Lukcy Basartd Ale | Arrogant Brewing

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Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First release: November 2010

Lukcy Basartd Ale was first released in November 2010 in celebration of the (lucky) 13th anniversary of Arrogant Bastard Ale. This powerfully complex beer is an amalgamation of three Bastards—Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale—unceremoniously thrown together and then dry-hopped to excess. Those Worthy souls who possess the nerve to try it will be rewarded with a delicious assault on their taste buds.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2010

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4.15
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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a nice small/quick/fizzy light tan head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some very nice hoppyness, some licorice. The taste is very nice malty, very nice hop note, licorice notes. Medium body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a very nice brew. Glad that it is available to me.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are enough reviews of this that my addition may not add to much. Let me say I am a big fan of original AB, and less of a fan of Oaked AB, possibly because the barrel/ wood seems to step on what I find to be an enjoyable malt nutty taste. I also felt Double Bastard (the third addition to Lukcy Basartd) was too much of a good thing. Too boozy and bitter, like they needed a DIPA version of Arrogant.

Well this is a sloppy mix of the three, clocking in at 8.5%, keeps most of the original attributes, malt goodness with a tobacco/ IPA/ citrus aroma. (How does that work?) Flavor is subdued compared to what I expected, with heavy citrus notes in the beginning run out quickly by bitter malt and bourbon-y wood staves hitting the dry sticky finish.

Drinks like a full-bodied IPA, and had an alcohol astringency although it's not very boozy hot. The flavor and promise of too much lurks like a heavy blanket. Best of all three worlds, an almost nasty concoction for strong ale fans.

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 10/3/16, had 11/16/16.

Pours a ruby/medium amber, with a one and a half inch head and some soapy lacing. The smell is pine, citrus hops- grapefruit, for one, malt , yeast, toffee, oak. The taste starts out with grapefruit and pine, but becomes more malt forward as it warms. Caramel, more oak than the nose, a pretty strong bitterness throughout. Smooth, full bodied for the style, well carbonated.

Lots of oak, pretty well balanced between the hops and malt, although it leans to the malt, a treat like all of the Bastard beers. Can be yours at a great price for the quality, it's well worth a purchase.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Globe; 22oz bomber; BB 01/06/17

The first time I tried it (a few nights ago), I wasn't impressed. Now however, I AM impressed. Beautiful amber colored liquor and caramel colored head; great aroma: alcohol and hops! Creamy mouth-feel; nice flavor. This is a beer I could sip on all night long. I would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice beer ..

If you know what double bastard is this is just a hoppier version to me with some woody type notes..

Would buy again but rather just have plain double bastard to be honest..

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into snifter; nice mahogany color with small head; modest carbonation. Malts, toffee and slight earth tones to nose. Medium body - subtle citrus notes, hops and light bitterness on the palate. Others commented on tobacco and I can concur with that; very subtle. I really nice beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into tulip. Dark amber with 1.5 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and some webbed lacing. Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and a bit of tobacco. The hops are earthy with citrus notes. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little tobacco. The finish has some oak and a nice bitterness to it. Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel. Big and bold this beer has a nice bitter/sweet balance.

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

Pours a deep red walnut like color dark but clear with a smaller khaki head that falls to ringed scum and laces well.

Aroma is nice malty caramel sweetness, molasses, good dose of hop resin with fruity and light vanilla and tobacco hints to round it out. More malty then I would of guessed maybe because its a couple days past enjoy date, either way nose is nice.

Taste is like the nose good chewy sugary malt base, caramel free floating brown sugar or molasses like notes. Hops kick in pine resin some tobacco notes with light vanilla sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is only big medium with medium level carbonation.

