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


on tap

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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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.

Quack-Duck's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9164) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adamnowek (1879) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2016
Black with a tan-coloured head. Aroma is grassy with some cocoa. Taste is crisp and citric

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - OCT 17, 2016
Can 33cl @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. A: Black. T: Hops, resin, roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (1458) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2016
Negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beis. Intenso aroma floral, pino, pomelo y tostados. Cuerpo medio y sabor intensamente lúpulo como en aroma con amargor intenso aunque equilibrado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1844) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
33cl can at home from FirmaBier. Nose is citric. Body is pitch black, head is very big, beige, creamy rocky, fully lasting, good lacing. Aroma is citric, coal, dark chocolate, tropical fruits, tobacco, cocoa. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light citric sour. Finish is long lasting both roasty but mainly hoppy medium bitter. Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation. Easy, refreshing, very tasty, great balance, great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (772) - - OCT 6, 2016
Sampled from a can from the brewery. Black with a tan head. Grassy aroma. Taste is surprisingly zesty with flavours of grapefruit skin and pine. The roasted flavours are quite mild and well-blended, giving a pleasant choclatey roundness to the taste. A good flavoursome IPA with an interesting twist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2771) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 25, 2016
33cl can from beermerchants. Color is dark. Head is medium and beige. Medium to thin body. Finish is dry. Light carbonation. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, hoppy, resin, cacao, mango.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1965) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2016
Can at home, 10th September 16. Pours black with a nice white head. Aroma is bitter hop, citrus, grapefruit, cocoa, burnt malts. Taste is full, bitter grapefruit, citrus, chocolate, malts, slight cararmel. This is great, especially considering the very low ABV. Great BIPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2016
Can sample at a tasting at Tom L’s place. Thanks Shmupi. Dark brown. Aroma of "green" and piney hops, and some roast. Flavor has faint sweetish note, roast, and bitter piney and "green" hops. Medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LazyPyro (595) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
330ml can. Jet black appearance with a one-two finger tan head. Aroma: citrus hops, grapefruit, malt, pine, some roasty/coffee notes. Taste: exactly as the aroma. Really silky smooth palate, bitter finish. Fantastic beer, love the fact it’s session strength as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - JUL 21, 2016

330 ml can bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

Looks: Opague blackish brown colour with a cloud of misty yeast particles; One finger head with crumpety beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing and near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant rich dark malt, with strong grapefruits, passion fruits, floral, light honey, caramel, strong toffee, cream, chocolate, strong pine, resins, biscuits, yeast, strong lemon and strong grass.

Taste: Light sweet rich dark malt, with strong wheaty tartness, strong grapefruits, floral, caramel, strong toffee, dark chocolates, light cream, light molasses notes, strong pine, resins, dry biscuits, yeast, strong lime, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Creamy and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Undeniably rich dark maltyness in a very smooth and creamy background, despite strong presence of tart wheatyness. A web of strong tastes including grapefruits, toffee, caramel, pine, resins and chocolates linger to the tongue. Biscuity with strong lime to round. Excellent!

Hoppiness: Strong grapefruits, passion fruits, floral, strong pine, resins, strong lemon and strong grass in nose. Strong grapefruits, floral, strong pine, resins, strong lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent grassy malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Creamy and chocolate bitter to mouth.

Comments: Session Black IPA, how about that? This one dark maltyness and grapefruit hops are so rich in aroma that they literally fight each other to please my nose. Taste is just as strong and sparkling with distinctive chocolates, toffee and milk being matched closely with grapefruits, lime and ooze. This brewer is specialist in making bone fide session beers. In Moor we trust!

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