Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 428 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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 Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 8.5% abv. Pours a clear lighter chestnut color. Maybe a deep amber with some lighter edges. Thick beige head holds pretty well for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer. Nice patches of surround the sides of the glass.

Hops seem to come to the forefront. Big juicy grapefruit and other citrus fruits, along with some sharp piney notes. Other ripe fruity notes like apricot come through. Toffee and caramel malty notes. A hint of aspirin.

Starts with a sturdy malt backbone, but quickly moves to hop bitterness and drying tannins. Flavor is not as juicy as the nose indicates. Bitterness is a bit more herbal. Finishes bone dry.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Some warming alcohol. I enjoyed the nose, but the dryness took away from things a bit.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Murky brownish red color. With 1/4 foamy kaki head and no retention

Smell: First thing you get is the sweet maltyness and the typical piney hops that stone seems to love.

Taste: On the palate this beer is very malty. You do get traces of caramel and figs and actually just a note of the piney hops when the beer is cold. As the beer warms a bit the hops become more apparent

Mouthfeel Medium body with a medium carbonation level and a tad bit dry on the finish

Overall. For me this beer was just ok. Nothing to sell the farm for or mortagage the house but if you find these for the right price pick it up its very drinkable and has a decent flavor profile

Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with two and a half fingers of dense, off-white head. The head retains and laces wonderfully. Great looking beer. The smell is a little harder for me to describe. It's a bit of a bouquet of sorts, I smell some sort of wood up front (gotta be oak, although I get a bit of a cedar character too), some rich biscuity malts and vanilla, and finally some hops to round it out. There's just a hint of alcohol there too.

The taste is also pretty well done. It's a complex flavor, with a lot of vaniilla malts and oak flavor at the very start. At the back-end though, a ton of hops come in, enough to almost make me thing I'm drinking an IPA! This was pretty surprising, to say the least. With a blend of all the Bastards, this was not quite what I was expecting. It's a great tasting beer, for sure. If you're not a hop-head, I'd suggest aging this a bit so the hops can mellow out though.

The mouthfeel is just about right, it's pretty full-bodied, which works with the super-heavy taste banquet. The drinkability is about average for the ABV, I find this one to be a bit of a slow drinker. Overall a good beer to try out for Bastard fans, I don't think it beats out the original Arrogant Bastard though.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking clear amber with a fat, soapy, tan head. Head retention is better than average with some spiderwebbing around the edge of the glass. Toffee, grass, orange peel, and sweet lemon on the nose. The mouthfeel is wet, smooth, full, but lacking carbonation sting. There's a less offensive hop presence in this concoction than is normal for Stone. In fact, it might even be described as drinkable. I note a lot of pine and a little orange. There's some balance. But, I'm not sure with what. The finish, however, delivers that familiar Stone hop hot sensation and bitterness. Not horrible, but I've been duped by Stone, once again. I really want to try one that knocks my socks off.

Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the new bomber variety fourpack, purchased last week. The deliberately misspelled name is cute up to the point where you have to spell it "correctly." Then it's kind of a pain.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half light tan head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Ripe light fruit, mainly pear; then pine resin.

t: An unidentifiable fruity flavor followed by a substantial hop bite. Bitterness and some sourness lingers. High ABV is very well covered, although a bit of throat burn appears later.

m: Light to moderate. Pretty good body, good carbonation tingle.

o: A barleywinish mixture of other Stone brews (I understand) which is refreshing, but the sourness is a bit offputting for me. Any anticipated smokiness or oakiness is masked completely by the fruitiness, almost as though they mixed the brew with fruit cup juice. Which is odd considering it's a mix of three other Stone brews to which I have given higher marks.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer was a dark copper color with a fluffy off-white head crowning the snifter. Lacing followed the sides of the glass.

Smell - The malts dominated the smell with notes of fresh bread and banana hovering in the background.

Taste - On the initiate taste, the bitterness of chocolate and alcohol strikes me. Caramel makes a brief appearance. Oaky notes and vanilla float in toward the back, leaving a dry woody impression.

Mouthfeel -Carbonation is modest with few warming qualities despite the ABV. Clearly the alcohol is well masked.

Overall - I aged this one for quite a while and must state that I am not sure the waiting was worth it.

Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby thin tan head sticky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, oak and citrus peel hops. Not particularly intense.

Flavor: Pine and citrus peel hops, very astringently bitter as per all of the Bastards. Toasty, oaky. Not quite as boozy as Double bastard, but still too boozy for 8.5% ABV in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Super sticky, with a boozy tingle.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color with an off white one finger head. Slow dissipation to a layer of foam on top. Sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Very hoppy, citrus and pine. A good bit of caramel as well.

