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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Tsunami StoutTsunami Stout

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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 344
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 61
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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
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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 344
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of velosuds
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of mckajd03
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark burgundy color with one finger of tan head.

Scent of chocolate, smoke, bacon, molasses, maple syrup and oatmeal. Fairly complex, but not overly so, balanced well too.

Taste of chocolate, smoke, earth, molasses, oak, and some bourbon. After a few months, this has developed a nice subtle smokey flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a biting carbonation, good, but a bit too strong for a Stout.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 enjoyed a few weeks back at ditmier's house.... bottle provided by buckeyeboy.. Thanks to Jeremy for the brew and to Eric for hosting.. Poured into my small La Trappe glass.

Nice dark tan head and lace... black brew with a good lasting cap.

Nose is lite chocolate and some caramel ... but pretty much a dry dark maltiness in the aroma.

Flavor is pretty much what I was expecting from such a highly recommended brewery... lite bittersweet chocolate and some background coffee.. descent hop bite but the grains envelope most of it... Body is a bit light for the style especially given the abv. and the carbonation may be a touch high..

Thanks Jeremy... I appreciate the opportunity.. a pretty damn solid beer from a brewery that I almost always overlook.. and a style that I rarely go after.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two imperial pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours black as pitch with a gorgeously pillow-y dark brown espresso crema head on top that left multiple sticky rings of lace down the inside of the glass.

S: Aromas of brown sugar/molassas, dark chocolate, dark rum soaked dark fruit, and heavily roasted malt.

T: Dark roast coffee, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, fudge brownies, chocolate covered cherries, roasted malt, and bitter piney hops.

M: Oily and sticky. Bitter, roasty, and slightly minty. Sweet with espresso and hop bitterness.

D: Surprisingly awesome. A rare big yet refreshing stout.

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Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber with a nice illustration & some good information on the back of the label.

Poured into a pint, the beer is an opaque jet black with a brown head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and milk duds.

The taste is earthy with well roasted malts, a bit of coffee & dark chocolate. It is a sweet stout that reminds me a bit of a milk stout.

The mouth is well carbonated and could be turned down notch, but it has some nice thickness. This is a great end of night option. My first beer from this brewery and I will be on the lookout for others. Well done!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This is perfect appearance for a stout. It's as black as black can be. It has a thick head of creamy, fluffy, brown foam. So thick that it tried to escape the top of the glass, in a vertical manner. The head takes a long while to recede to a nice thick surface covering, over an 1/8th of an inch thick. The lacing is almost like curtains.
Visually, this is quite an impressive beer.

The nose is not perfect, but it's still very good. Big notes of maltiness, filled with dark roasted coffee notes. A wonderful lacto sweetness. Light hints of milk chocolate, vanilla and cocoa powder. A lightly earthy, almost woody quality lies over the whole thing.

A great big presence of roastiness dominates this one. Some mild lacto sweetness with a touch of vanilla caramels. Notes of dark chocolate-covered espresso roast coffee beans. A very light spicey kiss of hops helps this finish nicely dry.

Full-bodied. Very smooth, goes down easy, with a medium level of creaminess. Carbonation level may be just a touch too much, but it's still quite tasty.

This is a great example of what a good stout should be. It's deliciously smooth and easy drinking. The abv is very well hidden, also.
This is my first offering from Pelican and I want more.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a spongey, brown, three finger head that recedes before the first sip very slow. But doesn't leave any lacing. Eventually, the head recedes to a thin film and ring o' foam. Aroma of brownies with just a little espresso and some hoppy spice. Taste starts fudgey and moves to more bitter dark chocolate with just a faint orange rind. The palate finishes with burnt malt bitterness. Very malty, sweet, chocolatey and with the right amount of bitterness. Silky smooth start to the palate with a faintl gristy finish. Pretty good stout overall.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Tsunami Stout pours a strong coffee and molasses color, with only a few rays sneaking through the cusp when held up to the light. A modest tan head provides a nice finish to a solid looking beer.

Smell: Strong mocha aroma, with hazelnut and light coffee notes along for the ride.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and a touch of espresso dominate the dark, roasted malt. Coffee infused hops finish out the robust taste.

Mouthfeel: A little bit creamy, but still with a fair amount of carbonation. The carbonation endures from the pour to the last sip. Despite the strong taste, it has a balanced feel on the tongue, leaving just a light coffee bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: A beer I could definitely enjoy as a slow sipper for one or two, maybe less of a session beer. The robust but simple flavor would cease to interest me after a few.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Pours jet black with tan foam. Thick creamy head that hangs around for a long time. Very well presented.

Aromatic. Rich roasted malts. Coffee hints.

Taste is deep and rich. Some hints of chocolate. Roasted. An overriding hop prescence throughout. Tasty, complex.

Enjoyable to taste, but honestly 22 oz was a lot to put down. The taste was very rich, the hop was present throughout. This one's a sipper. Schedule some time to work through it. Its worth it, but not something you can do quickly.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - much obliged!

Pours one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Doesn't taste quite as roasted as the smell led me to believe. Roasted malt flavors with a good deal of sweetness lead things off, followed by mild chocolate and coffee flavors that lend themselves to a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Overall this is a very nicely balanced stout that doesn't try and cram too many flavors in one beer. Worth a shot.

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

Pours pitch black completely opaque with a huge frothy tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, and raisins make up the nose. First sip - The strong rich coffee teams well with the dark roasted malts created the heart of this beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Quite tasty indeed.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this great extra in a recent trade, Dajtai007!

Pours like a stout should. A nice, dark brown to opaque black with a tan head. Average head which leaves no lacing and an average stout.

Smells of molasses, sweet malts and light yeasts. There's alst some hoppiness in the mix.

Black licorice, molasses a lactose quality and a slightly bitter hops presence. Nice and lightly silky at times with moderate carbonation.


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Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane(beachbum1975) for sharing this brew.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Decent head on the pour but with little retention. Not much lacing.

S: Light roasted malts with a light hint of lactose. Some sweet notes of vanilla. Some chocolate comes out as it warms.

T/M: Nice light roasted malts and creamy chocolate. Again, just a bit of lactose, adds an interesting twist. The chocolate gets bitter in the finish adding even more depth. Some added sweetness from what I think is some vanilla. Body is medium full with a creamy feel.

D: Not a huge stout but tasty and very interesting. Drinks pretty easy.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black with a thin tan head and spotty lacing.

S - Heavily roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T - Heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla and a touch of bitter hops. A touch of smoke from the heavily roasted grains.

M - Medium body, slightly sweet, with a lingering dry finish.

D - Very roasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +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.

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Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.