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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 241
Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.53/5  rDev -57.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque mahogany/dark brown. The beer seems to be pretty murky. There is a half finger of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very malt forward with some dark fruit like sweetness. I'm also picking up a slightly tart fruit note. The grain is the dominant smell here.

Taste: Lots of peppery oak along with a tartness that I'm not 100% sure was intentional. Malt makes its presence known, but it isn't very sweet. The finish has a tart bitterness to it that I'm not really digging.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with very aggressive carbonation. The finish is very dry which seems to be fitting with the strong oak presence.

Overall: Not a very good beer. The flavors that were there just didn't mix very well for me.

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Photo of budgood1
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.42/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of deebo
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of SDDanC
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Decent creamy head about a finger and a 1/2. Poured a dark dark brown, not translucent. Nose wasnt very prominent, small hint of raisin and malt. Taste was disappointing. I got a lot of metallic, like id been sucking on a spoon or something. i wasnt able to pick out much past the metallic taste. a little raisin, a little caramel, subtle sour bit at the end. the sour is what made it drinkable, otherwise i would have been sad. mouthfeel was fun, not too much carb, but it complimented to subtle sourness. overall, i wouldnt want it again, i prefer beer not liquid aluminum.

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Photo of frankiepop
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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 devlishdamsel
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
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 PalatePilot
2.78/5  rDev -23%
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 mentor
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2010, an imperial stout aged in barrels (2009 was a belgian strong dark aged in barrels). Pours a three finger light brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells of soured grains (like black patent, not microbe infected), cherry, blackberry, and dry wood.

Tastes like a dry stout with dried out wood also contributing. Not particularly complex or enjoyable. Somewhat sour finish with some dry baker's chocolate. Md-light body and gentle creamy carbonation.

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Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a dark bark brown.

Aroma: Plums, cherries, raisins, oak, cinnamon, spices, chocolate, and mint.

Taste: Mint toothpaste, cinnamon, oak, raisins, plums, molasses, chocolate malt. Very odd. It is malty and off.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some alcohol showing.

Overall, a very odd BSDA. So much spice and interesting flavors here. Probably won't have too much of this one. Not overly drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of amphion1065
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is one inch of tan foam that recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, graham cracker, and hints of wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, but much lighter. The mouthfeel is full bodied with almost no carbonation, and a cloying texture. Overall, this is a beer I will pass on next time. This beer is big alcohol wise, but it takes more than high ABV to make a good beer. This beer lacks anything in the way of complexity in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of keethrax
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky brown color; looks totally opaque black in the glass. One finger of fizzy tan head that slowly recedes leaving decent bubbles and lacing.

S - Brown sugar, alcohol, various malts, Belgian yeast.

T - Oak barrel notes, malt, some smoky char flavors. Cardamon and buttery clove. Mehh.

M - Decent carbonation. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

O - Meh. A far cry from the top tier belgian dark ales (e.g. any Chimay or Delirium) but it's not terrible either. Won't be busting down the doors of my local shop to get any more though.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Nice retention and moderate lace.

The nose has some molassas and raisin hiding deep in there, but it's mostly a big huge blast of the cardamom they used. It could be possible that this is a result of the beer being so fresh and that some age will help condition the flavors, but for now it completely hinders any attempt at complexity.

For having brown sugar, molassas and raisin juice added, I was so incredibly surprised by how balanced the sweetness was. There was a noticeable bump in sugar and body atop the chewy, roasted malt, but the moderate bitterness was assertive enough to keep it in check, while the finish ends on a nice dryer note. Flavors of coffee up front and lingering toffee and raisin tones. There's a touch of tannin in the middle of the tongue and the huge alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall, such a shame about the nose cuz everything else is pretty nice. It's just so easy to over-spice. This would be a brew I'd cellar for a while in hopes that everything would become a little more harmonized, but still nice effort.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet tulip.

Opaque bistre body with a dark tan head - short but creamy and lasting; pasty lacing, superior retention.

Sour nose with burnt sugar and roast malt in the nose. The oak aging overwhelms the base malt, adding tart vinuous flavors throughout. Mild bitterness...hints of stewed fruit and (noble?) hops. Finishes tart and somewhat smokey.

Medium-full bodied, effervescent, and chewy mouthfeel.

I wasn't expecting a "sour," though this crosses into that territory. Complex, but maybe more interesting than pleasant.

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Photo of plfahey
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small head and some lace. The aroma is a bit stinky up front to be honest, sort of like dank hops but slinkier. There is also some cherry and apple with some light cinnamon and light wood with aa fair bit of Christmas cookie spice. The flavor is very woody with some burnt malt bitterness. The woodiness sort of dominates and is a bit brash but as the beer warms it gives way to notes of raisin, fruit, and over steeped chamomile tea. Interesting beer to say the least.

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