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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 100
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 DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear dark reddish-brown color with a medium off-white head. Scent is very similar to Oaked Arrogant Bastard with very minimal woody notes along with intense hoppiness and dark fruits. The taste is exactly what I thought it would taste like...a nice blend of all three of the bastards. The alcohol and strong malt profile are definitely there from the Double Bastard. The smooth and subtle wood chip notes are there from the Oaked. And the hoppy bitterness from the Original Bastard complete this tasty beer. All in all, I say it is more of a sister version to the Double Bastard than original Arrogant is. Mouthfeel is a nice full-bodied, velvety liquid that leans slightly to the sticky side. Drinkability is pretty high. Very tasty beer!

DovaliHops, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a deep, brownish red color with a big fluffy off-white head filling the top two inches of the glass. pretty nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a very juicy, citrusy hoppiness to it. I'm getting a lot more pineapple and mango out of it compared to all the regular bastards. Grapefruit and pine also come out in the hoppiness as well. I get a hint of oak coming through along with some big malty sweet notes. Very nice aroma overall, I love the added tropical fruit hoppiness it had.

The taste starts off with more of the sweet, malty flavors as well as some of the tropical fruit like hoppiness. Midway it takes a sharp turn towards resiny, pine, grapefruit and bitter hoppiness. The resiny pine and grapefruit linger well after the finish and show some of the oak flavor to it as well. Pretty nice range of flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it overall. Very nice blend of all the bastards. Cool beer and a very enjoyable one as well.

billab914, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

pmlondrigan, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Stone is almost clear with iridescent ruby red topped by a short-lived, half-inch, creamy almond head that leaves a fine coating of lace.

The strong, fresh pine sap of hops forecasts goodness in this Dogfish Head Snifter.

As expected, there is a nice, bitter punch that does not knock one’s teeth out. The flavors generally follow the nose, adding black tea and caramel. This one is not balanced, but who cares! The finish is medium in strength and length.

This strong ale has a medium body with alcohol as expected. It is quite dry, almost woolly, with fizzy carbonation.

Being a strong ale, this one makes a good sipping beer, leaving more than a hint of flavor and aroma long after each sip.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. No visible date.

Appearance - Moderate pour produced a cascading off white head that quickly settled to a small cap with wispy lacing. This cap sits above a murky burnt tangerine almost mahogany hued brown liquid. Clearly unfiltered makes the liquid in the glass completely opaque and when sitting for a few minutes yeast sediment appears on the bottom. Perhaps next time I'll try to keep more of the yeast in the bottle, but for now it isn't quite perfect.

Smell - Faint grapefruity hops along with a hint of bread and sweetness. Very pleasant but not overwhelming.

Taste/Mouth - Bitter hopping up front gives way to big malty sweetness. No real astringency from the alcohol, but it is detectable. Pleasant mild carbonation in a medium body. Dry finish lasts seemingly forever during which new flavors appear including a slight oak character. While very tasty, a 12 oz would have been a more appealing serving size.

Overall - A good beer and an interesting combination of the bastards. A little much on the palate for one person to tackle a bottle, not usually a problem I have with AB or Oaked AB, but this one seems to become a chore toward the end. I will definitely have it again as it was interesting and tasty, but not the first I'd recommend off the shelf.

Hoops4life511, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One-time release from Nov 10. Was a dark reddish amber color with lots of carb streams. It had a finger of foamy head that settled into a thin foam cap. Good sliding lace with some sticking.

The aroma was pine resin, citric hops and caramel malt. Very hoppy - yum! Also getting some oak. The taste is good hop bitter with a good dose of malt to keep it from running away to too bitter. Very resiny taste with the oak and alcohol making small appearances. Mouthfeel was full but had too much carbonation for me.

Overall, a worthy tribute to a great beer. Here's to 13 great years and many more. Highly recommend you get this limited release. Avail here in TX. Rotation - I really enjoyed it but my tongue was shredded by the end so I'd prefer a 12oz or to share it. Might grab another before it disappears. [O;Y]

TexIndy, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a"Nonick" pint glass.

A large four finger head off the pour with light brown cream bubbles. Body is a clear dark amber getting into a nice red color. Very good looking brew this is, and nice retention head. Head is quite fluffy. Decent lacing upon this glass as well real good stick throughout.

Mild malt and hops and very faint herbal tea smells off the bouquet. A surprisingly small and muted nose on this beer but a nice one. Some more examination is a faint citrus grapefruit behind it all. Lots to play with here and explore quite impressed, but wasn't originally at first noticing anything.

