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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 56
Gots: 29 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

16.8 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 7% by volume
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Color: 150 lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 307 | Reviews: 139
Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler into goblet.

A - Dark brown, almost black with a bubbly tan head that leaves a thing ring around the edge and a light swirl across the top.

S - Roasty malts and baker's cocoa predominately.

T - More lightly roasted malts and a pleasant bready, cocoa backing.

M - Full bodied with subtle carbonation that fits very well with the taste and body.

D - Very easy drinking and enjoyable. May not go out of my way to try again, but wouldn't mind a couple pints on tap sometime.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 3 Floyds Pint Glass

Thanks to Mages64 for this want from the Most Wanted BIF

This beer pours a gorgeous blackness topped off by a nice brown foam. The smell is of roasted malts but mostly just a caramel sweetness. The flavor is composed predominantly of caramel, some dark chocolate and a touch of char. Though aside from malty sweetness and caramel flavoring the others were lost in the fray. This mouthfeel I had anticipated to have been full bodied, and this was more along the realm of medium. This is still a very good stout to drink, and I did enjoy the opportunity to have it since we don't get too much Oregonian beer in Chicago.

Photo of koopa
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks.

Appearance: Pours a very attractive dark brown to black with a 1.5 finger dirty khaki crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: A bit of acidic soap up front with lightly roasty malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a light espresso rounding it out.

Taste: Same as nose with a touch of black currant.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy for a medium bodied brew with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable but not much going on in the flavor dept.

Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The pour is dark, dark brown becoming black when the glass is filled and no light is able to come through. A large, dense head rises up from the pour, cocoa powder is color. The head takes approximately five minutes to dissipate, leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. This is a rather impressive looking stout.

The nose is primarily of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and a nice hop bitterness.

The taste is much of the same. Tons of roasted flavors, bittersweet chocolate, nice hoppiness and faint burnt flavors dominate the palate. These flavors play off one another and work together really well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is adequate. Tsunami Stout is quite drinkable and on the dry side. The 7% abv was slightly surprising to me as I thought this one was actually a little lower than that.

Photo of mudbug
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black into a standard pint glass with a two fingered tan head that looks just about perfect for a stout.
The head is long lasting but I didn't get much lacing, I'll call that foul on the glass as the head refused to die all the way down. very pretty.
the smell is roasty burned malt , a touch of hop spice
Kind of subdued.
OK I'm gonna say it, It reminds me overwhelmingly like Gluiness Foreign Extra Stout.
It's a little smoother but the similarities are obvious.
A very nice brew, but look out for Ireland.

Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears pitch black with a small light brown head.

It smells of grassy hops, caramel and toffee, coffee, chocolate. There is also a mild citrus smell as well and a nice smoky smell.

This stout initially tastes of grains, mild caramel, bitter strong coffee; there is a mellow vanilla like flavor, a pleasant very slight citrus flavor as well. There is also a mild bitter chocolate flavor as well. It ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. This is a very dry and slightly bitter stout. Though it is dry it is very smooth. This is a great stout.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The carbonation is medium.
The drinkability is good. It is smooth and goes down easy.
Overall a great dry stout

Photo of domtronzero
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, very dark brown colored. Nearly opaque in the glass. Big, fluffy, long lasting mocha colored head leaves a little bit of lacing throughout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts up front. Sweet bready malts are also noticeable.

F/M - Bitter dark roasted chocolate malts with a hint of coffee. Light burnt acrid flavor enhances the moderately high hop bitterness. Sweet caramel malts in the middle with a pleasant dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming in the belly.

D - Good, big, rich, dark and flavorful. Definitely not too heavy, I could easily do another pint.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle care of joefc, thanks man! The good Joe claims I need to try this Oregon offering so lets see what this is all about. If my understanding of their "dating system" is correct, this brew is from December 2009.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears a dark brown to black color. Around the edges it displays a lighter brown and decent clarity. An initial finger of brown head appears and quickly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. Rising bubbles of carbonation hardly offer any support to the quick dissolve. A light swirl revives the head but it is quick to fade back to a thin line around the inside perimeter of the glass. Some faint patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is full of dark grains. It is quite roasty suggesting coffee and some chocolate. There is also some dark fruity element to this brew smelling like plum and raisin with a bit of a vinous quality about it. As it warms, the alcohol character becomes increasingly evident with more dark fruit suggestions which force the initial dark roast character towards the back of the nose.

The taste upfront is quite bitter from the heavily kilned grains. This is a very roasted brew that leaves a long lingering flavor of the burnt grain residue inside the mouth. Each sip brings to mind thoughts of strong black coffee but with a slight citrus hop component throughout the body. The alcohol flavor is noticeable but it blends well with the bold character of this brew. It certainly warms the back of the throat but not overly so which is consistent with the 7% abv.

This is a medium bodied offering with a high level of carbonation. What is strange about the carbonation is that it doesn't display much visually but when the brew hits your tongue it is overboard. Overall this is a fine example of the style and very enjoyable.

