Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 426 | 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 JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up at the COOP tonight after work... Poured into my SN XXX goblet.

Sticky tannish head... nice lacing and descent retention... the brew is deeeep amber and very clear... pretty.

Typical Stone calling card nose... resinous hoppy notes cling to my nostril hairs... Bunches of pithy citrus zest and caramel... hints of brown sugar essence.

Bracingly bitter with barely enough malt sweetness and caramel to balance.. pine and citrus zest are very abundant from the beginning to a long lingering finish... so amazingly hoppy... a palate punch for sure.

Body and carbonation are both medium.... the bubbles are small bubble and very smooth.... I will be saving the rest in the hopes that my brother actually does stop by later this evening.

Just a huge beer... but much like AB, DB and OAB, I am truly appreciate it, but am getting a bit tired of them.


Photo of fourplayed
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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!

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

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a short 1/2" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: pine, lemon zest, and floral earthy hops create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with lemon zest, hint of grapefruit, pine, and a nice bitterness. Some fruity sweetness lingers in the background and alcohol in mildly noticable.

Mouhtfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last in the mouth.

Drinkability: this comes across as a mellower version of Arrogant Bastard but is extremely tasty. Worth a try if you find this.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Beautiful, deep ruby to auburn color. Almost completely opaque. A kahki colored head leaves a nice 1/4 " ring with some spotted lacing.

Aroma - Subtle wood/oak, resiny pine hop, sweet malt.

Taste - In the eloquent words of Kool-Aid man, Oh yeah!! Very solid toasted bread like malt base. A spiceyness along with the hops. Both piney and citrusy. The hops and malt are very well balanced. Rock candy like sweetness. Slight caramel. Oak chips are noticeable, but not nearly to the extent of Oaked Bastard. Finish is very smooth and not bitter.

Feel - Perfect. Just right on the carbonaion, the body, the alcohol. Leaves a nice slick coating and a general feeling of happiness.

Overall - While I have always personally found Arrogant Bastard to be a little overhyped, not the case here. Very different and interesting beer. Almost like a sexy, sophisticated American Barleywine had a baby with a fined tuned, athletic world class DIPA and sent it to the American Strong Ale Academy for gifted beers. Each version seems to get even better. If this were in 12 oz bottles I may never buy Oaked again.

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

22oz bottle into Anderson Valley's new snifter glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby with a finger of thick, oily, light tan head that slowly receded into fuzzy film that left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Tons of piney hops and citrus assault my nose. More hops than any of the three ingredient beers have on their own. There are some subtle sweet malt and fruit undertones, but for the most part this smells like a super hopped west coast DIPA.
T: Most similar to the double bastard if I had to pick one. Follows the nose with a big piney hop punch, but there is a lot more malt that comes through in the flavor. I pick up notes of pine sap, orange oil, lemon juice, caramel, grapefruit and faint vanilla. The oak doesn't really come through except in the finish. Aftertaste has a slight slight hint of tobacco and smoke.
M: Thick body with tingle carbonation. Mouthfeel is slippery yet viscous. Aftertaste lingers.
D: Wonderful beer. Expertly blended. I wish this was one of their regulars. I think this is a perfect in-between for regular AB and double AB. I could take or leave the oak though. Hopefully I'll get to try this again.

Photo of OhioRay
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful deep ruby color. Very clear. 2 fingers of a beige head which dissipates slowly and leaves some excellent lacing on the glass.

S - Rich caramel malts. Pine and earthy hops present. Very nice.

T - Caramel, toffee malt flavors up front. The hops are very earthy, then its like chewing on pine needles. Finishes bitter. Lovely. The alcohol is masked by all of the flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium to medium-light carbonation.

O - Very good beer. Pleasant all the way around. The alcohol is hidden very well, so this becomes a dangerously drinkable beer for its strength. I would absolutely pick this one up again.

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

Rich dark mahagony color with ruby highlights. Slight head at pour. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma had a darkness with an extreme hop burst, on the citrusy side, quite complex and oh so pleasant. Drink is just as complex. Great huge hope flavor from start to finish. Almost grassy finish with expected dryness but not overpowering. A slight toastiness in middle. Orange peel, but more grapefruit peel prevelant. Really hard to pick out all flavors, everything blends together extremely well. Very light on body to have so much flavor. Very very drinkable, could easily
sneak up on you. Wow oh wow, easily
a new top ten.

