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: 133
Gots: 426 | FT: 10
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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:
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 ncaudle
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours a beautiful reddish/brown color with thick cream colored head leaving a nice, albeit slight, lacing.

I love the fragrant aromas of the hops. I can't pick out all of them individually... floral, citrus with just a slight pine backbone. a little bit of the oak comes through as well.

spiceness and some more oak along with some malt sweetness. the blend leaves a nice balance with the bitterness. very smooth.

maybe just on the higher end of the thickness spectrum but still good.

wish I could get this year round...

Photo of chumba526
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at my sister's wedding with a guy named Andy. The following are taken from notes and the beer was drunk before I started pounding down glasses of Sierra Nevada pale ale.

It appears dark brown with a sizable light brown head.

It smells a bit of citrusy, grassy and pine like hops. There is a nice mild caramel sweetness as well. I also get a bit of a woody smell as well.

The taste initially is dominated by a complex hop flavor. I get some mild citrus quality from the hops a nice grassy pine flavor from the hops and of course bitterness from the hops. The powerful hop flavor is dominated by a nice caramel flavor. There is a great strong oaky flavor that leaves a nice woody and vanilla like taste on the palate. Really good they blended this beer perfectly and got the best elements of all three of the bastards.

The carbonation is moderate. It has a nice mouth feel.

The drinkability for the size of this beer is not bad, but this is not the kind of beer you drink all night.

Overall a fantastic beer. I feel lukcy for being able to pick up a bomber of this. Stone did a fantastic job blending the three bastards.

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red with a full orange-white head, solid lace, very good retention.

S: Smells like Arrogant Bastard.

T: Lots of crystal malt, has some oomph. Like a less hoppy version of Double Bastard to me. Has that oak smoothness from OAB which I liked a lot.

M: Medium-full bodied, strong, smooth, light hint of ethanol. Very light carbonation works great here.

D: A tad too easy to drink like Oaked Double Bastard. It's the smoothness that does it. Full of Stone house character, really good beer. I'd have thought this'd last until the start of Brewmasters at 10, I guess not.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Rose and Crown.

Crimson hued, dark but fairly clear. The off-white head is small but lasting.

Deep caramel and pine aromas hit the nose first. There are subtleties of wafer cookie, peppermint and vanilla.

The palate is about what I'd expect from a blend of the 3 Bastards: deep caramel malts, a little sugar cookie, vanilla, astringent oak and abrasive, resiny hops. Medium bodied, pretty quaffable for what it is. A great beer.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a cloudy tan, like the color of iced tea. Has a minimal, soapy head that clings like a ring around the rim.

Has a yeasty, bready smell, with grape, currant and burnt sugar. The fruity aroma is quite pleasing.

Bitterly bitter, this beer is a 72 year old virgin who was just laid off for the 37th time and is living in his 2nd cousin's rat infested basement. Slightly sweet, somewhat fruity, the bitterness of this awesome ale allows full flavor before leveling your mouth to the floor with awesome bitter.

Medium to full bodied, this brew leaves your tongue feeling dry and your throat spiced.

Stone's Bastard series is always a good bet for a tasty beer, and this one does not disappoint. While excellent, I'm not seeing much difference between this and their regular Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a bit and recedes to some ok lacing.

The smell is nice but I expected more. It is sweeter than I expected with a nice resinous hop smell with both citrus and pine. The malt is rather caramally and a hint of alcohol can be whiffed.

The flavor comes across better to me than the smell. It has that nice hop kick with a big long hit of bitterness. The sweetness comes through to provide a bit of balance, but it isn't as prevalent in the taste as it was in the smell. There is also a nice woodiness. This one is so delicious but I would take both the Double and the Oaked over it.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both perfect. It is a very nice beer.

Photo of stylinprofiylin
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber color with a tan head. surprisingly clear. i thought the double bastard would cloud it a little. it looks quite pleasant.

S - fantastic sweet pleasant notes. this is where the arrogant bastard thrives. i can feel it beginning to engulf my palate through my nose.

T - a lot of taste notes from the oaked arrogant. only problem for me is the initial taste doesnt seem quite all there. but i love the piney bitterness. prolly from the double.

M - bitterness sticks but its quite pleasant. i love how long the oak stays, its quite the warm teddybear feeling.

