Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 758
Hads: 2,394
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 136
Gots: 432 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It may have all started with one beer; the Arrogant Bastard - a strong American Pale Ale that throws caution to the wind and plainly exclaims to you on the back of the bottle (in 3 or 4 long paragraphs) that you probably aren't worthy of the beer that you are holding. This approach made sense in 1997 when the Bastard came out, and craft beer was barely known at all. Now though it has turned into a cult, and The Arrogant Bastard is one of the Best Selling American Pale Ales on the planet. So what is the Lucky Bastard? It is the 4th in a long line of Bastard Ales, and I'd put money on betting that it is not the last.

After the Original 8.5% Arrogant Bastard came the Double Bastard at 10.5%, and then the Oaked Bastard (7.2%) not long ago. The Double Bastard may have eclipsed the Arrogant, but to me the Oaked fell short, and just didn't work well with the style. Lucky for us though, this most recent version of the Bastard takes the best aspects of all three ales and combines them into 1 outstanding beer. The Lucky Bastard is therefore a combination of the Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and Oaked Bastard. If you get your hands of a bottle of the Lucky Bastard, take a good close read of the back, and see if you find something odd... Every word is spelled inncorectly in a specific style that allows your brain to interpret the words naturally. The first and last letter of each words are correct, but everything in between is jumbled. Did you even notice that the front label is misspelled?...

I opened the Lucky Bastard (8.5% abv, 650ml) up cool around 12C (54F) and poured it into 3 tulip glasses to share with my friends. The pour was smooth and silky in classic Stone fashion building a golden red beer with a thickly packed mound of bubbles. What was built was stupendous - sitting on the table the beer glowed a dark amber bronze, gleaming with copper, mahogany, royal red and sheer metallic chrome. The head was lush and large filling almost half the glass about 2 to 3 inches above the beer. Carbonation was light all the way up forming a tan brown colored smooth, mouse-like, and creamy cap. When held into the light this beer showed a totally transparent body that was among the richest ruby colors I have ever seen in beer - this is absolutely the best looking Bastard yet.

The nose on the Lucky Bastard is also my favorite yet - it is malty-rich first with a quick shot of sweet oak. Generous candy-like caramel and light toffee dance easily across my senses, and warm biscuit malts melt perfectly with pale malt and crisp fruit. Hops aren't shy either though. While the malt backbone of this beer leans towards the Double Bastard the fresh and clean flavors in pine, citrus and zest shine through reminiscent to the Arrogant Bastard. Grapefruit lingers from end to end, and cleans the way for a sweet candied oak witch it much fresher here than in the Oaked Bastard.

The first sips to the last all mimic the nose quite well, but bring forward greater intensity, and show off a masterful mouthfeel. A silky and lightly oil stricken beer glides easily over your palate bringing smooth waves of malty sugar and caramel. It is big and robust with a toffee sweetness, but a crisp overall sensation. This is made possible clearly due to the crisp west coast hopping which is apparent from end to end.

Citrus leans in and cleans your palate starting on your tongue and waving into your cheeks. Grapefruit zest touches lemon a bit, but hinges towards pine and earth. It is a genuinely smooth and delicious hop flavor which is bigger in hop flavors and aroma than it is in bitterness. Don't be mistaken though, bitter comes though in dryness and resin - and rightfully so, or else this beer would end up to be cloyingly thick and sweet.

The overarching flavor here that makes this beer to me is a sweet oak that lingers lightly throughout the entire drink. It is less distinct and powerful than any of the malts or hops, but is present the whole time, and adds a great deal of depth and character to this American Pale Ale. The finish is sweet at first, but bitteringly dry at the end. This is probably my favorite of the Bastards now, however I would drink the Arrogant the majority of the time for its simple, but perfect refreshing characteristics. Hopefully the Lucky Bastard will be around for a long time, and I can see it matching so well with creamy and old cheeses, as well as rich pastas or game. I can't wait to taste all 4 Bastards side by side. Well done guys!

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Photo of Humulus85
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Bastard no matter how it's spelled! 2013 version, best by Jan. 31, 2013. From a 22oz bottle into my favorite snifter.

Pours a beautiful clear garnet. About two finger of khaki foam, nice tight bubbles, really solid retention with some fine lacing and alcohol legs.

Hoppy upfront, with some resinous pine and grapefruit. Tons of toffee, bready malts in the middle. Hints of oak and vanilla. Bit of booze in the finish with some earthy hops.