T: Very nice. Has a good bit of caramel and malts. I also get some molasses and a little wood flavor from the OB. The hops take over though and leave with a slightly bitter finish.

M/DL Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very interesting beer. The bigger body makes it a little hard to drink more than a glass. I like that the oak/wood shines through a little bit. It is heavy on the pine flavor, but that should be expected based on what this beer is a combination of. As others have noted would have liked it a $1-$1.50 cheaper. (bought mine for $7.50).

Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer had glimmers of promise, but just finished too bitter. There were moments that hinted at the sweet decadence of a Double Bastard, but the bitterness was a bit too abrasive for the style. Still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a transluscent red color with a finger of medium-bubbled head that does not last very long but it laces fairly well.

S: Strong hoppy aromas, apples, citrus, and strong caramel malt smells. It smells like regular Arrogant Bastard.

T: Apples, citrus, booze, vanilla, caramel, toasted toffee, and finishing with a toasted bread taste.

M: It has a thick body with some syrupy and sticky sweetness.

D: THis is a bit too boozy and thick and it takes away from the drinkability. This isn't a bad beer but I think it was a pointless idea.

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh growler from Stone on Super Bowl Sunday.

A - Deep amber with off white "dirty" looking head. Slightly foamy with plenty of lacing.

S - Tons of hops dominate with the malt profile you know from regular Bastard. Maybe a distant hint of oak but mainly amber malts and tons of hops.

T - I like this blend as it has so much complexity without one thing dominating. Hops are clearly the dominate flavour, though they are well balanced with the maltiness from Double B etc.

M - Fairly full bodied at the start with a little alcohol thinness coming thru at the end.

D - This is a wonderful blended beer with ample dry hops and a solid malt profile. While I wouldn't drink a whole growler to the dome this is a nice one to have in the mix. In all honesty it is the best Bastard of the lot.

Photo of javincik
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle. Poured into a snifter

A-Pours a deep reddish brown with a very tight tan head that is quite persistent in hanging around. Nice cling and lacing as it recedes to a collar and a few islands of foam.

S-Tons of citrus and piney hops predominate. Some orange rind and grassy notes also. Underlying caramel and biscuit come thru, although the hops are the real star here. Maybe a hint of some darker fruits.

T-Initially quite sweet, but this quickly gives way to a cascade of flavors. Citrus and pine flavors wash through, followed by a wave of grassiness and darker fruits, bread and biscuit, caramel, and finally a tongue blistering bitterness. Surprisingly complex. A hint of alcohol burn in the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Sticky.

D-For a brew of this strength, it's pretty easy to put down. Certainly a palette shredder. Towards the end of the bomber, my tongue felt like it was scorched. Nevertheless, there is only a faint hint of alcohol burn, and it certainly isn't cloying. It is a little more difficult to drink as it warms. I would keep this one between 40-50 degrees F.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I couldn't wait to pop open this one. Been in my cellar for about 2 months.

Dark ruby, acorn brown pour. Deep richness. The lacing is better than the head itself, which is semi-dense and kind of creamy. Lacing is nice and consistent, sticky yet slick.

Smells exactly how I expected from these combined beers. The hops and caramel come in waves. Sweet then hoppy. Pine and citrus juiciness are tamed by the massive malt.

Flavors combine as in the aroma. The caramel and sweet bread are are strong, but the hops make it a bit more spicy. Pine and resin come through, as well as a backbone of wood and oak. Yet the overall taste is a bit harsh, and the alcohol enhances this.

Sharp feel to it, a bit oily and sweet. Wood scratches a bit.
Overall (my first review with the 'overall' category) this beer is good...but the combo of abv, wood, and hops it's just too aggressive that covers up the flavors and enjoyment...a bit.

Photo of cjoc83
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/brown with about a finger of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel malts, pine and citrus hops. Was expecting a bit more complexity here.

Taste closely resembles the smell. The sweet malts are the first thing I taste, then some piney-citrusy hops in the middle, then back to the sweet malt on the back of the tongue before finishing with a nice, resiny hop presence that coats the tongue and leaves a mild hop after-taste. I was hoping for more oak flavor, and while there is a hint of it, it's very faint.

A medium-bodied ale with decent carbonation, not too much or too little. Very smooth and a bit creamy, so drinkability is good.

Overall, a very solid beer, but I have to say, I was expecting a bit more complexity for a beer that seems to have garnered so much hype. The sweet, caramel malts seem to dominate this beer, and some more pronounced hop flavor would have been nice. The oak-aged notes were also hard to discern, which was disappointing. But a very good brew nonetheless, and at $11 for a bomber, it was pretty reasonably priced. Good but not anything out of this world.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad bought me a 22 0z. bomber as a Thanksgiving Day gift.

