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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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92
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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,398
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 138
Gots: 431 | 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: 758 | Hads: 2,398
Photo of xnicknj
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a deep auburn with ruby tones, slightly hazed. A fairly thick tanned head bubbles up, retaining pretty well while eventually fading into some bubbly film. Leaves plenty of spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Strong nose with citrus and heavy pine hops. Hints of oak with a splash of alcohol and some caramel as well.

Begins strong and bitter with a heaping dose of pine hops. Powerful citrus, rind, grapefruit, and zest combine with lasting flavor. A mildly sweet malt base is hidden towards the middle with caramel, bread, and earth tones. The oaked portion is evident as well with a bit of raisins and dates. Finishes with bitter hoppiness and some alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, varies from creamy and smooth to dry and chewy feels. Drinks well, although the occasionally intense bitterness and boozy tones slow it down a bit. Solid beer from Stone, but not my favorite. (928 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date.

A - Clear bronzed amber with orange highlights give Lukcy an awesome color. A two-finger tan head tops the brew. Low retention but some patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - A slight hint of resiny plastic band-aid floats amid the heavily malty and hoppy aroma. Toasted amber malts and green, piney hop. A good balance in the nose but nothing spectacular going on here.

T - More hops than I expected initially. Lots of that resin flavor pops out with a complimentary pine and sap kick. Earthy hops. The toasted amber malts provide a good balance with a sweetness that comes out in part.

M - Exceptionally smooth and followed through with a medium body and hoppy, bitter finish. A little bit of warming going on from the alcohol.

D - Surprise, surprise, a strong ale from Stone. As Beerwolf would say, "knock me over with a feather." I understand this brew is a combination of all three bastards. Well, I'm glad, cause it tastes just like all three of them with no real difference. It's a good beer, but it's nothing new at all. Nothing sets it apart. It's got good drinkability for what it is anyway. I wouldn't ever open one alone though. (1,213 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is mainly fruity, mostly orange, and slightly sweet. There is also a hint of hops. It pours a clear, dark mahogany that is more brown than red and has a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy with tones of malt and citrus and just a little bitterness - very satisfying! Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a nice sour citrus and hoppy finish. (389 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear toasted cherry color. Brownish crimson. Head is a vibrant tan hue. Head is thick and bubbly. It leaves generous speckles of lacing.

S-Big and brawny. Obviously well-hopped. Big notes of pine. Citrus and green grass hops. A cauldron of caramel. Even a whisper of oak. This beer delivers the liquor-fueled sweetness of Double Bastard, the loud hoppiness of Arrogant Bastard and the divine oak of Oaked Bastard.

T-The slight nuance of oak really adds another layer to the violent pine hop and flowing caramel. This is defiant brew; liquid insolence! Freakish bitterness meets velvety maltiness. Then the sneaky oak sets in. Booze is not masked.

M-Bitter! Drying! Boozy! A sipper. Medium carbonation. Fuller bodied.

O/D-I personally find all three of the base beers to be excellent (I will give the nod to Oaked Arrogant Bastard as my personal favorite). This one is pretty neat, but I find that the parts are greater than the sum in this situation. Still pretty awesome, but I would probably take any of the three original Bastards over this. Still a damn good beer. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark root beer brown color with a very healthy oatmeal colored head and lots of chunky lacing. The aroma brings a firm citrus hop and some sweet pumpkinlike spice on the edges. A touch of sour yeast noted too. Nice. The taste says more of a pine hop bitterness nicely mellowed by a sweet caramel malt. It's a little tangy with steady carbonation for a lively feel in a medium-plus bodied brew. Decent drinkability though there is a bit of an alcohol edge here. I sense tea and vanilla all nicely blended and easily recommended. (534 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tarnished copper color, clear with yellowy white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is delicious combination of aggressive pacific coast hops (pine and grapefruit) and balanced sweetness (Carmel, bread, brown sugar). This really brings the components together nicely. Aggressive pine and grapefruit as noted in Arrogant Bastard, full notes of Carmel, brown sugar and bread that is not overly sweet from the Double Bastard and a smoothed out bitterness from the Oak Aged. Fuller side of medium bodied, doesn't appear as heavy as others in it's series. A very nice blended beer where each of it's parts add up perfectly. (630 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider with a loose, tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a frothy band around the edges and a cluster of bubbles across the center. Nose expresses dark fruit, toasted malts, a trace of citrus and spice and a hint of alcohol and wood. Taste consistent with nose; however some grapefruit acidity and bitterness also comes out in the mix before finishing with a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an assertive carbonation and some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Decent, but not sure it's worth the hype. Flavors are a little jagged, but there might be some improvement with age on this one. (734 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.62/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brick read color, almost brown. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to leaves some patchy lace that crawls along the glass.
S: Bitter grapefruit, resiny pine, and mold wood. Some booze. I can't really get anything else.
T: Follows the nose with tons of grapefruit and pine flavors. A very strong bitterness. A grainy, sugary sweetness tries to balance everything out in the middle, but to no avail. Another shot of lingering bitterness finishes everything out. Plenty of alcohol as well.
M/D: A full body that is resiny, sticky, and syrupy. Hard to drink because of the strong bitterness and hot alcohol.

I thought I would give this a try. So many people rave about all of Stones Bastard beers, and I just don't get it. This might be the best of the bunch, but that is not saying much for me. This does not have the degree of harshness and burning as some of the others, but still up there in that regard. Not something I would recommend. (994 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by January 13.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a frothy khaki head that lingers.

Pine, resin, and grapefruit are supported by sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread in the aroma. Pine dominates. Dark fruit notes of prunes and fig add intrigue.

