Tasting: Stone Lukcy Basartd
Style: American Strong Ale
Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary Brewer’s Reserve blends three of their benchmark ales into one – Stone takes the same approach in Lukcy Basartd, their 13th anniversary of arrogance. A blend of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard coming in at 8.5 ABV. I had wondered about the percentages of each beer used in this cuvee. An opinion from the beer guru at Stew Leonard’s — he said, “assume the obvious — brewers use their cheapest beer as the base and in the largest quantity”. I don’t really care — they are all 90 plus point beers in their own right. I had a bottle of Lukcy Basartd last year and liked it a lot. I’ll note my experience with this version.
As I pop the top, the Mets wrap up a rare win — so, my evening is off on a high note. It pours a nice hearty brown into my trusty pint glass cascading into nice, off-white pillowy head. I’m just enjoying the roasted malt and oaky notes on the nose. Yes – the first sip delivers that same roasted goodness with a oak backbone. The hops come in nicely on the finish — not overpowering at all.
I gave Double Bastard 95 points — I can’t go to that level with this one — but it’s good enough to dole out a 90.