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

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 375
Photo of Thrasher
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Similar to Shakespeare Stout but I prefer this. Ink black with brown highlights, a soft and substantial head forms but dwindles to a ring, leaving little wisps of lace down the glass. Chocolatey aroma with a charcoal roastiness. Tsunami Stout is initially quite bitter, with herbal hops leaping across the tongue. They are soon mellowed by the full, thorough roasty quality of the malts. Evocative of both the salt sprayed air of the Oregon coast, and the proliferation, nay, infestation, of espresso bars throughout the Northwest. Slight flecks of chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, and raisin flavors soon fall by the wayside as the hop bitterness returns to pair up with the burnt, huge malts. Aftertaste is creamy, chocolatey, balanced by slight mint and pine hop qualities. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, just the right amount of slippery. Drinkability a bit low for me; as with many serious stouts, patience is rewarded, and haste makes for unneccesary and unwelcome waste.

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

Thanks to Doug for this beauty. A bottle specially delivered from the brewery.

Poured a thick, uh, stout black with a rich brown head that started out thick but thinned to a nice thin covering.

Aroma was smokey, and improved as it warmed.

The taste was an abundance of chocolate and dry smoke. The sensation of dry malt chaffe creates a nice smooth and full body.

It drinks well too.

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

appearance - dark, espresso appearance, tan head

smell - chocolate, roasty malts, coffee

taste - coffee and malt dominant, chocolate notes, rich and flavorful, some bitterness

mouthfeel - medium/high carbonation, sort of a chalk/unrefined texture (a good thing)

drinkability - quite delicious for a foreign style stout, good coffee notes, smooth

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Photo of chumba526
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears pitch black with a small light brown head.

It smells of grassy hops, caramel and toffee, coffee, chocolate. There is also a mild citrus smell as well and a nice smoky smell.

This stout initially tastes of grains, mild caramel, bitter strong coffee; there is a mellow vanilla like flavor, a pleasant very slight citrus flavor as well. There is also a mild bitter chocolate flavor as well. It ends with a nice hoppy bitterness. This is a very dry and slightly bitter stout. Though it is dry it is very smooth. This is a great stout.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The carbonation is medium.
The drinkability is good. It is smooth and goes down easy.
Overall a great dry stout

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

22oz bottle with "1" on the top (maybe indicating 2011?) poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Half an inch of tan, thick, creamy head, which is pretty uneven around the glass– thicker in some places than in others. Lots of lacing with big bubbles in it, great looking all around.

S: A rich chocolaty smell really dominates things at the beginning, and is quickly joined by the aroma of toasty, roasted malts– there's just a hint of a burnt character to them. Complementary coffee, smoke, and earthy (maybe even slightly piny) hops add depth.

T: Big, roasty, bitter flavor controls things here, accented nicely by the chocolate which has elements of both dark chocolate and cocoa. Coffee, vanilla, licorice, and a subtle, earthy hop bitterness all supplemental.

M: Crisp body; lighter than I expected considering the ABV but contributes to a lasting, dry finish that really brings some of the bitter flavors of the beer through. Smooth and moderately carbonated.

O: My glass went down pretty quickly, and considering that I don't have easy access to this beer wish that hadn't been the case. Will have to resist the urge to buy this at the expense of other, brand new beers next time I have the chance to pick some up.

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Photo of theghost3
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 2-finger khaki head, which dissolves into a thin film that remains throughout. Moderate layered lacing.

The smell is sweet cocoa & caramel malts with a little vanilla. The taste is toasty malts, dark chocolate and bread; not sweet like the scent would imply. There is also a slight hoppiness that adds to the bitterness of the toasty malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with some crisp carbonation.

This is a drinkable export stout. I would like a bit more chocolate but the smell and taste of this will all of the roasted malts is dead on for the style.

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Photo of gandres
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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 domtronzero
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, very dark brown colored. Nearly opaque in the glass. Big, fluffy, long lasting mocha colored head leaves a little bit of lacing throughout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts up front. Sweet bready malts are also noticeable.

F/M - Bitter dark roasted chocolate malts with a hint of coffee. Light burnt acrid flavor enhances the moderately high hop bitterness. Sweet caramel malts in the middle with a pleasant dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming in the belly.

D - Good, big, rich, dark and flavorful. Definitely not too heavy, I could easily do another pint.

