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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,106 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 112
Gots: 335 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper, ruddy brown. Head is just a shade off-white and is retrieving to a ring around the glass.

S: Bitter, bitter hops. Grapefruit and citrus zest are fairly prominent. Unlike AB and DB, there is also a caramel sweetness on the nose. Some sweet fruits, pears and apples with a pineapple tartness. Reviewed fresh so the alcohol is still noticeable.

T: Very bitter hops along with a smooth, caramel flavor. Perhaps this is the Oak aged lending its hand in the mix. Absolutely aggressive with the hops here, this is a big beer. Pineapple and grapefruit are very noticeable here.

M: All out attack on your bitter taste receptors. Bitterness lingers around the palate far after the beer has left your mouth. Licking the gums reveals a whole lot of grapefruity goodness and brings back a good amount of the bitterness.

D: Sipping this one slowly, hard not to. There is so much going on here that each sip brings on something new. As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more evident, making it even more of a sipper.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice reddish brown color with 1 and a half fingers of off white head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing.

S: Smell is mostly of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, herbal and piney hops. Behind that is some nice caramel malt, a bit of oakiness, and booze.

T: Very similar to the smell. Starts with the herbal, piney and citrusy hops, followed by oak sourness, then finishes with caramel malt and a bit of alcohol burn. Bitter hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium-full bodied and slightly sticky and slick.

D: Very drinkable, it is quite obvious that it is a mixture of 3 great beers, and goes down well.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable brew. I hope I can find another bottle in the near future.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special blend of 3 different Bastard Ales!!

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby color with about 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma has a good amount of piney, earthy and citrusy hops along with caramel malt notes, hints of vanilla and oak notes.

The taste also has a lot of hop flavor; piney, earthy and citrus notes. The middle has a good deal of caramel malt sweetness and that is followed by a decent amount of oak flavor and vanilla as well. Finishes very crisp, clean and dry.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. Can't smell or taste any alcohol.

This is a great addition to the Bastard line, but not the greatest in my opinion. Definitely try it if you can find it.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/burgundy colored body with a little bit of transparency. Sticky tan head that stays around.

S- Piney hops, citrus notes, toasted malt and toasted oak.

T- Piney hops up front, with biscuity malts coming through. Oak comes through in the middle and finishes like a very hoppy barleywine.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation. A full-flavored sipper.

O- Really captures the 3 bastards well. The hops come through from double, the oak comes through too and makes a great offering.

Photo of NefariousR
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish-brown mahogany with a one-finger off-white head. Thick, foamy, and sticky with great retention.
S - Pungent as all get-out. Grapefruit citrus, pine, caramel malt, sweet, dark fruits. Fantastic.
T - Big and flavorful. Sweet tastes are rounded out by a bitter bite that sticks with you. The citrus flavors combined with the sweet, thick malt palate really work well together.
M - Medium- to full-bodied. Sticky, keeping the flavor in your mouth for quite a while. Alcohol is noticeable in the throat and stomach.
D - This is a bruiser of a brew, so I'm not sure how "drinkable" it is in the traditional sense, but it still tastes fantastic -- I'd take it over many more "drinkable" beers.

Photo of azdback
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic Stone Silk screen bottle. Just to put an exclamation point on the Arrogance, the entire bottles writing has all of the middle letters mixed up. There have been studies that say only a small % of people can read this. Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass. Dark caramel color. Cloudy with just enough light to see the carbonation bubbles rising to create a beautiful two finger head that is light tan in color and rocky in appearance. Lace stays pretty sticky to the end and leaves a ring pattern.

Smell is of ultra sweet malts. Caramel and burnt sugar. Some citrus smells are still with this. There is also some bread or yeast flavors and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is initially a lot like original Bastard. Lots of burnt caramel and ultra citrus bitterness this quickly changes to the second component and that is Double Bastard and the flavors are really sweet malts with some alcohol burn. The last of the three I get are the char of the barrels. All three work very well together. I'm a fan!!

Mouth is spot on for an American Strong. Flavors are rich and full to the end. For a brew that isn't dark, at all, I would call this full bodied. There is just a bit of alcohol burn in the belly which I enjoyed. My tongue has been ruined just like the glass suggests.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I drank many of these earlier in the year but wasn't reviewing beers at the time. I think the last one I had I traded. This one comes from Handsombrewer, thanks Ben. I have an Arrogant Bastard every single night, have loved Double Bastard yearly and sporadically have enjoyed Oaked. Never, before this brew, did I think I would enjoy the three together. Wonderful idea and even better brew!!

Photo of jonvan04
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark brown and had a tan head. It had an awesome piney hop aroma which I wasn't expecting. This year's double bastard was very bitter but didn't have as much hop aroma, neither did the oaked or the regular bastard. This smelled as if it had been dry hopped after it was blended. The taste was more hop forward, but overall well balanced. It didn't have the bitter aftertaste of the double or even the arrogant bastard, the blending seems to have mellowed this out in a good way. This has to be one of the best releases Stone has put out this year. In this case, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of rdilauro
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have always loved the Stone Pale Ales
I am a big fan of the Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but tasting this one was even better.
Once, I opened the bottle, the hops hit me right in the face. It was awesome. The golden to dark color was perfect with a brownish creamy head.
The Hop taste came full force with the first mouthful. But the ale was perfectly balanced. It started great and ended even better.
One of the best Stones I have had

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep, brilliant and relatively clear copper color with a finger's wdith of sandstone colored head. Fair retention before breaking down to thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Chunks of lace cling to the sides with firm stick.

Smell - Nice citrus bouquet backed by plenty of caramel with faint hints of oak.

