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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Certified EvilCertified Evil

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 11
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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1/5  rDev -72.5%

bcostner1, Jun 04, 2012
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
Photo of LaCoursiere
2/5  rDev -45.1%

LaCoursiere, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of IpeeA
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

IpeeA, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque mahogany/dark brown. The beer seems to be pretty murky. There is a half finger of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very malt forward with some dark fruit like sweetness. I'm also picking up a slightly tart fruit note. The grain is the dominant smell here.

Taste: Lots of peppery oak along with a tartness that I'm not 100% sure was intentional. Malt makes its presence known, but it isn't very sweet. The finish has a tart bitterness to it that I'm not really digging.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with very aggressive carbonation. The finish is very dry which seems to be fitting with the strong oak presence.

Overall: Not a very good beer. The flavors that were there just didn't mix very well for me.

oline73, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of budgood1
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a dark brown colour with mahoghany hues. little head and sparse lace. some fruitiness in the nose...maybe some raisins, dates, molasses and other fruitcake nuances. sort of a prune juice aroma. upon first taste, i was a bit taken aback from the tartness. in fact the multitude of dark and dried fruit flavours are sort of unsettling. fermented raisin and prune juice; dark roasted malts combined with oak tinged red wine; tart cherries and raspberries; some x-mas spice, and i think a belgian yeastiness. it's quite sour. too much going on here. my head is about to explode and it's really not all that tasty. i would think a high ABV offering such as this would have a more well rounded body, but if in fact this is belgian style beer, it still misses the mark. mouthfeel is off...it seems flatter than it should be. not really drinkable..it should seem quite sippable, but falls short in that respect too.

overall, this brew is too much. something about it just does not work. if there was a way to meld all the components better, it would be genius. alas, it comes off a mess, and not even a tasty mess. not recommended.

budgood1, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of drpimento
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

we sampled from 2 bottles which were substantially different from each other. Overall, poured with a large, tan, thick, foamy, frothy head and loads of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavor falls down some, tart on top with some toasty malt, dark ripe fruit, yeast, molasses. Body has some high points that dont fit, carbonation is ok. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, no hint at all of alcohol.

drpimento, Dec 23, 2011
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 WYVYRN527
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

WYVYRN527, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of tgraven
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

tgraven, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Herky21
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Herky21, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of alexw07
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

alexw07, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jmjwolfman
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

jmjwolfman, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of lurpy1
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blue Nile as part of Blue Nile's Stout and Porter Fest.

Pours a brown with strange purplish hues, held up against other stouts, this beer let a lot more light through. Since it's not really stout, maybe the comparison is unfair.

Aromatically, malt, a little bit of coffee, and a vague cherry flavor, which is somewhat pronounced.

The fruit flavor really takes over upon first sip, sweet wine and still cherry. Not tart, not sweet, but it's got a rotting sensation to it I don't care for. Props to Lucky Bucket for trying something different, but the cabernet aging didn't work for me. Adequate mouthfeel. But you lost me at cabernet. I'd try other Lucky Bucket beers, not this one though.

lurpy1, Oct 30, 2011
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 SDDanC
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Decent creamy head about a finger and a 1/2. Poured a dark dark brown, not translucent. Nose wasnt very prominent, small hint of raisin and malt. Taste was disappointing. I got a lot of metallic, like id been sucking on a spoon or something. i wasnt able to pick out much past the metallic taste. a little raisin, a little caramel, subtle sour bit at the end. the sour is what made it drinkable, otherwise i would have been sad. mouthfeel was fun, not too much carb, but it complimented to subtle sourness. overall, i wouldnt want it again, i prefer beer not liquid aluminum.

SDDanC, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of devlishdamsel
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this last night with a friend. It poured a dark brown almost black color with thin to medium viscosity. The scent was that of a typical strong ale of its kind. It had a very complex flavor, which i found to be unappealing. There was too low of an attenuation with this one, I do not feel the sweetness complimented the very smoky flavor. The hops also seemed to clash. Overall i found this to be very unbalanced on the palate. Sure it looks pretty, nice lacing, mouth feel and color. However the overall flavor profile suggested bitter sweet maple bacon. the aftertaste lingered for awhile, and left me feeling unimpressed.

devlishdamsel, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of PalatePilot
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into a tulip glass

A- Looks nice and dark, a promising opacity

S- A lot of malt, some sweetness, a little heat ( alcohol ) a little hop

T- Not what I expected, astringent, alcohol, bitter, did not get the sweetness that I smelled and that I expected from color. too much going on in here without enough balance.

M- Overly carbonated, made the astringency burst. when the carbo dies down its got a decent feel

O- I had heard some good things about this beer, and I was a little disappointed, too much going on and the flavors did not go well together for me.

PalatePilot, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

TonyTalon, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

SaxmanRick, May 07, 2012
Photo of mentor
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2010, an imperial stout aged in barrels (2009 was a belgian strong dark aged in barrels). Pours a three finger light brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells of soured grains (like black patent, not microbe infected), cherry, blackberry, and dry wood.

Tastes like a dry stout with dried out wood also contributing. Not particularly complex or enjoyable. Somewhat sour finish with some dry baker's chocolate. Md-light body and gentle creamy carbonation.

mentor, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of amphion1065
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to mashmaster for this Nebraska tick. 12 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a very dark purple, nearly black. A half-finger light tan head forms after an aggressive pour, but doesn't last for long.

Very fruity aroma. Sweet oranges are prominent. There's a berry characteristic I can't quite put my finger on - blueberries? Brown sugar undergirds the fruit, along with some rich, dark malts.

Taste is not nearly as sweet as the smell. Actually, this is a little bit sour upfront. The berry flavors I anticipated aren't there, but there is some fruit, namely peach. Some raisins come through with other unidentifiable dark fruits. Unfortunately, there's also a metallic twang that's pretty off-putting, along with a rather bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is actually very nice - the carbonation is ideal. A pretty velvety beer, it really excels in this category.

I gave this beer's profile page a cursory glance when I received it a few weeks ago, but I completely forgot that it's 12.5% ABV. Given that there was no alcohol heat to speak of at all, I'm going to have to bump up the overall score just a touch - at the very least, it's technically impressive.

amphion1065, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a dark bark brown.

Aroma: Plums, cherries, raisins, oak, cinnamon, spices, chocolate, and mint.

Taste: Mint toothpaste, cinnamon, oak, raisins, plums, molasses, chocolate malt. Very odd. It is malty and off.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some alcohol showing.

Overall, a very odd BSDA. So much spice and interesting flavors here. Probably won't have too much of this one. Not overly drinkable.

mothman, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of ZAP
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Bit of a ruby tint to this brown colored beer.

S-Some sour notes....actually a lot of sour notes....almost like sour cherries....some roasty maltiness

T-Has a vinous flavor to it. Red grapes...also a touch of dark cocoa...tart red wine like flavor is big and it is tough to pull a lot of other flavors out of this.

M-Tart...12.5%? Body wise this is barely full....

O-Really not my thing. Just too much tart cherry/berry flavor to it.

ZAP, Jul 13, 2011
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
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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.