A big nice fruit grapefruit with simple hop bitters. Sweet honey finish on a thick almost syrup like body. Grain chew ness almost wet hop character and good teeth coating effect also. Bounces into sweet malt tastes of toffee and then back to citrus grapefruit oils without slickyness. Doesn't feel boozy at all either, and has that lime bitter/hop punch that I like.

This is a nice strong ale and is not actually that jarring or extreme. This almost feels like a good Double Imperial to go.

smakawhat, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, red toned brown with a small, off white head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, earthy mushrooms, wood, oak, raisins, and nougat.
Taste is of the aromas with a nutty, earthy, flavor and a touch of bitter citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, earthy, and full of wood and bitters. Vanillins linger.

weeare138, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of deadliest
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -Brownish red with eggshell head.
S - Resin hops, and very sweet, not as hoppy as other Bastards, much sweeter.
T - Caramel and maltiness, pine resin hops, a bit of citrus hops.
M - Medium body, mild alcohol warming, lightish carbonation.
D - Very good, but a little sweeter than I expected going in. Would definitely buy again

deadliest, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big sudsy beige head, sticky lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is dank and chewy. Copious sticky resinous hops - fresh citrus and pine.

Taste follows nose. Bitter, hoppy, caramelly. Chewy and sticky pine resin. Lots of bold flavors; classic Stone.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slick with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a well-crafted, balanced American strong ale.

draheim, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Gosox8787, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of ATPete
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a deep red/brown color with a small head that doesnt hang around for very long. A ton of sweet malts, a mild waft of alcohol and that signature, spicy Arrogant Bastard hop profile. Round creamy body, the sweetness of the malts dominate the flavor but i never once found the beer to be too cloying. Complex and layered with characteristics of all the beers blended showing their stuff. I loved it, im not the biggest Double Bastard fan and IMO this blend showed that beer wonderfully. Great job.

ATPete, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark root beer brown color with a very healthy oatmeal colored head and lots of chunky lacing. The aroma brings a firm citrus hop and some sweet pumpkinlike spice on the edges. A touch of sour yeast noted too. Nice. The taste says more of a pine hop bitterness nicely mellowed by a sweet caramel malt. It's a little tangy with steady carbonation for a lively feel in a medium-plus bodied brew. Decent drinkability though there is a bit of an alcohol edge here. I sense tea and vanilla all nicely blended and easily recommended.

Durge, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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).

LordAdmNelson, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours brown with hints of ruby, I get a nice finger and a half of slightly tanned head that has excellent retention... Tons of nice lacing... Great looking beer.

S: hops, citrusy and piney hops, a touch of malt, not as sweet of an aroma as I expected, smells nice

T: much like the nose, pleanty of hop deliciousness,for the malts I get a bit of caramel and toffe and a light touch of oak... Very well balanced and delicious.

M: on the heavy side of moderate with a nice creamy carbonation that accents the hop bite and keeps this beer from being to syrupy... Nice lush mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.

O: this is my favorite variation of arrogant bastard, when balanced together it is like they cancel each others negatives and strengthen the positives, a great blend of a great brew... Love it.

PeterIngemi, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of boralyl
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an inch of light tan head into a tulip glass. It has nice retention and leaves some decent lacing. The beer is clear and has a dark red hue with brown highlights mixed in.

S - The aroma consists of caramel, citrus, pine and hints of alcohol. There is also a very subtle vanilla aroma.

M - Medium in body with low-medium carbonation. It's got a somewhat syrupy feel to it.

T - Some caramel malts hit first. They are then followed by the hops which produce a quick shot of citrus before a large blast of resiny pine. As the pine subsides wood and alcohol finish off the taste.

A stand up strong ale, I'm glad I got to try. It's been too long since I've had the various versions(normal, double, and oak), so I can't say how they compare. Despite that they produce a very tasty hoppy/malty treat.

boralyl, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug

A: Poured a deep caramel with a thick beige head which lingered for a while. The head receded to a thin ring and left a fair amount of lacing throughout the session.

S: Faint hint of oak mixed with caramel malt and a touch of alcohol. Hops are present as the beer warms and opens.

T: Matches the smell almost perfectly and with the malt and hops leading the way followed by oak. Nice hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish with the bitterness lingering for a while.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation detected.

D: Definitely one to sip and enjoy but possible to have a few in an evening. Great beer and one that I recommend to anyone that appreciates Arrogant Bastard.

