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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 138
Gots: 434 | FT: 9
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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 Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep ruddy amber, brownish color with a one finger of creamy, khaki colored head. Head retains nicely leaving big sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose boozy, big caramlized malts, and toffee notes...light dark fruits hit up in the background.

T: Taste starts with an undercurrent of booze amidst big caramelized malts and toffee notes. Nice dark fruit comes through - mostly raisin and come fig. Finish has some grapefruit hop presence that blends nicely with the malt flavoring that hands on through.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and slightly prickly at the back of the mouth.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style.

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Photo of soze47
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a bomber of this and poured it into an oversized wine glass for a night cap. I think the Bastard line is just so-so, with Oaked being by far my favorite, but I'm hoping to get the best of all three.

Appearance: Deep rich, slightly translucent, which gives it tiger wood coloring. Very thick, yet foamy head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy off the bat, but more caramelly malts keep coming out as it warms. The oak is there too, which is great. Nothing to complex or intriguing, but it smells like a bastard.

Taste: Piney hops come out first, but there is a nice balance of the oaked and caramel/roasted malt that come out. There is a warming alcohol bite, especially while drinking the second glass. This profile it sharp and biting, but never overwhelms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Easy drinking, but the robust flavor gets to be a bit much. A bomber is a perfect sized outing for this one. The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied.

Overall: I think Lukcy does a good job of bringing out the best qualities of all the other three Bastard lines. It is hoppy and bitter like the flagship. The caramel malt brings a good, somewhat complex richness like Double. And the oaked qualities do a good job of tying it all together. Usually, I think Double is too rich, regular is not balanced, and oaked is only good for its oaky goodness. This one brings all their strengths together and helps hide all of their collective weaknesses.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep auburn with ruby tones, slightly hazed. A fairly thick tanned head bubbles up, retaining pretty well while eventually fading into some bubbly film. Leaves plenty of spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Strong nose with citrus and heavy pine hops. Hints of oak with a splash of alcohol and some caramel as well.

Begins strong and bitter with a heaping dose of pine hops. Powerful citrus, rind, grapefruit, and zest combine with lasting flavor. A mildly sweet malt base is hidden towards the middle with caramel, bread, and earth tones. The oaked portion is evident as well with a bit of raisins and dates. Finishes with bitter hoppiness and some alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, varies from creamy and smooth to dry and chewy feels. Drinks well, although the occasionally intense bitterness and boozy tones slow it down a bit. Solid beer from Stone, but not my favorite.

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Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Melt. Served in a pint glass.

A new bastard in town? One with all the brashness of Double Bastard, all the taste of Oak-aged Bastard and the intricate balance of the Arrogant Bastard? How is this possible - is this a mutant super bastard? The world will never know. The risk with trying to genetically engineer a hybrid is you never know when you're going to get the worst of all parts instead of the best. How did this turn out? Read on...

Lukcy Bastard is amber with touches of honey on the bottom. The beer is hazy but is not cloudy. There is a trickle of noticeable carbonation rising from the bottom. It's a nice looking beer, even if there's just a haze of head on top.

Oak is the first thing that jumps out, then some caramel malt. But, as soon as I notice any intricate details, grapefruit and grassy hops slam me over the head. This is anything but juicy; still, it has good hoppiness to it.

The oak I found in the nose was subdued in the taste, much to my chagrin. I'd like more of the oak aged bastard's wood and hops here. But there are some grassy, bitter hop flavors driving the taste here. Also, a touch of citrus - orange and grapefruit - come through in the palate but aren't prominent enough for me. All of these flavors are anchored by a sweet malt base that tastes a bit of burned sugar. The real bastard here is the ton of booze that ruins the end of every sip. Still, not a poorly crafted beer, just not blended to my specs.

Lukcy is medium bodied with some nice carbonation. The biggest problem with the mouthfeel (and, even to some extent the drinkability and taste) is the somewhat watery and boozy finish. To me, this experiment resulted in a new bastard without the best qualities of the other three.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick off white head with good retention with an aggressive poor on a fairly clear deep copper body.

S: aroma is excellent and very enticing with floral, grapefruit and orange citrus, toasted malts and caramel. actually a nicely balanced hop and malt profile here.

