Certified Evil | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Certified EvilCertified Evil

Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

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.

Added by RedHaze on 12-07-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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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4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep dark brown. Almost black. When held up to the light, just barely translucent at the edges of the glass. A small tan head forms but quickly disappears. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Dark fruits. Raisin and fig notes with a spicy molasses aroma fighting for prominence. Also a fairly prominent toasty biscuit aroma as well as some slight burnt grain smell.

T - Dark, roasty coffee flavor up front. Tastes VERY different from what I was expecting based on the aroma. Smells like a dark belgian ale, but tastes just like a stout with small hints of spicy belgian yeast coming through.

M - Thick, chewy, and definitely more of a sipper. I'm automatically intrigued by any beer that has unknown ABV. I'm guessing it's up over 9%

EDIT (6.28.11) - Yep, just as I thought WELL over 9% ABV. I wrote this review before the ABV was known.

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4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice, very complex tasting brew. I was lucky enough to try this at the actual brewery.... standing beside some old chardonnay barrels where the next batch of CE sat... very cool. For what its worth, I believe they said the ABV was 12.5%.

Appearance- Dark brown, nearly black with a slight amber hue. Slightly opaque, as I don't think this was filtered, nor should it have been, as far as I'm concerned.

Smell- Vinous, oaky, almost a raisin bread smell, without the cinnamon. A touch of molasses as the last reviewer said.

Taste- In a word... COMPLEX. NEVER have I tasted a beer with so much going on. Not in a bad way; quite the contrary. Starts out with sweet maltiness and roastiness... almost like a porter. Not as roasty or sweet as a porter... Maybe more similar to a sweet or milk stout at the beginning. That gave way to dark aged cherries....Or what I might imagine they'd taste like. Some raisin and a touch of honey character seem to be there too. Then a citrus wallop, as you can taste the Lucky Bucket IPA that has been infused into the 2009 version. Then, after the first taste, you realize you can actually pick up the citrusy hops from the IPA in the aroma as well. A truly unique beer, that is very complex. BRAVO

Mouthfeel- A little thick, somewhat silky. Despite the strong alcohol content, no burn.

Drinkability- Not as drinkable as many... but how many 12.5% ABV beers are? Still, goes down very nice...Not cloying at all. So complex, its got my taste buds waiting for another shot!

I would like to try this beer a little warmer. I had it in the low 40's... and it was still very complex. I am going to have to find it, buy a bottle, and get it at the right temp. I'd say lower to mid 50s would bring out all this beer has to offer, which is PLENTY!

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4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Very deep brown, totally opaque, nice one finger head, decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, cinnamon, perhaps a little musk? Might be off-putting to some, but I like this.

T: Chocolate and cinnamon again. Alcohol is present, a bit like a liqueur. A touch of wine in the background, also molasses. Nice complexity, it does well here. More flavors flash by before I can identify them-- anchovies?

M: Mouthfeel is quite good-- creamy, but with good carbonation to keep the spices alive.

D: One or two for the evening, to be savored. This is my dessert for tonight.

Wow, this is fantastic. The name couldn't be more appropriate-- got to wonder whether I have traded part of my soul for this. No worries, it's worth it. Will buy it again, without a doubt.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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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