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

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (2822) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Backlog rating, Keg at Mother Kelly’s, London. It pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, licorice and dark chocolate, overlayed by piny hops note and tropical fruits. Taste is medium bitter roasty and medium sweet fruity. Notes of apricots and mango, pine cones, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted wood. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, good BIPA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5843) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2014
Tap at Irreale. Black, brown creamy head. Light roast with fresh grassy and citric notes, medium light body, sparkly mouthfeel. Light metallic, earthy, still fresh hoppy though. Quite pleasant

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2014
Tap @ the Taphouse Sydney. Dark black with cream coloured head that retains well. Pale ale aromas and front palate - citrus blossom, stone fruit and passionfruit. The roasted malts come into the mid palate nicely and it's all finished off with a grassy hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
Draught at Taphouse. High creamy lasting off-white head. Pitch black body. Mild and relatively sweet coffee aroma. Powerful coffee roasted malt caramel flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, high carbonation and a long dry and bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2749) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
Tap. Deep, dark brown body with an average, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and piney notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice BIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (3049) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
22-OCT-2014, draft @Taphouse, Brooklyn Night. Almost Black with low lasting head. Very fresh citrus hops. Roast as well, mostly as chocolate. Creamy, soft carbonation. Quite some body and taste for 4,5%. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (6314) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2014
Draught @ Fermentoren, Århus. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, rich hops, grassy, citrus, light pine. Flavor is malty, chocolate, coffee, roact, grassy, citrus, pine. Thin to medium body, average carbonation, light bitter finish. Abit thin bodied, but deliveres alot of flavor for the rather low ABV. Really nice. 191014

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2014
Draught at Taphouse. Black colored with a medium sized beige head. Fruity and roasted aroma of hops, pine needles and grass. Fruity and roasted flavor of hops and chocolate with notes of grass. Hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29847) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014
Draft. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, citrus fruits, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and citrusy fruits, leading to a bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Cask. Gravity dispense. Sheffield Brewfest. 5th October. Dark brown. Tan head. Blackcurrant. Soft pithiness. Taste has a demerara sweetness. Finishes dry, and fairly bitter.


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