T: opens almosty like a barleywine with malts and candy sugar mocing to earthy and pine hops which is unexpected for the aroma. then it finishes a bit sharp and boozy with more caramel malts and pine.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one isnt bad, just a lot of unexpected f.avors. definitly malt forward, still a good beer,

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Central Market this week and figured I should pick it up. We don't get Double Bastard here, so I figured that this was the best way to go. I'm so lukcy! Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a deep, dark red with a brown-tinged white head. The head is thick as all heck, but doesn't stay around for long. If there was more to the head, I'd rate it higher.... but I just can't justify it.

The initial nose is wonderful. First comes the hops. Arrogant Bastard was the first truly hoppy beer I had and those wonderful hops are still seared in my mind. Afterward comes the American Barleywine sweetness and thickness. Malty as all heck. There's also a slight hint of vanilla. I actually can smell parts of all 3 Bastards in here, awesome.

The taste is slightly disappointing relative to the nose. The hops take a bit of a backseat and the booziness takes over. Maybe a bit too hot and not hoppy enough. Wish it were better. I can get some oakiness, but it's more muted. I'm a bit disappointed by the way this came out.

That being said, this beer has good carbonation and is pretty drinkable for the size. I just wish the flavor wasn't masked by the huge booziness.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is thick with a lingering 1/2 inch head - does the souffle thing. Scent is surprisingly malty with just a hint (barely) of oak.

Taste is more like the Bastard you expect. Haven't had the Double so I'm not sure how strong of a presence it makes. Good pine flavor, decent resin/malt backbone, oak on the aftertaste (not too strong when cold but much heavier as it warms).

Not a common feature of Stone for me but this gets better as it warms. Doesn't hold a candle to Ruination but the oak makes this better than your average Bastard. This beer loses what it gains by the oak with the idiotic label. If you get past the first paragraph without a headache you're the better man.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big props to coryking for picking this up for me

pours a really dark ruby red with light brown. nice thick creamy head just cakes the top of this.

not as much on the nose as i had expected. what i do pick up is citrus, lots of tangerine and orange with faint grapefruit.

taste is like the nose, lots of citrus! i pick up a dominating orange and tangerine again with a light grapefruit in the finish. its seriously like biting into citrus fruit. very malty but slightly overpowered by the hops. light sweetness.

thick body, nice and chewy. nice moderate carbonation.

very nice, i enjoyed this. i think i prefer the bastards as a solo effort but this was def cool of Stone to do

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall yellowish tan colored head.

Smells strongly hoppy with pine and menthol being the strongest. I smell wood, caramel, ash, eucalyptus and a slight amount of mint. In short this is a hop bomb.

Starts out neutral to slightly sweet with a very creamy texture. Pretty much not a lot happening with the flavor, just a strong hoppy bittersweet ale without much nuance. The taste reminds me of Guinness FES.

Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, easily the strongest point of this beer.

Drinkability is good. Strong hoppy ale with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky chestnut tone with a khaki finger of head... impressive retention; suberb lacing. great presentation.

potent nose is headlined by citrus hops and caramel malts; some earthy, oakiness is present.

flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off, with strong citrus hoppy notes (maybe a touch of pine) balanced by a caramel malty backbone. bitter, hoppy finish... tasty brew, ABV is well-hidden.

medium-full body with some chew to it; average carbonation. very, very solid beer, though for my money not big drinkability.

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Photo of vgarneth
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Stone's brews. Drank on the eve of February 8th 2011, watching Billy Gardell's stand up "Halftime" on Comedy Central with a good friend of mine. Nice appearance, nose, and mouthfeel. Drinkability is just over average, but fits well with the Arrogant Bastard Ale series.

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Photo of jslot38
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: For lack of a better term this a muddy complexion, mahogany in color. Absolutly non transparent. Head is a bubbly pure white.

Aroma: Load of caramel, some hop spice, a bit of oak, and rye bread.

Taste: Not as hoppy as some of the versions on their own. Loads of malt with a pine resin, grass, and spicy hop flavor intermingled. Lots of caramel, a bit of oak, dark bread, raisins.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level, bit of slickness from the hop resins. A bit abrasive.

Drinkability: Split this with a friend. Could probably drink it all, but it is a big beer. An interesting concept. I've also had the Sierra Nevada Anniversary ale based on a similar concept. Both are good and interesting but I tend to like the beers on their own better. Still, solid and good.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $6.99 on Nov. 15, 2012). Mahogany reddish brown with 1 ½ fingers of khaki tan head. Good caramel thick retention on the top and good foamy retention on the sides.

