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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vessu99 (10) - Uimaharju, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2002
A real good and strong Finnish beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ForestStar (20) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
Very nice full bodied beer with a strong and heavy malt aroma. Colour is dark and pours a nice fluffy foam :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4654) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Thanks to tderoeck for the bottle. Amber color, great mouthfeel, well-balanced, I thought. I haven’t had any other beers from this brewery, but I’d like to try based on this beer. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2851) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
Shared with wim at my home. Clear reddish amber colored beer with small white head and no carbonation.Fruited yeasty aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is sweet spicy bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Monolith (5) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2002 does not count
Trendly made to finnish taste, a bit more bitterness added (read taste), basic strong lager, bit alcoholic taste but still strong as a beer

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BitchPls (763) - FINLAND - APR 27, 2014
Clear, copper red beer with a beautiful beige head. Nice sweet and fruity aroma. Lots of caramel, some toffee, malt, bread and some alcohol but it’s pretty nicely hidden. Wow what a surprise. I thought this would be awful but it’s actually pretty nice and many times better than the regular strength Karhu. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7316) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (12018) - 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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