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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,391 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | 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 SDtastentune
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Dark red amber, Little lace and head.

S - Similar to normal ABA, but with hints of something else.. thin malts & ale'ish bread.

T - Deep ale taste, malts and deep ale, more hot then usual and a bit more hops involved but kinda hard to distinguish between normal ABA.

M - Medium to more carbonation, a little more over the top but similar to ABA, Not much aftertaste but still there.

D - Drinks great for a strong ale, easy & great, please try this one and compare side to side with a normal ABA... I assume it will be similar. Thumbs up but I wish it was a little more different & stronger.

SDtastentune, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up some cheeses from the very excellent Murray's NYC and figured now would be a good time to experience this 2010 bottle. Into a tulip glass this pours a very dense and dull mahogany under an impressive tan head. Nose delivers a deep blend of brown sugar, caramel candy, and citrus. An outstanding but controlled citrus bitter character really shines on the palate above all and is solidly paired on the palate with a nutty and sweet caramel malt body. Big body and flavor but relatively smooth. And oh yeah, very nice with cheese--particularly with Rogue River Blue from Rogue River Creamery.

albertjr21, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into my big Duvel glass and I am met with a beautiful burgandy ale which looks almost too good to drink...almost. Big frothy head with staying power and major lacing all over the glass. The combination of all the bastards produces a citrus (little orange, little pineapple), piney and a slight floral scent. I would have a liked a little more in this area. The taste is bitter up front followed by an even bitterer (if that's a word) swallow and aftertaste. There is also a slight grassy taste and yellow grapefruit is definitely in the mix. Well done. The combo works. Drinkability is good although the flavor will knock your palate around and kill the buds after awhile. The bomber I consumed was perfect for the session but anymore would be overkill in my opinion. Overall I love the concept of combining the bastards and in the end it has created a winner.

kaseydad, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Reddish mahogany hue with a thick, solid 2-inch tan-colored head and good lacing

S: So much herbal, grassy, piney, and dank hops: man, this smells amazing--though there isn't much besides those hops going on here

T: More balanced in flavors--still the explosive hop flavors are there but the bitterness is balanced by a toasty, roasted caramel malt finish

F: So creamy and sticky and oily and full bodied

O: This is a fantastic beer; another great beer from Stone

dbossman, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of olfolxholme
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

22 oz bottle into a large Tripel Karmeliet tulip snifter

A - Very healthy two finger light khaki (near white) head. Nice dark ruby beer, glows beautifully when held up to the light. Was surprised by the amount of sediment, but just pour carefully. I'm not always a fan of the Stone bottle rants... but I like this one. "Best after 1.31.13" strikes me as possibly being part of the joke... But who knows. Guess this bastard is two weeks late...

S - American hops (citrus, resin, grass), caremelly malt, light toasted oak presence.

T - Wicked and complex blend of spicy hops, light smoke, very tasty amber malt presence. Nice lingering aftertaste of oak and grassy hops. I see others noting peat - that makes sense.

M - Perhaps a little watery in the body, but, overall, a nice sudsy wash. Aftertaste buzzes with hop bitterness.

O - Very drinkable, complex American Strong Ale with pronounced hop and oak character. Not for the weak of heart, but downright magic in the hands of the right lucky bastard... Even two weeks late...
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olfolxholme, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

The bomber pours a great looking beer, a clear reddish copper body with a medium sized creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves lavish sticky lacing.

Aroma has a lot of oaky vanilla, edged by citrusy grapefruit and orange notes. Plenty of caramel is also noted, along with pine and grassy hops. Typical Stone aromas with oak aging.

Nice mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Subtle medium carbonation.

Taste has a base of oaky vanilla and caramel that supports a bold hoppiness. Pine and grassy bitterness is softened by pink grapefruit and orange marmalade notes. Alcohol is adeptly hidden. Finishes with a lasting citrus rind bitterness.

I get more of an Oaked Bastard impression than Double Bastard. Lots of vanilla oak tones in this one. Enjoyable and complex.

merlin48, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of bengore
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours a dark reddish amber with a large amount of head that sticks around for a while.

S: Orange zest with other interesting spicy fruits. You can certainly smell hints of the oak aged ale in here as well. Very complex and inviting.

