Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,392
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 136
Gots: 430 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of gregshead
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy red with a half finger of head.

S: Belgian yeast. Faint smells. Nothing too strong.

T: Sweet caramel taste. Sweeter than the other bastards. Nice bitter taste at the end. Some belgian yeast funk.

M: Smooth and decent carbonation

D: An enjoyable drink. I had a hard time reviewing it because of it's similarities to the other Bastards. I prefer the double bastard the most of the four. (398 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The brew pours a deep reddish copper color with a thick and creamy off-white head and gentle visible carbonation release. Great clarity.

Intensely sweet grapefruit notes, a slight acidic tang, and a thick resinous quality all hit my nose first. The hops are very in-your-face and fragrant in this beer--it reminds me of the hop scents of Stone's Ruination. There are also notes of bread, roasted grains, wood(?), and some faint hint of sweet candied fruits.

Very tasty. The hops aren't as intense as I would have guessed from the smell. Though this is a hoppy beer, to be sure; there isn't that huge citrusy kick you would get from the Ruination. Sweet grapefruit, once again. Smokey roasted malt, and a faint grassy taste come in after the initial hop flavors. There is just the slightest hint of an alcoholic taste, along with a bit of sweetness that comes with it, though I find it to be quite gentle.

This is a fairly thick-bodied beer with a slick and slightly syrupy texture, as well as a certain astringency. It's very interesting, and the drinkability is really quite good. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Buttermaker
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arroma: What a bouquet! This is one of the freshest, hoppiest noses ever to come out of the bottle. If I could drink this through my nose I would.

Taste: This is basically a stronger, more full bodied version of Arrogant Bastard...which is already pretty damn strong and full bodied. Leave it to Stone to not be satisfied with their own belligerence. There's hops in the beginning, middle and end and plenty of malt to match.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy. It's supposed to be a heavy beer but it starts to feel a little syrupy by the end.

Recommended Music Pairing: Husker Du - New Day Rising (594 characters)

Photo of chaz410
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer on tap at Macs on South Blvd in Charlotte, THE 2010 WINNER OF THE STONE'S MOST ARROGANT BAR IN AMERICA!!
Pours a deep amber brown with hues of amber and dense cloudy body. A fluffy white head sits atop the body and sticks around for several minutes before thinning to a froathy lining.
Smells far hoppier than any of the bastards that were used to make the beer. Very floral and piney hops ring out with a thick caramel undertone. Hints of red, dark fruits like prunes and raisons.
Taste similar to smell but more bittering hops and heavier caramel notes. Some subtle alcohol notes throughout the mouthfeel. Some toffee and biscuit character with some caramunich sweetness. The finish is bitter from piney hops, mostly chinook-like hops.
It's clean but very thick and full bodied. I love this mouthfeel. I wouldn't call it sessionable but it's definitely a multi-use beer, one that can be for a main course, a mid-event drink or a desert/night cap.
Love the brew and get every time I stop by Macs, congrats again guys and thanks for keeping the Stone title in Charlotte, NC for a second year!!! (1,110 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into an imperial pint glass.

The Lucky Basartd is similar to its brethern with ruby amber color, good clarity, and thick long-lasting head. As it settles, a nice lace is left in its wake.

Aroma is also similar to the bastards that came before it but seems more amped up in terms of hops. The smell is pure hophead bliss with great west coast character, ie. citrus.

It's flavor is similarly hard to fault. A rich and robust caramel malt backbone stands strong but not as strong as the dominant hops. Great strength and depth of flavors without being overpowering. At least, that is, if you have befriended a bastard before.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with a little more carbonation than is strictly neccessary.

Overall another great beer in a lineup from Stone that is second to none. (812 characters)

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

Always more than happy to try something new from Stone. Review is from notes taken on 12/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a coppery/mahogany color and starts with a one finger khaki head that fades almost immediately to a very faint and incomplete skim and thin ring around the surface; body is a little murky and rather dark, but you can still see through it for the most part; fair spots, strands and washes of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Yep, it's from Stone... Tons of hops that are right up front and come across a little piney, but there is a big citric aspect as well that comes across the nose like grapefruit and/or pineapple; slight malt presence hiding out in the back, but it really does allow the hops to shine.

