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Tsunami Stout | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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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

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 376
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 enjoyed a few weeks back at ditmier's house.... bottle provided by buckeyeboy.. Thanks to Jeremy for the brew and to Eric for hosting.. Poured into my small La Trappe glass.

Nice dark tan head and lace... black brew with a good lasting cap.

Nose is lite chocolate and some caramel ... but pretty much a dry dark maltiness in the aroma.

Flavor is pretty much what I was expecting from such a highly recommended brewery... lite bittersweet chocolate and some background coffee.. descent hop bite but the grains envelope most of it... Body is a bit light for the style especially given the abv. and the carbonation may be a touch high..

Thanks Jeremy... I appreciate the opportunity.. a pretty damn solid beer from a brewery that I almost always overlook.. and a style that I rarely go after.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This is perfect appearance for a stout. It's as black as black can be. It has a thick head of creamy, fluffy, brown foam. So thick that it tried to escape the top of the glass, in a vertical manner. The head takes a long while to recede to a nice thick surface covering, over an 1/8th of an inch thick. The lacing is almost like curtains.
Visually, this is quite an impressive beer.

The nose is not perfect, but it's still very good. Big notes of maltiness, filled with dark roasted coffee notes. A wonderful lacto sweetness. Light hints of milk chocolate, vanilla and cocoa powder. A lightly earthy, almost woody quality lies over the whole thing.

A great big presence of roastiness dominates this one. Some mild lacto sweetness with a touch of vanilla caramels. Notes of dark chocolate-covered espresso roast coffee beans. A very light spicey kiss of hops helps this finish nicely dry.

Full-bodied. Very smooth, goes down easy, with a medium level of creaminess. Carbonation level may be just a touch too much, but it's still quite tasty.

This is a great example of what a good stout should be. It's deliciously smooth and easy drinking. The abv is very well hidden, also.
This is my first offering from Pelican and I want more.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Tsunami Stout pours a strong coffee and molasses color, with only a few rays sneaking through the cusp when held up to the light. A modest tan head provides a nice finish to a solid looking beer.

Smell: Strong mocha aroma, with hazelnut and light coffee notes along for the ride.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and a touch of espresso dominate the dark, roasted malt. Coffee infused hops finish out the robust taste.

Mouthfeel: A little bit creamy, but still with a fair amount of carbonation. The carbonation endures from the pour to the last sip. Despite the strong taste, it has a balanced feel on the tongue, leaving just a light coffee bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: A beer I could definitely enjoy as a slow sipper for one or two, maybe less of a session beer. The robust but simple flavor would cease to interest me after a few.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Pours jet black with tan foam. Thick creamy head that hangs around for a long time. Very well presented.

Aromatic. Rich roasted malts. Coffee hints.

Taste is deep and rich. Some hints of chocolate. Roasted. An overriding hop prescence throughout. Tasty, complex.

Enjoyable to taste, but honestly 22 oz was a lot to put down. The taste was very rich, the hop was present throughout. This one's a sipper. Schedule some time to work through it. Its worth it, but not something you can do quickly.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - much obliged!

Pours one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Doesn't taste quite as roasted as the smell led me to believe. Roasted malt flavors with a good deal of sweetness lead things off, followed by mild chocolate and coffee flavors that lend themselves to a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink a few of these in one sitting.

Overall this is a very nicely balanced stout that doesn't try and cram too many flavors in one beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black completely opaque with a huge frothy tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee, and raisins make up the nose. First sip - The strong rich coffee teams well with the dark roasted malts created the heart of this beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Quite tasty indeed.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this great extra in a recent trade, Dajtai007!

Pours like a stout should. A nice, dark brown to opaque black with a tan head. Average head which leaves no lacing and an average stout.

Smells of molasses, sweet malts and light yeasts. There's alst some hoppiness in the mix.

Black licorice, molasses a lactose quality and a slightly bitter hops presence. Nice and lightly silky at times with moderate carbonation.


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Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane(beachbum1975) for sharing this brew.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Decent head on the pour but with little retention. Not much lacing.

S: Light roasted malts with a light hint of lactose. Some sweet notes of vanilla. Some chocolate comes out as it warms.

T/M: Nice light roasted malts and creamy chocolate. Again, just a bit of lactose, adds an interesting twist. The chocolate gets bitter in the finish adding even more depth. Some added sweetness from what I think is some vanilla. Body is medium full with a creamy feel.

