Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Just when you thought the arrogance and bastardization of ales has met its limits, Stone somehow finds new heights of intimidation and brashness in a beer.... and doing so with such beauty, elegance, and refinement. Not unlike an elegant balerina- turn porn star.
High aggression of pine resins, citrus piths, and sharp spruce lead the hoppy nose into a swirl of hops with malty notes of bread crust, lightly scorched caramel, and sun-kissed barley kernels. All of which scream brashness and assault.
Pouring a deep amber color, the beer carries a hazy glow with a dense and sturdy yellowish head. Very mousse-like and sticky with lace/legging. Maybe the beer should be served with a fork and knife.
An on slaught of dense malt flavor begin with deeply caramelized barley, toffee, and molasass. Not to be outdoane, the rebuttal of hops balance the mean spirited malts with sharp pine, resin, white grapefruit flesh, and a pithy/sappy taste unlike anything ever found in a beer.
Heavy, full, and creamy early, the beer takes ultimate fullness to malty dryness, arid hoppiness, and alcoholic warmth in a hurry. This makes the beer way too drinkable for such strength and power.
The insestual nature of these Basards give the right contributions from each while giving the beer a fresher dry-hopped aroma, fortified hop flavor, and intense bitterness. If not for the paint thinner-like alcohol taste and shear power in flavor, the beer could reach perfect- even if a bastard.
11-29-2010 06:41:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
after a great session at gbx, moved onto barleys for some more fun. served cold in a pint glass.
pour was very nicely done i have to say with a deep caramel color and a soft tan head on top that really came through quite nicely i have to say. aroma is rich malts, lots of caramel, vanilla and touches of oak and light hops rounding it out. again nicely done. flavor was off the charts as i got most of the double in the flavor with huge malts but the light hops in the finish with a touch of oak an vanilla rouned it out nicely. seemed to have no heat to it an this went own with little effort.
overall a very solid offering here and glad i ha the chance to try it on tap!
12-31-2010 15:17:51 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
A: The pour is a clear copper-amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.
S: Smells intensely hoppy, much like Arrogant Bastard. Lots of piney and citrus peel hop notes which are quite pleasant. Follows with caramel and brown sugar and apples.
T: The flavor is really nothing like the aroma. The hoppiness is not really there other than a bit of bitterness. There is an intensely sweet flavor that is almost like candied apples. A touch of alcohol is present as well. Maybe just a bit oxidized as well.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.
D: The smell of this was really great, but the flavor was sort of weird. A bit too sweet and appley for my tastes. But, an interesting enough to keep me coming back.
12-10-2010 02:28:40 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
A: two finger thick off white head with good retention with an aggressive poor on a fairly clear deep copper body.
S: aroma is excellent and very enticing with floral, grapefruit and orange citrus, toasted malts and caramel. actually a nicely balanced hop and malt profile here.
T: opens almosty like a barleywine with malts and candy sugar mocing to earthy and pine hops which is unexpected for the aroma. then it finishes a bit sharp and boozy with more caramel malts and pine.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: this one isnt bad, just a lot of unexpected f.avors. definitly malt forward, still a good beer,
12-08-2012 02:11:25 | More by kylehay2004
3.88/5 rDev -7%
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clearish, amber-brown body with a goodly-sized, foaming, off-white head.
Smell: This Stone bastard saturnalia smells of sliced, oily citrus fruits, rigid Colorado Blue spruce planks, and a firm, unapologetic grassiness marked by sweet-scented, cooked sugar notes and a subtler hint of toasted malt.
Taste: Sweetish affront upfront with chewy toffee and moderately toasted barley enveloped in caramelized sugars. Staunchly grassy, with bold hoppy flavors of pithy grapefruit peelings, concentrated resins, shredded mint leaves, and segmented tangerines, producing acidic, raunchy hop-burps. Cutting, caustic bitterness. Small surge of yeastiness midway. Very faint trace of the 'Oaked' variety. Warming, clear cut alcohol on the citrusy, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: The bitterness and alcohol certainly keeps me at a slow, tenuous pace. A nice, bitter, one-bottle diversion to while away the hours being trapped under a blanket of rare Atlanta snow.
01-10-2011 20:31:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -4.1%
This beer poured out as a deep amber color with a nice looking strong cream colored head on top. The aroma of the beer was hoppy, it also had a good amount of malt on the nose too. The taste of the beer is simply a blend of the Bastard's. It's hoppy, it's a little sweet, just really nice flavors going on here. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty nice also, has a good medium to thick body with a solid amount of carbonation. Overall I was glad I got a bottle of this, it went pretty quick at my local shop.
09-02-2011 03:53:17 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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!
11-25-2010 18:39:27 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
11-19-2010 06:59:10 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-26-2012 02:00:14 | More by zeff80
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
On tap at The Rose and Crown.
Crimson hued, dark but fairly clear. The off-white head is small but lasting.
Deep caramel and pine aromas hit the nose first. There are subtleties of wafer cookie, peppermint and vanilla.
The palate is about what I'd expect from a blend of the 3 Bastards: deep caramel malts, a little sugar cookie, vanilla, astringent oak and abrasive, resiny hops. Medium bodied, pretty quaffable for what it is. A great beer.
12-31-2010 07:13:37 | More by largadeer
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
22oz bomber, from a trip through Oregon and Idaho earlier this summer. Do people actually try to read the grammatical wankery on this particular offering's label?
