Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 57
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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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

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a super pretty, thick dark brown head. Aroma of coffee and rich sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, toffee, and caramel, with a bitter chocolate finish. A nice blend of rich flavors. A top-notch foreign stout.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Overall: 15/20
3.9/5.0

Photo of dnichols
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bottle thanks to kmweaver. Aroma is somewhat subdued, yet distinct in some salty coffee roast. Pours a rich black-brown, fringes mahogany, rim of tan. Dense roast flavor, cherry chocolate with toasted almond caramel, brown sugar and flan. Great dense, expressive flavor. Clean, bright, lively and fresh. All the aspects are subtly nuanced making this beer rounded and enjoyable. Some warming sensation from the background. Hops come in nicely with suave chocolate, mint sophistication. Salty. Toothy. Beautiful attenuation, finishing crisply.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught pint at the brewery, black with a small tan head that left light lace.

Smell is soft, dusted coco and coffee.

Taste is also rather soft, roasty, with more coffee then chocolate, and a dry finish. Very smooth and balanced, although I'd prefer a bit more umph. Also, I prefer a slightly sweeter export stout. Served too cold, it didn't really open up in the 30 mins or so over which I sipped it.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety, although I'd like a bit more carbonated creaminess.

Drinkability is just above average. While it's a nicely rounded and well executed stout, and drinks lighter then 7% ABV, it just didn't excite me to much.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark chocolate almost black with a thick, creamy dark head. Smell of roasted malts with light coffee and chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same with a dark chocolate bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with a good balance of hops and carbonation, making this is a good healthy stout to try.

Photo of guitarmage
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Black color. Chocolate brown head. Intriguing malt complexity in the nose, with hints of chocolate, fudge and light coffee. On the palate, its awfully complex, with hints of dried chocolate, light espresso, fruit and mild roast. Clearly a great stout.

Photo of nase
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, cwier! Poured from bomber.

Alcohol is fairly light on this which helps its drinkability. Flavor does not stand out to me as spectacular; a dark coffee taste seems to be dominate but is subtle enough. Mouthfeel may be this one's strong suit. Certainly a drinkable stout.

App - 4, Smell - 4, Taste - 3.5, Mouth - 4, Drink - 4

Photo of JasonA
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber from my main BIFIII duck

Pours an opaque oil black. Finger of head that disappears very quickly. Little lacing.

Smells chocolate malt, maybe a little oats, some toffee.

Tastes a little sweet, maybe porter-ish. Maybe a little dry, not sure about the finish. Is that coffee flavor? Sure is quiet.

Some carbonation, but not much considering. Thin and medium bodied. Does have staying power though. Finish isnt overpowering, maybe a bit tart. No real alcohol anywher. ABV is pretty low.

Good stout. Nothing special, but pleasurable to have something different. Not deep, dont come into this beer looking for much, but you will ger a tasty, fresh and mild stout.

Photo of Jredner
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The obligatory chocolate/coffee in high concentration makes up the bulk of the aroma. Strong roasted malt elements follow with am ever so faint hint of brown sugar and chocolate cake. The body is an uncanny stygian black. One of the darker beers you’ll see. The head starts off a full two fingers thick, but slowly compresses down to a thumb thick mocha affair. The fore features highly concentrated burnt/roasted malt with dark chocolate and dry cocoa notes. Some slightly sulphery blackstrap molasses and nutty notes in the dry chcolatey finish. Great palate. Solid aroma. Decent flavor.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad props go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this West Coast goodie.

Appearance: Midnight darkness descends into this glass leaving a nice tan head. No visible carbonation and no light getting through this bad boy. It's black from the body to the edge. Pretty impressive.

Smell: One of the best smelling beers I've had in a while. A garden party for the nose! Sweet dark fruits, raisins, roasted coffee, heavy whipping cream, chocolate syrup, and dry cocoa all stimulate the senses. Perfection in a glass.

