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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%


Brewed by:
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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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a mohogany color with very little light passing through, vicious 2 + inch head, and tons of lacing that fell back into the glass nicely.

S: Citrus bomb for sure, piney, oaky, but with a huge malt presence that wafted through the air even from about three feet away. Dang!

T: This was very much in line with their "Arrogant Bastard" series, only this one had more of a dark cake icing aftertaste. Pineapple, grapefruit, plums, and licorice.

M: I detected quite a bit of booze at first, but after my palate adjusted, that went away and the thick fruit explosion hit my taste buds after every sip. Very well carbonated.

D: I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world because I'm sick of the same old thing over and over again. However, I occasionally like to indulge. If you're an extreme hophead, this will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 08:57:38 | More by Chaney
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obywan59

Virginia

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into my Guiness Porter pint glass.

Pours a deep amber to almost mahogany, depending on the badkground. More orangish or ruby highlights when held up to the light. 1 1/2 finger thick, creamy, voluptious, light tan head leaving copious lacing. Harder 2nd pour gave a three finger head that soon became cratered or dimpled. Thick foam clinging up one side and thick sticky lacing. One of the best heads ever. I knocked it up from a 4 to a 5.

Aroma of huge, sweet and fruity, over the top hops. Like over-ripe oranges or grapefruit. Bitter citrus peel and damp woody aromas as well.

Tastes of sweet caramely malts, then piney, citrusy hops, but in the end, the woody bitterness will try to overwhelm everything else.

Medium mouthfeel, quite pleasant. Nice burning alcohol warming deeply into the throat.

Very drinkable. Plenty of flavor and aroma to keep it interesting. The 8.5% ABV slows you down and perhaps, the bitterness as well, but as the beer warms, the bitterness lessens and it becomes easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:23:56 | More by obywan59
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soze47

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a bomber of this and poured it into an oversized wine glass for a night cap. I think the Bastard line is just so-so, with Oaked being by far my favorite, but I'm hoping to get the best of all three.

Appearance: Deep rich, slightly translucent, which gives it tiger wood coloring. Very thick, yet foamy head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy off the bat, but more caramelly malts keep coming out as it warms. The oak is there too, which is great. Nothing to complex or intriguing, but it smells like a bastard.

Taste: Piney hops come out first, but there is a nice balance of the oaked and caramel/roasted malt that come out. There is a warming alcohol bite, especially while drinking the second glass. This profile it sharp and biting, but never overwhelms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Easy drinking, but the robust flavor gets to be a bit much. A bomber is a perfect sized outing for this one. The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied.

Overall: I think Lukcy does a good job of bringing out the best qualities of all the other three Bastard lines. It is hoppy and bitter like the flagship. The caramel malt brings a good, somewhat complex richness like Double. And the oaked qualities do a good job of tying it all together. Usually, I think Double is too rich, regular is not balanced, and oaked is only good for its oaky goodness. This one brings all their strengths together and helps hide all of their collective weaknesses.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 03:27:19 | More by soze47
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 11-26-10.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is dark mahogany-tinted amber, covered by a dense, 1-finger tan head. Leaves behind some splotches of lace.

S: First thought is "juicy hops." Think citrusy grapefruit and pine. Also a touch of caramel malt there for balance. I swear I'm getting a bit of the oak too, though that might be the power of suggestion.

T: Caramel malt and brown sugar up front, with a punch of resiny, juicy hops thereafter - grapefruit and pine flavors (which become more pronounced - like pine needles - as it warms) are there in strength, with a touch of brown sugar remaining for balance. Finishes with bitter oaky tannins lingering on the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium in heft with moderate, but fairly soft carbonation. Resiny flavor affects the perceived feel, detracting from it a tiny bit.

D: Good, but not great. I'm not a huge fan of Oaked AB (or oaked non-Stouts, I'm finding), and the lingering oak on the finish takes away from this beer -- for me at least. I think it's well done and nicely crafted, but IMO doesn't match the AB or the Double Bastard.

Notes: PSA from 14>4.5 this week=Lucky Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:14:25 | More by Kendo
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Overlord

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany-ish ruddy brown. Two inches or so of tan head. Foamy.

Smells like biting pine and bittering bitterness, plus a heaping load of oaked caramel. Yipes. I kind of thought we'd be seeing the oak toned down. Guess not.

