Friday, January 14, 2011

Stone Brewing Company - Lukcy Basartd

First of all, no, that's not a massive typo there in the title. That's just Stone being Stone. For a while now, Stone's ad campaign has focused on telling people that they're wusses and there's no way they'll be able to handle a Stone beer. Whether that's true or not is a different story, but Lukcy Basartd is another beer from Stone that uses the "You're not worthy" slogan. This beer is a once a year brew that is a blend of three of Stone's better known beers- Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. Going into this, I had no idea how this was going to taste. Three strong ales mixed into one?

Lukcy Basartd pours a deep reddish brown color with a slightly off-white head. Looks-wise, this looks very similar to Arrogant Bastard. The smell is similar as well, with a strong hop smell that is uniquely Stone and some bready malts along with some citrus that I thought smelled a lot like tangerine.

As far as taste goes, Stone might be on the nose with their "Hated by many, loved by few" slogan. This is a tough beer to "like," but it's still well made. There are some strong pine hops and a thick, chewy malt backbone with a finish that tastes like aspirin. I can't say I was a huge fan of this one as the taste was a little too one dimensional on the bitterness side. It's still a good beer, but I'm afraid I may still be too "wussy" to meet Stone's standards on this one.

Final Grade: C+

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