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


on tap

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
somersetelvis (11) - Weston super Mare, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
A perfect black IPA. Lovely hoppy aroma with a nice mild coffee roasted malt twist. I love this beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilverfoX (750) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2014
beautiful floral hoppy aroma, massively thick black body with tight white head, A big sweet floral then bitter aftertaste, full bodied and slightly fizzy. very, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
xescu (53) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2013
realmente sorprendente, una ipa con un toque tostado que hace del todo el conjunto una muy buena cerveza

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Appearance: black, clear with a medium sized and rather quickly dropping light tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass.
Aroma: very hoppy, resinous, citrus, with a little bit of roastiness. Notes of caramel and coffee are in the back, very subtle.
Taste: tastes almost like a regular IPA at first. Itís pretty hoppy, citrusy, thereís pine, resin, some sweet notes and then comes the roastiness. So this is basically how a beer in this style shoud taste. In many Black IPAs the roastiness is too big, here itís on almost perfect level. Medium to high, long lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium to soft carbonation.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Itís a light, highly drinkable beer with great hoppy aroma, nice, almost pure IPA-ish taste with just a hint of roastiness. This one is one of the best beers in this style that Iíve ever had. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnRMurdoch (3852) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2013
660ml bottle from Great Grog. Almost black colour, big beige head. Woody tar hop aroma. Pine biscuit hop flavour. Big hoppy aftertaste. This a a great one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (643) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 29, 2012
Awesome aroma, hops, coffee roasted malts and chocolate all mingle into one to produce a nice sweet aroma. Bitter sweet and smooth. Finnish has a nutty component just slightly.†Very sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barcelonian (52) - Barcelona, - DEC 20, 2012
660ml bottle bought at Ale&Hop, Barcelona. Aroma: coffee, fresh malts. Appearance: dark brown, soft bronze tones. Creamy foam, quite a contrast between liquid and foam. Seems like a cappuccino. Taste: coffe, dark chocolate. Palate: not much alcoholic persistance, hoppy ending. Overall: this is great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turtlebirra (25) - SPAIN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle at Ale&Hop in Barcelona. It pours brown and gets black in the glass. Floral and fruity aromas coming out form the creamy beige foam, which persists in the glass. Roasty and coffee palate and a bitter ending that persists in the aftertaste. Very recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (3347) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle from Trembling Madness in York. Inky black with chocolate and slight roasted flavours followed by orange marmalade, bitter grapefruit and more roasted notes on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1616) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2010
LIVE RATING: Cask at the Southampton Arms, London on 29th November 2010. Handsomely black with rich pale-brown head of foam giving some lacing. Very fruity aroma with berry bouquet and a floral hop accompaniment. The in-mouth experience is exquisite. Grassy hoppiness, berry fruits and a good grounding of roasted malts. These all working side by side without clashing, an amazing feat by the brewer. The next thrill is the rich, bitter finish giving pleanty of whole-mouth flavour and lasting a satisfying time. The brewer says this beer is only available for limited periods, GO for it when you see it!

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