Stone Brewing Company's Lucky Bastard Ale
American Strong Ale - 8.5% ABV
Purchased at: Weiland's
From: Escondido, CA
Okay, let's get things running with another beer review. Stone's Lucky Bastard Ale is a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale, and Oaked Arrogant Bastard. So you basically know this beer is going to kick your palate's ass.
Sorry, I won't have any pictures tonight. Chelsey and I recently moved, and my camera is still packed somewhere.
I crack the bomber and give this beer a nice, careful pour. The head is very frothy, and as it reduces it leaves beautiful lacing down the sides of the glass. I love the color - a fantastic ruby red. As expected, the aroma is very hop-forward. Lots of grapefruit and citrus notes fill my nose. Maybe some oak? It's pretty faint.
Wow. This is very smooth. Great American hops, caramel malt, some peaty oaky-ness, and a lingering spicy hops/earthy hops fill out the flavor. I can already tell this is an "A" beer (but I expected it to be). Just again, wow. It doesn't punch you in the mouth like Arrogant Bastard does - it's more smooth like Double Bastard. The Oaked Bastard comes in near the middle of the drink, and not too much nor too little.
I'm drinking this and watching the Blue Jackets play Chicago, and now I wish I had more bottles of it for future games.
Hop/malt balance: 3.5/4
Mouth feel: 2/3
In the fridge: Revolution Brewing's Deep Wood Series: Mad Cow Stout