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


on tap

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RATINGS: 234   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.

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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lmojoh (617) - Troms, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2017
Boks Kjøpt på Gulating Tromsø. Aroma lakris, kaffe, røsted malt, plomme. Utseende sort med beige skum som varer. Smak kaffe, lakris, røsted malt, mørke bær, humle. En kaffepreget ipa med bær/frukt i ettersmaken. En behagelig og god øl. ---

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (7126) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2017
Shared can at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Moor Night presentation. ABV is 4.5%. Dark brown colour, large beige head. Pleasant fruity aroma, some pine and lightly roasted malts in the background. Discrete roast malts and piney hops in the dry flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (1354) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2017 Shared can at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of tropical fruits, dark bread, coffee, roasted notes. Tastes bitter, thin bodied, dry mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (1199) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2017
Trbes schwarzbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, Rstaromen, dunkle Schokolade, Kakao, fruchtig, leichte Zitrusaromen, sffig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3771) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2017
33cl can bbAPR17 in transit, merci idiosynkrasie. - An oddly timeclocked session Black IPA that reveals its subtle complexity as it warms. - First, chilled, off-puttingly postmodern in its bitterness: earthy rubber and inner tire, bayleaf, bramble shrub in aroma. Thin and bitter imbalance on the swallow and harsh on the palate. Retronasal exotic fruit peel. - Warms into diluted liquorice juice...earthy root like charred chicory root (Ersatz coffee, Muckefuck) tropical bubblegum with a lingering green tea astringency. Not really a sessioner, this cold palate wrecker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (1139) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2017
Near-black pour with a thick, light tan head. Roasty, slightly smoky, liquorice, dark chocolate aromas. Sweetish, roasty, cocoa, slightly ashy taste - like a lighter Holy Cowbell. Its pretty good, this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (11274) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2017
330 ml can. BBE Apr/17. From beerrepublic.eu.
Dark brown color with a big foamy tan head. Roasted malt, licorice, mild grass and hops in the aroma. Really nice combination. Balanced. The flavor is a bit more straight forward but still pretty damn good. Roasted malt, licorice, dryness, hop oil and grassy hoppy bitterness in the flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rob19a (247) - - JAN 28, 2017
14/20 impressed that this is only 4.7. Big taste, IPA to start then it's like a stout finish. Would drink again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ERB92 (704) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2017
Aroma of chocolate, wood, nuts and some hops, herbs and coffee. Almost black with a tan head. Medium sweet and medium + bitter. Medium body with a average carbonation. Overall a very decent Black IPA, especially for the ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (7019) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Draught @ William K Kurvi. Poured near black in color with a thin light brown head. Roasted malty, licoricy nose, earthy, malty. Pretty well hopped, fruity flavors, roastedness, mild ash and hops. Mouthdrying finish. Nice body for this abv. Tasty.

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