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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,854 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 102
Gots: 273 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MaximumYuks, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerOps, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerSnobery, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Casey3236, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

tripledbrew, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of B33R501
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. But I don't know. Didnt even bother to get a Double Bastard bottle this year, though I did have a draught the other night. This just reminds me of Arrogant, nothing special, and for 3 bucks less I could have just had an Arrogant.

Pretty, amber, great head. Little oak and vanilla in the aroma. Sweet malts, big piney hops, some veg, some floral. Nice balance bitter and sweet. Strong, drinkable and satisfying.

I think my problem with this beer is this review can cover all the bastards. Been there, done that. Should've saved my 3 bucks, got an AB. Or better yet, pass.

B33R501, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jacothom, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Expectations run amok with this beer. Pours a gorgeously, crystalline rufous caramel hue, mahogany ruby, a really attractive color, just absolutely brilliant. The body is capped by a dull but fairly regal finger of desert sand head with above average retention, though perhaps not above average for an Arrogant Bastard family offspring. The finely bubbled collar is consistently replenished by micro-fine and slow ribbons of effervescence, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is even more impressive - runny and glittery at first, but sticky at the last, leaving splatters and streaks along the sides of the snifter.

Aroma: Chinook is very dominant in the nose, or at least something Chinook-esque - dry-hopped, leafy, herbal, spicy, and piney, the aroma smells like what you'd expect ... Arrogant Bastard plus. Citrus notes follow closely behind - thick, chunky, juicy ruby red grapefruit, slightly pithy, freshly squeezed, fleshy blood orange pulp, faintly berry-like at points. Tawny caramel, toffee, and butterscotch mingles with brown sugar to provide a nice background for the astringent hop acids and the aforementioned hop notes. Slightly toasty, oak notes are masked by the astringencies at first, but ultimately shine through just a little.

Taste: Citrus is much more dominant in the taste than it was in the aroma, a fat, tart, biting grapefruit note that mingles with lighter versions of itself as well as tobacco, spicy mint - mostly wintergreen - and a crapton of piney sprucey notes. Very light and floral in places, almost estery. Astringencies from the hops are large and in charge, but mellowed a little by virtue of the melding and Oaked AB addition, methinks, with the acidic qualities that likely could be present tempered to a fraction (not an insignificant fraction, mind you, but a fraction nonetheless) of their full strength. The malt base is sweet, sugary, borderline saccharine (though, yes, balanced with the aforementioned), suggesting tons of pure dark caramel malt, toffee overtones, molasses and light brown sugar, and a few drier toasty notes. Fruity overtones - cherries, light raisin-y notes - intermingle with both the fruity notes of the hops as well as the sugars evident in the malt foundation. Oaky notes are subdued, faintly suggestive of vanilla and coconut (mostly the latter, not the former), though present, particularly as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick thick thick is the name of the game, much as it is w/ any Arrogant Bastard permutation. Carbonation isn't really evident, though it's certainly there - it's more that you can't feel individual pinprick points of of effervescence because of the epic amount of spicy hop bitterness present. The end result is a beer that's a little thick and heavy on the tongue, though not oppressively so.

Drinkability: The 9.2% is there in force, and it doesn't go unnoticed. Not in the aroma or flavor, of course - there are far too many hop astringencies and too much bitterness for it to shine through there. But you can feel it after a full bomber (particularly when that bomber follows two full Sierra Nevada Celebration bombers - note, do not attempt at home), and that's enough to lend a word of caution. That being said, I can't say I was blown away by this beer. There were some expectations going in to it, true; but this one seemed to be a little less enjoyable than indeed either of its three individual component beers are, and that's saying something. I'd take a fresh Double Bastard (for sure), an Oaked Arrogant Bastard (likely), or a plain ol' Arrogant Bastard (maybe) over this, and that suggests that maybe something else needs to be done to make these beers "special" (not that they need to be made special - they're all stellar on their own). Still, this beer was pretty solid, interesting if not fascinating, and one I was happy to try ... especially at the price point (about the same as an AB, 3 dollars less than a DB).

CrellMoset, Dec 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

WebGuyMike, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep garnet, with clarity through the darkness. Two-finger off-white finely bubbled head that didn't retain well, but had decent lacing.

Aroma is of crisp hops and lots of caramel and toffee. Vague citrus lingers randomly behind the lot.

Taste is awesome punch-for-punch fight between hops and malt, with an intense herbal, leafy rind hop flavor duking it out with caramel and toffee that turns biscuity and bready in parts. The finish is clean and dry from the hops, as any sweetness in this one is neutralized as it shows itself.

Mouthfeel is a nicely smooth and heavy texture that, while pleasant, doesn't do anything to set itself apart. Drinkability is enhanced by the hops cleaning out malt tastes a good deal with each sip. I could see the bitterness in this being overwhelming to some though. Very nice mash-up of beers.

madvermin, Feb 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kberchtold, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

salamandar, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

AWL, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Odd staleness in the body. Not unpleasant, but unexpected. Lingering hop finish.

helios7, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

scratch69, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DrLaFollette, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MLaVioletteJr, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

PatGreer, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by January 13.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a frothy khaki head that lingers.

Pine, resin, and grapefruit are supported by sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread in the aroma. Pine dominates. Dark fruit notes of prunes and fig add intrigue.

Flavor begins with burnt breadcrust and deeply caramelized sugar, with underlying grapefruit pith, herbal tea, and pine, finishing fairly dry and bitter. Oak and resin linger in the aftertaste.

Body is a little full, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Interesting combination of flavors, thought the burnt character dominates and is slightly unpleasant.

barczar, Mar 09, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%

APH, Thursday at 08:38 AM
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the top 5 most unique beers I've ever had. The blending presents a lot of flavor interchange. Floral/Sweet Fruits/Resin/Leather/Oak/Caramel/Vanilla. Flavors opened as the beer warmed. This one has me interested in trying their DB

oldmankoch, Nov 17, 2014
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.