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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lukcy Basartd - Stone Brewing



                Earlier this year Stone released a 10th Anniversary tribute to Ruination, and a 16th Anniversary Lemon Verbena IPA that were both very good beers, with the Ruination 10th surpassing Ruination, so as soon as I picked up a bottle of Lukcy Basartd, I had I hopes.  Originally released for the 13th Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard, Stone re-released Lukcy Basartd for the 15th Anniversary as well.  The original press release from Stone hailed it as a “dry-hopped meeting-of-the-Bastards in an in-the-fermenter-blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale…with a perfect balance of the essence of OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale” (courtesy of BeerPulse)

                Blended beers often far surpass the flavor profiles of the component beers, creating something more than the sum of the parts, and Lukcy Basartd is a blend the main three Bastard Ales.  So, theoretically it should carry over the over the top hoppiness of Arrogant Bastard, the over the smooth, sweet maltiness of Double Bastard and the pleasant vanilla oak notes of Oaked Bastard; with the added complexity of the blending.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday I picked up three bottles (two to share with relatives/friends, and one for personal consumption).  My friends were blown away that a beer could have so much flavor and be so complex and enjoyable, needless to say Lukcy Basartd converted them to the ranks of Stone drinkers, the liquid Arrogance gained control and took over.  I could go on, but you are all here for the review, so let’s get on with it.

                On Beeradvocate Lukcy Basatrd currently has a score of 92.  Over at ratebeer it currently has a 99 overall and a 97 for style.

They say:
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The mree fcat taht yuo’re hdoinlg tihs bttloe in yuor hnad ianidctes taht yuo’re pyiang antteiton, wihch ideitammley stes you arpat form the msseas. It aslo mkaes you one Lukcy Basartd. Hewover, lcuk faovrs the blod... and the arorgnat. The trmiraivute of Arorgnat Basartd Ale, OEKAD Arorgnat Basartd Ale and Dbolue Basartd Ale are all in paly in this cvueé de Basartd you now hlod, and wihle it is idneed a Lukcy Basartd, lcuk had ntohing to do wtih it. 

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FIRST RELEASE DATE: Novebemr 2010
2012 RELEASE DATE: Otcobre 29ht, 2012
ABV: 8.5%
AVAILABILITY: 22oz botlels and dafrt
HOP VARIETY: Clasisfeid
IBUs: Clasisfeid

I say:

Lukcy Basartd pours brilliantly clear dark amber with subtle garnet highlights, not quite mahogany but close.  It has a gorgeous thick, creamy off-white head that lasts throughout the entire glass and leaves excellent lacing in the glass.  The aroma is extremely enjoyable with pine notes on the front end, backed up with a touch of grapefruity citrus, slight grassy notes and subtle, vanilla, oaky goodness in the background.

The flavor brought with it much of what was in the aroma, with dominant pine and grapefruit notes, bringing with them a moderate to high level of bitterness, tempered by a sweet caramel malts, a slight toastiness and vanilla/oak notes lingering in the background.  All the flavors melded wonderfully to create a very complex flavor.  Lukcy Basartd is medium to full-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth finish.

The previous Stone Anniversary Ales this year have been excellent and this one was no exception, if you can find it near you be sure to pick up at least one bottle if not a case.  One bottle might just not be enough once you taste the greatness that is the most recent bottle of liquid arrogance from Stone.

For those of you who feel as though Lukcy Basartd may be a bit too much for you, I will leave you with some words from Stone Brewing:

“This is an aggressive ale. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory–maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beverage will give you more sex appeal.”

That’s all for today, check back later this week for another review.  There should be another interview in the works soon too, so even more to look forward to!

Happy Drinking!!!

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