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


on tap

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (3833) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beholder (44) - 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. It’s pretty hoppy, citrusy, there’s 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 it’s on almost perfect level. Medium to high, long lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium to soft carbonation.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one. It’s 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 I’ve ever had. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (219) - ITALY - MAR 15, 2014
660 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a pint glass. Almost black in colour, just some dark brown tinges in the glass base, with a nice, creamy and persistent light beige head. Great lacing. In a dark room, I would probably say that this was a typical IPA. Just a tiny tiny hint of roasted malts, perhaps some smoke/ash notes as well, but the nose is dominated by herbal hops, tropical fruits in abundance, citrus, resin and pine needles. Completely different in the mouth, where a resiny, bitter and slightly astringency part is perfectly complemented by a chocolaty, toasted and dark coffee part. Burnt caramel and almost vanilla-like aftertaste. Average carbonation, light body and creamy texture. One of the best, and true (imho) to style BIPA, almost as good as Magic Rock 8 Ball which is still my favourite. A cracking beer anyway!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Black with foamy off-white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of smoke. The bitter grapefruit hops are nice balanced with blackberry, wheat, liquorice and some malty chocolate. Sweetness at the front, with a long bitter finish. It does lack body, but I’m not complaining, as at under 5% I could drink this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque ruby-flashed black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Pine, grapefruit and white pepper hops mix with roasty malt and a touch of cocoa to create the aroma. Strong pine and white pepper hops up front give way to roasty malt and black coffee in the mid-palate. Grapefruit hops and a little cocoa appear in the finish. This is a nice black IPA, with a satisfying balance of hops and dark malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (2301) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle. Clean black with a thin tan head. Aroma is grapefruit and chocolate. Flavor is sour bitter roast malt and fruit. Silky texture on a long dry roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (292) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2013
Dark brown almost black murky color, medium beige head. Aroma of malt, pine, tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is similar with additional notes of roast and coffee, dry bitter with hoppy finish and aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1784) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
65 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Oak and Vine. Deep black-brown, thick head. Bright hop aroma, some blackberry and soy sauce. Smooth, quite deep flavour, long bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lambister (183) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
660 ml bottle in courtesy of K0mpsa. Pours deep dark brown with minimal off white head. Aroma is toasty and malty with some wheaty notes. Flavor is sweet, toasted malty and syrapy. All in all brilliant brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (943) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle from drink shop, tallinn. Black color, light brown head. Aroma is fruity, malty, roasty. Roasty and fruity hoppy aroma, fantastic pure taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2013
(Bottle, 0.66 l - BB 30 Sep 2014, 20131129) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and almost white. Aroma had pine, malts and burnt malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were pine, saltiness, liquorice, burnt malts and bitterness. Aftertaste had saltiness, burnt malts and bitterness. A bit too burnt but the nice salty flavour saved a lot. Good beer.

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