Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 325
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 56
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

16.8 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 7% by volume
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Color: 150 lovibond
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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 325
Photo of deejaydan
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. what a nice roasty beer from skyhand. Pours with a nice whipped cream tan head. Pitch black body as should come from a stout. Almost, but not quite overpoweringly roastly flavor. This flavor is right on the edge for me. Its there, but not over the top. A great potential session beer. Overall, a darn good beer. (317 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick black with a dark tan head, very little retention but a nice lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, bread & chocolate.

T: Java (coffee & chocolate), bread, brown sugar, roasted grain, hint of tar-like bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy & smooth, dry finish, modest carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. (328 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at 'bones...Very black and opaque. Dark coffee colored head, looked like espresso. Dark roasted coffee aroma. Let's carry the whole coffee connection throughout the review...Tastewise it hought it was coffee like all the way, no room for cocoa or chocolate notes. Mouthfeel was medium and prickly. I thought this was a well made brew, nothing was lacking. (369 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with only a glimmer of dusky garnet at the bottom edge. The cap is wonderful and is the color of buttered, well-toasted wheat bread. Thick, chunky sheets of lace coat the glass and look like they're here for the long haul. Unfortunately, they don't last as long as I'd hoped.

The nose is redolent of heavily roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. I can also appreciate dark caramel and a swirl or two of treacle. No hops to speak of. All of the above described elements add to the nose, but are secondary to fire-roasted black patent malt; too much so. More aromatic accessory aromas would instantly change things from good to excellent.

Now we're talkin'. On the palate, the palette of flavors is much more expansive. Dark chocolate is uppermost with espresso close behind. There's a little vanilla lurking and a little citrusy hoppiness, but they ultimately get smacked down with a vengeance by the darker flavors.

Sweet and bitter work together in the beginning and the middle, with pleasantly sour joining the party by the finish. As the beer approaches room temperature, the flavor gathers intensity and begins to break, tidal wave-like, over the tongue, reminding me more and more of a baby Imperial stout.

Although the mouthfeel isn't what I'd call full, but it's a more than adequate vehicle for this bewitchingly dark, flavorful brew. Supple seems an adequate descriptor. I'm enjoying the mouthfeel more and more with each passing ounce.

Who knew that 'white horses' is another name for a tsunami? Pelican Tsunami Stout is more like a herd of big, black Arabian horses rampaging across the taste buds. I haven't had a lot of Foreign/Export stouts, nor do I purport to understand how they differ from other stout styles. What I do know is that this beer is delicious and is a testament to the skill of the good folks at Pelican Pub & Brewery. (1,879 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

nice lacing of tan head, lasts throughout. very nearly black, with only a little light shining through the edges.
aroma suggests a sweeter beer than the flavor, interesting cocoa powder, caramelized sugars, seems sort of like a sweet stout. faint spicy hops behind roastiness. no esters noted.
Flavor is more scorched, charred meat, smoke, with a bit of an unsweetened dark chocolate/dark roast coffee bitterness. moderate hop flavor and bitterness is quite high; seems almost American stout. balance is to roast, lingering sharp but short of harsh. The initial meaty char is my least favorite part, but lessens as it warms in favor of more rich/less acrid character. moderate sweetness almost manages to balance bitterness.
though plenty of roast, it isn't astringent, and finishes clean with a medium full, moderately creamy body, and moderate carbonation
great beer; tweener stout. kinda a bit dry stout, kinda a bit sweet stout, and a nod to American stout. basically, a little of everything, almost like an imperial stout just scaled down a bit. (bottle says 7.5% and 45 IBU) the work of a skilled brewer; well done. (1,131 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Early 2010 rate.

