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


on tap

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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (645) - Helsinki, - OCT 25, 2013
660ml bottle @ home. Ordered from Ales By Mail. This is good, very nice with this ABV. Of course more body would be nice, but you see less black ipa with this ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12211) - Troms, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2017
Keg, one-third pint at Moor Brewery Tap. Fawn-coloured head resting over a near-black body. Fair lacing. Roasted malt-fruity nose. The taste profile brings moments of toffee, liquorice and coffee. Malt-fruity bitterness to the ending. Soft in the mouth. Good drinking. (Attending East Bristol Brewery Trail 29.04.2017).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
javiercrasher (478) - Granada, SPAIN - MAY 21, 2017
Soberbia. Herbal y resinosa en nariz y torrefacta en boca. Bastante lupulada y con muy buen cuerpo. Cervezn. BB 01/01/2018

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
explosivedog (909) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2017
330ml can. Pours black with some white head. Nose is blue cheese to me, just bitter umami creamy oddness. Pine, orange, grapefruit, lots of roast, something quite metallic. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (3500) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2017
Taster from a can in Kultainen Apina, Finland. Dark brown. Nose is pine, dark malts. Tastes bitter hoppy, pine, chocolate maltiness, thin. 4.7% BIPA is just a no go to me, needs more body and abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
anfractuosity (385) - - MAY 12, 2017
Highly carbonated. Off-white toffee coloured head. Lots of roastiness and bitterness from the roasted malts. Was expecting more fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3352) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2017
33cl can at home. Hazy brown with a small beige head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bitter and subtle sweet tones. Roasted malts, hops, caramel and coffee. Good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evannell (1004) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cinek (264) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (647) - - APR 17, 2017
Coffee nose. Dry and dark taste - could do with some sweetness to back up the black malts. Rated by BrewTom

   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.

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