D - surprisingly easy to drink but didnt get much of the double bastard in it.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich mahogany, deep amber brown. Lots of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. The way a good brew should look.

S - Brown sugar, cinnamon. Finishes with a nice alcohol presence.

T - Wow, tasty! Huge sweet malty backbone up front, finishing with a nice bitter kick. Brown sugar, molasses.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - If you like the Bastard, you need to try this one. This might be the peak of the Bastard series. Very well balanced and damn tasty.

Photo of stevenseg
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone, the nationally acclaimed Escondido, California based brewery, combines three of its heavy hitting Bastard ales (Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard) in its Lucky Bastard, a "slef trbitue to 13 yaers of arorgnace" commemorative brew.

Having had each of these beers and being a big fan of all three, I am expecting a great experience with the best of all three beers...the perfect hop balance of Arrogant Bastard, the over-the-top malt and body of the Double, and the zingy tang of the Oaked version...melding together in perfect harmony.

Upon pour, the consistency more mirrors the thinner Bastard ales than the Double version,which would stand to reason given the ratio. The beer sits calmly with its perfect amber hue and thin tan film of lacing, seemingly perfectly carbonated. I can smell the malt from 3 feet away.

Speaking of smell, the hop character typical of best coast ales dominates with a subtle hint of maltiness. In fact there might be more hop character in Lucky than the other three Bastards. Not much oak characteristic comes through.

Now for the best part. I do believe that there is a bit more hop character in this brew, which is actually very pleasant given the huge malt character in the Double version. The late boil flowers punch up front and the early added bitters hang for a few seconds afterward. I can't detect much oak at all. It's supposed to be subtle in the Oaked Bastard variety, so imagine how subtle it will be in a 1:3 ratio with its powerful sisters flanking it. Either way, Lucky maintains that balance of hops and malt that makes the Bastard lines so great.

I love subtle carbonation, and Stone hits it head on with Lucky. I'm estimating a 2.2 vol carbonation rate, which is at the low end for American ales, but perfect considering its body. The body, by the way is just how Bastard should be. Double is almost too thick, but paired with the other two, it adds just the right element.

Besides being a superior 8.5 ABV beer and requiring restraint, Lucky Bastard is exceptionally drinkable. Put it this way: I hardly ever order the same beer twice, but I have had many a Bastard. I AM glad, though, that Stone produces each separately (and should all year round) because I like each element on its own.

An anniversary Bastard is a great idea though...and it's my pleasure to add Lucky to the Beer Advocate domain. Can I please enjoy the rest of my beer now?

Photo of OStrungT
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky orangish brown color with a thick, fluffy light tan head. the head fades ever so slowly, leaving a good lace.

This beer is dominated by a piney hop aroma. I can detect some caramel malty notes in the background. Grapefruit is also mildly present.

This beer has a piney and grapefruity flavor. Some subtle malt flavor mixes in. It has a sweet caramel flavor also.

This beer is full bodied. It is carbonated to perfection. It leaves a piney taste. The alcohol warms ever so slightly on the way down.

This beer might not make the best session beer. The alcohol content is a bit high, and although it tastes great, the aggressive flavor may become cloying after a while.

Overall: This beer is great. It is like the best of all the Bastards all mixed together.

Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It may have all started with one beer; the Arrogant Bastard - a strong American Pale Ale that throws caution to the wind and plainly exclaims to you on the back of the bottle (in 3 or 4 long paragraphs) that you probably aren't worthy of the beer that you are holding. This approach made sense in 1997 when the Bastard came out, and craft beer was barely known at all. Now though it has turned into a cult, and The Arrogant Bastard is one of the Best Selling American Pale Ales on the planet. So what is the Lucky Bastard? It is the 4th in a long line of Bastard Ales, and I'd put money on betting that it is not the last.

After the Original 8.5% Arrogant Bastard came the Double Bastard at 10.5%, and then the Oaked Bastard (7.2%) not long ago. The Double Bastard may have eclipsed the Arrogant, but to me the Oaked fell short, and just didn't work well with the style. Lucky for us though, this most recent version of the Bastard takes the best aspects of all three ales and combines them into 1 outstanding beer. The Lucky Bastard is therefore a combination of the Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard. If you get your hands of a bottle of the Lucky Bastard, take a good close read of the back, and see if you find something odd... Every word is spelled inncorectly in a specific style that allows your brain to interpret the words naturally. The first and last letter of each words are correct, but everything in between is jumbled. Did you even notice that the front label is misspelled?...