Smelled a mix of a bunch of different flavors. Noticed the hops first, seemed to be dates or raisins though. Also got toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. Definitely the best part of the beer.

Tasted a lot different than I expected. Got oaky wood, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates. Grapefruit hops, but not overly strong. Could taste the alcohol though. Pretty bitter on the tongue.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, warm finish. Felt very good after.

A decent beer overall, but I was hoping for more. The taste was a bit much and didn’t really work for me. Just too much going on. Some of my ratings could have gone either way, but I’d try it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter. No bottle date. C'mon, Stone!

Appearance - Off white head. Deep amber body. A bit murky. Decent head and some nice lacing and retention.

Smell - Soapy. Hops have faded, I suppose. It's distinctly Stone-ish in its aroma. Still a little hoppy with a blend of caramel and darker malts.

Taste - It's a bit oxidized. Just a bit. A little wet cardboard inching its way into this one. Otherwise, it tastes quite nice. Hoppy at first, but it passes quickly. Similar profile to Arrogant Bastard with a stronger chocolate malt presence. Maybe more pale malts, too. Definitely a touch of oak to this, probably the predominant source of the oxidation flavors. Still has the traditional bitter Stone finish.

Overall - Getting old, obviously. I'm sure there aren't many people out there drinking a year and a half old Lucky Bastard. Still a tasty beer. The oxidation doesn't bother me much. At this level, it adds just a bit of complexity to an amped-up Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Injoyed this one at my favorite el bar crunchys.

Dark amber translucent looking beer. Head hangs around well in a foamy light tan head. Kinda a fruity aroma, bit of rye maltyness, and some grapefruit.

Lots of citrus hops in the tastes. Finishes mildy bitter with a bite of a alcohol bite. Not as smooth as most of stones beers but still pretty damn good

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a beautiful mahogany color. It has a long lasting tan head. Consistency is awesome and leaves a curtain of lacing. Nose is mostly citrus. Lots of grapefruit to start. Its a little sour in the middle and you get some sweet caramel notes in the background to balance it out a little. The taste is a little more balanced than the nose. You still get the citrus hops up front but the caramel sweetness is more pronounced giving it better balance. Neither aspect so far is complex yet both are spot on and very tasty. Mouth feel somewhat full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not bad seems a little bit thick for these sort of flavors. Its a sipper for sure. A bomber should suffice.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to me for picking this one up for me.

Pours a deep mahogony with a half finger of tan head that fades pretty quickly to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is not as potent as I was expecting. I get some notes of oak and citrus hops with some hints of pine in the background. I was expecting the aroma to be pretty potent and I'm a little let down.

The taste is actually a big step up from the aroma. I get some sweet caramel malt and vanilla with some bitter grapefruit in there as well.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with a good bit of carbonation. Not necessarily my ideal sipper beer, but it's pretty heavy duty and will stand up well to a good meaty dinner.

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Photo of popery
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Good beer, but the idea is stronger than the execution. I'm a big fan of blending and hope that more brewers explore the process, but every blended beer isn't a masterpiece. This beer has a bit too much of the raw and rough flavors of fresh DB for my tastes. There's a relatively strong booze-acetone note in the aroma that drowns out some of the complexity. There are also some very nice notes of caramel and aggressive pine/grapefruit rind hops. Taste-wise, it's quite successful. There's a wonderfully bitter pine resin/citrus pith tone on top of layers of caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a bit astringent at first, but that's more of a palate issue. Some very nice flavors coat the mouth and linger. Also, the beer is quite pretty - darkened reddish amber with a thick ecru head. Lucky Bastard is a wonderful expression of Stone's influential viewpoint in American craft beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a deep pretty dense copper body with a thick golden tan sticky head that stays creamy for much of the beer. There are a few slow microbubbles that glide up the side of the glass.
S- The dry musty grapefruit green hops have some more layers of woody notes and pineapple weed with a finish of pine sap. T- The pungent green juicy hops are very dark but bright. Some caramel malt sweetness comes through underneath and a finish of green citrus hops fade into a lingering pungent hops flavor. As the beer opens the finish takes on more of a harsh dandelion green bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are nice and full but take on more of a pungent bitterness instead of having a full flavor. The malt offers some nice support but the dandelion bitterness just stained my tongue without offering the hop aroma and flavor to support it

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Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 8.5% abv. so I hope this is the right beer, the pic looks correct.
Pours out a really nice slightly cloudy dark ice tea color with 1/2 finger of off-white creamy suds.
Smell is sugar malt and yeast with a raisin bread soaked in alcohol sort of thing going on.
Taste is bitter at first and strong alcohol with a bit of sugar towards the end. Not much else going on here. There is some date/bitter raisin flavors but very subtle.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a high gravity brew.
Drinkability is only slightly low because the flavor carries the beer despite the high abv.

