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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,392 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | 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 ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ZethOfTheNorth, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

From a 22 oz into a snifter. 2012 batch.

A-The beer had a red (cranberry?) color with a khaki, one-plus finger of head. The head was slow to fade and pretty thick. It left nice lacing on the glass. The beer was mostly clear.

S-There is a nice, thick, hoppy smell of pine and resinous fruit (grapefruit and pineapple). The fruits were overlain with a nice, syrupy caramel malt note. A little alcohol spice was also present.

T-Taste was sticky, dank, (I hate that word) and hoppy, and quite bitter up front. I got pine and green peppercorn and just a touch of tropical fruit. The malty caramel character is present, but is mostly canceled out by the hot, spicy hops that also pick up strength from the alcohol as the beer warms. A little wild and arrogant for sure.

M-Medium to heavier bodied with an oily and slick feel. The carbonation is mild and fine.

O-I liked this brew quite a bit, more than standard Bastard, but there was a lot going on. I noticed the Oaked Bastard, but was surprised by how the hop characteristics made the beer feel almost IIPA at times. Maybe this brew was a little rough and tumble, but it paired perfectly with the pizza I was eating.

spoony, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

HamGlade10, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

Lukcy Basartd opens to an intense hoppy aroma that spills over the open bottle with heavy, deep shades of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, mint, eucalyptus, anise, and menthol. The beer in fact smells at first far more like a fresh-ground pound of hop pellets than a beer. After a few seconds these initial hop-heavy aromas fade somewhat, allowing an intensely sugary base to shine through, with orange, berry, apricot, peach, cherry, and white grape fruit esters, thick brown sugars, vanilla, and candi sugar. Toast crust and biscuit form an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is great, immediately promising to be a hophead’s dream, but then allowing enough sugars to come through to speak of a well-made all-around beer, instead of just a hop bomb.

On the tongue, the beer is intensely, unsurprisingly hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit rind up front, supported by a varied hop armada of dandelion stem, mint, menthol, eucalyptus, and some of the largest anise flavors I’ve encountered in a beer. There are also a huge amount of sugars in here—there have to be, to be noticed against the hops—bringing orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit notes, as well as brown sugars. Toast crust, burnt toast, and biscuit add earthy complexity. In subsequent sips the hops become even more pronounced, but the sugars seem to die off a little, or at least the tongue is so overwhelmed with bitterness that the sugars aren’t noticed. The beer does take on a medicine-like black licorice overtone in these subsequent mouthfuls, which combines with the pine resin and 8.5% ABV to form an oily, clingy, alcohol-vapor cloud that claws its way up the nasal cavities. The aftertaste is mainly bitter piney hops, with some sugars fighting for attention, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a slick medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is seriously hoppy beer, and anyone not familiar with the extremities to which hops can be pushed should stay very far away, as this will probably be so licorice and anise-laden as to be gag-worthy. But true hopheads will likely find this superb, featuring a stunning and powerful array of hop flavors. The beer does suffer somewhat from the heaviness of the hops, however, especially in the licorice overtone, and could have used either slightly less hops, or slightly more fruits to balance things out. Still, this is amazing brew, and worth trying.

jondeelee, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Mic-Lee
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

Deep brown, semi-translucent. Smells great. Sweet hops; very inviting. Bitterness of the hops hits you right away. Rich, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of hops. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium carbonation. Not terribly boozy, but the alcohol is there.

Overall: Has a nice rich color and a great hoppy smell, making it a very inviting beer. The bitterness hits in the beginning rather than the finish as many beers do, and this gives it a welcoming initial burst. Very interesting. A satisfying and flavorful gulp. A tad bit of warmth despite being quite hoppy and bitter. Not amazingly complex, but a great example of a delicious hoppy brew. I would recommend this one.

Mic-Lee, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark ruby brown with a two-finger length of-white head that retains very well. There is plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are a lot of hop aromas in the smell. I get the typical citrus and pine. There's some oakiness and plenty of caramel malt. There's a lot going on here in the flavor. Those hops are up front and are somewhat dank with plenty of citrus. The piney hops are stronger in the back end and there is a nice lingering aftertaste. I get the caramel oakiness that is typical of the oaked bastard. There's a solid malt backbone here that is typical of the regular arrogant bastard. There is some alcohol too. It almost seems like I get different aspects of the different bastards with each sip. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. It's a smooth beer that drinks very well. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Rich540, Nov 19, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

A-Clear ruby, some carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good hop profile, earthy, caramel and some dirt.

T-Good balance, caramel balances out with good hop profile. Some toffee. Dirt and grass ends with some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, crisp with hop resins abound.

O-Was expecting a little bit more in terms of hops but it was a decent beer at the end of the day. Hopefully Stone releases this more often.

rlee1390, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

HopBrain, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MarkyMOD, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

jwgkicks, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

meanmutt, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

99firehawkman, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

AdamP, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jwat, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

CGMLS3, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

Now this is a New Beer Sunday beer.

The body is a deep amber, looks more like Oaked Arrogant than the other 2. Thin khaki head.

I get alot of Arrogant Bastard on the nose. Strong caramel and toffee notes (probably from Double Bastard). I surprisingly get alot of pineapple and grassy aromas. Other faint citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, and starfruit come in faintly. Very balanced and nice.

Lots of grassy, lemony hops. The hops that come one remind me ALOT of 16th Anniversary from Stone. Light slick lemons and lemongrass as well. Toffee and caramel are more in the background than I expected, and its more drinkable than you would expect.

It drinks extremely well. The slick hops make what would be a super sweet beer very balanced. I like it.

VncentLIFE, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BigBarley, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

2012 bottling. Poured from an arrogant bottle into an unworthy New Belgium snifter. This lucky bastard of a beer pours clear with a beautiful reddish amber color, a nice rocky head, and bubbles streaming up the center of the glass. Nice nose with a good mix of caramel malt tones, sticky, sappy hops, and a hint of vanilla.

Full body and really creamy feel on this bastard. Flavor-wise, this is one complex bastard. I swear I can taste all 3 of the Bastards in this bastard. I get sweet caramel and oaky, vanilla-like notes in the front of the palate and a nice blast of hops at mid-palate that bring on flavors of oranges and grapefruit. The finish is dry and sustained and has a nice pleasant boozy Double Bastard warmth to it. Those bastards at Stone really know what they're doing.

This bastard makes me proud of the term ``American Strong Ale''. Its blend of somewhat mismatched flavors make it a truly unique bastard. It's like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA with a dash of vanilla tossed in for good measure. Definitely recommended (bastard).

deadonhisfeet, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

dphillips, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

bigbeers84, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

blmar311, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

captainbearcat, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jsurfs82, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

whodeyvols, Nov 17, 2012
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.