Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
readnig thsi bttole gvies em hadeacehs....
once upon 11:39 eastern
just over 2 fingers o' foam from the pour
while I nodded, gently viewing
a ruby red hue through and through
with head that prolongs it's stay
and legs that last ever more
Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak November
garden state, hops from the left coast dominate
Eagerly I nearly quaffed till morrow; vainly I had sought to inhale in one swallow
For the caramel malt and radiant brew whom the gargoyle's name Lucky,
time to down some of this bastard's pluck
and strive to run over that guy "little bit of luck"
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each wave of sip,
Thrilled me---filled me with fantastic hop bitterness felt before
So that now, to slow the gurgle of my glut, I stood repeating,
" 'Tis some stong ass hops I sip thee more,
Some more sips and another pour.
This it is, and and a bit more."
Presently my buzz grew stronger; hesitating then no longer
"Sir," said I, "or Bastard, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is, I was sipping, and so roughly you came rapping
And so bluntly you came tapping, tapping at my shoulder with a roar,
That I scarce was sure I read you." Here I opened wide my mouth;---
Wicked hops and silky mouth feel more.
And the Bastard, never relenting, still is stinging, still is lingering
On the palette like a burst of Dionysus just here by my Pentium 4;
And lucky's eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming.
And the desk light o'er him streaming throws the bomber's shadow across the floor;
And my gaze from under that shadow lies floating from an ABV over 8.4
The glass shall be lifted---nevermore! (until I run to the store to get some more)
Somehow smoother than the arrogant one... who says there can be only one ? I say, make it a lucky... This is an unapologetic beer but not unapproachable. f'n yum.
12-03-2010 04:48:17 | More by Ego
4/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured into my Green Flash pint glass.
A-Pours a deep amber with a little over an inch of tan head. Leaves rings of chunky lacing.
S-Piney, resinous hops.
T/M-Aggressively bitter. Tannic, mouth-coating hoppiness. Wave after wave of piney, chewy hops. That's all this is, really, but is that such a bad thing? An absolute hop bomb. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
D-Lacking any complexity, but not bad for what it is. I would prefer a Ruination for the same price.
11-22-2010 04:24:35 | More by DaveHS
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Another fantastic Stone Silk screen bottle. Just to put an exclamation point on the Arrogance, the entire bottles writing has all of the middle letters mixed up. There have been studies that say only a small % of people can read this. Poured into a Stone Ruination pint glass. Dark caramel color. Cloudy with just enough light to see the carbonation bubbles rising to create a beautiful two finger head that is light tan in color and rocky in appearance. Lace stays pretty sticky to the end and leaves a ring pattern.
Smell is of ultra sweet malts. Caramel and burnt sugar. Some citrus smells are still with this. There is also some bread or yeast flavors and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is initially a lot like original Bastard. Lots of burnt caramel and ultra citrus bitterness this quickly changes to the second component and that is Double Bastard and the flavors are really sweet malts with some alcohol burn. The last of the three I get are the char of the barrels. All three work very well together. I'm a fan!!
Mouth is spot on for an American Strong. Flavors are rich and full to the end. For a brew that isn't dark, at all, I would call this full bodied. There is just a bit of alcohol burn in the belly which I enjoyed. My tongue has been ruined just like the glass suggests.
Overall I really enjoyed this. I drank many of these earlier in the year but wasn't reviewing beers at the time. I think the last one I had I traded. This one comes from Handsombrewer, thanks Ben. I have an Arrogant Bastard every single night, have loved Double Bastard yearly and sporadically have enjoyed Oaked. Never, before this brew, did I think I would enjoy the three together. Wonderful idea and even better brew!!
09-14-2011 06:45:05 | More by azdback
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
A special blend of 3 different Bastard Ales!!
Pours out a very deep amber/ruby color with about 3 fingers of off-white head.
The aroma has a good amount of piney, earthy and citrusy hops along with caramel malt notes, hints of vanilla and oak notes.
The taste also has a lot of hop flavor; piney, earthy and citrus notes. The middle has a good deal of caramel malt sweetness and that is followed by a decent amount of oak flavor and vanilla as well. Finishes very crisp, clean and dry.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy. Can't smell or taste any alcohol.
This is a great addition to the Bastard line, but not the greatest in my opinion. Definitely try it if you can find it.
12-05-2012 00:26:59 | More by JohnnyMc
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a tulip taster glass. This is the first time I have ever seen or had this beer. Sweet.
A: A reddish brown color with a hint of orange. A thin off white head left full ring lacing on the glass.
S: Citrus and piney hops dominate the nose with some sweet malt undertones. The hops dominate though.
T: Surprisingly the sweeter bready biscuit malt come out first but quickly get assumed by the just massive hops. Hops flavors of citrus and pine dominate with some alcoholic flavors. The finish is all hops that turn massively bitter and just linger forever. Wow.
M: Full, resiny, prickly, bitter, bitter, bitter. This baby lasts forever in your mouth.
Overall this was a fantastic beer. Just the right combination of Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard. It carries more hops than AB, way more hops (like that's possible) but doesn't carry the alcohol of DB. Fantastic beer.
12-09-2010 19:22:38 | More by Kadonny
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
A - Pours a deep brownish reddish color with an off-white head that sticks around pretty well.
S - Very impressive aroma. Like a bouquet of flowers and herbs. Some earthy character. Dandelion, evergreen forest.
T - Nice caramel character and malt backbone to balance the hop character. Perceiving sweetness from both the caramel and hops.
M - Have to take mouthfeel down to just "good" since there is a bit of a cloying quality about the beer. Smooth and viscous with a nice carbonation level.
