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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 2,409
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: 2,409
Photo of samtrillo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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>>

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't find a date on the bottle amid all the cutesy bullshit diatribe - wait - BB 1/1/15 - at 40 degrees into a nonic
Aroma very conifer-ey
Head small (2 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 1 mm layer
Lacing complete ring about 2 mm thick with mostly tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, crystal clear
Flavor very pine hoppy forward, quickly dropping to some random terpenes which hang around before morphing into a light bitterness; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 4

Not a big Stone fan because my experience makes them seem over rated for the price point, but this brewski is pretty good.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed the Bastard Box. The double was my favorite by a long shot - always has been. This one was just not AS outstanding. The sum of the parts / 4 is not more than the parts.

It is real dark and kinda ugly. The aroma is a sublime mixture of malts mostly. The head is really pretty.

The taste is a bitter malty mess. It just isn't better than double. It's thick and sweet and bitter, with an aftertaste that sits bitter.

These bastards are a nice (OK, a not nice) bundle and they should sell a lot of these to people making a bad holiday statement.

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Photo of SamT
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice powerful balance of malt and hop aroma. You can tell this is a big beer based on the smell alone. Sweet slightly bready malt with a little hint of the elevated ABV. As it warms it gets a nice citrus piney aroma as well.

A-Pours a deep red ruby color with a nice off white, almost tan head that is absolutely sticky. Looks beautiful in a glass.

F- Great malt backbone that provides that sweet underlying flavor while the hops fly high and dominate the sides and tip of the tongue. They dont stop dominating and stick around through the finish. I even find myself licking my teeth and inside of my cheeks because of the bitterness that hangs around. You can taste a little bit of the barrel aged portion of this beer as you sip, just a little hint of the woody flavor.

M- Great mouthfeel, nice and creamy. I love beers that have this type of big body to go with the big flavors. Classic Stone mouthfeel where as I said before you find yourself licking your teeth to get that bitterness to go away before the next sip. Alcohol warmth is there just a bit, and I begin to feel it in my cheeks as I sip.

O- This beer is definitely a favorite. Very smooth, powerful beer that balances a lot of different elements very well. In doing so, it completely kills the palate in a good way.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

The hops dominate this beer, and it seems more like a DIPA, than a strong Ale. You get the oak, and you get the sweet malt. The hops provide a nice balance, and I get a bitter grapefruit from the hops.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 82/100

This strong ale from Stone bursts with a big hop profile and a sticky bitterness that lasts... Nothing weak here. While the hops certainly play a lead role, the malt backbone also comes through on the back end. Banana, Toast, Rind and just a touch of tobacco can be picked up. Truly a beer that sets itself apart from the pack~

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice.

A well balanced strong ale that with its hoppy profile should go with no aging. Drink as soon as possible. Maxes out but not over the top in any area. 4.25

A – Pours a wonderfully and brilliantly clear amber with a one-finger light tan rocky head (-), good alcohol legs, great lacing. 4.25

S – Huge aroma, floral sweet hoppiness with a malty backbone, very enticing. 4.75

T – Hoppy, malty, sweet, bitter, oaky, toffee and vanilla goodness all wrapped into one beer. 4

MF – Medium bodied, dry finish. Smooth creamy start with a sharp finish. 4

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Photo of JMS1512
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured hard into my Lucifer snifter.

Sight: Sorrel colored body, ruby highlights through the middle when held up to light. When poured hard, a beige head develops, but later dies down to a reasonable, finger-thick cap. Lacing left seems light and lacey, with no cool word to describe it.

Smell: A bit of pine, caramel, and lightly woody aromas. I doubt as hoppy in smell as a regular A.B.

Taste: Pine persists from to finish. The middle speaks with a touch of dryness, due to the oaked part of the triad. There are hints of malt and a little caramel or butterscotch, but not sure which, made difficult to discern due to hoppy nature. There is somehow, a smoothness or perhaps balance to the taste, all the ingredients playing in harmony with each other. Is this due to the beer being a blend of three others? Other reviewers mention the malt (of the D.B.?) taming the hops, which makes sense to me after reading it. As it warms, I think the oaked part of the triad is easier to taste, too.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Carbonation is evident, but not crisp and bubbly like a Belgian dubbel or tripel (I mean, it is an American strong ale, not a Belgian thing). There is a fair amount of body and coating to the beer on the tongue. I feel a light film on my teeth.