Not as hoppy upfront as the nose, still get some of those awesome dry hopped citrus/pine flavors. Tons of malt. Hits all the notes; from cereal to caramel to dark fruit to a bit of roasty and even a faint hint of chocolate. The Oaked lends it's traits with some wood and vanilla flavors. Bitter throughout. Definitely some alcohol of the back of the tounge.

A solid medium heavy, but with ample carbonation. Bitter and dry in the finish. Tons of flavor but still very drinkable, maybe dangerously so.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this beer. It does manage to be better than the some of it's parts. The dry hopping is what seals the deal for me. A truly one of a kind American ale. Buy this if you see it. While you will appreciate this more if you have tried the three other Bastards, it is a fine beer independently. Drink it fresh. Cheers! (1,309 characters)

Photo of Janderson91
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber color, almost clear with a one finger tan head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

S - The hoppiest smell of the Bastard series I've had. Still very strong malt in the background but the hops shine through here.

T - Taste is quite bitter in the beginning with a slight spiciness. Very sweet malt midway through and a good balanced finish that lingers for a while. Also a noticeable vanilla taste perhaps due to the oak aged portion of this blend.

M - Mouthfeel is great. A medium-full body with good carbonation. Perfect.

D - The thicker mouthfeel makes it slightly less drinkable.

Loved this beer. My favorite in the Bastard series. (650 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: A glorious near-ruby red ale with brilliant clarity and a creamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops are tempered by notes of caramelized peaches and newly baked bread. Meanwhile, hot buttered rum mixes with grapefruit and apricot. This bouquet is a merry dance, with ever-changing soloists moving to the same even beat.

Taste: Warm, buttery caramel adds just enough sweetness to toasty malt and resinous hops to bring this out from IPA territory. The medium bitternrss lasts through the finish, but not without a fresh breath of spearmint mixed with citrus. Complex YUM.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture meets just enough fizz to keep this drink merry and bright. A slightly watery feel detracts somewhat--a bit more body would do the taste buds good.

Overall: A bit more viscosity, and you have yourself a masterpiece. Speaking subjectively, this beer more than encompasses and harmonizes my favorite elements of the moment: Bright hops and sweet/hearty melanoidins. I will be seeking out this beer like a fox. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lukcy Basartd

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours deep amber with head that rises and looks like deep-dish pizza dough. When it punches itself down, nice, intricate lacing is left sticking to the glass. The beer itself is clear but filled with sediment. Good effervescence. 

S: Toasted and caramel malts followed by what were once pungent tropical fruits. Intense instant tea aromas and a little earthiness are also present. 

T: Toasted and caramel malts and intense tea-like flavors hog spotlight. The fruity and hoppy notes are almost totally absent. Intense, monolithic bitterness butts in mid-palate and does not let go. Weedy, bitter finish. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Sticky, yet drying. 

O:  I knew aging Lukcy Basartd would be a gamble, but I figured it was worth the risk. This beer was best fresh. Drink 'em if you got 'em.  (875 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

damn this beer is something else!!!!

dark ruby in color...with a fading head and excellent lacing...

smells like a nice medley of hops, hops, and malt!...its got that new smell maybe the cascade hops...maybe a hint of chocolate too...

the taste is very nice very malty and very hoppy...very well balanced...

the feel is creamy with a dry finish....

nice drink ability even though its up there in abv (404 characters)

Photo of 100floods
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany brow with a cream white head that does seem to want to stick around for long. It appears to be pretty cloudy, too. Hops Hops HOPS! Unfortunately I cant seem to smell much. This has the signs of the classic bastard flavor. The first sip, however, wasn't as strong as I would have expect. Rich hop flavor, earthy, chewy. Definitely a woody flavor from the oak aged portion. Notes of caramel as well. This beer starts with a very strong hop attack, very bitter, almost spicey, then kind of fizzles before you can get to the malt and some other hop flavors. That flavor kinda seems to pair up with some of the malt. There's a citrus-malt finish. The carbonation keeps things moving but seems a little too much, only because I like my strong ales with a little less carb. Perhaps it's a way to keep it from turning into a malt bomb, which actually, now that I think about it, saves the beer.. Overall a good beer to have tried. I don't think blending the three beers made a difference. I've had all the different versions of the Bastard, all which I like, all the flavors are familiar, which is nice, but blending it does bring anything new to the table. (1,171 characters)

Photo of boomer31
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First, the label is impossible to read...seriously

A - Pours a transparent copper with a light tan head. A touch of stick to the glass and some head remains.

