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Certified Evil - Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: RedHaze on 12-07-2009

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.
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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Derek68038
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dasmusik
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of childklaft
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.53/5  rDev -57.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Photo of budgood1
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Photo of tastybeers
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of LaCoursiere
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of Stouttyme
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of TwinButte
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks House of Ale in Sioux Falls SD

Appearance. Very dark. Opaque black.

Smell. Strong coffee and a hint of chocolate too

Taste. Follows the smell. My mouth thinks its a porter. Not sure if that is normal for this style or not but it's very good. I had last years batch and this is just as good or better.

Overall this a great offering from what I consider a local brewer. Gotta support them! Thanks Lucky Bucket!

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of pisomojado8
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of keethrax
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with red to almost purple hints. Creamylight brown head.

Smell: Little bit of hops. Some fruit including raisins. Roasted malt. Coffee.

Taste: As smell + lingering sweetness. Lots of flavors make it somewhat muddled.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick. More carbonation that I would expect based on the thickness of the beer.

Overall: Lot's of potentially interesting flavors and aromas. But too many all talking at roughly the same "volume" makes for a muddled mess. There needs to be either less going on, or one part needs to be a little more forward allowing the others to support.

Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of lurpy1
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of pBRale
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of deebo
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.