Overall: A neat idea of a beer, and great taste. I am pretty sure I can detect each of the three original brews, and would love to catch this on draft. A fnei boj Ontes, m’I pterty urse er’ew the lukcy basartds.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%

Bottle from Tipples dated 10/20/14 and poured on 11/8/14. Pours beautiful amber red with a big fluffy off white to light khaki head with some yellowish hue. Aroma is like sticking my face in a bag of raw hops, lemon peel, soapiness, grass. Flavor is super sweet maltiness but not particularly heavy, big vegetal hops but not particularly bitter, caramel, biscuity malts, oak. A bit of a lemony pinesol note here, and the malts are on the bland side. Medium plus body, dry as expected for a bastard, with medium low carbonation. Not so sure I'm into this one, as it lacks both the the bitterness and the heavy malt profile of Bastard. Seems on the watered down side, flavor wise. It's pretty decent but just falls incredibly flat for me. Huh.

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Photo of DaltonC
5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-7-14, Bottle dated, 10-4-14, inside Bastard Box.

Poured into a Stone 10.5oz glass, dark like their 18th anniversary, but has that red hue to it when held up to light like AB, pretty clear red color,

Nose: HOPS, this thing is massive, if I was blindfolded I would say RuinTen everytime. You don't get too much malt characteristic in the nose, there is some carmel, sweetness, redness, and just overall a full body nose, but hops dominate.

Taste: Again, this seems very similar to RuinTen, just a bit more full/darker. Less bitter then RT but this is pretty hoppy. Taste is hops with a sweet dark fruit, similar to their 18th ipa. Aftertaste is bitter/sweetness, grapefruit, this beer definitely is less malty then the rest in the bastard family.

Mouthfeel: This is pretty much full bodied, decently carbonated, but again it just hits the tongue with that dry hopped bitterness...

Overall: THIS IS A 10. I have had few beers with the complexity that this one has, it is very similar to their 18th anniversary IPA in the darker/copper category, but the dry hopping on this is insane, it's like RuinTen but retains the dark fruit/caramel from AB and the other bastards. I'm lucky to have it pretty fresh. Seek this out. I know my local place here in Idaho got a case or 2 of just the Lukcy Basartd so it seems to be a bigger release then the Bastard Boxes. Or at least everyone that got the box also got a case or 2 of this. Get it, you won't be disappointed.


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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Ruby, burnt sienna color. Could have been a huge head I believe but poured sideways. Nice tan foam with lacing.

This has got a nice malt-caramel aroma that dances around the citrus bite of the hops. There's not a humongous aroma like i'd expected.

Up front is halting and huge dry hops. The dankness overtakes my whole palate until the caramel malt starts to come in. Then it's raisin and prune, bitter and burnt toffee, charred sugar, and tobacco. Lastly, but not leastly, is the oak wood character - faint but prominent.

A rather "large" body. Velvety and rough, while yet smooth on the back end. The dank hops provide a punch in the tongue, and the malts sooth the after-burn.

This is a damn good beer. It's roasty, hoppy, malty, and everything in between. The complexity woes me and I'm still trying to process all of the diverse flavors. A+ in my book

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice tannish and caramel colored head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear brown and dark ruby color that gives it a very heavy appearance. The beer smell has strong dry hopped notes and it's those notes that tend to dominate the nose. The beer has other notes such as a strong pine smell independent from the dry hopped pine. The non-dry hopped smell smells much deeper, richer, and subdued than the dry hopped smell. The smell has strong oak notes that mix well with the hops. The oak and the hops combine to make a very interesting forest smell that is fairly aromatic and pleasing. The taste has much of the same notes and the smell translates very well. The oak and hops become more woody while the dry hops are less present than in the smell. The taste also has a slight caramel taste to take the edge off of the hoppiness. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied but feels lighter with all the carbonation. The beer is fairly smooth though. Overall, a very good beer and one worth getting while it's available in stores.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Dark amber, small off-white head fades quickly. Leaves moderate lacing.
S - Herbal hops, malt sweetness overpowers, caramel, some spice.
T-Lots of malt here, but before it gets cloying the hops tone it back. Nice bitterness sets in and lingers on the palate. I get caramel, toffee, butterscotch, herbals hops, spicy, medicinal.
M-Medium to thick body, low carb. Coats the palate. Dries it out and then lingers. Then later there is a cooling effect.
O-This is a solid strong ale. It is one of the more drinkable strong ales I've had. Good deal in the Stone bomber 4-pack.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer is a clear ruby in color, with a finger of off white head that leaves very nice chunks of lacing all over the sides of the glass.
Aroma is very complex, containing dates, plums, caramel, biscuits, pine, hints of nutmeg.
Taste is equally complex,and very balanced. malt notes upfront of caramel and biscuit, followed by rich fruits of plums, dates, a hint of pineapple in there too, finished with a nice dose of hop bitterness.
Texture- Beer is medium/ full bodied, very juicy and mildly carbonated.
overall- an excellent beer of incredible balance, i can't imagine someone with a reasonably developed palate not liking this beer.

