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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Certified EvilCertified Evil

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | 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 Duff27
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage

A- Into a tulip. One-inch dark brown (almost purple-ish?) on a dark brown beer. Very nice lacing and above average head retention.

S- Wonderful dark fruits...grapes, cherries.

T- More of the dark fruits (raisins, grapes) with a low hoppiness on the end. Almost finishes like sour grapes. Alcohol isn't so much overwhelming as it is a little harsh tasting, if that makes sense.

M- Full and creamy mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation.

D/O- Well I didn't really know what to expect going in but quickly found myself somewhat enjoying the complexities that Certified Evil had to offer. Didn't realize this was aged in wine casks until about halfway through the bottle, makes sense now. May pick up again for a change-of-pace type of beer.

Duff27, Nov 02, 2011
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
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to antlerwrestler19 for this bottle!

Never settle for amateur evil: always demand certification! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep burnt sienna topped by a finger of darkish tan foam. The nose comprises oak, brown sugar, rich toffee, light cocoa, very light coffee, and sugary figs and dates. The taste brings in more of the same, with the oak coming in louder than before, and some Belgian candi sugar making itself known as well. A touch of roast is also newly visible. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly grainy feel. Overall, a relatively complex, yet easy-going, brew. Good times.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2011
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 FanofHefe
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher! This bottle started overflowing as soon as I popped the cap. It was not overly disturbed, just gently placed in the fridge. So, high level of carbonation going on here. Pours a deep, black body, with a three-finger dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Interesting aroma. The oak is almost the first aroma I get, but then there are roasted malt and what seem like cherry notes.

The flavor is equally interesting, with a bit of a port wine flavor blending with the dark malt and oak flavors. Some light spiciness, but much more muted than what I would expect from Belgian yeast.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with only the slightest note of the alcohol. Tasty overall, and enjoyable. I'll have to see if the other bottles are as highly carbonated, but at least I will be on the lookout for the gusher!

FanofHefe, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of pBRale
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-28-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pitch black pour with a two-finger creamy tan head that settles extremely slowly and has excellent retention. Leaves several thick bands of lace behind. From the pour alone, I can see that this is a very viscous beer.

Smell: Very woody. Can smell brown sugar and fruit aromas behind a strong layer of oak/wood and perhaps a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Tangy fruits up front, then a blast of some strong alcohol followed by an almost chardonnay-like taste, and a dry finish that is syrupy and coating. A strong bite, with a woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, almost syrupy. Carbonation is on the high side of medium, and this has a very dry finish. One of a kind feel.

Overall: A very interesting beer that is certainly worth the $2.25 per bottle to try. A unique creation that stimulates the palate in a pleasing way. Never had a beer quite like this, and as such it is a bit difficult to describe.

pBRale, Oct 18, 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 Bierlerner
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Bierlerner, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap- Dark brown amber in color and opaque. Nice cinnamon colored head w/ pretty good retention.

Ar- Smells a little fruity, and a little sour or tart. I get whiffs of booze and oak too.

T- Roasted malts and flavor from the oak aging really shinges through for me. I get sort of a sour/tart aftertaste and the liqour comes thru just a little bit at the end. Really can't believe this stuff is 12.5%. Although the label says malt and hops do battle in the brew, I really didn't taste much as far as hops go.

M- Medium feel, moderate carbonation. Feels pretty good on the tongue.

O- A different beer but not in a bad way. This was my first oak aged beer and at first I wasn't so fond of it. As the beer warmed and I got a little more used to it, I liked the flavor better. I would buy this again.

BeerNutz324, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish red, with garnet edges. Head was a yellowish off white.

There's a slight roast note on the aroma, with some vanilla and astringency. There's an almost mild tart note.

Taste shows more a roasted malt and light bakers chocolate. Slight tart/alcohol note on the finish. For 12.5%, the alcohol is well hidden.

Feels upper medium in body, with medium carbonation.

This is a very interesting brew. I don't love it...but I don't dislike it at all.

EgadBananas, Sep 17, 2011
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 TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over 1300 reviews and this is my first from a brewer in Nebraska. Pours out inky black nothingness topped by a massive creamy head of tan foam. Looks impressive. Sweet brown sugar in the nose, raisins, and a little maple syrup. The taste is not as sweet as you would expect, a little more subdued than the abv and ingredients list would lead you to believe. Creamy raisin and vinous flavors, roasted malts and an alcohol burn round out this beer. Not quite what you would expect from the style, definitely a beer that does it's own thing.

TastyTaste, Sep 07, 2011
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 gregshead
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on 8/10/11. Thanks to sgsmfdoom for sending this one in a recent trade. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours black w/ a finger of light colored head. Some lacing circles the edge long after it dissipates. It really looks good.

S: Peppery dark malt smells. Not super descript aroma.

T: Spicy/peppery finish. Sweet start. Ashy aftertaste. Good oak hangs out in the background

M: Perfect thickness. Carbonation is pretty full

O: Let this one warm up and it is full of decadent flavors. I don't know what is so evil about this one, but it sure is tasty.

gregshead, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a dark cocoa body that is opaque. It was able to build one finger of tawny head. Just like that though, it is gone and leaves only minimal lace.

