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


on tap

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RATINGS: 222   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a chocolate head that settles to a thin ring. On the schnoz is tropical fruit, mango, apricot, roasty slightly smokey coffee if you sniff hard enough. Not a heavy mouthfeel which is representative of the ABV, but doesnt lack flavour, sweet up front, candied fruit, with the hoppy piney bitterness creeping up on you at the finish. Obviously it doesnt have the smack-you-in-the-face flavour of a 7% BIPA, but as the bottle says; sessionable BIPA. Indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (5027) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2016
(Moor Illusion) Can 330ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 4.5% Black colour on the body, tall and thick beige head on top, with very good retention. Aroma has plenty of hops, with notes of citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, chocolate coming from the back, hazelnut, cocoa. Taste has a nice bitterness, both from the hops and the roasted malts, citrus, grapefruit, grass, chocolate, cocoa. Medium thin body, soft carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ipabr (194) - Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Lovely smell, a balanced smell. Both hop and malt on smell. Taste is great, really nice malts and fruity hops. Clean crisp texture and not heavy at all. Note to self; get moor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3749) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2016
Can at home. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, mildly fruity bittering hops. Flavour is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Body is light to medium. An easy and refreshing light Black IPA, suits its sessionable purpose, though overall I prefer my BIPA a little more full-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theprof (602) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2016
Tap. Special release. Sometimes the craft brewers share their pain in the American way. (read the commercial description). Anyway this black IPA smells piney to me, although not in an intense way. It pours dark with a persistent tan lacing. It actually tastes good with some pleasant hoppiness and a smooth finish. I just wish they would let the beer speak longer than the marketing guy. This is not America.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adamnowek (1963) - 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 (3042) - 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 (1496) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2016
Negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beis. Intenso aroma floral, pino, pomelo y tostados. Cuerpo medio y sabor intensamente lpulo como en aroma con amargor intenso aunque equilibrado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1905) - 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 (808) - - 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 (2878) - 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.

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