S - Nice oak nose with a earthy hop presence. Some malt comes thru but the earthy wood is predominant.

T - Sweet malt, earthy hop then dry oak. This is a perfect blend of double and regular bastard and neither really stands out. The oak and malt play well together and really hide the dry hop additions though no complaints here.

M - Very rich and full, reminds me of double bastard. Dry with a nice low carbonation

D - Very well rounded, a little dry but bery easy to drink

Overall a great beer. Judging by the ABV this must be more regular bastard than double but the oak and hops are a great blend (764 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Ruby, burnt sienna color. Could have been a huge head I believe but poured sideways. Nice tan foam with lacing.

This has got a nice malt-caramel aroma that dances around the citrus bite of the hops. There's not a humongous aroma like i'd expected.

Up front is halting and huge dry hops. The dankness overtakes my whole palate until the caramel malt starts to come in. Then it's raisin and prune, bitter and burnt toffee, charred sugar, and tobacco. Lastly, but not leastly, is the oak wood character - faint but prominent.

A rather "large" body. Velvety and rough, while yet smooth on the back end. The dank hops provide a punch in the tongue, and the malts sooth the after-burn.

This is a damn good beer. It's roasty, hoppy, malty, and everything in between. The complexity woes me and I'm still trying to process all of the diverse flavors. A+ in my book (864 characters)

Photo of jslot38
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: For lack of a better term this a muddy complexion, mahogany in color. Absolutly non transparent. Head is a bubbly pure white.

Aroma: Load of caramel, some hop spice, a bit of oak, and rye bread.

Taste: Not as hoppy as some of the versions on their own. Loads of malt with a pine resin, grass, and spicy hop flavor intermingled. Lots of caramel, a bit of oak, dark bread, raisins.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level, bit of slickness from the hop resins. A bit abrasive.

Drinkability: Split this with a friend. Could probably drink it all, but it is a big beer. An interesting concept. I've also had the Sierra Nevada Anniversary ale based on a similar concept. Both are good and interesting but I tend to like the beers on their own better. Still, solid and good. (781 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A glorified Imperial IPA... Oaked Arrogant Bastard wins


A: Deep, clear, burgundy/orange body with a creamy, persistent one finger cream head.

S: Big hops (centennial, I believe), some spice, and a bit of butter bread.

T: Again, big centennial hops, some caramel malt, spices and large underlying sweetness... very much like a DIPA. I expected more complexity after my beloved Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but alas, it was not there.

M: Creamy with perfect carbonation.

D: Really not all that challenging, so fairly high. (525 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into tulip.

Appearance is a dark copper color, slightly opaque with some cloudiness but with a nice color sheen. A slightly darker than off white head crown's the Lukcy Basartd nicely, dissipating to a thin ring atop the beer.

The smell is all Stone, all the time! I love it! Powerfully dank pungent hops make their presence known and felt as they waft from the surface. Hops exhibit major pine qualities and some subtler floral notes, making me think the Lukcy Basartd has a sensitive side. Some malt sweetness appears as the beer warms with notes of baked sweet breads and slight toffee. A slight tone of oak is noticeable as well from the Oaked Arrogant thread. Really, the focus is on the hops.

The taste has the biting nature of high alpha American hops (Chinook?) with notes of pine, some citrus, and a touch of floral/earthy hops. The malt backbone shows up a bit in the front with light caramel notes. Some vanilla oak notes shine through a bit as well. This quickly gives way to the incredibly bitter, medium dry finish. The finish also exhibits some moderate alcohol heat. The bitterness lingers long on the palate letting you know, this beer isn't wussy!

The mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. The alcohol heat in the finish is somewhat distracting producing a small ethanol character.

Drinkability is tough on this one. What you have is a great malt bill, coupled with massive hop aroma and flavor but with an unabashed bitterness and alcohol heat in the finish. I guess this Basartd has no qualms about who he is and isn't afraid to show it.

I like Stone beers a lot, however, the alcohol heat and exceeding bitterness turned me off a bit on this one. (1,708 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome auburn pour topped with a frothy and dense head that follows the brew all the way to the bottom of the glass with a heavy sitcky lace. The sweet and sour hop aromas are distinct but the flavor harps more on the bitter hop character rather than on any overwhelming sweetness. The medium body and lack of syrupy slick often found in these high hop/resin beers. The alcohol provides plenty of heat making this brew a nice winter warmer and over all a very very pleasant drink, holiday or otherwise. (503 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing. Couldn't be any better.

S: Hops, sweet malts, bread, and more hops. Love it!

