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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 Takahiro
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Written "10" on the cap

A: Pitch black, with a thick tanned foam that stays fluffy for a long time. very nice.

S: very faint whiff of roasted coffee, caremel,

T: mix of roasty malt, some prune, some tartness. It finishes with a lingering coffee-like flavor. slight alcohol warmth after several sips.

M: not too viscous, but oily enough. feels very light when 7% alcohol is considered.

O: very impressive stout. I consider this a sipper.

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

Poured dark into tulip. Dark brown head. Nice lace. Foamy creamy retention. Thin layer of foam throughout.
Milky burnt roast chocolate notes.
Decent Stout but not an earth shaker.
It's a stout. It's decent. I would gladly drink one again if offered to me but I won't go out of my way to seek it out.

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

thick black with you nice nitro layering of the creamy caramel colored head. Lots of settling carbonation and great head retention made this one a keeper from the start. Smell was nice, caramel sugars, hints of roasted chocolate and a nice nutty presence filtered through. Very well rounded and fresh scent. The taste was right on board. Very creamy, and full flavored. Very nice smooth feel going down, awesome. Even better as it warmed! Main flavors were choclate and a nice caramel sweetness

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

Body is jet black. Poured to a half inch of tan foamy head, about average retention, leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smells of toasted bready malt, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of charred malt, chocolate and coffee, with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

Body is light and the carbonation is smooth, giving this a lightly creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty good light stout. Lacks the tartness and depth that more higher gravity stouts possess.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black with some dim brown highlights around the edges. Head poured three thick fingers of pillowy dark tan foam which is dissipating very slowly. There is also a nice chunky lace left on the glass. A very attractive brew.

Smell: roasted grains and chocolate malt predominate, but there's also a yeasty creaminess underneath. Some of the roastiness comes through a bit harsh, but overall it's quite good.

Taste: roasty and chocolatey with a surprisingly sweet fruitiness. Classic export-stout fruity character (cherry, raspberry, blackberry) balances well with the roast. Smooth and enticing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very smooth, silky creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a very good export stout. I like the fruit character of the flavor and its overall drinkability. Would definitely have again.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 22 August 2012.

A: Finger of mocha head. Black, opaque body. Heavy lacing.

S: Smells like a porter. Roasted sweet malts, hint of vanilla.

T: It's pretty good, until the finish, which is phenomenal. The maintaste is sweet chocolate, lightly roasted malt, and only a hint of bitterness. The endtaste is rich and expressive, with dark cocoa powder and cappuccino. A touch of hops on the aftertaste. It only gets a 4.0 because the majority of the flavor is mediocre.

M: Rich, smooth, and sweet.

O: Great finish, short on delivery. Recommended, but not worth going out of your way. Would maybe have again.

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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

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

Aroma is strong and oily with tones of coffee and unsweet chocolate and an overtone of molasses. It pours a deep, warm sable with a thick chocolaty brown head - would have gotten a perfect score in this department if the head had been a little more persistent. Flavor is smoky and sweet, tones of quality coffee, molasses and licorice with a touch of chocolate. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy thin for a stout but still good.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of KajII
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a pitch jet black with an average (1-2 finger) light cocoa brown rocky head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and small collar with poor runny lacing.

The aroma was very robust of a burnt biscuit mat, light resin hops and a strong earthy yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, a mild smokiness and a slight alcohol tinge.

The taste was bitter sweet with a nice malty feel and had notes of bitter chocolate and molasses from the beginning, progressing slightly into a purely bitter taste with a huge coffee presence and a mild smoky finish. The flavor lasted a very long time after the swallow with a bold smooth bitter coffee taste left to linger for quit a while.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, oily texture and a solid medium carbonation.

Overall this was a boldly robust brew with a strong bitter mocha / coffee taste that is offset slightly by a mild sweetness, and was done very well may I say. Making this a very enjoyable tasty brew with a superb drinkability...


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Photo of SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep black with a light tan head that is only about a quarter of an inch and fades somewhat slowly
S: smells of roasted barley, bitter dark chocolate, coffee and a slight dark fruit smell
T: roasted barley comes in droves across the palate with some bakers chocolate flavor and a hint of coffee. a bit grainy but not bad. swallow brings a bit of black malt and burnt sugar with some coffee and chocolate
M: thick and nearly chewy with adequate carb that is fairly soft on the palate
O: a very solid and flavorful beer. I can understand why it's a friend of mine's favorites. definitely an excellent example of the style and sure to please.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Got this awhile ago from hopsbreath, but just never got around to it. Thanks again Jason!

(A)- Pours a fairly pitch black color. Produced a nice sized cap of brown froth. Good retention and plenty of lace.

(S)- A rich profile indeed! Deep roasted malts. A "beefy" bread/yeast profile. Lots of raisin and molasses. A bit chocolatey as well.

(T)- Same as the smell was pretty much. A deep yet smooth roasted profile with thick bread notes. Some raisin, molasses, and cocoa. Well done and balanced.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a great balance to it as well. Thick; almost chewy, but with a smooth and rich roasted malt and dark fruit with cocoa feel.

