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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 barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with great carbonation leaving a big brown cap, nice lacing

S: Big roasted malts bith huge bitter chocolate presence and some coffee

T: Immediate big roasty and bitterness. Bitter and dark chocolate, very dry with coffee lingeing.

M: Again, big body for this beer, lots of bitterness, especially as it warms, I am suspecting this from the buttloads of black malts

O: Very good, drinkable and good representation of the style

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Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Back label says BTLD 031213.

A- Pours a deep jet black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that retains a bit before soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Dark chocolate aroma that's barely sweet with lots of dark roast coming out. Notes of coffee, molasses and a tinge of alcohol.

T- Very hearty flavor with plenty of dark roast but isn't harsh or charry. There's a moderate bitterness coming through but, unfortunately, also a not-so-moderate alcohol flavor especially in the aftertaste.

M- Lightly creamy afterfeel with medium carbonation and a body that could honestly be a bit more full.

O- If it wasn't for the excessive amount of heat in the flavor, this would be a great stout. Somewhat of a letdown.

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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 sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Got this awhile ago from hopsbreath, but just never got around to it. Thanks again Jason!

(A)- Pours a fairly pitch black color. Produced a nice sized cap of brown froth. Good retention and plenty of lace.

(S)- A rich profile indeed! Deep roasted malts. A "beefy" bread/yeast profile. Lots of raisin and molasses. A bit chocolatey as well.

(T)- Same as the smell was pretty much. A deep yet smooth roasted profile with thick bread notes. Some raisin, molasses, and cocoa. Well done and balanced.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a great balance to it as well. Thick; almost chewy, but with a smooth and rich roasted malt and dark fruit with cocoa feel.

(D)- This is a solid stout. Smells and tastes great with a classic profile. Easy to enjoy without being too sweet or thick. Well done Pelican.

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

I got this bottle as part of a trade with mikesgroove, thanks Mike! On pouring this looks like it's gonna be good, dark brown-black with a tan milk chocolate color of foam, thick frothy foam too. Really nice curb appeal. Moving closer, roasted malts take the lead in aroma, supported by maybe a little dark chocolate. The taste is just as advertised, sweet malts upfront and some roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. A thick body forms a complement to the richness of the aroma and flavor, a very good beer overall. Excellent, I must try other beers from Pelican.

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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 Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour as dark as they get, head is voluminous, lace is fine sheets, both chocolate brown and both deliquesce quickly. Nose is malt, light hints of coffee, toasted grains, sweet. Front is malt sweet, the top light to medium in mouth feel. The beer finishes with mild carbonation, the hop pleasantly persistent through the droughty malt aftertaste. Quite a nice stout, drinkable and robust enough to keep my interest. Ranks #178 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin light brown head that leaves a little lace.

Smell. Not strong on smell but some roasty coffee and toasty grains with a hint of citrus.

Taste. Roasty grains and molasses. Some chocolate a and a little bitter hops in the middle with roasty coffee in the end.

Mouthfeel. A little heavier than medium body with medium-low carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. Big roasty stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 22 August 2012.

A: Finger of mocha head. Black, opaque body. Heavy lacing.

S: Smells like a porter. Roasted sweet malts, hint of vanilla.

T: It's pretty good, until the finish, which is phenomenal. The maintaste is sweet chocolate, lightly roasted malt, and only a hint of bitterness. The endtaste is rich and expressive, with dark cocoa powder and cappuccino. A touch of hops on the aftertaste. It only gets a 4.0 because the majority of the flavor is mediocre.

M: Rich, smooth, and sweet.

O: Great finish, short on delivery. Recommended, but not worth going out of your way. Would maybe have again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

used as the base for a pot of penn cove mussels, paired remainder with the dish

appearance: served in great taste taster chalice, deep ebony body - light garnet hue, thin creamy mocha cap

smell: deep rich aroma - charred malts, espresso, chocolate, smoke, sugars.

taste: The mussels turned out great, but the stout was a bit dry and bitter for my taste. espresso, char and smoke, heavy roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate

mouthfeel: bitter from the roast, dry

overall: to-style, but not a style I'm too crazy about

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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 StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of papat444
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a bomber, bottled 112612.

Appearance: A very massive, cascading head that has halfway brown color (not too light, not too dark). Body is a dark brown color and the retention is excellent.

Smell: Cocoa, raisins, alcohol-soaked nuts, wisps of coffee beans. Shy, not an overt aroma.

Taste: Smooth coffee at first, ground coffee beans, an alcoholic nut flavor, mild raisins and ends with a very bitter-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth texture, low carbonation, midway there's a roasted bitterness.

Overall: The finish is quite intense, like a very strong & bitter coffee. Not top shelf but pretty good for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and oily with tones of coffee and unsweet chocolate and an overtone of molasses. It pours a deep, warm sable with a thick chocolaty brown head - would have gotten a perfect score in this department if the head had been a little more persistent. Flavor is smoky and sweet, tones of quality coffee, molasses and licorice with a touch of chocolate. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy thin for a stout but still good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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 Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for the surprise hookup. Deep black color with a thick and foamy brown head that dissipates steadily. The aroma is chocolate and malt, with a subtle vinous character here and there. Rich body, with a nice blend of coffee and cocoa flavors along with roasted malt and hops. The finish is hoppy and nutty and roasty. Very enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick near black color beneath a dense and foamy dark brown head. Fluffy dense head faded into a very thick layer that stuck around through the whole beer and left deep streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Rich and roasted smelling with notes of bitter chocolate and roasted grains. Hints of coffee as well.
T: Deep notes of dark chocolate followed by anise, peat, hints of dark fruits, and roasted malts. Finish is roasted and slightly nutty. Bitter coffee and more chocolate in the aftertaste. Smoky just smoked a cigar aftertaste (good thing) long after the swallow.
M: Very rich and creamy mouthfeel with a thicker body than I was expecting for the style. Carbonation is fluffy and everything goes down very smoothly.
O: One of the best foreign stouts I’ve had. Knocks the socks off of Guinness. Check it out if you get a chance.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is black in color with a tanned, foamy head. The head formed into clumps as it slowly subsided. Nice.

