Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 427 | FT: 10
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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 Metalmonk
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ahalloin
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into tulip.

Appearance is a dark copper color, slightly opaque with some cloudiness but with a nice color sheen. A slightly darker than off white head crown's the Lukcy Basartd nicely, dissipating to a thin ring atop the beer.

The smell is all Stone, all the time! I love it! Powerfully dank pungent hops make their presence known and felt as they waft from the surface. Hops exhibit major pine qualities and some subtler floral notes, making me think the Lukcy Basartd has a sensitive side. Some malt sweetness appears as the beer warms with notes of baked sweet breads and slight toffee. A slight tone of oak is noticeable as well from the Oaked Arrogant thread. Really, the focus is on the hops.

The taste has the biting nature of high alpha American hops (Chinook?) with notes of pine, some citrus, and a touch of floral/earthy hops. The malt backbone shows up a bit in the front with light caramel notes. Some vanilla oak notes shine through a bit as well. This quickly gives way to the incredibly bitter, medium dry finish. The finish also exhibits some moderate alcohol heat. The bitterness lingers long on the palate letting you know, this beer isn't wussy!

The mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. The alcohol heat in the finish is somewhat distracting producing a small ethanol character.

Drinkability is tough on this one. What you have is a great malt bill, coupled with massive hop aroma and flavor but with an unabashed bitterness and alcohol heat in the finish. I guess this Basartd has no qualms about who he is and isn't afraid to show it.

I like Stone beers a lot, however, the alcohol heat and exceeding bitterness turned me off a bit on this one.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice beer here. I'm a pretty big fan of the AB series, but I think this one is my favorite. It takes the drinkability of AB, adds it to the flavor profile of DB, and gives it a kiss of oak from the OAB. Then it seems like someone dry-hopped the shit out of it, because the nose is crawling with piney and citrusy aromas. Nice beer overall, not as good as the SN 30th Grand Cru (as far as recent blended beers go), but pretty good. Think drinkable DB with extra hops (so it's not cloyingly sweet).

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome auburn pour topped with a frothy and dense head that follows the brew all the way to the bottom of the glass with a heavy sitcky lace. The sweet and sour hop aromas are distinct but the flavor harps more on the bitter hop character rather than on any overwhelming sweetness. The medium body and lack of syrupy slick often found in these high hop/resin beers. The alcohol provides plenty of heat making this brew a nice winter warmer and over all a very very pleasant drink, holiday or otherwise.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clearish light to dark brown hue with awesome head and tons of lacing clinging to the glass. Only fault is that it looks a little thin bodied.

S: Grassy hops that remind me of Pliny's aroma faintly and a spicier malt backbone. Nice.

T: A beautiful blend. Hints of the oak mix with the aggressive piney hops and spiky bready malt. Citrus bitterness at the back of the palate. Awesome. Very stone aggressive.

M: Smooth, great carbonation and a hearty feel. Alcohol well hidden.

D: Great beer thats pretty easy to drink through quickly and wish you had more. Nice offering from Stone.

Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass, the Luckiest of the Bastards pours a goldenrod amber. Clear and with a wisp of foam atop this brew, offering a hint of oak after the initial pour. Oak notes diminish as the beer settles.

Nose is intriguing as the rich complexities of Double Bastard lay down the law, yet they don't overwhelm as they would normally do so. A wooden caramel sweetness exudes throughout and offers a nice balance. Earthen hops are abundant.

Flavor is a bit smoky in fact, otherwise following the nose with some caramel and some ruddy alcohol notes. Oak is light but present and offers a pleasant distraction yet does not overwhelm by any means. A touch vinous on the finish when the carbonation settles down.

An interesting contraption of beers that truly reminds me more of your standard Bastard than anything else. There is a hint of oak but it is rather subtle. Overall a good marketing ploy but not worth the effort.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber brown with little visibility though it. A little less than an inch of tan bubbly head as the foam can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass almost immediately.

S- Tons of hops in this one that cover up nearly everything else. Piney resiny hop smell quite distinct from the beginning to the end of the beer as caramel notes can be picked out behind it with some oak and vanilla smells as well. The end of the beer brings a noticeable alcohol smell, but the hops still reign supreme.

