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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,126 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 113
Gots: 346 | 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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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

[Check the bottle: I'm following their spelling lead.]

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Semll is intesne flaorl and pnie hops, leik teh trhee constiuetnt brees mixde to celerbate.

Tatse is 13 batsards wotrh to lvoe: a fttiing tribtue to a geart falmy of brees.

Feesl bieggr thna ti atcually si: meaty, hcewy.

If you found one, condiser yorseulg a Lukcy 13asartd.

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

Poured into a Stone IRS glass

Very dark reddish brown, nearly black.  Huge offwhite head with great retention and amazing lacing.  Head settles to only a thin layer.

Smells wonderful.  Sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, prunes, and lots of brown sugar.  Smells pretty amazing, actually.

The flavor hold true to the nose.    Sweet caramel and brown sugar malt, molasses, nutmeg, and lots of oak.  Slight hop bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Carbonation feels low considering the crazy head.

Overall, I remember enjoying this fresh, but I think it's gotten better.  A little age definitely smooths it out.  Grab some while you still can.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Appearance-Pours a lightly oranged amber into the glass with some red highlights, a finger of head rises and slowly lowers itself down.

Aroma-Oakey, it smells a lot like oaked bastard actually; almost spot on, maybe a bit more hoppiness to it but that could just be my imagination.

Taste-Yep, tastes just like Oaked bastard except it starts out a little sweeter and ends with a bit more of a hop kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Plush and thick, syrupy without being chewy, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkabiliy-Keeps me coming back for more sips, tasty and drinkable...if a little disappointing, I was expecting something other than a tweaked oaked bastard in flavor. In fact I might like it a little less than plain ol' Oaked bastard.

Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not entirely sure what to expect here. Didn't read any reviews. I'll give it the royal treatment in the Stone imperial pint, though. I don't like Double Bastard much, love Oaked AB, and am cool with regular AB....so who knows?

Pours on the darker side of amber. Creamy looking head and excellent retention with lace.

If it tastes the way it smells, I think I'm going to like it quite a bit. It's all typical Stone, green hops like you just picked them and rubbed them in your hands. Don't smell much alcohol, either, the influence of Double Bastard seems to be minimized, which is fine with me. A little vegetal note, and a little acetone as it warms that I'm not crazy about - I think it had a more focused hop aroma cold, so I'm going to drop it a half-point from the 4.5 I was originally going to give.

Hmm, I think this owes the most to Oaked AB. Piney, soapy hops hit hard up front, of course. But then they get rounded out by that oaky vanilla, lending a soft, smooth finish that beckons another sip. I believe that this rounding-out helps the feel as well, as it seems silky.

Well, I have to admit, I was expecting something overblown and difficult to drink. It's no lightweight at 8.5%, sure, but it's not really that overbearing. I like.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dragonWhale
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cute bottle. Very cute Stone. I'm docking appearance for their arrogance alone.
The fine Stone malt aroma wafts up, grips my whiskers and dives in, penetrating with evergreens and citrus. Booze too, but not prevailing.
This is a damn fine beer. Malts hanging on, caramel sweetness. The bitterness is brief and fluent in seduction. Grapefruit booze punch in the middle of the tongue and in front of the teeth to finish the job. The malts actually linger longer than in any other Stone beer I think I've had. I find it exceptionally well-balanced and quite drinkable. Only I've got things to do..Pesky alcohol.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BJasny
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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

purple brown brew gives life to a beach sand colored head that raises to several fingers in height, slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing.

first aromas to hit are vanilla and piney, citrusy hops. Kind of a weird combo, but it does smell enticing.

hoppy flavor with a good amount of the barrel aging behind that, which is good since most IPA's aged in barrels lose their hop flavor during the aging process. piney, grassy, and bitter citrusy hops are backed up by vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. definitely has the malt to compete with the hop onslaught you'd expect from Stone and the Bastards.

pretty full bodied with generous carbonation and a very pleasant hop flavor that lingers along with a touch of sweetness on the palate.

