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 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 (1696) - 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 (4710) - 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 (335) - 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 (10724) - 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 (4407) - 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 (1051) - 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 (10377) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6680) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Biggish offwhite head over chestnut brown body. Faint, sweetish aroma with notes alcohol, caramel, and a little grass. Taste is sweet roasty caramel with notes of grass and marzipan. Slick, slightly buttery mouthfeel. Watery aftertaste with some bitterness, lingering alcohol taste and some alcohol heat. Quite good if warm, but a bit much alcohol. (0.33l bottle.)

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