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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 12, 2012

Bottle 660ml.

ABV: 4.7%. Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, citrus, grapefruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, dark roasted, burnt, pine, grapefruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120331]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31068) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
66 cL bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted dark malty and breadish. Sweet, toasted malty and caramelish. Toasted malty and caramelish. Breadish and dark malty. Ends bitter and dry.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle 66 cl. Courtesy of Rasmus40. Pours an opaque dark brown with an orange hue and a beige head. Greasy, citrusy hop aroma atop some roast. Medium body, dry and dusty hops combined with a distinct chalky roastiness. Ends bitter from both hops and malts. Not the most refined Black IPA. 310312

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Bottled@vPBF2012. Very deep ambery red colour, small beige head. Aroma is brady, earthy, some nutty notes and rather hoppy with some mild roasted notes. Not balanced. Flavour is roasted malts, some rather big hops and really a big mess this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14768) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2011
13th September 2011
On tap at the Magpie. Opaque black beer, good pale tan head. Smooth palate, fairly dry. Quite a robust dark malt with a little roast. Good piney hops with a subtle limey tang. Malt turns a little creamy with subtle coffee. Whisper of red fruits underneath. Nice beer, great flavour and mouthfeel for it’s abv but there is an acrid note right in the middle that whilst not offputting is enough to knock it down a few points.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14386) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Courtesy of Jan (fonefan), bb 30 June 2013
Dark color, nearly black. The hop aroma is quite perfumy, followed by nice roastiness. The roast malt character is a good companion of the dry mouthfeel; quite strong bitterness level, with some hop aromatic components.
Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2010
cask at marble ... dark brown ... thin tanhead ... pine pine ... light roast malt nose ... big dry chocolate malts ... light resiny pine hop

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14009) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle @ Fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, rich hops, flowers, caramel and coffee notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13888) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ Liva, Kolding. Pours nearly black with a small creamy head. Grapefruit, pine and vague roast. Chocolate, caramel and a bit of dry ash. Crisp and dry. Fine stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13619) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2010
Cask handpull at Cask Pub. Clear deep ruby. Hoppy fruity malt aroma. Good grapefruit. Fruity black ipa. Very good


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