Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Now this is a New Beer Sunday beer.
The body is a deep amber, looks more like Oaked Arrogant than the other 2. Thin khaki head.
I get alot of Arrogant Bastard on the nose. Strong caramel and toffee notes (probably from Double Bastard). I surprisingly get alot of pineapple and grassy aromas. Other faint citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, and starfruit come in faintly. Very balanced and nice.
Lots of grassy, lemony hops. The hops that come one remind me ALOT of 16th Anniversary from Stone. Light slick lemons and lemongrass as well. Toffee and caramel are more in the background than I expected, and its more drinkable than you would expect.
It drinks extremely well. The slick hops make what would be a super sweet beer very balanced. I like it.
11-18-2012 19:32:09 | More by VncentLIFE
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
2012 bottling. Poured from an arrogant bottle into an unworthy New Belgium snifter. This lucky bastard of a beer pours clear with a beautiful reddish amber color, a nice rocky head, and bubbles streaming up the center of the glass. Nice nose with a good mix of caramel malt tones, sticky, sappy hops, and a hint of vanilla.
Full body and really creamy feel on this bastard. Flavor-wise, this is one complex bastard. I swear I can taste all 3 of the Bastards in this bastard. I get sweet caramel and oaky, vanilla-like notes in the front of the palate and a nice blast of hops at mid-palate that bring on flavors of oranges and grapefruit. The finish is dry and sustained and has a nice pleasant boozy Double Bastard warmth to it. Those bastards at Stone really know what they're doing.
This bastard makes me proud of the term ``American Strong Ale''. Its blend of somewhat mismatched flavors make it a truly unique bastard. It's like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA with a dash of vanilla tossed in for good measure. Definitely recommended (bastard).
11-18-2012 05:06:02 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
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?
11-17-2012 06:01:15 | More by TheMultiYeast
3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
Presentation: 22 oz brown pop top with quintessential Stone graphics and attitude; best by 1-31-13. Poured into my half-pint Black Sheep chalice.
Appearance: Bright, beautiful amber hue, with a large light tan cap which shows good retention.
Smell: Straight-up dank, herbal hops (Chinooks?). Just a bit of sweet caramel malt underneath, but it's almost completely overwhelmed by the hops.
Taste: Big bitterness (of course), with herbs and a touch of orange pith. The caramel malts are honestly pretty overwhelmed here. The alcohol is definitely there, but it's not overpowring. Not as much of the oaked Bastard as I'd like, but there is a bit of oaky astringency here.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, which really increases the drinkability, but I'd almost like just a bit more in a beer of this size/strength.
Overall: Bold, brash, and ballsy. Pretty much the only way Stone knows how to do it. I like this better than Double Bastard, which I found (even after a year) to be a bit too sharp and unbalanced. This is bolder than Arrogant Bastard, and just slightly rougher. Yet, I have to say I like this almost as well, or as well, as the Oaked Bastard, which might be my favorite of the four. For $6.99, this is something I'd pick up once or twice a year if I had access.
11-17-2012 05:39:41 | More by BedetheVenerable
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured into a goblet.
Pours cola-colored, nearly the same color as the bottle. Nice film of pale white head throughout.
Aroma is a potent mix of caramel and piney, biting hops. There's a touch of sweetness, like M&Ms, as well.
Flavor is a really interesting mix of malts and hops. Caramel and an oak woodiness permeate, but leave a little room for the dry, pine hope flavor to sneak through. The combined flavor is so big, I almost wish this beer was a pie so I could chew it.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and dense, but the finish is just a bit sticky, with wonderful flavors remaining.
Great beer all-around. Sometimes brewers amaze me, especially ones like Stone, who produce these spectacular beers with huge flavors in mass quantities. There's a reason they're one of the best.
11-17-2012 02:43:17 | More by stonermouse
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
22ozer with a standard Stone Brew pint glass
*Notes from Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!! 11/11/12
A: Pours that same deep auburn color as the original with such great clarity to it. Produces a good half finger of persistent khaki foam head. Leaves behind some rings of chunky lace upon the glass.
