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

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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


MechanicalMind's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a chocolate head that settles to a thin ring. On the schnoz is tropical fruit, mango, apricot, roasty slightly smokey coffee if you sniff hard enough. Not a heavy mouthfeel which is representative of the ABV, but doesn’t lack flavour, sweet up front, candied fruit, with the hoppy piney bitterness creeping up on you at the finish. Obviously it doesn’t have the smack-you-in-the-face flavour of a 7% BIPA, but as the bottle says; sessionable BIPA. Indeed!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2016
Black in the glass. A bit simple but not bad overall, specially if you look to the somehow lower ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4077) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2016
At Billie’s Bierkafetaria. It was just a matter of time before some or other ’new school’ craft brewery would come up with a black session IPA I suppose, and this is the first one I encountered. Very thick and frothy, lacing, moussy, pale greyish beige head, blackish colour but still translucent under bright light, ruby hue. Dank IPA aroma of mouldy grapefruit, hemp, tangerine, black pepper, wormwood, charcoal, walnut, haemoglobin, bayleaf. Soft onset dominated by dried seaweed- and cured meat-like umami flavors with a touch of dried fig sweetishness and underlying basic sourishness; fairly sharpish carbo, very nutty and toasted malt bittersweetness, becoming coffeeish roasted bitter in the end but then halted by a lively, aromatic hop bouquet, bittering, spicy and dried citrus peel-like, long and fragrant, a bit earthy. I like BIPAs and this one is packed with flavor, certainly for a beer at ’session’ strength.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (1359) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2016
From a can. Delicious as f$&k, this is great becoming one of my favourite styles, love the balance of the roasted flavours with the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (650) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a huge head. Aroma is loaded with pine and tropical fruits. A tropical fruit taste gives way to a strong, smokey coffee like taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mecafilo (181) - Perugia, ITALY - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle @ Elfo’s Pub, Perugia, Italy. Pours with a pitch black colour, big frothy long lasting off-white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, with strong notes of herbs and some hay; a little roasty too. Taste is medium to heavy bitter, slightly sweet. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. Great "session" bipa!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (1579) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2016
Can at home. Malty, great aroma, roast, light bitter, citrus fruits. Fantastic black IPA. These Moors cans really are something.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1577) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 27, 2015
330 ml can from Ales by Mail at 4.5% ABV.
Dark brown body, with a big, creamy, lacing, beige head.
Aroma of citrus, orange, earth, grass, dark chocolate, some coffee.
Taste is quite light bodied, with coffee, earth, citrus, orange, grass, cocoa, wood, some resin.
Light, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty, bitter, dry, with coffee, cocoa, citrus, resin, wood.

Very nice, especially for the ABV. Very hoppy, with enough roastiness and sweetness for a good balance. Light bodied and easy, but fully aromatic. Black Session IPA? Great idea and very well realised.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (14055) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2015
33cl can. Pours very dark brown colour with a huge most good lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter hops, coffee. Taste of dark roasted malt, coffee and bitter hops, nice stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1075) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 29, 2015
Black colored, medium beige creamy head, nice lacing and good lasting. Aroma is of black malt, roasted malt and strong citrus and pine hops. Taste is medium sweet caramalt, bit chocolate and roasted malt, strong citrus and pine hops, medium bitterness, dry bitter roasted-hoppy finish. Medium- bodied, bit resiny, soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tderoeck (7595) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2015
13/X/15 - 33cl can from a trade @ home - BB: VII/2016 (2015-1470) Thanks to ElManana for the trade!

Clear dark brown beer, big irregular beige crackling head, pretty stable, patches of lacing. Aroma: very hoppy, resinous, citrus, quite some grapefruit, soft roast, some caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, lots of citrus, grapefruit, pretty bitter, hint of chocolate. Aftertaste: bitter, citrus, grapefruit, resinous, coffee notes, grassy, very refreshing hops, man this is good stuff!


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