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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,408
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 435 | FT: 9
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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Reviews: 759 | Hads: 2,408
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a orangish copper color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Citrus hops and booze

T: Starts out with caramel, goes to big citrus hops and booze, finish is a great amount of bitter hops

M: Medium body, bitter, booze

D: Alright

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Most noticeable on the nose is a Stone classic hop blend. Not overly dank it's a more balanced profile of herbal and resiny notes.

The flavor is far more hop forward, as this is a Strong Ale. A bit of malt supports the backdrop but a herbal, floral hop sets bravely at the forefront. This is very good but simply doesn't distinguish itself from the rest of Stones repertoire

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Photo of artruism
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown Sugar nose with caramel color and nice head and lacing.

Tastes extremely sweet and light with slight pepperiness from the hops, It's light on carbonation and heavy on malts.

Very drinkable, but not the most AMAZING thing I've ever had, which is what I hear alot of people say about Stone. I thought this was simply a good beer.

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Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amberish brown with a really thick, dense head.

S-Really dank pine, orange, grapefruit, pineapple some light notes of alcohol and some caramel.

T-Really big on the grapefruit and pine from the nose with an almost spicy, lingering bitter note on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a slickness with a drying finish.

D-A pretty solid beer and one that I'm glad I got to try. The spicy bitter note was a little much for me personally, but I could see how many people would enjoy it.

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Photo of Beernf
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo in Santa Monica, CA.

Cracked this at a party with several beer drinking friends. It quickly erased all memories of beer ingested prior to it because of an intense nose, super boozy flavor and a warming sensation in the gut the more it was consumed. Seriously, this is beer to get you drunk and it makes no bones about it. Looks like alcohol, smells like alcohol and definitely tastes like alcohol. However, sometimes that's what you want. A strong American barleywine style knockout punch to end a night. Just make sure there is a comfortable bed nearby if you do more than 1 of these.

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Photo of pagriley
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

A - pours mid amber with thick head
S - Pine and citrus hops overpower any sense of oak or malt
T - Citrus and tropical hop flavors with a huge thwack of pine bitterness that overwhelms the finish. Malt backbone is there but not much oak going on that I can detect; hops crushes all else. A bit of alcohol heat which was a surprise for only 8.5%
M - Nice creamy malts support the hops

O - Nice beer, and a decent price as a bomber (6 or 6.50 I think). Nice to try, but nothing I would feel the need to revisit in a hurry.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Nice medium-dark amber in appearance with a decent half inch off white head.

The smell is very very hoppy. No malt sweetness is detected. The hop aromas are full of tropical fruit flavor and a hint of orange.

Nice taste that reminds me immediately of the oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard in the balance of hops and malt. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance out the hop flavor. I get a lot of melon flavor from the hops. It's enjoyable, but not the greatest thing ever.

The mouthfeel is nice and sparkling; not too aggressive. This could either be a sipper or a quick drinker, depending on the mood. I actually like it a lot.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass, the Luckiest of the Bastards pours a goldenrod amber. Clear and with a wisp of foam atop this brew, offering a hint of oak after the initial pour. Oak notes diminish as the beer settles.

Nose is intriguing as the rich complexities of Double Bastard lay down the law, yet they don't overwhelm as they would normally do so. A wooden caramel sweetness exudes throughout and offers a nice balance. Earthen hops are abundant.

Flavor is a bit smoky in fact, otherwise following the nose with some caramel and some ruddy alcohol notes. Oak is light but present and offers a pleasant distraction yet does not overwhelm by any means. A touch vinous on the finish when the carbonation settles down.