S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts and dank hops by way of pine, dried herbs, and spicy citrus. Malt imparts some undercurrents of toasted raisin bread. There is a of bit of solventy alcohol vapor coming though as well. Nice aromas overall. Seems much hoppier than the original AB.
T: Hoppy out the gates with waves of pine, orange citrus, and a real danky herbalness. Big time Chinooks here. Toasted biscuit and caramelized sugars stand firm and are complimented nicely by some raisin/plum/fig esters. A slight earthy wood note but not picking up a ton of the Oaked here. There is an upper moderate level of bitterness to the beer that lingers long after the finish. Alcohol is present but not distracting. A real nice blend and a bit more enjoyable than the standard AB for me.
M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall. Delivers a nice moderate physique with slight chewy consistency and even carbonation. Has a nice drying crisp texture in the finish. Some resinous hop linger action.
D: A solid blend of the three Bastard’s. Hoppier than the originally and much more drinkable than the Double. Yet still true to Stone form with the big bold flavors we have come to love in Arrogant Bastard…only slightly more accentuated I would say. Not sure if they dry hop this version but it does seem much hoppier than the original. I can do without the drabble on the side of the bottle…what a bother to decipher.
I would say definitely go for it if you are a fan of the standard.
11-16-2012 19:12:02 | More by Nugganooch
4.13/5 rDev -1%
22oz (2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big sudsy beige head, sticky lace, moderate carb.
Aroma is dank and chewy. Copious sticky resinous hops - fresh citrus and pine.
Taste follows nose. Bitter, hoppy, caramelly. Chewy and sticky pine resin. Lots of bold flavors; classic Stone.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slick with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Overall a well-crafted, balanced American strong ale.
11-16-2012 05:33:46 | More by draheim
3.88/5 rDev -7%
22-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Nov. 15, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) for $6.99 on Nov. 15, 2012). Mahogany reddish brown with 1 ½ fingers of khaki tan head. Good caramel thick retention on the top and good foamy retention on the sides.
Smelled a mix of a bunch of different flavors. Noticed the hops first, seemed to be dates or raisins though. Also got toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. Definitely the best part of the beer.
Tasted a lot different than I expected. Got oaky wood, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates. Grapefruit hops, but not overly strong. Could taste the alcohol though. Pretty bitter on the tongue.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, warm finish. Felt very good after.
A decent beer overall, but I was hoping for more. The taste was a bit much and didn’t really work for me. Just too much going on. Some of my ratings could have gone either way, but I’d try it again.
11-16-2012 05:24:45 | More by BucannonXC5
4.85/5 rDev +16.3%
22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing. Couldn't be any better.
S: Hops, sweet malts, bread, and more hops. Love it!
T: Lots of hops, malts, and the nutty flavors that all the Bastards have. Some vanilla and the oaked flavors shine through as it warms. The best aspects of all three beers involved. Perfectly balanced!
M: Medium to thick bodied with good carbonation. Very smooth.
O: This is about as good as it gets...a perfect Stone brew. Hides the alcohol well and is super easy to drink. The best Bastard yet!
11-16-2012 01:13:11 | More by nUgZ
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.
A: pours brown with hints of ruby, I get a nice finger and a half of slightly tanned head that has excellent retention... Tons of nice lacing... Great looking beer.
S: hops, citrusy and piney hops, a touch of malt, not as sweet of an aroma as I expected, smells nice
T: much like the nose, pleanty of hop deliciousness,for the malts I get a bit of caramel and toffe and a light touch of oak... Very well balanced and delicious.
M: on the heavy side of moderate with a nice creamy carbonation that accents the hop bite and keeps this beer from being to syrupy... Nice lush mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.
O: this is my favorite variation of arrogant bastard, when balanced together it is like they cancel each others negatives and strengthen the positives, a great blend of a great brew... Love it.
11-16-2012 00:32:55 | More by PeterIngemi
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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