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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Certified EvilCertified Evil

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206 Ratings
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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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Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +9.9%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of onewetpaw
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Lemony, slight roast character.

A- Pure black with a this off white head.

F- Lots going on here. Its hard for my palate to separate this out. I do appreciate some roasty, mildly astringent flavors up front. Not fruity at all. Perhaps a little pepper flavor. No hot alcohol or solvent flavors.

M- Lots of body with a gentle carbonation that helps lighten it up slightly in the end. Overall pretty light given how big a beer this is.

O- A interesting beer. There's a lot going on here. I don't taste the fruit notes I associate with a belgian yeast. I'm not that well versed in this style, which seems to have a pretty broad definition. I do like the beer. To me it's definitely a sipper, probably a good thing due to the ABV.

onewetpaw, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Greggy
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.

Greggy, Feb 28, 2012
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 Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour from a 12 oz bottle. Full finger's worth of head is short lived but yields some clumpy patches and stringy lacing.

Smells of raisins and prune juice, coffee, and berries, which I can only assume is imparted by the wine barrel. Cardamom was evident immediately upon opening the bottle, but is swarmed under once this beer hits the glass.

In a word: different. Swirled on the tongue, the vinous tingle of red wine is prickly and washes over the palate. Tart berries, coffee, raisin, pruney malt driven surprise. Hops dance along in a rag tag procession. Really an odd mish mash of flavors and ingredients. Yeast is present but understated, which is most definitely appreciated by this guy since big yeasty flavors are the gross.

Finishes dry with really no hint of alcohol.

Overall, this was an oddly enjoyable beer that seemed to evolve and encourage further exploration. Appreciative of my boy steepH20 for tossing this in my bag on the way out the door after our last visit.

BarrytheBear, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Boonedoggle
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Boonedoggle, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of AllenJasper
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured during the chorus of Pantera's 'By Demons Be Driven' and it was very fitting.

A: nearly opaque black even under bright lighting. One finger of light brown head, mild carbonation.
In the middle of the glass, there is some darker head, like I had sprinkled some cinnamon on it... not sure what that's about, but it's cool.
Edit: Sediment at the bottom

S: Oak, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar

T: follows smell, a lot going on.

M: Thick and a little sticky, with a sugary tingle.

O: I'm really glad I have three more of these. Remember what the bottle says about the swirl sip scheme.

AllenJasper, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Zaimejs
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.

Zaimejs, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gifted by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is a near black shade with a small beige cap that leaves ample lacing on the snfter.

The aroma offers oak, sweet malt, roast, an assortment of dark fruit, to include raisins, figs, prunes.

The flavor brings a heavy charred roast character, followed by sweet malt, dark fruit and a hint of booze. Oak character emerges more and more as the beer warms. Dark fruit and a vinous character throughout. On the sweet side for the style, and lacking the delectable yeast character I associate with the style.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Alcohol hidden pretty well.

Overall, this beer has some really nice things going for it, but lacks a couple of the major things I look for in a Belgian strong dark ale. Still, a good beer.

Huhzubendah, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of shivtim
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew for picking this up for me.

Dark brown/black/coffee. Thin brown head.

Nose is phenomenal. Almonds, sweet molasses, hops, sweet malts. Nutty/hoppy/malty deliciousness. Wow.

Taste is strong sweet malts. Lingering hops and alcohol. Oak. A mishmash that somehow works.

Great beer overall.

shivtim, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

WYVYRN527, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, little stamp on the bottom of the 4-pack container says best if used by 7 15 12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is weak (but nice), the beer smells like dark fruit, molasses, and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The brew tastes like dark fruit (figs), red wine, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit and a little bit of honey and tart berries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation makes it easy enough to drink. The longer I drank this, the more and more I liked it. Worth a try.

bluejacket74, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Derek68038
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Derek68038, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

sparx1100, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of dasmusik
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dasmusik, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of childklaft
3/5  rDev -17.6%

childklaft, Dec 23, 2011
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 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 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 tastybeers
3/5  rDev -17.6%

tastybeers, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer received in a recent BIF. Beer is brown, dark, mostly clear, off white head small bubbles.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, malty, strong.

Beer is a little harsh, chewy, doesn't aste good though. Really bready, grainy acidity at the end. Not a repeat, nothing too wrong with it, just a miss for me.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of LaCoursiere
2/5  rDev -45.1%

LaCoursiere, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Stouttyme
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Stouttyme, Dec 10, 2011
Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.