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 MattBreight
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beerlover
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 bcostner1
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Photo of SaxmanRick
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of sbluerock
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of everettsbeerguy
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a tinge of red. Large very light brown head sits atop it. Fades slowly, leaving nice lacing behind on the glass. An island of foam permanently resides in the brew.

S: Very malty. Lots of caramel and raisin. There is some leather and ginger too - maybe cinnamon. Almost like a gingerbread cookie. Smells a little like wine too. Odd combination of aromas that's for sure. Not a bad combination, I enjoyed it!

T: Lots of wine, almost to the point of being sour. Some oak. Heavy leather mixed with some caramel, molasses, raisin and brown sugar. Spices linger in the aftertaste, mostly ginger again.

M: Pretty heavy as expected for the ABV.

O: One of the most unique brews I've had. Crazy variety of flavors that honestly do not meld that well. Regardless, it is heavy, complex and the flavors are balanced well, despite everything. It's kinda like drinking a wine barrel aged winter warmer with a belgian twist. How do you ever categorize that?

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Photo of gregy55902
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Chambic
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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 JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black, opaque with a thin khaki head that left eminent lacing. Smell is of semisweet chocolate, sour cherry cordials, herbal hop. Taste is all over, roasted chocolaty malt, lactose, vinous, grassy/herbal hop, subtle milk chocolate, slightly sweet. Finished a little bit sour and astringent. No notice of the ABV. Body is fairly light, mouthfeel hints at being creamy but is certainly lighter than expected. Overall it's got a broad mix of flavors, as i think the label hints at. I don't find it to be overly imposing or big. Decent enough and I'll enjoy the other three bottles.

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Photo of greenbeer29
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of onewetpaw
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Lemony, slight roast character.

A- Pure black with a this off white head.

F- Lots going on here. Its hard for my palate to separate this out. I do appreciate some roasty, mildly astringent flavors up front. Not fruity at all. Perhaps a little pepper flavor. No hot alcohol or solvent flavors.

M- Lots of body with a gentle carbonation that helps lighten it up slightly in the end. Overall pretty light given how big a beer this is.

O- A interesting beer. There's a lot going on here. I don't taste the fruit notes I associate with a belgian yeast. I'm not that well versed in this style, which seems to have a pretty broad definition. I do like the beer. To me it's definitely a sipper, probably a good thing due to the ABV.

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Photo of Greggy
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black and pours like motor oil. The head is 2 fingers of thick creamy cocoa. Lacing is good.

S- Nice... Chocolate, a bit of coffee, pine, oak, a bit of wine comes through as well.

T- Starts off with big chocolate, and hoppiness (pine and marmalade) and some winey tannins. A little acidity is present transitioning to the finish which is strightly astringent and oaky.

M- A little to much carbonation here, I think. Overall though a good mouthfeel, everything esle going on keep this @ a 4.

O- A very interesting brew. A lot going on. Definitely recommend trying a bottle.

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Photo of warnerry
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour from a 12 oz bottle. Full finger's worth of head is short lived but yields some clumpy patches and stringy lacing.

Smells of raisins and prune juice, coffee, and berries, which I can only assume is imparted by the wine barrel. Cardamom was evident immediately upon opening the bottle, but is swarmed under once this beer hits the glass.

In a word: different. Swirled on the tongue, the vinous tingle of red wine is prickly and washes over the palate. Tart berries, coffee, raisin, pruney malt driven surprise. Hops dance along in a rag tag procession. Really an odd mish mash of flavors and ingredients. Yeast is present but understated, which is most definitely appreciated by this guy since big yeasty flavors are the gross.

Finishes dry with really no hint of alcohol.

Overall, this was an oddly enjoyable beer that seemed to evolve and encourage further exploration. Appreciative of my boy steepH20 for tossing this in my bag on the way out the door after our last visit.

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Photo of Boonedoggle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of AllenJasper
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured during the chorus of Pantera's 'By Demons Be Driven' and it was very fitting.

A: nearly opaque black even under bright lighting. One finger of light brown head, mild carbonation.
In the middle of the glass, there is some darker head, like I had sprinkled some cinnamon on it... not sure what that's about, but it's cool.
Edit: Sediment at the bottom

S: Oak, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar

T: follows smell, a lot going on.

M: Thick and a little sticky, with a sugary tingle.

O: I'm really glad I have three more of these. Remember what the bottle says about the swirl sip scheme.

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Photo of Zaimejs
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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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 247 ratings.
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