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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

276 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 56
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
16.8 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 7% by volume
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Color: 150 lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

gleemonger, Jul 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

mettkea, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Unchi, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of RedDiamond
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very stout stout – heavy and austere. It is deep ebony black and carries a potent fragrance. You know how you can rub sticks together to generate a flame? Imagine the friction, the smoke, the volatile woodenness. This is what Tsunami would seem to be built on. The head is luxurious and inviting. The roasted flavor, ominous. And the lace is broad and complete.

Pelican serves this on nitro through a “spinner” at their brewpub. Apparently a spinner, or “sparkler” is a type of agitator that attaches to the tap and allows greater aeration of the beer as it flows out the spigot. On tap Tsunami is liquid black pearls, though I’ve had this from the bottle and the bottled version didn’t rock my world nearly so forcefully.

RedDiamond, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of DmanGTR
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thank you to my buddy Ryan for this most delectable stout from the West Coast.

Served at 43°F and allowed to warm.

Poured deathly black with a creamy, well formed light tan head that lasted a little briefer than expected (even though I ensured the glass was well cleaned) in my Gulden Draak tulip. A thin cap remained, offering a touch of lace to adorn the sides. Letting the beer air out a bit, I notice the aromas are remarkably similar to the taste, so I shall combine both descriptions. Deliciously roasty, a hint of ash, blended nicely with chocolate and cream. The black patent malt is definitely in there, which is what gives the ashiness and slight tannic taste. A delicately sweet molasses finish, lasting a good moment, before giving way to trails of bitters. The texture is impeccable. I find no faults, as the carbonation is absolutely spot on, lending a smooth, creamy, and ever so slightly prickling character to the medium/heavy body. Not too thick, so it does not enter the realm of what I could consider an imperial stout. This beer is outstanding. One of the best stouts out there. It would pair excellently with a maduro cigar and black forest cake. Or contrast with cannoli's. Either way, DAMN this is good.

DmanGTR, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of HimerMan
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle.

Pours black with a very dark brown head that has intense aromas of chocolate and a malted cream. I prefer this to be very cold - as this warms up a substantial amounts of hops emerge and tend to overtake the flavor of this incredibe dry stout.

When warming - this beer does have a very different texture in the mouth and palate. Flavors change from chocolate to very flowery/citrus with more alcohol taste evident.

Overall - Perhaps the finest dry stout I've tried; rated highly due to what gets packed in that 22oz bottle. The only thing keeping it from being a 5/5 for taste for me is the hops - but, if you like a lot of hops at the finish of a stout - this is flawless.

Cheers.

HimerMan, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bought on my last trip to Lincoln City, Oregon. Wonderful yet slightly understated roasted dark coffee aroma..slight hint of a milky smell. Jet black in appearance with a nice sized creamy tan head. A very, very tasty stout..very milk chocoalty, cocoa taste to start..then a liquorice tinted bitterness at the end..all the time very smooith and creamy. felles excellent on the tongue. Fantastic stout..anyone fed up with those Murphy/Guiness/Beamish nitro stouts should try this beauty.

Reidrover, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up my bottle at the brewery this past spring, the bottle suggests to keep it in cold storage, but I kept mine at a consistent cellar temperature. I poured mine into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured the "midnight" black promised by the bottle with a inch thick, dark, dark tan head. The foam left nice lacing down the side of the glass in a variety of bubble sizes. It's a beautiful beer. A few co2 bubbles cling to the side of the glass just below the top of the liquid as the marathon retained head looms over the dark, mysterious liquid. The nose is an enormous nose of dark, burnt and chocolate malts, leaving an impression stronger and more memborable than some imperial or double stouts than I've tried. The flavor is robust maltiness, both dark chocolate and burnt flavors predominately, with a medium to lighter mouthfeel and a definite dry finish. It's lightness on the tongue and an entirely hidden, but with the expected higher abv because of its style, makes the beer one to watch but one that I don't want to stop drinking. An oiliness develops in the texture as the beer slowly warms in the glass.

This is a brewery/brewpub on its way up. The India Pelican Ale is a great hoppy beer, and this one is a sleeper and not nearly heard about enough. A place to visit and a beer to try and/or trade for if you can. A true treat.

edmundfitzoil, Jul 30, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

GilGarp, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Kyroqz, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of cocojoe
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

A: Black color with two fingers of a rich mocha head

S: Roasty, smoothe, creamy. Subtle milk chocolate-esque notes. Subtle floral hop notes are prevalent.

T: Smoothe roastiness up front, sweet chocolate notes in the middle, and finishes with a semi-dry roasty bitter quality.

M: Wet, smooth medium/medium full body.

O: Roasty, smoothe, wet, and enough chocolatey sweetness to balance it.

cocojoe, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

WertMaker, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

dasmusik, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured very dark, almost black and formed a huge dark tan foam head that left lots of nice circular lace around the glass as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate with some toasted/roasted elements. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate. A very interesting sweetness is present in the finish, yet a touch of bitterness. Almost like bittersweet chocolate. A very good stout.

Wildman, Apr 04, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

WheelsRule, Sep 07, 2012
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Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.