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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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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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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Fresh keg, new batch. Poured into a snifter. Huge, fluffy light beige head, high retention on a clear mahogany body. Soapy and oily lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma dominated by powerful grassy hops (in a way that can only be described as "Stone-like) layered on top of a rich, malty sweet backbone, a touch of raisin and vanilla. Taste has some alcohol heat, intense grassy, piney hop bitterness, some nice malt sweetness. Tongue coating and bursting with flavor, this thing is awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 05:11:59 | More by KickbacksSteve
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vic21234

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/31/13 stamped on it. Loved this beer when it came out in 2010, here we go:

A- Pours a clear but slightly hazy dark red, copper color. A large two fingers worth of a khaki colored head hangs around for awhile, and makes for froth all along the sides of the glass.

S- Some pine and citrus, with some sweet malts in the background. I was hoping for some more on the aroma.

T- Starts off with mostly piney hops, some citrus is there but not as prevalent. Big malt backbone, with sweet caramel malts mostly notable.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter and dry finish. Easily drinkable.

A nice one, but not as notable as I remembered. I still feel that Double Bastard is my favorite in the Bastard family.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:09:10 | More by vic21234
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minterro

Colorado

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

Injoyed this one at my favorite el bar crunchys.

Dark amber translucent looking beer. Head hangs around well in a foamy light tan head. Kinda a fruity aroma, bit of rye maltyness, and some grapefruit.

Lots of citrus hops in the tastes. Finishes mildy bitter with a bite of a alcohol bite. Not as smooth as most of stones beers but still pretty damn good

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 02:40:35 | More by minterro
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with ruby highlights. it had a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and piney with roasted malt and subtle hints of vanilla.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with piney/spicy bitterness. A little bit of oak and vanilla.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very good strong ale. Another great one from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:00:14 | More by zeff80
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Dave1999

North Carolina

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

Pours a rich read colour with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops and rich sweet malts.

The taste is citrus hops, pretty bitter but with a slighty sweet malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite low carbonation and a dry finish.

This beer is awesome, I'd recommend to any bastard fan, although I do prefer regulars bastard I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:19:01 | More by Dave1999
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:41:54 | More by bsp77
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jokelahoma

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip at home. Pours a nice reddish-brown, average head, which fades somewhat slowly.

Typical Arrogant Bastard aroma, but with more, somehow. Still that same sweet malt and slight alcohol burn on the nose, but the malt seems more balanced, not quite as caramel as a usual AB. Still the same hoppy nose, but not as aggressively pine-ish. All in all, more inviting that the "regular" Bastard.

Oooh, the flavor! Nice and bracing bitterness right off the bat, with the citrus and pine note trying to tear the surface of your tongue out of your head. The malt that follows is as the nose predicts -- full, intense, yet nowhere near as caramel as its namesake. There's a touch of alcoholic heat to this as well. Yet all these seem to blend together and meld into something where the sum is greater than the whole of the parts.

The mouthfeel is fairly full, but not thick. This is a good thing here, as anything thinner would not be substantial enough to withstand the bitterness and malty strength. Well balanced in that regard.

It's obvious this isn't jue a case of throwing beers together and calling it a blend. Stone put thought and effort into this, and it shows. Nicely put together, and a must for any fan of any of the Arrogant Bastard line. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:30:57 | More by jokelahoma
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spark3148857

California

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

Wow you can tell they dry hopped the hell out of this. Pours the typical bastard pour, deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and piney hops with a great caramel malt backbone. This drinks like a double IPA crossed with an imperial red ale and provides the best of both styles. Huge west coast hops are perfectly balanced with the massive malt bill. My favorite of the Bastards.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:03:34 | More by spark3148857
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Bastard no matter how it's spelled! 2013 version, best by Jan. 31, 2013. From a 22oz bottle into my favorite snifter.

Pours a beautiful clear garnet. About two finger of khaki foam, nice tight bubbles, really solid retention with some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Hoppy upfront, with some resinous pine and grapefruit. Tons of toffee, bready malts in the middle. Hints of oak and vanilla. Bit of booze in the finish with some earthy hops.

