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 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 (10213) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SaintMatty (6838) - 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 (1766) - 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 (6291) - 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 (351) - 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 (14006) - 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".

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