Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 325
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 56
Gots: 32 | 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
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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 325
Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Nice! (433 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,177 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (817 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 (318 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of nase
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (337 characters)

Photo of JasonA
3.75/5  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. (679 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of HimerMan
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (706 characters)

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