First impressions... I love the name. It's perfect for a Louisiana brewed Imperial Black Ale. I'm actually a little surprised none of the other local breweries had used the Rougarou name already. The bottle itself is really sharp as well. Simple artwork, the name of the beer, the style, and the Tin Roof logo up on the neck. Time for a pour, this one was fresh off the bottling line when I picked it up last Thursday and Mandi and I split it on Friday, that's about as fresh as a beer gets.
The beer pours a rich black color, spot on for the style, with a little bit of off-white head. The aroma was excellent, hoppy with some pine notes and a nice malt backbone. It was spot on for what you'd want in this style of beer. The taste up front was a little harsh on the bitterness, but I expect that to fade pretty quickly and maybe even by the time bottles hit retail shelves. It wasn't bad, I just thought it was a little too bitter and it made it hard to pick out the hop flavors. The back end of each sip was better, with the hops coming through more distinctly and playing well with the rich malts.
All in all, a very nice effort from Tin Roof, and in my opinion their best beer yet. I'll be picking up a few more once they hit the shelves and am eager to try it on tap as well!