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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 96
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
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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.

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DogFood11

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Its a beaut to look at. sturdy, frothy head sits above a brown body.

The unmistakable taste of the its cousin the arrogant bastard is the backbone of this brew. Smells hotter than it ends up. While still on the hot side its in the wheelhouse. Tag a darkened fruit backside to an AB and you've got your lucky bastard. Tastes as though maybe a year of aging would be worthy of a try.

11-28-2010 06:09:21 | More by DogFood11
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

L:
Deep red brown with off white head.

S:
Sugars, caramel and hops.

T:
creamy caramel and rye toast lead straight into bitter floral hops. hints of burnt sugars and crisp citrus with peels.

F:
Excellent carbonation and very creamy.

Great balance and well blended alcohols

01-15-2011 01:26:25 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

This beer pours an earthy/dirty brown color with a thick light tan head that sticks around forever.

I get hammered with piney, citrusy, grassy hops in the nose of this beer.

The flavor has malty, hoppey, bitter, piney, grassy flavors. The malt is smooth caramel flavor not much roast if any at all.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The beer just slide over your tongue.

This is not the most drinkable beer out there but I do think it is the most drinkable bastard.

On a side note I do have to say that the guys a Stone are real bastard for spelling this beer the way they did. It took me forever to find it!

12-04-2010 02:40:19 | More by JoePat
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gamwich

Hawaii

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a wonderfully ostentatious bottle worthy of its heritage. A frothy head dissipates leaving thick lacing rife with large bubbles. The color is a hazy burnt sienna. The nose is fairly small, malty with some hop presence and alcohol. The taste is sweetly malts with hints of vanilla and oak balancing the huge pine-y, bubblegum hop presence. It has a dry tannic finish inviting one to take another sip. Nummy.

12-07-2010 03:15:24 | More by gamwich
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Amber hue with rocky 20finger head with good retention and very ornate lacing.

S; Strong aromas of pine, resin, and grapefruit with some extra tropical fruit and floral nose behind. Malt is pale and does not impede the hops assault.

T: Huge pine resin hops blast accented by citrus and floral tones with token pale malt sweetness to prevent this from totally incapacitating your palate. Unfortunately, the hops flavor doesn't provide the complexity of the nose.

M: Medium-to-full body with slick, coating feel. Severely drinkable (with penalty the morning after).

D: A very drinkable brew that does all the little things well but misses the top-tier mark on flavor with the bitterness too overwhelming to allow the hops nuances that are probably there to come through as much as they could. Delicious all the same for hopheads out there. I have to admit that I shared an Arrogant Bastard regular after this and enjoyed it more because the flavor was more varied and rounder.

12-06-2010 05:16:43 | More by argock
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BabyBastard

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Last bottle available in the county. I'm the lukcy basartd. Pours dark amber brown with great off brown head. Delicious looking brew we have here.

Smells of caramel, dark fruitiness, nice bitter hop punch also. Great nose on this brew. Really adds to the character.

Taste is superb. Knocks you right out with super hop bite, nice earthy maltiness. Has the best qualities of all three of these beers blended seamlessly into one. Perfection!

Great mouthfeel, not overly heavy, sure as hell not light, about as good as it gets. Drinkability is good, too bad this is my last one. Need to find more and stock them away for safe keeping. Great work Stone, one of my personal favorites!

01-15-2011 04:37:17 | More by BabyBastard
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1%

The Lukcy Bastard is a big beer and reminded me of a good scotch ale. The beer poured a deep rich amber with thin white head that left some lacing. The smell was mostly malt with some sweet undertones. The taste was heavy with malt that included earth/peat with caramel hints and alcohol. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good beer....certainly could not session this one.

02-10-2013 22:14:24 | More by WoodBrew
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1%

Reviewed from notes from 11/10/12.

A- Pours a deep amber with burgundy hues and a finger and a half of off-white head that provides decent lacing.

S- Aroma of citrus, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits. Some pine is evident as well.

T- Taste-wise I'm getting mostly sweet malts, caramel, bread, and a bit of raisin. As it warms the piney hops begin to take over. The dark fruits also come out more over time. More complex than it initially lets on. Finishes dry with a decent bitter bite.

M- Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with light carbonation.

O- Another solid ASA from Stone.

