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


on tap

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RATINGS: 162   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.

Quack-Duck's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (7912) - Down South, - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Darts Farm. Hazy deep brown, almost black, thin beige head. Roasted malts, caramel, coffee and bitter chocolate there, with some nice hops in the finish, resiny and citrusy. By far not as hoppy as expected, more stout-like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1069) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Draught. Pitch black beer with thin creamy tan head. Intense aroma mixes fresh piney and floral hops with heavily roasted, almost smoky and salty licoricy malts and a hint of dried fruits (dates). Malty flavor for light ale like this, some dark caramel, biscuits and mellow tarry/ashy roast in the finish. Slight, dark fruitiness the yeast. Bitterness is piney with lingering resinous bite. Very well balanced. Light to medium body, frothy texture. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 13, 2014
Bomber (4,7% ABV). A hazy dark brown to black beer, with a large, frothy, fully lasting, light brown head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, lemon), with a note of exotic fruits. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, average carbonation, very long finish with moderate to heavy bitterness. A damn tasty and drinkable black IPA. Intensely hoppy and roast, it gains after each sip and as it warms. Moor confirms its high quality standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1166) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
660ml bottle. Black-brown colour, beige foamy head leaving lots of lacing and citrusy, hoppy aroma. Taste is roast malt, coffee, with some grapefruity citrus earthy bitterness. Tangy mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roasted & hoppy bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1613) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Close to black with a medium sized light brown good lacing head. Citrus, pine, flowery, light marywanna, light chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body, oily texture, soft/medium carbonation, light/medium sweet and medium bitter. Long light dry hoppy finish. Lots of action for low abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle thanks to SlackerMads during the IoW Jolly. It pours darkest ruby with a medium beige head. The nose is rich, juicy, roasted malt, orange peel, sherbet, tobacco and dark chocolate. The taste is rich, roasted malt, pepper, good deal of bitterness, dark chocolate, wood, coffee and some acidity with a dry finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Rather well-rounded and supremely drinkable. Great low abv black IPA action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (888) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Tap @ The Black Lion. Pours black with a beige head. Pine hops, fruits, roasted malts in the aroma. Malty, even slightly salty flavor with a lot of tropical fruits hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - JUL 22, 2014
Non esaltantissima al naso ma un’ottima Black IPA che ha un finale bello amaro. Solite note caffettose e tostate. Buon corpo. Fondo amaro, non certo da compromesso, sono andati giù abbastanza spiani e quindi lo sbilanciamento finale un pochino c’è. Tutto sommato ottima se piace lo stile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redrover (2) - Milan, ITALY - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
Drunk at Rievoca Beershop (Vimodrone, Milan, Italy) on tap and available also in bottle. Obviously very black, whit a brown-beige quite persistant head. Nose is very fruity, with some grass and herb from the pacific hops. Once in your mouth it taste very bitter with a nice corrispondance between nose and mouth. Again a lot of fruit with some herbal and grass tastes in the end. Low abv and -quite- low carbonation make it so drinkable even if the biterness is very high. Surely to try if you love hops and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1008) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with beige head. Grass, hops, roasted and coffee aroma. Bitter, grass, roasted, coffee and chocolate taste. Medium body.

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