1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Tsunami StoutTsunami Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

274 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 274
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 56
Gots: 20 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 274 | Reviews: 135 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the FES style, thanks Derek. Smooth drinking. Dark brown with soapy head. Roast and malt nicely balanced, bitterness at the finish. Some coco, light coffee, and its in the nose too.Carbonation is suitable, medium mouthfeel.Nice balanced stout.

Sammy, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MaxStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Bottled 8/22/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee. Taste is much the same with cocoa and cookie dough flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a stiff tan head that sticks nicely and leaves nice patterns of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Surprisingly, lacks much aroma, but there is some roastiness and coffee, too

Taste: Black bread, roasty and coffee flavors wallop the tastebuds at the outset, with some dark chocolate developing by mid-palate, as the sweeter elements try to make an entrance; after the swallow, the going gets better for the sweet flavors, with a growing dark chocolate presence, but the bitter roasty elements are always there, lurking as an undertow; the hops are always hanging around, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little too over the top in the roasty department to me, but that is a minor detraction from an otherwise very good beer

brentk56, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick black with you nice nitro layering of the creamy caramel colored head. Lots of settling carbonation and great head retention made this one a keeper from the start. Smell was nice, caramel sugars, hints of roasted chocolate and a nice nutty presence filtered through. Very well rounded and fresh scent. The taste was right on board. Very creamy, and full flavored. Very nice smooth feel going down, awesome. Even better as it warmed! Main flavors were choclate and a nice caramel sweetness

mikesgroove, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a deep mocha colored quick to fade head,even when held to the light nothing gets thru this body.Coffee roast and molasses mainly in then nose,a bit of rawness to it.Not as creamy and full as the label suggests,its not thin or fizzy but not quite what I expected.Earthy and roasted flavors with mild molasses-like sweetness,it's a litle raw in the finish with some woody tomes.Its pretty good but not great,the sweetness creeps up more as I drink more.

oberon, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

Let it be known: Here begins my final push before the move. It will be just as epic (read: wide-ranging in terms of beer) as the post-DLD death march, and we all remember how much fun that was. This epoch shall be dubbed the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. Let the first drops fall:

It pours an opaque black-brown topped by a finger at best of light khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, dark roasted malts, blackened biscuits, charcoal, and a few slow, viscous drips of molasses. The taste still has strong coffee and roasted malt notes, but these are tempered by some figs, dark wheat, raisins, graham crackers, and dark chocolate powder. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice stout; a pleasant occasional quaff, but not something I'd drink regularly.

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

zeff80, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

whoa, i am shocked to learn this beer is 7% abv. it felt a lot lighter to me than that, and certainly drinks more like a dry irish stout at 4% than it does as a foreign style so strong. clean looking brew, medium bodied and soil brown, with a tall head thats surprisingly light for how dark the liquid is. smells sweet like oats, and has less roast bitterness than most. there are some hops in here though, especially in the finish, giving a bit of a fruity flavor to the finish, the way lemon zest goes in espresso. similar complexion, less acidity. clean feeling beer too, only medium bodied and slick going down. the moderate carbonation is plenty, the big flavors do the talking, and its nice to listen awhile. coffee and cocoa in the finish, still think there may be some oats. overall an excellent example of the style fit for year round drinking.

StonedTrippin, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deepest,darkest black, wholly opaque, with a considerable, creamy, thick, roasty brown head.
Aroma: dark, bitter, nicely toasted, with fruity undercurrents, an almost perfect nose for a stout.
Taste: good smattering of hops up front, but smooth soon after. Very firm-bodied, with recurring fruity aspects, (I'm tasting cherries...you?),
though still dark, acidic, and bittersweet. Full of lasting flavor, too. the name, however, had me anticipating a monsoon of flavor, like an Imperial Stout, and that is not the case. An excellent "regular" stout, shall we say, but one still abundant with flavor. Quite nice, actually, and remarkably similar to Guinness Extra Stout.

feloniousmonk, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Pelican beer, opened at Mike's house last night. Not sure who's bottle it is. Beer is black with a thin brown head, low carbonation and low lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet, mildly roasty.

Beer is medium to light in body forward sweetness. The finish is a little bitter and a little ashy. Its a decent beer, pretty drinkable but a little thin. I like it, FES are all about like this. Sweeter, lighter, this one is a little ashy and just OK.

drabmuh, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

oline73, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark beige foam on the black brew. Plenty of lacing in the Affligem chalice. Pleasantly spritzy on the tongue. Light and tingly mouthfeel.

There is just a touch of malty sweetness before the burnt flavors take over. Quite a bitter aftertaste. I tastes like the hops are well supplied, but there is so much charred grains there may be bitterness from that as well. Brewery says it's made with Magnum and Willamette hops.

This is a serious stuff. Bold and impressive flavors but I have to say that the drinkability is less than I would like. The toasted flavors are nice but the darkness obliterates every flavor before it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

mactrail, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mendvicdog, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy, dense, three-finger thick, full, milk chocolate colored head. The beer is a pitch black color, nice and opaque. The aroma is acidic up front; redolent of ample dark malts. Rich notes of dark chocolate, espresso beans dominate afterwards with sharp, burnt astringent grain husk notes in the finish, that aren't nearly as harsh as it might seem. Actually the finish is quite nice, the overall aroma is quite warm and inviting.

The taste has a sweet chocolate note to it up front, which is quickly dominated by an ample roast character that reminds me of chicory, and black coffee. The beer has a nice palate fullness to it; coating but not cloying, just thick enough that the contemplation of the upcoming 22oz bottle is not too overwhelming. The beer finishes with a burnt acidity that actually tends to keep this Imperial Stout a bit lighter than it otherwise would be. This is pretty light on the hops, at least for this type of beer; there is a bit of bitterness just noticeable under all the dark malts (which means there is probably quite a bit), but not much in the way of any flavor hop additions. This lets this beer focus on the malt, which in this case is mostly the dark malts.

This beer is quite tasty, but it could definitely use a bit more general malt character; a bit thicker and maltier would make this beer a bit more balanced, but then it would be a bit harder to get through a 22oz bottle. As this beer warms up a bit it gains a bit more fullness in the mouth, and correspondingly a bit more malt character. It could still use a bit more, but it is a bit more balanced than it first was when it was 50*F.

Gueuzedude, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

oriolesfan4, Dec 08, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.