11-11-2012 07:39:57 | More by SadMachine
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours dark amber, murky, mocha head, thick and dense, stays for a bit at the 1/4 inch level, flows to a frothy film and leaves respectable elongated blobs of lace. Malted up nose, with some hoppy undertones.

Flavorful and highly enjoyable brew. I'm a major fan of all three of the root beers that flow together to make this one, so no suprise that I'm loving it.

Big and bold, agressive and assertive. Malted up, but boldly hopped late. We are all "Lukcy 13asartd" to be able to enjoy this offering.

Please make it a regular in the Stone line- and not a limited release....

11-12-2010 02:21:48 | More by Billolick
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far333

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Transparent caramel colored with a thick inch high head of frothy dimpled light beige foam that lingers long.

Aroma of toffee and fresh citrus. Initial flavor of bright and fresh citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and orange rind, moving quickly to fresh cut pine bough tips, hints of tangerine and honey. Subtle caramel and honey malt rides beneath, moderate bitterness, lots of hop flavor here. ABV does not detract from flavors.

Even mouthfeel, rich and round, not too tingly. Very flavorful, great beer, highly drinkable.

12-16-2010 03:08:29 | More by far333
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prototypic

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Lukcy Basartd pours an attractive crimson stained copper. It's a little hazy, but tons of light cuts through showing strong, deep red highlights. A soft cream colored head caps it off. It stands nearly two fingers tall, but falls relatively quickly. Lacing was on the lighter side.

The nose is good. It's chock full of caramel up front. The malt base smells more than solid. Hops are rather strong in the mix, and feature a host of scents. I'm getting citrus grapefruit and pineapple, lots of pine, and light grass and herbal notes. The herbal notes are secondary and smell mostly like tobacco. They're subtle though. I'm not getting much in terms of oak. That'd be a welcome addition. Alcohol is held pretty well in check. Smells good.

The flavor is quite good, but I'm not sure how much I like it. It kicks off with a very strong hop flavor. It's a rather strong buzzy and bitter assault. Classic Bastard. Excuse me...Basartd. The malt base is mostly caramel. It's a little sweet, but does little to calm down the strong hop presence. That's okay by me. The hops are seem to be equal parts citrus and pine with just a touch of grass thrown in for good measure. A secondary herbal , tobacco-ish flavor is noted. It works. I'm still not getting any oak. But, the flavor is still tremendous. Alcohol is blended well. Finishes hoppy and bitter.

Lukcy Basartd has a medium body. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but works well. It's not svelte or smooth, but does a damn nice job overall. Drinkability is quite good. I'm really enjoying this. The flavor rocks, and it goes down surprisingly easy. A bomber? By all means, yes!

Lukcy Basartd is an excellent beer. It's difficult to screw up when you're starting with components such as Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked AB. Having said that, this is truly a case where the sum is less than its parts. In fact, it's a little less than each of its individual parts. But, given Stone's knack for creating brilliance, this is still fantastic beer. Go out and grab a bottle. If you don't like it...well...you're just not worthy!

01-29-2011 04:29:49 | More by prototypic
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A good looking mohagany color with thick off white head and a tone of sticky lacing. There's some fine sediment particles floating about.

True to form, this has a great hoppy scent of pine and grapefruit with a caramel malt backing.

The taste is tons of hops- pine, grapefruit, and some herbal tones. They dominate the caramel malt by a longshot.

Mouthfeel is heavy and dry. It's very fresh and clean tasting.

Good drinkability. If you like any of the other bastards, it's a given you'll like this one.

12-01-2010 02:42:12 | More by Vonerichs
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hdofu

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A beer tongue tosser, very complex, bitter sweet finish. Has a hoppy smell almost herbal, color is reddish brown with a white sudsy head, taste is hoppy with some cherry hints. Taste is good but it bitterness is a bit overwhelming, had a sudsy hoppy feel though which also is good

01-09-2011 01:50:59 | More by hdofu
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Deep burgundy with a body that was filled with a dense rapid sense of effervesce and a suspended haze. The head is slight with a creamy smoothness, tan in color, moderate in retention while supplying a solid band lacing.

S: Freshly squeezed grapefruit with some sugary pine and toasted sweetness. Rosewood presence with a soft flowery nature will provide you with enough ample hoppage to leave you satisfied along with a dash of pepper.

