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


on tap

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 (9088) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (3736) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Pours deep brown to black with tall light tan head. Aroma of coffee and citrus, light chocolate and mild roasted malt. Taste is medium roasty and coffee bitter, light citrus notes, bitterness building up in the finish. Light and very smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (597) - HONG KONG - JUN 15, 2016
It pours black with a huge and thick beige cream. Really thick, one can eat it with a spoon (I’ve tried it, no jokes). Aroma is roasted malts, floral, citrus and coffee. Smooth and medium bodied, in the palate feels lots of roasted malts, notes of coffee, some tropical fruit. Dry hoppy finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3081) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Dark roast coffee, floral and pine hops, dark bread. Black, small, creamy, off-white head. Light bitter. Black filter coffee, fruity and piney hops, quite bitter finish. Decent Black IPA, well-balanced and fairly intense despite the low ABV. Can from Independent Spirit, Bath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (553) - HONG KONG - MAY 29, 2016
Drank at PP the day after cousin Jonathan's wedding. Dark brown-black with beige watery lightly sudsy head. Dark malt, watery and bitter. Bite of acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (631) - HONG KONG - MAY 29, 2016
Can from SIPS at PP. Light black pour with foamy head. Aroma and taste are impressively big for a lighter beer. Not bad but maybe had too high expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1996) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2016
330mL can from Booze Bud. BBE July2016 Creamy tan head sits atop a black body - spot on. Good nose - toasty roasty nutty aroma with big hit of grass, piney, citrus hops. Medium bodied, smooth slick texture, holds more weight than abv suggests. Body packs plenty of flavour - burnt nuts, cocoa, blackened sugars, grassy, leafy, grapefruit hops with firm bitterness. Drying finish, goes down a treat. Mid-strength black IPA - oh yeah, this works!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (520) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 6, 2016
Look: dar brown, cloudy. Aroma: ripe tropical fruits, rotten oranges. Taste: dry, moderate to moderate light bitterness. Flavour: ash, rotten fruits, hops. Good but with slightly unbalanced rotten hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2016
Black in the glass. A bit simple but not bad overall, specially if you look to the somehow lower ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2016
At Billie’s Bierkafetaria. It was just a matter of time before some or other ’new school’ craft brewery would come up with a black session IPA I suppose, and this is the first one I encountered. Very thick and frothy, lacing, moussy, pale greyish beige head, blackish colour but still translucent under bright light, ruby hue. Dank IPA aroma of mouldy grapefruit, hemp, tangerine, black pepper, wormwood, charcoal, walnut, haemoglobin, bayleaf. Soft onset dominated by dried seaweed- and cured meat-like umami flavors with a touch of dried fig sweetishness and underlying basic sourishness; fairly sharpish carbo, very nutty and toasted malt bittersweetness, becoming coffeeish roasted bitter in the end but then halted by a lively, aromatic hop bouquet, bittering, spicy and dried citrus peel-like, long and fragrant, a bit earthy. I like BIPAs and this one is packed with flavor, certainly for a beer at ’session’ strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (1434) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2016
From a can. Delicious as f$&k, this is great becoming one of my favourite styles, love the balance of the roasted flavours with the hops.

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