The color is a rusty, ruby, tawny color. Very quick beige head that has no retention and some sparse bubbling.

The aroma is a spicey citric fruit skin. Makes me think of orange and lime zest. The malts add some toasted caramel sweetness so the the aroma isn't one hundred percent dominated by hops. But its close, and I think that was the intention.

Lots of citric and earthy hops upfront. Mostly ctric though. The front is a clementine, mandarin, and navel n orange peel mix of strong bitterness. The middle lets the malt bill have a little say in the matter, but still powered over the earthy flower petal and dirt hops. The finish is a resiny palated orange zest hop bomb that lingers for quiet awhile after each sip. The alcohol seems to enhance the hops bitterness. Particularly on the finish.

Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a high gravity american beer that destroys any other beer plans you have for the evening. this is a lot. and this is also a blend that you can tell is exactly all three of the bastards together. a board range of interesting hops within but there is something one dimensional in its intensity. pour looks like a imperial IPA but that distinction with this style is questionable so sticky sweet malt head with lace... amber dark but well filtered. nose is a pounce in the face of hops as expected. nice and forest pine. palate is literally a blend of all three of the bastards. a tad warm going down a tad syrupy that is cut like a knife by the bitter finish. palate of pineapple brisk, coconut woody, and a one dimensional hoppy bitter that doesn't have anything to do but linger and in that distinction transform on the palate over time... as you drink and as you wait the several hours to bet your taste back to normal. HA!. great beer. but a sample glass at best.

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An active pour yields voluminous three fingers worth of late to develop off white colored frothy goodness comprised of varying sized bubbles... Super star retention... The head becomes lighter and takes on a more whipped appearance as it settles a bit... A light to moderate bit of carbonation, some of which clings to the glass and the rest of which moves at a moderate pace... The color is a light brown and cherry red... A wee bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is more subdued than expected... A light piney hop presence... A malty bread base lies beneath the surface... Smells like a standard American strong ale, but without any of the individual complexities of the brews blended herein... However, it should be noted that the nose continues to evolve and intensify as this one warms closer to room temperature... The end result is a very robust and potent bouquet... The flavor profile has some light piney hop intensity, some medicinal cough drop character, toffee and a strong malty bready base... Medium bodied and sturdy... Dry throughout with a slight increase in intensity on the finish... Limited carbonation... Not a bad beer by any means, but not remarkable different from any of the three constituents which make it up... I would opt for any this brew's parents over this when provided the option...

Photo of jsanford
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear, dark amber with a huge, sticky-looking khaki-colored head that hangs around forever and leaves chunky lacing on the glass. The Bastards always have the prettiest heads, and this one is no exception.
S - Grapefruit, pine resin, sweet caramel malt and just a touch of oak.
T - Surprisingly malty and sweet given the amount of hops in the nose. Caramel and dark honey with more resinous hop flavors of pine and grapefruit. Again there's a subtle note of oak that brings everything together nicely. Finish is, surprisingly, lacking the sharp bitterness I've come to expect from the Bastards.
M - Slick, with a medium body and crisp carbonation.
D - A bit sweeter then I'd like, but I still had no problem finishing my half of the 22oz. While not my favorite of the line (that would go to "regular" Arrogant Bastard), this was a fun little experiment.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard pour into my favorite goblet produces a 1" head that reminds me of a vanilla milkshake. And it just sits there, taking several minutes to recede. When it does, it leaves behind the thickest, most persistent lacing I have encountered. The beer itself falls somewhere between amber and orange. This is a pretty glass.

How does it smell? Well, it's a bit of a malt bomb, which I did not expect, for some reason. Tropical fruits dominate the hop profile. There's something vegetal in there, too.

My nose did not lie. This is one malty beer. There is a significant finishing bitterness, but the malts and sweetness cut across the hops completely. In a blind tasting, I would have called this a barleywine. It even has the creaminess to match the head.


This is one bitter beer. The kick at the end is hard to ignore. It looks great, smells and tastes pretty good. But the finishing bitterness just feels like piling on. It's a disappointment.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost three finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells thick with piney and citrus focused hops, but also has a backbone of chewy crystal malt. The nose is made up of aromas of tangerine, surprising-but-subtle cedar, a green herbaceous character, a strong nutty note that mixes in with the cedar, very woody oriented fresh cut pine planks and a sort of dustiness that I can't quite place, but which seems to incorporate the surprising cedar note, the nuttiness and the fresh cut pine planks.

