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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,398
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 137
Gots: 432 | 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: 758 | Hads: 2,398
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 mondegreen
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a Duvel Tulip

Pours a deep ruby red with a thin foamy off white head.

Nose is big hops, as expected. The abrasiveness nature of the regular bastard meets the smooth sweetness of the double. the result is a relaxed, yet bright aroma. Very nice.

Taste is more like regular/oaked bastard than the double. It's almost like the blend calmed down the screaming bitterness found in Arrogant Bastard. I've read that AB is 100% Chinook hopped, and I do get a huge dose of Chinook in the flavor. Oak lingers a bit on the back end. Overall, a fitting tribute to the beer that has defined the American Strong Ale category.

Mouth is medium smooth. Drinks like a champ.

Very enjoyable brew from Stone. (706 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A glorified Imperial IPA... Oaked Arrogant Bastard wins

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A: Deep, clear, burgundy/orange body with a creamy, persistent one finger cream head.

S: Big hops (centennial, I believe), some spice, and a bit of butter bread.

T: Again, big centennial hops, some caramel malt, spices and large underlying sweetness... very much like a DIPA. I expected more complexity after my beloved Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but alas, it was not there.

M: Creamy with perfect carbonation.

D: Really not all that challenging, so fairly high. (525 characters)

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

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a pretty large tan head that left some sticky lacing.
Hoppy aroma, sweet malt, alcohol.
The oak definitely came through more in the taste. Sweet, bready, blast of herbal hops.
A smooth beer.
Easy to drink. A good way to start off a visit with my mother. (334 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky brown/amber with a somewhat slight head. Lots of tangy hops, but a bit of sherry notes have crept in- that always reminds me of old beer. I think the blending allows this to an extent. The flavors are mostly cleaner, but there is a still a touch of sherry. The oak makes an appearance in the flavor, but it's just a light accent- which is nice, since I think the oaked bastard is overoaked. Pretty nice deep hop flavors with lots of pine and earthy flavors that go on and on. Pretty smooth and well balanced. Overall it's a succesful blend. (563 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany into a pint glass. There is a minimal head.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, with a very sweet, malty, bread like aroma as well.

The taste is quite nice. Hops, but not overwhelmingly so, sweet maltiness, and just the slightest alcoholic burn at the back of the throat. It's a very mellow mixture, and you can definitely taste
the oak flavor of the oak aged bastard.

The mouth feel is just slightly thick and syrupy. Although it's pretty boozy, it's very mild and pleasant.

Overall, I would recommend this beer, although at double the price of arrogant bastard, I would stick with regular Arrogant bastard most of the time. (646 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome ass bomber split between two people, in tall wine glasses.

Just the same as whiskey, the measured and expert blending of fine beers leads to uncommon smoothness. This is like, jeez, Arrogant Bastard is normally good since even though it's large and noisy it's still pretty much a pale ale. It's not of those strong ales that tastes like a thick, hoppy mess, and while it's plenty assertive it's not the kind of palette wrecker that you can only enjoy here and there.

This is like that, only amped up way big. The oakiness is distinct not in flavor but in affect, the three flavors pile on top of each other and round each other out. What's the right metaphor? This is like stepping inside of one of those big plastic hamster balls--the kind they use for extreme sports--and then having a team of rams butt you into a jagged cliff. The thrill is still there--the movement, the anticipation of pain--but the impact is deadened, you still see hear and feel it but nothing hurts. (986 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Nice medium-dark amber in appearance with a decent half inch off white head.

The smell is very very hoppy. No malt sweetness is detected. The hop aromas are full of tropical fruit flavor and a hint of orange.

Nice taste that reminds me immediately of the oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard in the balance of hops and malt. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance out the hop flavor. I get a lot of melon flavor from the hops. It's enjoyable, but not the greatest thing ever.

The mouthfeel is nice and sparkling; not too aggressive. This could either be a sipper or a quick drinker, depending on the mood. I actually like it a lot. (667 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. The body is dark murky amber color with a respectable finger of off white head with good sticky lacing. The aroma is like a fruit salad. Cantaloupe aroma with a slightly piney hop aroma. Really kind of sweet tropical fruit aroma on this. Real melon flavor on this rounded out with bitter floral piney hops to finish. Real bitter finish on this. The mouthfeel is kind kind of light and the carbonation could be toned down a bit. Good and tasty though, I'll pick up more of these guys fore sure. (519 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 cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red with some haze and a creamy off-white cap. Good size and retention. Some thicker lace.

S- Huge aroma of oak, pine, dark fruit and citrus.

T- Like a bigger, stronger version of Oaked AB. Big on the oak. Pine and citrus big from the hops. Dark fruit and caramel malt. Some alcoholic edge.

MF- Moderate body and carbonation. Warm palate and big bitter finish.