T: Lots of hops, malts, and the nutty flavors that all the Bastards have. Some vanilla and the oaked flavors shine through as it warms. The best aspects of all three beers involved. Perfectly balanced!

M: Medium to thick bodied with good carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is about as good as it gets...a perfect Stone brew. Hides the alcohol well and is super easy to drink. The best Bastard yet! (588 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive deep ruby with brownish hue. Translucent with no visible carbonation. Beige foamy head that settles down a bit and leaves some lacing along the glass. Great looking color.

S: A blast of sweet malt aromas as it pours from the bottle. Once poured the malt comes through as raisin bread. Some woody notes, but not overpowering. Formidable hop presence. Earthy and resinous. Slightly herbal with notes of tea and bay leaves. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. Complexity noted.

T: I would describe the flavor profile as an IPA brewed with hops that impart earthy and resinous notes, backed by a moderate malt presence that is just sweet enough to let the hop bitterness come through and linger. The beer becomes less bitter and more grassy as it approaches room temperature. Notes of tea, green bell pepper. Semi dry and moderately bitter with notes of espresso soaked lemon rind.

M: Smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: Highly drinkable. A dynamic beer. (994 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had Stone's Arrogant Bastard, what an incredible beer. I remember the first time I tried it... That's enough talking about a beer that I'm not actually drinking or reviewing! Tonight I acquired Stone's Lucky 13asartd (Bastard), that's right, it's spelled incorrectly...on purpose. Every Stone beer has a lengthy, almost too lengthy sometimes, description on the back and even the entire description of Lucky Basartd is misspelled! I read some good things about it and it sounded like a promising buy. I already know that Lucky Bastard will be an excellent brew because it's Stone. Now let's get to it!

When you pour Lucky Basartd out you're greeted with quite a unique-looking beer. It looks, suspiciously I should say, like a soda drink. Its appearance resembles that of a sort of light or watery Coca-Cola. Damn, that makes it sound bad. But don't worry, the look has nothing to do with how good it is. Not that it doesn't look like a beer, though. Let's get that straight. Color-wise it, as I said it resembles a lighter colored Coca-Cola, is a sort of brown-ruby, as in brown with a hint of a purple-ish hue. I apologize if the description of Lucky Basartd seems to be unappetizing. Anyway, the head reminds me even more of a soda. It has a fizzy-frothy top while the bottom of the head is very bubbly. Unlike most heads of beers I've drank over a long while, the head on the Lucky Basartd recedes very quickly, more quickly than I've seen in...months? I had about a two finger off-white head on it when I first poured it and a couple of minutes it was virtually gone. It looks like the beer is actually alive in the way it loses its head.

Lucky Basartd smells like a typical quality pale ale that has plenty of hoppiness, some mango, pine trees, and sweetness.

But how does this beer taste? Let it be known that there is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so make sure you shake it up and have it add what it needs to. Maybe I've not eaten enough today and can't tell the flavors or taste as well as I would usually, as in this 8.5% beer has me buzzing pretty bad at this point, but the flavors all seem to be working together at the same time with Lucky Basartd, I'm getting tired of spelling that, like a symphony playing a masterpiece in unison for a great performance. Lucky Basartd is very hoppy, has plenty of piney sweetness, and has an almost excess of the citrus tanginess. There is the definite flavor of mango but it is much more of the tang of citrus rather than an actual fruity flavor or too much sweetness. But the beer has a good balance to it .

There's nothing really extraordinary about Lucky Basartd. It's probably the most tangy/citrusy IPA I've had but has plenty of hoppiness and sweetness to keep it a really good IPA. It's just a damn good beer. Go get it! (2,807 characters)

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

This beer pours an earthy/dirty brown color with a thick light tan head that sticks around forever.

I get hammered with piney, citrusy, grassy hops in the nose of this beer.

The flavor has malty, hoppey, bitter, piney, grassy flavors. The malt is smooth caramel flavor not much roast if any at all.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The beer just slide over your tongue.

This is not the most drinkable beer out there but I do think it is the most drinkable bastard.

On a side note I do have to say that the guys a Stone are real bastard for spelling this beer the way they did. It took me forever to find it! (615 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a relatively fresh (within a couple months of release) bomber into tulip glass.

A: Deep dark, coppery, cloudy red body with a big light-tan head that holds strong and clings to the side of the glass.

N: Smells like a Bastard! Sweet Malts balanced with citrus-like (a bit of grapefruit and/or peach) hops.