From a bottle, pours black with a tight, creamy cappuccino head. Really nice lacing on this one. Big, expressive nose, full of dark fruits, smokey roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a nice rich coffee bean presence. Surprisingly dry in the mouth, with the dominant flavor being rich, dry, just slightly bitter coffee beans. Chocolate is completely unsweetened but not bitter. Strange mouth feel, the thing is big but it really dries up and thins out a bit on the back palate. Finish is odd and almost like seltzer water. This is a strange dichotomy, some wonderful rich, dry qualities, but this completely flat, thin finish. But as a "foreign stout" the dry, relatively light body works well. (710 characters)

Photo of mckajd03
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: got this bomber on sale at $3 (original price $7) without having any preconceived expectations, so my tastes may have been a bit skewed because of that. However, this was a great stout. Head was a thick, tan foam of sticky goodness, color was midnight black. Aroma and taste of big milk chocolate and coffee with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. I might buy this again at $7, but at $3, I'm going to pick up a case. (447 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City, OR) on 8/30/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This maintains some rich edges, along with near ½ finger flare-up that throws up a foamy cascade of lacing which hangs in sticky swathes down the sides of the glass. Chocolate and dark roast control the aroma, which melds nicely with some underlying earthy green hops. The sweetness here and smokiness from the roast are giving off a bit of an acrid twang in the nose at times.

Things get switched up a bit in the taste, with a tight feeling green bitterness that unfurls into bittersweet chocolate character. A flush of dark grains comes out across the back, while the hops hang in there, lingering a bit in the finish along with a mostly dry roasted feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller; with a pretty lively and sharp feeling carbonation that luckily doesn’t overstay its welcome. This fills up the mouth nicely upon each sip, with any alcohol presence for that 7% merely intensifying the already robust roasted character here.

Man, this was really great Stout, full flavored as heck, and just drenching the mouth with a well balanced mix of sweetness and bitter flavors. I just love when a beer that you didn’t have many expectations for just blindsides you with its sheer goodness the way this one did. The Pelican has a real winner here with this one. (1,433 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split, thanks Louie

a: served in a standard pint glass, the stout appears black, with some deep browns showing around the edges, a good mocha head to start falls back to a low level of retention

s: at first sniff the aroma is rich, but maintains a smooth balance of chocolate, roast, burnt sugars, and an earthy, grassy hop aroma

m: carbonation light to moderate, medium-full in body

t: dark chocolate and burnt sugars on the tongue, rich and creamy with sweet roasted flavors, hops earthy with a touch of grass, moderately bitter with long lingering roasts, flavorful and supremely balanced

o: a very well-brewed little stout, lots of character and everything seems to work towards the whole, drinks easily (719 characters)

Photo of dpnyby
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with a 1/2 inch tan head.

A great nose that is full of malty sweetness and toffee flavors.

As others have mentioned, the taste is somewhat betrayed by the nose. There is not quite as much sweetness in this stout as the nose implies. However, the taste is well-balanced with a big malt flavor and subtle hints of smoke and dark chocolate. The finish is bitter, but once again, balanced enough to create a very pleasing overall experience. This is a well-crafted stout that I will definitely drink again. (532 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very roasty with coffee, chocolate and molasses notes.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee and burnt molasses. Subtle piney bitterness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really good stout. I hope to find more brews from Pelican. (456 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black with an exceptionally thick brown head. Very frothy, lots of lacing, wonderful looking beer!

Smells of rich chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla beans and milk chocolate!

Tastes like it smells, absolutely wonderful! Lots of smooth chocolate and coffee here.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, indescribably drinkable and irresistible. This is like Guinness Foreign Extra on steroids, one of the best stouts I've ever had!! I need to get more of this. (470 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me a bomber from her fall visit to the Oregon coast.

A: It poured a nice black body that was a bit thin around the edges when back lit. It had a frothy tan head that receded pretty fast into a spotty cover. It left clumpy lacing that lasted well into the drink.

S: It smelled of darkly roasted malts, dark sugars and dark ripe fruits.

T: It was a well balanced and tasty smooth stout. The malts and sugars did not dominate rather they complemented each other. There were hints of dark fruits that gave it a bit more body and richness.

