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


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hermod (4980) - 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 (9164) - 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 (40504) - 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 (9661) - 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).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - APR 8, 2009
Amber color with a white foamy head. Light malty aroma. Malty flavor with a small hint of caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2009
Thisted tasting. It is dark amber and the head is creamy. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and syrup. The flavour has sweetness and notes of roasted malt, caramel, light syrup, fruit and the alcohol gives a spicy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2008
Clear copper brown colour. Pale head. Strong malty and grassy taste. Sweet taste with some roasted malty taste.

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