Tsunami Stout | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
16.8 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 7% by volume
Bitterness: 50 IBU
Color: 150 lovibond

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,663
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
417
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
56
Trade:
3
 
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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 417
Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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!!!!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of MikeViall
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ooh!

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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of gandres
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bsonk
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely liquid dark chocolate black in the glass. Light Brown frothy head reaches nearly two inches with no problem. Nose is soft but full with tones of chocolate, sweet malt and dark very ripe fruits. First sip yields an amazing smoothness to the palate. Creamy layers of coco and milk chocolate mixed with those same dark fruit notes that I don't normally see play this well in a stout. This bottle had been in my cellar for over a year. The bottle is dated 7-31-13. I'm sure this has something to do with how smooth and well balanced this brew is. Just simply a wonderful stout overall.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

nice lacing of tan head, lasts throughout. very nearly black, with only a little light shining through the edges.
aroma suggests a sweeter beer than the flavor, interesting cocoa powder, caramelized sugars, seems sort of like a sweet stout. faint spicy hops behind roastiness. no esters noted.
Flavor is more scorched, charred meat, smoke, with a bit of an unsweetened dark chocolate/dark roast coffee bitterness. moderate hop flavor and bitterness is quite high; seems almost American stout. balance is to roast, lingering sharp but short of harsh. The initial meaty char is my least favorite part, but lessens as it warms in favor of more rich/less acrid character. moderate sweetness almost manages to balance bitterness.
though plenty of roast, it isn't astringent, and finishes clean with a medium full, moderately creamy body, and moderate carbonation
great beer; tweener stout. kinda a bit dry stout, kinda a bit sweet stout, and a nod to American stout. basically, a little of everything, almost like an imperial stout just scaled down a bit. (bottle says 7.5% and 45 IBU) the work of a skilled brewer; well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

whoa, i am shocked to learn this beer is 7% abv. it felt a lot lighter to me than that, and certainly drinks more like a dry irish stout at 4% than it does as a foreign style so strong. clean looking brew, medium bodied and soil brown, with a tall head thats surprisingly light for how dark the liquid is. smells sweet like oats, and has less roast bitterness than most. there are some hops in here though, especially in the finish, giving a bit of a fruity flavor to the finish, the way lemon zest goes in espresso. similar complexion, less acidity. clean feeling beer too, only medium bodied and slick going down. the moderate carbonation is plenty, the big flavors do the talking, and its nice to listen awhile. coffee and cocoa in the finish, still think there may be some oats. overall an excellent example of the style fit for year round drinking.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark beige foam on the black brew. Plenty of lacing in the Affligem chalice. Pleasantly spritzy on the tongue. Light and tingly mouthfeel.

There is just a touch of malty sweetness before the burnt flavors take over. Quite a bitter aftertaste. I tastes like the hops are well supplied, but there is so much charred grains there may be bitterness from that as well. Brewery says it's made with Magnum and Willamette hops.

This is a serious stuff. Bold and impressive flavors but I have to say that the drinkability is less than I would like. The toasted flavors are nice but the darkness obliterates every flavor before it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22-oz bomber to tulip. Traded for at Bottleworks in Seattle, May 2013. Unsure of the bottling date. Consumed 3-15-2014. Yeah, it old.

Very dark chestnut brown, hews closely to black. Minimal head. Appearance anticipates the smell and taste. Smoked malts, reminiscent of dark brown bread soaked in coffee; dark chocolate too.

Harsh roast - though, luckily, this doesn't get acrid. Thinner, but very drinkable, true to style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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.

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