Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,386
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 134
Gots: 428 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 2,386 | Reviews: 780
Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

Photo of Hurlshot
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

You feel like a lucky bastard when you buy this thing, and it does not disappoint. It is strong, but not an overpowering ale. You can still make out the wonderful mix of flavors., and it continues to taste great until the last swig.

Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, bottled 10/03/14, poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, short lasting lace left behind

S- lots of barleywine-like aromas; notes of piney, citrus, earthy & grassy hops, toasted caramel malt with some doughy aroma to close it out

T- big malty and sweet backbone gives large notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar & fresh brown bread. Hop profile gives notes of pine, orange peel, & earthy/herbal notes. Sweet malty finish with a little bit of leafy hop on the linger

M- thick & viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and chewy mouthfeel, and a silky slightly warming finish

O- a well balanced strong ale that is quite drinkable for 8.5%

Photo of Beastcpa
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Not bad, but the mix of 3 beers is a bit too ambitious and seems to create an almost volcanic eruption of flavors.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a reddish-brown with a two-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of citus, piney hops, and caramel malts.

T - The flavor follows the nose. Upfont there is a strong amount of sweet caramel malts and citrus (orange & grapefruit). The sweetness is cut mid palate by the earthy/piney hops. The finish has some bitter hops, vanilla, and light booziness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is definetly my favorite of the Bastards. The flavors are very well rounded. Very solid beer.

Photo of IronLover
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby red with a heavy garnett orange hue and good clarity. Poured with a thick, rich, light beige foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. An array of  aromas: over ripe citrus orange and pineapple, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, herbal hops, funky yeast, and caramel malt. Medium bodied with lazy, yet incredibly rich carbonation through the middle. Tangy, minty and ripe citrus hop flavors with smooth vanilla. Sweet maltiness throughout. Herbal and citrus hops give way to emerging pine hoppiness from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dry with a slightly subdued lingering pine hop bitterness. The Bastards belong in the their own category.

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Good to see another Stone beer making it back into rotation. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a dark-cooper brown. Murky to say the least, poured out smooth, left behind an impressive 2 inch head that dissipated to just a flutter of foam that continued to leave an impressive and inviting lacing to the bottom.

Smell: First thing that comes to mind upon first aromas is black sugar, molasses, some toffee and a good underlying of lemon zest that comes and goes fairly quickly. Good caramel malts are pretty apparent throughout the whole session.

Taste: First sips and I'm experiencing a pretty heavy rush of zest hops and citrus. Of course upon further inspection and tasting I sense sweet, brown sugar, and some faint piney-like flavors that contribute to the sweet flavors. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, crisp and leaves a somewhat dry-finish on the palate. Goes down decent enough.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I've had good expectations. I really enjoy the limited releases by Stone. This was a really interesting find and I was a little hesitant upon seeing it was a blend of three of arrogant bastard's styles. But everything blended together nice and very balanced. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and would most likely try again. Cheers!

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Notes from 11/7/14

A - 3.5 fingers of off-white, dense head. Great lacing and retention. Ruby body.

S - Caramel malts. A little rotten vegetable . Some citrus and a lot of floral sweetness. Bubble gum.

T - Caramel malt. Mild citrus (orange). Pepper/spice. Medicinal and floral notes in the middle. Finish is slightly bitter with a little alcohol.

M - A little syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish.

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 Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby thin tan head sticky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, oak and citrus peel hops. Not particularly intense.

Flavor: Pine and citrus peel hops, very astringently bitter as per all of the Bastards. Toasty, oaky. Not quite as boozy as Double bastard, but still too boozy for 8.5% ABV in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Super sticky, with a boozy tingle.

Photo of oldmankoch
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle (10/10/2014):
Pours much like the regular Arrogant Bastard in color and clarity, maybe a bit lighter hue. The head pours a bit more and sustains a tad longer. Light auburn red, obvious clarity when held to light, and some lacing. Nose is a bit fruitier than the original, to me. The hops are floral citrus, citrus zest, and have a honey-like sweetness (perhaps reminiscent of tropical fruits) to them that I don't get from the original.

The beer starts off with a light base, a hint of amber ale flavors, but tropical fruit sweetness takes over. I get papaya mainly, but strangely a hint of coconut also. There is a lighter citrus taste, orange or tangerine like, that comes in afterwards and slowly fades to orange peel and maybe a little ruby grapefruit.

The beer when I drank it was lacking a bit of carbonation, but that didn't really hurt the beer. The beer seemed a bit thin, but the flavors bold enough to give almost a medium overall body to the beer. A woody dryness builds up over the beer, not obvious in any particular sip (might also be product of other beers).

I enjoyed this beer. The somewhat sweeter nature of the full taste was a bit surprising. Having reviewed this after having a normal Arrogant Bastard might have skewed my perception slightly. I had trouble discerning whether I liked this better than the BBA version, but I think it's another very small step up over that.

edit: letting the beer warm a bit mellowed out the flavors very nicely.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some how my review got erased or not saved but I'm going to note what I remember and update this if I end up getting it again which I hope I do sometime.

This beer seemed to be much more tame than the double bastard and have more character than the dirty bastard.

Photo of gonzo000
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Ale. Smooth, very smooth for an 8.5 ABV. This Dry hopped bastard boarders on being an IPA - as a friend said he assumed upon tasting it. Nice Brown/amber color with a 2 finger head when poured into a pint glass. Get the hops and several fruit notes on the nose (grapefruit, maybe cherry). The taste is very hoppy, with a smooth finish of some nutty or typical brown characteristics. Again, the beer is smooth with very good body. Lacing is consistent down the glass, lasting well after I finish. Hope I get Lukcy again sometime soon.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Clear dark orangey brown with medium bubbles to the body. Head is off white

Smell: Floral scent. With a lemon skin feel.

