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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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2,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 125
Gots: 407 | 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 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.

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

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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 kiddynamite920
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 jonvan04
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 BeanBone
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, orange-brown body capped by a finger and half of creamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves terrific lacing.

Aroma: A blast of citrusy, tropical-fruity, piney, and thoroughly resinous hops and subtle booze over a syrupy dark caramel malt body; typical Bastard territory.

Flavor: Up front, heaps of resinous, spicy, piney, citrusy, and nicely bitter hops along with just a hint of vanilla and wood. Underneath, there's a solid dark-caramel backbone keeping everything from being unbalanced. The alcohol is not fully masked, and contributes nice spicy character throughout. Dark biscuity malt and resinous hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and syrupy medium-full body with medium carbonation a dry finish. Nice warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: About what you'd expect with the alcohol content and IBUs: not quite a sipper, but close.

Verdict: Lukcy Basartd is a must-try for fans of Stone's Bastard line. If you're familiar with these beers you know what's to be found here, but this blend is so damn tasty it easily warrants its existence.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.