Overall seems to blend well not overly strong, some alcohol notes as it warms but it blends well.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - deep amber/brown with medium to light brown head - decent head retention
S - malt, caramel, roasty with some dark dried fruits, booze - maybe some oak but I'm not smelling much
T - Malt, caramel, resin, molasses up front and a nice back end of hop bitterness and booze - the oak is slightly noticeable (i.e. a little smokiness throughout the taste) but I feel like it could be kicked up a notch to make it more prominent.
F - Full bodied with a moderate carbonation - creamy and smooth
O - A nice combination of the three - you get the malt and caramel from arrogant bastard and the amped up hop bitterness and booze from double with a slight smoky flavor from the oaked version of arrogant bastard. It's a nice compromise between arrogant and double but I still prefer the double as my favorite.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber with fantastic head and lacing. Smells of wonderful hops and some grapefruit and oak. Also notes of lemon and minor floral. Taste is a beautiful hoppy slap in the face, getting a nice balance of bitter, sweet, citrus, and dry mixed to perfection. The finish is great, little dry but overall a great beer. I have to say it was interesting going into this one wondering how it would blend but it was done well. Nothing over over the top and everything worked well together. A decent beer all around from Stone, enjoyed it now......

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Photo of ch_star
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from large-format bottle. Some head, not much, that dissipated quickly. Smell is not overwhelming, so lower score there. Could have more potency. Taste was surprisingly hoppy/bitter. I had expected more of a malty stout, but that isn't what this beer is. The Oaked part of the blend added some nice (sweet, malty) complexity that was evident as an undercurrent--not strong at all, but noticeable. Mouthfeel was like a double IPA rather than a creamy stout.

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

Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark amber color and a medium sized beige head. The aroma is malt, pine, hops and some alcohol. The taste mirrors the nose. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of zshaft
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours nice dark Amber with thin head. looks great and clean in the glass. nose is light malt and some dark fruit but nothing overpowering. taste is what the description says. I get a nice blend of all the bastards seems like up front I get a tin mouthfeel with Some leathery sort of dark fruit taste followed by a oak like splash followed by nice end palate reminiscent of the double but with lighter mouthfeel. overall this beer seems more complex than regular bastard but lacks the punch of the double. im a huge double fan but reg is just ok. to me this splits the difference and edges out the og by a nose. double reigns supreme.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: brown to ruby. Thin khaki head

S: alcohol. Hops. Resin. Some subtle stone fruit. Oak.

T: see above

F: harsh and watery. Bitter finish

O: decent but a bit all over the place.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice ruby red clear with a tan head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - smells like grapefruit, pine, caramel and bready malts, oak, very distinct
T - big grapefruit, pine, oak, caramel, bready malts, bitter, great beer and very distinct again
M - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit peel, very fresh
O - great beer.

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

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 22oz bottle

A - A translucent blood red with a nearly light tan one finger head and some very sticky legs/lacing

S - very sweet, dense grains, slightly dry yet sweet and a hint of toastiness, bright and sweet hops, tropical everything, California style yeast, fresh sap, fresh green earth and the alcohol is awesome.

T - sugary sweet booze, dry and roasted grain/malt, pine, pineapple, sweet flowers, robust flowers, lots of citrus, super hoppy, very clean, crisp but creamy, CA yeast, the bitter really shines and sticks around with a nice sweetness to mellow it out.

M - Medium body, great but simple balance, great but simple complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a hoppy, malty sugary sweet delightful ride.

D/O - For as huge as this ale is, it is very easy to drink. Sexy, smooth, clean and with a bite that pleases. For any day, night, time, occasion, weather and what have you. Drink fresh indeed but aging one or two won't hurt you or its taste. This is a must not miss ale.

Final thoughts - At $8 per bomber it is a little high but, very worth it and the 8.5% ABV will not disappoint. Get a few while you can!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits those looks like ABA brown color notes. Dark enough that clarity doesn't fit into the equation. Aroma hits those pungent chinook notes, and you get to pick up on some of those oak notes.

