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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6930) - 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.)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Tranquillity (1584) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2006
Bronze colour. Smell of tobacco. Surprisingly sweet taste of.. .nothing. Lacking finish as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mabjork (683) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2006
Bottled. Dark copperlike colour with a disappearing white head. The aroma is sweet with alcohol and malt. The flavour has a sparkling carbonation sansation, it’s very sweet and there is caramel as well. It has an abrupt finish not all that balanced, regrettably.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Bottled 0,33L. Compact head of medium duration. Dark orange color, much loads, nearly burnt, with light a fizz. Sweetish and gaunt scnet with decidedly alcoholic notes and sweetened malt. Extremely unbalanced and sugary taste; overbearing alcoholic with notes of singed caramel. Sweetish, balsamic and unbalanced.
Thanks to mabjork for this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
stouby (4152) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2005
Can, in Finland (040713). Dark amber with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma moderate malty and hoppy. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet with lots of alcohol and a rather sharp, hoppy finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ungstrup (31473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2005
An orange beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is sweet malty with some metallic notes from the alcohol, and so is the flavor too, with slight notes of peach.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2005
Coppery color, little vanishing white head. Malty, mildly sweet aroma with some metallic tones. Medium alcohol in aroma. Medium bodied. Sweet, mild fruits, medium alcohol in flavor which lasts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2005
Rated 2003-07-29
Golden and copper in color, thick white head, which vanishes slowly, some lace. Aroma is flowery, bitter soft, malty. Soft, well balanced, pretty malty, notes of alcoholic. Warm and slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2005
Can. Pours amber with almost no head. Aroma is fresh hoppy and slightly caramel malty. Taste is sweet maty, slightly metalic. some alcohol burning

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2005
Can. Orange colour with a medium off-white head. Caramel malty wet paper aroma and a sweet malty metallic, alcoholic taste. Medium body and a dry alcoholic finish.

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