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright amber color, crystal clear, with a fingers worth of a creamy light brown head (dissipated to a lacing after a minute or so). Decent alcohol legs for only being 8.5%.

S: Huge wave of brown sugar hits you in the nose right off the bat. The Hops are definitely there but hide pretty well behind that enormous brown sugar smell. Nice faint Vanilla. Overall smells more malty than hoppy.

T: The flavor is honestly a real surprise in contrast to the aroma. Obviously very hop forward as this is a Bastard. There's a slight sweetness at the end that tastes caramelized and almost on the verge of a burnt flavor (not in a bad way).

M: Carbonation is pretty average. Mouth-feel is on the lighter side of creamy. A lingering dryness on the tongue.

O: The aroma threw me for a loop, I was actually really looking forward to tasting some of that brown sugar so when it wasn't there that was a little disappointing. Although after I got over the lack of the brown sugar I really enjoyed it. Had just the right amount of kick without feeling boozy.

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Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: shaker pint serving, dark brown in color, with an average off-white head

s: big piney hop nose, dark evergreen, cuts right through a malt body that isn't exactly weak - toffee, caramel, and some fruity aromas do their best to provide a counter note, pretty nice

m: carbonation moderate, with a body somewhere around the medium range

t: pungent pine hop flavors with a full-on pithy bitterness sit on a malt body of caramel, toffee, toast, and a light side of roasted malts, somewhat sweet, something like a dark dipa, flavorful but certainly on the bold, unrestrained hop side

d: a nice enough beer, a little on the strong side for higher drinkability marks

draft at FireWorks, Arlington

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Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a crimson colored body and a smaller, off white head...the head became a wispy cap and left some lacing

S - As I figured, this one is full of bold and aggressive hop notes...grapefruit, pine, and a touch earthiness...dark, crystalized caramel malt lend a nice backbone

T - A kick in the mouth with aggressive hops right up front...I'm getting a citrus flavor...the hops fade out a bit and are balanced by the crystalized malts...there is also a touch of vanilla, so the oak is a touch present...the finish is bitter and full of resinous piney hops

M - Medium bodied...smooth going down and aggressivly bitter

D - This was a pretty good blend of all three bastards...I was okay with the oak notes not being too strong and I loved the assertive hop presence...I would rather have the original bastard though

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Photo of cooncat
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a local pub on tap last night.

Served in a standard pint glass (which is really 14.5 oz ... have to talk with the manager about that one of these days).

The beer is amber in color, perhaps with some light garnet hues. (tough to tell in a darkened bar). My glass was served with about a 1/2" head, which had decent retention for the abv. Also, some lacing evident as the glass is drained.

Smell is huge on hops, and I'm picking up mostly Centennial, though maybe some Amarillo is in there. Can't get much malt in the nose off this hop bomb.

The tastes follows the nose in that this is a Centennial hop bomb. This is nothing like the rest of the "Bastard series", which I consider pretty malty. There is enough malt to support the huge hops, but just barely. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation at about the 2 volume level. (at least at my bar)

My drinkability score reflects that this is a 9.2% abv brew, and thus isn't a session brew. I could possibly do 2 without feeling "impaired". Also, Centennial isn't my favorite hop (I'm a home brewer) ... guess that's a personal thing, but I'm not a fan of 2 Hearted for the same reason. Still, I enjoyed the (mini) pint, and if I'd had the time, I'd probably have had another.

If you're a bonafide Stone hophead, this one's for you. Find it, buy it, drink it!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany-ish ruddy brown. Two inches or so of tan head. Foamy.

Smells like biting pine and bittering bitterness, plus a heaping load of oaked caramel. Yipes. I kind of thought we'd be seeing the oak toned down. Guess not.

Beer tastes oak-y, with caramel, a huge pine blast of bitterness on the aftertaste. Needs moar citrus. Maybe some dry grapefruit rind, and that's about it. Even the caramel is blasted away by the oak and bitterness, leaving just the barest sweet tinge.

Not a bad beer. Not that great, either.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.