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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,409
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 435 | 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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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,409
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!

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Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Big blast of hops here, mostly reminiscent of dank weed with some herbal and grassy notes along with a bit of citrus. There are some caramel malt aromas underneath.

T: Hops dominate here as well, with the dank weed showing up along with some herbal and melon flavors and grapefruit rind. It is very earthy tasting with some nutty notes as well before a moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is a bit oily feeling but avoids being watery.

O: A good beer, overall. A huge hop presence with some unique aromas and flavors while avoiding being too bitter.

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Photo of bigmike85
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a copper color with a nice 2 inch head, good lacing around the glass. At first an earthy/dark cherry taste with a good amount of hops then finished with a mildly citrus taste. The 8.5 ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%

22 oz bomber.Pours a brownish gold color.Smell of pine.Taste is strong hoppy flavor.I didn`t liike this one as well as the Bourbon Bastard but still pretty good.Got this in a bastard box which is a great deal.4 Bombers for 19.99.Get the Bastard box if you can find it and compare all of them.Highly recommend.

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Photo of deford
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a bomber into an IPA glass.

A- Great head! A full two inches thick and caramel colored. The ale is pretty dark and kinda red.

S- Dark fruits (really?) and oak mostly...maybe some citrus as well. Really enjoyable.

T- Sweet oaky pine cones followed right away by a hop blast. I get a lil of the alcohol on the finish.

M- As it should be, unnoticed. The beer flows around my mouth without so much as a hint of anything to distract from the taste.

O- Stone pulls this off every time...it's a fine beer for Friday night or Monday afternoon...with dinner or afterward with cigars. The nose on this might be even better that the taste...

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Photo of 57md
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%

The relevant question here is as follows:
In this instance, which is greater – the whole or the sum of its parts?

I’ll fall slightly in favor of the parts. Oaked and Double Bastard both have very distinct flavors as stand-alone offerings. The blending of these flavors along with the addition of some regular Arrogant Bastard leads the unique qualities of each version to get lost in the shuffle.

This remains an excellent offering but I’d rather drink an Oaked or Double as a stand-alone rather than as part of this blend.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Deep amber color great clarity nice head great lacing

S: this is such a resiny hoppy crazy smell mixed with battery acid this beef smells like it's going yo bad sour

T: Such a deep resiny taste with just a nice bite on the end the malts may be there but they are overwhelmed by the resiny hops although it's not that bitter on the finish

M: Syrupy thickness this thing lays on your tongue but it's not bad low to medium carbonation

O: this is a stupidly thick resin bomb I love it but if you aren't ready to have your hops ripped apart I'd skip it. if you are looking for fruity or delicate this is not it this is brutal and beautiful while it satisfying a stupidly bitter up front hop taste.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10-24-14. Pours a clear dark Amber, with one finger of bubbly tan head that quickly faded to a thin film. Aroma is piney, with some caramel and sweet toffee notes. Taste is resiny and fruity up front, with the sweetness and woody flavors following on the back end. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, but it coats the tongue nicely, making you continually want more. Overall, this one is quite nice, with a lot going on, quite a nice melange of flavors, blending into a great brew.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Murky, cloudy amber/brown. 1.5 finger tan head recedes slowly into a foamy cap, excellent lacing.

Smell - Sweet honeyed malts and the fruity hops mingle very nicely to produce some aromas that invoke gingerbread cookies and spicy fruitcake. Fruity, citrusy hops ultimately dominate the aroma beautifully.

Taste - So complex! First off comes a sweet, fruity, citrusy, mildly piney hop assault, but that gives way to spicy, toasty, bready malts, THEN in comes a touch of smooth, smoky, earthy oak and a touch of vanilla complexity with a whiff of booze. Finishes off-dry and decidedly hoppy with a moderately bitter pine resin bite barely winning out over toasty, biscuity malts.

Feel - Really smooth and creamy medium-full body. Carb is gentle but ample enough to carry the big flavor around and do some scrubbing.

