What follows is the September 18th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
Cajun folklore has it that the mythical Rougarou creature prowls the bayous and swamps of south Louisiana. This werewolf-like beast comes out at night, stalking his prey, and has a ferocious bite.
Much like the legend, Tin Roof’s latest release of the same name is a dark beast of a brew.
Tin Roof’s Rougarou is an imperial black ale that can be found in special edition 22-ounce bombers and on draft at select locations. It pours a jet black color with an understated head that fades quickly. With eight different hops used in brewing and triple dry-hopping, it’s no wonder the ale has an intense aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. There is a noticeable hop bitterness, but the six different malt varieties don’t take a backseat to the hops here. The roastiness of the chocolate and black malts shine through, making this a well-balanced strong ale.
Rougarou is not for the faint of heart, as it comes in at 9.7-percent ABV and an off-the-chart 108 IBUs, which is a measure of its bitterness. This is the first time Tin Roof has bottled one of their beers, and the screen-printed label design features piercing Rougarou eyes staring back at you. Bottles will hit store shelves this week, but don’t count on them lurking around long. This limited release can be found at Calandro’s Supermarket, The Beverage Store, Cuban Liquor and other specialty grocers.
Cost: About $10 for a 22-ounce bomber.