Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,394
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 136
Gots: 431 | FT: 9
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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 BethanyB
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: A glorious near-ruby red ale with brilliant clarity and a creamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops are tempered by notes of caramelized peaches and newly baked bread. Meanwhile, hot buttered rum mixes with grapefruit and apricot. This bouquet is a merry dance, with ever-changing soloists moving to the same even beat.

Taste: Warm, buttery caramel adds just enough sweetness to toasty malt and resinous hops to bring this out from IPA territory. The medium bitternrss lasts through the finish, but not without a fresh breath of spearmint mixed with citrus. Complex YUM.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture meets just enough fizz to keep this drink merry and bright. A slightly watery feel detracts somewhat--a bit more body would do the taste buds good.

Overall: A bit more viscosity, and you have yourself a masterpiece. Speaking subjectively, this beer more than encompasses and harmonizes my favorite elements of the moment: Bright hops and sweet/hearty melanoidins. I will be seeking out this beer like a fox. (1,044 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nose hit me the hops first. Piney and citrusy. Followed by the rich malt presence and some oak.

The taste is bitter and deep caramel malt upfront. Def citrus and grapefruit hoppiness in there. It's hard to discern the hop profile because it's masked behind a richer darker malt base than I'm used to for this amount of hops. American Strong Ale, or American Brown IPA. Blurring genres once again is Stone.

I'm also getting vanilla Dr. Pepper in the taste, but obviously a bitter version. Seriously, It's kinda like adult Dr. Pepper for me right now and that's awesome. And the times when Dr. Pepper tastes more fruity and less just viscous sweet, you know?

Anyway, It's an awesome beer. So far my favorite of the Stone 4pk. On to the BBA>> (743 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mirky brown wiith a slight reddish tint. Solid 1-2 finger thick frothy tan head. Short to Medium retention and moderate lacing. Noticeable light sediment througout.

Nice sweetness on the nose with notes of dark fruit, candy sugar, dates, figs, caramel and rich malt

Great full rich flavor that has real nice balance. Great sweetness up front with similar nose notes. Dark fruits and rich malt. Hop notes peek through towards the end and more as the beer warms a little. Nice Hop notes are like a pinesap-orange peel.

Good carbonation, full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and a little tacky.

Overall I Love this beer. I had this when it first was released and loved it then. Trying it now, I Love it still but think it's good to go. Any more aging and the hop character will be gone and the sweet maltiness will dominate. So if you have one, don't sit on it much longer. (878 characters)

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You are truly lucky if you happen to find this exceptional IPA on draft. Smooth and strong with a great tasting hop bitterness that lingers on the palate (154 characters)

Photo of Quyzi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Deep ruby color with nice tan head that disappears quickly. Smells like hops. A lot of hops. Tastes like hops with a bit of barrel aging and some nice maltiness. Very nice beer. (177 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a sinfter to a sinister looking deep red with a finger and a half of off white head that retains well
S: smells of pine and citrus hops with a bit of caramel and slight spice and fruity alcohol
T: softer than the smell let on. more oaky and woody with some slightly toasted malt and caramel with some earthy and piney hops. a bit of grapefruit comes in as well but it's very soft and refined. a nice sweetness to it and some very refined hop flavor. swallow is a huge wave of oily hop goodness that lingers for some time and slowly fades to show some residual sweetness
M: medium to full that is fairly smooth with adequate carbonation. kinda drying but also kinda juicy
O: this is a great version of an old favorite. It has great flavors and complexity, a killer nose, and it drinks very smooth. Another hit from Stone and I'm glad it came back around. (868 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada etched tulip pint. A heavy pour created a huge head. A huge creamy tan head was irregular and left a lattice of lacing. The body was a rich leather amber color.

The smell was citrus and piney hops. Chocolate covered cherries appeared as it warmed. Woody notes. Interesting.

The taste was sweet and strong. Alcohol was apparent yet tempered with a well balanced combination of leafy hops as woody malts. Rich and fruity with a drying finish. Very drinkable. A nice blend.

The mouthfeel was smooth and medium density. Understated carbonation. Nice all around. (614 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - The body is s striking brown-red hue with a thick ivory head on top. Ample lacing graces the side of the glass as the drink is consumed.

