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


on tap

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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Style: Black Ale Draught ABV: 4.7% 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theprof (528) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Tap. Special release. Sometimes the craft brewers share their pain in the American way. (read the commercial description). Anyway this black IPA smells piney to me, although not in an intense way. It pours dark with a persistent tan lacing. It actually tastes good with some pleasant hoppiness and a smooth finish. I just wish they would let the beer speak longer than the marketing guy. This is not America.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adamnowek (1884) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2016
Black with a tan-coloured head. Aroma is grassy with some cocoa. Taste is crisp and citric

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - OCT 17, 2016
Can 33cl @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. A: Black. T: Hops, resin, roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (1458) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2016
Negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beis. Intenso aroma floral, pino, pomelo y tostados. Cuerpo medio y sabor intensamente lúpulo como en aroma con amargor intenso aunque equilibrado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1846) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
33cl can at home from FirmaBier. Nose is citric. Body is pitch black, head is very big, beige, creamy rocky, fully lasting, good lacing. Aroma is citric, coal, dark chocolate, tropical fruits, tobacco, cocoa. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light citric sour. Finish is long lasting both roasty but mainly hoppy medium bitter. Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Easy, refreshing, very tasty, great balance, great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (772) - - OCT 6, 2016
Sampled from a can from the brewery. Black with a tan head. Grassy aroma. Taste is surprisingly zesty with flavours of grapefruit skin and pine. The roasted flavours are quite mild and well-blended, giving a pleasant choclatey roundness to the taste. A good flavoursome IPA with an interesting twist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2778) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 25, 2016
33cl can from beermerchants. Color is dark. Head is medium and beige. Medium to thin body. Finish is dry. Light carbonation. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, hoppy, resin, cacao, mango.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1966) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Can at home, 10th September 16. Pours black with a nice white head. Aroma is bitter hop, citrus, grapefruit, cocoa, burnt malts. Taste is full, bitter grapefruit, citrus, chocolate, malts, slight cararmel. This is great, especially considering the very low ABV. Great BIPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Tom L’s place. Thanks Shmupi. Dark brown. Aroma of "green" and piney hops, and some roast. Flavor has faint sweetish note, roast, and bitter piney and "green" hops. Medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LazyPyro (598) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
330ml can. Jet black appearance with a one-two finger tan head. Aroma: citrus hops, grapefruit, malt, pine, some roasty/coffee notes. Taste: exactly as the aroma. Really silky smooth palate, bitter finish. Fantastic beer, love the fact it’s session strength as well.

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