Beer tastes oak-y, with caramel, a huge pine blast of bitterness on the aftertaste. Needs moar citrus. Maybe some dry grapefruit rind, and that's about it. Even the caramel is blasted away by the oak and bitterness, leaving just the barest sweet tinge.

Not a bad beer. Not that great, either.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 04:09:24 | More by Overlord
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.75/5  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

Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 02:47:43 | More by barleywinefiend
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Gobzilla

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark amber brown in color with reddish highlights with a thin khaki bubbly head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a nice bouquet of hop variety is noticeable on the first whiff with slight booze, piney, grassy, and citrus notes. It also has a little caramel malt presence.

T: the hops are pretty potent on the palate too with citrus grapefruit notes that help strenghten the bitterness with piney grassy accents and a touch of booze. There was good caramel malts to hold it down on the balance.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, piney, grassy, and slight bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: it drank good and is a real treat that does justice to the 13 annivesary of the bastards. I would definitely drink more of this if it becomes greatly available.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 00:02:01 | More by Gobzilla
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bierguru

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
deep deep amder color pours w a little tan head that laces headlaces out and stays through out beer

S -
smells like the arrogant bastard only bolder hops some nuts spice and a hint of citrus and maybe cherry

T -
malt sweetness big hop citrus flavor finishes with a plum cherry flaovr
when it warms up to just above room temp you get some vanilla and oakiness

M -
smooth with a bite at the end doesnt linger

D -
very drinkable its awesome clear and simple

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 19:26:45 | More by bierguru
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beersensei305

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active review...
Pours a dark, rich amber brown with nice carbonation and a tan head that disappears fairly quickly; but sticks to the glass nicely. The smell is very citrus just like the Arrogant Bastard but there is a chocolaty smell and obvious booze. Nice angry first bite lots of flavors and depth, very citrusy and hoppy off the first sip with obvious grapefruit flavors in the end. There is nice dark fruit flavors, but I can't distinguish them... it's cherry or plum. Some more flavors I pick out are vanilla and oak flavors, a hint of lemon essence. This is a nice thick beer with decent chewiness. Definitely a beer to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:57:47 | More by beersensei305
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.20% abv?Mine says 8.5%,anyways it dont matter.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich dark bronze with tight formed one finger slight off white head that left one solid ring of lace behind as it settled.A great mix of juicy fruit malt,brown sugar,and a heavy dose of resiny hop,just how I like a good strong ale to be.Flavors are cakey,and fruity at the onset with big resiny hops in the finish,I love the hop profile goin on here.This is my favorite style of beer so I may be a bit bias here,love the hops!

Come on Lions,make me proud for once in the last ten years!Restore the Roar!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:39:27 | More by oberon
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delighted to try this version of one of my favorite beers. From what I was told at the store, this is a blend of Double, Standard and Oaked AB mixed with approx a 1/3 of each.

Sure looks like Arrogant Bastard. Creamy tan head with a burgundy tint. The beer is the AB classic maroon/amber color. Excellent retention and lumpy lacing remains.

Smells like Arrogant Bastard... Kind of a cherry coke/Dr. Pepper sweetness to the aroma tucked behind a thick wave of juicy resinous hops.

I think in the end, it mostly reminds me of the Oaked version. A wonderful balance of thick cherry coke flavored sweet malts along with the big pine hop punch. Provides a touch more depth vs. the standard version. Oak depth without the over the top heat from Double Bastard.

Fairly bold body with an oily feel. Slight carbonation.. Wonderful.

Wish I had another bottle, so I assume that means I think it's drinkable. Very nice.

I have a feeling this one will be back from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:17:37 | More by Reagan1984
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popery

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Good beer, but the idea is stronger than the execution. I'm a big fan of blending and hope that more brewers explore the process, but every blended beer isn't a masterpiece. This beer has a bit too much of the raw and rough flavors of fresh DB for my tastes. There's a relatively strong booze-acetone note in the aroma that drowns out some of the complexity. There are also some very nice notes of caramel and aggressive pine/grapefruit rind hops. Taste-wise, it's quite successful. There's a wonderfully bitter pine resin/citrus pith tone on top of layers of caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a bit astringent at first, but that's more of a palate issue. Some very nice flavors coat the mouth and linger. Also, the beer is quite pretty - darkened reddish amber with a thick ecru head. Lucky Bastard is a wonderful expression of Stone's influential viewpoint in American craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:57:14 | More by popery
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One inch head and some lacing.

The color is a brown/amber almost purple.

Smell of plums, chocolate, and alcohol.

