Certified Evil
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #359
Ranked #35,984
3.69 | pDev: 15.45%
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 255
Photo of bbtkd
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil, 9.6% ABV, 48 IBU, Belgian strong dark ale. Pours thick and very dark brown. Nose is oaky sweetness, with fruit. Taste is complex, oak, fruit from the wine barrels, toasted malt, moderately bitter hop close, and a bit dry. Mouthfeel is excellent, though a bit over-carbonated. The nose is much better than the taste, like an unfulfilled promise. Still, overall excellent.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my notes 4 or so years ago:

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark fruit, peanut butter & smoke in the nose.

Pitch black in color, dark khaki head. No light passes through; not even ruby at the edges. Great lacing throughout.

Tastes like a stout with a hearty amount of belgian yeast; almost like red wine and chocolate mixed together. Very thick and viscous. Raspberries are in the mix as well. Very unique; very worthy. Even better on draft.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily, opaque black with a small mocha color head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, cold brew coffee, and dark fruits. Taste follows with dark roasted malt and dark chocolate upfront, followed by dark fruit and coffee in the middle, with just a touch of bitterness and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and medium thick, a definite oatmeal stout just by feel. Overall, this is a very good imperial oatmeal stout that takes qualities from imperial stout, imperial porter, and belgian quad/strong dark/stout styles, and blenda them all nicely into a beer that drinks quicker than its strength would belie.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice brew pours a rich blackish brown with a moderate head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer and light lacing. Nose of raisins, brown sugars, subtle wine notes, and sweet malts. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet notes of dark cocoa on the middle mixed with merlot notes and oak, sweet malts lay on the sides, and molasses and cherries round out the back with a subtle light tartness and lightly dry aftertaste etched with subtle char. Complex and unique with a lightly carbonated mouth feel and warming booze finish. Very nice. Outside of the standard Belgian strong, but highly drinkable and delicious.


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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked 12061434B11450 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt (Light) which fades out before the glass is gone
Head minuscule (< one cm, aggressive pour), mostly a few light brown bubbles which almost immediately disappear leaving a one mm ring and no layer
Lacing – fair, actually. Narrow ring of tiny bubbles and some tiny islands
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins sweet with a definite raison and brown sugar taste, ending with an alcohol burn amid malt bitterness. No hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a four pack of twelve ounce bottles at the local Trader Joes after seeing it listed on Beer Advocate as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Upon visiting Lucky Bucket’s website I learned that the brewer classes it as an Imperial Porter (why not a stout?). Disappointedly I decided to open the one I had chilling in my refrigerator to make room for other beers. When I first started pouring this beer I noticed that the liquid was very dark and suspected that it wouldn’t produce much of a head. So I raised the height of the bottle above the snifter so as to increase velocity and induce some outgassing. To my surprise a healthy brown colored layer of foam was produced that nearly overfilled the glass. Additionally this head produced some very nice lacing, hats off to Lucky Bucket for the nice aesthetics. This beer’s flavor is robust with a nice roasty malt start and finishes with a trace of hoppy bitterness. If you like American ales brewed in the Britannic black beer tradition this one is worth looking into. Oh and Beer Advocate you really need to re-class this beer, I have no idea why you note it as a Belgian Strong Dark, there is nothing Belgian about it.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A black elixir fills the glass topped by a 2” tan froth that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Faint wine aromas with light roast, dark sugars, citrus, fruit.
T: This is a hop driven beer backed by rich dark sugar flavors, dark dried fruit, orange, citrus, and a little wineyness. Not a lot of coffee or chocolate.
F: Excellent creamy texture with fine soft carbonation and a medium to a little above on the body.
O: For as dark as it is, I am surprised there is nott more coffee and chocolate flavors. Easy to drink.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an Imperial Porter


a Belgian Dark Ale.

Appearance : Pours out like used motor oil, slick black in appearance and stays that way in the glass. The head is minimal at about 1 finger, but pinkish-yellow with tinges of off-white. I like how pretty the total obsidian black color is, it's literally a black hole of nothingness with no light escaping.

Aroma : Cacao nibs, dusty chocolate, some hop and belgian dark yeast, with some alcohol burn floating around the nose. The aroma is much like a chocolate milk stout or a milky porter. It's rather nice.

Flavor : Wow! A lot going on here. Alcohol punch right off the bat with some rich raisin, dark fruits, and brown sugar. As the beer moves to the back of the throat hop comes out in a muted fashion as well as some roast malts and light chocolate notes. A touch of coconut.

Mouthfeel : Buzzing, prickly, almost painful carbonation at the start that gives way to a syrupy feel and eventually a parched finish.

