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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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93
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2,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 119
Gots: 384 | 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 Chris_Cali_2o9
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Reddish copper body, 2" bubbly khaki head

S- Dank, floral, spicy hops. Vanilla, funky out of date milk, clay, strawberry like sweet malts

T- Dank funky hops, spice, vanilla, caramel malts, alcohol twang and heat, lingering grapefruit bitterness

M- Creamy body, crisp carbonation

O- No matter how hard i try to find a different way to describe it, the same thing comes to mind... Vanilla ice cream with booze in it, which fades to a grapefruit bitterness. It smells of funky milk with booze tingling the nose, in a good way. This is my second favorite Stone and a must try.

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

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA r0nyn. From 11/16 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful hazy amber pour with some vibrant magenta hues when held directly against the light. A nice off-white to tan head with a short period of head retention with dotted lacing on the glass. Smell is very floral at first, especially with the dry hopping process on top of the conglomeration of the three Bastards. But there's a grand amount of underlying maltiness, as well. There's some citrus fruitiness that I can't name, but it's definitely there.

The taste is full of malty sweetness, like the DB and Oaked AB and not so much hop pine-like. The hoppiness, however, makes its presence known at the immediate finish, which has the bitterness and specifically dries out your mouth interestingly well. Those hop oils are vicious, yet incredibly fascinating and delicious. A very interesting blend. I honestly thought this 13astard was gonna be a hop monster, due to prior experiences with the other three recipes, but I don't mind- it's still amazing as is.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and not too carbonated. This drinks incredibly well, as it's very balanced, tasty and very, VERY mellow. Easily drinkable, especially ones who have succumbed to Stone's bastardization. Was very excited to find out about this beer and finally have it. Still not your average fizzy yellow stuff, wussies.

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

I feel this this release is significantly better than the first time I had it. Maybe the blend is different this batch. Who knows.

Really nice hoppy spice character going on. Minimal citrus tones with a fair amount of pine. Great balance, even though it's pretty powerful and robust. I like this beer a lot. And it's probably one of the coolest bottle designs I have see from Stone so far.

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

Pours a nice clear chestnut brown with a healthy frothy light tan head. Smells of caramel mixed with pine in the aroma department, strong old ale presence from malts.

Taste of a very well blended strong ale. I had Arrogant once a long time ago and to compare would be unfair at this time - will need to revisit, but this is much more of a hop bomb from what I remember. Stong pine and grapefruit hops mixed with a healthy Old Ale malt blend.

The blend although extremely bitter, panging the back of my throat with bitterness (although you wouldnt think so from the aroma) is very nice and evenly mixed. Not too much malt, not overdone with the hop presence, this one is up there with some of the best Stone brews I have had. Sticky resiny hop flavors mixed with a heavy malt profile make this an easy drinker with a relatively light carbonation and a nice mouthfeel...

Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Founders Sniffer
A- Dark cooper with white head that retains
S-Nice hoppy wooden smell. malt is starting to come through with age.
T-transfers from hoppy to more mellow as the beer warms up. Very subtle undertones of caramel. Sweeter than I expected.
M-Medium bodied. Leaves a nice wooden after taste in my mouth
D-very drinkable. Enjoyed it with the start of the superbowl

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: looks a little darker than I remember the other Bastards being. Cloudy brown body with a two finger off white head thanks to a very aggressive pour. Looks good.

Smell: resinous hops stand out with a bit of citrus. Its that aggressive hop character we all know and love about the classic Arrogant Bastard. There's just a hint of caramel maltiness in the smell. A bit of alcohol too but not much.

Taste: dark caramel, heavily hopped with resinous, floral and some citrus hops. A bit of vanilla, probably from the oak, and a good deal of alcohol bite. All the familiar Bastard flavors are here, sitting somewhere between Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard.

Feel: medium bodied, healthy amount of carbonation, bitter, some alcohol warmth.

Drink: considering the style and the ABV, quite drinkable.

Overall, a nice beer but nothing really unexpected if you've already had all the Bastard varieties. This is a good one though and I would pick it up if it is available to you. Cheers!

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

This beer's effing spelling begs for misunderstanding. Beer is poured into a dogfish head snifter. Beer is dark amber with mild haze, good head of small bubbles, great lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is chewy with CTZ hops and a nice malt backbone.