Taste: Gotta love the West Coast and the way they use their hops out there -- tons of the bitter hops and they really come across as citric, especially grapefruit and pineapple like in the nose, but also a touch of mango, perhaps?; it does have a firm matly backing that provides just a touch of balance, but it still allows the hops to do their job; faint presence of alcohol, but for being over 9%, it's very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight; carbonation is super solid -- not too strong, but present enough to keep it lively yet smooth; a moderately thick, semi-dry sticky coating is left on the palate; belly is left a little warm from the bigger ABV.

Drinkability: Solid beer and a great offering from Stone; nice and bold hoppy flavors that any Bastard would be happy to imbibe; also, it's really well balanced for being the hop bomb that it is; ABV would definitely catch up though, so I can't give it any higher than 4 and feel OK about it. (1,755 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another major winner from Stone. This is like a liquid creme brulee. Or more accurately, like a creme brulee without the creme.

Pours a deep purply amber with a big, fluffy tanish head that falls to a sticky curtain of lace. The aroma is huge and carmelly, with a big dose of citrusy hops that takes a dark, plummy turn in conjunction with the malt. The flavor is like burnt caramel, with a sweet, charred edge. The hops are huge and sweet and blowzy, citrusy and piny. The mouthfeel is chewy and firm, with a bitter, carmel crunch to it. (539 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a beige head that left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - hops are the strongest aroma with a light malty backbone.

T - very good tasting beer, the hops upfront are smoothed out with solid malt and light wood notes.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - very drinkable considering the higher abv. (370 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle split with a friend. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown with crimson red highlights throughout. Two finger sticky beige head with really good retention.

Aroma: Assertive pine notes from the hops up front. Really an onslaught of hops. Some caramel and molasses from the malt.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit rind really dominate here. A strong bitter bite comes from the hops. Almost a touch of pineapple sweetness cuts through the bitter hops. A slight backing of sweeter malt too. Finish is really bitter and filled with pine.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but with some lively carbonation to keep it crisp. Really dry finish.

Drinkability: I cannot imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. It is really flavorful and high in ABV, but the first is definitely enjoyable and in your face.

Overall, one of the hoppier beers I've had in a good long while. The hop profile was a nice combination of over the top bitterness and sweet nice fruit notes. Definitely a nice beer for the price and one that should be enjoyed fresh. (1,095 characters)

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

Beer review number 666! It may as well be from Stone.
At this moment I'm feeling like a Lukcy Basartd right now sitting and drinking this beer.
Looks and smells quite a bit like Arrogant Bastard- deep mahagony color with a tan head that laces the glass as the liquid depletes. Toffee, caramel and tea scents to go along with some herbal notes.
The initial hop bite is really, really good. A bright lemon citrus that I really enjoy gives way to a more bitter, grapefruit character that settles into a resinous pine. An ipa preemptive strike with a strong ale aramada following close behind. Sweetened black tea notes along with some more toffee.
It makes me think of Arrogant Bastard with the volume turned up a bit, but not quite turning into Double Bastard. Fans of those two will be happy with this fellow.
I appreciate the effort it took to write the text on the bottle and the relative ease of reading it. A very worthy brew for my 666th review. (953 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Whole Foods near McCarran Airport.

A-Arrogant and bastardly, deep reddish amber. A foamy tan head still covers the surface of my glass almost an hour after pouring.

S-Big citrus and pine notes compete with a strong sweetness. Fun, and big!

T-Citrus hop bite hits you right away, with a very strong malt backbone which is strong without being overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, coats the tongue nicely. Bitterness and fine carbonation linger.

D-Smooth and delicious. I have not had an Arrogant Bastard in a while, so I am not sure of the differences between that beer and this. (I tried reading the notes on the bottle but tje sepllng anyoed me so I gave up). Maybe it's time to try the original again. In any case, this was quite tasty.