T: Arrogant like in flavor, bold and bitter with a beautiful toasted grain base filled with a flowery hop presence of grapefruit and pine bitterness. Floral with dry grassy notes with a flowery bitterness gently lacing the tongue. The flavor is bold and bitter yet beautifully smooth.

M: Tight bubbly sensation, full bodied with a nice viscose feel. Heavy on the tongue, bitter and dry with a warming pine and grapefruit afterthoughts.

D: Good drinkability, like its predecessor it can be easily consumed by the six pack once one obtains the appreciation and taste for its so called arrogance, which is quite smooth and lovely for the hardcore hophead. Lucky for the bomber, unlucky I didn't buy more.

01-29-2011 13:11:03 | More by beerthulhu
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bomber into a snifter.

This brew pours a deep, rich mahogany, rather transparent, with a light tan finger and a half of thick, bubbly head that leaves spongy spiderwebs down the glass.

The aroma starts out sticky sweet, with tons of malts and caramel notes. Then the hops hit you! Very piny and floral, with pleasant touches of grapefruit and citrus.

The taste is nice and bitter on the front of the tongue, moving then to rather woodsy hop oils and bits of sweet citrus. Just before the finish you get some of the sweet malts, adding nicely to the balance, before finishing with a lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol is there slightly, but thers' plenty enough going on here to not notice.

The feel is solid medium in body, very smooth, almost velvety, with a nice median carbonation level.

Very good drinkability.

Overall, another very good Stone brew. This one should be interesting with some age on it.

12-02-2010 01:53:21 | More by EgadBananas
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Live review of the 22 oz.
A: Clear cherry wood with a nice one-finger cream head that died to a big collar and thick film with lacing.
S: Creamy mild booze and biscuit with a slight oak that comes off like vanilla bourbon. This smells enticing, but subtle.
T: Very smooth earthy oak with a bourbon vanilla alcohol character. This is a real bastard... not really like any of its parents. The creaminess is unsettling good, with an earthy piney hops finish.
M: Creamy all the way, with a bitter dry alcohol finish that lingers.
D: Awesome.

This is a great beer, even for those that don't like the bastards.

01-21-2011 02:33:47 | More by ne0m00re
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A- Red with some haze and a creamy off-white cap. Good size and retention. Some thicker lace.

S- Huge aroma of oak, pine, dark fruit and citrus.

T- Like a bigger, stronger version of Oaked AB. Big on the oak. Pine and citrus big from the hops. Dark fruit and caramel malt. Some alcoholic edge.

MF- Moderate body and carbonation. Warm palate and big bitter finish.

DB- I like how this worked out. I always was impressed by Oaked AB's small size and how flavorful it is. This packs Double Bastard's strength with some good oak.

12-18-2010 02:22:45 | More by cbutova
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a tarnished copper color, clear with yellowy white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is delicious combination of aggressive pacific coast hops (pine and grapefruit) and balanced sweetness (Carmel, bread, brown sugar). This really brings the components together nicely. Aggressive pine and grapefruit as noted in Arrogant Bastard, full notes of Carmel, brown sugar and bread that is not overly sweet from the Double Bastard and a smoothed out bitterness from the Oak Aged. Fuller side of medium bodied, doesn't appear as heavy as others in it's series. A very nice blended beer where each of it's parts add up perfectly.

01-20-2011 18:38:12 | More by rfgetz
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bomber. Pours an orangey brown color with a medium-sized frothy head. Tons of sticky lacing. Hell of an aroma. Mostly hops and citrus but some oak as well. Taste is of big hops, orange, and oak. This beer packs a lot of flavor. I must say I am impressed by this Bastard. It is disappointing that this is a one time brew, but I'll be grabbing some to age. This is a really good beer and it certainly has characteristics of the 3 types of Bastard used to make it. Well done, Stone.

12-06-2010 07:32:38 | More by PicoPapa
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours lightly hazy red-brown with a thick cap of dense yellowy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. yup, this smells like stone. caramel and light toffee. grapefruit and pine. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

taste is good. resiny pine and grapefruit. orange and tangerine. light alcohol. medium-high bitterness level. bit of raw oak and vanilla. caramel and light toffee. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a neat blend of the bastards, with each of them showing itself but none really overpowering. good stuff!

