ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber, fresh from grape & gourmet, poured into my double bastard glass. pours a gorgeous, clear copper with glints of ruby and a short, creamy, off-white head leaving tight rings of lace. aroma is awesome with huge, fresh, massively piney, resinous hops, orange peel, and light tropical notes backed by herbal spice, sweet caramel malts, and just a hint of oaked vanilla. flavor is fantastic as well with those trademark arrogant, aggressive, stone hops coming to the forefront with big pine resin, citrus peel, and wet grass balanced by a light sweetness of toffee-dipped cherries, peach syrup, and graham crackery malts with the slightest touch of nutty oak on the finish. palate is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a smooth bitterness. unmistakably stone and maybe my favorite bottled version of the bastard.
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours deep dark amber with a thin off white head and some lacing. aroma is dark malt, hops and overripe fruit. taste is hops, licorice, citrus, wood and cherries... but mostly hops... all against a dark malt background. finish has a subtle sweetness with almost red wine characteristics but ultimately the hops win.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper red with a creamy off white head. Good strong citrus hops and caramel aroma and taste with a decent bitter bite and a hoppy finish.
zizzybalubba (1317) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Copper colored pour with a creamy off-white head. Fresh hop aroma of pine with a bit of spiciness and Earth. The taste is incredible; big grapefruit rind, pine, spruce, and grass with an assertive malt backbone to provide sweetness and balance. Quite excellent.
cmc619 (372) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice mahogany pour with a crimson hue and pillowy eggshell head that left a significant amount of lacing. Aroma is dominated by rich caramel malt and pine resin. Aggressive but balanced. Toffee, brown sugar, and honey followed by and incredible bitterness from the mountain of hops. Definitely get some tart grapefruit and lemon zest. Not sure what percentages are used but this one definitely steers more toward regular AB versus Double and I don’t really find much oak in this one. The alcohol is fairly well hidden...especially given it’s age. Pretty damn good.
beerbill (3271) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the same problem as goldtwins looking for this beer on the site. First I entered "Lucky Bastard" and found nothing. Then I realized it was Lukcy and entered "Lukcy Bastard" and still found nothing. That’s when I realized both words had the letters flipped. Very clever. As for the beer, it pours a deep lightly hazed amber with a moderate amber/white head that lasted until the last sip and laced the glass very well. Huge aroma of resinous pine with a lesser amount of malt and citrus. The flavor begins with a solid dose of malt, lightly sweet, which is followed by a solid dose of resinous pine. The finish is moderate-strong pine bitterness which is balanced by the malt and resinous sweetness. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#5!-On tap at 38 Degrees Alehouse and Grill
Appearance: Pours a deep fairly translucent dark red. Atop sits a dense, creamy cap, that retains for most of the session.
Aroma: Big herbal hop and spicy sweet malt.
Taste: Bitter, aggressive hops, sugary spicy malt, and alcohol. Very fresh and abrasive.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not quite as thick as Double Bastard Ale. Sticky with prickly carbonation.
Overall: A really big, fresh bitter as fukc beer. The art of this beer is in the blending. It seems blended so well, it really takes a while to distinguish it from it’s fresh component beers.
To sum it up, if you like Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and or OAKED Arrogant Bastard, you will like this. With that said, this isn’t far off the beaten path of either Arrogant or Double Bastard Ale, so know that going in. It’s a fun idea that I’d love to see more of from Stone.
Slipstream (1932) - USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 On tap at RnH, where "Lucky" was spelled correctly. We were trying to figure out what it was. We thought the lucky may have referred to a little wild yeast, but apparently not. This appears to be a blend of Stone Bastard ales: Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, and plain old Arrogant Bastard. Can’t go wrong there! Fresh, herby, sweet aroma. Really good, full flavor - nutty and saturated. Some light sourness and bitterness coming into play as well. One sign of Stone greatness is when you can take a sip and say, "Ah, this is by Stone. I can’t put my finger on what it is I am tasting that is unique to Stone, but unique to Stone it is." Later on, I did take a couple of points off when I had it from a bottle. Then it tasted more yeasty, not as impressive as it was on draft. And the incoherent label notes werent as much fun as they were supposed to be.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at fountainhead. This bastard poured a dark ruby red with foamy off with head. The aroma comes off a little oxidized surprisingly papery, some caramilized dates soaked in booze, a subdued grapefruit hop notes. Flavors are rather sweet, intense maltiness that are astringent and slight copper at times while citrus and grapefruity notes pop threw with some oak as well. A full mouth feel that has a syrupy linger on the palate. Long simple brown sugar maltiness sits cloyingly. I think it’s more well rounded than each part on it’s own, at least double bastard. Arrogant/double bastard was definetly one of my gateway beers but at this point in the game these are just far too sweet and one dimensional for me.