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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 128
Gots: 417 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 2,343 | Reviews: 776
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into an imperial pint glass.

The Lucky Basartd is similar to its brethern with ruby amber color, good clarity, and thick long-lasting head. As it settles, a nice lace is left in its wake.

Aroma is also similar to the bastards that came before it but seems more amped up in terms of hops. The smell is pure hophead bliss with great west coast character, ie. citrus.

It's flavor is similarly hard to fault. A rich and robust caramel malt backbone stands strong but not as strong as the dominant hops. Great strength and depth of flavors without being overpowering. At least, that is, if you have befriended a bastard before.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with a little more carbonation than is strictly neccessary.

Overall another great beer in a lineup from Stone that is second to none.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head that retains well and leaves impressive lacing...a real looker. The aroma is equally impressive with huge fresh pine and citrus hops, orange marmalade, caramel and vanilla, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol...the hops really pop in the aroma. The flavor is similar with massive piney and citrusy hop notes upfront, along with some grapefruit, orange jam, caramel, toffee, oak and vanilla, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side and drinkability is pretty good despite the hop onslaught and ABV. The is an exceptional beer, the hops are incredibly pungent and fresh and there is a nice malty complexity, easily my favorite of the Bastard series...I hope I can pick up some more of this.

Photo of arniepnminne
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber, great lacing and a solid frothy tan head.

Nose is malty and deep, some hops noticeable.

Really nice deep malt taste, caramel and bready, deep notes of plums and stone fruits, with an alcohol bite, dry at the end, I like this better than the regular AB, this is not as front forward hoppy, more like an English barleywine, very tasty.

Full and deep mouthfeel, neither too heavy or light, sorry this is only a one time beer. Very easy drinkable for the style, a bomber goes down nicely. After dinner yes, but with and before are OK too. Mine did say 8.5% as well, the 9.2% is wrong.

Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Really resiny hop notes, hints of oak, and some dark stewed cherries.

Taste is very complex. Quite hoppy, resiny, candied citrus, and general earthiness. Malt flavors are toasty, grainy, and a little bit fruity. Finish is bitter, boozy, and oaky.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation, soft, and full.

Drinkability is also good. This is a powerhouse of flavors and super complex. Well done Stone, this is another winner.

Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cherrywood red color with a thick beige head that leaves nice lacing rings all the way down.

S- Huge whiff of ruby red grapefruit and citrus hops. A touch of orange peel and a bit of alcohol coming through as well.

T- Nice bold hoppy flavor initially with flavors of pine, floral, citrus, and a bit of oak in the finish. A decent malt presence is noticeable throughout but the hops dominate.

M- Medium/full bodied with a bit of a brash finish. Nice carbonation throughout.

D- A really nice brew. I love all 3 of the 'bastards' and trying them blended together is a nice treat.

Photo of Yesdog
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveB24
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer is a clear ruby in color, with a finger of off white head that leaves very nice chunks of lacing all over the sides of the glass.
Aroma is very complex, containing dates, plums, caramel, biscuits, pine, hints of nutmeg.
Taste is equally complex,and very balanced. malt notes upfront of caramel and biscuit, followed by rich fruits of plums, dates, a hint of pineapple in there too, finished with a nice dose of hop bitterness.
Texture- Beer is medium/ full bodied, very juicy and mildly carbonated.
overall- an excellent beer of incredible balance, i can't imagine someone with a reasonably developed palate not liking this beer.

Photo of JamisonM
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:

A: nice thick tan head the beer is a good ruby red color

S: dry hopped and hopped the hell out of this beer! Grapefruit and pine super fresh!

T: oh no bitter! oh yes bitter! very flavorful and pungent with all these fresh hop notes coming at you. Grapefruit more then the pine but also some pine got a nice malt backbone but hops do overwhelm. The alcohol is also well masked

M: med to heavy med carbonation

D: very drinkable for a hop head might overwhelm the non hophead.

Overall: The only problem with this beer is they did not make nearly enough of it! I wanted to go and get another bottle but I got the last bottle... DAMN

Photo of santomark
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Red body, mild head, hops, very malty, almost barleywine at times. I don't know what it is about this particular one. I can drink the Double and Normal AB just fine.. but if you give me this, I instantly feel mildly hungover. A great tasting beer, but I will regret it later.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought the title was a typo. So, from what the bottle says, it's essentially a menage a trois between oaked Arrogant Bastard, Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. Oooh, sinful!

Pours a nice garnet color with a one-finger head into my glass. Awesome presentation here.

Lots of piney, citrusy hops deliver a fucking uppercut to the nose, leaving only the essence of sweet, oaked malt. Oh yeah. I can dig this.

Piney, citrusy hops blast the mouth, following up with sweet, oaked mouth that contributes a nice warming feeling. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops and mild malt. Still warm.

Wow, this beer is fkucing aewsmoe! To modify some new Acid Witch lyrics, here goes:

"Drank these beers so many times, turn off the volume cause I know all the lines, so fkucing buzzed, just let the beer flow but only if its Lukcy Basartd or else".