Taste is as advertised, its a blend of those 3 beers. Makes double bastard ale more drinkable. Plenty of bitterness, hoppiness and alcohol in these. How will they age? I dunno, there isn't anything sweet about them, they aren't massive green vegetal hop bombs, I really should revisit this when I pop one of the old ones again, this review is based off fresh. Huge amounts of caramel malt. Its a big beer in every aspect.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a bottle that is a year old that was siting in my cellar. I got this bottle when I bought the Bastard Box 4 pack of bombers that Stone released in late 2014/early 2015 back when Arrogant bastard and all of its off shoots were still definitely brewed by Stone (even though we all damn well know that Arrogant Bastard Brewing Company is an off-shoot subsidiary of Stone and that Stone really are the ones brewing the Arrogant Bastard and all of its off shoots that were released in the 2016 Bastard Box, etc.) Anyways, onto the review. Poured out of the 22 oz. bottle into my snifter glass, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy copper/light brown color with some amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly off-white/tan head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles pretty quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass along with some small cluster swirls of surface foam. Barely any lacing to speak of. Aromas of somewhat toasted caramel malt sweetness, some woody notes, and a floral, earthy hop presence are all here smellwise. Has a nice, sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt presence upfront that gives way to wood notes followed by a nice earthy, floral, slightly piney, resiny hop presence along with definite booze. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, somewhat creamy, slightly chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, smooth finish. Yet another very enjoyable beer from the fine folks at Stone.

Eric

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A huge, somewhat coarse-beaded, cream-colored head with superb retention presents. Thick, chunky lacing lines the glass walls, Clarity is largely absent, with an opaque body.

Aroma: Earthy hops, spicy alcohol, caramel and rich, toasted malts dominate the aroma. The woody notes from the Oaked Arrogant Bastard are prominent as well.

Taste: The taste begins with strong earthy hops, spicy alcohol, and prominent wood notes. Soon after, the malt and hops vie for supremacy, with a prominent, woody undercurrent, which lingers throughout the taste. The alcohol is notable too, proffering a strong, warming note throughout. Finishes with a long and lingering bourbon and wood note.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, and a bargain at the price.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice fluffy light Carmel colored head reaches a solid inch and a half with a strong pour. Body is a classic ancient Amber. Nose is a nice mix of grainy hope and carmalized malts. With first sip you get resin based hops and thick woodsy malts. This beer is surprisingly thick for the style. A nicely drinkable brew but I prefer double bastard with about the same level of mouthfeel.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my IPA glass....
I should say the label says drink by 1/1/15 and I'm drinking it on 4/8/15.
A - Pours an orange brown color with a dense thick head.
S - Smell is piney and hoppy.
T - Taste is caramel malts, some citrus and a little bitter.
M - A little sticky, medium carbonation.
O - This might be my favorite from the Bastard 4-pack they put out in the Fall. Great flavor, very drinkable.

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Photo of Gear54
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

Smell is rich carmel malts and citrus hops. Also get pine and oak as well.

Taste follows smell very well with much more prominent hoppyness. It's bitter and amazing. No booze at all

Feel is nice and smooth with lasting flavor and nice drinkability.

Another sweet addition to the bastard series.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this once at my local craft beer store and haven't seen it since - not sure if its seasonal release but I'm on the lookout. Pours a muddled gold out of the bottle. Aroma of barley, pine, earth and floral notes...but there's a lot of oak in there, which also comes out screaming in the taste. It's a monster ale/pale ale/IPA hybrid, for sure, but a brawny one that leans more towards oak, earth and malt flavors than aggressive hop assertiveness. It took my palette for a ride, hence my eagerness to try it again and update the review. Buy it if you see it fresh.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You are truly lucky if you happen to find this exceptional IPA on draft. Smooth and strong with a great tasting hop bitterness that lingers on the palate

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer had glimmers of promise, but just finished too bitter. There were moments that hinted at the sweet decadence of a Double Bastard, but the bitterness was a bit too abrasive for the style. Still an enjoyable beer.

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