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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 119
Gots: 387 | 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 OakedCanuck
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into pint.

This beer pours a copper-ish amber with nice fluffy off white to yellow head. excellent lacing. The smell is very similar to the regular arrogant bastard (AB) with grapefruit and pine. You can smell some of the sweet malts indicative of the double bastard. The taste is of all three beers. You get the grapefruit and citrus from the regular, hints of vanilla and oak from the Oaked, and the sweetness from the Double. This beer is awesome. I have tried it on tap and from the bottle and I actually prefer the tap but this bottle is also fantastic. Good beer.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet with 1 finger of off-white head

Smell: Pine and spruce hop aromas

Taste: Up front, I get a lot of earthy and resin-like flavors with some toffee notes coming through in the middle with a caramel and hop finish

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly cloying without nearly a sticky feeling like other resinous beers

Overall: A very enjoyable variant from the Bastard series that certainly has to be enjoyed fresh. I personally like how clean it finishes relative the to resin hop flavors present.

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

A- Golden/amber with a nice white head.

S- Caramel malts a touch of oak and a load of citrus hops.

T- Nice blend of malts with some caramel coming through; touch of oak but mostly dominated by citrus hops.

M- Medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- Similar to the original AB, but this one is a touch smoother; very well-blended.

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

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear ruby red with just a thin wispy head. Even with the lack of a substantial head there is very nice lacing throughout.

Aroma of piny hops mixed with burnt caramel. Some maple syrup along with a healthy dose of oak. Burnt toast and rye bread round out the aroma. Really a heavy, roasty, caramely, complex aroma that is extremely inviting.

The flavors continue the themes found in the aroma but on a much more intense scale. Tons of oak and pine with a healthy dose of caramel thrown in. Some burnt character and a spicyness that is reminiscent of rye. Fairly intense bitterness throughout balanced my sweetness. Mouthfeel is slick with a good amount of stickyness in the finish.

Overall, this is my favorite of the Bastard line. Really so much going on here and I really love the oak character. Perfectly blended and really one to savor.

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

A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a thick creamy head that leaves suds all the way down the glass.

S- Smells like a hike through the redwoods. Pine, and deep earthy aromas.

T- Lots of pine, deep caramel notes, with a sharp, slightly bitter finish.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This beer is phenomenal in my book and blows any one of the the three components out of the water. A great mix that I hope will be back soon and often.

Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, best before 1/31/13. Poured aggressive down the center and got a huge 4 inch off white head, hangs around awhile before coating the glass with lace. Smell is citrus, carmel, pine, toffee, bready, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is very big, sweet carmel and toffee up-front, with a burst of grapefruit, citrus, and alcohol in the finish, really well done. Body is medium large, with plenty of carbonation, more lush than dry, and very approachable. This is another hoppy gem from Stone.

Photo of Lorihall1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - This pours a very dark red that looks beautiful when held to the light. It has a very nice 2 1/2 finger off-white head that left good lacing on the glass.

S - As expected it smells a lot like arrogant bastard. I'm getting a lot of piney and citrusy hops. There is also an oakiness and some sweetness present. Notes of caramel.

T - There is a big explosion of pine hops here. It starts out kind of subtle, but gets stronger and stronger. There are nice citrus notes the whole time the bitterness is building. There is some sweet maltiness as well as some vanilla notes. the finish is quite bitter, and the piney bitterness really sticks to the back of the tongue and mouth giving you a pucker feeling. The bitterness really sticks around for quite some time.

M - This has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. It has a sticky quality and the bitterness really lingers in the mouth. It is also quite smooth

D - I would say that the drinkability is good. It goes down well and has a great flavor. This was the only bottle of this the store had in stock, so I had to grab it. I am glad I got the chance to try this one for sure.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.20% abv?Mine says 8.5%,anyways it dont matter.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich dark bronze with tight formed one finger slight off white head that left one solid ring of lace behind as it settled.A great mix of juicy fruit malt,brown sugar,and a heavy dose of resiny hop,just how I like a good strong ale to be.Flavors are cakey,and fruity at the onset with big resiny hops in the finish,I love the hop profile goin on here.This is my favorite style of beer so I may be a bit bias here,love the hops!

Come on Lions,make me proud for once in the last ten years!Restore the Roar!

Photo of rdilauro
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 ElGordo
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a pretty garnet color, crowned by a nice, creamy tan head. Aroma is big on pineapple notes from the huge dose of hops. A decent amount of sweet dark malt, some oak, and a good bit of booze also come through. Palate is more balanced, with the roasted notes coming out but not overwhelming things, and a very good dose of pineapple-laden hops showing up mid-palate. A touch of sweetness jumps out on the swallow, before the citrusy hops provide a lingering bitterness. Overall, a very interesting blend that brings out some of the best qualities of each of the three threads that comprise it.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive bitter hop, oak, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, oak, big bitter hop, and very slight citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. This one was pretty well balanced as well for a hop friendly palate. I could see this one being too hoppy for a person new to really hoppy brews though. The blend of the brews actually turned out a lot nicer than I was expecting them to. This one is a definite must try even if you have to trade for it.

Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head rising up and hangin' out for a spell. Bits of lace here and there and a light covering on top. Smell is sweet and piney. Large amounts of caramel and and toffee. Hops are pine forest fresh. Taste is a cross between Arrogant and Double Bastard. The malt base is like the Double and the hop profile like Arrogant. Overall this is quite a bit like a DIPA as the grapefruit and pine parade is big and festive but the base is more like a barleywine. No sign of the alcohol and the hops are so big here there would have to be a high level of it to notice. Feel is moderately carbonated with a syrupy viscousity. Drinkability is much better than the abv would have you think. Good stuff that I'll be looking
pick up a few bottles of.

Photo of Janderson91
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber color, almost clear with a one finger tan head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

S - The hoppiest smell of the Bastard series I've had. Still very strong malt in the background but the hops shine through here.

T - Taste is quite bitter in the beginning with a slight spiciness. Very sweet malt midway through and a good balanced finish that lingers for a while. Also a noticeable vanilla taste perhaps due to the oak aged portion of this blend.

M - Mouthfeel is great. A medium-full body with good carbonation. Perfect.

D - The thicker mouthfeel makes it slightly less drinkable.

Loved this beer. My favorite in the Bastard series.

Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark chestnut color with a modest, thick tan head that leaves behind some stringy lace. Big sticky green aroma...fresh citrus pulp, resinous pine, wood, caramel, and a bit o' booze. Flavor is a fairly good balance of caramel maltiness and a bitter blast of lupulin goodness. Green pine resin bitterness, grapefruit rind, juicy citrus, oak, and a hint of brown sugar. This is all about the hops, but there's a good bit of malt to back it up, keeping it from being too "bright". Medium-plus bodied, bitter, and just a touch hot. A masterful blend of the Bastards!

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Best by 1/31/13. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours dark crimson with one and a half finger manilla head. A good bit of lace.

Smells of robust pine and citrus hops, sweet bread and trace vanilla. Nice.

Taste is big and hoppy. Pine, mango, orange peel, biscuit, pepper and a mild note of vanilla/oak. The booze is present but well integrated.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Long bittersweet finish.

A big bold hop-filled strong ale. I haven't tried the oaked version but I think I like this more than either the standard or the double. Nice blend of flavors, smells pleasant and a good feel. Well worth a try if you see it. I'd certainly drink it again.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 hoppyhampy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. No freshness info. Pours clear and brownish red with good carbonation evident. Two fingers of foam. Good lacing. Great nose. Superbly balanced spicy-sweet malt and fresh, lively hops. Very complex. Its tough for me to pick out any distinct aromas. Good mouthfeel. Full bodied but a nice amount of carbonation. A smooth and not too heavy malt infiltrates the palate first but the hops are fast on its heels. The two end up mingling in a very unique way. The hops come through at the end but aren't too resiny. Any heavy malt is wiped away and the finish is rather crisp and clean. Quite drinkable. Again, the complexity here doesn't allow my admittedly dull palate to pick out anything distinct but it is very enjoyable. Definitely a different experience from any of the other Bastards.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lukcy Basartd pours a hazy mahogany into the glass with a medium sized, creamy head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is full of pine and citrus hops. Touches of alcohol and sweet malt are noticeable.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is sticky on the palate, somewhat chewy, with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with lots of orange and lemon citrus with some pine mixed in. Towards the middle malt sweetness notes of caramel, bread and toffee with some dark fruit notes take hold. At the end there's notes of tea with a bitter finish. Once gone the citrus hops and tea notes linger on the palate.

This is a fairly well balanced beer where the hops take the edge. Easy drinking and very tasty.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around that glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, oak, light vanilla, and floral/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of big citrus/tropical hops, moderate dark malt sweetness, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, grass, oak, light vanilla, and floral/oak earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, oak, and floral/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an fantastic blended strong ale style. All around awesome complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber red with slight carbonation that recedes into a white lace around the glass.

S: Caramel, malts, wood, oak, and piney hops.

T: A rich, malty, caramelly sweet base hits you at first, which moves into a middle of powerful piney hops, finishing with a mixture of citrus and wood oak bitterness. Amazing.

M: Good carbonation with a bubbly punch, rich going down but smooth overall.

O: This is probably the best of the bastard series. I'm only sad that I have but one left after reviewing this one.

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper with a reddish hue, topped by a beige/yellow cap of fine, lingering foam. Lots of chunky lacing, good head retention. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit and citrus rind, some pine resin, caramel and biscuity underneath. Light alcohol and juicy tangerine. Bitterness was nicely balanced by caramel up front, but as the malt faded it was clear who won this battle. Bitterness was powerful by the finish and was obvious that it was overloading my palate after a few sips. Pine and grapefruit flavours were prominent, but also an herbal/minty character as well as citrus pith. Some bready, biscuity notes towards the end with lingering hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, average carbonation with a near-creamy texture. Mild alcohol warmth. This is powerful stuff. Brash hops are kept just under control by the considerable malt presence. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber, ruby red glass shows excellent clarity and holds a thin cover and thick halo of foam that laces the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy, pine, earthy, mild citric, with a toffee malt base.

Taste: Hops are up front and firm, more citric than the nose, it stays grapefruit while some pine and sugary malt make passing appearances. It's a bit hot with some alcohol in the finish.

Feel: Medium carbonation, light medium body is a bit oily and numbing.

Overall: Tried side by side with an Arrogant Bastard, this is hoppier, and hotter with alcohol than a straight Bastard. There's more base as well, a richer, more toffee, caramel malt sweetness that holds the other flavors up.

Very enjoyable, could see grabbing a few more.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,276 ratings.