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

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (6328) - Kristiansand, - SEP 21, 2012
660 ml bottle @ Christianssand Brygghus. A dark amber body with a dense beige head. Aroma of light roasted malt, caramel and fruity hops. Flavor is nice roasted malt, citric fruity with pleasant bitterness. Nothing really complicated here, but delicately balanced mix of dark malt and hops at a modest alcohol level. Nice, tasty, pleasant and impressive.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evannell (952) - Krakw, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
UPDATED: APR 26, 2017 Trochę tak nie za bardzo coś się dzieje. Tylko jeszcze w zapachu lekkie ścierki. I oglnie lekko. Pusto. Nieciekawie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cinek (256) - POLAND - APR 23, 2017
tap/omerta. czarne, z refleksami, klarowne, od nalania minimalna, biała piana. aromat kawy, granulat chmielowy, trochę cytrusw. w smaku głwnie goryczkowe, nie tylko od chmieli, ale rwnież od wyraźnej paloności na finiszu. mało sesyjne

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (643) - - APR 17, 2017
Coffee nose. Dry and dark taste - could do with some sweetness to back up the black malts. Rated by BrewTom

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jashiu (933) - Gdask, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
can from a bottle swap, thanks Idealpint!

Smells like a coffee in a pine forest, tastes the same. Light. Lots of pine & coffee both in taste and the finish esspresso like bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lmojoh (676) - 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. ---

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (7234) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (1410) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (1254) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2017
Trbes schwarzbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, Rstaromen, dunkle Schokolade, Kakao, fruchtig, leichte Zitrusaromen, sffig.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3819) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (1155) - 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.


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