(D)- This is a solid stout. Smells and tastes great with a classic profile. Easy to enjoy without being too sweet or thick. Well done Pelican.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey-combed rose-tinged sandstone head over black body.
Sweet, smoke, meat and red cherry nose.
Big sweet licorice and dark chocolate, a warm roasty hit, and branch + blackberry hops with some real IBUs.
Black rye bread bite to end and creamy anise linger.
Medium to full, well chewy, round.

A big stout with contribution from PNW hops. Not all the usual RIS notes: creamy, some red berry, but no coffee. The definition of American Stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color. Light brown head stands an inch in height, but settles after some time. Spotty lacing.

S: Fudge sauce, cocoa nibs, bitter dark chocolate, chicory. Good dose of roasted barley. Black coffee. Light whiffs of acrid char and smoke. Mildly steely, oily hops.

T: Lots of roast. Mildly acrid and acidic. Char and woody roast. Acidic black coffee. Bitter dark chocolate. Dark chewy caramel. Raisin and dark berries. Hop bitterness spikes middle to end, but doesn't bring much flavor. Hints of cocoa nibs toward the back, but acidic roast, bitter dark chocolate, and smoke lingers into the finish.

M: Big-boned medium body. Decadent, rich, and silky smooth. Mild roasted astringency. Fine carbonation pricks at the tongue.

O: A very respectable stout. Heavily roasty with a full and rich feel and fairly easy drinkability despite this. A meat-and-potatoes sort of beer. Hearty and it hits the spot.

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Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured black in color with a nice sized, tan colored head to it.

The aroma shows a good amount of milk chocolaty, cocoa like flavors to it. I get a moderate roasty, bitter, coffee flavor out of it as well, but the chocolate is the stronger of the flavors.

The taste also mixes the milk chocolaty, cocoa flavors with some roasty, bitter, slightly burnt flavors. I get some vanilla and dark chocolate coming out towards the finish. It's very flavorful and also pretty balanced between the sweet and roasty which was nice.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is moderate to maybe a little above average. Overall it was a very flavorful, easy drinking and relatively balanced beer for the style. A very enjoyable stout to start out the night with and an excellent version of the style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, milk chocolate, soft bready notes.
More dry roasted malt as a flavour, some bready malt and soft booze. Moreish.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The colour a stout should be. Completely opaque. Beautiful middling brown head. Pillowy and resilient.

I can smell... raosty barley and some hops. Combine to take it in a direction I can't quite describe, but suffice to say it smells good.

There's that roast again. Coffee beans, not ground or brewed, with some dark cocoa and a little bit of bitterness to finish. Great balance. Great brew.

Smoothe across the tongue, damn this is a solid example of a stout.

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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 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 theghost3
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 2-finger khaki head, which dissolves into a thin film that remains throughout. Moderate layered lacing.

The smell is sweet cocoa & caramel malts with a little vanilla. The taste is toasty malts, dark chocolate and bread; not sweet like the scent would imply. There is also a slight hoppiness that adds to the bitterness of the toasty malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with some crisp carbonation.

This is a drinkable export stout. I would like a bit more chocolate but the smell and taste of this will all of the roasted malts is dead on for the style.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin light brown head that leaves a little lace.

Smell. Not strong on smell but some roasty coffee and toasty grains with a hint of citrus.

Taste. Roasty grains and molasses. Some chocolate a and a little bitter hops in the middle with roasty coffee in the end.

Mouthfeel. A little heavier than medium body with medium-low carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. Big roasty stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with great carbonation leaving a big brown cap, nice lacing

S: Big roasted malts bith huge bitter chocolate presence and some coffee

T: Immediate big roasty and bitterness. Bitter and dark chocolate, very dry with coffee lingeing.

M: Again, big body for this beer, lots of bitterness, especially as it warms, I am suspecting this from the buttloads of black malts

O: Very good, drinkable and good representation of the style

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

whoa, i am shocked to learn this beer is 7% abv. it felt a lot lighter to me than that, and certainly drinks more like a dry irish stout at 4% than it does as a foreign style so strong. clean looking brew, medium bodied and soil brown, with a tall head thats surprisingly light for how dark the liquid is. smells sweet like oats, and has less roast bitterness than most. there are some hops in here though, especially in the finish, giving a bit of a fruity flavor to the finish, the way lemon zest goes in espresso. similar complexion, less acidity. clean feeling beer too, only medium bodied and slick going down. the moderate carbonation is plenty, the big flavors do the talking, and its nice to listen awhile. coffee and cocoa in the finish, still think there may be some oats. overall an excellent example of the style fit for year round drinking.

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Photo of jtfest
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark chocolate -- opaque in the glass - -with a small, creamy mocha brown head. Smells of sweet malt, wet leather, and bittersweet chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel -- rich, chewy and full. Beautiful flavor -- woody, chocolate, toasted nuts -- with a well blended bitterness that is there, but not biting. Very drinkable for a stout of this complexity.

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