02-04-2011 18:00:01 | More by grub
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HeyItsChili

China

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours amber with golden highlights and a thin, creamy light khaki head.

S - Nose tinglingly hoppy aroma, white pepper, yeasty sweetness.

T - Excellent and very flavorful. Quite bitter, piny and grapefruit hops, sweet citrus fruit, and slightly alcoholic finish.

M - Light-medium bodied.

02-20-2011 03:34:40 | More by HeyItsChili
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JayQue

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Good One!!! I like all the "bastids" and the blended one is good too. Pours a clear reddish color with a good size frothy off white head and good lacing. Smell is caramel malts and citrus hops...both aromas pronounced and overall very nice.

Big flavor, worthy of the Arrogant Bastard tradition. I was surprised at how much the woody/oak flavor came through. The beer starts out with a quick blast of citrus hops, muted by a big rich caramel malt flavor and hops again at the end. The oak flavor pretty much stays throughout. It drinks kind of like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is rich. The heavy duty hoppiness adds crispness. Pretty tame as far as the alcohol presence is concerned. Goes down very nice and smooth. A very good beer that I will drink again (I bought two bottles)!!!

01-30-2011 19:03:05 | More by JayQue
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FosterJM

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

112th review
Bottle to Pint

App- A dark dark amber with a one finger off white head that didn't last long. A dark to light color in the glass. It was a pretty sight.

Smell- A super rich hop profile with a spicy note to it. It has a lot of profiles on the nose.

Drink- This is very tasty. I love the combination they came up with. The ratios were spot on. For me the smell followed the nose. A super hoppy combination with a very nice aftertaste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a medium carbonation created a wet, lush flavorful and powerul feel.

Drink- I think Stone did a good job with this. There were a million things that could've gone wrong a a million more people could've complained about this one. A very nice special release that I think will make hard core BA's and regular folk happy.

12-16-2010 04:58:58 | More by FosterJM
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roodie

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

My first review

Poured from bomber into Bruery tulip at ~ 50 degrees

A: pours amber with a thin off white/straw colored head with low retention. fine bubbles. minimal lacing.

S: very fragrant, sweet and hoppy, hints of vanilla

T: hoppy with a hint of caramel, fruity aftertaste that I can't quite name

F: smooth sipping, medium carbonation, flavor lingers at the base of your tongue between sips

D: very drinkable, hides it's ABV very well, could drink several pints before realizing it's potency. A beer I'd seek out again!

11-29-2010 02:59:55 | More by roodie
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

We pour this brew into our snifters, and what appears is a brooding liquid of deep cherry wood. It holds a one finger eggshell colored head that dissipates quickly into bubbly clumps around the top of the glass. Rays of lacing are left as it goes. Clarity is opaque, hindered most by the dark coloring. No sediment is noted, and only a handful of streams of carbonation are visible. The nose is rich with sweetness. It is actually very similar to that of a doppelbock, with dark roasty malts, cooked brown sugar, buttery diacetyls, and molasses. Faint oak barreling is present, from that aspect of the blend, and there is an overall earthiness, lent from the minimal hop aromas. Brewer’s yeast and clean, caramel malts make up the remainder of the scent. As we sip, sweet and buttery diacetyls crash up front. Are you sure this isn’t a doppelbock?! There is a decent roasty character, and the oak barreling becomes apparent quickly. The latter produces a bittering effect, with help from the earthy hops used. Through the middle we get a sweetened bitterness from molasses, along with the first traces of booze, which become heavier as the tasting wears on. This alcoholic character enhances though the finish and sweetened caramel malts come through, while the oak action comes in even more strongly than in the start. The aftertaste breathes of burnt caramel, peppery booze, and warmed wood plank. The body is thicker, and the carbonation is towards the lower end. This beer warms the drinker nicely, and is relatively heavy handed. The mouth is coated with sugary sweetness, at first, but then is quickly dried by the oak, with a boozy, woody, and earthy astringency. The abv is within range, and this one is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this beer was how much contrast there was, even within it, from the start to the finish. You begin with a sickly sweet, roasty drink, and are left with a woody, boozy flavoring, and a bone dry mouth. The blending is also expertly balanced, as none of the components readily outweigh any of the others.

04-29-2011 02:47:38 | More by TheBrewo
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.