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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 180 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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Photo of jokelahoma
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip at home. Pours a nice reddish-brown, average head, which fades somewhat slowly.

Typical Arrogant Bastard aroma, but with more, somehow. Still that same sweet malt and slight alcohol burn on the nose, but the malt seems more balanced, not quite as caramel as a usual AB. Still the same hoppy nose, but not as aggressively pine-ish. All in all, more inviting that the "regular" Bastard.

Oooh, the flavor! Nice and bracing bitterness right off the bat, with the citrus and pine note trying to tear the surface of your tongue out of your head. The malt that follows is as the nose predicts -- full, intense, yet nowhere near as caramel as its namesake. There's a touch of alcoholic heat to this as well. Yet all these seem to blend together and meld into something where the sum is greater than the whole of the parts.

The mouthfeel is fairly full, but not thick. This is a good thing here, as anything thinner would not be substantial enough to withstand the bitterness and malty strength. Well balanced in that regard.

It's obvious this isn't jue a case of throwing beers together and calling it a blend. Stone put thought and effort into this, and it shows. Nicely put together, and a must for any fan of any of the Arrogant Bastard line. Bravo!

jokelahoma, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow you can tell they dry hopped the hell out of this. Pours the typical bastard pour, deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and piney hops with a great caramel malt backbone. This drinks like a double IPA crossed with an imperial red ale and provides the best of both styles. Huge west coast hops are perfectly balanced with the massive malt bill. My favorite of the Bastards.

spark3148857, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of tripelz
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

tripelz, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Bastard no matter how it's spelled! 2013 version, best by Jan. 31, 2013. From a 22oz bottle into my favorite snifter.

Pours a beautiful clear garnet. About two finger of khaki foam, nice tight bubbles, really solid retention with some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Hoppy upfront, with some resinous pine and grapefruit. Tons of toffee, bready malts in the middle. Hints of oak and vanilla. Bit of booze in the finish with some earthy hops.

Not as hoppy upfront as the nose, still get some of those awesome dry hopped citrus/pine flavors. Tons of malt. Hits all the notes; from cereal to caramel to dark fruit to a bit of roasty and even a faint hint of chocolate. The Oaked lends it's traits with some wood and vanilla flavors. Bitter throughout. Definitely some alcohol of the back of the tounge.

A solid medium heavy, but with ample carbonation. Bitter and dry in the finish. Tons of flavor but still very drinkable, maybe dangerously so.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer. It does manage to be better than the some of it's parts. The dry hopping is what seals the deal for me. A truly one of a kind American ale. Buy this if you see it. While you will appreciate this more if you have tried the three other Bastards, it is a fine beer independently. Drink it fresh. Cheers!

Humulus85, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -4.1%

SFC21, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ferrettman687
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ferrettman687, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

tswater, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really wanted to get ahold of this beer, and I asked for this at many stores. I finally found this on tap at my favorite bar.

They served Lukcy in a fluted glass with about two fingers of fluffy/sticky foam. The head stayed around for quite a while. The coloring was dark reddish brown.

Off the top I pick up some light hopping and a decent amount of maltiness.

The flavor was complex with a decent hop forward presence. I get citrus and pine. There was some toffee presence; as well as a little tobacco. I even get some scotch in the aftertaste.

This is a pretty decent bastard. Stone is an expert at these, not surprised that this one is so good.

ummswimmin, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

CorneliusBunker, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Googs
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Googs, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

hopswap1, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 bottle that says enjoy by Jan 31, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish copper amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bold yet balanced aroma of juicy hops, spicy pine, and sweet malts. Citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, tangerine, and lemon. A pretty dank and earthy smell of spicy pine resin. Strong toasted malt backbone with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Also some hints of brown sugar and alcohol. A pretty strong and good smell.