Overall - What a badass beer; Stone killed this one. The flavor is deep, complex, and comes in waves. The massive hopping really cuts through the mix, yet blends and complements the other flavors instead of clashing. A masterfully crafted brew, and one of the better brews I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a pretty beer, with a dark orange, almost brown colored body, visible carbonation, and a tight light tan head of small, uniform bubbles. Lacing is pretty extensive, and the head is persistent, leaving a film over the beer well after the pour.

S - Mostly pine and citrus hop notes, but with some wood and a strong caramel note. Slight hint of sourness.

T - A well-integrated mix of its parts are readily identifiable. The beer offers big caramel notes from Double, crunchy citrus hop notes from standard AB, and a line of wood from the Oaked. Together, the experience starts with citrus and oak, quickly working toward bitter pine hop elements, and fading off in stronger bitterness, with a subtle sour element in the close.

M - This is a hard-going brew, with heavy hop oils that do build, drying in the close. The carbonation lifts some of the build, but this is not a multi-bottle drinker.

O - Delicious, and a great mix of the various AB into a single rock solid brew. Drink it quick, because even over a couple weeks, the amount of bright fruit in the hops has faded a touch, but get your hands this if you can, because it is worth your time.

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Photo of mchegash
2.54/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - 4/5
Dark red-orange, about 1-2 fingers of light beige foam. Very clear, can see an average amount of carbonation rising up through the beer.

Smell - 2.5/5
Pine citrus hops, along with a slightly nasty earthy smell. Reminds me of manure or skunk or something.

Taste - 2/5
Oak, citrus (orange and grapefruit), pine hops, along with that slightly nasty flavor from the smell. Flavor is very interesting and complex, which is expected considering this is a blend of 3 different beers. But I can't get over the nasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied, light ot moderate level of carbonation. Fairly creamy.

Overall - 2.75/5
I was very disappointed by this beer. It had a fairly nasty flavor which I was not expecting.

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Photo of LouZ
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Poured copper in color with decent head. Didn't get a big scent, but upon tasting you get the distinct flavor of each of the three beers making up this blend. Initially you are hit with the malty Double Bastard flavor, which flows into Arrogant Bastard before finishing with the barrel-aged flavor of the Oaked Bastard. Truly a Bastard-lover's dream.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/20/2014 printed on the bottleneck, so this is some pretty fresh bastard right here. My first time with this blended variant, expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a thick ruby-ish body, semi-clear, with about a finger and a half of thick doughy khaki head. Leaves behind lots of good thick sticky lacing. Looks nice for what it is.

S - As expected, the aroma is mostly a big citrus pine hop bomb and little else. Grapefruit, pine, resin, oranges, and notes of brown bread and sweetened caramel malt.

T - It follows the nose - lots of big bold citrus - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, & pine with lots of bitterness. Creamy and easy drinking for the big bitterness and abv, I suppose.

M - Feel is extremely bitter and dry. Medium-full bodied with low lying carbonation.

Overall, it was definitely not everything I was hoping it would be. It tasted like little else than your average Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale to my destroyed palate. Still, I am interested to try the Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, amongst the others.

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish amber colored with a quarter inch of tightly knit khaki colored foam. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of amber malt and citrus hops. The flavor is jam packed with a nice interplay between cereal grain maltiness and citrus hops. The cereal grains start in the front of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated and a bit sticky.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: This Bastard pours a rich reddish brown with a thick off-white head. Very clear with no signs of haze and a few carbonation bubbles popping up. The head turns into a light lacing. It looks very inviting.

S: A complex blend of different aromas. Most forward are notes of black cherry and raisin with some oak and spicy hop notes. There are some subtle notes of roasted bread underneath, but they are very subtle compared to everything else.

T: If anything, there may be too much going on in this beer. The taste up front is crisp and hints of lightly roasted malt before being overwhelmed. The dominant flavors in the body match the aroma. A complex blend of dark fruits (most notably black cherry here), oak aged flavor and some surprisingly spicy hops. It's very well balanced and all three flavors are constantly fighting for your attention. The finish tastes more of raisin and the spicy hops. My biggest complaint is that the aftertaste is a very strong bitter with a resiny tinge that I didn't smell or taste elsewhere. However, it's hard to be too upset when it taste that good before swallowing.

