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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

268 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 268
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 54
Gots: 19 | 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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mattcrill

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

08-21-2005 15:28:38 | More by mattcrill
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djbreezy

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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

11-01-2010 00:02:12 | More by djbreezy
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

01-14-2011 03:47:35 | More by JAXSON
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

02-21-2006 22:13:53 | More by Dogbrick
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dpnyby

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

09-25-2011 03:18:58 | More by dpnyby
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

08-08-2011 00:44:18 | More by GodOfBeer
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-29-2013 04:38:50 | More by jaydoc
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-20-2012 03:47:15 | More by mendvicdog
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-19-2013 23:11:31 | More by oline73
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Arborescence

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-31-2012 20:18:04 | More by Arborescence
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-02-2014 00:03:59 | More by Kurmaraja
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jrcmlc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-28-2012 02:54:37 | More by jrcmlc
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-28-2011 03:43:49 | More by brandoman63
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-14-2013 03:41:48 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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Nzinger

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-19-2012 06:47:47 | More by Nzinger
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

11-10-2008 16:00:14 | More by BEERchitect
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CJS

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-22-2013 21:10:12 | More by CJS
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

06-23-2013 00:41:03 | More by Hoptometrist
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-08-2012 03:05:33 | More by Duff27
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mtbeer3649

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-05-2014 05:53:26 | More by mtbeer3649
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

01-24-2009 03:32:23 | More by msubulldog25
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

10-18-2012 23:38:06 | More by Axnjxn
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vande

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-09-2013 01:45:16 | More by vande
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steinz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-15-2012 03:45:25 | More by steinz
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mecmd

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-05-2014 05:42:00 | More by mecmd
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.