HV (765 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purple brown brew gives life to a beach sand colored head that raises to several fingers in height, slowly recedes and leaves nice lacing.

first aromas to hit are vanilla and piney, citrusy hops. Kind of a weird combo, but it does smell enticing.

hoppy flavor with a good amount of the barrel aging behind that, which is good since most IPA's aged in barrels lose their hop flavor during the aging process. piney, grassy, and bitter citrusy hops are backed up by vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. definitely has the malt to compete with the hop onslaught you'd expect from Stone and the Bastards.

pretty full bodied with generous carbonation and a very pleasant hop flavor that lingers along with a touch of sweetness on the palate.

drinks well. is a bit boozy throughout, but it doesnt overpower. as a mix, this probably ends up tastier than any of the three separate parts. (889 characters)

Photo of gamwich
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wonderfully ostentatious bottle worthy of its heritage. A frothy head dissipates leaving thick lacing rife with large bubbles. The color is a hazy burnt sienna. The nose is fairly small, malty with some hop presence and alcohol. The taste is sweetly malts with hints of vanilla and oak balancing the huge pine-y, bubblegum hop presence. It has a dry tannic finish inviting one to take another sip. Nummy. (418 characters)

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

On tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo.

Tastes like Stone, which is all I should need to say, but here's the review anyway. Pours a deep brown with an off-white head that laced well. Full, piney nose with lots of grapefruit, cocoa and vanilla. Big c-hop flavour with the grpefruit and pine coming through stong. Sweet caramel malts back things up, and there's a herbal / woody thing going on to. Luscious, full mouthfeel hits the spot. Great bitterness, as you'd expect from these guys.

A strong offering (in all senses of the term). Nice work, though I'm not sure what a blend of their beers really adds? (603 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper with a reddish hue, topped by a beige/yellow cap of fine, lingering foam. Lots of chunky lacing, good head retention. Aggressive hop aroma, mostly grapefruit and citrus rind, some pine resin, caramel and biscuity underneath. Light alcohol and juicy tangerine. Bitterness was nicely balanced by caramel up front, but as the malt faded it was clear who won this battle. Bitterness was powerful by the finish and was obvious that it was overloading my palate after a few sips. Pine and grapefruit flavours were prominent, but also an herbal/minty character as well as citrus pith. Some bready, biscuity notes towards the end with lingering hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, average carbonation with a near-creamy texture. Mild alcohol warmth. This is powerful stuff. Brash hops are kept just under control by the considerable malt presence. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. (903 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can! (901 characters)

Photo of BruceWineworks
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Typical IPA appearance with a tan body and lots of white foamy head.

S: Strong flowery fresh hop scent! So fresh.

T: In your face fresh hop taste with a smooth but bitter citrusy aftertaste.

M: Light and refreshing watery palate feel.

D: A great beer for any batard lucky enough to get your hands on it. Delicious. The rant on the back of the bottle is priceless. (406 characters)

Photo of fourplayed
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly dark orange/brown with nice 2 finger head. leaves good lacing.

Smells of Hops, pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit hops and sweet brown sugar and caramel. nice balance.

Taste is a great mix of the hops and malts. pine, citrus hops with carmalized and sweet sugar rich Malts. some alcohol presense. again, a nice balance.

Medium plus body with mild to med carbonation, good hop bite and dry finish, sticky in the mouth and throat with a medium alcohol warmth.

A nice surprise this one was! Great balance of the piney and citrus hops with the sweet caramels, sugar and malts. I'll be going back for more! (611 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours an orangey brown color with a medium-sized frothy head. Tons of sticky lacing. Hell of an aroma. Mostly hops and citrus but some oak as well. Taste is of big hops, orange, and oak. This beer packs a lot of flavor. I must say I am impressed by this Bastard. It is disappointing that this is a one time brew, but I'll be grabbing some to age. This is a really good beer and it certainly has characteristics of the 3 types of Bastard used to make it. Well done, Stone. (484 characters)

Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Amber hue with rocky 20finger head with good retention and very ornate lacing.

S; Strong aromas of pine, resin, and grapefruit with some extra tropical fruit and floral nose behind. Malt is pale and does not impede the hops assault.

