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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 12-07-2009

Certified Evil is the result of a 2008 collaboration project with Todd Ashman of Fifty Fifty Brewing in Truckee, California and Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, Oregon. Each brewer set out to create a dark Belgian strong ale with their own unique spin on the style. Since the first collaboration, six new breweries have been added to the project to invent a truly unique beer. This beer is properly named Certified Evil.
The new Certified Evil recipe is more complex and interesting than the brew from 2008. This new beer blends Certified Evil aged in Cabernet barrels for one year with a younger batch of oaked aged Certified Evil. The combination makes for a vibrant yet smooth and elegant taste. The recipe also includes a wide variety of complex sugars including turbinado sugar, molasses and honey. The result is an amazingly complex beer. Truly a must try to any craft beer lover.
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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body with a one finger frothy brown head.

Aroma: If I didn't know better I'd think this was a Porter or Stout. The chocolate malt and near coffee-like aroma suggests a different style. However, the signature fruit esters of belgian yeast are there underneath it all. A touch of vinegar as well.

Taste: Definitely an interesting flavor combining both Imperial Stout and Belgian Ale styles. Starts with dark malt flavor (almost a belgian candi syrup) that stays very light by not contributing any bitterness. There is also a light grassy hop character that fits in well with the flavor complexion. Flavors of pear, green apple, and fig compliment the dark malt nicely. Then the flavor shifts in an interesting way giving bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor during the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. An interesting hint of vinegar long after the finish that adds to the overall mystery of what this beer was intended to be. In true Belgian fashion the 9.6% ABV is very difficult to locate in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with effervescence that gets close to usual Belgian levels but not quite as overly fizzy. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Lucky Bucket's Certified Evil is definitely not your typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It has a mix of both Belgian and Stout influences that combine for a pretty good beer. If you like either of the styles mentioned above then give it a try if you come across it. Would I drink it again? Sure, not seeking it out though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2010. Darkest raisin brown with smoky apricot highlights along the edges of the glass and a thickish slice of coffee-with-cream colored foam. Barrel-aged beer of this ABV (roughly 10.0%) doesn't often impress from a head and lace standpoint. Still, not a bad looker.

The nose is too tame, especially given everything that was added to this brew. Besides the usual four ingredients: brown sugar, raisin juice, molasses, cardamom, orange peel, cabernet barrel-aging and oak barrel-aging. Warming helps just enough to pull the score to an above-average perch.

Certified Evil, first brewed by LBBC in '09, is essentially the '08 version of Collaborative Evil from Flossmoor Station, a beer that Matt Van Wyk collaborated on with the Lucky Bucket brewer (and one other). To my knowledge, that BSDA wasn't barrel-aged.

For whatever reason, the flavor profile isn't knocking my socks off, largely because the expected complexity just isn't there. On a positive note, the alcohol is expertly masked and the beer is wonderfully drinkable from an 'ease of' perspective.

As in the nose, several more degrees opens things up a bit. Despite the use of turbinado sugar, molasses, honey and raisins (website)... or brown sugar, molasses and raisin juice (label)... Certified Evil isn't that sweet. The tanginess of the citrus peel is overdone, the spiciness of the cardamom is underdone, and the red wine vinousness is just right.

The mouthfeel is not worthy of a double-digit ABV BSDA. It's only passingly creamy on the finish, isn't full enough, and the bubbles are a little on the buzzy side in the upper half of the bottle. Looking back at my Collaborative Evil 2008 review, it wasn't stellar in this arena either.

Certified Evil is my third Lucky Bucket offering and is my second favorite, behind IPA. Perhaps the ingredients list (including two types of barrel-aging) is too long. It seems oxymoronic, but simplifying things might actually result in more complex beer on the palate. Stranger things have happened.

Photo of warnerry
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with two fingers of airy light tan head. Decent retention and some lacing.

S - I swear the first aroma I got after pouring this was similar to those Wet Ones wipes, kind of soapy and chemical. Luckily, subsequent whiffs are more promising. Some raisin and plum, and herbal hop presence. Maybe some chocolate and wine. There is a lot going on, but it never really came together for me.

T - Again, many elements of a BSDA, but with an herbal hop presence, some wine, and a faint tartness. Not sure if this is in the early stages of infection, or just odd. I wish there was a little less acidity to let the fruits and chocolate shine through. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Not sure what to think of this. It seemed like after each sip I was pretty sure I didn't want any more, then a few seconds later I was intrigued enough to go back for more. Does that mean I like it? I can't seem to convince myself of that. Still, while it is not particularly appealing, it isn't bad tasting either.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some tartness and a somewhat bitter, dry finish. Seemed a little thinner than it should have been.

O - Points for originality, and some good things going on, but can't see myself wanting this again.

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Near black with nice tan head.

Smell: Molasses, honey, ripe dark fruit, chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Seems almost like a Stout at first, with chocolate and molasses leading the way. Then it gets a lot fruiter with ripe plums, raisins, dates, and licorice. Some oak, honey and light spiciness on the finish, but the ripe fruit comes through stronger.

Feel: Thick, chewy body that could use a lighter touch or some more dryness. Maybe more honey was needed to lighten and dry out the finish.

Overall: Interesting combination of a Stout and a Dark Belgian Ale. Happy to have tried it, but a little too much ripe fruit sweetness for the beer to gel as well as I had hoped.