Flavor begins with burnt breadcrust and deeply caramelized sugar, with underlying grapefruit pith, herbal tea, and pine, finishing fairly dry and bitter. Oak and resin linger in the aftertaste.

Body is a little full, with low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Interesting combination of flavors, thought the burnt character dominates and is slightly unpleasant. (621 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish amber color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A nice dry hop profile. Some sweet caramel bits.

(T)- Again, a nicely dry hop profile. Some caramel-like malts and mild sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A good balance too; primarily dry and hoppy with some caramel sweetness.

(D)- Not bad. I definitely think I preferred this fresh, but its still drinking well. (460 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Burgundy/brown colored...nice frothy tan head
S-Very fresh floral and piney hop aroma....
T-Big pine flavor.....malt is secondary but has some toffeeish characteristics...some hints of dark fruits as well.
F-Medium to full bodied....strong bitterness on the finish...
0-Not as complex as I had hoped but nothing wrong with this piney strong ale offering from Stone. (367 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive bitter hop, oak, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, oak, big bitter hop, and very slight citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. This one was pretty well balanced as well for a hop friendly palate. I could see this one being too hoppy for a person new to really hoppy brews though. The blend of the brews actually turned out a lot nicer than I was expecting them to. This one is a definite must try even if you have to trade for it. (722 characters)

Photo of popery
3.91/5  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. (894 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,355 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper to amber like color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, hops and hints of oak. In the taste, pine hops, dark fruit and oaky, with hints of alcohol. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry oak and pine like hops in the aftertaste. I can tell it is a blend of all three bastards, a bit abrasive, but that is what it should be. (373 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep red color that yellows on the edges. A foamy, two finger head that looked fairly tan. Some nice lacing and sheets left on the sides.

S - Malt forward, lot of caramel on this with a resiny hops that somehow doesn't smell piney.

T - Decent amount of hops in there, although it is mostly resin to me. This reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but you can tell there is some Double in there as well. Sweet, with some wood, balance is nice with the bitterness.

M - It's full bodied with a dose of carbonation, don't really notice this one way or the other.

D - Pretty drinkable for a 9.2%, don't really get that off of the taste of feel. This is a solid beer, not a world beater, but I thought it was decent. (717 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottle says EJNOY BY JAN 31, 2013.

A- Pours a clean, reddish brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Thick ring of resilient lacing.

S- Moderately pungent hop aroma with nice toasty malt notes to back it. Somewhat herbal with some alcohol fume trailing at the end. Musty.

T- Highly bitter, even for me. Mainly vegetal-type hop flavor with the toasty malt attempting to be seen but the bitterness is too powerful. Alcohol is well-masked. Also, did I say bitter?

M- Full-ish body with medium carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel from the hops.

O- Haven't had this in years and I still like it a lot. It's just not as complex as I thought it was. Basically just a hop bomb, which is fine.

Edit: Had the 2014 vintage on-tap and was much more complex. Smooth, somewhat sweet, slightly creamy. Modified score to reflect this. (974 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lion's Pride.
In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a pretty large tan head that left some sticky lacing.
Hoppy aroma, sweet malt, alcohol.
The oak definitely came through more in the taste. Sweet, bready, blast of herbal hops.
A smooth beer.
Easy to drink. A good way to start off a visit with my mother. (334 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome ass bomber split between two people, in tall wine glasses.

Just the same as whiskey, the measured and expert blending of fine beers leads to uncommon smoothness. This is like, jeez, Arrogant Bastard is normally good since even though it's large and noisy it's still pretty much a pale ale. It's not of those strong ales that tastes like a thick, hoppy mess, and while it's plenty assertive it's not the kind of palette wrecker that you can only enjoy here and there.

This is like that, only amped up way big. The oakiness is distinct not in flavor but in affect, the three flavors pile on top of each other and round each other out. What's the right metaphor? This is like stepping inside of one of those big plastic hamster balls--the kind they use for extreme sports--and then having a team of rams butt you into a jagged cliff. The thrill is still there--the movement, the anticipation of pain--but the impact is deadened, you still see hear and feel it but nothing hurts. (986 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red with some haze and a creamy off-white cap. Good size and retention. Some thicker lace.

S- Huge aroma of oak, pine, dark fruit and citrus.

T- Like a bigger, stronger version of Oaked AB. Big on the oak. Pine and citrus big from the hops. Dark fruit and caramel malt. Some alcoholic edge.

MF- Moderate body and carbonation. Warm palate and big bitter finish.

DB- I like how this worked out. I always was impressed by Oaked AB's small size and how flavorful it is. This packs Double Bastard's strength with some good oak. (529 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date, poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass

a dark hazy amber color, with off-white colored head an inch thick. the head thins, but never goes away. decent lacing.

aggressive hop aroma, as expected. pleasant though.

flavors are blended nicely. some pine hop bitterness, but enough malt to hold it up. full body, medium carbonation. thick, without being heavy.

a pretty solid beer, but not sure if it's any better than it's individual parts. (468 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with three fingers of pillowy, persistent foam; head leaves a nice trail of lacing behind.

The first smell to come through is citrus hops, with a bit of pine thrown in as well. Then comes a slightly sweet scent of caramel malts and very faint hints of oak. Smells very good.

Taste is similar to smell. The hops dominate initially, followed by the malts. Like most stone beers, no real attempt to hide the alcohol, which provides a nice warming feeling, but isn't overwhelming. Oak is clearly present as well. Leaves a lingering strong bitterness.

This is very smooth, with a medium mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for the abv and the persistent bitterness of the hops. I would like to see this one come back. (724 characters)

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. (452 characters)

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.