Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
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 Ive had this from the bottle and the bottled version didnt rock my world nearly so forcefully.
07-30-2004 02:02:26 | More by RedDiamond
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
11-06-2010 02:31:20 | More by DmanGTR
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
04-11-2006 18:05:12 | More by HimerMan
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
04-08-2004 15:09:45 | More by Reidrover
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
07-30-2006 22:14:06 | More by edmundfitzoil
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
01-08-2013 05:08:23 | More by cocojoe
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
04-04-2003 19:07:43 | More by Wildman
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance: On-tap at the brewery, black. A semi-thick tan lacing caps the beer.
Smell: Big chocolate, maybe a walnut like sweetness.
Taste: Ripe fruit, suggestions of plum, chocolate, coffee, delicious.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth, carbonation makes one solid appearance and the beer foams up a bit in the mouth.
Drinkability: Really flavorful yet drinkable stout. Alcohol isn't a big factor, flavors are big but not challenging, very tasty and balanced.
03-27-2007 20:17:37 | More by guitarmage
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
The Tsunami Stout was so delicious on tap at the brewery that had to get a liter to go. The look of the tsunami is pretty. It is black as opal but less shine. In had a good 2 finger foam head with some encompassing lacing.
The aroma was a lovely roasted malt coffee smell. The taste was rich like a big square of a brownie. It has coffee bitterness and little bit of a bite.
In the mouth it was chewy and encompassing. Finish was toffee and caramel. Wonderfully pleased with the large wave stout.
04-05-2008 02:19:54 | More by cswhitehorse
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
Appearance This one is black in color with a tanned, foamy head. The head formed into clumps as it slowly subsided. Nice.
Smell The aroma here in incredibly smooth and even with a rich texture. The darkish malts and light, dark sugars dance in perfect harmony. Simple, yet extremely well done.
Taste Ill christian this one Mr. Smoothie. The dark, roasted malts and high-quality sugars are expertly balanced. Again, nothing fancy here, just Stout done right.
Mouthfeel This one is heavy and full-bodied with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is satisfying on so many levels. I cant overstate how incredibly smooth this is in the mouth. Its one of those Stouts that you just want to hold in between your cheeks all night long.
Drinkability This one was exciting enough to earn the Tsunami moniker.
Comments - Big thanks to skyhand for popping this one at one of her famous tasting events.
10-25-2004 16:33:40 | More by RoyalT
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
Completely absorbant opaque black hue. Well retained mud brown head leaves Belgian lace. Bittersweet dark chocolate, and sharp, carbonaceous roasted barley dominate the aroma, with secondary support from butterscotch diacetyl and nutty carob. Trace dryish date esters and heaty alcohol surface with a swirl. Quite appetizing in aroma. Prune laced sweetness initially in flavor is superceded by a melange of assertive burnt barley and citrus tinged hop bitterness. Chocolate malt presence melds with mellow, treacle undertones to lend an earthy, semisweet, raw cacao impression mid palate. Moderate in body, with a quasi dry, well attenuated mouthfeel. Finishes with a snap of roasted barley sharpness yielding to lingering deep, yet agreeable molasses sweetness. Tsunami stout has tremendous chocolate and roasted grain character, yet retains an elegant dryness. Delicious, satiating and quaffable.
03-18-2003 19:31:45 | More by marc77
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at the brewpub today.
Tsunami stout pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attactive, showing considerable licorice, but then with an impressive amount of dark chocolate, vanilla and light coffee as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the licorise isn't as prominent, and I'm impressed by the excellent balance in this moderately sweet beer. Also, there's just enough underlying hoppy bitterness to counter the licorice and vanilla, which dries this beer out on the finish, and really enhances this beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, vanilla and licorice, light bitter finish.
Really, this is just an excellent beer from Pelican brewing.
05-02-2011 02:36:49 | More by John_M
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.