Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 113
Gots: 348 | 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:
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 Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bomber into a snifter. Fresh 2014 bottle released just this week October 27-31.

Beautiful head on this brew, creamy, thick, pillow-like and frothy, with lace remaining behind as it recedes. The body is dark amber with lighter amber hues and carbonation is light but visible. 4.5

If you smelled this beer blindfolded, you'd probably assume it was an IPA. It's hugely resinous, piney with some slightly citrus notes. The aroma is explosive. Underneath the prominent hop aroma are toasty, biscuity malt notes and a spice that reminds me of rye. Is there rye in this? 4.25

There's a lot more going on with the flavors here. There's still a big hop presence, giving some spicy, resinous flavors, but this swerves into a blend of toastiness and sweet caramel. Fruit notes and citrus join the caramel to give a very enjoyable combination. 4.25

My tongue is almost numb from the bitterness on this bad boy. It gets you up front and on the finish. Thankfully, the middle is so sweet and velvety it provides the balance to make that bitterness tolerable. It's medium-bodied, feels light in carbonation and finishes semi-dry. 4.25

This beer to me seems like an uber-hopped imperial red ale, one retaining it's malty red flavors while displaying an uncontainable amount of hops. It's good, bold and aggressive.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours deep red, hints of brown, quite hazy, with one-finger khaki head on top that settles fairly quickly to a thin cap.Loads of nice spotty lacing, however.

Nose is really dank and piny. Grapefruit rind on top of resiny pine with almost no malt shining through whatsoever, a bit earthy and dense. Some citrus in there, though it's dulled a bit by the layer of dank hoppy goodness.

Taste has that signature resiny, rindy hop note, nice and dank and pungent. Firmly bitter, notes of grapefruit sitting underneath and brightening things up, leaving the palate tingly. Echos of caramel provide some sweetness, though a bit dulled by the thick, fuzzy layer of tingly pine and citrus. Finish is full of caramel goodness, slightly toasty, completely blanketed in piny hop bitterness. The Oaked component may provide a bit of smoothness to the malt component, but it's largely undetectable in and of itself.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, dense, crisply carbonated, with a finish that's long, bitter, and sticky. Plays bigger than it is.

Alcohol is well hidden, but like all the Bastards, carries its bitterness like a battle standard. Nice beer for a glass or two.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An off-white head produces nice-nice crusty topping; delicate lacing remains. A straight up dirty brew...In a good way... Murky blood-red with dark brown and yellow hues.

S - Nice apricot and fig scent. Piney and earth nose. Lots of caramel and nuts. Vanilla.

T - Very smooth and delicious. Quite a unique blend, you can really taste the three blends. Very nice vanilla taste along with the deep resinous pines.

M - Deep and smooth. Amazingly based with great balance. Carbonation is near perfect. Maybe slight bitterness with little bite. Well done Stone.

O - A very nice and smooth brew, but slightly off character. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one, but very good.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am one lucky bastard to find this on the shelves before its best-by date; I’ve seen the previous release, but fairly recently, so it must have been past its prime. Cheers to fresh beer, and to Stone for slapping a distinct “ENJOY BY JAN 31, 2013”on the side of the bottle – thank you.

A: An excellent color: pours a crystal-clear ruby red that shimmers in the glass. Short, bubbly head pops and fizzes for thirty seconds or so before it dissipates, leaving a negligible amount of tan retention. Wet lacing slides back slowly into the body.

S: There’s almost no nose on this one – is my nose just not very sensitive today, or is this not the pungent hopfest I expect from Stone? From what I can make out, there’s a sweet butterscotch backbone with notes of cherry and fig under a citrusy hop note of mango, kiwi, and some resins. Once I pour it into a glass with more of a tapered lip and let it warm up, I can make out more black ale roast, dark fruits, and bourbon – smells just like hookah smoke, oddly enough.

T: A single sip puts the hairs up on my arm and a warmth on my tongue – that’s a strong beer. Forward tastes of black malt, toasted bread, thick hop oils, and booze, mixing every one of the viscous tastes you can get from a strong ale. Decadently smooth, the sweets thicken every motion of the palate like it’s drenched in malt, so much that even the oily hops get a smoky, syrupy kick. Mango, strawberry, lime, and pine from those hop tastes, though with a sweet grape underpinning to remind me of that hookah character from before. Finishes mild like the nose: nothing but a bit of lemon zest and toasted grain lingers.

M: As said before, this is a smooth beer; not barleywine-thick, but it’s close. Low carbonation and lots of malt to the body.