Beer is big in body, very chewy on the back-half. I think the oak wins in the blend, I should bother to look up the blend but ultimately I won't. Oh well....Beer is hoppy and bitter in the second half. Earthy and sulfur, classic centennial hop character, oak in the late palate, lead off is like double bastard with strong character and malt backbone. I'd have it again. I love Stone, the brewery that got me into beer and keeps me coming back.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really opaque copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head reduces fairly quickly to a ring around the glass and laces nicely on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of floral/grassy hops with some nice citrus fruit elements (with grapefruit being the strongest). Touch of toasted toffee malts.

T - Starts off with a hit of caramel sweetness and some nice piney hops. Touch of oak in the background. Through the middle, more of the hop flavor and bitterness come through. Also a bit more of the oak flavor coming through. The finish is a mix of the sweet toffee malts, the hops flavor and bitterness, some citrus, and some nice oak flavors that linger for a while.

M - Medium0full bodied with moderate-low but lively carbonation. Really smooth and almost a bit oily. Excellent finish with a touch of dryness.

D - Very drinkable. The 8.5% abv here is extremely well masked and the flavors are very well balanced. Very nice hop and malt balance and the oak flavors blends with them extremely well.

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

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a tulip taster glass. This is the first time I have ever seen or had this beer. Sweet.

A: A reddish brown color with a hint of orange. A thin off white head left full ring lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops dominate the nose with some sweet malt undertones. The hops dominate though.

T: Surprisingly the sweeter bready biscuit malt come out first but quickly get assumed by the just massive hops. Hops flavors of citrus and pine dominate with some alcoholic flavors. The finish is all hops that turn massively bitter and just linger forever. Wow.

M: Full, resiny, prickly, bitter, bitter, bitter. This baby lasts forever in your mouth.

Overall this was a fantastic beer. Just the right combination of Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard. It carries more hops than AB, way more hops (like that's possible) but doesn't carry the alcohol of DB. Fantastic beer.

Photo of beersensei305
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active review...
Pours a dark, rich amber brown with nice carbonation and a tan head that disappears fairly quickly; but sticks to the glass nicely. The smell is very citrus just like the Arrogant Bastard but there is a chocolaty smell and obvious booze. Nice angry first bite lots of flavors and depth, very citrusy and hoppy off the first sip with obvious grapefruit flavors in the end. There is nice dark fruit flavors, but I can't distinguish them... it's cherry or plum. Some more flavors I pick out are vanilla and oak flavors, a hint of lemon essence. This is a nice thick beer with decent chewiness. Definitely a beer to have again.

Photo of csurowiec
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper, ruddy brown. Head is just a shade off-white and is retrieving to a ring around the glass.

S: Bitter, bitter hops. Grapefruit and citrus zest are fairly prominent. Unlike AB and DB, there is also a caramel sweetness on the nose. Some sweet fruits, pears and apples with a pineapple tartness. Reviewed fresh so the alcohol is still noticeable.

T: Very bitter hops along with a smooth, caramel flavor. Perhaps this is the Oak aged lending its hand in the mix. Absolutely aggressive with the hops here, this is a big beer. Pineapple and grapefruit are very noticeable here.

M: All out attack on your bitter taste receptors. Bitterness lingers around the palate far after the beer has left your mouth. Licking the gums reveals a whole lot of grapefruity goodness and brings back a good amount of the bitterness.

D: Sipping this one slowly, hard not to. There is so much going on here that each sip brings on something new. As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more evident, making it even more of a sipper.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice reddish brown color with 1 and a half fingers of off white head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing.

S: Smell is mostly of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, herbal and piney hops. Behind that is some nice caramel malt, a bit of oakiness, and booze.

T: Very similar to the smell. Starts with the herbal, piney and citrusy hops, followed by oak sourness, then finishes with caramel malt and a bit of alcohol burn. Bitter hoppy aftertaste

M: Medium-full bodied and slightly sticky and slick.

D: Very drinkable, it is quite obvious that it is a mixture of 3 great beers, and goes down well.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable brew. I hope I can find another bottle in the near future.

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

A special blend of 3 different Bastard Ales!!

Pours out a very deep amber/ruby color with about 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma has a good amount of piney, earthy and citrusy hops along with caramel malt notes, hints of vanilla and oak notes.