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Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, transparent garnet. Finger of tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Older hops, caramel, toffee. Definite amount of booze in their.

T: Big blast of bitterness up front. Mid palate is darkened fruit, toffee, caramel and some nutiness. Citric hoppiness in the finish (lemon rind). Aftertaste is resinous. Some alcohol heat going down. Warms the chest. Hops taste faded and slightly oxidized, which is strange, since this beer is only 21 days old.

M: Medium/full bodied. Carbonation is minimal, but it's enough to keep the big malts and moderately high alcohol from completely taking over.

O: The faded hop taste throws me off. From my understanding, this is dry hopped. I wonder if the Oaked aspect is messing with the hops. Dunno. Good, and surprisingly cheap at my local shop (6.99).

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Photo of Kuaff
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%

I finally tracked down the last Bastard! ... Which is simply a blend of the bastards I HAVE tried... but also DRY-HOPPED! I can't wait. It says "DIRNK ME NOW" and "DON'T CELALR"... Too bad. I DID cellar it for one night (and I'm sure it would age wonderfully for over a year, too, based on my experience cellaring Arrogant Bastard). But I will drink it now, cellar temperature, in my snifter.

Like every other bastard beer I've beheld, this one is a gorgeous sight. That familiar frothy tan head complementing a deep, shining garnet hue. Awe-inspiring.

It smells of dark cherries and raisins, with accents of pine, citrus zest, vanilla, and a little smoke and leather. A non-specific berry scent too, I think. And of course, DANK HOPS. Love it.

Okay the flavor took me by surprise a bit. A bright, astringent blend of citrus rind and well... DRY hops hits hard and fast like a ninja. We're talking an initial hops assault on the DIPA level here. In the aftermath of this I can taste some caramel, nuttiness, and a dry breadiness wrapping things up. What a ride!

The body is decidedly full, which I am decidedly happy with.

Being a blend of beers I'd already tried, I wasn't sure how distinctive this would be, but I think the dry-hopping made it stand out. Truly an ale worthy of being associated with Stone's prestigious family of bastard beers. It IS the progeny of tho others, after all.

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Photo of Quyzi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Beautiful, deep ruby to auburn color. Almost completely opaque. A kahki colored head leaves a nice 1/4 " ring with some spotted lacing.

Aroma - Subtle wood/oak, resiny pine hop, sweet malt.

Taste - In the eloquent words of Kool-Aid man, Oh yeah!! Very solid toasted bread like malt base. A spiceyness along with the hops. Both piney and citrusy. The hops and malt are very well balanced. Rock candy like sweetness. Slight caramel. Oak chips are noticeable, but not nearly to the extent of Oaked Bastard. Finish is very smooth and not bitter.

Feel - Perfect. Just right on the carbonaion, the body, the alcohol. Leaves a nice slick coating and a general feeling of happiness.

Overall - While I have always personally found Arrogant Bastard to be a little overhyped, not the case here. Very different and interesting beer. Almost like a sexy, sophisticated American Barleywine had a baby with a fined tuned, athletic world class DIPA and sent it to the American Strong Ale Academy for gifted beers. Each version seems to get even better. If this were in 12 oz bottles I may never buy Oaked again.

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Photo of antott0523
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive deep ruby with brownish hue. Translucent with no visible carbonation. Beige foamy head that settles down a bit and leaves some lacing along the glass. Great looking color.

S: A blast of sweet malt aromas as it pours from the bottle. Once poured the malt comes through as raisin bread. Some woody notes, but not overpowering. Formidable hop presence. Earthy and resinous. Slightly herbal with notes of tea and bay leaves. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. Complexity noted.

T: I would describe the flavor profile as an IPA brewed with hops that impart earthy and resinous notes, backed by a moderate malt presence that is just sweet enough to let the hop bitterness come through and linger. The beer becomes less bitter and more grassy as it approaches room temperature. Notes of tea, green bell pepper. Semi dry and moderately bitter with notes of espresso soaked lemon rind.

M: Smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: Highly drinkable. A dynamic beer.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a reddish brown with a creamy one finger head. Smell is very hoppy. Tangarine, bubble gum, grapefruit. There's an oaky presence with a sweet bread malt backbone. The flavor is delicious. Toffee, bubblegum, hop bitterness. Very creamy mouthfeel. Quite a delicious beer.

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