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

Pours a nice black with an exceptionally thick brown head. Very frothy, lots of lacing, wonderful looking beer!

Smells of rich chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla beans and milk chocolate!

Tastes like it smells, absolutely wonderful! Lots of smooth chocolate and coffee here.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, indescribably drinkable and irresistible. This is like Guinness Foreign Extra on steroids, one of the best stouts I've ever had!! I need to get more of this.

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Photo of velosuds
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler direct from the brewery after tasting in the sampler platter. Note: not nearly as good from purchased bomber at grocer. Pelican has great beer on tap, but they have not achieved the same quality and consistency in their bottled beers. Review scores reflect qualities experienced from brewer vs. bottle. Bottled scores might be .5 less.

A-Black and tan. Pours a deep, dark brown nearly jet black hue with a two-three finger, creamy tan head with good retention and modest lacing. A nice appearance.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a lovely hop balance.

T-Delicious. The best tasting stout I have had on tap, or fresh from the brewer in a growler. Very well balanced. Rich, creamy malt and dark chocolate. Hoppy, clean, and complex. Very nice. Coffee taste with faint vanilla notes present.

M-Exceedingly smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very drinkable, and would be more so if not so expensive. I have paid the same price ($6.49) for a bomber of Stone's IRS. At the same price, the nod always goes to Stone, especially since Tsunami not as good in its distributed bomber available at Salem grocers.

The restaurant offers a Tsunami Stout float on the desert menu. Vanilla ice cream floating in this beer will be something to try on my next visit. Oddly enough, it sounds really good.

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Photo of julian
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, near black with a cap of dirty beige head.

S: Smells sweet, notes of toffee, mild dry chocolate. alcohol.

T&M: On the backend a little roasty with chocolate, fairly high carbonation, some dark chocolate and alcohol in the finish and clean bitterness throughout, perhaps slightly higher bittering than is desirable for the style and flavor presented.

O: Not bad, slightly sweeter and thinner body for the style than expected, but good aroma and taste that follows.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. what a nice roasty beer from skyhand. Pours with a nice whipped cream tan head. Pitch black body as should come from a stout. Almost, but not quite overpoweringly roastly flavor. This flavor is right on the edge for me. Its there, but not over the top. A great potential session beer. Overall, a darn good beer.

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

Grabbed a bomber when I drove by the Pelican Brewery on the coast. Definitely a bummer I didn't get to hang out there, I'll schedule a stop there sometime for sure!

This beer pours a nice very dark brown that lets just a hint of light around the edges. Big, dark brown head that lasts pretty well, leaves a ring of bubbles the whole glass.

I'm glad I served this one already warmed up some. Roasty aromas dominate. Burnt malts, dark chocolate, and a little bit of liqueur smell that surprised me. I'd expect something like that in a Russian Imperial, but not this beer at 7%. Great aromas, close to the next score up, but it needed a little more oomph to get there.

Great flavors going on, it still has some of that RIS characteristic, without the alcohol. Very roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. Good balance of blackened malts and sweetness and moderate bittering at the end. Medium-full body rounds out the powerful flavors well. Not too thin, but not as thick as most RIS offerings.

Overall, great beer from Pelican! One of the best stouts I've had from Oregon. I wish it was more readily available and cheaper, but I'll still seek this one out again.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another bomber in the surprise box from james...thanks again ...into the snifter..

a-black no doubt about it...no highlights just pitch black...small off white cap....ample bubbles..

s-a little muted for me but there is some caramel and roasted grains...no hops detectable..a little coffee on the nose..

t-rich dark chocolate up front followed by some caramel and coffee...the toffee really doesnt make an appearance...the hops are in the taste as apposed to the nose and hold this thing together..finishes on a bitter note from the hops id be curious to know the variety as they mesh well with the grain bill

m-just right for this stout..not to thick or thin...its slick and coats the mouth well...the carbonation is perfect...its dry and bitter and lingers

o-a very solid example of a foreign stout and a great beer...ill try to squeeze some more of this from my good friend who sent this my way...thanks again for everything

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool but simple label with the Pelican on the front. Back gives info on brewery and info on the beer itself. Painted on!

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16oz English Pint. Poured out jet black with an airy 2 finger dark brown head. Head retention was 2min16sec before dissipating to a thin foam coating then ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of deep roast right off the bat. Milk chocolate and dark roast coffee aromas are very prevalent. Slight hints of molasses and dark fruits can also be detected.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Hints of toasty toffee and caramel sweetness are detectable. A charred burnt flavor is tasted throughout. Roast if very prevalent. Alcohol is masked very well.