Photo of boomer31
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First, the label is impossible to read...seriously

A - Pours a transparent copper with a light tan head. A touch of stick to the glass and some head remains.

S - Nice oak nose with a earthy hop presence. Some malt comes thru but the earthy wood is predominant.

T - Sweet malt, earthy hop then dry oak. This is a perfect blend of double and regular bastard and neither really stands out. The oak and malt play well together and really hide the dry hop additions though no complaints here.

M - Very rich and full, reminds me of double bastard. Dry with a nice low carbonation

D - Very well rounded, a little dry but bery easy to drink

Overall a great beer. Judging by the ABV this must be more regular bastard than double but the oak and hops are a great blend

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

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Very dark brown sugar tan with some yellow and red tint. Zero head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Wow, i smell all three of the bastard ales, espically oaked and the hops. The spices of arrogant are present and the added hops from bastard are featured. Yummy

Taste - Somewhere between arrogant bastard and double bastard, oaked had a affair with these beers and lucky was born. It is stronger and hopper then arrogant but not as alcohol driven as arrogant. It combines the best features of all three. Actually it has a ton of oaked bastard flavor in it and high hops of double. Malts and barley are strong, as is the citrus hop kick.

Mouthfeel - Its strong, and bitter but so much flavor, man it whips mouth for sure. Tounge is left bitter, and palette has a sweet and sour tingle on it. Better have some water handy or some cheese to clear your mouth after this bad boy

Drinkability - The 22oz is perfect. Nothing more then that though. Its strong and flavorful enough that one and done is the key. Fantastic, i like this the best of the arrogants, and i already hope his is made again.

Photo of Blanco
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep red color with white head. fairly strong lacing. smell is very much of hops and not much else. taste is very different. first hops bitterness and a slight, almost citrus like tanginess. slight alcohol burn. nice mouthfeel. i had no idea what to expect this one but it's great and unique in a "this tastes different but is still blatantly beer" way. drinkability is excellent.

Photo of gonzo000
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Ale. Smooth, very smooth for an 8.5 ABV. This Dry hopped bastard boarders on being an IPA - as a friend said he assumed upon tasting it. Nice Brown/amber color with a 2 finger head when poured into a pint glass. Get the hops and several fruit notes on the nose (grapefruit, maybe cherry). The taste is very hoppy, with a smooth finish of some nutty or typical brown characteristics. Again, the beer is smooth with very good body. Lacing is consistent down the glass, lasting well after I finish. Hope I get Lukcy again sometime soon.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a see through copper color almost red, leaves a nice off white head that leaves nice lacing around the glass.

S: Caramel sweetness, with some nice piny hops

T: Sweetness that resembles caramel, some citrusy hops that leaves a well balanced taste!

M: Full body with very little carbonation! Amazing brew!

D: Love this beer, wonderful flavor and taste, definitely would drink again and again!

Photo of jsprain1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About as dark of amber as can still be called amber. I think it's permissible to call it brown. Slightly tanned dense head. Lots of lacing. The only thing that would improve the appearance is better head retention (it's not terrible, but merely so-so)
S- Not as powerful as I would have guessed it would be, but good resinous hop aroma that balances between tangerine and evergreen. Malt aromas are lighter than hops, but still definitely noticable.
T- Sweet caramel malt up front, and finishes with a long powerful hoppiness, whose flavor is initally piney, but grapefruit really fills the aftertaste. Solid bitterness.
M- I bit lighter in body and carbonation than I would have thought, but it works well. Smooth overall though.
O- A solid mix. I haven't had Oaked AB, but both of the others are solid beers. The mix of the 3 work real well. Definite recommendation.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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.

