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Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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Tooheys OldTooheys Old

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BA SCORE
76
okay

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tooheys Brewing visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-30-2002)
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Raebies, Nov 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.18/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Since the alcohol % taxing debacle in Australia, Tooheys have reduced the percentages of most of their beers. This includes changing the recipe. For Old, it was a big mistake. It used to be a refreshing porter at 4.5% and is now a strange soapy dishwater ale at 4.3% or something like that. I don't know if it was ever 4.8% but I don't have one of the old ones here to compare with - I think it was always 4.5%. Anyway, they changed the label, as Carlton did with VB, and as other beers have too. My advice - if you can buy any of the old ones with the black label, get them while they're still good (they keep for a long time in the fridge) but really avoid the red label, newer ones (practically everywhere now). They are very soapy. This review is in fact for the on-tap kind - I had one on tap at the NSW Leagues club near Hyde Park Barracks a few weeks ago, and since a nice cold Old is what I really felt like, I was so disappointed when I got the nasty-smelling and -tasting crap that they have produced for some months now. I will never have another Old until they change the recipe, or unless I'm really stinging for one and I'm out in the bush somewhere where someone has bought a case and there's nothing else to drink for miles. Other than that, NEVER. I'm disappointed - it used to be my favourite session beer (and indeed one of the only regularly available session porters in NSW). Too bad.

Weizenmensch, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinakble, especially on tap, don't know that its a stout though, more like porter or English style Old ale, nice light smokiness, hints of leather, coffee, chocolate and smooth mouthfeel, good session beer.

rastaman, Mar 30, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer has a glowing deep brown base to a black body that is crystal clear. There is a thin film of light tan head with tiny strands of bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The light chocolate roasted malt flavor is nice but a bit one dimensional.
T- The soft dark roasted malt has a note of bitterness and a slight tartness to follow with a tootsie roll finish.
M- This beer has a light watery texture and no alcohol heat. D- This beer has some nice schwartzbier qualities but the flavors are really muted and not much depth

rhoadsrage, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, 4.4% ABV, sold in pretty expensive six-packs up here in the Great White North. Zero suggestion on the label of style, beyond 'old', and 'ale', and I'm guessing that this is nowhere near an 'old ale'.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola-highlighted roan brown hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some random geological rockface lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, earthy yeast, softly astringent cold coffee, oily packaged nuts, a bit of toasty smoke, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is clammy bready caramel malt, a sort of soaked and put away wet, weakly smoked ash, underwhelming chocolate and coffee notes, and mildly bitter leafy, floral, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, barely even noticeable at times, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing else really manifesting here to mar the status quo. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt, mild chocolate, wet bread, and earthy, leafy hops closing up shop.

Not a bad brew, but kind of thin, and somewhat underwhelming, even for this generally anemic style. There's enough flavour to make a go of it, if moderation and sessionability are your goals for the night, but for a singular experience, this just doesn't have the legs.

biboergosum, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Anonmatel
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tooheys old is a Porter, with not much flavouring at all. With that said, it's still quite drinkable. Small tastes of Chocolate is about all you will find.
It kinda tastes like a bad Black and Tan, but it's not all that bad.

Anonmatel, May 01, 2002
Photo of dirtylou
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little confused because i drank this on draft called "tooheys old" and found it to be a lot different than the bottle i'm reviewing which i wrote down was "tooheys black". It appears these are the same beer, hmm

Appearance: Pours into hotel glass…cola-esque appearance, fizzy beige head that fades away to nothing – no lace/retention. Moderate amber hue…boring

Smell: a touch woody, light caramel, mild coffee notes, average at best

Taste: light metallic flavor, wet cardboard, sweet woodyness, cola, light syrup

Mouthfeel: smooth, rusty

Drinkability: ok-average

dirtylou, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Vanz
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of sterstar1
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid, very flavourful beer. I got introduced to this brew at Bondi Icebergs in Sydney NSW. I was quite impressed. It poured into the glass with a lovely mahogany dark color and the head was thick for a beer on CO2. The nose had hints of coffee and dark chocolate which translated nicely to the taste where I found more dark chocolate notes. The flavour is very nicely balanced. Sweet enough for me while still a bit bitter on the finish to balance it off. A great session brew. Actually, my BA avatar is a photo of this beer at Bondi Icebergs. I highly recomend the pub and the beer. As you can see the view is quite nice. Cheers mates.

sterstar1, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of birchholz
4/5  rDev +21.6%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head.
Nose shows nutty malt, chocolate, caramel and cardboardy notes.
Flavours include caramel, nutty malt and slight roasty notes. Very easy drinking.
Carbonation is a bit on the high side.
Quite impressed with this to be honest.