T/M: Wow! A lot going, with all Bastards! Flavor follows nose exactly: Sweet malted barley (notes of prune & stone fruit) that fades into a citrus-like hop bitterness that holds on. Thick body with decent carbonation.

A very good Old Style ale with a lot of personality. Not too different than any of the other Bastards that Stone makes, on the surface....a bit more complex, if memory serves me correctly.

(This review is written from past notes.) (781 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,071 characters)

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

Poured from the bomber into my Sam's 22oz sensory glass.

It poured out a very nice dark amber, with slight red highlights when light was shined through it. Upon the body sat a very slight off white 2 finger head

Smell - First picked up the signature stone aroma's, crisp, hoppy. The nose reminded me the most of double bastard. Not picking up so much on the citrus and pine notes.

Taste - As it follows the nose, first and foremost reminds me of a tamed double bastard, very hoppy, which is balanced out by the malts, creating a very smooth beer, which continues to be smooth all the way through the finish. It's not till the finish that I'm able to pick up the oaky flavors, it's very nice!

Mouthfeel - Medium, almost kind of oily, very nice feeling on the palate. carbonation isn't heavy but I think it helps this one out greatly.

Drinkability - Very drinkable from my stand point. I could have a couple bombers in a night and be very happy. A very delicious brew from Stone, I have yet to be disappointed. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my Double Bastard Ale specialty glasses.

A--Ruby red pour with a white head. Small head when poured, fairly good retention on the glass. It actually looks like all the other Bastards.

S--Just what you expect. Smells like an Arrogant, but with just hint of smoke from the Oak Aged. Smells like roasted malts, heavy scent of alcohol. Also, I get some fruit notes.

T--Basically like a smoother Arrogant. A very mellow flavor, but not quite to the level as Oaked Arrogant. However, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Arrogant!

D--At 8.20%, I'd say this is pretty drinkable. You don't really taste the alcohol, but I'm sure by the end of the bottle I will.

Again, Stone, great brew. I'm really glad I got to enjoy this. (756 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a badass looking 22oz bottle into my Ommegang goblet. Nice off white finger of nicely retaining, nicely lacing head. Straight up cherry cola colored. Words cannot describe the nose, but I'll try. Oak. Citrus. Prune. Cola. Sweet malt. Cherry. Amazing. Big flavor. I'd imagine it'll age like a champ. Some pineapple, pine, passion fruit. dark roasty flavors, oak. LOOONG bitter finish. Drying out my mouth long finish. Chalky. Drinks pretty good. This little bastard didn't let me down. (496 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to me for picking this one up for me.

Pours a deep mahogony with a half finger of tan head that fades pretty quickly to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is not as potent as I was expecting. I get some notes of oak and citrus hops with some hints of pine in the background. I was expecting the aroma to be pretty potent and I'm a little let down.

The taste is actually a big step up from the aroma. I get some sweet caramel malt and vanilla with some bitter grapefruit in there as well.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with a good bit of carbonation. Not necessarily my ideal sipper beer, but it's pretty heavy duty and will stand up well to a good meaty dinner. (667 characters)

Photo of dismal
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber to a pint glass. Pours a really nice deep dark red with a very nice big frothy white head. Looks amazing. The head starts to slowly retreat but looks as though it's going to stick around for the majority of the drink. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. The smell right away is hoppy. Some pine, a hint of citrus and some fruits (mainly some cherry). There are some malt aromas, mainly in the background there is some caramel. As far as taste goes it's pretty comparable to the smell. At first I got a lot of malt followed by a nice bitter taste from the hops. Almost a lingering sweetness in there. Finishes with a nice hop bite, kind of piney in a way. Mouthfeel is a bit above average, by no means thin. I slightly high ABV, but a couple of these would be no problem. Very tasty and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Overall I wish I would have grabbed another one or two, an interesting blend of some solid Stone brews. Definitely wasn't let down. (965 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber brown, with a finger of very light brown that laces the glass for a while.

S - Smells pretty much exactly as I expected. It smells like a perfect blend of the three beers it is. Sweet, but slightly oaky.

T - Delicious, but it lacks the certain sweetness and je ne sais quoi that Double Bastard has. A very solid beer, but I wish they had done something a little different with this beer, other than simply mixing the three.

M - Remains a little bit bitter on the tongue after swallowing, but not in a good way. I can certainly taste the Oaked long after the swallow.

D - This is a good drinkable beer, but it just makes me wish I was drinking a Double Bastard, honestly... (702 characters)

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