O: This was a pretty good beer, but I would rather have any of the bastards individually. I don’t know exactly where it’s coming from, but there’s contradicting flavors between the blends and it shows. But the greatness that is Stone comes through every time, showing full, satisfying flavors throughout. I can’t complain.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Docer
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice sized creamy off white head atop a brown pour. The retention and lacing is very nice.

S: Hops up front, piney with some grapefruit. Slight maltiness here, perhaps some caramel. Really hop forward.

T: The hops are less piney than the smell, mostly grapefruit coming through. It's really interesting how 'long' the taste develops on the palate. Maltiness is next, definite caramel. This is followed by what I'm assuming is the OAKED portion, slight oakiness and slight vanilla hints.

MF: The finish is really bitter and dry, very enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation, and a heavier body than I was expecting from the pour.

O: After reading the thread comparing this to the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru, I picked this up to try. I do see the similarities, but the Grand Cru is decidedly better. Don't read that as this beer sucks, it is still very good.

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4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortunate to try this on tap at Fountainhead. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Like the others, this pours a dark cherry / mohagony color, with a fluffy off-white head that retains nicely, with generous lacing coating the glass.

Smell: A bit herbally from almost excessive dry hopping. Earthy and citrus hop notes are present as well. Some dark fruits manage to make themselves known, smells like figs and raisins from Crystal 120.

Taste: Light dark fruit flavors with the semi sweet malt to start. I enjoy the use of this malt in the bastards. The malt flavor really is pushed aside by the earthy, grassy hops. Bitter and strong in flavor, the hop presence is quite strong. The end does not wrap up as nicely as I wish it would, maybe a bit more OAB in there would be nice.

Mouthfeel: Not quite stout level, but this has quite a full feel, with a fair amount of hop oil from the dry hop. The carbonation is consistent, but it almost feels creamy and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: The dry hopping is quite intense and would be too much to handle more than once. I enjoyed the newest member of the bastard family, but for my money there is not a bastard better than the OAB.

Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is a dark orange/amber with a finger of foamy white head and some nice laving left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy with some piney hops and some grassy flavor that is a little like a Douglas fur tree. Citrus fruits are there as well with some sweetness there as well from the malts.

The feel of this beer is smooth and goes down easy. There is a nice medium body to it and seems to lighten in the middle before some bitterness tighten things up. This is pretty drinkable even after I was a little worried it would be a challenge after the first sip things just fell in line.

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight cream colored head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of caramel notes with piny and citrus hops.

Tastes of the caramel notes up front followed by delicious hops. Malt has notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and some fruitiness. Hops are characterized by citrus and pine with some floral notes as well. Oak notes are hidden towards the end, but can be found. Bitterness is fairly high, but so is sweetness which gives balance to the beer. Alcohol adds some depth as well on the back end.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of spark3148857
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another major winner from Stone. This is like a liquid creme brulee. Or more accurately, like a creme brulee without the creme.

Pours a deep purply amber with a big, fluffy tanish head that falls to a sticky curtain of lace. The aroma is huge and carmelly, with a big dose of citrusy hops that takes a dark, plummy turn in conjunction with the malt. The flavor is like burnt caramel, with a sweet, charred edge. The hops are huge and sweet and blowzy, citrusy and piny. The mouthfeel is chewy and firm, with a bitter, carmel crunch to it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always more than happy to try something new from Stone. Review is from notes taken on 12/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a coppery/mahogany color and starts with a one finger khaki head that fades almost immediately to a very faint and incomplete skim and thin ring around the surface; body is a little murky and rather dark, but you can still see through it for the most part; fair spots, strands and washes of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Yep, it's from Stone... Tons of hops that are right up front and come across a little piney, but there is a big citric aspect as well that comes across the nose like grapefruit and/or pineapple; slight malt presence hiding out in the back, but it really does allow the hops to shine.

Taste: Gotta love the West Coast and the way they use their hops out there -- tons of the bitter hops and they really come across as citric, especially grapefruit and pineapple like in the nose, but also a touch of mango, perhaps?; it does have a firm matly backing that provides just a touch of balance, but it still allows the hops to do their job; faint presence of alcohol, but for being over 9%, it's very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight; carbonation is super solid -- not too strong, but present enough to keep it lively yet smooth; a moderately thick, semi-dry sticky coating is left on the palate; belly is left a little warm from the bigger ABV.

Drinkability: Solid beer and a great offering from Stone; nice and bold hoppy flavors that any Bastard would be happy to imbibe; also, it's really well balanced for being the hop bomb that it is; ABV would definitely catch up though, so I can't give it any higher than 4 and feel OK about it.

Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.