Photo of Ego
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

readnig thsi bttole gvies em hadeacehs....

once upon 11:39 eastern
just over 2 fingers o' foam from the pour
while I nodded, gently viewing
a ruby red hue through and through
with head that prolongs it's stay
and legs that last ever more

Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak November
garden state, hops from the left coast dominate
Eagerly I nearly quaffed till morrow; vainly I had sought to inhale in one swallow
For the caramel malt and radiant brew whom the gargoyle's name Lucky,
time to down some of this bastard's pluck
and strive to run over that guy "little bit of luck"

taste etc...
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each wave of sip,
Thrilled me---filled me with fantastic hop bitterness felt before
So that now, to slow the gurgle of my glut, I stood repeating,
" 'Tis some stong ass hops I sip thee more,
Some more sips and another pour.
This it is, and and a bit more."

Presently my buzz grew stronger; hesitating then no longer
"Sir," said I, "or Bastard, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is, I was sipping, and so roughly you came rapping
And so bluntly you came tapping, tapping at my shoulder with a roar,
That I scarce was sure I read you." Here I opened wide my mouth;---
Wicked hops and silky mouth feel more.

And the Bastard, never relenting, still is stinging, still is lingering
On the palette like a burst of Dionysus just here by my Pentium 4;
And lucky's eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming.
And the desk light o'er him streaming throws the bomber's shadow across the floor;
And my gaze from under that shadow lies floating from an ABV over 8.4
The glass shall be lifted---nevermore! (until I run to the store to get some more)

Somehow smoother than the arrogant one... who says there can be only one ? I say, make it a lucky... This is an unapologetic beer but not unapproachable. f'n yum.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful red color with almost no head. Lacing is pretty skimpy

S: Doesn't actually smell like much... a bit of hops, kind of a dulled down version of AB or DB... no oaked smell

T: Completely different from the smell. The taste is absolutely amazing! Pretty much what you'd expect from a mix of the 3 Bastards used. The oak is definitely here, along with the hoppy ale character of AB. The DB is what gives this a higher alcohol content, but doesn't effect the taste very much

M: Good carbonation, smooth and refreshing

D: Right in between AB and DB. Meaning perfect!

New 2012 Batch:
A: Pours a nice ruby red color with a finger and a half's worth of sticky off-white head

S: Get a good dose of hops, light malts, and oak chips. At least I can smell the oak in this years batch!

T: I'm still WOW'd by the complexity and blending ability here. Get the nice oaked character right up front, along with a good dose of hops and malts. Very hoppy, and also get some traces of sweet vanilla and caramel

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: Even after 2 years of having this for the first time, this beer is still amazing to me and probably better than any of the 3 individual beers by themselves, which is saying a lot considering I love all 3 individually. Thanks for re-releasing this one guys!!

Photo of aval89
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark ruby.. creamy head with tight bubbles

S: caramel/toffee.. grapefruit/orange peel .. slight wood notes with some vanilla.. slight spiciness

T: big malt presence up front.. rich caramel dominates with heavy roasted malts.. then the oak character shuts that all out with wood tones and vanilla coming in.. but it finishes dry and bitter almost harsh.. big grapefruit/orange peel bitterness on the finish.. also some dark fruits and spice linger ..

Mf: nice rich full bodied beer with a smooth creamy texture .. almost perfect..

D: very easy drinker but not close to sessionable .. a true palate crusher ..

Photo of gtermi
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a nice dark copper body with a thick tan head that quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: I am picking up a strong amount of hops, nice sweet malt, some citrus, piney hops and a little bit of oak and booze.

T: It tastes a lot like your basic Arrogant Bastard, but with so much more going on. I am getting a lot of sweet malt with a nice hoppy bitterness that lasts on my palate for a very long time. The hops go back and forth between spicy and citrusy. Absolutely delicious and crazy beer.

M: For a beer thats so high in alcohol and such an intense flavor, it goes down so easy. It has a nice full body with a nice creamy feel as it goes down. There is also a bit of carbonation on the front of the tongue.

O: This is just a fantastic beer. I mean the flavor is just so insane that it took several sips to even get ahold of what I am drinking. Just a delicious beer and I am so happy that I got the last bottle at my local shop

Photo of allengarvin
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this is a somewhat hazy walnut-brown beer with a small but dense head. The nose features a lot of hops--very resiny--with toasted malt lingering under there, if you look for it. The flavor is excellent, a study in complex and interesting hopping. Quite bitter, with hop flavor tending toward a rich pine-sap taste, occasionally bringing up hints of citrus. Could it be made with spruce as well? I can't tell, but it's got a sprucy character at the finish. Malt is solid, with toasty caramel and hints of cocoa. But it keeps coming back to the hops. Finish is lingeringly hoppy.

