Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 428 | FT: 10
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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 UTCengOwl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of kvgomps
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of vgarneth
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of jslot38
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of minterro
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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

Photo of depechemode1983
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of 321jeff
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of popery
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of cooncat
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a mohogany color with very little light passing through, vicious 2 + inch head, and tons of lacing that fell back into the glass nicely.

S: Citrus bomb for sure, piney, oaky, but with a huge malt presence that wafted through the air even from about three feet away. Dang!

T: This was very much in line with their "Arrogant Bastard" series, only this one had more of a dark cake icing aftertaste. Pineapple, grapefruit, plums, and licorice.

M: I detected quite a bit of booze at first, but after my palate adjusted, that went away and the thick fruit explosion hit my taste buds after every sip. Very well carbonated.

D: I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world because I'm sick of the same old thing over and over again. However, I occasionally like to indulge. If you're an extreme hophead, this will not disappoint.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

damn good, this takes the edges off some of the other bastards in a really great way. its got a deep dark red color, richer looking than the others, with a full inch of thick off white head. it smells only a little oaky, not too much of that one in the blend i dont imagine. a good mix of the sweet red malt and the burnt sugar complex of the other ones, i also dont get an obnoxious amount of alcohol which i kind of do in double bastard. this is more refined, more nuanced, more interesting, and certainly more enjoyable to drink than even the classic bastard in my opinion. the caramel desserty flavors without all the sugars is the great success of this beer, and the layers of grain are also beautiful. a really full bodied brew, a tough bomber to drink alone, if you want to stay coherent at least, and a great long aftertaste. filling but no more than necessary. a good food beer too, this worked well with fresh pheasant stew. dont know if they made this more than once or not, but i would try it again. thanks a lot to drlovemd87 for hooking it up.

Photo of oline73
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a finger and a half of fluffy tan head.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops with hints of pineapple, and tangerine. You can also pick up some malt with hints of brown sugar.

Taste: Super bitter hops maul the tongue. Again, I'm picking up citrus hops, pineapple and tangerine flavors. There is a mild sweetness with some of the malt and brown sugar flavors. There is a bit of alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bit higher than usual amount of carbonation. The carbonation is smooth, and doesn't seen out of place.

Overall: This is a good beer. In my mind I would rather have the Oaked Arrogant Bastard any day. I like the flavors from the oak, and I feel they are missing here.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a pint glass for $6.25. Sampled 12/13/10, immediately after it's release.

A: Pours with 3 fingers of frothy head which was dumped by the bartender and replaced with beer in liquid form. Light creamy brown in color and long lasting. As the head recedes, it sticks to the glass something fierce and continues to coat in barely interrupted sheets. The body is a dark ruby amber blend and pretty clear despite being thoroughly saturated.

S: Extremely hop forward aroma. The bitterness is evident even on the nose. Pith of grapefruit and orange with deep rooted piney scents. A light fruity component is indistinguishable but it adds another layer of complexity.

T: Big resonating flavors of dank earth mixed with well-conditioned leather. Harshly bitter. A papery note works its way onto the back end of the palate. The alcohol doesn't hit you over the head, but it's presence can be felt from the warming sensation.

M: Slick and oily in texture. A full body coats the tongue and provides a long finish which is then cleaned up by the finely fizzy bubbles. The finish is very dry from the biting carbonation and extreme amount of IBUs.

D: [DRINKABILITY] This beer is good to either start or end the night with, but it's definitely not for long term imbibing. I suppose you *could* go several rounds, and then you're cross eyed vision could probably make sense of the mumbo-jumbo spelling in the beer's name.

Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark reddish-brown blend.. crisp looking with a bit of lacey head lingering along the glass

S - some pine lingering amongst the hops and malty aromas that are floating...

T - Bitter, piney, a dash of citrusy flavors with a balanced backbone of malt slapped in there for good measures

M - Crisp, with some carbonation going on... medium body

O - pretty tasty blend of 3 really solid stone offerings...

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.