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Tsunami Stout - Pelican Pub & Brewery

Tsunami StoutTsunami Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

252 Ratings
THE BROS
-
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:23:35 | More by Cyberkedi
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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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gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that recedes slowly to a hefty collar and leaves very good lacing.

Sweet aroma with dark chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. There is also a hefty amount of roasted dark malts and the overall complexity of this is pretty impressive in the nose.

The taste follows the aroma and has a solid roasted malt backbone with the chocolate and molasses sweetness layered on top. The finish is slightly dry with some espresso notes lingering for a while.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with soft carbonation and it all makes for an exceptionally smooth feel.

This is an exceptional stout - very complex but imminently drinkable. Color me impressed with yet another Pelican brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 05:21:34 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:20:25 | More by scruffwhor
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flagmantho

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 20:12:41 | More by flagmantho
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blackie

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split, thanks Louie

a: served in a standard pint glass, the stout appears black, with some deep browns showing around the edges, a good mocha head to start falls back to a low level of retention

s: at first sniff the aroma is rich, but maintains a smooth balance of chocolate, roast, burnt sugars, and an earthy, grassy hop aroma

m: carbonation light to moderate, medium-full in body

t: dark chocolate and burnt sugars on the tongue, rich and creamy with sweet roasted flavors, hops earthy with a touch of grass, moderately bitter with long lingering roasts, flavorful and supremely balanced

o: a very well-brewed little stout, lots of character and everything seems to work towards the whole, drinks easily

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:57:01 | More by blackie
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 22:51:50 | More by TurdFurgison
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1608th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 Bottle
Purchased from Letspour.com

App- Deep dark brown pour into the glass with a great color shade and density in the center. A nice tan head that was about 1-1/2 fingers deep and tightly wound. A good amount of cling and lace to it.

Smell- It was a small aromatic stout. A bit like an amped up Guinness Export. Grainy, cracker, hoppy and a tinge of malt. Little bit of chocolate behind it. Wasnt much there really. Even when warmed hard to pick them out.

Taste- I thought it was a pretty good stout. It was a bit different to me to have that more grainy hoppy stout with the export, because well I drink more RIS and DRIS. So with the grainy came a bit of earthiness and a bit of graham cracker. A bit hoppy and dry.

Mouth- Its a bit of a mix of layers on the body. A little light. A little medium depends on each sip. Not really a solid state throughout. The carbonation was a bit too prickly. It had residual malty and earthy hops.

Drink- It was okay. Well it was better than that, but think I am being critical over the graininess and because I like smooth RIS and DRIS. Id probably have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 21:31:47 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark black small khaki head. Light retention and lace.

S: Mildly roasty. Notes of coffee and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. Simple but everything comes together nicely. Not usually a big fan of the style, but this one is very well done.

M: Medium in body, smooth, light bitter finish.

D: Drinkable, tasty, approachable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:51:33 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:49:36 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this one back from the brewery and enjoyed it with a
roasted pork tenderloin. Big, black and malty these guys make
a fine stout. I really liked the rich mouthfeel that reminded me
of Samuel Smiths offerings. I would love to go back to the brewpub
in Pacific City in the winter and sip a pint of this beer with a storm
out at sea.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 21:54:07 | More by canucklehead
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to H1N1 for this beer!
Poured from 22 oz bomber to brandy snifter.

A - Dark brown with almost no head. Appeared to be medium bodied from the pour.

S - Somewhat light nose for a 7% ABV stout. A lot of milk chocolate notes with a good overall malt profile.

T - Roasted malts with some big chocolate notes. A very slight bitterness in the background. The finish is sweet at first from the chocolate with a very slight bitterness that follows in the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - A good stout but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:51:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two imperial pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours black as pitch with a gorgeously pillow-y dark brown espresso crema head on top that left multiple sticky rings of lace down the inside of the glass.

S: Aromas of brown sugar/molassas, dark chocolate, dark rum soaked dark fruit, and heavily roasted malt.

T: Dark roast coffee, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, fudge brownies, chocolate covered cherries, roasted malt, and bitter piney hops.

M: Oily and sticky. Bitter, roasty, and slightly minty. Sweet with espresso and hop bitterness.

D: Surprisingly awesome. A rare big yet refreshing stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 15:30:16 | More by GbVDave
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billab914

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 00:09:09 | More by billab914
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beerguy101

California

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep midnight black color, medium tan foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. WOW! Bid full bodied Dry stout. Roasted malt flavor. Coffee and chocolate, slightly sweet at the start and then transform into a dry hoppy finish. Bid bold flavor, yet nothing is overpowering. The sweetness is balanced by the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, more of a chocolate bitterness than a hop bitterness. Well deserving of the GABF Gold Medal. Painted/ Etched Beer bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 00:33:03 | More by beerguy101
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scottfrie

California

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

22oz bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick near black color beneath a dense and foamy dark brown head. Fluffy dense head faded into a very thick layer that stuck around through the whole beer and left deep streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Rich and roasted smelling with notes of bitter chocolate and roasted grains. Hints of coffee as well.
T: Deep notes of dark chocolate followed by anise, peat, hints of dark fruits, and roasted malts. Finish is roasted and slightly nutty. Bitter coffee and more chocolate in the aftertaste. Smoky just smoked a cigar aftertaste (good thing) long after the swallow.
M: Very rich and creamy mouthfeel with a thicker body than I was expecting for the style. Carbonation is fluffy and everything goes down very smoothly.
O: One of the best foreign stouts I’ve had. Knocks the socks off of Guinness. Check it out if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 23:31:14 | More by scottfrie
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

A: pitch black, minimal brown head with small amount of retention

S: roasty charcoal character along with bitter hops, bitter chocolate present, deep tobacco quality

T: taste is dry and bitter, lots of earth character along with chocolate, ash, coffee and roast, lots of flavor

Mf: medium body, high carbonation

O: tasty stout, lots of character, plenty of roast and ash

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 00:44:03 | More by homebrew311
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:32:23 | More by msubulldog25
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Overlord

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really attractive black with a light brown, two-three inch foamy head. Very striking beer.

Smells like roasted malt, a bit of coffee, maybe even some dark chocolate in there. Kind of a straight-forward aroma, but pleasant enough.

Taste is a bit of a let down, but still good. The acrid, roasted malt with chocolate takes over, but there's a distracting, bitingly astringent and dry aftertaste that becomes offputting after a while. There's coffee, maybe even a hint of vanilla.

It's a good stout, but not elite. Mouthfeel is good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 08:45:31 | More by Overlord
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StJamesGate

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 16:51:15 | More by StJamesGate
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 18:06:02 | More by sweemzander
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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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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown. Almost black. Forms a thin dark tan head that sticks around. Some light lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee with a metallic note to it. Flavor is heavily roasted malts, dark coffee, chat, and some brighter hops on the finish. Heavy medium body with appropriate carbonation and a moderate hoppy bitterness. A decent beer: fairly aggressively roasted and hopped for the style, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 00:40:46 | More by Florida9
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91 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.