The taste is very burnt and what tastes like high alcohol with slight oak on the back. As with normal Arrogant Bastard I am not thoroughly impressed. It is a good beer just not one of my personal favorites. I would prefer to just drink the OAKED straight up but to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:47:03 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for picking up a bottle of this. Poured into a snifter.

Color is a deep mahogany with a single-finger tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing along with a few bubbles around the edges. Nose is nice and hoppy with good notes of resinous pine and citrus. There's a bit of oak in the background.

The taste falls off in a big way from the nose and it cannot be discussed without mentioning the mouthfeel, which is quite dry and tannic. The oak has just really taken this one over and while there is some faint pine and caramel in the background, I get mostly oak along with a bit of heat. I expected a lot from this beer, but only the aroma really delivered.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:40:57 | More by Thorpe429
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Baltika46

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I often drink beers straight from the bottle (yes I was bottle fed as an infant), so I can't accurately portray the appearance, aroma, and true flavor of the beer. With that disclaimer out of the way and since I drank this beer straight from the bottle, this beer is ridiculously good.

If you like double IPAs, then you'll enjoy this one. It has that West coast taste: mega-hopped with a savory, lingering hop goodness. As the "lalbe" indicates, this ale contains some percentage of Oaked Arrogant Bastard. You can definitely taste those woodsy undertones.

I rate beer on drinkability, not on anything else. If I don't have the inclination to have it again, then the rating will be average to above average at best. I definately won't actively seek it out. If the beer is exceptional, I'll buy it again. That being said, this beer is exceptional. Probably the most drinkable of the Stone IPA styles.

On a Pliny the Younger scale (I'm lucky enough to live in NCAL), I give this beer a 3 1/2 Plinys out of 5. Pliny the Elder get's a 4 1/2 and the Younger gets 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:06:47 | More by Baltika46
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head that retains well and leaves impressive lacing...a real looker. The aroma is equally impressive with huge fresh pine and citrus hops, orange marmalade, caramel and vanilla, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol...the hops really pop in the aroma. The flavor is similar with massive piney and citrusy hop notes upfront, along with some grapefruit, orange jam, caramel, toffee, oak and vanilla, fruity esters, toasted bread and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side and drinkability is pretty good despite the hop onslaught and ABV. The is an exceptional beer, the hops are incredibly pungent and fresh and there is a nice malty complexity, easily my favorite of the Bastard series...I hope I can pick up some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 05:16:28 | More by silver0rlead
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turboedtwo

California

2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a bomber.

a - poured with a nice head, color is a dark amberish, kind of looks like iced tea.

s - smells strongly of hops and some boozey notes

t - this is where i was disappointed. it's not terrible, don't get me wrong. it tastes like regular arrogant bastard but smoother and less hoppiness with a good finish. i know it's basically three types of arrogant bastard but i was hoping for some more of the oaked flavor to come out.

m - nice, smooth, silky.

d - probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:40:37 | More by turboedtwo
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slayer3604

California

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

EDIT: Realized that this is my 100th beer review. Only fitting since Stone got me into amazing beer. Cheers, Stone!*

A- Huge ruby/blood red body with a nice caked foamy off white head that leaves an annoying amount of lacing on my Celebrator glass...grrr! ;)

S-Has a nice bold hop bitterness along with dark fruits, red licorice, and anise. Pretty faint for a three bastard cuvee, but whatever.

T-YEAH! Nice and malty, just enough hop to bounce it back to drinkability and has a long lasting finish. Lots of cherry, plum and even rum raisin! YEAH!

M-Thick and chewy, but is slightly cloying.

D-It could be a lot more drinkable in my mind....this is a strong beer with lots of moving parts, but for gods sake, don't have it finish with more maltiness than hoppiness!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 20:42:46 | More by slayer3604
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Anderson Valley's new snifter glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby with a finger of thick, oily, light tan head that slowly receded into fuzzy film that left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Tons of piney hops and citrus assault my nose. More hops than any of the three ingredient beers have on their own. There are some subtle sweet malt and fruit undertones, but for the most part this smells like a super hopped west coast DIPA.
T: Most similar to the double bastard if I had to pick one. Follows the nose with a big piney hop punch, but there is a lot more malt that comes through in the flavor. I pick up notes of pine sap, orange oil, lemon juice, caramel, grapefruit and faint vanilla. The oak doesn't really come through except in the finish. Aftertaste has a slight slight hint of tobacco and smoke.
M: Thick body with tingle carbonation. Mouthfeel is slippery yet viscous. Aftertaste lingers.
D: Wonderful beer. Expertly blended. I wish this was one of their regulars. I think this is a perfect in-between for regular AB and double AB. I could take or leave the oak though. Hopefully I'll get to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:54:31 | More by scottfrie
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Brad007

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I thought the title was a typo. So, from what the bottle says, it's essentially a menage a trois between oaked Arrogant Bastard, Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. Oooh, sinful!

