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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,392 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,392
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 98
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
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 illini4x4
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

illini4x4, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%

22oz bottle with a drink by date of 01/31/13

Ruby red and brilliantly clear. Dense off-white head that lingers nicely.

The nose has plenty of pine and i'm not sure if I have started to get used to this smell or if it dissipates quickly but I lose some pine after just couple minutes.

Medium body with a smooth character overall. Huge background bitterness and just a touch of vanilla. Maybe some oak but I am stretching here. Very carbonated and it finishes very dry. Still that lingering piney bite on the tongue.

It doesn't take long for one's tastebuds to be beaten into submission. Medium caramel throughout. White grapefruit is probably the big citrusy note I get from the hops.

Delicious and well worth the price.

stewart124, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

juliusseizure, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

probert, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

JustinMatthew, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to sitarist for the generous LIF...this is one of the 4 offerings sent.
Pours a rust color w/ a generous two fingers of light tan head. Lacing is thick and lasts for the entire glass.
Decent aroma. More biscuit malt than hops which surprises me when it comes to Stone. With a lingering nose, some nice fruity notes shine through and things start to balance out.
Taste is more balanced up front. The good news is I like the hop profile and there is a solid bitterness that accompanies the fruitiness.
Not a thin beer, but does not feel very heavy for a strong ale. ABV is well hidden. I believe the body will thicken with a short time in the cellar, so I will look to pickup a bottle personally to age for 6 months. Stone's beers have proven themselves to age quite well, with the exception of their hop bombs.

warriorsoul, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

readnig thsi bttole gvies em hadeacehs....

eyes...
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

nose...
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"

taste etc...
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)

verdict?
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.

Ego, Dec 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ridgeline23, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

sludgegnome, May 25, 2013
Photo of DaveHS
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.

DaveHS, Nov 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

wyatt13, Dec 29, 2012
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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!!

azdback, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of JohnnyMc
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.

JohnnyMc, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

DavidHume, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

WVUbrew, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Kadonny
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.

Kadonny, Dec 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
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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.

leedorham, Jan 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

imyourhero21, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of bobhits
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.

bobhits, Dec 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Gtg642, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of dedrinker
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.

dedrinker, Dec 01, 2010
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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.

kbnooshay, Nov 21, 2010
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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.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 08, 2011
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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

Appearance 5/5
Dark ruby, rust brown colored, and slightly hazy with a big and creamy brown head with good head retention and kickass lacing.

Aroma 4.5/5
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.

Taste 4/5
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.

Mouthfeel 5/5
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.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good.

Other
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.

tewaris, Nov 30, 2010
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.