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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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1,408 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 180 | FT: 4
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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Photo of beersensei305
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.

beersensei305, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of oberon
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!

oberon, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
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.

Reagan1984, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of popery
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.

popery, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Eriktheipaman
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.

Eriktheipaman, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/24/10

On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.

A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.

S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.

T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.  

M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.

Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.

HopHead84, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Baltika46
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.

Baltika46, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
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.

silver0rlead, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of turboedtwo
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.

turboedtwo, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of slayer3604
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!

slayer3604, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a creamy cap atop the hazy amber liquid; leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma, with citrus, pine and a bit of caramel to balance things out

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a burst of resinous citrus that arrives almost instantaneously; by mid-palate, the grapefruit and pine flavors are in full force and build, after the swallow, though just a hint of caramel remains around to balance the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: So fine in so many ways and, unlike some other Stone beers, does not become sticky; just the right amount of malt to balance out the hops

(Had a bottle of thisa few days later and would rate it a shade lower; the hops were more aggressive and the alcohol was more apparent, neither of which was a positive to me; on the plus side, the oak comes through a bit more in the bottle.)

brentk56, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Brad007
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".

Brad007, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
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.

DaveHS, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL, 11/19/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy chestnut hue with ruby highlights and a slim, sudsy parchment head. Minimal lace.

Smell -- Hops reminiscent of grapefruit pith, pine resin, and wet-naps. Some onion notes present. Rich malt backbone with caramel and brown sugar, along with oak sugars and woodiness.

Taste -- Grapefruit pith and resin, caramel, raw cane sugar, wetnap, vanilla-like oakiness and faint lumberyard woodiness. Finish is grapefruit pith and marmalade.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full with moderate carbonation. Soft and foamy in the finish. Quite good.

Drinkability -- It's easy to detect the base beers, but overall it's like Oaked with more malt sweetness and body lent form Double Bastard. Has a little bit of onion-like hop flavor and aroma, but still quite good. However, I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard over this one.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
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.

kbnooshay, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Pours a deep red color with a significant amount of white head on top. On the nose, I get both floral and earthy hops, light wood and dates. On the palate, full bodied, good carbonation, with a pretty nice balance between the toffee sweetness, the citrusy hops and the lingering alcohol.

emmasdad, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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atsprings, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

A lovely follow-up to Darkness. It pours a slightly hazy ruby topped by a thick finger of eggshell foam. The nose comprises pearl onions, light pine, white bread, orange peel, Swiss cheese, and a decidedly light bit o' toffee. As odd as it may sound (I know it did to me), it comes together nicely enough. The taste blasts the tongue with hops, mostly traipsing in with spicy, onion-y notes. A cowering puddle of caramel lies dejected in the back. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick feel, and a dry finish. Overall, I think this thing is a bit much. I think a good amount of complexity could have been achieved had the hops not destroyed all semblance of anything else. Still, this was quite the event.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of juhl31
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

juhl31, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of cooncat
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a local pub on tap last night.

Served in a standard pint glass (which is really 14.5 oz ... have to talk with the manager about that one of these days).

The beer is amber in color, perhaps with some light garnet hues. (tough to tell in a darkened bar). My glass was served with about a 1/2" head, which had decent retention for the abv. Also, some lacing evident as the glass is drained.

Smell is huge on hops, and I'm picking up mostly Centennial, though maybe some Amarillo is in there. Can't get much malt in the nose off this hop bomb.

The tastes follows the nose in that this is a Centennial hop bomb. This is nothing like the rest of the "Bastard series", which I consider pretty malty. There is enough malt to support the huge hops, but just barely. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation at about the 2 volume level. (at least at my bar)

My drinkability score reflects that this is a 9.2% abv brew, and thus isn't a session brew. I could possibly do 2 without feeling "impaired". Also, Centennial isn't my favorite hop (I'm a home brewer) ... guess that's a personal thing, but I'm not a fan of 2 Hearted for the same reason. Still, I enjoyed the (mini) pint, and if I'd had the time, I'd probably have had another.

If you're a bonafide Stone hophead, this one's for you. Find it, buy it, drink it!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
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.

ryantaussig, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a tulip.

A - Served in two fingers of light than foam that eventually settle to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. The body is a transparent red color.

S - Some nice dank and pine dry hop aroma, light oakiness, as well as a faint cheesy note. Some vanilla and a fruity malt backbone.

T - The taste is a little more caramel-heavy, with some oaky vanilla, and citrus hop character. Very bitter and oaky finish. I looked up the blend and discovered that this is "a 50/50 blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale. The blend is then oaked and double dry-hopped."

M - It has a fairly hefty body that is more akin to Double Bastard. Very sticky and chewy with medium carbonation.

D - I like this, although I think the aroma was my favorite part. My notes are spelled about as well as the name of this beer, so I think having more than one would probably be a bad idea. The mixture of intense bitterness and tannic oak gets fatiguing as well.

MasterSki, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was really looking forward to trying this and was quite disappointed....

Good crisp head on the pour and a nice brown colour.
Smells very hoppy with hints of oak. Definitely smells like it would be very tasty!!!
Tastes... Pretty shitty actually... Harsh hops that don't blend with the oak well at all. I can taste oak and double bastard hoppiness separately and it's honestly too busy and strong to enjoy at this point...
Maybe with some time this would back off but as is it was very unbalanced and overwhelming without the kind of complexity i had hoped for

Urbancaver, Nov 17, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.