T: Initially follows the nose with a fruity taste which subsides quickly into a slight bitterness. You can taste the oak aged arrogant bastard which is outstanding.

M: Heavy and foamy, very smooth.

O: Overall a very interesting and delicious beer. A lot more complex than arrogant bastard alone, and the oak really stands out on this one. Definitely worth picking up a bomber or two!

bengore, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of brurevu
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

From my tasting notes: The brew poured the signature bastard deep ruby amber color with an off white head that lukcily lingered. The aroma had the big malt and hoppy aroma you expect with a Bastard with more of the Arrogant tones showing through. The taste was great. It was all of the Bastards in one place giving their best flavor attributes while complementing the others with a great roasted nuttiness holding it all together. I detected more of the Arrogant flavors which held their own alongside the dominate Double while the thick syrupy mouthfeel and heavy body was definitely all Double. The Lucky Basartd was a great marriage of these fantastic Stone brews that created a Basartd of it’s own.

brurevu, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of JMad
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

I poured some of a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass...

The beer is a dark copper color with a thick, off-white head that stuck around and left lacing. It smells of sweet caramel and toffee along with peach and grapefruit. When you take a sip you notice the thickness, some bitterness bites at the mouth, you taste sweet caramel malt, lost of citrus and pine from the hops and a hint of wood. This is a heavy, full bodied beer that doesn't hold back, it has the right amount of carbonation and a long lingering finish. I thought this was an exceptional beer, pretty drinkable for the richness and ABV.

JMad, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of brethartt
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A - nice dark amber appearance, good amount of head
S - floral hops are dominant, yet there are notes bready malts
T - strong bitter hop start fades to robust malts.

The funny thing about this beer is that I enjoyed it more then the beers used in the blend.
For $6, this beer is a good buy. A complex beer to break down for really not being that interesting of a beer other then being blended. Overall, this is a Stone beer I will look forward to annually.

brethartt, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

22 oz bottle, best by Jan 31, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear dark garnet red, topped with a finger of creamy off-white head, leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Big hop aromas, pine, a bit of caramel maltiness and vanilla, although the hops definitely dominate in the nose.

T- Much sweeter and more malt-forward, with a sweet caramel malt flavor that melts into bitter hoppiness that lends some pine and earthy flavors. Some oak and vanilla flavors are also noticeable. The malty sweetness and powerful bitterness are very nicely balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation, has a thick, slightly chewy feel.

O- I really liked this beer, it's damn tasty and is one of my favorite Bastards.

WillCarrera, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance - an iced tea amber color, a solid finger of creamy off-white cappage. A sticky ribbon of lacing completes a fine opening impression.

Aroma - a fresh burst of sweet grapefruit and fragrant pine. Good stuff, plain and simple.

Taste - plenty of caramel graininess to start. Juicy hops, plenty of citrus evolving to grapefruit rind on the swallow. The palate dries out as the bitterness hits peak. Some light abv on the aftertaste. I'm not picking up any oak early, but as it warms up, there are woody notes in the long finish.

Mouthfeel - lots of hop-oil-imparted smoothness. Glides right on down yet has enough crispness from the carbonation so that it doesn't feel too weighty.

Drinkability - the malt and hop combo of the AB line is part of my BeerNA now. The blend here is a winner.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of MadCat
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured the first half into a pint glass and the second into a tulip.

Appearance: Dark ambery red color, decent brown head, decent lacing. First pour had very little head, so I tipped the glass less with the second

Smell: A whole bouquet of different hoppy aromas, with some roasted malt in there. Hints of citrus.

Taste: Much more complex and pleasing than regular Arrogant Bastard. Not nearly as much of a punch you in the mouth bitterness, and with that there is more flavor. Hoppy, bitter, and roasted malt is what I get initially. Hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Thick and pleasant, with some crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Better than Arrogant Bastard, no hesitation in finishing off the 22oz bottle, but I don't have any desire to go for another one.

I was almost disappointed with this, from my first glass. Not sure why, maybe because I got better head on the second one, but the second was a knockout for me. The first disappointed me, mostly because some of the awesome flavors and aromas seemed muted. Surprisingly, I don't pick up any oak in the flavor or aroma, which I would think there would be some due to the oaked arrogant bastard in there. Definitely is better than regular arrogant bastard, but I'm not sure if it is better than oaked or double.

