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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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
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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Photo of shivtim
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew for picking this up for me.

Dark brown/black/coffee. Thin brown head.

Nose is phenomenal. Almonds, sweet molasses, hops, sweet malts. Nutty/hoppy/malty deliciousness. Wow.

Taste is strong sweet malts. Lingering hops and alcohol. Oak. A mishmash that somehow works.

Great beer overall.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, little stamp on the bottom of the 4-pack container says best if used by 7 15 12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is weak (but nice), the beer smells like dark fruit, molasses, and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The brew tastes like dark fruit (figs), red wine, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit and a little bit of honey and tart berries. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation makes it easy enough to drink. The longer I drank this, the more and more I liked it. Worth a try.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.53/5  rDev -57.7%
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 drpimento
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
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 budgood1
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
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 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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Photo of TwinButte
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks House of Ale in Sioux Falls SD

Appearance. Very dark. Opaque black.

Smell. Strong coffee and a hint of chocolate too

Taste. Follows the smell. My mouth thinks its a porter. Not sure if that is normal for this style or not but it's very good. I had last years batch and this is just as good or better.

Overall this a great offering from what I consider a local brewer. Gotta support them! Thanks Lucky Bucket!

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Photo of keethrax
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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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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 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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Photo of lurpy1
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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 FanofHefe
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher! This bottle started overflowing as soon as I popped the cap. It was not overly disturbed, just gently placed in the fridge. So, high level of carbonation going on here. Pours a deep, black body, with a three-finger dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Interesting aroma. The oak is almost the first aroma I get, but then there are roasted malt and what seem like cherry notes.

The flavor is equally interesting, with a bit of a port wine flavor blending with the dark malt and oak flavors. Some light spiciness, but much more muted than what I would expect from Belgian yeast.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with only the slightest note of the alcohol. Tasty overall, and enjoyable. I'll have to see if the other bottles are as highly carbonated, but at least I will be on the lookout for the gusher!

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Photo of pBRale
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-28-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pitch black pour with a two-finger creamy tan head that settles extremely slowly and has excellent retention. Leaves several thick bands of lace behind. From the pour alone, I can see that this is a very viscous beer.

Smell: Very woody. Can smell brown sugar and fruit aromas behind a strong layer of oak/wood and perhaps a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Tangy fruits up front, then a blast of some strong alcohol followed by an almost chardonnay-like taste, and a dry finish that is syrupy and coating. A strong bite, with a woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, almost syrupy. Carbonation is on the high side of medium, and this has a very dry finish. One of a kind feel.

Overall: A very interesting beer that is certainly worth the $2.25 per bottle to try. A unique creation that stimulates the palate in a pleasing way. Never had a beer quite like this, and as such it is a bit difficult to describe.

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Certified Evil from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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