S - An onslaught of pine and grapefruit rind. Some caramel maltiness slips in underneath, but are quickly squashed again by the citrus and sap aromas.

T - Aggressive woody pine and resin are the first flavors to hit the palate. Then comes the grapefruit in all its mouth puckering glory. The malt body has pleasant toffee and bread tastes, with a some hints of vanilla, pecans, and earth. The finish is unabashedly bitter and astringent.

M - A damn sappy mouthfeel with a relatively low carbonation. Divine.

O - A hell of a beer. It strikes a perfect balance between the beers blended to make it while still maintaining the over-the-top character of Stone's flagship. (859 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper amber with a massive foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly, leaving great lacing with rings as it went down and foam clinging to the glass; a really good looking beer that keeps a ring of cream around the top after the head settles.

Smells of big hops, with a mix of all hops including floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, dark fruit, herbs, spices like pepper and coriander, booze, caramel, light yeast, wet wheat bread or cracker, toasted grains, sweet bread like French toast and some other faint spices; the hops dominate the nose but this has enough sweet malt, caramel and bready notes to add balance and offset the alcohol. This smells a little like all three of the beers used and is very nice.

Tastes of floral hops, flowers, grass, citrus hops, mango, tangerine, pineapple, piney hops, pine cones, orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, a hint of plum or cherry, herbs, spices like pepper and coriander, booze like rum or a very sweet liquor, caramel, syrup, light yeast, wet wheat bread, cracker, toasted grains, smoked wood chips and some other faint spices, and maybe even some vanilla; there was a lot going on with this flavor, and in typical Stone fashion it pushed the limits but remained very tasty. Big hops, bold flavor, big fun.

Mouthfeel is chewy, heavy and on the weighty side, with a creamy feel, low carbonation, and a sweet bitterness that’s like sucking a grapefruit and then pouring candy into your mouth with a shot of rum; yes this beer is that over the top, and yes it is that way to assault our palates, which to me is why this beer was concocted. I think it’s ornery by design, and it works quite well, leaving just enough of a bitter sweetness to make you want another sip.

Tonight was the third bottle that I drank of Lukcy Basartd Ale this year, and they have all been consistently tasty and enjoyable. Any fan of Stone beers should seek this out as I have immensely enjoyed this brew every time that I popped the cap. A very high recommendation, this was a great beer and another fine strong ale from Stone. Embrace the chaos of Stone brewing and get fkucde pu no shti ebre! (2,188 characters)

Photo of jlpayne
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent copper-red body. Off-white head slow to build, slow to recede. Minimal carbonation apparent.

S - Big hops complemented by smooth oak. Somewhat sweet. Very impressive.

T - Oh my. Delightful hop profile. The oak rounds the flavor perfectly. Unbelievably well balanced.

M - On the lighter side of creamy. Smooth as butter.

D - Treacherous, as the ABV is well hidden and the beer is damn good. I think I just found my new favorite Stone.

Delicious. Highly recommendable. (487 characters)

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a lucky bastard to have a good buddy who gave me this bottle.

The bottle itself is super awesome and worth keeping. The beer looks like a blend of Arrogant (Double) Bastard and Old Guardian. It is clear, ruddy brown and looks syrupy. The smell is more sweet and malty than regular Bastard. The taste is super duper awesome! I have no idea whether this particular brew was supposed to benefit from aging, but it may well have. The balance of sweet, caramel malt and herbal hops is perfect for my palate. I expected the beer to have more alcohol heat, but it doesn't at all. The taste is hops up front, then lingering brown sugar and bread. I really love it. (661 characters)

Photo of yonnie
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into snifter. Opaque reddish caramel color with a head of fizzy light tan head.

S - Dark malts, hops, caramel and roasted nutty aromas.

T - Dark malts, bitter hops, caramel, maple, slight soy.

M - Heavy and thick, bitter. It's a sipper.

O - I was sort of concerned when I bought this considering how long ago it was brewed, but it is still pretty good. Overall this is quite a good beer. Lots of bitter flavors and character. (440 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just when you thought the arrogance and bastardization of ales has met its limits, Stone somehow finds new heights of intimidation and brashness in a beer.... and doing so with such beauty, elegance, and refinement. Not unlike an elegant balerina- turn porn star.