Taste: Hot chocolate powder, roasted malts amped up, coffee, and chocolate syrup all coat the palate with a wonderful yet understated hop bitterness at the end. Just a lovely roasty, chocolate profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and light carbonation that keeps it interesting.

Drinkability: Hook me up to the IV. This is great. Wonderful tasting, not too heavy handed. Very well done. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Knuckles
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about 80 degrees outside. I walked my wife to yoga from the ferry. Then I walked back to the truck and drove home. I've felt dirty and sticky all freakin' day. I want a beer. What would go perfectly with the first hot-ass day since summer officially began? Oh yeah, that's right: Pelican's Tsunami Stout.

Me, I'm a year-round stout drinker. Stouts in the summer, stouts in the winter, stouts all year long. Don't get me wrong, I love me an IPA (or better yet, an imperial IPA), but there's something about stouts that appeals to the not-so-hidden fatass beer snob in me. So yeah, I'm one hirsute stout drinkin' mofo, and at this precise moment, I'm pretty damn happy to be one.

Appearance: Gloriously, splendidly black. Opaque. Black like someone painted the inside of my glass in case the air raid sirens go off and I need to finish my beer. Held up to the light in my lovely Duiske 20 oz. mug there is just the faintest hint of ruby around the edges of the beerl. Gorgeous.

Smell: Coffee and just a wee hint of dark chocolate. Out of the fridge, of course, there's very little aroma at all. But let this beauty warm up and the smells come out. They are faint, sadly, as I really love that bitter, roasted smell from the roasted barley, but they are there. I'd love to have that be a little more prominent.

Taste: Magnificent. It's all I can say. The first taste is just a bit of sweet from the malts, and then BAM! the roasted barley takes over. However, this hostile act is only briefly successful, as it is almost immediately escorted off the premises with a gentle hop finish. Mmm...

Mouthfeel: I've said it before and I'll say it again: NOTHING pisses me off more than a thin-tasting stout. As you can probably surmise from my rating, this isn't one of those. The viscosity is perfect.

Drinkability: As always, this is a pretty damn subjective rating. I could drink this sumbitch all night long. It's THAT good. It's also quite deceptive. Some stouts fall prey to a malt bill that really overtakes the beer when it warms, but this is definitely not one of those beers. The malts play very nicely with the rest of the beer, so I'm inclined to allow recess to continue for another, oh, twenty minutes or so (gotta pick up the wife).

My friend picked this up for me from the Pelican. He raved about the views, but didn't care much for the food or the beer. So far I've had the India Pelican Ale (which I didn't rate, but came to enjoy after it warmed and the malts had a chance to beat down that insane hop nose and finish) and this splendid stout. I'm hoping his culinary experience was an aberration, as I'm going to be hitting that place up over Thanksgiving (and I refuse to leave the premises without at least four bombers of this). Excellent stuff, and one of the best new (to me) stouts I've had out of an Oregon brewery in quite some time.

Photo of mjohn27603
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in July 2005. I had the mega pint for $5. The first stip reveals a strong taste of coffee and roasted flavors. A typical stout. The mouthfeel is a little creamy. I'm not sure of the ABV but it seemed to pack a little bit of a punch. Maybe because I hadn't had anything to eat. Good perhaps a little overrated but a decent and solid stout offering.

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.

Photo of charlatan
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This had little head and a faint pickled onion smell when I bought it on tap at the Basement Pub. That seems to indicate that it won't have an oveprowering coffee taste.

Indeed this had only a faint coffee flavour. Instead I found big malts and a pleasant slightly charred yet rather sweet taste. It slid down worryingly easily for such a potent beer. This is definitely one of my favourite stouts, and along with India Pelican Ale is thoroughly recommended if you happen to go to Pelican's brewpub in Pacific City (which coincidentally) I did the next day.

How did the Basement Pub know to select Pelican's two best brews? Good work.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.