Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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93
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2,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,386
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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Ratings: 2,386 | Reviews: 779
Photo of spark3148857
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow you can tell they dry hopped the hell out of this. Pours the typical bastard pour, deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and piney hops with a great caramel malt backbone. This drinks like a double IPA crossed with an imperial red ale and provides the best of both styles. Huge west coast hops are perfectly balanced with the massive malt bill. My favorite of the Bastards.

Photo of gopens44
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby red in color with a quickly receding cream colored foamy head.

S - Brilliant pine with earthy and cedar type notes as well.

T - Intense hop presence with wood, musk and a touch of a very well hidden sweetness hiding in the back end, which finishes with a touch or pepper.

M - Thicker than I expected and smooth on the tongue. World class palate wrecker!

Another fine fun time super day great offering from Stone.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, darker copper colored with a huge off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, slightly sweet, slight dark fruit

T: bitter hops up front, grapefruit peel, sweetens into layers of malt, light raisin, pine, oak woody presence, finish is bitter with flavors of hops and wood

M: full and sticky

O: a nice beer with a pronounced hop presence up front, rest is more traditional strong ale flavors

Photo of mbusster88
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red/light brown color. Good two finger tan head lasts for a decent amount of time but then fades away. Very hazy with suspended solids throughout the beer.

S: Very grapefruit pine nose with the hop profile. Good amount of this hop presence makes this one a kick right up front in the nose. Great woody character in the nose as well that balances out the hop kick.

T/M: In typical AB fashion the hops are really strong up front. The heavy alcohol base is not present but gives a bit body to this beer. Great wood notes help balance the beer out at the finish. Really quite smooth for being a reasonably high ABV. Really love the hop/wood balance as it makes this drinkable but still really aggressive.

D: Great beer! A nice representation of the AB line of beers and a great addition. Really hope this one get produced in the future!

Photo of calir1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wife for this one. Christmas morning beer!!! Might as well, nothing else to do. Tastes better than I remember regular arrogant bastard and much hoppier. Smells wonderful and seems like a great strong ale hopped up more than usual. Love it and wish it comes out again.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark copper in color with a large bronzed head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a little ring of lace and some foam floating on the beer.

Smell: All of the bastards are here- a wealth of citric and piney hops dominate, with woody aromas and toasty malt in the background, along with a tea-like hint.

Taste: Begins woody and bitter, rounding out to some buttery flavors and finishing with strong earthy, woody, and citric hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body with light carbonation and an intense dry finish from the hops.

Drinkability: A great " cuvee de Bastard"- all of the Bastards are here and all complement each other well (which is to be expected). A very nice brew, better than any single Bastard- too bad it will only be around for a short time. Get this while you can!

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

I'm a big fan of all three beers that make up Lukcy Basartd (the Bastard, Double, and Oaked), so I had to try it.

A--Dark orange/amber at the thinner point of my glass, and a very pretty ruby/brown at the thicker top. Not much head, but that's exacerbated by my poor choice of glassware (Chimay chalice... too lazy to wash pint). Basically what I expected from a Bastard, which is good.

S--A little hoppier than I remember regular Bastard being. Hops mix with the sweet molasses smell as well as a tinge of alcohol for a (pleasant) wallop to the nose.

T--A wave of almost salty hop-bitterness washes over the taste buds. Then dark, molasses-y sweetness dominates, with a moderate malt flavor. Hops linger on the back of the tongue and add a fruity taste, and alcohol esters are present (since it's 8.5%!) but are mostly overpowered by the intense hops and sweetness.

M--Medium to medium-thick. It's nice and smooth, but not too thin for such a potent brew. Very well carbonated; prickly on the tongue and goes down very nicely.

D--If you're a fan of hoppy beers, it's a nice reprieve from IPA's and still kicks your taste buds in the ass. Had I eaten before writing this, I could definitely go for another bottle--but I'm drinking alone and on an empty stomach, so one is enough!

Stone once again hits it out of the park! They pack the brew with obscene amounts of flavor, and yet they still manage to balance the competing hops, sweetness, and malt. I'll definitely be getting this again!

EDIT: Also, bonus points for using the term "sheeple" on the back of the bottle. lol

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a decent sized tan head.

S: Citrusy and piney hops over a bit of sweet caramel malt.

T: A very interesting spin on arrogant bastard. A huge dose of citrusy and piney hops. An equally large dose of of semi sweet caramel malt. It's a very smooth and pleasant bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied, smooth as hell, active carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for the huge blast of flavor and the 8.5% ABV. Very delicious, a great take on the arrogant bastard series from Stone.