Taste - Boing! Starts with notes of caramel and hints of chocolate before quickly giving way to a strong citrus hop punch and a smooth oak undertone. Candied orange hits mid-taste and toward the finish. Hop bitterness reaches it's peak in the finish with a strong grapefruit rind character that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky texture with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - The conglomeration of AB, Oaked AB and DB tastes exactly as imagined; a bastardly blend of those bastard beers! A plethora of depth in flavor that would excite even the most advanced beer drinkers! If you have a Costco near you, go. Go now! The $15 Bastard Box is the steal of the year!

Photo of damndirtyape
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a Rastel tulip glass. Bottled 10/03/14.

Appearance: Bright deep dark amber to copper red. Light tan persistent thin head across the top. Plenty of persistent lacing - islands and strands.

Smell: Hoppy with citrus and orange, plus a sweetness under it all along with some pine. The hop aroma takes on some dankness at the beer warms up. It does indeed remind me of Arrogant Bastard with some Double Bastard thrown in.

Taste: Deeply hoppy with orange and citrus zest and some grapefruit as well. There is a solid malt middle to balance all the hops with caramel and bready malt flavors. The finish is a mildly lingering bitterness with pine and a hint of lemon. Alcohol well hidden for a 8.5% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick (approaching creamy), just right carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable....I wish I had another bottle right about now. I am indeed a lucky bastard for getting to enjoy this one, which does indeed come across as a blend of Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. I'm not detecting the oaked version of Arrogant Bastard in this, but I can tell it is a blend, and it's nicely done as well. Like an amped up version of the normal Arrogant Bastard - more intense but with some extra hop flavors thrown in.

Photo of rkarimi
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark red amber with a bubbly eggshell head. Okay lacing.

S - Very juicy & hoppy (pineapple, citrus & floral).

T - Malty, hoppy, bitter, floral & burnt caramel. Flavors come together & meld wonderfully.
M - In the light side of medium body with high carbonation.

O - Smell delivers, taste is obscenely good. Bitter malty hoppy goodness.

Photo of pkalix
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

An incredibly dark amber that glows a deep and clear red when held up to the light. A thick and soapy tan head that sticks around. Leaves a mess of lacing down the glass. A deep and rich color that begs you to ogle over it. A gorgeous beer.

The nose is full of citrus hops with a touch of pine and a distant woody aroma. The initial burst is of pungent citrus hops and then the nose turns extraordinarily and surprisingly sweet. I smell brown sugar and gooey caramel.

An attack of bitter hops, pungent citrus flavors, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a muted earthiness combine for one incredible taste. Even at its most "arrogant," this beer seems complete, refined, and balanced. If I had to criticize anything, its just a touch too sweet, but I'd only be nit-picking.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel that fits the beer exceptionally well.

A delicious hybrid of Bastard and Double Bastard. A welcome middle-ground and a delicious treat.

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a Duvel Tulip

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin foamy off white head.

Nose is big hops, as expected. The abrasiveness nature of the regular bastard meets the smooth sweetness of the double. the result is a relaxed, yet bright aroma. Very nice.

Taste is more like regular/oaked bastard than the double. It's almost like the blend calmed down the screaming bitterness found in Arrogant Bastard. I've read that AB is 100% Chinook hopped, and I do get a huge dose of Chinook in the flavor. Oak lingers a bit on the back end. Overall, a fitting tribute to the beer that has defined the American Strong Ale category.

Mouth is medium smooth. Drinks like a champ.

Very enjoyable brew from Stone.

Photo of larryarms847
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful mahogany with a lathery two finger head of foam.

Caramel, pine, citrus, dark fruits, and oak.

Vanilla, oak, raisins, dates, caramel, citrus, and pine. Hop resin aftertaste with some dark fruit as well.

Heavy bodied, medium-heavy caronation, resinous on the front end, dry finish.

Overall, this is one complex bastard.

Photo of hoppy91
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jclogston
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of david131
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep red liquid with some orange highlights. Lots of streams of rising carbonation make their way up through the hazy liquid and settles to a thin but creamy off white head.

S- Caramel, oranges, grapefruit, alcohol, and oak. Smells pretty heavy duty.

T- Grapefruit, watermelon, caramel, oak, and some alcohol. Malty, fruity, and bitter.

M- A very nice body. The carbonation is just right. Bitter on the finish.

D- A tasty beer with some apparent alcohol and some heavy bitterness. Still, it drinks pretty nice for one of the beers in the Arrogant Bastard series.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of StormKing47. Into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Deep red in color with a khaki colored head, not quite half an inch thick with awesome head retention. Head is incredibly dense and as it slowly recedes it leaves behind huge gobs of sticky lacing.

S: Pretty serious hop note up front with a decent amount of malt backbone, key note is piney resinous hops though. Surprising amount of oak in the nose as well, for this being a blend. A little bit of booze in there. Fairly bready malt, all around a nice smelling beer.

T: Wow, its everything and then some. Each "bastard" shows its face. Fair amount of bready malts, caramel, and just a touch of roast. Right when this beer starts to verge on the sweetness of a bigger maltier beer, it gets bitter and woody with a great lingering finish of oak and resinous hops. Has a few notes of citrus and even some honey. This is pretty damn tasty.

M: The thing that really stands out to me is how dry the beer is, carbonation is absolutely spot on, just enough to break things up and keep it from getting to thick. Not hot, but there's a touch of warmth here. Nice.

D: It won't be hard to split this bomber with my girlfriend, not at all. I really like this blend, and I think it works quite well. A solid beer. Glad I got to try this cuvee de bastard.

Thanks Josh!

Photo of hophead81
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of salvo
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.