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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 GRG1313
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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 oline73
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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 mothman
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2010. Darkest raisin brown with smoky apricot highlights along the edges of the glass and a thickish slice of coffee-with-cream colored foam. Barrel-aged beer of this ABV (roughly 10.0%) doesn't often impress from a head and lace standpoint. Still, not a bad looker.

The nose is too tame, especially given everything that was added to this brew. Besides the usual four ingredients: brown sugar, raisin juice, molasses, cardamom, orange peel, cabernet barrel-aging and oak barrel-aging. Warming helps just enough to pull the score to an above-average perch.

Certified Evil, first brewed by LBBC in '09, is essentially the '08 version of Collaborative Evil from Flossmoor Station, a beer that Matt Van Wyk collaborated on with the Lucky Bucket brewer (and one other). To my knowledge, that BSDA wasn't barrel-aged.

For whatever reason, the flavor profile isn't knocking my socks off, largely because the expected complexity just isn't there. On a positive note, the alcohol is expertly masked and the beer is wonderfully drinkable from an 'ease of' perspective.

As in the nose, several more degrees opens things up a bit. Despite the use of turbinado sugar, molasses, honey and raisins (website)... or brown sugar, molasses and raisin juice (label)... Certified Evil isn't that sweet. The tanginess of the citrus peel is overdone, the spiciness of the cardamom is underdone, and the red wine vinousness is just right.

The mouthfeel is not worthy of a double-digit ABV BSDA. It's only passingly creamy on the finish, isn't full enough, and the bubbles are a little on the buzzy side in the upper half of the bottle. Looking back at my Collaborative Evil 2008 review, it wasn't stellar in this arena either.

Certified Evil is my third Lucky Bucket offering and is my second favorite, behind IPA. Perhaps the ingredients list (including two types of barrel-aging) is too long. It seems oxymoronic, but simplifying things might actually result in more complex beer on the palate. Stranger things have happened.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color, almost black, with some reddish highlights to it and a minimal tan head.

S: There's a surprising amount of citrus aroma to it. An almost acidic grapefruit juice sort of aroma to it. Dark fruits are strong in this one, particularly raisins. Mildly sweet with a decent roasted malt note. A really interesting nose.

T: The roasted malt is there but mild with lots of different fruit notes. Some of the same tartness that was there on the nose, particularly the citrus and raisin components with perhaps a bit of wine.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth mouthfeel overall.

D: A really interesting beer. Much different from what I was expecting, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gifted by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is a near black shade with a small beige cap that leaves ample lacing on the snfter.

The aroma offers oak, sweet malt, roast, an assortment of dark fruit, to include raisins, figs, prunes.

The flavor brings a heavy charred roast character, followed by sweet malt, dark fruit and a hint of booze. Oak character emerges more and more as the beer warms. Dark fruit and a vinous character throughout. On the sweet side for the style, and lacking the delectable yeast character I associate with the style.

Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Alcohol hidden pretty well.

Overall, this beer has some really nice things going for it, but lacks a couple of the major things I look for in a Belgian strong dark ale. Still, a good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Certified Evil is an undomesticated beast, a dark, ominous and oak aged creation. It's aggressive hops battle it's massive malt profile, Flavor assaulting all those who bear witness." Do I want to get assaulted with flavor? Hmmm, maybe, maybe…
"Malt beverage brewed with brown sugar, raisin juice, molasses, cardamom and orange peel and aged in wine casks." It's called an Imperial Porter, rings in at 9.6%, and has been aged in Cabernet barrels. Let's get cracking' at it…

Solid blackness, dark as sin, with a thin, brown ring for a head.

Deep and rich aromatics, dark fruit foremost, with molasses, chocolate, espresso, and more making up the mix. Raisins, figs, brown sugar…cocoa powder. Well balanced, nothing is dominant, nothing too loud or too callous. Even tempered all the way, aromatically.

Now, let's taste…in the mouth, it's a thick morass of flavors, sweet malty flavors kept in check, well maintained, tremendously balanced. Some berries in here, too, all that dark fruit, the raisin, the brown sugar, the molasses, the deep, dark richness all comes out on the palate, the cocoa and coffee. And before you know it, you start to pick up on the wine barrel aging, too.

Some tannins pop on the palate, we're getting some of the grit and the grab of the wine flavoring for sure. It wraps around the other flavors lovingly, coats them, covers them and makes them all get along. A little pithy twinge of sweetness rings it out. Sip again, the complex mix comes together on the palate, they all show themselves and make themselves known among this behemoth blend, stick their necks out and take a little bow. Then the wine barrel bit sweeps them up again, and we're picking out favorite cameos from that previous performance. "Ah, wasn't the coffee delightful? Did n't the cocoa shine? Remember the raisin, and wasn't molasses in top form?"

And now, at the end of the glass, the bottle drained, the alcohol comes booming in, …glad this is the last beer of the night. I'm off to bed, and dream of happy things, hopefully, with no evil creeping into my slumber.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to RedHaze for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice dark fruit notes, some yeast notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some dark fruits, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew, but quite different than most BSDAs out there.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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