ArrogantBastage, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful but small off white head. Body is a gorgeous clear amber. Smell is very hoppy and florally. This does taste like the beers from which this is born, but i enjoy it better. There is a great floral quality and much more malty sweetness than the others. This is also very well balanced. Feel is tingly and medium. There is the slightest drying effect. The aggressive bitterness prevents this beer from being super drinkable.

kbnooshay, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Billowing two fingers of head. Good retention. Really good lacing. Semi murky dark red body. 4
Piney grassy and herbal notes on the nose. Not too much malt in the nose just a touch of brown sugar like sweetness. 3.5
Tastes like brown sugar dusted orange rind. A nice toffee malt presence with citrusy (orange rind/lemon/grapefruit), grassy, tobacco, and resinous huge hop punch on the end. Oaky and extremely resinous finish. 4.5
Full bodied well carbonated. Zesty and bitter. 4
This is a really good idea. Perhaps my favorite bastard renditions. 4

billshmeinke, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of JWU
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful ruby/amber with a billowing beige head. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- dank, earthy hops, with a hint of caramelized sugar sweetness. Some oak notes as well.

T- Big hit of dank, earthy hops up front. Pine, tobacco, a hint of grapefruit Middle of the sip the malts come in. Heavily caramelized sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Oak notes, vanilla, some light tannins. Back end, a grapefruit type bitterness hits hard, and lingers loooong.

M- Heavy side of medium bodied, and slightly creamy. Dry on the back end, and with this much hops, that's expected.

O- Heavy on the hops, but as it warms, the malt bill comes out a little more. Complex, and makes a nice companion through a football game.

JWU, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Square Pub in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with large amounts of robust caramel malt aromas. The malt aromas have a tinge of toastiness to them as well. Mild amounts of toffee waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the hops aren't quite as robust. Large and mildly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately sweet toffee. Pine and leafy hop flavors join in shortly thereafter, fading a bit midway through the sip with the addition of slight oak. The oak fades quickly, allowing pine hops and caramel malts to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall it's been a while since I had a Bastard of any sort (Arrogant, Oaked, or Double) and this was a reminder of why I should revisit them more often. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $6.15. Interesting beer, it combines the malty richness of Double Bastard with the relative hoppy drinkability of the plain Arrogant and dry, oaked bitterness of the final Bastard.

The malt begins with a mix of caramel, biscuit, cocoa and bread crust that's matched by a mild floral note and quickly rolls into the bigger citrus punch hop character. The hops are smooth at first and then dry and almost astringent. It's hard to tell where the fruit is coming from, and I like that. In addition to the citrus and floral hops, there's also a tart cherry taste (not actually puckering) with a little dried fruit. As it warms, more apricot comes out in the aroma to join the citrus and floral notes.

I'd like to try this beer next to Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada. I'm reminded of the same balance of huge malt and huge hops. Heck of a beer.

tempest, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red brown amber. One finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Citrus, oak and malt aroma, very hoppy. Very hoppy with strong malt and oak blended. Finishes with citrus hops and alcohol. Somewhat off balanced, but tasty. I liked the mellowness of oaked Arrogant Bastard better.

LiquidAmber, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer with a standard Stone Brew pint glass
*Notes from Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!! 11/11/12

A: Pours that same deep auburn color as the original with such great clarity to it. Produces a good half finger of persistent khaki foam head. Leaves behind some rings of chunky lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts and dank hops by way of pine, dried herbs, and spicy citrus. Malt imparts some undercurrents of toasted raisin bread. There is a of bit of solventy alcohol vapor coming though as well. Nice aromas overall. Seems much hoppier than the original AB.

T: Hoppy out the gates with waves of pine, orange citrus, and a real danky herbalness. Big time Chinooks here. Toasted biscuit and caramelized sugars stand firm and are complimented nicely by some raisin/plum/fig esters. A slight earthy wood note but not picking up a ton of the Oaked here. There is an upper moderate level of bitterness to the beer that lingers long after the finish. Alcohol is present but not distracting. A real nice blend and a bit more enjoyable than the standard AB for me.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall. Delivers a nice moderate physique with slight chewy consistency and even carbonation. Has a nice drying crisp texture in the finish. Some resinous hop linger action.

D: A solid blend of the three Bastard’s. Hoppier than the originally and much more drinkable than the Double. Yet still true to Stone form with the big bold flavors we have come to love in Arrogant Bastard…only slightly more accentuated I would say. Not sure if they dry hop this version but it does seem much hoppier than the original. I can do without the drabble on the side of the bottle…what a bother to decipher.

I would say definitely go for it if you are a fan of the standard.

Nugganooch, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of McCrae
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber with a reddish/maroonish tint, a dark cream colored head that stays

s- mostly malts with a hint of hops and fruitiness

t- STRONG initial taste but after a few sips and a slight warming it becomes well balanced with lots of malts as well as the hops you expect from stone

m- sits well on the tongue with good carbonation

d- the strong taste makes it hard to drink more than a bottle in a sitting but I keep coming back: this is my third bottle

McCrae, Jan 10, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.