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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Tsunami StoutTsunami Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

252 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 252
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%


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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:11:41 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:09:16 | More by Derek
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 21:56:18 | More by Sammy
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2008 02:19:54 | More by cswhitehorse
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Bookseeb

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 02:35:59 | More by Bookseeb
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Crosling

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 05:16:39 | More by Crosling
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nase

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 06:57:51 | More by nase
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 02:24:16 | More by JasonA
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Jredner

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 21:58:28 | More by Jredner
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 22:14:06 | More by edmundfitzoil
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HimerMan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 18:05:12 | More by HimerMan
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 04:38:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 02:20:35 | More by Knuckles
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 21:34:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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freed

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Doug for this beauty. A bottle specially delivered from the brewery.

Poured a thick, uh, stout black with a rich brown head that started out thick but thinned to a nice thin covering.

Aroma was smokey, and improved as it warmed.

The taste was an abundance of chocolate and dry smoke. The sensation of dry malt chaffe creates a nice smooth and full body.

It drinks well too.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 03:38:18 | More by freed
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is black in color with a tanned, foamy head. The head formed into clumps as it slowly subsided. Nice.

Smell – The aroma here in incredibly smooth and even with a rich texture. The darkish malts and light, dark sugars dance in perfect harmony. Simple, yet extremely well done.

Taste – I’ll christian this one “Mr. Smoothie”. The dark, roasted malts and high-quality sugars are expertly balanced. Again, nothing fancy here, just Stout done right.

Mouthfeel – This one is heavy and full-bodied with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is satisfying on so many levels. I can’t overstate how incredibly smooth this is in the mouth. It’s one of those Stouts that you just want to hold in between your cheeks all night long.

Drinkability – This one was exciting enough to earn the “Tsunami” moniker.

Comments - Big thanks to skyhand for popping this one at one of her famous tasting events.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 16:33:40 | More by RoyalT
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with maroon highlights and a thick, dark, ecru head that leaves traces of lace.
Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and some nuttiness.
Flavors of sweet chocolate, lightly bittered, roasted coffee and some smooth, buttery and biscuit notes.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied sweetness and light roasted and bitter notes. Smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is very high. Classic progressions of a sweet stout. solid representation of style and very nice flavoring.

Thanks to Skyhand for this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 02:30:34 | More by CRJMellor
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very stout stout – heavy and austere. It is deep ebony black and carries a potent fragrance. You know how you can rub sticks together to generate a flame? Imagine the friction, the smoke, the volatile woodenness. This is what Tsunami would seem to be built on. The head is luxurious and inviting. The roasted flavor, ominous. And the lace is broad and complete.

Pelican serves this on nitro through a “spinner” at their brewpub. Apparently a spinner, or “sparkler” is a type of agitator that attaches to the tap and allows greater aeration of the beer as it flows out the spigot. On tap Tsunami is liquid black pearls, though I’ve had this from the bottle and the bottled version didn’t rock my world nearly so forcefully.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-30-2004 02:02:26 | More by RedDiamond
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Similar to Shakespeare Stout but I prefer this. Ink black with brown highlights, a soft and substantial head forms but dwindles to a ring, leaving little wisps of lace down the glass. Chocolatey aroma with a charcoal roastiness. Tsunami Stout is initially quite bitter, with herbal hops leaping across the tongue. They are soon mellowed by the full, thorough roasty quality of the malts. Evocative of both the salt sprayed air of the Oregon coast, and the proliferation, nay, infestation, of espresso bars throughout the Northwest. Slight flecks of chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, and raisin flavors soon fall by the wayside as the hop bitterness returns to pair up with the burnt, huge malts. Aftertaste is creamy, chocolatey, balanced by slight mint and pine hop qualities. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, just the right amount of slippery. Drinkability a bit low for me; as with many serious stouts, patience is rewarded, and haste makes for unneccesary and unwelcome waste.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 05:29:47 | More by Thrasher
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. what a nice roasty beer from skyhand. Pours with a nice whipped cream tan head. Pitch black body as should come from a stout. Almost, but not quite overpoweringly roastly flavor. This flavor is right on the edge for me. Its there, but not over the top. A great potential session beer. Overall, a darn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 05:22:27 | More by deejaydan
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bought on my last trip to Lincoln City, Oregon. Wonderful yet slightly understated roasted dark coffee aroma..slight hint of a milky smell. Jet black in appearance with a nice sized creamy tan head. A very, very tasty stout..very milk chocoalty, cocoa taste to start..then a liquorice tinted bitterness at the end..all the time very smooith and creamy. felles excellent on the tongue. Fantastic stout..anyone fed up with those Murphy/Guiness/Beamish nitro stouts should try this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 15:09:45 | More by Reidrover
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jtfest

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 04:20:41 | More by jtfest
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deepest,darkest black, wholly opaque, with a considerable, creamy, thick, roasty brown head.
Aroma: dark, bitter, nicely toasted, with fruity undercurrents, an almost perfect nose for a stout.
Taste: good smattering of hops up front, but smooth soon after. Very firm-bodied, with recurring fruity aspects, (I'm tasting cherries...you?),
though still dark, acidic, and bittersweet. Full of lasting flavor, too. the name, however, had me anticipating a monsoon of flavor, like an Imperial Stout, and that is not the case. An excellent "regular" stout, shall we say, but one still abundant with flavor. Quite nice, actually, and remarkably similar to Guinness Extra Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 08:39:20 | More by feloniousmonk
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.