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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 12-07-2009)
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Reviews by olympuszymurgus:
Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.45/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From a bottle, into a snifter.

Dark brown with a quickly passing head. Smell is mostly hops and sulfur, some fruit and roast. Some earthy must, but nothing delicate or intriguing.

Taste is dominated by astringent bitterness. I think the combination of roasted grains, orange peel, and too damn many hops are making it quite unlikable.

Head drops fast, body is oddly thin and I get none of the Belgian yeast flavor.

Best thing I can say? I didn't pour it down the drain.

olympuszymurgus, Dec 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

warnerry, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

bsp77, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jaminjohnson, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of deebo
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

deebo, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of NilocRellim
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

NilocRellim, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Oelschlager
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Oelschlager, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of frankiepop
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
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 !!!

frankiepop, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of rwathree
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

rwathree, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Rowsdower
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Rowsdower, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of bigolwilly
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bigolwilly, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +9.9%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bpascale
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bpascale, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of weonfire
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

weonfire, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of optimator705
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

optimator705, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of DantooineBBQ
3/5  rDev -17.6%

DantooineBBQ, May 05, 2013
Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -17.6%

beerbrains, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

augustgarage, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of fullmetal1381
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

fullmetal1381, May 30, 2013
Photo of plfahey
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

plfahey, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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

dbossman, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of sbluerock
3/5  rDev -17.6%

sbluerock, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember if I got this from Timmush or the Nashvillian....

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, woody hop nosr==e

T: Cherry & herbal hops, some raisin & fig notes as well up front, plus a touch of candi sugar. Some plummy notes as this warms, a touch of oaky tartness/dryness, some faint cocoa notes as well. Finishes figgy with herbal hoppyness, plus some cherry juice & much dryness

A decent take on the style, but was hoping for more

MF: Chewy, fairly vigirous carbonation, becomes fairly warming as well

russpowell, Oct 31, 2011
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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.