Taste: Sour and extra bitter with the rifht blend of wood and citrus.

Mouth: medium to heavy feel with the best stickiness I think I've had. Lingers like a bad cold but very delish.

Overall: I was lucky to even grab two bottles of this at my local retailer and another as a gift. This brew absolutely delivered. Salud!

Photo of HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber, ruby red glass shows excellent clarity and holds a thin cover and thick halo of foam that laces the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy, pine, earthy, mild citric, with a toffee malt base.

Taste: Hops are up front and firm, more citric than the nose, it stays grapefruit while some pine and sugary malt make passing appearances. It's a bit hot with some alcohol in the finish.

Feel: Medium carbonation, light medium body is a bit oily and numbing.

Overall: Tried side by side with an Arrogant Bastard, this is hoppier, and hotter with alcohol than a straight Bastard. There's more base as well, a richer, more toffee, caramel malt sweetness that holds the other flavors up.

Very enjoyable, could see grabbing a few more.

Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep clear brown with a slight ruddy tint. The almost-white head is thin and then disappears to almost nothing. And yet it still leaves nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is woody, with light hints of caramel sweetness and a little floral hops. The taste is delicious, but changes slightly with each sip, with some oaky, some more malt-forward, and others more aggressively hops. It has a nice weight and smooth feel with a big bite at the finish.

Photo of Glennlawless
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks wise is BEAUTIFUL. A deep purplish red ....a touch cloudy.....and a frothy verrrry light brown tannish head. wow. Smell wise I'm getting a lot of carmel malts and pine like hops..woody.earthy hops. Almost a breadyness to it as well. very pungent and hoppy. This beer tastes awesome!!! pine punches up front...some citrus back bone to it as well. not really getting the vanilla that everyone is talking about yet.
mouth feel is very nicely carbonated, just perfect.very enjoyable.

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 Rhaegar18
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

I get a hint of the familiar Bastard taste, behind a flavorful rush of citrusy and piny hops

Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the new bomber variety fourpack, purchased last week. The deliberately misspelled name is cute up to the point where you have to spell it "correctly." Then it's kind of a pain.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half light tan head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Ripe light fruit, mainly pear; then pine resin.

t: An unidentifiable fruity flavor followed by a substantial hop bite. Bitterness and some sourness lingers. High ABV is very well covered, although a bit of throat burn appears later.

m: Light to moderate. Pretty good body, good carbonation tingle.

o: A barleywinish mixture of other Stone brews (I understand) which is refreshing, but the sourness is a bit offputting for me. Any anticipated smokiness or oakiness is masked completely by the fruitiness, almost as though they mixed the brew with fruit cup juice. Which is odd considering it's a mix of three other Stone brews to which I have given higher marks.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep, brilliant and relatively clear copper color with a finger's wdith of sandstone colored head. Fair retention before breaking down to thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Chunks of lace cling to the sides with firm stick.

Smell - Nice citrus bouquet backed by plenty of caramel with faint hints of oak.

Taste - Boing! Starts with notes of caramel and hints of chocolate before quickly giving way to a strong citrus hop punch and a smooth oak undertone. Candied orange hits mid-taste and toward the finish. Hop bitterness reaches it's peak in the finish with a strong grapefruit rind character that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky texture with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - The conglomeration of AB, Oaked AB and DB tastes exactly as imagined; a bastardly blend of those bastard beers! A plethora of depth in flavor that would excite even the most advanced beer drinkers! If you have a Costco near you, go. Go now! The $15 Bastard Box is the steal of the year!

Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: A beautiful clear, amber/ruby color. Fantastic tan head with great lacing.

Nose: Black cherry and some raisin. Pine and citrus. Tiny bit of leather.

Taste: great balance of malt and hops. Hops is right up front on the palate. The oak stays with you until the finish.

Notes: I've loved anything related to Arrogant Bastard. They just haven't messed this one up. Another twist on an old favorite.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very deep amber in color with plenty of notes of brown, but red is the dominant color. A small and off white head forms and retains very well with a nice latticework down the sides of the glass. Really a beautiful looking beer in the glass that would look even nicer with a cigar next to it.

S- A big bang of hops and malt bitterness hit right up front and assault the nostrils. The hops are very piney and moderate to high in the bitterness category, while the malts add a bit of a dulling bitterness quality to the scent. Right after the bitterness from both the hops and the malts, the malt shows off a little bit of caramel sweetness, but just the slightest amount. If you really search, there is a touch of oak in there as well before the bitterness resumes and is the lingering impression of the smell.

T- Starts just like the scent with some assertive piney hops bitterness right up front. The hops again combine with the malt to increase the bitterness, before the touch of oak becomes noticeable in the taste. The caramel sweetness comes second to last in the taste, providing more sweetness in the taste than in the scent. Again, like the smell, the hops bitterness is strong and lingering on the back end of the drink.

M- This beer is fairly smooth to a medium to slightly above average level of carbonation for the style. The feel is fairly thick and chewy, and it supports the bitterness in the flavor well. The alcohol feels stronger than it is due to the bitterness.

Overall, I'm not a big fan of the Bastard series on the whole, but this is a good option for the hop heads in the crowd. The dry hopping is easily noticeable, in addition to the stronger malt aspects of the base beer. This is a good brew in terms of taste, smell, and feel, but the look of this beer is really beautiful in the glass.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.