M: It was a medium to full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a rich fullness on the tongue. It finished sweet and wet.

D: It was a nice enjoyable stout, very drinkable. It was light bodied and had a moderate ABV making it a rare stout candidate for a session beer. (833 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark, espresso appearance, tan head

smell - chocolate, roasty malts, coffee

taste - coffee and malt dominant, chocolate notes, rich and flavorful, some bitterness

mouthfeel - medium/high carbonation, sort of a chalk/unrefined texture (a good thing)

drinkability - quite delicious for a foreign style stout, good coffee notes, smooth (349 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for the surprise hookup. Deep black color with a thick and foamy brown head that dissipates steadily. The aroma is chocolate and malt, with a subtle vinous character here and there. Rich body, with a nice blend of coffee and cocoa flavors along with roasted malt and hops. The finish is hoppy and nutty and roasty. Very enjoyable from start to finish. (372 characters)

Photo of bsonk
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pelican Brewing Tsunami Stout - 6.9% abv. At Bullseye Pub.

A: dark dark dark with a creamy almost yellow head that lingers in a thin layer on top.

S: roasted grain, maybe caramel/vanilla.

T: reminds me of brown sugar, sweet roasted dark malt breadiness, vanilla bean, maybe a little hop presence but only mellows the sweetness. Roasted dark grain taste lingers on tongue.

M: bubbly, warming, malty, not too thick, kinda sugary.

O: a solid stout. Sort of caramelly and sweet, easy to drink versus some syrupier stouts. (522 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend visited Pacific City and stopped in at the brew pub and asked if I wanted anything, I requested something heavy and dark.

A: Black, tan head, completely opaque almost no light penetrates this beer. it is very very dark and looks the part quite well!

S: The first hint is of sweet chocolate, almost syrupy, coffee and a faint clean hint of hops hit later on in the smell. A very delicious smelling stout.

T: Initially the chocolate hits very hard, but the bitter tastes of coffee and a slightly clean hoppiness really stand out towards the end. The finish is nice with a lingering hop and coffee bitterness. Does feel a little watered down though.

M: Quite thick but not quite as much as an imperial stout, its is filling and even a bit warming in the mouth. Not a bad stout at all for thickness, like I mentioned before a little watered down.

D: A very drinkable heavy, reasonably high alcohol beer. The beer overall is balanced quite nicely, and a few bombers would be great to have, especially on a cold day. A little out of season, but it went well with today. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler into a nonic glass

A- Poured black with huge fluffy mocha colored head that left glass coating lace

S- Big roasted malt and smokiness, coffee and chocolate notes. Very pleasant aroma

T- Big roasted malt, smokiness, coffee notes, and breadiness. Some cocoa, caramel, and mineral presence. A slight twangy fruity note on the finish.

M- Soft carbonation, dry, medium to fuller bodied, very smooth

O- Really nice stout with quite a bit of smokiness that made for a very nice touch, more smokiness than an beer outside of a rauchbier that I have had. (572 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this beer at the little Pelican kiosk at Washington Square mall back in November; traded it away. Fortunately, a kind soul left one behind last weekend after the stout tasting. Emptied this lonely 22 oz'er to a nonic.

A: An absolutely BLACK pour, crowned with a dense cinnamon-orange cream. Long-lasting, it leaves long curtains of trailing lace. Despite being impenetrably dark, a few tiny streams of carbonation wriggle up the sides of the glass.

S: Big aroma of cocoa/fudge and roasted grain, strengthens with warming. Sweetened coffee. Rich chocolate Ovaltine!

T: Bittersweet chocolate, cake-y and a bit 'gritty'. Caramel or toffee, can't tell which. Loads of roasted malt, dark chocolate and blended coffee/cream. Balances between roasted bitterness and malty sweetness wonderfully.

M: Rich, creamy density. Modest carbonation, a big mouthful that borders on being chewy.

