Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 84
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-30-2002

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Photo of RDAdams
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had several in pubs across Australia in early December 2007.
It is the best of the Australian beers I tasted.

Appearamce: It's not quite as black as Guiness and pours a medium shade of black with a full tan head that slowly fades into a lacing.

Smell: A bartender in Armidale, NSW suggested I let it sit to warmup for a few minutes, He was right. The sweetness in the aroma becomes more profound when you pickup the mild hint of chocolate, roasted malt, and just a smidgen of hops.

Taste: It's everything you would expect from an ESB - low hops, malt, spices, and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has that slightly-full body desired by those of us who like to chew our beer.

Drinkability: I prefer most ales to American lagers. To me this is a great session beer. If it weren't for my schedule, I'd still be sitting in a pub in OZ drinking Tooheys OLD. (851 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I lived in OZ for a year and this was my beer of choice while there. It is a nice dark beer. Not too robust but very smooth.

The bartenders pour from the tap usually starts with a nice 1/2" to 3/4" head which slowly disipates. Toohey's Old will leave some minor lacing down the side of glass as you drink.

The carbonation is on the light side, but the smell comes through nicely with a hint of sweetness and very little hoppiness.

The taste confirms the hint of sweetness and lack of bitter hops

Overall, I rate this beer highly. I have fond memories while partaking of this beer. (592 characters)

Photo of yeastbite
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark reddish brown. Not a great head but it is better on tap.

Nice aroma, the taste is of medium body malt and hops.Good mouth feel. Michael Jackson can taste cream and oloroso sherry!

I think the charm of this beer is its history, drinkability and sessionabilty-without ever boring the palate like most australian lagers. This top fermented "old" style predated Toohey's "new", and represents one of two surviving true ales in mainstream aussie brewing, the other being Coopers sparkling ale.

I like this beer better than some of the modern boutique beers becaiuse they try too hard with assertive flavours-this one is effortless, real, traditional and also won't stonker you with too much alcohol.A bit of a genuine find. (743 characters)

Photo of Kwak
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This low alcohol beer has a bubbly head a little rocky like a milk shake a good shade of tan.
This beer has a bold body with a nice strong brown color.
I enjoyed the flavor, bitter chocolate, spice's and nut's.

The finish was dry with the slightest bit of alcohol flavoring.

I liked this one! (300 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12oz twist off bottle into a pub glass. A freshness date of 10/29/09
The pour produces an inch or so of cola like snap crackle pop head. Receeding to a thin retention cap. The color is a darker brown with red hues smoldering when held up to light.

Aroma of smoked peat, chocolate roasty grains, just flat out malt bomb. Some mild sweetness at the knose.

Wow, the mouthfeel has a bit of a creamier full bodied feel to it, impressed with that. Mild carbonation throughout with a clean crisp finish.
The taste is smooth, well balanced and extra malty, with hints of bitter chocolate, plenty of cereal grain and a smokeyness from midway to finish. The grains border husky, but dont really cross the line, just flirt with it.

I'm really taken back at how good this is for the style, it follows it well and is a solid brew. The other Australia beers my buddy brought back for me were pretty terrible. This however is a solid english dark. Exceptionally sessionable at its current abv. Somthing I would definatly order at a pub. (1,044 characters)

Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fellas fellas! this is a schwarzbier is it not? no way known this is a stout. and shit, this is the only older style beer tooheys brew and is far and away their best. you'd think they'd get a clue as a result. but no, its too much to ask. nevertheless, they made a ripper with this one. it makes their whole existance as a brewer worthwhile.

as i said with monteiths black, dark ales are too often compared with other types of beer which just are not the same. next to the monteiths and speights old dark, this is the best dark ale in the region. its not too strong, but lacks nothing in aroma or flavor. excuse my french, but at around $6 u.s/$11 au a six pack, thats fuck all, and you wont find too many better beers at the price.

its incredibly dark, even for a black ale, and has a lovely lacy head. its got a slightly sweet aroma with a perfect level of roasted malts, and this is reflected in the flavor. its got an ideal balance of coffee and chocolate flavors, with hints of spice and a roasted flavor that is not too robust, but still stands out without taking over. the hops are ever present but compliment the flavor and doesnt finish too dry. and when we are taking into consideration that pride of ringwood are involved, thats a big effort. everything is exactly as it should be, and the thing i really like about tooheys old is i think it has stayed true to its original recipe. so many beers have ended up compromising their standards to appeal to a wider range of drinkers, however this is one that has hung in there.