drinks well. is a bit boozy throughout, but it doesnt overpower. as a mix, this probably ends up tastier than any of the three separate parts.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark ruby body, light tan head forms thick like dough rising. Fine lacing spread evenly all around the sides of my chalice. Aroma is full of dark nearly burn sugars with a hint of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, with the citrus pine ridden hop tones found in the Double Bastard definitely looks more like the traditional Bastard. This was an awesome idea to blend all three to make something better than any of it's parts. Spicy citrus dark brown sugar malts hints of pine cones, hoppy but balanced. A touch of oak well hidden, alcohol within the flavor spectrum this is how the Bastard is meant to be. This is more of what I remember the early days of Arrogant Bastard meant to me back in 2001 was my first experience. Harsh abrasive but fruit pine and citrus hops balance it out with darker caramelized hops I think they have found the right balance with this Cuvee de Bastard. Smooth drinking mouthfeel medium to full bodied natural easy going carbonaton this body is oily with some resins. Drinkability overall is excellent very easy to drain a 22 ounce bottle but becareful the alcohol by volume will hit you at 9.2% abv, keep trying beers in order to come across this type of an experience.

Photo of haddon
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber and ready to commence...

Pours just a shade lighter than mahogany with a foamy half inch of head. massive bubbles inside the head & lots of action come up from the bottom of the etched tulip. so far, most impressive.

hop aromas with a hint of molasses from the malts. overall, fairly muted on the nose considering the expectation I had of this beast

Starts of citrus in the hops and they give way to malt notes of brown sugar and candy. the hops come roaring back (see below).

The hops do begin to work on the pallet after a while. pretty massive aftertaste of pine... I love it.

Excellent hoppy beer. I've been on a run of late of more subtle IPA's & pale ales. this was a much needed kick in the pants. glad there are still a few ounces in the bottle waiting for me in the kitchen.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BigDiesel
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured from an arrogant bottle into an unworthy New Belgium snifter. This lucky bastard of a beer pours clear with a beautiful reddish amber color, a nice rocky head, and bubbles streaming up the center of the glass. Nice nose with a good mix of caramel malt tones, sticky, sappy hops, and a hint of vanilla.

Full body and really creamy feel on this bastard. Flavor-wise, this is one complex bastard. I swear I can taste all 3 of the Bastards in this bastard. I get sweet caramel and oaky, vanilla-like notes in the front of the palate and a nice blast of hops at mid-palate that bring on flavors of oranges and grapefruit. The finish is dry and sustained and has a nice pleasant boozy Double Bastard warmth to it. Those bastards at Stone really know what they're doing.

This bastard makes me proud of the term ``American Strong Ale''. Its blend of somewhat mismatched flavors make it a truly unique bastard. It's like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA with a dash of vanilla tossed in for good measure. Definitely recommended (bastard).

Photo of JLeege
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"A Slef Trbitue To 13 Yaers Of Arorgnace"
Tank fermented, dry hopped, "not equal" blend of AB, Oaked AB, and DBL B, sounds delicious. Poured into snifter.

Appearance- Pours a deep copper with a 2 finger just off white head. Decent head retention, leaving good laceing.

Smell- Citrus and pine hops right off the bat. A slight caramel sweetness as well. If I didn't know any better I would say this smells like the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste- Starts off with the sweetness of the Double bastard, leading into the dry hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, and some pine resin of the Arrogant Bastard. A bit of the Oak Aged on the finish, not as much oak as expected, but it adds some nice finishing depth. Overall, fresh, it taste like a slightly more complex version of Arrogant Bastard, which is fine by me!

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very smooth and creamy. A slight alcohol warming, which I like in a ASA.

Overall- This is solid, but not as complex as I was expecting, it is definitely not a 33/33/33 blend though, which is nice (you could do that on your own if you really wanted to). Nevertheless, it is pretty tasty. Have a few more bottles to age, which should be quite an experience, expecting the hops to fade, the sweetness of the Double Bastard to shine more, and the slight Oak-ness to stay present. I will probably keep reviewing every 3-4 months till my bottles run dry!

PSA: PROP 65, DON'T LICK THE BOTTLE, BIRTH DEFECTS WILL ENSUE

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.