High aggression of pine resins, citrus piths, and sharp spruce lead the hoppy nose into a swirl of hops with malty notes of bread crust, lightly scorched caramel, and sun-kissed barley kernels. All of which scream brashness and assault.

Pouring a deep amber color, the beer carries a hazy glow with a dense and sturdy yellowish head. Very mousse-like and sticky with lace/legging. Maybe the beer should be served with a fork and knife.

An on slaught of dense malt flavor begin with deeply caramelized barley, toffee, and molasass. Not to be outdoane, the rebuttal of hops balance the mean spirited malts with sharp pine, resin, white grapefruit flesh, and a pithy/sappy taste unlike anything ever found in a beer.

Heavy, full, and creamy early, the beer takes ultimate fullness to malty dryness, arid hoppiness, and alcoholic warmth in a hurry. This makes the beer way too drinkable for such strength and power.

The insestual nature of these Basards give the right contributions from each while giving the beer a fresher dry-hopped aroma, fortified hop flavor, and intense bitterness. If not for the paint thinner-like alcohol taste and shear power in flavor, the beer could reach perfect- even if a bastard. (1,478 characters)

Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: A beautiful clear, amber/ruby color. Fantastic tan head with great lacing.

Nose: Black cherry and some raisin. Pine and citrus. Tiny bit of leather.

Taste: great balance of malt and hops. Hops is right up front on the palate. The oak stays with you until the finish.

Notes: I've loved anything related to Arrogant Bastard. They just haven't messed this one up. Another twist on an old favorite. (419 characters)

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-ruby/amber tones after being poured into my pint glass, with mildly bubbling head and modest lacing. as a point of reference, in my ambient light it showed slightly lighter than the original Bastard brew but none the less attractive.

S-nice malts, some caramel character, and signature citrus-pine hoppiness meets the nose.

T-no major departure from the original as I taste, and I have no real qualms with that. the taste is slightly sweeter, with a pronounced albeit mild caramel presence. the hops are still there but the kick actually seems a bit more modest and the overall flavor itself strikes me as more muted in spite of the slightly higher ABV.

M-very evenly balanced brew. not heavy at all, mildly carbonated, and with a sticky but pleasant feel and a smooth aftertaste.

O-this brew is certainly not looking to set itself apart from its Bastard brethren in any major way, and with the great product that Stone has in that line I don't really see why that wheel needs much reinventing anyway. There is enough here to let me know that I am drinking something other than the Oaked, Double, or original Bastard, and as an adoptee in my own life I am more than happy to welcome another illegitimate brother to the table.

salud! (1,241 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber with an off white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S-Very floral, hoppy, with some notes of caramel, peach, and alcohol.

T-Hoppy with a slight malt backbone. The flavor is floral and fruity with a nice peach flavor. There are also some nice caramel and toffee flavors as well.

M-Thick and nearly syrupy.

D-Very drinkable given its abv.

Overall, I thought this was a solid beer. I think I even liked it better than the standard Bastard offerings. Lovers of those and Stone will enjoy this one. (525 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a creamy cap atop the hazy amber liquid; leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma, with citrus, pine and a bit of caramel to balance things out

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a burst of resinous citrus that arrives almost instantaneously; by mid-palate, the grapefruit and pine flavors are in full force and build, after the swallow, though just a hint of caramel remains around to balance the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: So fine in so many ways and, unlike some other Stone beers, does not become sticky; just the right amount of malt to balance out the hops

(Had a bottle of thisa few days later and would rate it a shade lower; the hops were more aggressive and the alcohol was more apparent, neither of which was a positive to me; on the plus side, the oak comes through a bit more in the bottle.) (892 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Notes from 11/7/14

A - 3.5 fingers of off-white, dense head. Great lacing and retention. Ruby body.

S - Caramel malts. A little rotten vegetable . Some citrus and a lot of floral sweetness. Bubble gum.

T - Caramel malt. Mild citrus (orange). Pepper/spice. Medicinal and floral notes in the middle. Finish is slightly bitter with a little alcohol.

M - A little syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish. (417 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, with my 16oz snifter.

A - A very nice red color, with a little haze. Off white head that forms up to a good size. Nice lacing down the sides of the snifter glass as I sip.

S - Very nice on the nose. The dark caramel malt sweetness blends with some nice American hops.