Not as hoppy upfront as the nose, still get some of those awesome dry hopped citrus/pine flavors. Tons of malt. Hits all the notes; from cereal to caramel to dark fruit to a bit of roasty and even a faint hint of chocolate. The Oaked lends it's traits with some wood and vanilla flavors. Bitter throughout. Definitely some alcohol of the back of the tounge.

A solid medium heavy, but with ample carbonation. Bitter and dry in the finish. Tons of flavor but still very drinkable, maybe dangerously so.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer. It does manage to be better than the some of it's parts. The dry hopping is what seals the deal for me. A truly one of a kind American ale. Buy this if you see it. While you will appreciate this more if you have tried the three other Bastards, it is a fine beer independently. Drink it fresh. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 07:29:03 | More by Humulus85
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really wanted to get ahold of this beer, and I asked for this at many stores. I finally found this on tap at my favorite bar.

They served Lukcy in a fluted glass with about two fingers of fluffy/sticky foam. The head stayed around for quite a while. The coloring was dark reddish brown.

Off the top I pick up some light hopping and a decent amount of maltiness.

The flavor was complex with a decent hop forward presence. I get citrus and pine. There was some toffee presence; as well as a little tobacco. I even get some scotch in the aftertaste.

This is a pretty decent bastard. Stone is an expert at these, not surprised that this one is so good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 01:04:11 | More by ummswimmin
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 bottle that says enjoy by Jan 31, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish copper amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bold yet balanced aroma of juicy hops, spicy pine, and sweet malts. Citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange, mango, tangerine, and lemon. A pretty dank and earthy smell of spicy pine resin. Strong toasted malt backbone with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Also some hints of brown sugar and alcohol. A pretty strong and good smell.

Taste: Big, juicy, spicy, and malty like the nose hints. Strong taste of citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Earthy and grassy hops with a good kick of spice from pine resin. A big malt presence follows with toasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Taste of sweet caramel, toffee, yeast, and biscuit. Some booze in the taste. The hops and malts balance each other well for a big overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly sticky. Some alcohol heat is felt. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good Strong Ale. Bold in both the hops and malts. Well balanced and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 07:09:50 | More by MattyG85
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ikantspel

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a duvel tulip

bottled on 10.25.12

pours a deep mahogany color with a tan khaki head thats leaves lacing all over the glass

pine, earth, fruits, and some oak. almost like an ipa

taste is hoppy and malty but almost sweet. the alcohol is in there but not overpowering

overall a great beer. this should come in a 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:47:46 | More by ikantspel
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich mahogany, deep amber brown. Lots of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. The way a good brew should look.

S - Brown sugar, cinnamon. Finishes with a nice alcohol presence.

T - Wow, tasty! Huge sweet malty backbone up front, finishing with a nice bitter kick. Brown sugar, molasses.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - If you like the Bastard, you need to try this one. This might be the peak of the Bastard series. Very well balanced and damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:50:41 | More by BeerDawgs
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- a beautiful ruby/amber with a billowing beige head. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- dank, earthy hops, with a hint of caramelized sugar sweetness. Some oak notes as well.

T- Big hit of dank, earthy hops up front. Pine, tobacco, a hint of grapefruit Middle of the sip the malts come in. Heavily caramelized sugar, like the top of a creme brulee. Oak notes, vanilla, some light tannins. Back end, a grapefruit type bitterness hits hard, and lingers loooong.

M- Heavy side of medium bodied, and slightly creamy. Dry on the back end, and with this much hops, that's expected.

O- Heavy on the hops, but as it warms, the malt bill comes out a little more. Complex, and makes a nice companion through a football game.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:56:10 | More by JWU
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A - Murky amber colour, slightly translucent. Half a finger of light brown head.

S - Sweet caramel and citrus hop aromas dominate up front. Some pine, spice and toffee notes also present. Well balanced nose.

T - Big sweet malt presence up front with caramel and toffee flavours present. A good hop bitterness is present with citrus and pine flavours.