An interesting contraption of beers that truly reminds me more of your standard Bastard than anything else. There is a hint of oak but it is rather subtle. Overall a good marketing ploy but not worth the effort.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured dark with a ruby hue. Some yeast like speckles on the initial pour but settles down clear. Ample off white head that dwindled slowly to a nice ring and cap. Excellent retention and good legs. Nose is inviting bitter hops, grapefruit with sweet malt underneath. Oaked presence off the nose and a little pine. Hops are softer on the nose than on the palate. Slick, resiny, long finish but slightly wet with a bitter aftertaste. Body is medium heavy, a touch imbalanced, and favors the sweet aspect of the malt and citrus despite the abundance of bitterness. It’s an agreeable contradiction though at 8.5 ABV.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish body - almost coppery. The head is thick and fluffy and sticks around for a few minutes but remains in a quarter-shaped circle among the middle of the top layer of the brew. The lacing on the glass remains present throughout the drink.

S: Wofts a strong hoppiness, with some caramely maltiness, piney, and some underlying smells of oak.

T: Strong malty taste, finishing with loads of hops. A good amount of bitterness that lingers after swallowing. I don't get a lot of oakiness, which is somewhat disappointing, but the balance of bitterness and hops combined with malty sweetness tastes really good.

M: This is actually a much lighter bodied beer than I was expecting. I'd say medium-bodied, but I enjoy that it is pretty creamy, and it is very drinkable.

O: Very happy to have this one. It's so complex that every drink almost tastes completely different. The first few sips I didnt get any oak flavor and then it comes out as it warms a bit. It is the kind of beer that you don't realize has a high ABV because of how easily it goes down.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stone branded pairing glass (short stemmed goblet)

Pours amber with golden highlights capped by a light beige one and a half finger head. Great retention with a fair amount of splotchy lacing. Toffee, citric hops, and some underlying toasted oak on the nose. Fairly complex, caramel joined by orange rind, charred oak, burnt toast, toffee, bitter grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth and silky with moderate carbonation. A successful blend of all of Stone's infamous "Bastard" brews.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of lemon and pine with a little mango and grain.
The taste is a great blend of lemon, pine and grapefruit bitter with mild caramel and malty sweetness.
The texture is quite soft and nice.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucky bastard review
L= dark caramel tan with a mildly thick creamy head sticky lacing
S= Smells of toasty malt and grain
T= nice dose of bitter hops with a good malt balance and a medium hop finish. I thought it was a bit milder than I was expecting given most of my previous Stones experiences.
M= medium mouthfeel
D= I had a 22 and could easily knock off a couple more. 8.5% wasn't a problem and not that noticeable. If I see more of this I will buy it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear copper-amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: Smells intensely hoppy, much like Arrogant Bastard. Lots of piney and citrus peel hop notes which are quite pleasant. Follows with caramel and brown sugar and apples.

T: The flavor is really nothing like the aroma. The hoppiness is not really there other than a bit of bitterness. There is an intensely sweet flavor that is almost like candied apples. A touch of alcohol is present as well. Maybe just a bit oxidized as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: The smell of this was really great, but the flavor was sort of weird. A bit too sweet and appley for my tastes. But, an interesting enough to keep me coming back.

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Photo of BRadPhotography
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint glass

A: medium body, small tight head

S: piny, hoppy, thick malts, citrus sharpness

T: smooth, piny hops bitter kick, big flavor

M: medium weight, carbonated smooth glide, hoppy, piny bitter, bright

O: If you like the others this is a good hoppy bitter kick with the same family taste.

one bottle consumed :-)

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a see through, reddish amber with a one finger light tan head. Medium patchy lacing throughout.

S- Some sweet malt, but not too sweet. Citrusy. Hint of grapefruit. Hops. Bitter pine.

T- Semisweet malt to start. Bitter pine, hops at the end.

M- Medium carbonation. Slightly oily, but not sticky. Somewhat dry finish.

O- Sat on this for 7 months. Will try again.
Like it....but do not love it. Somewhat potent.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Leaves some lace. Color is a bronze amber brown.

Aroma: Oak and vanilla sweetness. Pretty hoppy with floral notes. Caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Fairly sweet and hoppy. A lot of oak and vanilla. Floral with citrus notes. Caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, a decent beer. Better than I anticipated it to be. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a finger of head, decent retention and lacing.