as with monteiths black, its a dark beer you can have a session on. and for a brewer that is known for brewing particularly dismal beers (even compared to carlton) its a real standout. at least tooheys have shown with this beer, and by subsidising the james squire brewery, that they have some slight interest in brewing a quality beer. they get points for that alone. but hey, this is one of the beer hunters favorite aussie beers. its hard to argue with that assessment. i certainly dont. (2,035 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really the best Australian beer around. Pours jet black with a nice fluffy head. Great aroma of chocolate and some spices. This however, is not a stout. Its more of a black ale, similar to a belgian black ale or a german schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but nothing bad. Flavor is rich and inviting, with a nice hop bite after the chocolate. Australia had a lot of crappy brews and most of Toohey's offerings were in that group. This one, however is not. (459 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Format: a standard 375mL brown stubby with the traditional Tooheys macro label.

Appearance: pours a very dark brown tending towards plack with ruby-brown highlights against the light. A small tan head pops up before settling to a thick cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma: the aroma is roast coffee, some cocoa, a touch of caramel and earth. Decent.

Taste: once again the roasted malts up front with nuts, smoke and that earth on the palate. Really rather nice.

Aftertaste: bitterness comes from the smoke, nuts and malt on the finish. Not too dry either - easy to drink.

Mouth feel: I wouldn't consider the feel follows the English Dark Mild formula - it is lighter and with a much higher carbonation. It suits the Australian climate perfectly. I'm not sure it would be such a hit in colder climates however.

Overall: this is definitely one of my favourite 'every day' dark beers, along with Carlton Black. They are both an Australian take on the traditional English styles - similar characteristics, but with a lighter body and higher carbonation to make them easier to drink in a session, and more refreshing in the Australian heat. I really would consider them more an excellent version of a dark lager than an English Dark Mild. Decent price too at AU$45 a case of 24 x 375mL. One of my favourite pub beers is a Tooheys Old / Tooheys New black-and-tan. I will say I do prefer Old on tap rather than in the bottle, but good nonetheless. (1,436 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tooheys Old is a robustly flavoured Ale made with top fermentation Ale yeast. The beer is lightly hopped, and gets its darker colour from black malt. Fruity Ale-like esters blend well with subtle hoppiness, hints of coffee and chocolate to deliver a pretty good beer. (267 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black - off-white head recedes sadly for an on-tap pour.

No aromas as on-tap, Sad.

Taste is malts / sugar, some smoke/ashtray but in moderation.

Carbonation was a bit excessive, but didn't kill the beer

Overall an OK tap beer in the Sydney wasteland of RSLs etc.... if only you could ask for it 20 minutes up-front to allow to warm!!!!

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Go-to winter beer these days.
I am now used to a wonderful roast sweet malt aroma, and easy drinkability. (458 characters)

Photo of sterstar1
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of WHROO
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 500ml mug, nice fluffy 2 finger head...although looked like cola very much. Bubbles stuck to the side of the glass, & only a fraction darker than cola.
Aroma: Sweet charcoal, burnt, roasty malts, with a little hops..& very slight licorice.
Taste: sweet roasty malts...this is sweet with a little bitterness...nice balance...I love the wood-fired flavour. This is good!
Mouthfeel is good...not too heavy, but then again a little watery, although the carbonation seems alright for the style (would have liked a little more towards the bottom of the mug).
Drinkability is not a problem, I have tasted dark ales that tasted a little heavy with artificial syrupy mouthfeel...I reckon the watery feel works in this ale's favour... (738 characters)

Photo of amicar
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of foles
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours black with some ruby highlights. Centimetre of beige head drops away. Some lacing.

Toasted malt aromas with notes of burnt coffee and bitter chocolate.

Palate similar to aroma with bitter chocolate dominating.

Light bodied. A little thin.

This was the first ever dark beer I ever tasted 20 odd years ago and I hated it but thankfully my tastes have improved since. A good old stand-by. (400 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,387 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy beige head, quite carbonate. Some lace.
Dark browny amber... almost cola-like
Sweet, caramel smell...almost cola-like
Taste of molasses, roasted grain. Sweet yet refreshing...almost cola-like
A recurring theme ? To be honest, it did seem to have cola-like qualities, albeit a heavier body, with some toasty, malty characters.
Not much bitterness or hop flavour. (372 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown colors. looks creamy with a nice head
second tooheys product that I try, and the taste is good. easy to drink as well. Another decent brew from Tooheys. I like the big size bottle as well. Mouth feel is creamy a bit, not too much, smells good. overall good beer. (278 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (559 characters)

Photo of Anonmatel
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (225 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (340 characters)

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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
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