Photo of davet100
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Fillpott
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a regular American pint glass. It is a very good looking beer w/ a small, tannish head, and a clear, copper color w/ a small amount of lacing. As I poured this, I thought that I had an open bag of Simcoe or Centennial hops somewhere next to me. The grapefruit, cut-pine aromas were very pronounced, but the strong backbone of malt gives it balance, especially as this beer warms a little. The taste is nothing like I expected. It was almost syrupy and I thought cloying. However, as I finished swallowing, the beer finished very smooth, full, and balanced. The beer almost seems like it doesn't have bittering hops, just a lot of dry hopping. This isn't a beer to take lightly, but I will look for this one again.

Photo of Hopprof
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this little number from Shipmates in Cerritos. This beer is a rare find and a real jewel in the Stone Brewing "cannon". Has a chocolate/caramel smell. Sweetness up front, bitterness at the finish. Head forms into pristine rings inside the tulip glass through progression. This is definitely my favourite offering from Stone.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a slightly hazy amber to light brown color, with good carbonation and a small white head. the smell is resinous with pine and citrus notes. the taste has a slight oakiness to it from the oaked arrogant bastard in it. you also get the pine and citrus notes in the flavor as well. the mouthfeel light to medium with nice carbonation, this is also a very drinkable beer

Photo of hozersr
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this blend pours a dark mahogany reddish/brown, some light reveals much more red than brown, two fingers of moderately tan head is held aloft by light, but steady carbonation

S - citrus reigns in this bouquet, sublimely grapefruit or blood orange rind, floral as well, light on the pine side of the hops, resiny would be an understatement, there remains a slight sweet malty note that is simply tromped by the hop profile

T - pine joins the party, and is big up front, with citrus aiding and abetting, super pine and grapefruit command multiple layers of attention, once again resinous is the key word here, nearly syrupy on the palate, slightly floral and even a hint at a far removed sweetness

M&D - the superior resiny characteristic of the beer lends to a sublimely smooth nearly syrupy mouthcoat, yet it remains lively on the tongue and warms all the way down, one of the better brews I have had from Stone in a while, well done!

Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Snifter

A: Pours dark red, somewhat opaque, 1 finger light brown frothy head that slowly fades.

S: Citrus/pine hops, caramel, slight cherry notes

T: Slightly dark tropical citrus (hard to pinpoint the exact taste) fruit flavors with pine bitterness in the back end and finish. Fairly heavy caramel malt base, definitely the likes of Double Bastard. Cherry notes are there in the background. Just a little oak and wood flavor, mainly towards the finish. The dry finish is maybe the best part; pine bitter, woodsy/oak, sweet, and a bit of the dark citrus fading. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable, just a little warm on the finish.

M: Fairly low level of carbonation, close to ideal for the style. Nice strong body that's quite viscous and borderline syrupy. Coats the palate and is decently smooth.

D: This is probably my 2nd favorite of the Bastards behind the Oaked version.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 bomber from Oak Tree.

Darkish murky red body, with orange highlights, topped by a sustained four fingers of off-white froth. Slow dripping lace.

Powerful aroma full of citrus - pineapple, grapefruit, orange - and pine.

Thick slathers of caramely malt coats the tongue. Explosion of hops follow quickly, leading to the swallow and beyond. Bitter but only vaguely fruity. Sense of alcohol, but not a burn.

Thick full mouthfeel coats all. Drinkability is good, in the sense that I'm enjoying this, and would enjoy another - on a different evening.

Another quality beer from Stone, which reminds me its been too long since I've had my favs from the year-round Stone line-up: AB and Ruination.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. This one is hot off the presses with no best before date.

A - clear and copper ale with a small tight head. Very little lacing.

S - right wet grass/mossy hops mixed in with some pepper.

T - initial pine/juniper hop attack is balanced by caramel and toffee malts leaving a delightful lip smacking aftertaste. On top of all of it is a note of vanilla and oak.

M - medium body with enduring woody pepperiness.

D - shockingly drinkable considering it's power. Would like to, but shouldn't drink a couple of these big bottles!

Great beer; concentrated and powerful with a multitude of complex flavors.

Photo of babaracas
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with orange tint, lots of fine sediment in suspension, dense and creamy one finger high cream colored head fades to a nice cap leaving thick rings of lace along the way. Smell: nicely dry hopped - pine breezed through at the pour then became quite resiny and a little tropical, a whiff of the oaked and a whiff of alcohol, brown sugar and bready bringing up the back. Taste: mildly pine needly fading into sweetened citrus with some faint melon thrown in, caramel and intensely toasted (and a slight oaked contribution at this point in the sip) with a peppery finish. The carbonation seems a little more intense in this version or maybe it's because my tastebuds are being peeled off. Yes, it's quite good. 2010.

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottle says EJNOY BY JAN 31, 2013.

A- Pours a clean, reddish brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Thick ring of resilient lacing.

S- Moderately pungent hop aroma with nice toasty malt notes to back it. Somewhat herbal with some alcohol fume trailing at the end. Musty.

T- Highly bitter, even for me. Mainly vegetal-type hop flavor with the toasty malt attempting to be seen but the bitterness is too powerful. Alcohol is well-masked. Also, did I say bitter?

M- Full-ish body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel from the hops.

O- Haven't had this in years and I still like it a lot. It's just not as complex as I thought it was. Basically just a hop bomb, which is fine.

Edit: Had the 2014 vintage on-tap and was much more complex. Smooth, somewhat sweet, slightly creamy. Modified score to reflect this.

Photo of tony_clifton
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wajohnst
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of salvo
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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