I opened the Lucky Bastard (8.5% abv, 650ml) up cool around 12C (54F) and poured it into 3 tulip glasses to share with my friends. The pour was smooth and silky in classic Stone fashion building a golden red beer with a thickly packed mound of bubbles. What was built was stupendous - sitting on the table the beer glowed a dark amber bronze, gleaming with copper, mahogany, royal red and sheer metallic chrome. The head was lush and large filling almost half the glass about 2 to 3 inches above the beer. Carbonation was light all the way up forming a tan brown colored smooth, mouse-like, and creamy cap. When held into the light this beer showed a totally transparent body that was among the richest ruby colors I have ever seen in beer - this is absolutely the best looking Bastard yet.

The nose on the Lucky Bastard is also my favorite yet - it is malty-rich first with a quick shot of sweet oak. Generous candy-like caramel and light toffee dance easily across my senses, and warm biscuit malts melt perfectly with pale malt and crisp fruit. Hops aren't shy either though. While the malt backbone of this beer leans towards the Double Bastard the fresh and clean flavors in pine, citrus and zest shine through reminiscent to the Arrogant Bastard. Grapefruit lingers from end to end, and cleans the way for a sweet candied oak witch it much fresher here than in the Oaked Bastard.

The first sips to the last all mimic the nose quite well, but bring forward greater intensity, and show off a masterful mouthfeel. A silky and lightly oil stricken beer glides easily over your palate bringing smooth waves of malty sugar and caramel. It is big and robust with a toffee sweetness, but a crisp overall sensation. This is made possible clearly due to the crisp west coast hopping which is apparent from end to end.

Citrus leans in and cleans your palate starting on your tongue and waving into your cheeks. Grapefruit zest touches lemon a bit, but hinges towards pine and earth. It is a genuinely smooth and delicious hop flavor which is bigger in hop flavors and aroma than it is in bitterness. Don't be mistaken though, bitter comes though in dryness and resin - and rightfully so, or else this beer would end up to be cloyingly thick and sweet.

The overarching flavor here that makes this beer to me is a sweet oak that lingers lightly throughout the entire drink. It is less distinct and powerful than any of the malts or hops, but is present the whole time, and adds a great deal of depth and character to this American Pale Ale. The finish is sweet at first, but bitteringly dry at the end. This is probably my favorite of the Bastards now, however I would drink the Arrogant the majority of the time for its simple, but perfect refreshing characteristics. Hopefully the Lucky Bastard will be around for a long time, and I can see it matching so well with creamy and old cheeses, as well as rich pastas or game. I can't wait to taste all 4 Bastards side by side. Well done guys!

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/12/11/tasting-the-stone-lucky-bastard/

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by date of January 31, 2013. I chose to hang onto it longer.

A: Murky red-brown color with tawny hues. Creamy sand-colored head stands at a finger and a half initially, but eventually settles. Lacing is spotty.

S: Bready, toasted crust. Hints of golden raisin. Pleasing oak backing, slight vanilla pull. Semi-assertive herbal and piney hops shifts into tropical citrus notes of lemon and tangerine.

T: Very smooth malt tastes of creamed cereal grains, toffee, and bread crust. hints of golden raisin. Seasoned oak owns the mid palate with a drying woody vanilla pull. Hops add a charge of resiny bitterness toward the end, but it's mellowed and smoothed into the rest of the flavor profile quite seamlessly. Playful citrus notes and a touch of marmalade toward the back end. Long finish of hop spice, drying wood, and bread crust.

M: The body thick and filling, but not weighty. It has a whipped airy quality that allows it to glide over the palate. Ridiculous smoothness. Low carbonation. Stellar.

O: I like Arrogant Bastard, I really like Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and I love Double Bastard. What happens when you blend the three? Somehow something even better than the sum of its parts emerges. This beer is the definition of smooth. The flavors blend together seamlessly, the balance is perfect, and it's heavenly in the mouth. This instantly became a favorite of mine.

