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Father Of All Tsunamis | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Father Of All TsunamisFather Of All Tsunamis

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
One-upping the mighty Tsunami Stout is no easy task. To create a beer with even more stout character, our brewers reimagined the fabled Tsunami Stout and created a new Imperial version. Full of rich roasty flavors reminiscent of dark chocolate and espresso, Father of All Tsunamis takes things one step further by aging in Rye whiskey barrels. With layers of spiciness, vanilla and caramel coming from these barrels, Father of All Tsunamis emerges with a richness and balance beyond any stout ever created at Pelican before now.

Added by jzeilinger on 10-18-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of cjgiant
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Pours darn near black, with a huge tan head. The head doesn’t leave the surface of this pour, save for a couple streams of lacing.

Nose is chocolate cake with a light bourbon note late. The vanilla from the barrel adds an impression of icing, and the barrel wood keeps this from seeming too sweet.

Taste has the barrel and roasted malt add a bitter aspect early on to further dispel this being a sweet beer. More of a coffee impression comes out than chocolate because of this. Bourbon hits in back with a light spice, turning the coffee ever so slightly to a very dark chocolate.

Medium full body, it glides a little lighter than that over the tongue. Bit of unexpected bite from moderate carbonation.

Enjoyable beer that does pretty well showcasing the base beer and the barrel it was aged in.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is a very dark amber with circles of foam in the snifter. Aroma is chocolatey and spicy. The mouthfeel is more silky than syrupy, even feels oily. Dark roasted malt flavors overlaid with the smooth whiskey taste. You wouldn't confuse it with Bourbon, but it seems less sweet and even better for being a little spicy and darker flavored with a touch of molasses.

Rich but nicely balanced with the very moderate bitterness and a dry finish that makes me think of Belgian yeast. Alcohol is part of the pleasure here with the boozy flavor. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of rarigney
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head, modest retention, but it shows some lace.

Aroma of coffee and booze, whiskey, oak, coffee, chocolate.

Flavours of black licorice, pumperknickel rye bread, espresso, oak, whiskey and black strap molasses.

Moderate body has a drying alcohol finish. Not too much roasted acidity.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with one finger tan head that desipates quickly. Aroma is very mild molasses. Taste is a smooth sweet molasses without any hint of alcohol.

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Photo of anteater
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was perfectly nice, but I wanted to like it even more, because I'm a special admirer of the regular Tsunami, which packs a ton of flavor and complexity into a regular-sized beer, and is one of the distinguished (but totally unheralded) shelf stouts here in the NW. The problem with this one, for me, was that it felt overdone. The bitter roasted chocolate and espresso flavors I am so fond of in the original struck me as close to overbearing here, in this imperialized version. The Rye barrels probably didn't help the situation, adding a further level of spicy sharpness to the finish. Perhaps, for palates like mine, a Bourbon barrel would've suited this better, adding a softer kind of sweetness and rounding it out?

On the bright side, it's great to see Pelican expanding their barrel program. MOAS has long been a standout, but we could really use more such beers from this largely underrated brewery.

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Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a thick, light brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, rich chocolate, bourbon, hints of molasses and vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted and dark biscuit malt, cocoa and milk chocolate, hints of toffee; finishes with light bourbon chocolate, coffee and nice grassy hops. Medium bodied with nice creaminess, fine mouth feel. With the high bar of Mother of All Storms, I was wondering if this stout would meet its expectations. No worry, Pelican has a fine hand with their big beers. Rich chocolate malt supports moderate bourbon flavors and finishes with coffee and hop bitterness. Very well balanced. I'm a bourbon fan and a heavy dose of barrel bourbon is fine with me, but this stout shows how nice a more moderate, integrated bourbon flavor is. This is a fine bourbon barrelled stout and a great addition to Pelican's great high end beers. Excellent. This is a sure thing for my annual rotation.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There seems to be a very specific smell that all coastal Oregon beer has, and this is no exception. Maybe it's nostalgia- I've been familiar with the smell from dozens of family parties since long before I could drink beer- but I do love that smell, and of course this beer has it, possibly more so than the bourbon scent one might expect. Taste wise, however, there's a wonderful balance going on. The whiskey taste is there enough to satisfy, though like all great barrel aged beers, it's propped up by a truly great base stout underneath. Pelican might be Oregon's most underrated brewery, and the OG Tsunami stout is secretly the sate's best non-adjunct dark beer. This imperial version is even better; everything from the malt bill to the alcohol character to the barrel flavor is in perfect balance. I might like this even more than Pelican's far more hyped sister beer, The Mother of All Storms, and at $10 less a bottle, I'm more than okay with that.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Father Of All Tsunamis from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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