Nicely bitter tasting as the beer first hits my tongue, but the biting bitterness only grows as it rolls across my tongue and it lingers on the palate for quite some time after my first sip, though it slowly fades. Sweet, crystal malt focused notes contribute a touch of sweet-tea like character, perhaps a hint of astringency (though this gets wrapped up in the green hop notes and the oak), a touch of nuttiness and maybe even a hint of dark, sort of roasted malt character. The malt accentuates fruity hop notes that remind me of ruby-red grapefruit, bright tangelo zest, some lychee (especially more toward the finish). There is actually a surprising amount of malt character in this beer; it is indeed dominantly hoppy, but the malt is not far behind. The malt character doesn't put this in chewy, viscous Barleywine territory, but it certainly provides some body and texture to this medium'ish beer. Some touches of alcohol are noticeable as a slight warming / heat in the finish where it mixes with spicy oak and hop notes. The oak definitely seems to boost the hot alcohol feel in the finish and also contributes some woody astringency. As the beer warms up the hop fruit character becomes a bit more apparent with more of the citrus and tropical fruit notes and perhaps even a touch of oak-derived vanillin starts to come out.

Definitely a nice beer, as with the base beers this seems to have lost the vibrancy and surprise that this had for me early on; there are now a lot of beers that are more "arrogant", but this beer is still an aggressive mix of hop and malt character. The oak is interesting here, the oak'ed arrogant bastard is likely the smallest percentage, but it still seems to be a bit too harsh here rather than achieving the vanillin / toasted wood character that I much prefer from my oak character in beer. My second poor even has a touch of buttery oak to it and really as it warms up a fair amount a big, wood-driven pepper note becomes noticeable in the nose and even more so in the flavor of this beer.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drowning my sorrows as my FF team loses in the conference championship game. Such is life...

You aren't seeing a typo, either. It is, in fact, Lucky basARtd ale. I think it's really got a "13" in there somewhere also, but who knows.

Wow, look at that - Philly actually came back and tied it up 30-30...whoa...

Pours a super dark, reddish amber. Very crazy. light-mideum carbonation, but there's this hazy sediment floating around in there. Don't usually see that in stone ales. Nice, creamy head leaves excellent lacing. Nice so far. Huge aromas akin to a strong American Amber or Pale Ale. Nice caramel malt notes and, of course with Stone, lots of piney hops.

I can't freaking believe it, Philly is going to win this game - 65 Yd. punt return for TD!!!

Flavor is enormous, no surprise there for Stone. This beer is in the 8% ABV range and at only $4.29/bomber is a nicely priced big ale. Not a lot of flavor nuance. Mostly a blast of malt and hops. But the finish is very long and bitter in a great way. This is not a super-unique ale by any means, but it will quash your cravings for hops and malt.

What I like most: The price and huge robust flavor profilr.

What I like least: Lack of nuance and uniqueness.

Verdict: Totally worth tracking down as it's well priced.

Photo of peensteen
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy deep amber, just over one finger of off white head, good lace on the glass also. Smell is piney and quite hoppy, citrus with lots of orange flavour, malt, caramel with a faint bit of vanilla and oak. Taste is a mix of caramel, malt and hops, lots of pine and citrus, fairly bitter throughout, oak-vanilla, toasted in the finish, mildly sweet but drying mid palate, hoppy aftertaste. Medium carbonation, perhaps a touch high, medium body, decent feel. Quite a nice beer, very drinkable but I think of all the bastards I would go with straight up Arrogant Bastard as my favourite but I would certainly drink this again.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose caramel malt, citrus, floral, hops, butterscotch, faint spice.Taste caramel malt, dry hop, citrus, molasses, oak, residual sugar.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat murky brown, one finger head, thin, fine lacing.

Smells like a very malty IPA, caramel malts and piney, hoppy grapefruit aromas.

Tastes of heavy caramel malts, plenty of hoppy goodness, some citrus and fruity flavors, medium sweetness.

Almost a full bodied beer, this one leaves a slightly fruity, medium sweet, heavily hoppy and moderately bitter aftertaste.

Drinks pretty good but I personally prefer my IPAs a little less malty and a little more sweet and hoppy. But then this is an American strong ale....

Overall a very solid brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stones 13th anniversary beer, blended Oak Aged Bastard, Double Bastard and regular Bastard. The dyslexic Lukcy Basartd Ale I have been dying to try.

Appearance: Amber/Brown in color, head forms and generally recedes to nothing. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nice wine glass.

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, some woodsy notes and a bit of booze, hint of sweetness.

Taste: Nice and complex with a dirth of flavors. Definately the Oaked bastard is in the profile, lending vanilla and char elements. Hops are fairly mellow, a little piney, earthy, light rind. Has some cigar box qualities, and the fruityness of the double bastard is tame but adds another wrinkle to the beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Thick feel, carbonation is good, full bodied. A nice blend of beers and the oak aged character really shines through. Quite nice.

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