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


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Kavu (4187) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 20, 2011
Pours clear brown with a low head. Aroma is apple juice and some malts. Flavor is apple juice, malts and lots of metallic alcohol. Awful.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerBaboon (1980) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2010
Colour of copper. Aroma of malt and cardboard. Nothing else to say about the taste either. It’s been years since I had this this and it is actually better this time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bierkoning (12581) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2010
Can from Tbone, thanks! Amber color. Grainy perfumed flavor with caramel and apple. Alcoholic. No specific aroma. Keeps the alcohol addict happy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hermod (6493) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2012 rerate: 29/6/2012. Copper color, lasting white head. malty, bready, light alcohol in aroma. Flavor is heavy malty, quite sweet, bready. alcohol nicely hidden. Much better then couple of years ago. 21/7/2010. 33cl bottle, Alko. Poured dark copper color and white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and alcohol. Flavor is malt drained in sugar and alcohol. No thank you.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2010
Bottle@Home. Caramel, metallic, alcoholic and thinnish. High gravity sugar beer without the water. Ideal beer for alcoholics? Was that the idea?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
rosenbergh (10696) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
330 ml bottle. Finland.
Clear amber colour with small white head. Dark malty aroma with lots of alcohol. Sweet malty flavour. Flavour is like 50% beer and 50% vodka. Some bitter hoppiness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Snegurochka (389) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2009
Copper coloured. Vapour of sweet malt and alcohol. The taste of liquor is distinctive in both flavour and finish. Sweet and alcoholic. I imagine this is the beer some of the characters in Arto Paasilinna’s books drink. (330ml bottle from Alko in Hätta, Finland. Shared 29.apr.09 at beer session in Tromsø)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ilves (30) - FINLAND - AUG 14, 2009
Great in taste - like all the karhu beers. Unfortunately the alcohol shines through way too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle 33cl. @ [ Thisted tasting ].
[ Courtesy of Maria ]. Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, caramel, sugar, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20090316]

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2009
From an Alko outlet in Hætta, Finland. Provided by Elisabeth for a drinking session in Tromsø. Good looking with a clear, copper-brown content. Soapy off-head, slowly diminishing. The moments of sweet maltiness in aroma and flavour are mostly overrun by alcohol. Sticky mouthfeel. Simple (29.04.2009).

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