Stone Lukcy Basartd

Stone Brewing Company, San Diego, California
Lukcy Basartd
American Strong Ale
8.5% ABV
22 oz. bottle into tasting glasses

First things first: this beer is a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Double Bastard Ale, released to celebrate Stone Brewing Company’s 13th anniversary. The fine print text-narrative on the bottle can be viewed here. In case you’ve never had any of the Arrogant Bastard beers (read up here), they are the kind of full-bodied, no nonsense beasts that march into your kitchen, roundhouse kick you, and then make an enormous sandwich that they offer you part of. Recommended.

So, what does this blend offer that its three components do not possess?  As with most blends, it smooths out the edges of each particular component to make a more robust new entity.  Lukcy Basartd is malty and bitter with more hops than Arrogant Bastard. We got into an animated debate about how to classify this beer, since Nininja insisted it was an IPA, though Stone calls it an American Strong Ale.

Nininja: IF YOU PUT AMERICAN IN FRONT OF ANYTHING IT MEANS YOU ADD EXTRA HOPS. FOR EXAMPLE, “AMERICAN FOOTBALL”.
Perrinator: THERE IS MORE (OR LESS?) TO AN IPA THAN BEING HEAVILY HOPPED. THIS IS A STRONG ALE.
KuG: Unlike most cases of harmony, Navajo consonant harmony assimilates stridents in both directions– to the left-edge and right-edge of certain boundaries ([shi] – [si] –> [s] – [s]; and [shi] – [si] –> [sh] – [sh].
Nininja: SO HOPPY I WOULD CALL THIS MOUTH BRUISING.
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~ by Perry S. on January 29, 2011.

5 Responses to “Stone Lukcy Basartd”

  1. it’s kUg, not KuG. “U” is the Akkadian ‘and’.

  2. “My comment is as out-of-place here as it was in its original context,” kUg snarked.

  3. So, could one reproduce this “one tiem olny” release by mixing said beers on one’s own?
    I agree with Nininja’s hops comment about the ‘American’ adjective, acknowledging the occasional additions of brettanomyces or coffee or pumpkin purée; and ‘aging’ the beer near something containing oak, like a barrel or a fence.

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