T - Very nice tasting brew. The hops are definitely huge, with that Chinook flavor AB has used to perfection. The malt sweetness is bigger than AB, but a little more restrained than AB. The oaked AB here actually serves to balance the flavor. I don't know if the blend was even here between the three, but I like the oaked AB's contribution. No overpowering oak flavor but a nice smoothness lends itself to the otehr, more agressive flavors.

M - Very nice, very smooth.

D- A very interesting brew. Combines the aggressive elements of all of Stone's "AB" brews, but stays very smooth and has no real alcohol flavor.

Notes: I love Stone, and I love AB, Oaked AB and Double Bastard. That said I have to admit I went into this one wondering how Stone could put them together, and almost expecting a failure. Well, I was dead wrong!!! This is an excellent strong ale, easy to drink, but still brings the aggressive elements I love about the blended beers. Highly recommended. A home run for Stone. (1,279 characters)

Photo of fmt_beer_drinker
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Stone makes my favorite beers. I waver between regular 'Arrogant Bastard' and Ruination, but either of those are just about the perfect beer for me. So when they did this limited release I had to track it down. It says to drink NOW. Well I waited until lunch but I that's soon enough.

Overall, I was a tiny bit disappointed. I think regular Arrogant Bastard is a tiny bit better. Which still leaves this beer in the upper echelon of beers. Just to confirm my review, I also found it on tap ($6 for 10 oz, jeez!), and still prefer Arrogant, if just by a little bit. It's great, but in my opinion Arrogant still is a bit more balanced. Am I sad I bought it? Hell no, and everybody who likes hoppy, rich beers should give it a try! (739 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous slightly burnt caramel with some nice copper hints and ruby hints all over. There is a nice dark cream colored head almost burnt colored with nice dense and tightly packed bubbles. The beer is not hazy and some light can shine right through.

S - Delicious pine come up the nose first hops and more hops. Some grassy and herbal notes form the hops as well are then blended with some nice vanilla bean aromas. The hops are near perfection. The resins are vivid and very complex. On the back you can kind off smell the tropical side of the hops coming through with some nice ripe peach and some slight grapefruit. There is some bread hints in there as well.

T & M - Starts off with some nice resiny and piney hops with slightly dry citrus notes. This is then followed by some nice notes of vanilla and slightly woody character that mixes well with some grain and earthy malt tones. Slightly bready in the middle part of the beer. tHe finish is a nice balance and combination of piney and citrusy hops with some slight vanilla sweet notes as well as some bread. There is also a nice boozy warmth that warms my whole body. I love the citrusy and resiny hop character to this beer that is intense but at the same time balanced. Nice and silky with nice CO2 balance and a nice medium body. Quite complex but not too complicating.

D - Very good brew. I would have this more often if Stone was more available in my parts. Awesome brew. (1,499 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany red with thick 2-finger tan head. Nice retention of thick, if not deep, foam. Large globules of lace all around the glass.

Big earthly, floral hop nose. Slightly sweet even. Notes of vanilla and cream underneath.

Lots of malt body hits you right away. Floral hop flavor with lots of nice esters. Tartness creeps in at the back end and gets richly bitter in the finish with an even stronger floral hop flavor. Creamy, without cloying. Very nice.

Very easy to sip, but easy to drink faster too. Hides the alcohol very well. (545 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich read colour with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops and rich sweet malts.

The taste is citrus hops, pretty bitter but with a slighty sweet malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite low carbonation and a dry finish.

This beer is awesome, I'd recommend to any bastard fan, although I do prefer regulars bastard I'm glad I tried it. (371 characters)

Photo of chileman13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what can I say that hasn't already been said about this beer? I'm not going to go through the traditional reviewing write up. I like it better than double or oaked bastard (though I like both)because it is smoother. It is a great blend and was well worth the 6.99 I paid for the bomber. (286 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another major winner from Stone. This is like a liquid creme brulee. Or more accurately, like a creme brulee without the creme.

Pours a deep purply amber with a big, fluffy tanish head that falls to a sticky curtain of lace. The aroma is huge and carmelly, with a big dose of citrusy hops that takes a dark, plummy turn in conjunction with the malt. The flavor is like burnt caramel, with a sweet, charred edge. The hops are huge and sweet and blowzy, citrusy and piny. The mouthfeel is chewy and firm, with a bitter, carmel crunch to it. (539 characters)

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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