Photo of smcnulty1981
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby red color with a khaki colored head a good ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs

S: lots of juicy citrus fruit and resin on the nose with no alcohol at all

T: great citrus flavor up front hits with a little of pucketing on the sides of the mith with some malt flavor on the backed no alcohol Tate at all when drinking

M: medium bodied mouthful very easy to drink doesn't drink like an 8.5 % beer

O: extremely great experience with this beer what really enhances it is if you smell the beer and sip it at the same time you can really emerce yourself in this beer

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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

Nice burnt orange in the glass with a fast fading head, not much lacing. The aroma is awesome-burnt toffee, vanilla, grapefruit zest and an herbal spiciness.

The flavor is dark bread, toffee and caramel with a juicy hop bitterness. Finishes clean and malty.

The body is a little thinner than I would have thought, but very full nonetheless. A little alcohol heat on the back lets you know you should sip this one.

I really enjoyed this, hope the bring it around again.

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

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: A fine looking beer. Clear dark red with a light tan colored head. Pretty good retention down to some little swirls on the surface. Some sheets of lacing in the snifter, but nothing that sticks and dries.

Smell: Very pine sappy and citrusy hops. There is oak and sweet smelling caramel malt. Very hoppy and very malty, it smells balanced and inviting.

Taste: One of the biggest hits of pine flavor I've experienced in a while. Sweet citrus hops swirl in and out, but pine rules here. Again, good malty balance with some toast and caramel. Oaky vanilla too. I really like this.

Moouthfeel: Fairly aggressive and slightly tingly carbonation, but its not overdone and works well. Slick in the mouth and sticky resin on the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Gotta go get some more.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lukcy Basartd
22oz, BBD 1/31/13
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a really pretty copper amber color. Almost clear. About a finger and a half of off white head. Very fluffy. Leaving sticky lacing immediately. Nicely carbonated.

S: Really awesome nose. Smells really fresh. Getting those fruity hop aromas, mango and citrus. But then those complex malts, caramel and toffee. And touches of wood and vanilla. Awesome.

T: Right on the tip of the tongue, you get that aggressive Stone hop bitterness. Strong flavors of pine mostly, but also some citrus hints. Also some grapefruit as it warms. bitter grapefruit. The. You get those sweet malt flavors. That caramel and slight vanilla toffee from the oak aging. It's actually pretty complex. Warming up brings out even more. Somewhat dry finish, leaving you wanting another sip. Best of the Bastards.

M: it's a big medium bodied. Very easy drinking.

Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass(as seemed only fitting)
Cloudy, copper-caramel in color, with a big, billowy off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt note and citrussy hops.
Taste-Big hop and malt blast right to the tastebuds. This brew makes you sit up and take notice. Huge character and unrelenting full-on hops. A spicy, oakey tanginess shimmers in and out of the background. This brew is not for beginners or the faint of heart! Take your time with this one or risk getting a hop-soaked oak two-by-four to the back of the head.
Sip slowly and enjoy!

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle

reviewed from notes

A-Pours a very dark shade of amber with sticky spotty lace.

S-defined hop aromas that are common with all the beers it is derived from. Caramel and bready notes mixing with strong citrus flavors.

T-Hops upon entry followed by bread notes and hints of oak and caramel More balanced and cleaner than the base beers for this. Takes all the best flavors of its components and accents them.

M-Carbonation is a little higher then I thought and the overall feel is thinner than I would have expected but it works very well overall.

D-Overall very very drinkable and surprising for the ABV. A great concoction from stone. Arrogant Bastard fans rejoice.

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

From a 22 oz into a snifter. 2012 batch.

A-The beer had a red (cranberry?) color with a khaki, one-plus finger of head. The head was slow to fade and pretty thick. It left nice lacing on the glass. The beer was mostly clear.

S-There is a nice, thick, hoppy smell of pine and resinous fruit (grapefruit and pineapple). The fruits were overlain with a nice, syrupy caramel malt note. A little alcohol spice was also present.

T-Taste was sticky, dank, (I hate that word) and hoppy, and quite bitter up front. I got pine and green peppercorn and just a touch of tropical fruit. The malty caramel character is present, but is mostly canceled out by the hot, spicy hops that also pick up strength from the alcohol as the beer warms. A little wild and arrogant for sure.

M-Medium to heavier bodied with an oily and slick feel. The carbonation is mild and fine.

O-I liked this brew quite a bit, more than standard Bastard, but there was a lot going on. I noticed the Oaked Bastard, but was surprised by how the hop characteristics made the beer feel almost IIPA at times. Maybe this brew was a little rough and tumble, but it paired perfectly with the pizza I was eating.

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

No date on the bottle, but another great example of art work on the bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Deep, hazy, brown body with red and orange hues. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving small amount of lace along the glass.

Two-tone aroma: grassy, resiny hops and caramel malt. In this bottle, the malt is more prominent in the aroma than the hops.

Tasty combination of the piney, grapefruit hops and the sweet caramel malt. The oak comes through much more in the flavor than in the aroma. Small amount of spices and dark fruit peek through in the flavors as well.