DB- I like how this worked out. I always was impressed by Oaked AB's small size and how flavorful it is. This packs Double Bastard's strength with some good oak. (529 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive reddish mahogany color with about an inch of khaki head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was very rich and smooth, much less bitter and hoppy than I expected from Stone. There was a noticeable hop presence, but was much more balanced than I anticipated. After the great aroma, I was a bit let down by the taste. There wasn't much on the front of the tongue, and quite a bitter finish. In between, there was a nice blend of malts and hops.

The body was a bit too thin for my liking. Drinkability was OK, I'll have more, but can't see drinking more than 1 in a row. Overall, a decent enough beer, I like it better than the regular AB. Certainly worth trying. (727 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge head which took it's time dissipating. Hazy copper color and a slow eruption of tiny bubbles slowly working toward the surface. Strong IPA hoppy smell with pine and fruits - and a taste to match. To me this seems virtually identical to Double Bastard, and I'm not complaining about that because I enjoyed both a lot, but I suspect Lukcy Basartd is basically a remarketing of the other. (399 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cute bottle. Very cute Stone. I'm docking appearance for their arrogance alone.
The fine Stone malt aroma wafts up, grips my whiskers and dives in, penetrating with evergreens and citrus. Booze too, but not prevailing.
This is a damn fine beer. Malts hanging on, caramel sweetness. The bitterness is brief and fluent in seduction. Grapefruit booze punch in the middle of the tongue and in front of the teeth to finish the job. The malts actually linger longer than in any other Stone beer I think I've had. I find it exceptionally well-balanced and quite drinkable. Only I've got things to do..Pesky alcohol. (609 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.62/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brick read color, almost brown. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to leaves some patchy lace that crawls along the glass.
S: Bitter grapefruit, resiny pine, and mold wood. Some booze. I can't really get anything else.
T: Follows the nose with tons of grapefruit and pine flavors. A very strong bitterness. A grainy, sugary sweetness tries to balance everything out in the middle, but to no avail. Another shot of lingering bitterness finishes everything out. Plenty of alcohol as well.
M/D: A full body that is resiny, sticky, and syrupy. Hard to drink because of the strong bitterness and hot alcohol.

I thought I would give this a try. So many people rave about all of Stones Bastard beers, and I just don't get it. This might be the best of the bunch, but that is not saying much for me. This does not have the degree of harshness and burning as some of the others, but still up there in that regard. Not something I would recommend. (994 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful red color with almost no head. Lacing is pretty skimpy

S: Doesn't actually smell like much... a bit of hops, kind of a dulled down version of AB or DB... no oaked smell

T: Completely different from the smell. The taste is absolutely amazing! Pretty much what you'd expect from a mix of the 3 Bastards used. The oak is definitely here, along with the hoppy ale character of AB. The DB is what gives this a higher alcohol content, but doesn't effect the taste very much

M: Good carbonation, smooth and refreshing

D: Right in between AB and DB. Meaning perfect!

New 2012 Batch:
A: Pours a nice ruby red color with a finger and a half's worth of sticky off-white head

S: Get a good dose of hops, light malts, and oak chips. At least I can smell the oak in this years batch!

T: I'm still WOW'd by the complexity and blending ability here. Get the nice oaked character right up front, along with a good dose of hops and malts. Very hoppy, and also get some traces of sweet vanilla and caramel

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: Even after 2 years of having this for the first time, this beer is still amazing to me and probably better than any of the 3 individual beers by themselves, which is saying a lot considering I love all 3 individually. Thanks for re-releasing this one guys!! (1,320 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish red, and utterly opaque due to the amount of chunks in it. Definitely unfiltered. White/golden head with some lacing.

S: Oak, pine and citrus all flow through the nose. Heavy on the hop aroma. Darker fruits make their way to the surface also.

T: One of the first tastes that comes to the tongue is a soy sauce flavor, which i truly wasn't expecting. After multiple sips i realize that it is simply the culmination of all these flavors. The oak and pine are not a present as they were in the nose. Heavy caramel sweetness throughout with a lot of fresh hop flavor. Fruity, but very subtle.

M: Really really smooth. Hop bite is perfect: not too extreme and not too shy. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

D: Very good, going to have to invest in a few more of these. (795 characters)

Photo of javincik
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle. Poured into a snifter

A-Pours a deep reddish brown with a very tight tan head that is quite persistent in hanging around. Nice cling and lacing as it recedes to a collar and a few islands of foam.

S-Tons of citrus and piney hops predominate. Some orange rind and grassy notes also. Underlying caramel and biscuit come thru, although the hops are the real star here. Maybe a hint of some darker fruits.

