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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 56
Gots: 20 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

BeerOps, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Wowcoolman, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Wildman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured very dark, almost black and formed a huge dark tan foam head that left lots of nice circular lace around the glass as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate with some toasted/roasted elements. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate. A very interesting sweetness is present in the finish, yet a touch of bitterness. Almost like bittersweet chocolate. A very good stout.

Wildman, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz w/ "10" handwritten on cap, I think October 2011. Into a snifter. Pours a nice deep black w/ a thick crackly mocha head that settles pretty quickly to a thin film.

Aroma is dark, bitter roasted malt and rich chocolate. Some dark fruits too.

Taste is highly bitter and roasty, but somehow also dry and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Vanishes off the palate, leaving just a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall a really solid, if not especially complex, stout from Pelican. Closest I think I've come to a "session stout."

draheim, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

vkv822, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

claytong, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Eric908, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev -1.2%

leftoverburrito, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours thick and dark, solid black. Very small hints of brown and red at the edges when held to direct light. Dark beige head fades, but leaves a small collar with decent retention. Some splotches of cap. Negligible lacing or carbonation.

Smell: Mega roasted malt. A hint of smoke in the back. Dark fruit abounds pushing cherry, plum, and some fig. touches of leather and stale coffee. Loaded with cocoa and dark powdery chocolate. Crazy chocolate. Some mineral undertones with a touch of floral on the back. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Lots of it. Some old coffee and a solid roasted element. Dark fruit mixes through the back with cherry and plum mostly. Balanced malt sweetness with a touch of smoke through the back. Loses a little complexity as it warms, becoming crazy roasted cocoa. Hops are minimal, adding some herbal and floral notes, but little else. A hint of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a slightly above average carbonation. Surprisingly clean finish.

Overall: Aggressive, not catastrophic waves.

A big stout without teeth. Crazy roasted and definitely drinkable. Would be better shared.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which looks to have fairly good retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is pitch black and remains that way when held up to the light. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

Nose- There is a significant aroma of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee but I do wish for it to be stronger. The bottle seems to hint at smoke. Swirling doesn't do too much to intensify the aroma; it simply reveals a bit of sourness to the roasted malts. Overall, the aroma is nice but could be more conspicuous. There is some breadiness and sweet malt on the nose as well.

Taste- Very reflective of the aroma with more punch. Roasted malts dominate this matched with coffee bitterness which finishes the flavor profile. While some have mentioned noticeable heat, I haven't sensed any. What this beer has in presence, it seems to lack in complexity. There is nothing wrong with the flavor profile but it is quite dominated by the espresso (or coffee) elements that the label mentions. Some hints of sourness and a bit of fruitiness are tucked underneath. Slight notes of chocolate as well. A solid beer but kind of boring in comparison to all the great stouts out there. Also seems to effectively match the style requirements. I really need to compare this to some Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Seems a little thin for a stout but this is not a major issue.

Drinkability- If you like beers which taste like coffee (which I do), this is pretty drinkable. I only wish there was more complexity to keep me interested.

Overall- A good beer which meets the style requirements. Worth a try and has a nice price tag. I think this is cheaper than Guinness per ounce but my memory seems to tag Guinness Foreign Extra Stout as being slightly better.

artoolemomo, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

vande, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of coldmeat23
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

coldmeat23, Aug 13, 2009
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.

paco1029384756, Oct 11, 2009
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.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jmccraney, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

pwoods, Apr 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

InfernoBoss, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

pokesbeerdude, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon.

Pitch black with a light brown head, Tsunami Stout has a strong aroma of roasted malts. It has a very glassy mouthfeel -- almost chewy -- with a smooth taste without any bitter flavors.

This is a very good smooth stout without any bitter bite.

Shaw, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of KajII
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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KajII, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

mattcrill, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BrewtalHonesty, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev -1.2%

meatyard, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of elgiacomo
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottled February 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a three finger brown head that leaves some sheets of lacing and holds a nice thick cap.

Aroma is musty cardboard, hints of cocoa, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Moderate strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate, a bit of coffee and dark fruit, cardboard, mineral notes, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.

This beer wants to be good, but is falling short with some apparent oxidation issues. Flavor is OK...aroma is not...

elgiacomo, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

johnnyboy76, Jul 11, 2013
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.