MadCat, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours a chestnutty-copper brown with an off-white, almost yellow tinged head. Retention is strong and leaves strings of vibrant lace.

S - Big resin nose with hints of cut grass and a bit of tropical citrus

T&M - A tangy hop assault on the palate. Manages to be spicy, resiny, and a bit fruity all at the same time. There is a sharp, spicy bit at the front, followed by resin, and ends with a slightly sweet, malty, citrusy (and woody?) finish with a slight alcohol warmth on the way down. Hops continue to resound on the palate long after the swallow. The further you get into this beer (and I suspect the more accustomed to the hop dosage), the more some of the sweeter traits shine through.

D - I've been taking a break from the hoppier side of things, and I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. Goes down surprisingly smooth with little regard to the ABV. An excellent offering.

ZeroSignal, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Nice sized creamy off white head atop a brown pour. The retention and lacing is very nice.

S: Hops up front, piney with some grapefruit. Slight maltiness here, perhaps some caramel. Really hop forward.

T: The hops are less piney than the smell, mostly grapefruit coming through. It's really interesting how 'long' the taste develops on the palate. Maltiness is next, definite caramel. This is followed by what I'm assuming is the OAKED portion, slight oakiness and slight vanilla hints.

MF: The finish is really bitter and dry, very enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation, and a heavier body than I was expecting from the pour.

O: After reading the thread comparing this to the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru, I picked this up to try. I do see the similarities, but the Grand Cru is decidedly better. Don't read that as this beer sucks, it is still very good.

russwbeck, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

The whole 'Bastard' lineup has certainly the most distinctive colour of possibly any beer I've ever laid eyes on. Classic cherry mahogany. It is fetching. Despite the wickedly deep and rustic tone, clarity is fully brandished. Lacing is sprawled over the glass like a carpet and its head is so bubbly you'd think the beer was still fermenting.

Anyone who has stepped foot in a bank vault - or robbed one - can tell you that money, when mint and amassed in huge sums, has a very distinct smell that is difficult, if at all possible, to note once the bills are put in circulation. Apparently it's the same deal with hops: you may be familiar with the fruity, piny character of American hops but they take on a whole other dimension when concentrated in such a quantity. This reeks.

Indeed, it reeks of a bitter, pungent, bizarrely unique musk of stinky, herbal hops that is the distinguishing, infamous house character of all three beers in this blend. To no surprise, it also shares their eccentric, distinguished flavours: pine needles, pink grapefruit, dry wood, green herbals, and gooey caramel. It's at once sugary sweet, sharply citrusy and acidic, earthy and piny and, above all, wrathfully, wrathfully bitter.

My head feels like it's being knocked around - not from alcohol, but from actual punches! The pithy, piny bitterness it leaves sticks like a tattoo and doesn't let you soon forget it. Like the other people at the table, I'm questioning whether I even like it. If it were a person I certainly wouldn't be friends with it. To be frank, it's not the easiest thing to drink. But that 'arrogantly' bitter and dynamic character is precisely what I respect about it.

This is one bad mamajama. Stone talks a big game and Lukcy Basartd backs it up. (And puts you in your place for ever questioning them on it.) While this beer may set literacy back a few pegs, the base beers that comprise it have done more than their part for the advocacy and advancement of characterful and stimulating offerings. And for that we are all Lukcy.

biegaman, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Deep brownish red in color with medium to light carbonation. Fair head retention but lots of lace. Resinous-citrusy aroma with a good amount of caramel sweetness. Soft on the front end. The middle starts off sweet, then tons of hops to balance. Satisfyingly bitter finish. Medium, leaning toward heavy body.

LittleDon, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A= pours a nice amber color with a big off white head on it that holds decent retention and lacing.

S= smells pungent of hops and a slightly sweet malt profile with a flowery hop character.

T= just like the smell. Pungent hops hit you first. The flower hops come through mostly with a but of pine. The sweet malt bill comes through much more as it warms up.

M= the mouth is a perfect medium feel with a slightly sticky mouth.

