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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fonefan (43888) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013
33 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light alcohol note. Sweet malty, caramelish and light biscuity. Vague marzipan like alcohol presence. Sweet dark malty finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ungstrup (34353) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, small bubbly brown head. Sweet alcohol, malt and weak caramellish notes in aroma. Strong malty flavour with alcohol growing in finish. Very bitterish overall, and a bit hard carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
(Can 56,8 cl) Beautiful amber colour with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma of hops and alcohol. Very potent body with lots of alcohol and a rather sharp, hoppy finish. Looks great but has a flavour of your typical Nordic Malt Liquor. 221005

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (23497) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2002
Golden to copper in colour. Sweet and malty. One dimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a white head. Has a fruity malty grainy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is dark golden. Aroma and taste are caramel, sugar, malt and hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Bottled (BB 09/2004, brewed in Kerava)
Dark-amber color, off-white head. Metallic and alcoholic aroma. Full-bodied malty, slightly sweet but metallic alcoholic taste dominates the flavor. Slightly bitter alcoholic aftertaste. (3/4/6/2/10 2.5)
Canned, a pint (BB 04/2005, brewed in Kerava)
Amber color, quickly vanishing white head. Lots of CO2. Malty, metallic, hensfood aroma. Sweet metallic flavor, palate is ruined with alcohol. (2/3/4/2/8 1.9)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (13867) - 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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