D: Not a huge stout but tasty and very interesting. Drinks pretty easy.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

A terrific, sessionable beer that's true-to-style, but won't necessarily knock your socks off. Begins with an inviting, dark-brown pour with slight highlights of ruby, light-tan head formation that rises about 1/4" and lasts the session with mild lacing throughout. Faint aromas of char, coffee, and mild maltiness- reminds me of Kostritzer Schwarzbier. Flavors, however show a bit more intensity with firm maltiness, light caramel sweetness, with most of the emphasis on the moderate roasted grains which gives the beer a coffee, nutty, cocoa flavor. Creamy, light, and airy body with some roasted grain astringency late. Finishes with a moderate roasty taste and powdery feel. Quite sessionable and non-offensive. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a stiff tan head that sticks nicely and leaves nice patterns of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Surprisingly, lacks much aroma, but there is some roastiness and coffee, too

Taste: Black bread, roasty and coffee flavors wallop the tastebuds at the outset, with some dark chocolate developing by mid-palate, as the sweeter elements try to make an entrance; after the swallow, the going gets better for the sweet flavors, with a growing dark chocolate presence, but the bitter roasty elements are always there, lurking as an undertow; the hops are always hanging around, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little too over the top in the roasty department to me, but that is a minor detraction from an otherwise very good beer

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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

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Photo of dnichols
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought me a bomber from her fall visit to the Oregon coast.

A: It poured a nice black body that was a bit thin around the edges when back lit. It had a frothy tan head that receded pretty fast into a spotty cover. It left clumpy lacing that lasted well into the drink.

S: It smelled of darkly roasted malts, dark sugars and dark ripe fruits.

T: It was a well balanced and tasty smooth stout. The malts and sugars did not dominate rather they complemented each other. There were hints of dark fruits that gave it a bit more body and richness.

M: It was a medium to full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a rich fullness on the tongue. It finished sweet and wet.

D: It was a nice enjoyable stout, very drinkable. It was light bodied and had a moderate ABV making it a rare stout candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bottle thanks to kmweaver. Aroma is somewhat subdued, yet distinct in some salty coffee roast. Pours a rich black-brown, fringes mahogany, rim of tan. Dense roast flavor, cherry chocolate with toasted almond caramel, brown sugar and flan. Great dense, expressive flavor. Clean, bright, lively and fresh. All the aspects are subtly nuanced making this beer rounded and enjoyable. Some warming sensation from the background. Hops come in nicely with suave chocolate, mint sophistication. Salty. Toothy. Beautiful attenuation, finishing crisply.

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

My girlfriend visited Pacific City and stopped in at the brew pub and asked if I wanted anything, I requested something heavy and dark.

A: Black, tan head, completely opaque almost no light penetrates this beer. it is very very dark and looks the part quite well!

S: The first hint is of sweet chocolate, almost syrupy, coffee and a faint clean hint of hops hit later on in the smell. A very delicious smelling stout.

T: Initially the chocolate hits very hard, but the bitter tastes of coffee and a slightly clean hoppiness really stand out towards the end. The finish is nice with a lingering hop and coffee bitterness. Does feel a little watered down though.

M: Quite thick but not quite as much as an imperial stout, its is filling and even a bit warming in the mouth. Not a bad stout at all for thickness, like I mentioned before a little watered down.

D: A very drinkable heavy, reasonably high alcohol beer. The beer overall is balanced quite nicely, and a few bombers would be great to have, especially on a cold day. A little out of season, but it went well with today.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick black with a dark tan head, very little retention but a nice lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, bread & chocolate.

T: Java (coffee & chocolate), bread, brown sugar, roasted grain, hint of tar-like bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy & smooth, dry finish, modest carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the FES style, thanks Derek. Smooth drinking. Dark brown with soapy head. Roast and malt nicely balanced, bitterness at the finish. Some coco, light coffee, and its in the nose too.Carbonation is suitable, medium mouthfeel.Nice balanced stout.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Tsunami Stout was so delicious on tap at the brewery that had to get a liter to go. The look of the tsunami is pretty. It is black as opal but less shine. In had a good 2 finger foam head with some encompassing lacing.

The aroma was a lovely roasted malt coffee smell. The taste was rich like a big square of a brownie. It has coffee bitterness and little bit of a bite.
In the mouth it was chewy and encompassing. Finish was toffee and caramel. Wonderfully pleased with the large wave stout.

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Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught pint at the brewery, black with a small tan head that left light lace.

Smell is soft, dusted coco and coffee.

Taste is also rather soft, roasty, with more coffee then chocolate, and a dry finish. Very smooth and balanced, although I'd prefer a bit more umph. Also, I prefer a slightly sweeter export stout. Served too cold, it didn't really open up in the 30 mins or so over which I sipped it.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety, although I'd like a bit more carbonated creaminess.

Drinkability is just above average. While it's a nicely rounded and well executed stout, and drinks lighter then 7% ABV, it just didn't excite me to much.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark chocolate almost black with a thick, creamy dark head. Smell of roasted malts with light coffee and chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same with a dark chocolate bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with a good balance of hops and carbonation, making this is a good healthy stout to try.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On-tap at the brewery, black. A semi-thick tan lacing caps the beer.

Smell: Big chocolate, maybe a walnut like sweetness.

Taste: Ripe fruit, suggestions of plum, chocolate, coffee, delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth, carbonation makes one solid appearance and the beer foams up a bit in the mouth.

Drinkability: Really flavorful yet drinkable stout. Alcohol isn't a big factor, flavors are big but not challenging, very tasty and balanced.

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