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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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2,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 128
Gots: 417 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 2,343 | Reviews: 776
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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