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Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.24%
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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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

magnusdave, Feb 26, 2013
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 RDAdams
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

RDAdams, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of yeastbite
4.08/5  rDev +24%
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.

yeastbite, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Kwak
4.08/5  rDev +24%
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!

Kwak, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of TheBierBand
4.08/5  rDev +24%
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.

TheBierBand, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Buebie
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Buebie, May 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

klipper, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

diablo14, Oct 15, 2003
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

chogm54, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

ChrisBowers, Dec 11, 2003
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 heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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!!!!

Edit

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

heygeebee, Jul 09, 2011
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +14%

mungus, May 29, 2012
Photo of BILF
3.75/5  rDev +14%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of tangoafterdark
3.75/5  rDev +14%

tangoafterdark, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of WHROO
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

WHROO, Oct 03, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

Flashbac, Oct 05, 2014
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 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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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.