T- Once again the pine and resin from the hops come forward quite strong, maybe even more overwhelming than the smell. Tiny amounts of caramel come through with more distinct wood flavors but almost completely lost in the hops sensation. Around the middle of the beer the alcohol picks up and makes its presence known, almost challenging the hops. Alcohol and bitterness flow into the aftertaste. I think this is a little bit of an overdose here.

M- Prickly carbonation as you can almost feel the hops tearing away at your mouth. Medium to thick body as well.

D- Eh, seems to me this is little more to this beer than hops and alcohol. Where is the depth? Almost tired of seeing how much hops Stone can throw into a beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Bastard pours a cloudy deep-crimson and chestnut body beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of creamy lace about the glass.

The aroma offers resinous hops that are citrusy, grassy, leafy, piney, and floral - but mainly resinous. There's some fruit, mainly pineapple, but not nearly as much as you might expect there could be. In fact, I may be finding more yeast fruitiness than hoppy fruitiness; or is it all just the yeasty fruitiness combined with the hop aromas? Some of the malt comes through, but it's intertwined with the hop and you can't really get through that to focus on it specifically. You can sense that there's darkish caramel malt there (your eyes tell you that as well), but you can't separate it from the hops. All you can really find is a delicate note of sweetness amidst the chaos of the hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a thin edge of dextrins. It warms and becomes creamy as the carbonation is released.

The flavor displays the same combination of darkly caramelish malt and resinous, piney, grassy, citrusy and floral hops found in the aroma. Here, however, they're a little easier to discern. An occasional dollop of sweet malt shows through here and there, although a rock solid bitterness is always ready to bash it away! This is one bitter, hoppy ale ! ! ! As it warms it softens a bit though, allowing more of the maltiness to come through, as well as more fruitiness and floral character.

As to drinkability, it would require a very strong palate to go through more than an Imperial pint of this without losing at least a little of your senses - and don't forget that even though the alcohol doesn't really seem to show, it's still a pretty solid 8.5% alc./vol.! So the question is "how much did you/do you enjoy it"? And "how much would you like to have another one at another time?". The answer for me is that I'd do it. I'd love another. It's a total assault on your tastebuds, and that's probably a good thing every now and again. But I've also treated it as somewhat of a sipper, allowing my palate some time to recover between sips. I really don't think I could handle a pint of this out at the pub with the lads. For that I'd prefer something a little more balanced and focused, say... the standard Stone IPA. Still, I've got to give it good marks. Cheers!

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass(as seemed only fitting)
Cloudy, copper-caramel in color, with a big, billowy off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt note and citrussy hops.
Taste-Big hop and malt blast right to the tastebuds. This brew makes you sit up and take notice. Huge character and unrelenting full-on hops. A spicy, oakey tanginess shimmers in and out of the background. This brew is not for beginners or the faint of heart! Take your time with this one or risk getting a hop-soaked oak two-by-four to the back of the head.
Sip slowly and enjoy!

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A super hoppy and sweet smell, with traces of malt and citrus.

T: As expected, there were a lot of hops in this one as well as citrus, malt, an oaky quality, vanilla, and some spices. A little on the unfocused side, but it's still a nice flavor.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A couple of little flaws here, but it's still a drinkable beer.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red amber, Little lace and head.

S - Similar to normal ABA, but with hints of something else.. thin malts & ale'ish bread.

T - Deep ale taste, malts and deep ale, more hot then usual and a bit more hops involved but kinda hard to distinguish between normal ABA.

M - Medium to more carbonation, a little more over the top but similar to ABA, Not much aftertaste but still there.

D - Drinks great for a strong ale, easy & great, please try this one and compare side to side with a normal ABA... I assume it will be similar. Thumbs up but I wish it was a little more different & stronger.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a deep dark brown with ruby highlights, clear, with a one finger slightly off white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with malts and dark fruits leading the way. Sweet taste with some hotness from the alcohol, again dark fruits and malts primarily. Feel is medium to full bodied with an average dose of carbonation tickling the mouth. Crisp finish to a very good beer I will look forward to having again.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great color to Lucky Bastard, deep ruby / garnett color, brownish around the edges. Nice head that fades into a ring with some floaty bits. Aroma is pretty hoppy, mostly colombus/warrior hops, little onion and garlic going on. Than there is a bit of oak and vanilla followed by a waft of alcohol. I also pick up some berry aroma. Flavor is rich and chewy with tones of american hops, and crystal malt. There is an interplay between deep caramel, sweet malts and really bitter hops. Again light berry flavor is detectable. The blending of the oaked bastard really tames the double down. Its a great blend for sure. Super easy to drink, well hidden alcohol, can't even tell its 8.5%, rich dense mouthfeel.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Al's.

