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


on tap

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.

reebtogi's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4808) - Edmonton, Alberta, - FEB 10, 2013
660ml bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is big on citrus with some light toasted grains. Taste is a bold grapefruit hop bitterness with some malty and fruity sweetness underneath. There is some toasted notes as well. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation leaving a pleasing sensation on the palate. Very satisfying brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - APR 19, 2015
Light beige weak head. Dark brown colour. Aroma is mmoderately hoppy with fruity (citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and mango) notes. Flavor is hoppy with very light roasty tones, slightly fruity (grapefruit and mango), ending in a bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6470) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, pine, taste is similar, bitter and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (442) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
Nearly black, with a big off-white head like cappuccino foam. Body is creamy which makes it on the full side of medium. Hoppy aroma, followed by smoky flavours, vanilla, coffee and orange. Like a porter marinaded with orange slices - very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Backlog rating, Keg at Mother Kelly’s, London. It pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, licorice and dark chocolate, overlayed by piny hops note and tropical fruits. Taste is medium bitter roasty and medium sweet fruity. Notes of apricots and mango, pine cones, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted wood. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, good BIPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6099) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2014
Tap at Irreale. Black, brown creamy head. Light roast with fresh grassy and citric notes, medium light body, sparkly mouthfeel. Light metallic, earthy, still fresh hoppy though. Quite pleasant

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2014
Tap @ the Taphouse Sydney. Dark black with cream coloured head that retains well. Pale ale aromas and front palate - citrus blossom, stone fruit and passionfruit. The roasted malts come into the mid palate nicely and it's all finished off with a grassy hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7763) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
Draught at Taphouse. High creamy lasting off-white head. Pitch black body. Mild and relatively sweet coffee aroma. Powerful coffee roasted malt caramel flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, high carbonation and a long dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3251) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
Tap. Deep, dark brown body with an average, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and piney notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice BIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (3488) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
22-OCT-2014, draft @Taphouse, Brooklyn Night. Almost Black with low lasting head. Very fresh citrus hops. Roast as well, mostly as chocolate. Creamy, soft carbonation. Quite some body and taste for 4,5%. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (7608) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2014
Draught @ Fermentoren, Århus. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, rich hops, grassy, citrus, light pine. Flavor is malty, chocolate, coffee, roact, grassy, citrus, pine. Thin to medium body, average carbonation, light bitter finish. Abit thin bodied, but deliveres alot of flavor for the rather low ABV. Really nice. 191014

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