Tsunami Stout
Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #11
Ranked #5,770
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
Tsunami StoutTsunami Stout
Notes: Like the force of nature it is named for, Tsunami Stout will bowl you over with its jet black color and dark seductive aroma. Roasted malts and unmalted barley give this full-bodied brew its dense creamy head and distinct dark chocolate and cappuccino flavors that swell to a clean, rounded malty finish. Grab a Tsunami and head for high ground.

16.8 degrees Plato
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Color: 150 lovibond
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in Meridian ID;

A: Dark pour with a mocha-colored head that settles into an attractive ring.

S: Roasty aromas of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of coffee.

T: Roasty here without bordering into acrid/bitter territory; approachable dark malt/roasted malt character; impressions of oatmeal? I know there isn't any in the base beer but thats what I'm picking up...cappuccino, milk chocolate.

MF: Creamy and smooth.

O: This is a good one, definitely worth trying if you enjoy good Export Stouts.

Aug 14, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

19oz get wasted can, no canning date

What seemed like a smooth pour yields a massive 3 fingers of light brown head into my nonic. Very pillowy, with great retention. Initial lacing looks wonderful as well. Body is pitch black, even when held up to light. Looks great so far.

Nose is dominated with roasted malts. Burnt, bitter, a little mineral, a little creamy, British yeast. You mostly just get roasted barley, not really much cappuccino or coffee notes, like the can suggests. Noticeably clean. Extremely strait forward, but this smells good.

Flavor is pretty on par. A little abrasive at first, with those bitter roasted flavors coming out harder. After a few sips the palate adjusts, and this becomes really enjoyable. Very clean. Nothing crazy here, but this is solid and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is pretty involved with this beer. Carbonation is on the lower side, no mineral feel,
definitely leans more towards being a smooth drinker, not quite creamy though. Bitterness plays a perfect role balancing this thing out, yet remains low enough to blend in well. Sugars are also balanced extremely well, not cloying in the slightest bit, with enough malty sugars to be palatable, a touch of dryness. Body drinks pretty light overall, though not too thin. Really lovely mouthfeel.

Drinkability is fantastic for a stout with a good amount of flavor and overall umph.

Appearance turned out pretty nice. Retention was far above average, and the lacing was pretty decent.

Overall a really nice beer. A great go to, and an easy drinker. Seems slightly more approachable than a true export stout, but I’m not complaining.

Jul 16, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4 month old bottle, poured into a pint glass. Oily pour, solid black and opaque with a decent caramel head (two fingers) and good retention with lacing. The smell is somewhat disappointing, a little woody and muted. The body is silky, slick, and creamy, in the strongest sense. Tastes like strongly roasted malt, rich coffee and earth tones, and a litany of lingering dark chocolate on the finish with a tinge of bitterness. I also get a bit of bark like woodiness, almost like a raw cinnamon. I did not notice any floral, fruit, or hop notes whatsoever.

Good job Pelican, fantastic beer as always. This is a great beer for a winter night in front of the campfire, for sure.

May 01, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. I had always assumed I had tried this, and passed it by so many times. So here I am drinking #4800, celebrating with something worthy of the occasion. Thank you Pelican! So excellent, so accessible. Black, inky pour, beige fluffy head subsides to a bubbly ring. Aroma is roast grains, hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is also the roast grain bitterness, gentle sweet undertones, dark chocolate. Dries slightly at the finish, while the bitterness lingers on and on. Just damn good....

Feb 04, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Nearly black, with a most khaki head
S-Coffee (not yet sure which variety)
T-Cappuccino and various earthy roasted flavors from the malts. Sweeter than some export stouts and good for the style
M-Again, a bit better than average body for the style, medium with a lot of visible carbonation. Seems a bit light until you swish it around to activate some of the carbonation
O-Very good for an export stout

Jan 04, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at their Pacific City pub location. Beautiful sunny day. The waves were breaking beautifully! Can't imagine sitting on the Pacific, drinking a good beer!

Sep 04, 2019
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woemad from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22z bomber that's been standing by for a few months. Bottled October 4, 2018.
According to the label, it was brewed and bottled in Tillamook, OR, not Pacific City.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a very dark brown, virtually black, with a big, sudsy tan head that took it's sweet time dropping and left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

Initially low amplitude nose of coffeeish, bitter dark malts. As it warmed, both the coffee notes and some subtle, chocolatey ones came out to play.

Fairly well-balanced flavor, with the coffee notes leading the charge but being met instants later by the more chocolatey malt flavor noted above. Slightly dry finish.

Medium-full body, with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Still seems pretty viable at six months age. Not an earthshakingly outstanding Export Stout, but still pretty good. I'd hit it again.

Apr 13, 2019
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pkalix from California

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. my fault and my naivete for thinking i could 'cellar' this one years ago.... but still pretty darned good! wish i had known better and tasted it back then!!!!

Aug 13, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has roasted malt, dark chocolate and some brown sugar. Taste is malty, slightly sweet at first but gets more roasty and bitter on the finish. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Decent stout, nothing fancy.

Jan 15, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty stout. Smells of roasty cappucino and semi sweet chocolate. Taste is more the latter followed by the cappucino roastiness and light bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Medium to low carbonation but great head retention and mouthfeel. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew and will definitely seek it out again.

Jan 07, 2018
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MikeViall from California

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Drank this very cold.

Very dark brown, almost black.