Smell – The aroma here in incredibly smooth and even with a rich texture. The darkish malts and light, dark sugars dance in perfect harmony. Simple, yet extremely well done.

Taste – I’ll christian this one “Mr. Smoothie”. The dark, roasted malts and high-quality sugars are expertly balanced. Again, nothing fancy here, just Stout done right.

Mouthfeel – This one is heavy and full-bodied with a wonderful mouthfeel. It is satisfying on so many levels. I can’t overstate how incredibly smooth this is in the mouth. It’s one of those Stouts that you just want to hold in between your cheeks all night long.

Drinkability – This one was exciting enough to earn the “Tsunami” moniker.

Comments - Big thanks to skyhand for popping this one at one of her famous tasting events.

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Photo of gford217
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that recedes slowly to a hefty collar and leaves very good lacing.

Sweet aroma with dark chocolate, brown sugar and lactose. There is also a hefty amount of roasted dark malts and the overall complexity of this is pretty impressive in the nose.

The taste follows the aroma and has a solid roasted malt backbone with the chocolate and molasses sweetness layered on top. The finish is slightly dry with some espresso notes lingering for a while.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with soft carbonation and it all makes for an exceptionally smooth feel.

This is an exceptional stout - very complex but imminently drinkable. Color me impressed with yet another Pelican brew.

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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 DmanGTR
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thank you to my buddy Ryan for this most delectable stout from the West Coast.

Served at 43°F and allowed to warm.

Poured deathly black with a creamy, well formed light tan head that lasted a little briefer than expected (even though I ensured the glass was well cleaned) in my Gulden Draak tulip. A thin cap remained, offering a touch of lace to adorn the sides. Letting the beer air out a bit, I notice the aromas are remarkably similar to the taste, so I shall combine both descriptions. Deliciously roasty, a hint of ash, blended nicely with chocolate and cream. The black patent malt is definitely in there, which is what gives the ashiness and slight tannic taste. A delicately sweet molasses finish, lasting a good moment, before giving way to trails of bitters. The texture is impeccable. I find no faults, as the carbonation is absolutely spot on, lending a smooth, creamy, and ever so slightly prickling character to the medium/heavy body. Not too thick, so it does not enter the realm of what I could consider an imperial stout. This beer is outstanding. One of the best stouts out there. It would pair excellently with a maduro cigar and black forest cake. Or contrast with cannoli's. Either way, DAMN this is good.

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

bomber split, thanks Louie

a: served in a standard pint glass, the stout appears black, with some deep browns showing around the edges, a good mocha head to start falls back to a low level of retention

s: at first sniff the aroma is rich, but maintains a smooth balance of chocolate, roast, burnt sugars, and an earthy, grassy hop aroma

m: carbonation light to moderate, medium-full in body

t: dark chocolate and burnt sugars on the tongue, rich and creamy with sweet roasted flavors, hops earthy with a touch of grass, moderately bitter with long lingering roasts, flavorful and supremely balanced

o: a very well-brewed little stout, lots of character and everything seems to work towards the whole, drinks easily

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1608th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

2012 Bottle
Purchased from Letspour.com

App- Deep dark brown pour into the glass with a great color shade and density in the center. A nice tan head that was about 1-1/2 fingers deep and tightly wound. A good amount of cling and lace to it.

Smell- It was a small aromatic stout. A bit like an amped up Guinness Export. Grainy, cracker, hoppy and a tinge of malt. Little bit of chocolate behind it. Wasnt much there really. Even when warmed hard to pick them out.

Taste- I thought it was a pretty good stout. It was a bit different to me to have that more grainy hoppy stout with the export, because well I drink more RIS and DRIS. So with the grainy came a bit of earthiness and a bit of graham cracker. A bit hoppy and dry.

Mouth- Its a bit of a mix of layers on the body. A little light. A little medium depends on each sip. Not really a solid state throughout. The carbonation was a bit too prickly. It had residual malty and earthy hops.

Drink- It was okay. Well it was better than that, but think I am being critical over the graininess and because I like smooth RIS and DRIS. Id probably have this again.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bought on my last trip to Lincoln City, Oregon. Wonderful yet slightly understated roasted dark coffee aroma..slight hint of a milky smell. Jet black in appearance with a nice sized creamy tan head. A very, very tasty stout..very milk chocoalty, cocoa taste to start..then a liquorice tinted bitterness at the end..all the time very smooith and creamy. felles excellent on the tongue. Fantastic stout..anyone fed up with those Murphy/Guiness/Beamish nitro stouts should try this beauty.

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

Brought this one back from the brewery and enjoyed it with a
roasted pork tenderloin. Big, black and malty these guys make
a fine stout. I really liked the rich mouthfeel that reminded me
of Samuel Smiths offerings. I would love to go back to the brewpub
in Pacific City in the winter and sip a pint of this beer with a storm
out at sea.

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