Totally hop forward..evergreen, some citrus, some sweet grains in the back for balance.

Big bitterness throughout, oily hops, overwhelming pine, long dry bitter finish.

Medium bodied, dry.

Good but too much going on. Why complicate things by blending bastards?

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Photo of cpmichael
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours reddish brown. minimal head retention

S: Has a floral/fruity complex mix with hops. A hint of grapefruit, maybe orange as well.

T: A piny grapefruit character hits the palate first. Followed by the presence of hops. A little on the bitty side.

M: A beer that bits your tongue off the start. A tongue twister.

D: Good and complex, markedly smoother and more drinkable than the others in the series..

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of an amber-brown body with perfect clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - A rich, barleywine like combination of malt and hops with notes of caramel, mustard, rosemary, oak, and pine.

T - Dark caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front with some peppery hops. The caramel character becomes a bit burnt in the middle with swelling bitterness and some pine notes. The beer finishes with lots of mustard, pine, and burnt caramel as well as a tannic oak note that lingers on the palate. Huge hop bitterness washes away any residual sugar that might be left once the beer is gone.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is about what I would expect from a blend of the various bastards. The hops are crushingly bitter and full of peppery pine flavor that works with the dark malt to give off a mustardy barleywine character. It is a bit on the harsh size in the aftertaste with both acrid bitterness and some tannic oak notes. An interesting beer, but when it comes to Stone's beer, I still much prefer the beers that don't come with bastard in the name.

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Photo of bsp77
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich mahogany with moderate tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Caramel, citrus and pine. Some oak and spiciness. Not as intense as expected.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel core, with layers of citrus and pine. Finish is moderately bitter, with just a hint of oak.

Feel: Medium to full creamy body with a dry finish.

Overall: In my opinion, it is not as good as the sum of its parts. All of the flavors of the three base beers seem to be muting each other, and I am just left with a very good, but not distinctive, Strong Red Ale. Still really like it, but would rather have an Arrogant Bastard or Double Bastard.

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%

The beer comes in a rich dark ruby color.

The aroma is caramel sweetness, with an amalgamation of hops from grapefruit, hints of tropical nectar, resinous pine, and garlic.

The flavor follows with lots of sweetness up front of candy and sugar. Then onto sweet dried grapefruit peel, touches of tropical, then onto an aggressive bitterness.

The beer is just very sweet and bitter. It drinks well otherwise, but those are huge detractors for the brew.

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Photo of almostjay
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR. I always feel weird ordering Californian beers in Portland, but I had to try this when it was available. Not my favorite style, but certainly a good beer to warm the belly on a chilly night. More memorable than Arrogant Bastard for me, but would like to do a side by side.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega.

A- This beer is a deep copper, cherry wood red with a decent haze to it.

S- Its nicely blended in the aroma. Sweeter things like vanilla, caramel and toffee interweave with aromas of typical Bastard hops, grass, lemon, pineapple and lots of pine. It has a potent, complex smell that approaches barleywine territory. But hey, thats what these Bastards are all about.

T- Its strong like Double Bastard, but better. Nice vanilla, oak and caramel with a healthy dose of bittering and fruity hops. Its battles back and forth between smooth, velvety, malty and intimidatingly hoppy. It keeps you on your toes.

A prediction: collaborations are on their way out and blends of flagships like this are going to be all the rage in 2011.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 8.5% abv. Pours a clear lighter chestnut color. Maybe a deep amber with some lighter edges. Thick beige head holds pretty well for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer. Nice patches of surround the sides of the glass.

Hops seem to come to the forefront. Big juicy grapefruit and other citrus fruits, along with some sharp piney notes. Other ripe fruity notes like apricot come through. Toffee and caramel malty notes. A hint of aspirin.

Starts with a sturdy malt backbone, but quickly moves to hop bitterness and drying tannins. Flavor is not as juicy as the nose indicates. Bitterness is a bit more herbal. Finishes bone dry.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Some warming alcohol. I enjoyed the nose, but the dryness took away from things a bit.

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.