Overall : A slow sipper and another great offering from Lucky Bucket. This brewer doesn't get the cred it deserves. Solid.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Certified Evil pours a black color with a small lacing head. There is a thick aroma with lots of roasted malts, and black licorice aromas. The taste has a nice roasted flavoring, lots of black licorice notes. Flavor was a little watery, and could have been stronger. Overall, its a thick beer with a light feel.

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Photo of 1ndifferent
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very good drinking beer. Cannot taste the high alcohol. Cabernet taste is extremely subtle but comes out as it lingers. Taste is very refined but does not offer enough in mouth feel or overall tasting notes. It is a very drinkable beer but is missing the little punch you expect from a 9+%.

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Photo of rangerred
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. 2013 vintage.

Pours pitch black with nary a head in sight. There is just a tiny ring of bubbles around the top of the glass. No lacing at all.

The aroma immediately strikes me as a strong porter. Loads of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with some dark fruit sneaking through. A bit of a sour or tart tinge that i can pick up; perhaps from the wine barrel aging?

The flavor also is predominately roast and coffee but as the beer warms, some more flavors begin to come through. I can pick up raisin along with just the slightest hints of the barrel aging. The barrel is very faint here and if I didn't know it was aged in white wine barrels, I might not be able to even pick it up. A very slight tartness along with a silky mouthfeel leads to just a slightly sweet finish.

Overall, I wasn't too high on this beer at first but the more I sip on it, the more I like it. A lot of subtleties here.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Achel Trappist glass (since there is a picture of a Trappist looking glass on the label). Per the label, “malt beverage brewed with brown sugar, raisin juice, molasses, cardamom and orange peel and aged in wine casks. I’m expecting some kind of BSDish type thing.

Appearance: Poured straight down the middle produced a finger of dark khaki head. Black body with brown highlights. Nice lacing with a persistent ring of head.

Aroma: Up front a huge note of roasted, dark barley. Like a nutty chocolate. Muddled notes of stone fruit, maybe some citrus, and brown sugar in the middle. Some grassy hops in the finish. The highlight here are the porteresque notes of roasted malts with that hoppy finish. No wine barrel, and some fruity, sweet confusion in the middle.

Taste: Starts with the nice roasted chocolaty malts. Some raw oak and vanilla in the middle. Finishes with a pleasant hoppy bite. There is some kind of raisiny, fruity thing in the finish, but you have to look for it. Leaves you wanting something more.

Mouthfeel: Thin/medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Slightly drying. Warming on the finish.

Overall: I mean, it’s a solid porter type beer, but it’s hard to get any of the adjuncts mentioned on the label. Was there like one wine barrel used in the final blend? I’m not sure a porter was the best style of beer in which to use some of the adjuncts mentioned. It’s a fun idea, but I think this recipe could use some work. No Belgian yeast was detected. I think the recipe might have changed from what is in the description on this page.

*At a little bit below room temp more of the brown sugar, raisins, and barrel came out. Drink this at cellar temp.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/12/14. Had this once before over a year ago. From a local brewery that is less than 15 miles form the house. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner 'pool ball' glass-Black 8 ball. LOTS of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle when poured.

Pours actually a pitch black in color with a very thin beige head. Some streaky lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is complex with dark roasted malts, dark fruit with a hint of molasses. Like a mix between a Stout & a Porter. Lots going on with the taste and YOU don't taste the higher alcohol content at all. I am sure this one would sneak up on you fast if you had a few of these. Hard to describe the taste BUT is pleasant. Actually goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a modest but splashy beige head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing

Smell: Beefy and vinous, with roasted meat, red wine grapes, citrus peel and herbal elements

Taste: Vinous at the outset, with red wine grapes and citrus peel flavors jutting forward; a growing sourness develops, in the middle, along with a beefy Bovril aspect; quite sour, in the finish, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: I have cellared this bottle for several years and I am guessing that the sourness may not be what was intended here; still, I find that the flavors I am detecting tend to clash rather than complement one another

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The Certified evil came out of a nitro tap and was served in a pint glass. Solid black in colour and had a dark brown foam lingering on top. Smelled malty and of roasty grains, and tasted just like a malty porter. The alcohol content can really be tasted in this ale. Bitter roasted grains and hops lingered on into the aftertaste, including a distinct oakiness and a slightly sour mid-body. Complex and fun to drink.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Near black with nice tan head.

Smell: Molasses, honey, ripe dark fruit, chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Seems almost like a Stout at first, with chocolate and molasses leading the way. Then it gets a lot fruiter with ripe plums, raisins, dates, and licorice. Some oak, honey and light spiciness on the finish, but the ripe fruit comes through stronger.

Feel: Thick, chewy body that could use a lighter touch or some more dryness. Maybe more honey was needed to lighten and dry out the finish.