Photo of tewaris
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Slef Trbitue to 13 Yaers of Arorgnace
Poured into a Lucifer snifter. Had with regular AB, OAB and DB in this order:
AB --> OAB --> Lukcy --> DB

Appearance 5/5
Dark ruby, rust brown colored, and slightly hazy with a big and creamy brown head with good head retention and kickass lacing.

Aroma 4.5/5
This one sure is aggressively dry hopped, to the extent that other Bastards that are no short of hops seem pale against this one. The aroma has the most intense herbal and leafy character from dry hopping. Very fresh smelling, and un-bastardly to be frank. My only complaint is the complete dominance of hops on caramel and oak.

Taste 4/5
Strangely light and fruity taste, perhaps because the palate is conditioned to hop assault by now, but most likely because of the freshness introduced by intense dry hopping combined with the dark caramel sweetness. Yes, the sweetness of malts finally shows up among the group and it's not surprising that it's coming from Double Bastard. However, oak still seems absent.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Body is certainly bigger than AB and OAB. Low carbonation, or perceived so because of higher temperature. Clean finish with a long lasting bitterness and hop flavor.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good.

Other
This is Bastard & a half if you ask me! I can't tell if I'd like to age this one because the hop character will fade, but it's a shame that oakiness is completely shadowed in this version.

Photo of JRed
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful blood red body with a large off-white head. Hops, earth, spices, toast, and molasses in the nose. Malty, toffee, earth, spices, hops, a dry finish. This beer packs major flavor and is still amiable on the palate throughout. Thick in mouthfeel. A wonderful maltbomb with hop presence.

Photo of samtrillo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Nose hit me the hops first. Piney and citrusy. Followed by the rich malt presence and some oak.

The taste is bitter and deep caramel malt upfront. Def citrus and grapefruit hoppiness in there. It's hard to discern the hop profile because it's masked behind a richer darker malt base than I'm used to for this amount of hops. American Strong Ale, or American Brown IPA. Blurring genres once again is Stone.

I'm also getting vanilla Dr. Pepper in the taste, but obviously a bitter version. Seriously, It's kinda like adult Dr. Pepper for me right now and that's awesome. And the times when Dr. Pepper tastes more fruity and less just viscous sweet, you know?

Anyway, It's an awesome beer. So far my favorite of the Stone 4pk. On to the BBA>>

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mirky brown wiith a slight reddish tint. Solid 1-2 finger thick frothy tan head. Short to Medium retention and moderate lacing. Noticeable light sediment througout.

Nice sweetness on the nose with notes of dark fruit, candy sugar, dates, figs, caramel and rich malt

Great full rich flavor that has real nice balance. Great sweetness up front with similar nose notes. Dark fruits and rich malt. Hop notes peek through towards the end and more as the beer warms a little. Nice Hop notes are like a pinesap-orange peel.

Good carbonation, full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and a little tacky.

Overall I Love this beer. I had this when it first was released and loved it then. Trying it now, I Love it still but think it's good to go. Any more aging and the hop character will be gone and the sweet maltiness will dominate. So if you have one, don't sit on it much longer.

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You are truly lucky if you happen to find this exceptional IPA on draft. Smooth and strong with a great tasting hop bitterness that lingers on the palate

Photo of Quyzi
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Deep ruby color with nice tan head that disappears quickly. Smells like hops. A lot of hops. Tastes like hops with a bit of barrel aging and some nice maltiness. Very nice beer.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a sinfter to a sinister looking deep red with a finger and a half of off white head that retains well
S: smells of pine and citrus hops with a bit of caramel and slight spice and fruity alcohol
T: softer than the smell let on. more oaky and woody with some slightly toasted malt and caramel with some earthy and piney hops. a bit of grapefruit comes in as well but it's very soft and refined. a nice sweetness to it and some very refined hop flavor. swallow is a huge wave of oily hop goodness that lingers for some time and slowly fades to show some residual sweetness
M: medium to full that is fairly smooth with adequate carbonation. kinda drying but also kinda juicy
O: this is a great version of an old favorite. It has great flavors and complexity, a killer nose, and it drinks very smooth. Another hit from Stone and I'm glad it came back around.

