come out and it smells too sweet. I'm not gonna knock it too much because it's been in my glass for nearly two hours.

T: The flavors are very complex, as well. Heavily roasted, almost smoked or charred malt stand out with hints of booze and wood. The booze is very complementary with the malt character. In my opinion, the blend works out really well. I'm a big fan of this.

M: Surprisingly not-so-heavy body with a clean, flavorful finish. Fairly cloying at room temperature with plenty of time to breathe. But that's just the heavy roasted malt tiring out the palate I'm sure.

O: Awesome concept with equally awesome execution. To me, the Oaked Bastard really shows itself. Fantastic stuff! (1,144 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a badass looking 22oz bottle into my Ommegang goblet. Nice off white finger of nicely retaining, nicely lacing head. Straight up cherry cola colored. Words cannot describe the nose, but I'll try. Oak. Citrus. Prune. Cola. Sweet malt. Cherry. Amazing. Big flavor. I'd imagine it'll age like a champ. Some pineapple, pine, passion fruit. dark roasty flavors, oak. LOOONG bitter finish. Drying out my mouth long finish. Chalky. Drinks pretty good. This little bastard didn't let me down. (496 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip

So, glad that they re-released this and along with a BA version as well.

A: Beautiful amber-tinged copper color. Some lacing and a fast receding head. Almost no collar.
S: Sweet malts and resinous pine hops.
T: This is crazy hoppy. It really comes across as an Imperial Red/Amber ale. The sweetness from the malts is definitely in there. A bit sweet, but lots of resinous hop oils in there to meld with it and just taste delicious. I really wonder how this would taste in a year from now.
M: Nice bit of carbonation that fluffs it up just enough to best deliver the flavor.
O: This might be the best of the bunch. I want to say that it is definitely the hoppiest one. The Double Bastard probably beats it for aging, but who can beat a pre-made brewery cuvee? (819 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Okay, that was one of the most difficult labels to read...EVER! A spell-checkers nightmare! That aside, though, the beer is fantastic. The scent of piny, resiny hops and intense malt hit you immediately, and from from a distance. It's a complex smell, lots of wood scents, citrus (grapefruit), and alcohol. Toasted, roasted scents and a little distant pepper. Great! The taste is equally intense...bitter, but balanced. Aggressive hops, semi-sweet, lots of malt (especially prominent in the hind-taste). Decent carbonation and a pronounced warming. The beer is incredibly drinkable. Wow! (587 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this beer, the label is a dislexic's dream or nightmare. Either case I couldn't totally read it to find out the specs of the beers blended to create this bottle. Oh fuckin' well. Pours a dark copperish with bright amber highlights. Really mice head... He he, head! Chunky and foamy like a root beer float. The aroma is delicious, malty like a mo, fragrant floral hops like stuffing your nose in fresh cut flowers, I can smell the pollen. Some caramel, a touch of rice cake and a little bit of glue. Medium to full bodied, slick. Caramel sweetness, pineapple, and citrus. Lush hop profile, super oily, citrusy and pine. Finishes pine tar dryness and alcohol fueled zip. Awesome.

Cheers! (708 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Deep amber color great clarity nice head great lacing

S: this is such a resiny hoppy crazy smell mixed with battery acid this beef smells like it's going yo bad sour

T: Such a deep resiny taste with just a nice bite on the end the malts may be there but they are overwhelmed by the resiny hops although it's not that bitter on the finish

M: Syrupy thickness this thing lays on your tongue but it's not bad low to medium carbonation

O: this is a stupidly thick resin bomb I love it but if you aren't ready to have your hops ripped apart I'd skip it. if you are looking for fruity or delicate this is not it this is brutal and beautiful while it satisfying a stupidly bitter up front hop taste. (737 characters)

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.