A: The strong ale is a dark caramel brown color, full nearly to the point of opacity. Christmas lights on the other side of the glass do shine through, creating a nice effect.

S: The nose has hops, oak chips, pepper and mint. The pepper and mint are separate, not a pepperminty aroma. Very bold, Oaked Bastard taken up a few degrees.

T: Lots of hops. This bastard is hoppy. Alongside the bite, the oak chips lend a huge presence. As the hops initially transition to the oak, pepper and mint, along with fresh tea leaves, make appearances. The oak has vanilla and seemingly adds strength. More hops follow the oak, mixing with caramel for a bang-up finish. A strong ale that isn't mind-numbingly bitter, not a Ruination. It does pull together the sharper aspects to the bastards.

M: The mouthfeel is sharp, bitter with hops and syrupy with caramel. The oak is the star, a sweetness that amps up the hoppiness.

D: It's hard to believe that this beer is only 8.5%. It feels so much bigger, a tribute to Stone's prowess.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby with about two fingers of tan head, made up of small and medium sized bubbles. The head has some staying power.

Aromas of resiny, piney, citrusy hops. Not sure how this is significantly different from arrogant A little more hops, a little more malt. But the overall profile is very similar.

First sip is of a hop bomb, just like, old arrogant. A little more punch. Hops are approaching a grassiness that hints of going a little overboard on the hop additions. There is some malt present, but the hops pack such a grapefruit and overall citrusy punch, that it is hard for them to have any staying power. The finish is long and bitter, with grapefruit dominating.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, with a puckering bitterness.

This is a very drinkable beer, but in small doses. The 22 oz bomber is just overkill, and by the time I get to the end, I'll still be tasting this tomorrow. This just borders on too big.

Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a bit and recedes to some ok lacing.

The smell is nice but I expected more. It is sweeter than I expected with a nice resinous hop smell with both citrus and pine. The malt is rather caramally and a hint of alcohol can be whiffed.

The flavor comes across better to me than the smell. It has that nice hop kick with a big long hit of bitterness. The sweetness comes through to provide a bit of balance, but it isn't as prevalent in the taste as it was in the smell. There is also a nice woodiness. This one is so delicious but I would take both the Double and the Oaked over it.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both perfect. It is a very nice beer.

Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a rich ruby, with faint light red highlights when exposed to direct light. The light tan head is impressive after a vigorous pour, 3+ fingers. Head retention is great, but not world class, and while some lacing is left coating the glass there could stand to be more. The nose is a one trick pony, pure resinous, citrusy hops. Credit for just how pungent the aroma is though. After that, the taste is kind of a let down in that the hops don't pack nearly as much punch. This leaves room for some caramel maltiness to come through at the start, along with just a faint suggestion of the Oaked AB contribution. Then the hops, potent though much less so than in the aroma, come in to close things up. The mouthfeel is probably the best part of Lucky Bastard. The body is creamy without crossing over into stout-like viscosity, and the carbonation is lively and expressive while stopping short of fizziness. LuckY Bastard is a very good beer, but I feel like the blend featured to much of the relatively more malty Double Bastard, and not enough of the raw hop aggression of Arrogant Bastard, which is the beer they're supposed to be celebrating.

Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep crimson red, thick off-white head that has stellar retention, and good lacing down the glass.

S/T - Juicy hops, then the big caramel malt body comes in with a huge pine resin hop finish. I'm a little disappointed that I can barely pick out any of the oak. Alcohol is noticeable, but not so out-of-place.

M - Full body, spot-on carbonation, lasting bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste.

D - Its like the AB with a punch to it. I wish the oaked AB would be more prominent, as that's my favorite version of the Bastard, but still a nice drink.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. Poured a blood red color with a nice head and excellent carbonation with the head dissipating. The aroma is predominantly hoppy/piney, with hints of citrus, fruity esters and malts. The taste is very good, with the hops hitting your taste buds upfront with a sweet, fruity, malty finish. The blend of hops and sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Very good lacing along the glass. All in all, a very solid strong ale from Stone. A strong, in your face brew that is a must-have. Highly, highly recommended.

Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It may have all started with one beer; the Arrogant Bastard - a strong American Pale Ale that throws caution to the wind and plainly exclaims to you on the back of the bottle (in 3 or 4 long paragraphs) that you probably aren't worthy of the beer that you are holding. This approach made sense in 1997 when the Bastard came out, and craft beer was barely known at all. Now though it has turned into a cult, and The Arrogant Bastard is one of the Best Selling American Pale Ales on the planet. So what is the Lucky Bastard? It is the 4th in a long line of Bastard Ales, and I'd put money on betting that it is not the last.

After the Original 8.5% Arrogant Bastard came the Double Bastard at 10.5%, and then the Oaked Bastard (7.2%) not long ago. The Double Bastard may have eclipsed the Arrogant, but to me the Oaked fell short, and just didn't work well with the style. Lucky for us though, this most recent version of the Bastard takes the best aspects of all three ales and combines them into 1 outstanding beer. The Lucky Bastard is therefore a combination of the Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard. If you get your hands of a bottle of the Lucky Bastard, take a good close read of the back, and see if you find something odd... Every word is spelled inncorectly in a specific style that allows your brain to interpret the words naturally. The first and last letter of each words are correct, but everything in between is jumbled. Did you even notice that the front label is misspelled?...

I opened the Lucky Bastard (8.5% abv, 650ml) up cool around 12C (54F) and poured it into 3 tulip glasses to share with my friends. The pour was smooth and silky in classic Stone fashion building a golden red beer with a thickly packed mound of bubbles. What was built was stupendous - sitting on the table the beer glowed a dark amber bronze, gleaming with copper, mahogany, royal red and sheer metallic chrome. The head was lush and large filling almost half the glass about 2 to 3 inches above the beer. Carbonation was light all the way up forming a tan brown colored smooth, mouse-like, and creamy cap. When held into the light this beer showed a totally transparent body that was among the richest ruby colors I have ever seen in beer - this is absolutely the best looking Bastard yet.

The nose on the Lucky Bastard is also my favorite yet - it is malty-rich first with a quick shot of sweet oak. Generous candy-like caramel and light toffee dance easily across my senses, and warm biscuit malts melt perfectly with pale malt and crisp fruit. Hops aren't shy either though. While the malt backbone of this beer leans towards the Double Bastard the fresh and clean flavors in pine, citrus and zest shine through reminiscent to the Arrogant Bastard. Grapefruit lingers from end to end, and cleans the way for a sweet candied oak witch it much fresher here than in the Oaked Bastard.

The first sips to the last all mimic the nose quite well, but bring forward greater intensity, and show off a masterful mouthfeel. A silky and lightly oil stricken beer glides easily over your palate bringing smooth waves of malty sugar and caramel. It is big and robust with a toffee sweetness, but a crisp overall sensation. This is made possible clearly due to the crisp west coast hopping which is apparent from end to end.

Citrus leans in and cleans your palate starting on your tongue and waving into your cheeks. Grapefruit zest touches lemon a bit, but hinges towards pine and earth. It is a genuinely smooth and delicious hop flavor which is bigger in hop flavors and aroma than it is in bitterness. Don't be mistaken though, bitter comes though in dryness and resin - and rightfully so, or else this beer would end up to be cloyingly thick and sweet.

The overarching flavor here that makes this beer to me is a sweet oak that lingers lightly throughout the entire drink. It is less distinct and powerful than any of the malts or hops, but is present the whole time, and adds a great deal of depth and character to this American Pale Ale. The finish is sweet at first, but bitteringly dry at the end. This is probably my favorite of the Bastards now, however I would drink the Arrogant the majority of the time for its simple, but perfect refreshing characteristics. Hopefully the Lucky Bastard will be around for a long time, and I can see it matching so well with creamy and old cheeses, as well as rich pastas or game. I can't wait to taste all 4 Bastards side by side. Well done guys!

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/12/11/tasting-the-stone-lucky-bastard/

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

"A Slef Trbitue To 13 Yaers Of Arorgnace"
Tank fermented, dry hopped, "not equal" blend of AB, Oaked AB, and DBL B, sounds delicious. Poured into snifter.

Appearance- Pours a deep copper with a 2 finger just off white head. Decent head retention, leaving good laceing.

