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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010)
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Photo of JMayala
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Lucky Bastard (Lukcy Basartd). I am employed by Total Wine & More in CA and this is an item I've been looking forward to tasting and reviewing.

Whether you buy into "The Bastard" beers' messages or not it is true that this beer is meant for a certain breed. Liking or disliking it doesn't prove if you have good taste in beer, it's a matter of if you like this style, because no other beer really tastes like a Stone Bastard.

A - The appearance is a crystal clear ruby/blood tinted dark ale color. Although appearance of a beer is one of my least important factors, this one looks outstanding.

S - The smell is not much different to the other three bastards...hoppy of course, with that slight but nice oak from the oaked arrogant. The difference comes in the malts, which dull the hops enough to make it more subtle than any of the other bastards.

T - Almost exactly as the smell. The malts that aren't as present in the other bastards make this blend the most balanced of the group. Gives the drink-ability of a lighter I.P.A. with the flavor of a true strong ale, without compromising either field.

M - Mouth-feel is smooth and silky for a strong ale. Not perfect but just about as good as it gets for a beer in this field.

This beer is fantastic. Again, it isn't for everyone but for some like me it'll be exactly what you'd hoped for. Blending all the Stone "Bastard" family into one beer that gives you all the advantages of the 3 and remarkable balance is like a dream come true to me. If you are a Stone/Bastard fan, try one if you can.

JMayala, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

sukwonee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Horbar, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of daledeee
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what this was until I picked it up. A blend of different bastards.

Poured a very dark brown with a lighter head than others of the Bastard species.

Nose: Hops pretty much it(on the pine side)

Taste: As usual with Stone, very hoppy. This one has a nice malty balance to it but still has a very bitter finish and after taste. I can tell there is some oak aging in here.

Mouth feel is creamy and medium carbonation. Alcohol is pretty apparent, but not that high of ABV. For some reason, I like some of the other Bastards better.

daledeee, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, surprised I didn't review this the last time it came out because I know I've had it before. Oh well, a buddy picked one up and shared it with me, its still good. Hoppy smell that sort of leads you on about what the flavor will be. I found the flavor to have a decent bitterness but I felt like the oaked bastard really dominated. It would be interesting to learn what the blend percentages are but I'd guess its "classified'. Alcohol was noticeable and I'm sure the double bastard was responsible. This was good but I think regular old arrogant bastard may be the best bastard.

ArrogantB, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

erlenmeyer, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of sergeantstogie
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

sergeantstogie, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 11/10/12.

A- Pours a deep amber with burgundy hues and a finger and a half of off-white head that provides decent lacing.

S- Aroma of citrus, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruits. Some pine is evident as well.

T- Taste-wise I'm getting mostly sweet malts, caramel, bread, and a bit of raisin. As it warms the piney hops begin to take over. The dark fruits also come out more over time. More complex than it initially lets on. Finishes dry with a decent bitter bite.

M- Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with light carbonation.

O- Another solid ASA from Stone.

SadMachine, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bmur112, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A blend of Arrogant Bastard, double bastard, and oaked arrogant bastard.

Clear chesnut hue with a thin off white head. Dark fruits, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee, smokey, anise, earthy hops and alcohol.

Tastes very much like a cognac. Sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee, up front. The oak aging from the oaked bastard comes through on the mid-palate with oak, smoke and vanilla. Finishes with an underlying earthy hop bite. Massive and complex but detectable booze throughout that stings the gums and burns the throat a touch. A little too overly complex that slaps the tongue around and confuses the taste buds. An alcohol cocktail blend of three very similiar but different beers that crashes into one mess of a big beer.

jtierney89, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jpd7374, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of tleifj
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

tleifj, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of nquigley16
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nquigley16, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bbbblover
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rich brown, as you would expect from such a strong ale.

Tast is similar to the original bastard but... more so. Slightly bitterer and a little bit less sweet. Kind of tangy. I personally feel the original (while still one of my all time favorites) is a little too malty, so this refinement of the hop/malt balance is a positive change.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, off the charts. This is a really BIG beer. The alcohol warms your mouth, and the bitterness lingers deliciously at the back of the tongue.

Overall, this is a great addition to the Bastard family, and maybe my favorite of all the Bastards. I didn't know it was a blend while drinking it, but in retrospect it seems to have successfully captured the best features of all its constituent parts.

bbbblover, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of arash1000
2.25/5  rDev -46%

arash1000, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mecmd, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jdougherty
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jdougherty, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Dwtucker90
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Dwtucker90, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

vrbulldog22, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Jmick28
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jmick28, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of swh1972
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

swh1972, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish body - almost coppery. The head is thick and fluffy and sticks around for a few minutes but remains in a quarter-shaped circle among the middle of the top layer of the brew. The lacing on the glass remains present throughout the drink.

S: Wofts a strong hoppiness, with some caramely maltiness, piney, and some underlying smells of oak.

T: Strong malty taste, finishing with loads of hops. A good amount of bitterness that lingers after swallowing. I don't get a lot of oakiness, which is somewhat disappointing, but the balance of bitterness and hops combined with malty sweetness tastes really good.

M: This is actually a much lighter bodied beer than I was expecting. I'd say medium-bodied, but I enjoy that it is pretty creamy, and it is very drinkable.

O: Very happy to have this one. It's so complex that every drink almost tastes completely different. The first few sips I didnt get any oak flavor and then it comes out as it warms a bit. It is the kind of beer that you don't realize has a high ABV because of how easily it goes down.

Justin_Neff, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kevgod, Nov 09, 2012
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.