CrazyDavros, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of amicar
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tasted somewhere in the vicinity of Maitland...

Nice black but still see- through color with slightly off white head. Slight smell of roated malts and tiny spiciness. Tastes nice; mild roast flavors and slight sweet carmel touch, without being the slightest bit "in your face." Is a bit on the thin side, and personally, I like my roast malts a little more standoffish. However, the light touch with the roast malts and smooth mouthfeel make it easy to drop a few back.

amicar, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried Tooheys Old the last time I was in Oz and really liked it. It was damn near pitch black with a nice head. I immediately picked up the smell of chocolate and spice.
The taste was chocolate, some nuts and spices, and a faint smokiness which I found appealing.
The feel of it was unexpected; I was thinking "looks like Guinness, gonna taste like it" but found it to be nowhere near as heavy, smooth and pretty dry.
As far as drinkability, it was pretty tasty and was my favorite brew while I was down there. I know what I'll be looking for the next time I'm around Brisbane.

Boilermaker88, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 08, 2014
Photo of emincems
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of LathouXaris
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

LathouXaris, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kulrak
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark brown with very little head, and had very little in the way of aroma. Very faint smell of roast malt. It tastes slightly malty, slightly chocolatey and slightly hoppy, but not too strong of anything. It does have flavor, it's just fairly well balanced. Has a pretty clean finish for a dark beer. Very drinkable.

Kulrak, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Rwalford74
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Rwalford74, May 10, 2013
Photo of foles
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately I commited a beer sin and drank this directly from the bottle. And it was quite enjoyable too.

The smell is roasted malts, with chocolate, which was very attractive. This is why I dont think it is a english dark mild ale. Also the carbonation was basically like that of a bottom fermented beer. I was thinking a lighter tasting dunkel. There is no bitterness to speak of.

The taste is very smooth & drinkable, but lacking any real flavour profile that would make it excel.

Overall, enjoyable and one of the cheaper beers by Aussie standards.

foles, Jan 26, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Porter appearance with off white head that retains well 4.5

S - A kind of brine aroma that has a hint of malt.2.5

T - Nice malts up front but nothing that jumps out at you. Has quite a bitter finish. 3.0

M - Medium body and plenty of carboination. 3.0

D - This Ale will appeal to the masses and hopefully progress them to the "Dark Side"
Having said that it does not fool an old timer like me. I appreciate that this beer represents
the best on offer for mass produced dark beers in Australia, but seriously ther's a lot better. 3.0

eric5bellies, May 28, 2010
Photo of Jake321
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Jake321, Oct 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

NeoClassicist, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -8.8%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of joecast
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nicely sized, off-white almost tan head which settles down to a nice lacing on the glass and surface of the beer.
not a strong aroma, maybe iced coffee?
color was nearly black, but just light enough to see through the glass when held to light.
softly sweet toffee, chocolate flavors.
seriously smooth finish.
makes a nice cold weather session beer. great tasting and not too high on the abv.

joecast, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent visit to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice rich mahogany color with a ¼" light tan head that soon recedes to a thin film and a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing, some of which cling and some of which slide back into the liquid.

Smell: There is a light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt but not a lot else but then its not supposed to show much in the way of hops..

Taste: The dark roasted malt flavor offers touches of chocolate and coffee and has some light bitterness and sweetness in it. Mild it is.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light bodied side with moderate to low carbonation. The finish is medium to short and mostly on the sweet side.

Drinkability: I found this one reasonably drinkable and I'd be willing to have a second one but I'd not seek it out if there were alternatives. But on the other hand I'd certainly could have a second and would if I'd bought two of them.

drtth, Nov 07, 2010
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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.