Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Tsunami Stout | Pelican Pub & Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
146 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Tsunami StoutTsunami Stout

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-16-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 376
Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 377 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber to go after dining at the pub back in early August for $6.00.

Beer poured black as night with a thick brown head that is long lasting.

Nose is dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is chocolate infused roasted malts finishing with a nice dry bitter hop.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite smooth.

Drinkability is very good. This beer has all the characteristics of an RIS but the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is one of the better extra stouts i have had this year!

 515 characters

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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

 318 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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.

 741 characters

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

 411 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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

 651 characters

Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 1,177 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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

 375 characters

Photo of koopa
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks.

Appearance: Pours a very attractive dark brown to black with a 1.5 finger dirty khaki crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: A bit of acidic soap up front with lightly roasty malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a light espresso rounding it out.

Taste: Same as nose with a touch of black currant.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy for a medium bodied brew with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable but not much going on in the flavor dept.

 505 characters

Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber with a nice illustration & some good information on the back of the label.

Poured into a pint, the beer is an opaque jet black with a brown head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and milk duds.

The taste is earthy with well roasted malts, a bit of coffee & dark chocolate. It is a sweet stout that reminds me a bit of a milk stout.

The mouth is well carbonated and could be turned down notch, but it has some nice thickness. This is a great end of night option. My first beer from this brewery and I will be on the lookout for others. Well done!

 574 characters

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 649 characters

Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with maroon highlights and a thick, dark, ecru head that leaves traces of lace.
Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and some nuttiness.
Flavors of sweet chocolate, lightly bittered, roasted coffee and some smooth, buttery and biscuit notes.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied sweetness and light roasted and bitter notes. Smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is very high. Classic progressions of a sweet stout. solid representation of style and very nice flavoring.

Thanks to Skyhand for this beauty.

 513 characters

Photo of beerguy101
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

 545 characters

Photo of Overlord
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

 542 characters

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 258 characters

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

 192 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

 949 characters

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

 604 characters

Photo of chickenm
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a light brown head with no retention. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet chocolately flavor with a roasted bitter finish. Medium-full bodied with a great chewy mouthfeel. Is also quite dry. Pretty good stout, this is enjoyable.

 258 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3oz taster pour
Enjoyed at brewpub on 9/3/12

A: This pours out pitch black. There is no light getting through from what I can see. There is a medium color tan head. It leaves some light lacing sheeting.

S: I pull some good roast on the nose. I get hints of dark chocolate, roast coffee.

T: For the flavor, bitter dark chocolate on tip of tongue. It's not overly aggressive. Then you get some of that roast coffee meshing in nicely towards the middle. Nice malt bill to pull it all together.

M: Being an export stout, not as big. It's medium leading to full bodied, B to B+

 576 characters

Photo of marc77
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely absorbant opaque black hue. Well retained mud brown head leaves Belgian lace. Bittersweet dark chocolate, and sharp, carbonaceous roasted barley dominate the aroma, with secondary support from butterscotch diacetyl and nutty carob. Trace dryish date esters and heaty alcohol surface with a swirl. Quite appetizing in aroma. Prune laced sweetness initially in flavor is superceded by a melange of assertive burnt barley and citrus tinged hop bitterness. Chocolate malt presence melds with mellow, treacle undertones to lend an earthy, semisweet, raw cacao impression mid palate. Moderate in body, with a quasi dry, well attenuated mouthfeel. Finishes with a snap of roasted barley sharpness yielding to lingering deep, yet agreeable molasses sweetness. Tsunami stout has tremendous chocolate and roasted grain character, yet retains an elegant dryness. Delicious, satiating and quaffable.

 898 characters

Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon and whiterascal, poured into a Russian River glass.

Ebony as a piano key, but kind of thin-looking. Any color besides black only emerges when the glass is right next to a light bulb. Above, one finger of fuzzy, cinnamon-colored head becomes a wispy ring. Below, some yeast chunks settle at the bottom of the glass.

Chocolatey nose, full of tangy dark and crumbly cocoa nibs. Bitter coffee and some earthy hops are also noticeable.

Very earthy flavor. I get touches of toasted sourdough, cocoa nibs, chocolate syrup and light roast coffee. Deeper down, I find hints of raisin and other dark fruits. Altogether it’s very roasty/bitter, though some sweetness rolls in at the swallow. A smooth blend of flavors with lingering cocoa bitterness.

The thinness perceived in the flavor is apparent in the mouthfeel — the body’s a thin, soft medium-light. Gentle, tingly carbonation fizzes the brew softly. Feels silky and light on the palate. Touches of heat in the nose and numbness in the tongue.

Tsunami Stout isn’t a giant wave of flavor, but rather a smooth, rolling tide delivering good amounts of fruit and a lot of chocolate, both of which I like. It may be a bit thin, but it’s a quality foreign export.

 1,241 characters

Photo of brewcrew76
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black with a thin tan head and spotty lacing.

S - Heavily roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T - Heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla and a touch of bitter hops. A touch of smoke from the heavily roasted grains.

M - Medium body, slightly sweet, with a lingering dry finish.

D - Very roasty and enjoyable.

 349 characters

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz w/ "10" handwritten on cap, I think October 2011. Into a snifter. Pours a nice deep black w/ a thick crackly mocha head that settles pretty quickly to a thin film.

Aroma is dark, bitter roasted malt and rich chocolate. Some dark fruits too.

Taste is highly bitter and roasty, but somehow also dry and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Vanishes off the palate, leaving just a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall a really solid, if not especially complex, stout from Pelican. Closest I think I've come to a "session stout."

 535 characters

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Pelican pint glass.

Coffee-colored liquid with faint rust highlights towards the edges of the glass...otherwise, opaque. Three fingers of sandy brown, creamy, springy, supernatant foam - receding to a small but thick layer with lacing that reminds me of a sugar cone mold or a pie crust...dropping back onto the surface like sand surrounded by sea-foam (legs).

Light toffee, coffee dipped toast, chocolate, licorice, and brown sugar aromatics. Roasted malt and hints of dried persimmon.

Roast chocolate malt, coffee, green cocoa beans, and a lime-like hop note on the palate. Creamy, sweet, lightly fruity, bitter, with an almost tangy roasty finish and hints of walnuts. Everything in its place. Spot on for style, clearly made with high quality ingredients and care. No off flavors at all.

Body is a little bit light, though the carbonation is just right. Not much warmth from the alcohol, it is very well disguised.

Surprisingly subtle and straight-forward - the name had me expecting a big Imperial leviathan rather than a polite slow session beer.

 1,092 characters

Tsunami Stout from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 376 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!