Brewed by Sinebrychoff (Carlsberg)
Style: Malt Liquor
Kerava, Finland


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Less would be enough. With its rich copper colour Tosi Vahva (Special Strength) Karhu is generously malted and flavoured with the best hops. It is a balanced, special strength and full-bodied beer.

There is a 8.8 % version of this, which is sold in the Tax Free shops on the cruiseships from/to Finland. Ratings should, however, be put under this entry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkoNm (1830) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 19, 2015
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a small white frothy head. Grainy malt aroma, sugar and some caramel. Taste is pure malty sweet, some hints of bitterness in the finish and a bit boozy. A bit metallic aftertaste. If you want to get wasted it will do, otherwise nothing special. Not unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wim (3202) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2015
along with Yves at his home amber coloured body with off white head and with a fruity malt hops aroma a sweet fruity malt hops alcholic bitter taste with a bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2561) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
Shared with wim at my home. Clear reddish amber colored beer with small white head and no carbonation.Fruited yeasty aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is sweet spicy bitter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
martjoobolut (1794) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2015
0,33L can (from SuperAlko, Tallinn). Pours clear red copper with off-white head. The head stays. Aroma is metallic, malt, maize, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, maize, alcohol, malt. Overall: it’s a malt liquor tick!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Senka (951) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 7, 2014
33cl can. Rich copper color, thin head. Malty, bitter and loaded with alcohol. Thin, watery, fizzy pop like beverage. Why 1.9 and not 1 - it is well balanced, and drinkable when cold. It is so nasty, that is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BitchPls (660) - FINLAND - APR 27, 2014
Clear, copper red beer with a beautiful beige head. Nice sweet and fruity aroma. Lots of caramel, some toffee, malt, bread and some alcohol but it’s pretty nicely hidden. Wow what a surprise. I thought this would be awful but it’s actually pretty nice and many times better than the regular strength Karhu. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
visionthing (3782) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
33cl bottle at Viking Xprs. Pours clear amber to ruby with a minimal white head. Malty aroma with caramel, some fruity notes and hints of hops. Fairly sweet and malty. A bit over the top, but still drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mauritsio (577) - FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
0,33 l bottle from check inn, Hyvinkää. Pale. Not much taste of alcohol. Not much different from Karhu IV ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (36271) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013
33 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light alcohol note. Sweet malty, caramelish and light biscuity. Vague marzipan like alcohol presence. Sweet dark malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
suurjuust (1956) - ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2013
Red amber, medium fluffy off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is metallic notes with sugary sweet malt, booze. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Bitterness and somewhat harsh booze in the finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

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