D= great beer that is very easy to drink. Worth seeking out for sure. Short review grandma is talking.

jjanega08, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Lukcy basartd puors wtih a goreogus rbuy cirmosn cloor. Okay, enough of that. Attractive body, sticky lacing from the custard colored head. Pungent aroma comes across with a thick bouquet of caramel malt and piny, tropical hops. Very green and skunky with a faint trace of oaky vanilla.

Flavor embodies all that the 'Bastard' lineup brings to the table: aggressive hops, but a superb balance of thick caramel & toffee malts. The oak is slight, and thankfully so (I think it's too prominent in Oaked AB). Lingering hoppiness suggests pith and pine. Great carbonation level for the medium-thick body. No big surprised from Stone, here, but despite their lack of creativity you have to commend them for putting out consistently good-tasting, relatively affordable releases.

wagenvolks, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo.

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

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

bobsy, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Beautiful orange-tinted ruby with a nice head. Lots of lacing is left along the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet, sweet hops. Tons of piney goodness with just a touch of sweet caramel malt. Mostly hops though.

T- A little sweet upfront before the hops take over, coating the tongue in pine sap. Some bready malt adds a little balance but ultimately the hops win out big time. Strong bitterness on the finish, but not overwhelming.

M- On the heavy side of medium, a little slick but well-carbonated.

D- Quite good. The alcohol isn't particularly noticeable but the bitterness and overall richness of flavor does wear the palate out after a while. Still, the flavor is good enough that I can finish a bomber with ease.

Well, what can I say? It's a big, brash, and very tasty beer. Typical Stone. I don't know if it really distinguishes itself from some of Stone's other hop monsters, though. I can't say it's really any better than fresh Arrogant Bastard. What I can say, though, is that it's very good and I will almost certainly be getting it again. Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a rich brownish copper with a huge billowing head which persists and causes some of the sexiest lacing known to man

Smell is very hop forward, citrus, pine, and gin/juniper.

Taste is a bit maltier than the nose would lead on. Caramel, sourdough bread, grapefruit. Oak aspect very muted. Really wouldn't pick up on it if I wasn't looking for it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than anticipated. Sturdy carbonation prickles the tongue similarly to the hop bite.

Overall a fantastic beer. A bit muddled as to what the intention is, otherwise would rate higher.

CurtFromHershey, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Excellent hoppy beer. Pours golden with a foamy half inch of head. Citrus hop aromas. Aggressive hops that are muted by a great and substantive malting. Citrus and light fruity tastes. Oh so drinkable.The hops do act to wear down the taste buds somewhat.

Sammy, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of StonyB
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Here's a riddle. What do you get when you cross Stone's Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard?

Answer: We're about to find out.

22 ounce bomber from Jersey City Buy Rite. The usual rambling but entertaining rant from the brewers on the back. 8.5% ABV, as if you expected less.

Intriguing, slightly murky reddish-bronze color after a mildly cautious pour. It's okay to be arrogant, but not to the point of wasting beer. Sticky, sticky lacing that Peter Parker would be proud of. Thin cap of a head, pockmarked with differently sized bubbles.

Intense, in your face aroma. Hops up front, dark fruit, burnt caramel, sour mash. A bit of booze for kicks. Great for clearing out your sinuses. Makes you want to swallow your pint glass whole - that's a compliment.

Surprise! Hops lead the flavor, mainly piny and floral. Dark and slightly sour fruits, think plums and raisins. A hint of spice and bubblegum. Some malt sweetness to sort of, but not entirely, balance the hop assault.

Medium-bodied. Slightly chalky texture initially, though the finish is juicy and not unpleasant. Not that acidic despite the hop mob.

Figures that Stone would make another sensory overwhelming beer that in the end, tastes pretty darn good. And makes you want to have another,and another, consequences be damned.

Apparently, Bastards can peacefully co-exist. Definitely recommended, but you have to ask yourself one question:

Do you feel Lukcy, punk? Well? Do you?

StonyB, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a brownish shade of red with a two finger tan head. Looks very dark and forboding...

S- citrus hops, and a ton of them. Pretty great.

T- really complex beer....mostly getting a ton of citrus, but I'm also getting some of the oak as well from the Oaked Bastard.

M- getting some maltiness out of this one, along with a very solid body. Doesn't detract at all

O- this beer is excellent. Couldn't have imagined that a blend of three beers could turn out any better

bigfnjoe, Jun 01, 2011
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.