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of djbreezy
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber to go after dining at the pub back in early August for $6.00.

Beer poured black as night with a thick brown head that is long lasting.

Nose is dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is chocolate infused roasted malts finishing with a nice dry bitter hop.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite smooth.

Drinkability is very good. This beer has all the characteristics of an RIS but the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is one of the better extra stouts i have had this year!

Photo of josiahschlender
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to H1N1 for this beer!
Poured from 22 oz bomber to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown with almost no head. Appeared to be medium bodied from the pour.

S - Somewhat light nose for a 7% ABV stout. A lot of milk chocolate notes with a good overall malt profile.

T - Roasted malts with some big chocolate notes. A very slight bitterness in the background. The finish is sweet at first from the chocolate with a very slight bitterness that follows in the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - A good stout but not a great one.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Black in the glass, but dark brown in the pour. The head is a darker tan.

S- Roasted/burnt malts, smoke and something hearty.

T- The burnt malts are quite pronounced. Almost too much. I feel this is a bit confused, it wants to be a stout but is more like a porter. I like my stouts a little less on the burnt side.

M- Thin more like a porter.

D- Easy to drink, but the bitter burnt taste is not being liked.

Photo of velosuds
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler direct from the brewery after tasting in the sampler platter. Note: not nearly as good from purchased bomber at grocer. Pelican has great beer on tap, but they have not achieved the same quality and consistency in their bottled beers. Review scores reflect qualities experienced from brewer vs. bottle. Bottled scores might be .5 less.

A-Black and tan. Pours a deep, dark brown nearly jet black hue with a two-three finger, creamy tan head with good retention and modest lacing. A nice appearance.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a lovely hop balance.

T-Delicious. The best tasting stout I have had on tap, or fresh from the brewer in a growler. Very well balanced. Rich, creamy malt and dark chocolate. Hoppy, clean, and complex. Very nice. Coffee taste with faint vanilla notes present.

M-Exceedingly smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very drinkable, and would be more so if not so expensive. I have paid the same price ($6.49) for a bomber of Stone's IRS. At the same price, the nod always goes to Stone, especially since Tsunami not as good in its distributed bomber available at Salem grocers.

The restaurant offers a Tsunami Stout float on the desert menu. Vanilla ice cream floating in this beer will be something to try on my next visit. Oddly enough, it sounds really good.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark black small khaki head. Light retention and lace.

S: Mildly roasty. Notes of coffee and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. Simple but everything comes together nicely. Not usually a big fan of the style, but this one is very well done.

M: Medium in body, smooth, light bitter finish.

D: Drinkable, tasty, approachable stout.

Photo of chickenm
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a light brown head with no retention. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet chocolately flavor with a roasted bitter finish. Medium-full bodied with a great chewy mouthfeel. Is also quite dry. Pretty good stout, this is enjoyable.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as part of a trade with mikesgroove, thanks Mike! On pouring this looks like it's gonna be good, dark brown-black with a tan milk chocolate color of foam, thick frothy foam too. Really nice curb appeal. Moving closer, roasted malts take the lead in aroma, supported by maybe a little dark chocolate. The taste is just as advertised, sweet malts upfront and some roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. A thick body forms a complement to the richness of the aroma and flavor, a very good beer overall. Excellent, I must try other beers from Pelican.

Photo of Overlord
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really attractive black with a light brown, two-three inch foamy head. Very striking beer.

Smells like roasted malt, a bit of coffee, maybe even some dark chocolate in there. Kind of a straight-forward aroma, but pleasant enough.

Taste is a bit of a let down, but still good. The acrid, roasted malt with chocolate takes over, but there's a distracting, bitingly astringent and dry aftertaste that becomes offputting after a while. There's coffee, maybe even a hint of vanilla.

It's a good stout, but not elite. Mouthfeel is good.

Photo of mckajd03
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Pelican pint glass.

Coffee-colored liquid with faint rust highlights towards the edges of the glass...otherwise, opaque. Three fingers of sandy brown, creamy, springy, supernatant foam - receding to a small but thick layer with lacing that reminds me of a sugar cone mold or a pie crust...dropping back onto the surface like sand surrounded by sea-foam (legs).

Light toffee, coffee dipped toast, chocolate, licorice, and brown sugar aromatics. Roasted malt and hints of dried persimmon.

Roast chocolate malt, coffee, green cocoa beans, and a lime-like hop note on the palate. Creamy, sweet, lightly fruity, bitter, with an almost tangy roasty finish and hints of walnuts. Everything in its place. Spot on for style, clearly made with high quality ingredients and care. No off flavors at all.

Body is a little bit light, though the carbonation is just right. Not much warmth from the alcohol, it is very well disguised.

Surprisingly subtle and straight-forward - the name had me expecting a big Imperial leviathan rather than a polite slow session beer.

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Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.