T-Initially quite sweet, but this quickly gives way to a cascade of flavors. Citrus and pine flavors wash through, followed by a wave of grassiness and darker fruits, bread and biscuit, caramel, and finally a tongue blistering bitterness. Surprisingly complex. A hint of alcohol burn in the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Sticky.

D-For a brew of this strength, it's pretty easy to put down. Certainly a palette shredder. Towards the end of the bomber, my tongue felt like it was scorched. Nevertheless, there is only a faint hint of alcohol burn, and it certainly isn't cloying. It is a little more difficult to drink as it warms. I would keep this one between 40-50 degrees F. (1,126 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Square Pub in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with large amounts of robust caramel malt aromas. The malt aromas have a tinge of toastiness to them as well. Mild amounts of toffee waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops aren't quite as robust. Large and mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet toffee. Pine and leafy hop flavors join in shortly thereafter, fading a bit midway through the sip with the addition of slight oak. The oak fades quickly, allowing pine hops and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall it's been a while since I had a Bastard of any sort (Arrogant, Oaked, or Double) and this was a reminder of why I should revisit them more often. Well worth a shot. (1,100 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

112th review
Bottle to Pint

App- A dark dark amber with a one finger off white head that didn't last long. A dark to light color in the glass. It was a pretty sight.

Smell- A super rich hop profile with a spicy note to it. It has a lot of profiles on the nose.

Drink- This is very tasty. I love the combination they came up with. The ratios were spot on. For me the smell followed the nose. A super hoppy combination with a very nice aftertaste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a medium carbonation created a wet, lush flavorful and powerul feel.

Drink- I think Stone did a good job with this. There were a million things that could've gone wrong a a million more people could've complained about this one. A very nice special release that I think will make hard core BA's and regular folk happy. (794 characters)

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent caramel colored with a thick inch high head of frothy dimpled light beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of toffee and fresh citrus. Initial flavor of bright and fresh citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and orange rind, moving quickly to fresh cut pine bough tips, hints of tangerine and honey. Subtle caramel and honey malt rides beneath, moderate bitterness, lots of hop flavor here. ABV does not detract from flavors.

Even mouthfeel, rich and round, not too tingly. Very flavorful, great beer, highly drinkable. (524 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Dark burgundy/brown with a tan finger head.

S- Grapefruit and pine hops, dark fruits, oak, and caramel. Can really smell all three Bastards in it, just amazing and screams drink me!!

T- Nice hoppy bitter flavor, oak, dark fruits, a little bit of alcohol in the flavor. All three Bastards blend together very well.

M- Smooth, nice medium body.

D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I would like to see how it taste with a little bit of age on it because the alcohol a little hot right now. If you enjoy the Bastards this is a must try!! (577 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amberish brown with a really thick, dense head.

S-Really dank pine, orange, grapefruit, pineapple some light notes of alcohol and some caramel.

T-Really big on the grapefruit and pine from the nose with an almost spicy, lingering bitter note on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a slickness with a drying finish.

D-A pretty solid beer and one that I'm glad I got to try. The spicy bitter note was a little much for me personally, but I could see how many people would enjoy it. (525 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an entrancing burnt rust/red color, having something of a haze, some sort of opacity that makes it almost hypnotic. The dirty white head is modest, but its firmness and the way it sticks around awhile is impressive.

Man alive, this is a primo aroma. There's oak-y woodiness at play, but it merely glorifies the rest of the goodness here...and if you're familiar with the Bastard family, you'll know what that's all about. Nice candy-like gooey sweetness, tempered by a bold but never rude alcohol presence and a green but never astringent hop that also bring some bright, spicy, herbal notes.

The taste is truly exceptional. Lightly charred wood and a bright mineral element are met by candy-like sweetness, the breezy, intensely herbal flavor of fresh top-notch hops (very "west coast" in flavor...I'd even call them cannabis-like here...and resin...and grapefruit...), a light touch of warmth and comfort from the alcohol, and an overall sense of "this...freaking...rules." What more can be said? This is beer taste at its most sublime and superb. That enough hyperbole for ya?

Creamy, round, gooey, even a little sticky, this delivers, texturally, the way the flavor dictates it should. Just about perfect in this department as well.

I'm a big fan of the Bastard family, and Stone in general...I just don't think there's a way this beer could miss. And of course it doesn't. Lukcy Basartd is a rare bare that delivers all it promises. Arrogant Bastard + Double Bastard = Oak Aged Bastard = Ecexllnet! (1,514 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark, hazy reddish-brown color. Fairly off-white head becomes a film with a fair amount of lacing.

S- Similar, but lighter than, the Arrogant Bastard aroma. Grapefruit, hops, and some underlying caramel.

T- Pretty mellow at first, but quite nice with the grapefruit and caramel. Also a bit of a light woody taste.

M- Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, with hardly any carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink. It really reminds me of a lighter AB. (457 characters)

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.