The taste also has a lot of hop flavor; piney, earthy and citrus notes. The middle has a good deal of caramel malt sweetness and that is followed by a decent amount of oak flavor and vanilla as well. Finishes very crisp, clean and dry.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. Can't smell or taste any alcohol.

This is a great addition to the Bastard line, but not the greatest in my opinion. Definitely try it if you can find it.

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

A- Amber/burgundy colored body with a little bit of transparency. Sticky tan head that stays around.

S- Piney hops, citrus notes, toasted malt and toasted oak.

T- Piney hops up front, with biscuity malts coming through. Oak comes through in the middle and finishes like a very hoppy barleywine.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation. A full-flavored sipper.

O- Really captures the 3 bastards well. The hops come through from double, the oak comes through too and makes a great offering.

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

Poured from a 22oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep, reddish-brown mahogany with a one-finger off-white head. Thick, foamy, and sticky with great retention.
S - Pungent as all get-out. Grapefruit citrus, pine, caramel malt, sweet, dark fruits. Fantastic.
T - Big and flavorful. Sweet tastes are rounded out by a bitter bite that sticks with you. The citrus flavors combined with the sweet, thick malt palate really work well together.
M - Medium- to full-bodied. Sticky, keeping the flavor in your mouth for quite a while. Alcohol is noticeable in the throat and stomach.
D - This is a bruiser of a brew, so I'm not sure how "drinkable" it is in the traditional sense, but it still tastes fantastic -- I'd take it over many more "drinkable" beers.

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

Another fantastic Stone Silk screen bottle. Just to put an exclamation point on the Arrogance, the entire bottles writing has all of the middle letters mixed up. There have been studies that say only a small % of people can read this. Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass. Dark caramel color. Cloudy with just enough light to see the carbonation bubbles rising to create a beautiful two finger head that is light tan in color and rocky in appearance. Lace stays pretty sticky to the end and leaves a ring pattern.

Smell is of ultra sweet malts. Caramel and burnt sugar. Some citrus smells are still with this. There is also some bread or yeast flavors and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is initially a lot like original Bastard. Lots of burnt caramel and ultra citrus bitterness this quickly changes to the second component and that is Double Bastard and the flavors are really sweet malts with some alcohol burn. The last of the three I get are the char of the barrels. All three work very well together. I'm a fan!!

Mouth is spot on for an American Strong. Flavors are rich and full to the end. For a brew that isn't dark, at all, I would call this full bodied. There is just a bit of alcohol burn in the belly which I enjoyed. My tongue has been ruined just like the glass suggests.

Overall I really enjoyed this. I drank many of these earlier in the year but wasn't reviewing beers at the time. I think the last one I had I traded. This one comes from Handsombrewer, thanks Ben. I have an Arrogant Bastard every single night, have loved Double Bastard yearly and sporadically have enjoyed Oaked. Never, before this brew, did I think I would enjoy the three together. Wonderful idea and even better brew!!

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 KimenTshom
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonvan04
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark brown and had a tan head. It had an awesome piney hop aroma which I wasn't expecting. This year's double bastard was very bitter but didn't have as much hop aroma, neither did the oaked or the regular bastard. This smelled as if it had been dry hopped after it was blended. The taste was more hop forward, but overall well balanced. It didn't have the bitter aftertaste of the double or even the arrogant bastard, the blending seems to have mellowed this out in a good way. This has to be one of the best releases Stone has put out this year. In this case, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of rdilauro
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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 TheSixthRing
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep, brilliant and relatively clear copper color with a finger's wdith of sandstone colored head. Fair retention before breaking down to thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Chunks of lace cling to the sides with firm stick.

Smell - Nice citrus bouquet backed by plenty of caramel with faint hints of oak.

Taste - Boing! Starts with notes of caramel and hints of chocolate before quickly giving way to a strong citrus hop punch and a smooth oak undertone. Candied orange hits mid-taste and toward the finish. Hop bitterness reaches it's peak in the finish with a strong grapefruit rind character that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky texture with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - The conglomeration of AB, Oaked AB and DB tastes exactly as imagined; a bastardly blend of those bastard beers! A plethora of depth in flavor that would excite even the most advanced beer drinkers! If you have a Costco near you, go. Go now! The $15 Bastard Box is the steal of the year!

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,270 ratings.