This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, dark murky golden ruddy brown hue, with two fingers of dense puffy ecru head, which sits in like it's going to protest something or other, but eventually gives up a high cloud pattern of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of grapefruit and orange rind, pine needles, bready caramel malt, a bit of black seeded fruit, and soft, alluring alcohol. The taste is green forest-fresh piney hops, less raw, but equally bitter citrus hops, caramel, toffee malt, and soft, somewhat sweet booze - not much of the oak from the blend comes through. Still, my Strong Ale 101. The carbonation is quite relaxed, the body a solid, beefy medium weight, a smoothness bitch in the face of the challenging hops. It finishes kind of surprisingly clean, West Coast style - big bitter citrus hops, and backbenched caramel malt.
Fcuk. Wwo! I've had all three of the constituent ingredients to this blend, and, well, this represents oh so well. Intense individual essences all add up to one mother of a brew, and crazily drinkable at that. 8.5 points of ABV slide slinkily over all. Hoppy, sweet, and all that is good with what you should be expecting. Dirnk tihs nwo if yuo cna!
10-19-2011 02:40:57 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Lukcy Bastard pours a cloudy deep-crimson and chestnut body beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves solid walls of creamy lace about the glass.
The aroma offers resinous hops that are citrusy, grassy, leafy, piney, and floral - but mainly resinous. There's some fruit, mainly pineapple, but not nearly as much as you might expect there could be. In fact, I may be finding more yeast fruitiness than hoppy fruitiness; or is it all just the yeasty fruitiness combined with the hop aromas? Some of the malt comes through, but it's intertwined with the hop and you can't really get through that to focus on it specifically. You can sense that there's darkish caramel malt there (your eyes tell you that as well), but you can't separate it from the hops. All you can really find is a delicate note of sweetness amidst the chaos of the hops.
In the mouth it's medium bodied with a thin edge of dextrins. It warms and becomes creamy as the carbonation is released.
The flavor displays the same combination of darkly caramelish malt and resinous, piney, grassy, citrusy and floral hops found in the aroma. Here, however, they're a little easier to discern. An occasional dollop of sweet malt shows through here and there, although a rock solid bitterness is always ready to bash it away! This is one bitter, hoppy ale ! ! ! As it warms it softens a bit though, allowing more of the maltiness to come through, as well as more fruitiness and floral character.
As to drinkability, it would require a very strong palate to go through more than an Imperial pint of this without losing at least a little of your senses - and don't forget that even though the alcohol doesn't really seem to show, it's still a pretty solid 8.5% alc./vol.! So the question is "how much did you/do you enjoy it"? And "how much would you like to have another one at another time?". The answer for me is that I'd do it. I'd love another. It's a total assault on your tastebuds, and that's probably a good thing every now and again. But I've also treated it as somewhat of a sipper, allowing my palate some time to recover between sips. I really don't think I could handle a pint of this out at the pub with the lads. For that I'd prefer something a little more balanced and focused, say... the standard Stone IPA. Still, I've got to give it good marks. Cheers!
12-13-2010 23:12:20 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
I feel this this release is significantly better than the first time I had it. Maybe the blend is different this batch. Who knows.
Really nice hoppy spice character going on. Minimal citrus tones with a fair amount of pine. Great balance, even though it's pretty powerful and robust. I like this beer a lot. And it's probably one of the coolest bottle designs I have see from Stone so far.
12-17-2012 00:04:28 | More by RblWthACoz
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, citrus and brown sugar.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. the malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although this is a blend of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard this beer tasted a lot like Old Guardian to me. Overall it's a good beer to drink for a while but not as good as any of the other four beers mentioned.
02-08-2011 17:10:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of an amber-brown body with perfect clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.
S - A rich, barleywine like combination of malt and hops with notes of caramel, mustard, rosemary, oak, and pine.
T - Dark caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front with some peppery hops. The caramel character becomes a bit burnt in the middle with swelling bitterness and some pine notes. The beer finishes with lots of mustard, pine, and burnt caramel as well as a tannic oak note that lingers on the palate. Huge hop bitterness washes away any residual sugar that might be left once the beer is gone.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - This is about what I would expect from a blend of the various bastards. The hops are crushingly bitter and full of peppery pine flavor that works with the dark malt to give off a mustardy barleywine character. It is a bit on the harsh size in the aftertaste with both acrid bitterness and some tannic oak notes. An interesting beer, but when it comes to Stone's beer, I still much prefer the beers that don't come with bastard in the name.
01-11-2011 05:50:39 | More by nickfl
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
Appears a dark ruby body, light tan head forms thick like dough rising. Fine lacing spread evenly all around the sides of my chalice. Aroma is full of dark nearly burn sugars with a hint of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, with the citrus pine ridden hop tones found in the Double Bastard definitely looks more like the traditional Bastard. This was an awesome idea to blend all three to make something better than any of it's parts. Spicy citrus dark brown sugar malts hints of pine cones, hoppy but balanced. A touch of oak well hidden, alcohol within the flavor spectrum this is how the Bastard is meant to be. This is more of what I remember the early days of Arrogant Bastard meant to me back in 2001 was my first experience. Harsh abrasive but fruit pine and citrus hops balance it out with darker caramelized hops I think they have found the right balance with this Cuvee de Bastard. Smooth drinking mouthfeel medium to full bodied natural easy going carbonaton this body is oily with some resins. Drinkability overall is excellent very easy to drain a 22 ounce bottle but becareful the alcohol by volume will hit you at 9.2% abv, keep trying beers in order to come across this type of an experience.
12-02-2010 02:14:19 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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
11-20-2012 05:53:35 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-17-2010 23:32:13 | More by MasterSki
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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