M - Medium body, creamy. A lot of sticky hop oils are present. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 20:17:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

Aroma is rich and hoppy with a floral and pine bouquet. Hints of tropical fruits are present.The hops are quite dominating in the aroma while the malts are very light and almost missing.

The appearance is deep ruby copper amber with a beige color head. The head was dense but plain. Good attenuation.
You can taste all three Bastards there each have sutle nuiances. Another thing is that the taste seems to be a front loaded juggernaut while the back end is smooth and refined.
Not as hoppy in the taste as one would expect being the nose had a good hop aroma. More malty tasting. The ending is dry with oak and bitter into a lingering aftertaste.
A good beer with depth of flavors and complexity. I love arrogant bastard its a good beer no doubt but I don't know yet if I dig this one yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 12:52:18 | More by micromaniac129
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright amber color, crystal clear, with a fingers worth of a creamy light brown head (dissipated to a lacing after a minute or so). Decent alcohol legs for only being 8.5%.

S: Huge wave of brown sugar hits you in the nose right off the bat. The Hops are definitely there but hide pretty well behind that enormous brown sugar smell. Nice faint Vanilla. Overall smells more malty than hoppy.

T: The flavor is honestly a real surprise in contrast to the aroma. Obviously very hop forward as this is a Bastard. There's a slight sweetness at the end that tastes caramelized and almost on the verge of a burnt flavor (not in a bad way).

M: Carbonation is pretty average. Mouth-feel is on the lighter side of creamy. A lingering dryness on the tongue.

O: The aroma threw me for a loop, I was actually really looking forward to tasting some of that brown sugar so when it wasn't there that was a little disappointing. Although after I got over the lack of the brown sugar I really enjoyed it. Had just the right amount of kick without feeling boozy.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:27:11 | More by AxesandAnchors
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WesM63

Ohio

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a dark hazy brown with a 1.5finger off white head. Head settles to a thin film with plenty amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruits, oak, some vanilla and earthy pine.

T: Close to the nose. Peculiar blend of earthy pine/resin, oak, vanilla and dark fruits.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Interesting flavor. I don't get one over the others. Not bad but almost has that suicide flavor/feel to it. Not quite there, but still really good.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:27:50 | More by WesM63
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Chris_Cali_2o9


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

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Reddish copper body, 2" bubbly khaki head

S- Dank, floral, spicy hops. Vanilla, funky out of date milk, clay, strawberry like sweet malts

T- Dank funky hops, spice, vanilla, caramel malts, alcohol twang and heat, lingering grapefruit bitterness

M- Creamy body, crisp carbonation

O- No matter how hard i try to find a different way to describe it, the same thing comes to mind... Vanilla ice cream with booze in it, which fades to a grapefruit bitterness. It smells of funky milk with booze tingling the nose, in a good way. This is my second favorite Stone and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:08:06 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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CloudStrife

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very clear ruby with a 1.5 finger mostly white head. Gets a little rocky over a minute or two, ample carbonation. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Get a malty yet very hoppy brew. Reminds me of a stinky cheese shop I went to as a kid. Fruits are in there too, dark ones like fig and plum.

T: Very complex blend of ales here. Has a sweet tone, but also a lot of hop and malt oomph. Still that signature stone taste, yeast? Also the oak comes through almost as a maple syrup.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Could be considered a little syrupy and sticky from the hops but it suits it well.

Overall I like this blend. Very interesting and to see how the different flavors meld together. Would have it once or twice and recommend giving it a go.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 23:30:23 | More by CloudStrife
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

A: near a light source it glows crimson with deep orange hues. Sticky lace from resinous hops no doubt. Looks like a Bastard

S: smells like a Bastard too. Hard to note the subtle differences between the brews fused together here. In any event, massive toasted malts and citrus loaded stinky hops...right on par. The palate should unlock more goodies

T: friction ensues with sip upon sip of sweet toasted malts and massive citrus hops, both badgering my tongue. Just friggen great. In addition, a mellow oak character can be pulled from each sip. Hops upfront and sweetness at the end. It's just done right for a big American Strong Ale. Hard to tell if all the brews are working within, it just a big Bastard!