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of deebo
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-One finger of tan head, that laces the glass as you drink. Black
S-Dark malt aroma. Some sweetness (molasses, brown sugar) warm spice-apparently cardamom.
T-Heavy burnt malt with a touch of astringency. Not sure if from hops or malt-lingers a bit but not overpowering. As this one warms up it becomes bittersweet and unbalanced.
M-Plenty of tingly CO2 bite. A bit thin and a touch oily. Alcohol is well hidden.
D-Lack of balance limits its drinkability for me, but I suppose that is a good thing cause it's strength is noticeable.
O-Nothing too exciting about this one. Think I'll pass on buying this again.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The Certified evil came out of a nitro tap and was served in a pint glass. Solid black in colour and had a dark brown foam lingering on top. Smelled malty and of roasty grains, and tasted just like a malty porter. The alcohol content can really be tasted in this ale. Bitter roasted grains and hops lingered on into the aftertaste, including a distinct oakiness and a slightly sour mid-body. Complex and fun to drink.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

Photo of Oelschlager
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of frankiepop
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My past experience with Lucky Bucket was not too exciting. This beer is excititng? Is this a quality beer? I think so. Do i like this bitter brew? Not really. I like maltier sweetness. However, this beer looks nice and has a nice faint aroma.

The flavor is quite complex and ends bitterly on the palate. Let's transitions into . It's really fizzy. That may be a benefit.

Miles Davis Live Evil cd is a good pairing !!!

Photo of rwathree
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black and almost completely opaque. When I hold it up to light, the tiniest bit of brown shows at the top. The light-brown head is small and disappears fast, but it leaves a long-lasting lace. Love just how dark this beer is.

S: First aroma is sweet grapes; after that, brown sugar, subdued phenols. Inviting, but also threatens to be too sweet. I'd like to smell some more malt in there.

T: Nice, complex taste. Rich red wine, pleasant alcohol heat, strong roasted coffee, and a short rush of floral hops in the finish. Given the ABV, the alcohol isn't overpowering.

M: Full and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

This is a frighteningly drinkable beer. The ABV isn't listed, and I once made the mistake of drinking more than one of these in a night - not a good idea. That said, very good beer. Wish the smell was as complex as the taste, but well done.

Photo of Rowsdower
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of bigolwilly
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of bpascale
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of weonfire
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of optimator705
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DantooineBBQ
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet tulip.

Opaque bistre body with a dark tan head - short but creamy and lasting; pasty lacing, superior retention.

Sour nose with burnt sugar and roast malt in the nose. The oak aging overwhelms the base malt, adding tart vinuous flavors throughout. Mild bitterness...hints of stewed fruit and (noble?) hops. Finishes tart and somewhat smokey.

Medium-full bodied, effervescent, and chewy mouthfeel.

I wasn't expecting a "sour," though this crosses into that territory. Complex, but maybe more interesting than pleasant.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky Bucket "Certified Evil"
12 oz., no apparent freshness date

Woah! I was told this was a Belgian golden strong ale but I was misled! Let me take a look at the label... ... ... "a dark, ominous and oak aged creation..." - well that's just my style :) Let's see...

It pours an opaque black body beneath a dark-tan, chocolate head that drops shortly and leaves little lace behind. Hmmm, that could be disappointing... I'd like to see a better head on it.

There's chocolate in the aroma, and a little bit of fruit: cherry, apple, and perhaps date; all atop a solidly dark-chocolate maltiness that's sprinkled with coffee-like roastiness and cocoa.

Quite often, the flavor of most beers simply mimic the aroma, and that's the case here except that it's amplified - this is one rich beer! Fortunately, it's not overdone. It teems with dark malt chocolate and near-coffee, but it doesn't become overpowering - perhaps because the malt base is kept in check: it's medium-full / full-medium in body but still fermented through, and dry. It delivers a little bit of yeast in the nose, along with and followed by the roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes that are slightly accented by a light sugary note. Hops work their way in, but they can gain only equal footing at best, mainly appearing across the middle and then mostly in the finish, which is dry, chocolatey, woody, somewhat roasty, and threaded through with bright red berries and a gently vinous note. Wow! Nice finish - this is where it's complexity lies. As it fades, it becomes darkly bitter and acidic, showing a lot of its oak, but also brightened by its fruitiness (which saves it from going too far to the dry side).

An impressive strong dark beer that packs a whollop! I'd suggest you let it warm up slightly to get the most out of it.

Photo of fullmetal1381
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of plfahey
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with faint garnet highlights when held to the light. Appears relatively clear, though difficult to ascertain due to opacity. Creamy, light brownish head is creamy and has good retention with some nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet grape and over-ripe cherry notes, with dark candi sugar, spicy/rose-like alcohols, and a touch of phenolic spice. Slight toasted malt and black, tarry molasses.

Flavor-Sweet brandy and dark fruit flavors up front, cherries and some prune leading the way. Molasses in the mid-palate is taken over by dark, roasted/burnt malt and a hefty serving of warming alcohol. Still is semi-sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium full-body with moderate carbonation. Substantial alcohol warmth, but never hot.

It has some good characteristics to it, and I wonder if the sweetness would die down a bit with some age, but right now it's a bit one-dimensional and too sweet in the nose and flavor for me. Man though is that alcohol well hidden. I can tell that it's got some booze to it, but for 12.5% this one goes down easy.

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black with a solid and constant tan head; lacing is great

S: Really bready--doughy actually with chocolate notes

T: Rich dark malts; non-sweet chocolate and coffee along with dark bread; a touch of anise perhaps; all complemented by a creamy slightly sweet and slightly bitter finish with a touch of yeastiness

F: Creamy--overall great mouth feel

D: Rich but good; this begins to warm up the cheeks quickly; this is a quality brew from Lucky Bucket

Photo of sbluerock
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
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