Taste: Big, juicy, spicy, and malty like the nose hints. Strong taste of citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Earthy and grassy hops with a good kick of spice from pine resin. A big malt presence follows with toasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Taste of sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and biscuit. Some booze in the taste. The hops and malts balance each other well for a big overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good Strong Ale. Bold in both the hops and malts. Well balanced and very tasty.

MattyG85, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

johnnyboy76, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of ikantspel
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a duvel tulip

bottled on 10.25.12

pours a deep mahogany color with a tan khaki head thats leaves lacing all over the glass

pine, earth, fruits, and some oak. almost like an ipa

taste is hoppy and malty but almost sweet. the alcohol is in there but not overpowering

overall a great beer. this should come in a 6 pack

ikantspel, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich mahogany, deep amber brown. Lots of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. The way a good brew should look.

S - Brown sugar, cinnamon. Finishes with a nice alcohol presence.

T - Wow, tasty! Huge sweet malty backbone up front, finishing with a nice bitter kick. Brown sugar, molasses.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - If you like the Bastard, you need to try this one. This might be the peak of the Bastard series. Very well balanced and damn tasty.

BeerDawgs, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Sunn
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Sunn, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BlakeAM
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BlakeAM, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of yokken
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

yokken, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of JWU
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful ruby/amber with a billowing beige head. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- dank, earthy hops, with a hint of caramelized sugar sweetness. Some oak notes as well.

T- Big hit of dank, earthy hops up front. Pine, tobacco, a hint of grapefruit Middle of the sip the malts come in. Heavily caramelized sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Oak notes, vanilla, some light tannins. Back end, a grapefruit type bitterness hits hard, and lingers loooong.

M- Heavy side of medium bodied, and slightly creamy. Dry on the back end, and with this much hops, that's expected.

O- Heavy on the hops, but as it warms, the malt bill comes out a little more. Complex, and makes a nice companion through a football game.

JWU, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A - Murky amber colour, slightly translucent. Half a finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet caramel and citrus hop aromas dominate up front. Some pine, spice and toffee notes also present. Well balanced nose.

T - Big sweet malt presence up front with caramel and toffee flavours present. A good hop bitterness is present with citrus and pine flavours.

M - Medium body, creamy. A lot of sticky hop oils are present. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of methtlcai
1/5  rDev -76%

methtlcai, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and hoppy with a floral and pine bouquet. Hints of tropical fruits are present.The hops are quite dominating in the aroma while the malts are very light and almost missing.

The appearance is deep ruby copper amber with a beige color head. The head was dense but plain. Good attenuation.
You can taste all three Bastards there each have sutle nuiances. Another thing is that the taste seems to be a front loaded juggernaut while the back end is smooth and refined.
Not as hoppy in the taste as one would expect being the nose had a good hop aroma. More malty tasting. The ending is dry with oak and bitter into a lingering aftertaste.
A good beer with depth of flavors and complexity. I love arrogant bastard its a good beer no doubt but I don't know yet if I dig this one yet.

micromaniac129, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright amber color, crystal clear, with a fingers worth of a creamy light brown head (dissipated to a lacing after a minute or so). Decent alcohol legs for only being 8.5%.

S: Huge wave of brown sugar hits you in the nose right off the bat. The Hops are definitely there but hide pretty well behind that enormous brown sugar smell. Nice faint Vanilla. Overall smells more malty than hoppy.

T: The flavor is honestly a real surprise in contrast to the aroma. Obviously very hop forward as this is a Bastard. There's a slight sweetness at the end that tastes caramelized and almost on the verge of a burnt flavor (not in a bad way).

M: Carbonation is pretty average. Mouth-feel is on the lighter side of creamy. A lingering dryness on the tongue.

O: The aroma threw me for a loop, I was actually really looking forward to tasting some of that brown sugar so when it wasn't there that was a little disappointing. Although after I got over the lack of the brown sugar I really enjoyed it. Had just the right amount of kick without feeling boozy.

AxesandAnchors, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

crobinso, Nov 22, 2012
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.