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada etched tulip pint. A heavy pour created a huge head. A huge creamy tan head was irregular and left a lattice of lacing. The body was a rich leather amber color.

The smell was citrus and piney hops. Chocolate covered cherries appeared as it warmed. Woody notes. Interesting.

The taste was sweet and strong. Alcohol was apparent yet tempered with a well balanced combination of leafy hops as woody malts. Rich and fruity with a drying finish. Very drinkable. A nice blend.

The mouthfeel was smooth and medium density. Understated carbonation. Nice all around.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - The body is s striking brown-red hue with a thick ivory head on top. Ample lacing graces the side of the glass as the drink is consumed.

S - An onslaught of pine and grapefruit rind. Some caramel maltiness slips in underneath, but are quickly squashed again by the citrus and sap aromas.

T - Aggressive woody pine and resin are the first flavors to hit the palate. Then comes the grapefruit in all its mouth puckering glory. The malt body has pleasant toffee and bread tastes, with a some hints of vanilla, pecans, and earth. The finish is unabashedly bitter and astringent.

M - A damn sappy mouthfeel with a relatively low carbonation. Divine.

O - A hell of a beer. It strikes a perfect balance between the beers blended to make it while still maintaining the over-the-top character of Stone's flagship.

Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper amber with a massive foamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly, leaving great lacing with rings as it went down and foam clinging to the glass; a really good looking beer that keeps a ring of cream around the top after the head settles.

Smells of big hops, with a mix of all hops including floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, dark fruit, herbs, spices like pepper and coriander, booze, caramel, light yeast, wet wheat bread or cracker, toasted grains, sweet bread like French toast and some other faint spices; the hops dominate the nose but this has enough sweet malt, caramel and bready notes to add balance and offset the alcohol. This smells a little like all three of the beers used and is very nice.

Tastes of floral hops, flowers, grass, citrus hops, mango, tangerine, pineapple, piney hops, pine cones, orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, a hint of plum or cherry, herbs, spices like pepper and coriander, booze like rum or a very sweet liquor, caramel, syrup, light yeast, wet wheat bread, cracker, toasted grains, smoked wood chips and some other faint spices, and maybe even some vanilla; there was a lot going on with this flavor, and in typical Stone fashion it pushed the limits but remained very tasty. Big hops, bold flavor, big fun.

Mouthfeel is chewy, heavy and on the weighty side, with a creamy feel, low carbonation, and a sweet bitterness that’s like sucking a grapefruit and then pouring candy into your mouth with a shot of rum; yes this beer is that over the top, and yes it is that way to assault our palates, which to me is why this beer was concocted. I think it’s ornery by design, and it works quite well, leaving just enough of a bitter sweetness to make you want another sip.

Tonight was the third bottle that I drank of Lukcy Basartd Ale this year, and they have all been consistently tasty and enjoyable. Any fan of Stone beers should seek this out as I have immensely enjoyed this brew every time that I popped the cap. A very high recommendation, this was a great beer and another fine strong ale from Stone. Embrace the chaos of Stone brewing and get fkucde pu no shti ebre!

Photo of jlpayne
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent copper-red body. Off-white head slow to build, slow to recede. Minimal carbonation apparent.

S - Big hops complemented by smooth oak. Somewhat sweet. Very impressive.

T - Oh my. Delightful hop profile. The oak rounds the flavor perfectly. Unbelievably well balanced.

M - On the lighter side of creamy. Smooth as butter.

D - Treacherous, as the ABV is well hidden and the beer is damn good. I think I just found my new favorite Stone.

Delicious. Highly recommendable.

Photo of Alfred_Baughman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Really amazing. New to tasting but def worth the buy. Would buy over and over.

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a lucky bastard to have a good buddy who gave me this bottle.

The bottle itself is super awesome and worth keeping. The beer looks like a blend of Arrogant (Double) Bastard and Old Guardian. It is clear, ruddy brown and looks syrupy. The smell is more sweet and malty than regular Bastard. The taste is super duper awesome! I have no idea whether this particular brew was supposed to benefit from aging, but it may well have. The balance of sweet, caramel malt and herbal hops is perfect for my palate. I expected the beer to have more alcohol heat, but it doesn't at all. The taste is hops up front, then lingering brown sugar and bread. I really love it.

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