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


on tap

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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.

DuffMan's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8316) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Highly carbonated near-black pour resulting in a lively bubbly brown head that messes the sides of the glass nicely. This beer offers a surprising intensity for 4.5%. Lots of dark roast character, very malty with an equally potent piney hop blast, coniferous and grassy. Moor has done a fantastic job with this one-- a low-ABV black IPA that drinks much bigger than expected. A session brew that does not force one to compromise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tderoeck (6894) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (4315) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2015
Can, 4.5%. Almost black with thin lacy head. Aroma of strong piney hops and dark malts. Flavour is also very hop forward. The aftertaste offers some treacle-like bittersweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2296) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
Can from The Bottle Shop, Canterbury. Brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Easy drinkable. Hoppy nose with nose of chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4948) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2015
Can shared by 77Ships, Thnx man ! Pours chocolate brown, small white head. Smell is hoppy, some dark malts. Taste is dark malts, bit hops. Some bitterness ( chocolate-like ) notes. Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1296) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 7, 2015
0,33l can at home courtesy of minutemat, big thanks. ABV 4.5%. BB 07/2016. black color, medium big tan head. strong smell of grass and pines, a bit soapy, also some spices, roast and earthy notes, hints of chocolate. nice smell. light body, rather bubbly carbonation, light mouthfeel. tastes rather strong of grass and pines, after a while the bitterness mellows away, some earthy / soapy and light fruity notes come through. also has light roast notes, a bit of ash, light charcoal, fruits include tangerine, oranges, also light citric notes, also rather peppery. finishes quite peppery and with some earthy and grass notes. gets quite fruity and mellow on the aftertaste. wow, lovely beer. nice smell, the taste starts quite harsh bitter (for me almost a bit too harsh), but it mellows down very nicely to nice roast / earthy notes, and quite nice and soft fruity aftertaste. Just at the beginning I would wish for a bit more body to balance the hops, but after its a great experience. Lovely beer, especially considering the ABV. There are a lot of 10%-ers that do not bring so much flavor to the table. gimme more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
2015-09-20. Black body with a modest creamy tan head. 3+ Aroma of dusty toasty milk chocolate. Very mild green hop character. Flavour has a dusty toasty cocoa quality to it, and a good amount of green leafy hops. 7+ Very smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Solid take on the style. Tap vs cask not indicated, at Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4165) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
330ml can at home, BB July 2016, 4.5%. Black, big foamy tan head, thick lacing. Aroma is fairly light with cola, light metallics. Body is medium to light, soft carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is cola, dried flowers, dry chalky finish with some background watery ashtray notes. Comes across as watery at times, but itís a nice sessionable BIPA. Restrained, balanced. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael_bb (17) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 25, 2015
Tap at The Cock (Hackney). Pours pitch black with little beige head, whitch retains for quite a long while. Not too strong flavour, quite bitter aftertaste though. Good choice if youíre looking for a lighter version of a generally stronger, more complex style. Not a big deal for me anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (497) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Can from Beerhive. Dark dark brown, creamy tan head. Hoppy malt nose, coffee and caramel Medium body, very soft fizz. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee. Long bitter finish. Really damn good, canít believe the flavour at 4.5% abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alexi91 (349) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Origin: Can. Vessel: Can. Supplier: Arcadia (Bristol). Sour fruits and charcoal.

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