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Brewed by Moor
Style: Black IPA
Bristol, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style: Black Ale Draught ABV: 4.5% Illusion is our latest creation, which is inspired by the awesome new beer style created in the States known as Imperial Black Ale. We really admire the profile of this new style but wanted a session strength version. We brewed ours at 4.5% instead of the typical 8%+, but wanted to retain the unique flavour profile. We sourced the special malt required from Germany and the hops from America to create a beer of stunning depth and complexity. The beer is black in appearance but lacks the acrid flavours associated with all other dark beers. This is achieved through use of the special German malt. The hop aromas and flavours are very intense, which we achieve through a major dose of dry-hopping in the cask. The result is a beer that wraps all the wonderful hop profiles of a pale ale inside a silky black exterior. It is truly an Illusion that deceives your eyes and dazzles your taste buds. Due to the rare nature of these special ingredients it is a limited release beer, but we are looking at making it more regularly available if possible.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6713) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle thanks to SlackerMads during the IoW Jolly. It pours darkest ruby with a medium beige head. The nose is rich, juicy, roasted malt, orange peel, sherbet, tobacco and dark chocolate. The taste is rich, roasted malt, pepper, good deal of bitterness, dark chocolate, wood, coffee and some acidity with a dry finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Rather well-rounded and supremely drinkable. Great low abv black IPA action.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1362) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (864) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Tap @ The Black Lion. Pours black with a beige head. Pine hops, fruits, roasted malts in the aroma. Malty, even slightly salty flavor with a lot of tropical fruits hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - JUL 22, 2014
Non esaltantissima al naso ma un’ottima Black IPA che ha un finale bello amaro. Solite note caffettose e tostate. Buon corpo. Fondo amaro, non certo da compromesso, sono andati giù abbastanza spiani e quindi lo sbilanciamento finale un pochino c’è. Tutto sommato ottima se piace lo stile.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redrover (2) - Milan, ITALY - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
Drunk at Rievoca Beershop (Vimodrone, Milan, Italy) on tap and available also in bottle. Obviously very black, whit a brown-beige quite persistant head. Nose is very fruity, with some grass and herb from the pacific hops. Once in your mouth it taste very bitter with a nice corrispondance between nose and mouth. Again a lot of fruit with some herbal and grass tastes in the end. Low abv and -quite- low carbonation make it so drinkable even if the biterness is very high. Surely to try if you love hops and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (985) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with beige head. Grass, hops, roasted and coffee aroma. Bitter, grass, roasted, coffee and chocolate taste. Medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aresh (25) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2014
Very nice fruity aroma, sadly though the taste is not nearly as good and somewhat empty bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (649) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 3, 2014
0,66L bottle, BB 30.03.2015. Pours dark brown-black with light tan head. The head stays. Aroma is roast, fruits, and hops. Taste is roast, coffee bitter, pine with some sour notes. Finish is intense roast bitter. Overall: very nice brew.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilverfoX (259) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
beautiful floral hoppy aroma, massively thick black body with tight white head, A big sweet floral then bitter aftertaste, full bodied and slightly fizzy. very, very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (1031) - ESTONIA - MAY 20, 2014
Shared by martjoobolut, thanks! Black beer, brown head. Nose is hops, citrus, cocoa powder, roast, malt. Flavor is roast, malt, some chocolate hints, assertive roasty-hoppy bitterness in the finish. Simplistic and roasty, light palate.


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