Smell- Citrus and pine hops right off the bat. A slight caramel sweetness as well. If I didn't know any better I would say this smells like the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste- Starts off with the sweetness of the Double bastard, leading into the dry hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, and some pine resin of the Arrogant Bastard. A bit of the Oak Aged on the finish, not as much oak as expected, but it adds some nice finishing depth. Overall, fresh, it taste like a slightly more complex version of Arrogant Bastard, which is fine by me!

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, very smooth and creamy. A slight alcohol warming, which I like in a ASA.

Overall- This is solid, but not as complex as I was expecting, it is definitely not a 33/33/33 blend though, which is nice (you could do that on your own if you really wanted to). Nevertheless, it is pretty tasty. Have a few more bottles to age, which should be quite an experience, expecting the hops to fade, the sweetness of the Double Bastard to shine more, and the slight Oak-ness to stay present. I will probably keep reviewing every 3-4 months till my bottles run dry!

PSA: PROP 65, DON'T LICK THE BOTTLE, BIRTH DEFECTS WILL ENSUE

Photo of churry
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of all three beers that make up Lukcy Basartd (the Bastard, Double, and Oaked), so I had to try it.

A--Dark orange/amber at the thinner point of my glass, and a very pretty ruby/brown at the thicker top. Not much head, but that's exacerbated by my poor choice of glassware (Chimay chalice... too lazy to wash pint). Basically what I expected from a Bastard, which is good.

S--A little hoppier than I remember regular Bastard being. Hops mix with the sweet molasses smell as well as a tinge of alcohol for a (pleasant) wallop to the nose.

T--A wave of almost salty hop-bitterness washes over the taste buds. Then dark, molasses-y sweetness dominates, with a moderate malt flavor. Hops linger on the back of the tongue and add a fruity taste, and alcohol esters are present (since it's 8.5%!) but are mostly overpowered by the intense hops and sweetness.

M--Medium to medium-thick. It's nice and smooth, but not too thin for such a potent brew. Very well carbonated; prickly on the tongue and goes down very nicely.

D--If you're a fan of hoppy beers, it's a nice reprieve from IPA's and still kicks your taste buds in the ass. Had I eaten before writing this, I could definitely go for another bottle--but I'm drinking alone and on an empty stomach, so one is enough!

Stone once again hits it out of the park! They pack the brew with obscene amounts of flavor, and yet they still manage to balance the competing hops, sweetness, and malt. I'll definitely be getting this again!

EDIT: Also, bonus points for using the term "sheeple" on the back of the bottle. lol

Photo of vtfan77
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful orange-tinted ruby with a nice head. Lots of lacing is left along the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet, sweet hops. Tons of piney goodness with just a touch of sweet caramel malt. Mostly hops though.

T- A little sweet upfront before the hops take over, coating the tongue in pine sap. Some bready malt adds a little balance but ultimately the hops win out big time. Strong bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelming.

M- On the heavy side of medium, a little slick but well-carbonated.

D- Quite good. The alcohol isn't particularly noticeable but the bitterness and overall richness of flavor does wear the palate out after a while. Still, the flavor is good enough that I can finish a bomber with ease.

Well, what can I say? It's a big, brash, and very tasty beer. Typical Stone. I don't know if it really distinguishes itself from some of Stone's other hop monsters, though. I can't say it's really any better than fresh Arrogant Bastard. What I can say, though, is that it's very good and I will almost certainly be getting it again. Recommended.

Photo of thrash420
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Upon pouring it from the bottle into my schooner I noticed it a dark golden color pouring from the bottle, but the color in the glass was deep red upon the light. It poured a thick deep hoppy malty head that went away quickly and dissipated into beautiful lacing that remained for the entire portion of the beer.

Smell: Smells of thick hops and when inhaled deeply I can almost feel the alcohol burning my nose. It has hints of spices and malts, but reeks heavily of hops.

Taste: Upon first taste it reminded me quickly of AB. A strong bold flavor that grabs your tongue as to say, I am made to be drank and I am delicious! The alcohol is not overpowering and the hops bring out a deep full flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: I always loved the way stone ales feel in my mouth, they are thick and heavy but they never stick and make my mouth feel all salivalike

Drinkability: Well I'm halfway through my bottle and I want another. I guess that gives it an A+ for drinkability!

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.