Smell: What a wacky nose. Immediately you are hit with a sugary sweetness, almost like a sour hard candy. Once past that, there is some caramel malt. That tanginess might be from citrus hops, but it is hard to say. Very weird.

Taste: The front of the drink has that same tangy sweetness that was on the nose. It is followed directly by the citrus hops, which I think is going in the wrong direction. From mid to finish the caramel malts mix with a coffee roasted char. The end is much more enjoyable than the beginning.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied, could be a little heavier than it is.

Overall: This beer is a very strange mix of sweet, tangy, and roasted malt. Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Not really. There might be those out there that like this kind of thing. But I will certainly not be looking this one up again.

Pintofbrown, Aug 30, 2011
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 match1112
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like a soda in my glass, black in the middle brown around the edges and a fizzy little ring on top. smells like raisins, sugar and alot of booze. taste is a lot of raisins sugar and malts with a little wood in it. mouthfeel is flat with no carbonation. overall not real impressive.

match1112, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of smithr53
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

A - black brown, can see alittle light through it when held up

S - Not much to it, no malt or grain, I almost smell the sugar

T - Not much up front, but has a nice chocolate, carmel after taste. Little acidity at the end

M - Missing some Carb, I think it would have brougt more out in the beer if had some more Carb.

Overall pleasently surprised. It is my first from lucky Bucket, but definately wont be my last.

smithr53, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Westywood
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.

Westywood, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into New Belgium Globe.

Deep mahogany body with a loose tan head of about one finger.
Smells like rum-soaked raisins with a vinous quality hidin in there.
The taste starts off with a little chocolate before drying out, hitting some spicy note?, and then a grapey vinous character. The finish is chalky and oaky.
The body is a bit too carbonated for me-- And the feel is too thin.

Overall-- Meh. This isn't offensive in any aspect, but it doesn't really impress me anywhere either.

AleWatcher, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is more in line with an oak aged RIS. Dark malt with some roast and a nicely oak woody aroma, minimal on the vanilla, but some wine like qualities (tart and fruit).
Hints of yeasty spiciness in the background. Very dark with minimal hints of color (dark brown) in highlights. Poured with very thin head that's persistent in it's minimalism.
Flavor is an interesting mix of flavors. Big malt character with ample roast, a bold richness with heavy sweetness pushing cloy. Dryness on the finish that seems in line more with malt than low gravity. Tannins evident and the wine flavor adds a fruitiness that includes a berry taste too. Tartness is big and adds a puckering quality at times.
Surprisingly lighter body, although it's still solidly moderate. Alcohol is well hidden as this is not hot in any manner, yet the experience of the alcohol is felt. Carbonated right for a big beer.
I'm conflicted. There are interesting flavors, but I'm not sure they are well blended or thought through. The wine flavors tend to dominate as it sits and then overshadows the dark malt flavors that shouldn't be overshadowed. So do I sit on these and see how these develop?

garymuchow, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottom of the bottle has 083 11, which could be code for "bottled 24 March 2011." Or it could be something else.

Pours very dark, black in the glass and coffee brown at the edges. Much darker than I expected. Minimal head; what is there is a medium brown. Hints of lacing, but not much.

Smell is dominated by dark roasted malts, very stout-like, with a nice fruitiness that comes to me as strawberries. Also hints of Belgian yeast (a bit of spice). Smells like a Belgian stout with fruit on top. Very nice, and rather unique.

Flavor is much like the smell, though less complex. The dark roasts are more dominant, and the fruit doesn't rise to the top as much. Bottle claims potent hops, but I don't pick them up. Finish is long and fairly sweet. Really nice variety of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, fairly low carbonation. Could probably use a little more carb.

This is like a cross between a Belgian ale and a stout, with a bit of light fruit thrown in. Really interesting, unlike anything I've tasted before, and quite good. I definitely plan to drink this again. Oh, and 12.5%? I had no idea until I came on here to review it.

zeledonia, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter

A - Pours very dark. Black really. No light gets through it. Produces a fingers worth of brown foam. Recedes to a ring around the rim that leaves some lacing.

S - Always have loved the smell of this brew. It gets better and better as it warms. Dark fruits dominate and there's something there that I can't even pin down but it smells good whatever it is.

T - Sweet raisins/dark fruits. A good malt smoothness presents itself as well.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, some light carbonation that adds a bit of crispness, finishes pretty dry.

O - This one isn't for the faint of heart. Its a complex beer for sure. Doesn't quite pull it all off for me although I do enjoy it for the most part. The nose is really wonderful.

mooselvlt, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body, slightest of amber hues via light, small tan head doesnt last long. Pretty good amount of lacing. Scent is chocolate malts backed by a strong candy sugar yeast. Chocolate malt front, a bit of roast, cherry, maybe some brown sugar, almost has a bit of a wine flavor in there. Its certainly pretty complex. Some well blended spiciness from the alcohol. Medium bodied, fairly acidic. Im not really blown away by it, but its a very nice beer.

Tballz420, Jul 15, 2011
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
Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.