D - I'll buy this one again if I get a chance. Enjoyed it greatly.
01-24-2011 16:11:48 | More by leedorham
4.8/5 rDev +15.1%
The flawless look of AB, the hints of oak from oaked bastard, the extreme oomph from the double bastard, hopped to hell, and flawlessly mixed together. There's nothing left to say about these 3 master pieces. That said I think this blend exemplifies the 3 beers by showcasing the best of all 3 beers and leaving behind their laws. Gone is the mellow effect of the oak, the sometimes too strong hit from the double bastard, but enough extra body that it truly surpasses the AB.
12-10-2010 08:55:34 | More by bobhits
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
Amber/ brown color with tan head.
Aromas of pine and citrus and flavors of the same too, with some caramel malt thrown in.
Medium-full body with some bitterness and alcohol warmth on the finish.
This is pretty much Ruination with an Arrogant Bastard-esque malt profile. Which is what it needed all along to earn it's "arrogant" credentials.
This is good stuff, too bad it costs more than it's worth.
12-01-2010 01:42:51 | More by dedrinker
4.13/5 rDev -1%
Beautiful but small off white head. Body is a gorgeous clear amber. Smell is very hoppy and florally. This does taste like the beers from which this is born, but i enjoy it better. There is a great floral quality and much more malty sweetness than the others. This is also very well balanced. Feel is tingly and medium. There is the slightest drying effect. The aggressive bitterness prevents this beer from being super drinkable.
11-21-2010 04:39:57 | More by kbnooshay
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
A Slef Trbitue to 13 Yaers of Arorgnace
Poured into a Lucifer snifter. Had with regular AB, OAB and DB in this order:
AB --> OAB --> Lukcy --> DB
Dark ruby, rust brown colored, and slightly hazy with a big and creamy brown head with good head retention and kickass lacing.
This one sure is aggressively dry hopped, to the extent that other Bastards that are no short of hops seem pale against this one. The aroma has the most intense herbal and leafy character from dry hopping. Very fresh smelling, and un-bastardly to be frank. My only complaint is the complete dominance of hops on caramel and oak.
Strangely light and fruity taste, perhaps because the palate is conditioned to hop assault by now, but most likely because of the freshness introduced by intense dry hopping combined with the dark caramel sweetness. Yes, the sweetness of malts finally shows up among the group and it's not surprising that it's coming from Double Bastard. However, oak still seems absent.
Body is certainly bigger than AB and OAB. Low carbonation, or perceived so because of higher temperature. Clean finish with a long lasting bitterness and hop flavor.
This is Bastard & a half if you ask me! I can't tell if I'd like to age this one because the hop character will fade, but it's a shame that oakiness is completely shadowed in this version.
11-30-2010 10:23:48 | More by tewaris
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a dark amber/brown ith a steady light tan head.
Smell is a pine bomb with tart citrus.
Taste is a delightful bitter, biscuity with a dry finish. Oddly balanced.
Good mouthfeel but very drinkable.
Great beer from stone.
01-11-2011 01:06:30 | More by aubuc1
4.63/5 rDev +11%
22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. A hard pour gives a strong frothy head tan in color with a lot of lacing and glass retention. It looks initially dark enough to be a porter during the pour, but that changed pretty quickly. When held up to the light it's more of a chestnut/mahogany color. Clearly not filtered,particles all over the place, pretty hazy.
Smell is wonderful. It's one hoppy smelling beer. The good part about this, is there are clearly a ton of hops put in, but it's never overly hoppy. Dry piney hops with a hint of citrus zest. Slight touch of alcohol to warm the nose, with just a hint of sweetness from the malts, slightly smokey/earthy tones. All of it's pretty well balanced, a really good smelling beer.
Taste is equally excellent. It's hoppy and bitter, yet much sweeter than I expected. As mentioned earlier, very hoppy. Dry hopped pine dominate the hoppy portion, still some slight citrus zest again, slightly grassy and a little herbal as well. Well malted for added sweetness. The oaked portion comes out in the flavor, it has a nice smokey and oak aftertaste that's a great addition to the flavor. Well balanced, close to perfect.
Mouthfeel is top notch. It's on the fuller end of medium bodied. Almost a sweet honey-butter texture with a clean/bitter, yet smokey, finish. Absolutely wonderful. This beer is dangerously drinkable. You could use this as a slow sipper, yet could easily pound it if you're not paying attention.
Another freaking home-run from Stone, absolutely wonderful brew. If this weren't a specialty brew and available year round, I'd probably always have it at my disposal.
02-08-2011 01:04:27 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
A: A medium-dark copper with good clarity. The persistent head forms a good stand of rocky light tan bubbles that leave a sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
S: A heady, strong bouquet of tropical and citrus hops aromas with pineapple and lemon being the dominate notes with supporting mango and orange. There is a bit of an herbaceous, grassy note from dry hopping. The malt adds a moderately-light, clean sweet note.
T: Aggressive hops bitterness dominates with an equally supportive malt bill that brings a light caramel, a bit of dry grain and clean sweetness. There is a good amount of hops flavor with the pineapple and lemon still take the lead with a bit more pine than in the nose followed by some orange. The balance is very bitter but the malt sweetness is still very apparent. The alcohol bring a light sweetness towards the off-dry finish with a lingering citrus peel-like bitterness.
M: A lightly creamy, slightly more than medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. There is light alcohol warmth and a slight tingle on the palate.
O: Lucky Bastard indeed, at least for any self described hopheads! This beer is an outstanding, huge West Coast tropical/citrus hop bomb.
12-31-2012 01:49:40 | More by MadScientist
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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