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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 101
Gots: 179 | 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 CloudStrife
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very clear ruby with a 1.5 finger mostly white head. Gets a little rocky over a minute or two, ample carbonation. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Get a malty yet very hoppy brew. Reminds me of a stinky cheese shop I went to as a kid. Fruits are in there too, dark ones like fig and plum.

T: Very complex blend of ales here. Has a sweet tone, but also a lot of hop and malt oomph. Still that signature stone taste, yeast? Also the oak comes through almost as a maple syrup.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Could be considered a little syrupy and sticky from the hops but it suits it well.

Overall I like this blend. Very interesting and to see how the different flavors meld together. Would have it once or twice and recommend giving it a go.

CloudStrife, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Beerislivingproof, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

ElGallo, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: near a light source it glows crimson with deep orange hues. Sticky lace from resinous hops no doubt. Looks like a Bastard

S: smells like a Bastard too. Hard to note the subtle differences between the brews fused together here. In any event, massive toasted malts and citrus loaded stinky hops...right on par. The palate should unlock more goodies

T: friction ensues with sip upon sip of sweet toasted malts and massive citrus hops, both badgering my tongue. Just friggen great. In addition, a mellow oak character can be pulled from each sip. Hops upfront and sweetness at the end. It's just done right for a big American Strong Ale. Hard to tell if all the brews are working within, it just a big Bastard!

M: soft fuzzy carbonation and slick with a slightly sticky feel. As with other Stone brews in the Bastard family it almost makes my mouth feel dry at the back of my tongue...if that makes sense. Either way, I likey what I drinky

O: this is a super beer. Strong and classy. In my opinion, an appreciable addition to the Bastard family

Magpie14, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a ruby brown color with a big off white head. The head has good retention but fades slowly to leave sticky lacing all on the sides of the glass and nice film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The nose is heavy of pine and a grassy smell. Mixed with these aromas is a sweeter light fruit and some toffee. Rounding out the total smells is a good oaky smell that ties the sweet and hop aromas together nicely.

Taste – The taste starts out heavy of pine hops with a biscuit and oaky taste. As the flavors move on some light fruit flavors come to the tongue. The hop flavors from the start remain just as strong as they were upfront, but are soon joined by a bitter grapefruit and a herbal hop nature. At the end a light citrus flavor come to the tongue along with a boozy flavor to leave an overall hopped green (pine and oak) taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the chewier side with a carbonation level that is a tad light. Both are quite nice for the wide variety of hop flavors experienced in the taste and help each to sit on the tongue and be detected individually.

Overall – A nice variable hop profile flavor in this strong IPA. It has nice transitions and just enough breadiness and sweet to balance the hop and oaky flavors. Definitely one to try.

Darkmagus82, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a long stem tulip

The body is a ruby color with a fluffy off white cap that rises two+ fingers. The head falls slowly, leaving some dots and random lines of lace behind.

Piney hops throughout, with plums, raisins, bready malt, and toffee. Additional layers of oak, vanilla, and booze. A very pleasing aroma that has equal elements of all three beers.

Aggressive hops meet the palate first. Pine resin and mild citrus with dark fruits through the middle. Toffee, oak, and vanilla poke through. The finish is a bitter rush of pine and white grapefruit, booze, and plums.

Medium body, chewy in spots. Smooth and lush. Long lingering mix of pine bitterness and dark fruits.

You can really pick out the nuances of each of the base beers. Fruitier than I expected, but it works well to balance out the hoppyness. Loads of flavors, layers of complexity. Well blended.

ColForbinBC, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -28.1%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bbatch pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Figs, cakeyness, plums, brown sugar, pineyness & some boozeyness as this warms

T: Follows the nose with herbal & woody hops & some boozeyness mixes in with pineyness up front. Grapefruit comes in as this warms, also some orange peel bitterness, some woodyness as well & just a hint of port. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, & breadyness, but mostly grapefruit & some unneeded boozeynes

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, skews hoppy

I like this, was thinking a little different flavor profile based on the description, very hop-forward, would almost think this was a Barley-Wine, a bloody pricey one

russpowell, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

muchloveforhops3, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of JGilbrech
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JGilbrech, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ZethOfTheNorth, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Rich540
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Rich540, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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

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

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

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

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

jwat, Nov 19, 2012
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.