Pours a nice garnet color with a one-finger head into my glass. Awesome presentation here.

Lots of piney, citrusy hops deliver a fucking uppercut to the nose, leaving only the essence of sweet, oaked malt. Oh yeah. I can dig this.

Piney, citrusy hops blast the mouth, following up with sweet, oaked mouth that contributes a nice warming feeling. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hops and mild malt. Still warm.

Wow, this beer is fkucing aewsmoe! To modify some new Acid Witch lyrics, here goes:

"Drank these beers so many times, turn off the volume cause I know all the lines, so fkucing buzzed, just let the beer flow but only if its Lukcy Basartd or else".

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 01:16:51 | More by Brad007
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DaveHS

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber with a little over an inch of tan head. Leaves rings of chunky lacing.

S-Piney, resinous hops.

T/M-Aggressively bitter. Tannic, mouth-coating hoppiness. Wave after wave of piney, chewy hops. That's all this is, really, but is that such a bad thing? An absolute hop bomb. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Lacking any complexity, but not bad for what it is. I would prefer a Ruination for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:24:35 | More by DaveHS
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kbnooshay

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful but small off white head. Body is a gorgeous clear amber. Smell is very hoppy and florally. This does taste like the beers from which this is born, but i enjoy it better. There is a great floral quality and much more malty sweetness than the others. This is also very well balanced. Feel is tingly and medium. There is the slightest drying effect. The aggressive bitterness prevents this beer from being super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:39:57 | More by kbnooshay
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bobmer itno a Hopus glsas puors a cirsp depe abmer wiht a decetn drak khaik haed. Amora is a ncie belnd of cirsp Erathy hpos adn caramle matls. Teh tatse is an asboluetly wodnreful comlpex belnd of bunrt caramle, pnie hpos, aok adn a hitn of friut. Teh bere is meduim bdoied wiht its aclohol cotnent vrey wele hdiden. Tihs is a trluy icnredilbe berw, I'll be pikcing up mroe of it if it hsan't sodl uot yte!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:32:33 | More by atsprings
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juhl31

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-reddish caramel in color and very clear. a bit more ta colored than white head with some good lacing. the type of retention where a solid ring stays around the glass and a "looking at clouds" type picture shows up and floats about the middle

-welp, this was definitely dry hopped a good amount. some pine and hint of caramel in there. kinda weird for a bastard

-the hops shows up, but not too much. still has that good caramel malt background. a solid bitter finish. the oak comes out as well in the aftertaste

-i say smooth a lot for mouthfeel, but this is very smooth. almost tastes flat but with a ton of body. has a rich, sticky feel to it

-i like this. enough to drink a bomber to myself on a thursday night just chillin at home with the wife. i like it more than arrogant, but not as much as double

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 05:18:15 | More by juhl31
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ryantaussig

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful sturdy and creamy head sits atop the standard deep mahogany Arrogant Bastard is so well known for. Lacing is not as good as the Oaked and Regular versions, but is still quite good. The second pour actually remedies this lacing issue quite well. A beautiful beer.

S: Smells of hops in an aggressive way, but it is well balanced by the even more aggressive malt character. Slight wood notes and a strong estery backdrop with slight alcohol notes provide a great overall aroma.

T: Well balanced flavor combines the character of all three constituent beers quite well. Has much more sweetness than I had originally expected and that is where the balance leans. The bitterness is ever-present as can be expected in an AB. The alcohol is also present, but masked just enough to allow for a wonderful overall effect. The balance is just short of perfect.

M: Creamy and thick and it stays that way all the way to the perfectly medium finish. It's not too dry or too wet. The alcohol is a bit present creating a slight drying effect a few moments after the finish is complete.

O: The singular issue with this beer... It is a one bomber and done beer. It's not that the ABV is too high, it just the pure aggressiveness of the beer itself. I could keep drinking it, but by the time I finish the first, my taste buds are pretty much burnt out. It's also quite the meal in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 19:24:01 | More by ryantaussig
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.