F: Crisp, thick and immediate. It demands your attention by feel alone.

O: The cap said that I wasn't worthy and I might not be. This is a complex and hearty beer that should not be opened lightly. I would recommend that you try Arrogant Bastard first, but I feel anyone who likes Arrogant Bastard will love Lukcy. I love Stone's flagship. It is one of the few beers that I go back to on a regular basis and this Lukcy a hell of a treat for me. I will definitely buy a couple more to celebrate the holidays and got a strong desire to hold a Stone tasting party while drinking this.

This beer was poured from a 22oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 60F.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Most noticeable on the nose is a Stone classic hop blend. Not overly dank it's a more balanced profile of herbal and resiny notes.

The flavor is far more hop forward, as this is a Strong Ale. A bit of malt supports the backdrop but a herbal, floral hop sets bravely at the forefront. This is very good but simply doesn't distinguish itself from the rest of Stones repertoire

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of lemon and pine with a little mango and grain.
The taste is a great blend of lemon, pine and grapefruit bitter with mild caramel and malty sweetness.
The texture is quite soft and nice.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Hurlshot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

You feel like a lucky bastard when you buy this thing, and it does not disappoint. It is strong, but not an overpowering ale. You can still make out the wonderful mix of flavors., and it continues to taste great until the last swig.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bottled 10/03/14, poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of barleywine-like aromas; notes of piney, citrus, earthy & grassy hops, toasted caramel malt with some doughy aroma to close it out

T- big malty and sweet backbone gives large notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & fresh brown bread. Hop profile gives notes of pine, orange peel, & earthy/herbal notes. Sweet malty finish with a little bit of leafy hop on the linger

M- thick & viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and chewy mouthfeel, and a silky slightly warming finish

O- a well balanced strong ale that is quite drinkable for 8.5%

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a reddish-brown with a two-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of citus, piney hops, and caramel malts.

T - The flavor follows the nose. Upfont there is a strong amount of sweet caramel malts and citrus (orange & grapefruit). The sweetness is cut mid palate by the earthy/piney hops. The finish has some bitter hops, vanilla, and light booziness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is definetly my favorite of the Bastards. The flavors are very well rounded. Very solid beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby red with a heavy garnett orange hue and good clarity. Poured with a thick, rich, light beige foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. An array of  aromas: over ripe citrus orange and pineapple, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, herbal hops, funky yeast, and caramel malt. Medium bodied with lazy, yet incredibly rich carbonation through the middle. Tangy, minty and ripe citrus hop flavors with smooth vanilla. Sweet maltiness throughout. Herbal and citrus hops give way to emerging pine hoppiness from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dry with a slightly subdued lingering pine hop bitterness. The Bastards belong in the their own category.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Good to see another Stone beer making it back into rotation. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a dark-cooper brown. Murky to say the least, poured out smooth, left behind an impressive 2 inch head that dissipated to just a flutter of foam that continued to leave an impressive and inviting lacing to the bottom.

Smell: First thing that comes to mind upon first aromas is black sugar, molasses, some toffee and a good underlying of lemon zest that comes and goes fairly quickly. Good caramel malts are pretty apparent throughout the whole session.

Taste: First sips and I'm experiencing a pretty heavy rush of zest hops and citrus. Of course upon further inspection and tasting I sense sweet, brown sugar, and some faint piney-like flavors that contribute to the sweet flavors. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, crisp and leaves a somewhat dry-finish on the palate. Goes down decent enough.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I've had good expectations. I really enjoy the limited releases by Stone. This was a really interesting find and I was a little hesitant upon seeing it was a blend of three of arrogant bastard's styles. But everything blended together nice and very balanced. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and would most likely try again. Cheers!

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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.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.