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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Certified EvilCertified Evil

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82
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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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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Trogdor_The_Beerinator

Korea (South)

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-26-2012 11:57:33 | More by Trogdor_The_Beerinator
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Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

07-14-2012 04:30:04 | More by ssjkyle
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Zaimejs

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most flavorful and potent beers I have enjoyed on a regular basis. I was lucky enough to win 24 of these at a fund raising auction not realizing how special the brew was.

It is incredibly dark and rich. The beer lives up to its name. Do not drink it and then expect to enjoy any other beers without a thorough cleaning of the palette. It overwhelms the senses with a full flavored beginning and a hoppy finish. It's hard to describe. It's not nutty or malty, but it's huge.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:04:41 | More by Zaimejs
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fullmetal1381

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-30-2013 06:29:35 | More by fullmetal1381
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

02-27-2013 20:51:18 | More by beerking
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olliegaff

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

11-06-2012 22:30:38 | More by olliegaff
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

02-17-2014 01:20:13 | More by olafphysics
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mkh895

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-16-2013 23:57:50 | More by mkh895
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Bear1964

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-16-2014 21:38:44 | More by Bear1964
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-19-2013 21:10:14 | More by Lynn
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pisomojado8

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

11-25-2011 20:43:27 | More by pisomojado8
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rundocrun

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep dark brown. Almost black. When held up to the light, just barely translucent at the edges of the glass. A small tan head forms but quickly disappears. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Dark fruits. Raisin and fig notes with a spicy molasses aroma fighting for prominence. Also a fairly prominent toasty biscuit aroma as well as some slight burnt grain smell.

T - Dark, roasty coffee flavor up front. Tastes VERY different from what I was expecting based on the aroma. Smells like a dark belgian ale, but tastes just like a stout with small hints of spicy belgian yeast coming through.

M - Thick, chewy, and definitely more of a sipper. I'm automatically intrigued by any beer that has unknown ABV. I'm guessing it's up over 9%

EDIT (6.28.11) - Yep, just as I thought WELL over 9% ABV. I wrote this review before the ABV was known.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:19:29 | More by rundocrun
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Icehouse57

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice, very complex tasting brew. I was lucky enough to try this at the actual brewery.... standing beside some old chardonnay barrels where the next batch of CE sat... very cool. For what its worth, I believe they said the ABV was 12.5%.

Appearance- Dark brown, nearly black with a slight amber hue. Slightly opaque, as I don't think this was filtered, nor should it have been, as far as I'm concerned.

Smell- Vinous, oaky, almost a raisin bread smell, without the cinnamon. A touch of molasses as the last reviewer said.

Taste- In a word... COMPLEX. NEVER have I tasted a beer with so much going on. Not in a bad way; quite the contrary. Starts out with sweet maltiness and roastiness... almost like a porter. Not as roasty or sweet as a porter... Maybe more similar to a sweet or milk stout at the beginning. That gave way to dark aged cherries....Or what I might imagine they'd taste like. Some raisin and a touch of honey character seem to be there too. Then a citrus wallop, as you can taste the Lucky Bucket IPA that has been infused into the 2009 version. Then, after the first taste, you realize you can actually pick up the citrusy hops from the IPA in the aroma as well. A truly unique beer, that is very complex. BRAVO

Mouthfeel- A little thick, somewhat silky. Despite the strong alcohol content, no burn.

Drinkability- Not as drinkable as many... but how many 12.5% ABV beers are? Still, goes down very nice...Not cloying at all. So complex, its got my taste buds waiting for another shot!

I would like to try this beer a little warmer. I had it in the low 40's... and it was still very complex. I am going to have to find it, buy a bottle, and get it at the right temp. I'd say lower to mid 50s would bring out all this beer has to offer, which is PLENTY!

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 19:24:10 | More by Icehouse57
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Very deep brown, totally opaque, nice one finger head, decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, cinnamon, perhaps a little musk? Might be off-putting to some, but I like this.

T: Chocolate and cinnamon again. Alcohol is present, a bit like a liqueur. A touch of wine in the background, also molasses. Nice complexity, it does well here. More flavors flash by before I can identify them-- anchovies?

M: Mouthfeel is quite good-- creamy, but with good carbonation to keep the spices alive.

D: One or two for the evening, to be savored. This is my dessert for tonight.

Wow, this is fantastic. The name couldn't be more appropriate-- got to wonder whether I have traded part of my soul for this. No worries, it's worth it. Will buy it again, without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:52:47 | More by AmericanGothic
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Bierlerner

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow

A- Few shades from black. 1 finger creamy head. Not much lacing. Looks dangerous though.

S- wood, caramel, spiced candy, and sweetness.

T-wowee! Nice deep and rich malt character. Little bit of hops through out. And a huge oak bite. Definitely alcohol presence. Big earthy flavors.

M- Rich, creamy, little bit of carb, and a full body. A lingering dry afterbite from all the oak.

O- I could drink this everyday.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 21:08:02 | More by Bierlerner
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Westywood

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark. Tar and hints of ruby. Aggressive pour into a goblet results in a thin, brown, pale head that dissapates quickly but rings the glass through consumption.

Smell - Sweet. Strong presence of berries on the nose. Hints of bisquitty breads.

Taste - Red fruits up front. The way the hops and the malts interact with the strong presence of the cabernet/figgy undertones of the wine it's really a sensory overload. Sweet then tart then malty smoothness then just a bit of dryness on the finish. It all happens fast and it all happens with the volume on 10. There's nothing shy about this beer. Big ABV is completely hidden by this brew until the belly starts to warm.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is in keeping with the rest of this beer. It's big and complex. CE has a big mouthfeel despite very limited carbonation presence.

Overall - I liked Certified Evil. It's DARK and complex. It swings from sweet to bitter and all the way back. This is a great beer to enjoy with a nice big Ribeye or just a good conversation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:30:00 | More by Westywood
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Greggy

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black and pours like motor oil. The head is 2 fingers of thick creamy cocoa. Lacing is good.

S- Nice... Chocolate, a bit of coffee, pine, oak, a bit of wine comes through as well.

T- Starts off with big chocolate, and hoppiness (pine and marmalade) and some winey tannins. A little acidity is present transitioning to the finish which is strightly astringent and oaky.

M- A little to much carbonation here, I think. Overall though a good mouthfeel, everything esle going on keep this @ a 4.

O- A very interesting brew. A lot going on. Definitely recommend trying a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:30:16 | More by Greggy
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Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-20-2012 22:51:47 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.