Overall: Interesting combination of a Stout and a Dark Belgian Ale. Happy to have tried it, but a little too much ripe fruit sweetness for the beer to gel as well as I had hoped.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body with a one finger frothy brown head.

Aroma: If I didn't know better I'd think this was a Porter or Stout. The chocolate malt and near coffee-like aroma suggests a different style. However, the signature fruit esters of belgian yeast are there underneath it all. A touch of vinegar as well.

Taste: Definitely an interesting flavor combining both Imperial Stout and Belgian Ale styles. Starts with dark malt flavor (almost a belgian candi syrup) that stays very light by not contributing any bitterness. There is also a light grassy hop character that fits in well with the flavor complexion. Flavors of pear, green apple, and fig compliment the dark malt nicely. Then the flavor shifts in an interesting way giving bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor during the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. An interesting hint of vinegar long after the finish that adds to the overall mystery of what this beer was intended to be. In true Belgian fashion the 9.6% ABV is very difficult to locate in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with effervescence that gets close to usual Belgian levels but not quite as overly fizzy. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Lucky Bucket's Certified Evil is definitely not your typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It has a mix of both Belgian and Stout influences that combine for a pretty good beer. If you like either of the styles mentioned above then give it a try if you come across it. Would I drink it again? Sure, not seeking it out though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is a freak. huge huge huge. it pours thick and dark, more like an American stout than anything Belgian, sludgy looking too, viscous. a few inches of tan head last the while glass. the nose is a little confusing, the dark malts are front and center no doubt, there is some dark chocolate and molasses sweetness in here too, and some sort of interesting yeast that doesn't ring the Belgian bell to me, but perhaps this is classified incorrectly. the chocolate flavors really expand as it drinks, not sweet chocolate, but that bitter dry raw cocoa that so many beers strive for but few attain. some real nice oak in the finish, not wine or bourbon or anything, just wood. the alcohol is amazingly well hidden, and I unfortunately consumed this like it was in the 5% to 6% abv range, and it definitely got me humming. super smooth in texture, glides right down the throat effortlessly, no burn at all, and the huge body somehow satisfies me, like a milkshake or something. good thing this beer doesn't come in milkshake sizes. overall an impressive offering from lucky bucket, far superior to their wheat. looking forward to finding more of their beers, this one is profound.

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Photo of frankiepop
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
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 !!!

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Photo of PalatePilot
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of devlishdamsel
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky Bucket "Certified Evil"
12 oz., no apparent freshness date

Woah! I was told this was a Belgian golden strong ale but I was misled! Let me take a look at the label... ... ... "a dark, ominous and oak aged creation..." - well that's just my style :) Let's see...

It pours an opaque black body beneath a dark-tan, chocolate head that drops shortly and leaves little lace behind. Hmmm, that could be disappointing... I'd like to see a better head on it.

There's chocolate in the aroma, and a little bit of fruit: cherry, apple, and perhaps date; all atop a solidly dark-chocolate maltiness that's sprinkled with coffee-like roastiness and cocoa.

Quite often, the flavor of most beers simply mimic the aroma, and that's the case here except that it's amplified - this is one rich beer! Fortunately, it's not overdone. It teems with dark malt chocolate and near-coffee, but it doesn't become overpowering - perhaps because the malt base is kept in check: it's medium-full / full-medium in body but still fermented through, and dry. It delivers a little bit of yeast in the nose, along with and followed by the roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes that are slightly accented by a light sugary note. Hops work their way in, but they can gain only equal footing at best, mainly appearing across the middle and then mostly in the finish, which is dry, chocolatey, woody, somewhat roasty, and threaded through with bright red berries and a gently vinous note. Wow! Nice finish - this is where it's complexity lies. As it fades, it becomes darkly bitter and acidic, showing a lot of its oak, but also brightened by its fruitiness (which saves it from going too far to the dry side).

An impressive strong dark beer that packs a whollop! I'd suggest you let it warm up slightly to get the most out of it.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer that appropriately represents the darkness of Evil. CE has a single tone tan head that drops rather quickly. Chocolate, light burnt roast and spice in the nose. Nose is not assertive but that could be the fan in the bar. Flavor jumps out strong with a heavy burnt chocolate and malt taste with earthy hops spreading along the side of the tongue.

The beer lingers nicely and has a bit of a punch, betrayed by the light legs on the side of the footed glass from the 9.1% alcohol. Very good beer and is better on site than the bottles I've tried in the past. Fine beer to be the top of the line for Lucky Bucket.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Benny for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is odd. not bad, just different. smells of smokey sweet bbq... thats right bbq. which automatically make me LOVEIT! tastes salty with hints of wine and smoke. minor bittersweet chocolate. very heavey flavor, definatley one to sip but for the 9.6 % alcohol the booziness is well masked. this is just one you gotta try if you love beer like me!

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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
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