Medium mouthfeel that goes down easily with very little notice of the alcohol. This may be my favorite "bastard." Something about the combination of these brews that works well.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty. A crisp aggressive ale blend. Very pleased.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brown colored beer with thick khaki colored head. Impressive head retention. Sweet caramel malt smells and flavors. Fairly strong hop presence as well. Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel for such a high ABV. You can tell its on the boozy side but still quite drinkable. Unique beer, intensely hopped while remaining malt dominant. And an ultimately satisfying Alcohol content. Would gladly drink again.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful sturdy and creamy head sits atop the standard deep mahogany Arrogant Bastard is so well known for. Lacing is not as good as the Oaked and Regular versions, but is still quite good. The second pour actually remedies this lacing issue quite well. A beautiful beer.

S: Smells of hops in an aggressive way, but it is well balanced by the even more aggressive malt character. Slight wood notes and a strong estery backdrop with slight alcohol notes provide a great overall aroma.

T: Well balanced flavor combines the character of all three constituent beers quite well. Has much more sweetness than I had originally expected and that is where the balance leans. The bitterness is ever-present as can be expected in an AB. The alcohol is also present, but masked just enough to allow for a wonderful overall effect. The balance is just short of perfect.

M: Creamy and thick and it stays that way all the way to the perfectly medium finish. It's not too dry or too wet. The alcohol is a bit present creating a slight drying effect a few moments after the finish is complete.

O: The singular issue with this beer... It is a one bomber and done beer. It's not that the ABV is too high, it just the pure aggressiveness of the beer itself. I could keep drinking it, but by the time I finish the first, my taste buds are pretty much burnt out. It's also quite the meal in a bottle.

Photo of leedorham
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brownish reddish color with an off-white head that sticks around pretty well.

S - Very impressive aroma. Like a bouquet of flowers and herbs. Some earthy character. Dandelion, evergreen forest.

T - Nice caramel character and malt backbone to balance the hop character. Perceiving sweetness from both the caramel and hops.

M - Have to take mouthfeel down to just "good" since there is a bit of a cloying quality about the beer. Smooth and viscous with a nice carbonation level.

D - I'll buy this one again if I get a chance. Enjoyed it greatly.

Photo of biboergosum
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, from a trip through Oregon and Idaho earlier this summer. Do people actually try to read the grammatical wankery on this particular offering's label?

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, dark murky golden ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of dense puffy ecru head, which sits in like it's going to protest something or other, but eventually gives up a high cloud pattern of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of grapefruit and orange rind, pine needles, bready caramel malt, a bit of black seeded fruit, and soft, alluring alcohol. The taste is green forest-fresh piney hops, less raw, but equally bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee malt, and soft, somewhat sweet booze - not much of the oak from the blend comes through. Still, my Strong Ale 101. The carbonation is quite relaxed, the body a solid, beefy medium weight, a smoothness bitch in the face of the challenging hops. It finishes kind of surprisingly clean, West Coast style - big bitter citrus hops, and backbenched caramel malt.

Fcuk. Wwo! I've had all three of the constituent ingredients to this blend, and, well, this represents oh so well. Intense individual essences all add up to one mother of a brew, and crazily drinkable at that. 8.5 points of ABV slide slinkily over all. Hoppy, sweet, and all that is good with what you should be expecting. Dirnk tihs nwo if yuo cna!

Photo of bierguru
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
deep deep amder color pours w a little tan head that laces headlaces out and stays through out beer

S -
smells like the arrogant bastard only bolder hops some nuts spice and a hint of citrus and maybe cherry

T -
malt sweetness big hop citrus flavor finishes with a plum cherry flaovr
when it warms up to just above room temp you get some vanilla and oakiness

M -
smooth with a bite at the end doesnt linger

D -
very drinkable its awesome clear and simple

Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight cream colored head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of caramel notes with piny and citrus hops.

Tastes of the caramel notes up front followed by delicious hops. Malt has notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and some fruitiness. Hops are characterized by citrus and pine with some floral notes as well. Oak notes are hidden towards the end, but can be found. Bitterness is fairly high, but so is sweetness which gives balance to the beer. Alcohol adds some depth as well on the back end.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my Double Bastard Ale specialty glasses.

A--Ruby red pour with a white head. Small head when poured, fairly good retention on the glass. It actually looks like all the other Bastards.

S--Just what you expect. Smells like an Arrogant, but with just hint of smoke from the Oak Aged. Smells like roasted malts, heavy scent of alcohol. Also, I get some fruit notes.

T--Basically like a smoother Arrogant. A very mellow flavor, but not quite to the level as Oaked Arrogant. However, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Arrogant!

D--At 8.20%, I'd say this is pretty drinkable. You don't really taste the alcohol, but I'm sure by the end of the bottle I will.

Again, Stone, great brew. I'm really glad I got to enjoy this.

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