MouthFeel: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and not very filling at all.

Overall/Comments: Excellent beer. Very well balance. Complex flavor and aroma profile help mask the alcohol content and compliment each other nicely. Classified as a Foreign/Export Stout at 7% ABV. Consumed on 10/9/2012

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in July 2005. I had the mega pint for $5. The first stip reveals a strong taste of coffee and roasted flavors. A typical stout. The mouthfeel is a little creamy. I'm not sure of the ABV but it seemed to pack a little bit of a punch. Maybe because I hadn't had anything to eat. Good perhaps a little overrated but a decent and solid stout offering.

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Photo of JasonA
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber from my main BIFIII duck

Pours an opaque oil black. Finger of head that disappears very quickly. Little lacing.

Smells chocolate malt, maybe a little oats, some toffee.

Tastes a little sweet, maybe porter-ish. Maybe a little dry, not sure about the finish. Is that coffee flavor? Sure is quiet.

Some carbonation, but not much considering. Thin and medium bodied. Does have staying power though. Finish isnt overpowering, maybe a bit tart. No real alcohol anywher. ABV is pretty low.

Good stout. Nothing special, but pleasurable to have something different. Not deep, dont come into this beer looking for much, but you will ger a tasty, fresh and mild stout.

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

A: Jet black with slight caramel head that keeps with a ring around the rim. Head retention is very minimal.

S: It has a forefront of roasted grains followed up with a medium amount of fruitiness and an overall sweetness to round it out. A slight alcohol aroma is also detected.

T: Low-moderate fruity esters, sharp/assertive (burnt) roasted grain character, and sharp bitterness. Decent finish, but carbonation adds additional bitterness.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, Carbonation is on the high level, adding some additional bitterness.

O: If carbonation were less it would really allow for the roasted grain flavor to carry through and finish off with a nice smooth flavor instead of a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
5/5  rDev +23.2%
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 mjn5036
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The pour is dark, dark brown becoming black when the glass is filled and no light is able to come through. A large, dense head rises up from the pour, cocoa powder is color. The head takes approximately five minutes to dissipate, leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. This is a rather impressive looking stout.

The nose is primarily of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and a nice hop bitterness.

The taste is much of the same. Tons of roasted flavors, bittersweet chocolate, nice hoppiness and faint burnt flavors dominate the palate. These flavors play off one another and work together really well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is adequate. Tsunami Stout is quite drinkable and on the dry side. The 7% abv was slightly surprising to me as I thought this one was actually a little lower than that.

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Photo of mudbug
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black into a standard pint glass with a two fingered tan head that looks just about perfect for a stout.
The head is long lasting but I didn't get much lacing, I'll call that foul on the glass as the head refused to die all the way down. very pretty.
the smell is roasty burned malt , a touch of hop spice
Kind of subdued.
OK I'm gonna say it, It reminds me overwhelmingly like Gluiness Foreign Extra Stout.
It's a little smoother but the similarities are obvious.
A very nice brew, but look out for Ireland.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up my bottle at the brewery this past spring, the bottle suggests to keep it in cold storage, but I kept mine at a consistent cellar temperature. I poured mine into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured the "midnight" black promised by the bottle with a inch thick, dark, dark tan head. The foam left nice lacing down the side of the glass in a variety of bubble sizes. It's a beautiful beer. A few co2 bubbles cling to the side of the glass just below the top of the liquid as the marathon retained head looms over the dark, mysterious liquid. The nose is an enormous nose of dark, burnt and chocolate malts, leaving an impression stronger and more memborable than some imperial or double stouts than I've tried. The flavor is robust maltiness, both dark chocolate and burnt flavors predominately, with a medium to lighter mouthfeel and a definite dry finish. It's lightness on the tongue and an entirely hidden, but with the expected higher abv because of its style, makes the beer one to watch but one that I don't want to stop drinking. An oiliness develops in the texture as the beer slowly warms in the glass.

This is a brewery/brewpub on its way up. The India Pelican Ale is a great hoppy beer, and this one is a sleeper and not nearly heard about enough. A place to visit and a beer to try and/or trade for if you can. A true treat.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 375 ratings.
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