D: Big, flavorful brew. Good aroma and a look that exemplifies 'stout' - gorgeous! It's been a while (2+ years) since my last try, need to have this beer more often! Pelican, PLEASE work something out to get these bottles back to the Portland market! Heartily recommended. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon.

Pitch black with a light brown head, Tsunami Stout has a strong aroma of roasted malts. It has a very glassy mouthfeel -- almost chewy -- with a smooth taste without any bitter flavors.

This is a very good smooth stout without any bitter bite. (312 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

A terrific, sessionable beer that's true-to-style, but won't necessarily knock your socks off. Begins with an inviting, dark-brown pour with slight highlights of ruby, light-tan head formation that rises about 1/4" and lasts the session with mild lacing throughout. Faint aromas of char, coffee, and mild maltiness- reminds me of Kostritzer Schwarzbier. Flavors, however show a bit more intensity with firm maltiness, light caramel sweetness, with most of the emphasis on the moderate roasted grains which gives the beer a coffee, nutty, cocoa flavor. Creamy, light, and airy body with some roasted grain astringency late. Finishes with a moderate roasty taste and powdery feel. Quite sessionable and non-offensive. A pleasure to drink. (755 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that recedes slowly to a hefty collar and leaves very good lacing.

Sweet aroma with dark chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. There is also a hefty amount of roasted dark malts and the overall complexity of this is pretty impressive in the nose.

The taste follows the aroma and has a solid roasted malt backbone with the chocolate and molasses sweetness layered on top. The finish is slightly dry with some espresso notes lingering for a while.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with soft carbonation and it all makes for an exceptionally smooth feel.

This is an exceptional stout - very complex but imminently drinkable. Color me impressed with yet another Pelican brew. (749 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another bomber in the surprise box from james...thanks again ...into the snifter..

a-black no doubt about it...no highlights just pitch black...small off white cap....ample bubbles..

s-a little muted for me but there is some caramel and roasted grains...no hops detectable..a little coffee on the nose..

t-rich dark chocolate up front followed by some caramel and coffee...the toffee really doesnt make an appearance...the hops are in the taste as apposed to the nose and hold this thing together..finishes on a bitter note from the hops id be curious to know the variety as they mesh well with the grain bill

m-just right for this stout..not to thick or thin...its slick and coats the mouth well...the carbonation is perfect...its dry and bitter and lingers

o-a very solid example of a foreign stout and a great beer...ill try to squeeze some more of this from my good friend who sent this my way...thanks again for everything (932 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22-oz bomber to tulip. Traded for at Bottleworks in Seattle, May 2013. Unsure of the bottling date. Consumed 3-15-2014. Yeah, it old.

Very dark chestnut brown, hews closely to black. Minimal head. Appearance anticipates the smell and taste. Smoked malts, reminiscent of dark brown bread soaked in coffee; dark chocolate too.

Harsh roast - though, luckily, this doesn't get acrid. Thinner, but very drinkable, true to style. (425 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber when I drove by the Pelican Brewery on the coast. Definitely a bummer I didn't get to hang out there, I'll schedule a stop there sometime for sure!

This beer pours a nice very dark brown that lets just a hint of light around the edges. Big, dark brown head that lasts pretty well, leaves a ring of bubbles the whole glass.

I'm glad I served this one already warmed up some. Roasty aromas dominate. Burnt malts, dark chocolate, and a little bit of liqueur smell that surprised me. I'd expect something like that in a Russian Imperial, but not this beer at 7%. Great aromas, close to the next score up, but it needed a little more oomph to get there.

Great flavors going on, it still has some of that RIS characteristic, without the alcohol. Very roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. Good balance of blackened malts and sweetness and moderate bittering at the end. Medium-full body rounds out the powerful flavors well. Not too thin, but not as thick as most RIS offerings.

Overall, great beer from Pelican! One of the best stouts I've had from Oregon. I wish it was more readily available and cheaper, but I'll still seek this one out again. (1,162 characters)

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90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.