Not at all a session beer, but this is a great sipping and savoring beer.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red that just looks beautiful. It is topped with a thick beige head that does not disappear and laces the glass all over. This is what everyone wants in the look of their beer.

Sweet fruitiness(peach and orange with some tropical pineapple and tangerine type aromas) pours out everywhere from the snifter. I was wondering how prominent the different bastards would be and the oak is easily identifiable. Caramel malt and some piney hop are there as well. This might sound weird but I get a little pumpkin towards the end of the bottle when it warms up. I dig.

Oh yeah….bitter hoppiness and the great hop flavor takes hold at first leading into a huge caramal malt sweetness pop in the middle and end. A little butterscotch and oaky vanilla is there as well. The only bad thing about the taste is that ridiculously amazing fruity nose doesn't totally translate.

Drys out the mouth. Medium bodied. Active carbonation but it is not too much. When you get to the end of the bomber and swirled it around a bit and killed some carb it gets so smooth.

Ok. WOW is all I can say. I didn't know the whole story behind this beer when I bought it. I enjoy Stone and knew it was limited so I grabbed it. It is worth every cent you spend on it. Beers like this make me realize how awesome craft beer is. I love it.

Photo of stonermouse
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

Pours cola-colored, nearly the same color as the bottle. Nice film of pale white head throughout.

Aroma is a potent mix of caramel and piney, biting hops. There's a touch of sweetness, like M&Ms, as well.

Flavor is a really interesting mix of malts and hops. Caramel and an oak woodiness permeate, but leave a little room for the dry, pine hope flavor to sneak through. The combined flavor is so big, I almost wish this beer was a pie so I could chew it.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and dense, but the finish is just a bit sticky, with wonderful flavors remaining.

Great beer all-around. Sometimes brewers amaze me, especially ones like Stone, who produce these spectacular beers with huge flavors in mass quantities. There's a reason they're one of the best.

Photo of 57md
4.41/5  rDev +6%

The relevant question here is as follows:
In this instance, which is greater – the whole or the sum of its parts?

I’ll fall slightly in favor of the parts. Oaked and Double Bastard both have very distinct flavors as stand-alone offerings. The blending of these flavors along with the addition of some regular Arrogant Bastard leads the unique qualities of each version to get lost in the shuffle.

This remains an excellent offering but I’d rather drink an Oaked or Double as a stand-alone rather than as part of this blend.

Photo of elNopalero
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My bottle had a best by date of January 2013. I cracked it open in December, 2012.

This pours a wonderfully rich amber with a thick head of foam. The foam loiters more than lingers, hanging out after the first few sips even. There’s a light aroma. It’s piney, with hints of orange peel and a whisper of cinnamon tea hiding somewhere. It’s not a vibrant, big aroma but nicely layered.

The flavor has a mellow rounded bitterness with a piney, resiny heft to the body with a dry tacky finish. It’s malty and smooth with a big bitterness like its siblings only without the sharp edges. I’m not worthy!

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge head which took it's time dissipating. Hazy copper color and a slow eruption of tiny bubbles slowly working toward the surface. Strong IPA hoppy smell with pine and fruits - and a taste to match. To me this seems virtually identical to Double Bastard, and I'm not complaining about that because I enjoyed both a lot, but I suspect Lukcy Basartd is basically a remarketing of the other.

Photo of BlitzShadow
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/Ruby color with a light, tan, one-finger head. Great lacing.

S: I love the floral, citrus, and oak notes here - well done. Very complex.

T: Bitter hops and sweet caramel malt start it off with a mid-section of citrus hop flavor. Finishes dry with notes of oak and hop bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel and a mild carbonation. Coats well.

D: Ordered this ON TAP at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA. The keg kicked after my pour - I truly am a Lukcy Basartd!! That said, I wanted another, but sadly they removed the tap handle. :-(

If you see this - grab it! It's definitely worthy!

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,385 ratings.