Extremely smooth with low carbonation. Goes down VERY easily.

Very little of the sweet malty beery after taste that I have come to despise. I'm even starting to avoid SA's Torpedo, which was my go to.

Dark, dank, high alcohol, smooth, with minimal fruity BS. Love this.

Oct 13, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date

Jet black, creamy ten head. Good lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Similar flavors, bold yet balanced. Not sweet nor too dry. Thick, velvety mouthfeel.

Jul 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with an off white to tan color-ed foamy head that dissipated within less than two minutes. Lacing was super thick and foamy, really clinging to the glass. The smell started off with big roasty coffee beans running into delicate milk and dark chocolate tones. Light black licorice does end up rounding it out nicely. The taste was semi-bitter with the roasty and sweet tones of the coffee and chocolate coming in to balance. Light roasty aftertaste rolled into a dry semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good carbonation about it - its fairly smooth and leads to a nice sipping quality about it. Overall, as a foreign/export stout this one definitely works. I’d have it again.

Jun 28, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with two fingers of tan head. Ring of lace.
Smell is dark roasted malts. Some dark roasted coffee.
Taste is dark roasted malts coffee some vanilla beans.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is semi dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a fine Stout and well worth repeating.

Mar 18, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Painted bomber, always nice for glass cutting or homebrew purposes. Pours black, 1" brown head. Looks good. Aroma is roast, dark fruit. I should also note this was aged 5 years before I drank it.

Taste had more of the dark fruit and roasted malt bitterness, but mouth feel was smooth enough that the bitterness didn't dominate. Hid the alcohol decently. No significant oxidation notes. This hit the hallmarks for style of an export and Russian Imperial Stout.

$7 a bomber I think, I dunno, that comes out to an expensive 6 pack. Would prefer 12oz bottles of this.

Dec 28, 2016
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pezhead_79 from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a little the and the aromas are not strong. The flavor is very good, with coffee notes and lots of malt. The mouthfeel is solid but could be smoother to really make this stand out.

Aug 07, 2016
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TrueOregonian from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours a inch of foam that lasts

S- roasted malt, espresso, coco

T- tastes as it smells. Amazing flavor of roasted malt with a nutty flavor added in followed with an espresso finish..
very tasty.

F-dry finish mostly.. good carbonation mouth feel also.

O- very good stout. Grade A

Jul 16, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tap to glass at the Brewery at Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR
Appearance: Black big brown head that slowly disappears
Aroma: chocolate, nuts
Taste: medium bitterness
Palate: lively carbonation
Overall: Very good beer, OK to repeat, buy
Drank: May 6, 2016

May 17, 2016
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CraftBeerRunner from California

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect stout. Robust strong all around character. Roasty and delicious with no one flavor overpowering the others. Wholefoods, Oakland, Jan 2016.

Feb 01, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. pours with a nice black color and a thick tan head. good retention and lacing.

T: lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. bitter

M: thick and creamy

O: a delicious beer.

Aug 25, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color. Light brown head stands an inch in height, but settles after some time. Spotty lacing.

S: Fudge sauce, cocoa nibs, bitter dark chocolate, chicory. Good dose of roasted barley. Black coffee. Light whiffs of acrid char and smoke. Mildly steely, oily hops.

T: Lots of roast. Mildly acrid and acidic. Char and woody roast. Acidic black coffee. Bitter dark chocolate. Dark chewy caramel. Raisin and dark berries. Hop bitterness spikes middle to end, but doesn't bring much flavor. Hints of cocoa nibs toward the back, but acidic roast, bitter dark chocolate, and smoke lingers into the finish.

M: Big-boned medium body. Decadent, rich, and silky smooth. Mild roasted astringency. Fine carbonation pricks at the tongue.

O: A very respectable stout. Heavily roasty with a full and rich feel and fairly easy drinkability despite this. A meat-and-potatoes sort of beer. Hearty and it hits the spot.

Aug 10, 2015
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bsonk from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pelican Brewing Tsunami Stout - 6.9% abv. At Bullseye Pub.

A: dark dark dark with a creamy almost yellow head that lingers in a thin layer on top.

S: roasted grain, maybe caramel/vanilla.

T: reminds me of brown sugar, sweet roasted dark malt breadiness, vanilla bean, maybe a little hop presence but only mellows the sweetness. Roasted dark grain taste lingers on tongue.

M: bubbly, warming, malty, not too thick, kinda sugary.

O: a solid stout. Sort of caramelly and sweet, easy to drink versus some syrupier stouts.

Jul 25, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, milk chocolate, soft bready notes.
More dry roasted malt as a flavour, some bready malt and soft booze. Moreish.

Jul 15, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled 7/31/13, poured into a snifter

A- pours an oily pitch black color with a small khaki colored head that reduces to leave only a ring around the edge

S- dark roasted malt with notes of fig, raisin, blueberry, dark chocolate, caramel & a hint of espresso

T- dark artisan chocolate up front mixes with lots of dark fruity flavors of blueberry, black cherry & currant. Sweet caramel, along with light char eventually leads to a roasted coffee finish with more dark berries on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- nice fruity stout that is quite drinkable

Apr 03, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and coffee with a fruit scent of peach with some smoke.

Starts out Mildly sweet with a strong patent malt flavor. Fizzy on in the mouth for the style this one actually get drier as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a pretty standard stout.

Mar 20, 2015
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