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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SaintMatty (6159) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2008
330ml Bottle - Amber/dark gold in colour with a small head. No discernible aroma of any note although some sweet malty notes can be detected. Sweetish malty taste accompanied by some metallic, gassy elements and strangely enough, a hint of chlorine.The finish is malty and bittersweet. From my notes, the beer seems awful but it is not that bad really! Drinkable but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2008
56,8cl can, bbe 21/02/2009. Clear, coppery brown hue accompanied by a firm and frothy off-white head. Slick and malty with aromas of caramel, cookies and toffee. Behind that a salty, brothy essence evenly matched by leafy, dusty hops. Alcohol is apparent, but not overly so. Though there are some bold malts here they feel painted over a thin, papery base. The flavour opens with a raw sugar sweetness, some caramel and broth. Dry, leafy bitterness and cutting alcohol linger into the lengthy finish. Again a feeling of paper thinness is evoked despite the fullish body and lively carbonation. And yet, it’s really not that bad of a beer in the scheme of things. A bit brothy, but no terrible off-flavours, and at least there are some malts and hops to the affair. Sub-average, but drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
liinis (1736) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 has to be well chilled.alcohol shines through too much. malty over carbonated. nice copper colour.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle 0,33l. Yellowish reddish brown color with ok head and lacing. Aroma is weak and little bit malty but a lot of alcohol can be observed. Flavors are sweet malt, a hint of fruits and a lot of alcohol. Aftertaste is unpleasant. ...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle 0,33l. Dark golden brown colored. A creamy lasting head. Sourish aroma. Strong flavor dominated by roasted malt. A bit too carbonated. Aftertaste of sweet paper. Some dry bitterness in the finish. Alcohol shining through. KI=7

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
taunusmies (337) - FINLAND - FEB 16, 2008
Pours clear with dark copper colour. Quite harsh, hoppy taste. A bit metallic. Short unpleasant aftertaste. This was a slightly disappointing experience.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2007
330ml bottle. Tasted in an IVB blind tasting. Tosi vahva does not mean "special strength", it means more like "truly strong". Deep orange, mouldy-looking head. Metallic aroma. Odd sour mushroomy taste accompanied by some otherwise fairly bland malt. Occasional taste of swimming pool, and as a bonus a mysterious bit of "nasty".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4471) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle @ Oluthuone Kaisla, Helsinki, Finland. Dark brown beer with a light head. The aroma is lightly malty and the flavour is slightly roasted and quite weakly malty. Overall a plainly malty and weakly dry beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quinten (1054) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2007
Dark colde color, medium head, used to be in a alco store but had it on a bar in helsinki,..very overwalming alcohol, with no charactar at all. Nice to get cheap drunk in finland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (10933) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2006
can; courtesy of oh6gdx - clear and dark amber colour with a very little foam; a gentle malty nose with a hint of toastiness; sweet maltiness, some biscuity and dusty notes in the finish, ashes - the 8% are quite well hidden

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