M: soft fuzzy carbonation and slick with a slightly sticky feel. As with other Stone brews in the Bastard family it almost makes my mouth feel dry at the back of my tongue...if that makes sense. Either way, I likey what I drinky

O: this is a super beer. Strong and classy. In my opinion, an appreciable addition to the Bastard family

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 00:05:31 | More by Magpie14
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a ruby brown color with a big off white head. The head has good retention but fades slowly to leave sticky lacing all on the sides of the glass and nice film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The nose is heavy of pine and a grassy smell. Mixed with these aromas is a sweeter light fruit and some toffee. Rounding out the total smells is a good oaky smell that ties the sweet and hop aromas together nicely.

Taste – The taste starts out heavy of pine hops with a biscuit and oaky taste. As the flavors move on some light fruit flavors come to the tongue. The hop flavors from the start remain just as strong as they were upfront, but are soon joined by a bitter grapefruit and a herbal hop nature. At the end a light citrus flavor come to the tongue along with a boozy flavor to leave an overall hopped green (pine and oak) taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the chewier side with a carbonation level that is a tad light. Both are quite nice for the wide variety of hop flavors experienced in the taste and help each to sit on the tongue and be detected individually.

Overall – A nice variable hop profile flavor in this strong IPA. It has nice transitions and just enough breadiness and sweet to balance the hop and oaky flavors. Definitely one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 23:37:42 | More by Darkmagus82
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

22oz bottle poured into a long stem tulip

The body is a ruby color with a fluffy off white cap that rises two+ fingers. The head falls slowly, leaving some dots and random lines of lace behind.

Piney hops throughout, with plums, raisins, bready malt, and toffee. Additional layers of oak, vanilla, and booze. A very pleasing aroma that has equal elements of all three beers.

Aggressive hops meet the palate first. Pine resin and mild citrus with dark fruits through the middle. Toffee, oak, and vanilla poke through. The finish is a bitter rush of pine and white grapefruit, booze, and plums.

Medium body, chewy in spots. Smooth and lush. Long lingering mix of pine bitterness and dark fruits.

You can really pick out the nuances of each of the base beers. Fruitier than I expected, but it works well to balance out the hoppyness. Loads of flavors, layers of complexity. Well blended.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 14:28:38 | More by ColForbinBC
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

2012 bbatch pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Figs, cakeyness, plums, brown sugar, pineyness & some boozeyness as this warms

T: Follows the nose with herbal & woody hops & some boozeyness mixes in with pineyness up front. Grapefruit comes in as this warms, also some orange peel bitterness, some woodyness as well & just a hint of port. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, & breadyness, but mostly grapefruit & some unneeded boozeynes

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, skews hoppy

I like this, was thinking a little different flavor profile based on the description, very hop-forward, would almost think this was a Barley-Wine, a bloody pricey one

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 05:53:35 | More by russpowell
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spoony

Colorado

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

From a 22 oz into a snifter. 2012 batch.

A-The beer had a red (cranberry?) color with a khaki, one-plus finger of head. The head was slow to fade and pretty thick. It left nice lacing on the glass. The beer was mostly clear.

S-There is a nice, thick, hoppy smell of pine and resinous fruit (grapefruit and pineapple). The fruits were overlain with a nice, syrupy caramel malt note. A little alcohol spice was also present.

T-Taste was sticky, dank, (I hate that word) and hoppy, and quite bitter up front. I got pine and green peppercorn and just a touch of tropical fruit. The malty caramel character is present, but is mostly canceled out by the hot, spicy hops that also pick up strength from the alcohol as the beer warms. A little wild and arrogant for sure.

M-Medium to heavier bodied with an oily and slick feel. The carbonation is mild and fine.

O-I liked this brew quite a bit, more than standard Bastard, but there was a lot going on. I noticed the Oaked Bastard, but was surprised by how the hop characteristics made the beer feel almost IIPA at times. Maybe this brew was a little rough and tumble, but it paired perfectly with the pizza I was eating.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:23:32 | More by spoony
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.