Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-26-2006 04:38:45 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
Bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Pearl, Portland, OR.
Pours a very pleasant deep black-brown, with a very frothy and persistent head of mocha. Lacing is punchy and bubbly, but sticks well. Body is firm. Looks very good indeed.
Chalky cocoa on the nose, with a hint of carbonic bite to it that lessens its impact. Roasted notes come through with a touch of bland husk and char to it. There's not significant depth, but it's pleasant.
Taste is nice, and suits the style well. It's charred, dry and crispy, with a very pronounced roast. Malt sweetness is muted, leaving the roast to really come out strongly—that's what I want from an export stout, and this delivers. Finish is bone-dry. Almost puckering. That's powerful stuff.
Feel is dry and light on the finish, but with enough power to support the flavours at the start.
Yeah, I'll pay that. That's really powerful and unapologetic, and it works as it is. I can imagine you could make an imperial version of this that I'd enjoy more, but this is under no qualms about what it's trying to do, and for that it's successful.
07-08-2012 03:43:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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
06-25-2012 18:26:09 | More by barleywinefiend
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle care of joefc, thanks man! The good Joe claims I need to try this Oregon offering so lets see what this is all about. If my understanding of their "dating system" is correct, this brew is from December 2009.
Poured into a snifter this brew appears a dark brown to black color. Around the edges it displays a lighter brown and decent clarity. An initial finger of brown head appears and quickly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. Rising bubbles of carbonation hardly offer any support to the quick dissolve. A light swirl revives the head but it is quick to fade back to a thin line around the inside perimeter of the glass. Some faint patches of lace cling to the glass.
The aroma is full of dark grains. It is quite roasty suggesting coffee and some chocolate. There is also some dark fruity element to this brew smelling like plum and raisin with a bit of a vinous quality about it. As it warms, the alcohol character becomes increasingly evident with more dark fruit suggestions which force the initial dark roast character towards the back of the nose.
The taste upfront is quite bitter from the heavily kilned grains. This is a very roasted brew that leaves a long lingering flavor of the burnt grain residue inside the mouth. Each sip brings to mind thoughts of strong black coffee but with a slight citrus hop component throughout the body. The alcohol flavor is noticeable but it blends well with the bold character of this brew. It certainly warms the back of the throat but not overly so which is consistent with the 7% abv.
This is a medium bodied offering with a high level of carbonation. What is strange about the carbonation is that it doesn't display much visually but when the brew hits your tongue it is overboard. Overall this is a fine example of the style and very enjoyable.
11-19-2010 01:19:59 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, molasses, toast, light fruitiness, and light herbal hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light char, and light herbal hops. Decent amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, light char, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; and good malt sweetness to bitterness balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent export stout. Great roasted flavor balance and robustness; and quite smooth to drink. Really enjoyable.
07-16-2012 04:02:46 | More by superspak
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at the brewpub today.
Tsunami stout pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attactive, showing considerable licorice, but then with an impressive amount of dark chocolate, vanilla and light coffee as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the licorise isn't as prominent, and I'm impressed by the excellent balance in this moderately sweet beer. Also, there's just enough underlying hoppy bitterness to counter the licorice and vanilla, which dries this beer out on the finish, and really enhances this beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, vanilla and licorice, light bitter finish.
Really, this is just an excellent beer from Pelican brewing.
05-02-2011 02:36:49 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-04-2011 00:09:09 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-02-2009 08:21:47 | More by JohnGalt1
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-13-2009 18:13:18 | More by glid02
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
04-10-2008 00:09:16 | More by Derek
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
The pour as dark as they get, head is voluminous, lace is fine sheets, both chocolate brown and both deliquesce quickly. Nose is malt, light hints of coffee, toasted grains, sweet. Front is malt sweet, the top light to medium in mouth feel. The beer finishes with mild carbonation, the hop pleasantly persistent through the droughty malt aftertaste. Quite a nice stout, drinkable and robust enough to keep my interest. Ranks #178 on my current 1000 beer master list.
11-01-2002 16:17:06 | More by Gusler
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-27-2009 22:51:50 | More by TurdFurgison
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
used as the base for a pot of penn cove mussels, paired remainder with the dish
appearance: served in great taste taster chalice, deep ebony body - light garnet hue, thin creamy mocha cap
smell: deep rich aroma - charred malts, espresso, chocolate, smoke, sugars.
taste: The mussels turned out great, but the stout was a bit dry and bitter for my taste. espresso, char and smoke, heavy roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate
mouthfeel: bitter from the roast, dry
overall: to-style, but not a style I'm too crazy about
01-04-2012 21:31:47 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-17-2009 04:20:25 | More by scruffwhor
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
01-02-2008 17:50:19 | More by ccrida
Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.