T: Huge pine resin hops blast accented by citrus and floral tones with token pale malt sweetness to prevent this from totally incapacitating your palate. Unfortunately, the hops flavor doesn't provide the complexity of the nose.

M: Medium-to-full body with slick, coating feel. Severely drinkable (with penalty the morning after).

D: A very drinkable brew that does all the little things well but misses the top-tier mark on flavor with the bitterness too overwhelming to allow the hops nuances that are probably there to come through as much as they could. Delicious all the same for hopheads out there. I have to admit that I shared an Arrogant Bastard regular after this and enjoyed it more because the flavor was more varied and rounder. (1,120 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to admit that the first time you heard of "Arrogant Bastard Ale", you laughed your ass off. Now we have the Lukcy Bastartd. Personaly, I think that it should have been called "Cuvee de Bastard". Regardless, review #1,500 is about to start. On to the beer:

This is a dark reddish amber colored beer with over an inch of foam on top. The retention on top is excellent, and so i the lacing that it gives. The aroma is classic Bastard; carmelized sugar, pineapple, passionfruit, chocolate, and a whiff of ethanol.

A blend well done. Tasting blind, I would have guessed Slightly Oaked Bastard (or if you prefer, SOB, hahaha). There's a lot of malt crammed into this beer, yet the hops still still their strength and some oak note are present. Gotta love that toasted sugar, touch of oak and vanilla, the passionfruit punch...it continues to get better and better as it warms to room temperature. The 8.5% ABV is hidden very well, and it goes down very easy for such a big bodied beer.

Om nom nom. How delightful! Like the other bastard in the family, Lukcy Bastardt rocks. I'd love to see this released again in the future. (1,132 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large tulip shaped glass

Pours a dark ruby brown color, slightly cloudy, increasingly cloudy as you approach the bottom of the bottle. Head starts out large and fades fast, light tan color, seems to lace like crazy. Beer looks very thick because the carbonation rises so slowly, but definitely active carbonation. Smell is bright and fruity and really nice (I mean *really* nice) -- sweet and flowery and lots of hops. I could smell this all day. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is very interesting...it's a sort of mild toffee with nuts and a super hoppy finish, nice crisp bitter burnt-nuts and hops aftertaste. I don't really know what else to say about it, but it's quite good.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin for such a thick-looking beer, also very pleasant. Also surprisingly drinkable for a 9.2% beer.

Overall, pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect much, I sort of thought it would be gimmicky. Sometimes I think Stone's exceptional reputation is exaggerated, but this is really a good beer. (1,044 characters)

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

22 oz bottle

A: Deep amber brown body under a medium chunky white head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Big hops as soon as you open the bottle, and it continues in the glass, citrus, pine, really fresh, clean hops.

T: Slight malt sweetness up front before the hops pile it on, pine and citrus, huge bitter finish and a surprisingly vinous quality as well. A lot of hops in this one. Alcohol is not apparent.

M/D: Medium body, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good for such a hop monster. (497 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep amber body with a cream colored cap of foam that isn't overwhelming in size, but leaves a load of sticky lacing.

Resiny pine fills the nose, immediately followed by tangy citrus and very tart apple aromas. Caramel and a vague woodiness lie underneath. Huge pine and grapefruit bitterness cuts through the thick malty body. Some apple pie and a touch of oak in the warm (but not boozy) finish. Dries out somewhat, leaving a finish that's more bready than sweet. Kind of a big brother version of Arrogant Bastard, at once aggressive on the hoppy and malty ends of the spectrum. Well done. (627 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber, great lacing and a solid frothy tan head.

Nose is malty and deep, some hops noticeable.

Really nice deep malt taste, caramel and bready, deep notes of plums and stone fruits, with an alcohol bite, dry at the end, I like this better than the regular AB, this is not as front forward hoppy, more like an English barleywine, very tasty.

Full and deep mouthfeel, neither too heavy or light, sorry this is only a one time beer. Very easy drinkable for the style, a bomber goes down nicely. After dinner yes, but with and before are OK too. Mine did say 8.5% as well, the 9.2% is wrong. (606 characters)

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