Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing
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1.18/5 rDev -64.1%
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.
08-13-2004 14:09:56 | More by Weizenmensch
2.33/5 rDev -29.2%
Queensbury Hotel 08-23-2005
Tooheys pours a soda brown that allows a fair amount of light to come through. Darker than, say Newcastle Brown, but certainly lighter than a porter. A white head settles down in a hurry, but lacing is a bit better than your average macro. Either that or my glass is just dirty.
The Smell has a slightly sweet, nutty character. No hops to speak of. The taste again is a bit nutty, overly carbonated, and has that slight metallic taste in it that beers just shouldnt have. However, its not as bad as Fosters or Carlton and you can adjust if you pretend like youre sucking on pennies. Mouthfeel is again soda-like and overly carbonated. Not the easiest drinking beer in the world. Drink it if its free or really, really cheap. Otherwise, dont bother.
08-24-2005 04:20:27 | More by DaveFL1976
2.4/5 rDev -27.1%
Apperance - Black, different color compared to the usual beers
smell - not much of a smell.
taste - not much taste, bland, nothing to interest the taste buds.
mouthfeel - no sharp tang, goes down easy
drinkability - could drink quite alot,
but without a sharp taste instead of being a bit bland, I lost interest in the beer pretty quick and downed it fast.
11-27-2007 13:59:56 | More by onid678
2.58/5 rDev -21.6%
a: dark amber, small head disappears completely, no carbonation
s: coffee grinds
t: coffee-ish, but not as much as the smell suggested, but nothing else that is very distinct other than alcohol finish
m: light to medium with lots of carbonation on the front that seems to mask anything else in this beer
d: relatively smooth beer to drink, but doesn't have much flavor to it
04-06-2007 05:03:26 | More by belgbeerdrinker
2.58/5 rDev -21.6%
Dark brown but does lighten noticably at the rim. Good nose for a megalarger; sweet toasty malt, good lift. Doesn’t quite translate into the palate, traces of the malt evident early but falls into a more mainstream palate with some fizz and some weak malts to finish.
08-13-2011 23:19:02 | More by Stew41
2.6/5 rDev -21%
Todays bruview is a classic Australian from a brewery that has in my past asserted itself as the least offensive of an offensive lot (Macro brewers over here in general): Tooheys. And 'Tooheys Old' is that reason. It's always been my go to beer at smaller pubs that have none of those "fancy" beers (i.e. micro-brews) that I know and love.
Poured from a 375ml "overwhelming-sense-of-value" bottle into a tulip pint.
A: Looks like a stout; a deep brown/ruby body is topped with a thin white lacing. Interesting to note: the carbonation air bubbles are bigger than normal, I suspect this will be noticed when I have a sip.
S: Burnt barley grains give this brew a toasty biscuit aroma. There is a slight smokey smell. Also detecting a wateriness underlying the whole brew. No hop aromas, however this is expected for the style.
T: Not a bad brew. It's similar to Cooper's Best Extra Stout, but not as boldly flavoured; bitter (though this is much less bitter than CBES), smokey with a toasted barley note throughout. It's a more accessible stout for people who aren't stout drinkers... I'm not one of those people, so I'm rating it according to my own stout fanaticism.
M: I will put this out there; this is a gassy beer. I can normally down an entire pint of beer without letting out a loud belch, I couldn't with a stubbie of this. Also that gassiness gives a sense of feeling bloated, which really detracts from the whole experience.
D: Let me reiterate: this is the best of the macro-brewers (and I'm not counting Cooper's as a macro-brewer) beers. By a long shot. I've never been a fan of Aussie lagers... they just suck. They suck even more in comparison to foreign lagers. Which I guess which is why I would go a stout from a macro over a macro lager. Is it better than Sheaf Stout? No, but I've never seen Sheaf on tap and as such I don't classify it as a "macro".
Food match: Something heavy to counter the dreaded stomach bloat mentioned above. I think a roast dinner would match well with this, preferably roast beef with a heavy gravy and a side of roast potatoes and carrots.
09-04-2011 09:37:43 | More by doktorhops
2.75/5 rDev -16.4%
A - Very dark colour, almost black with some red around the edges. Disappointing head, really just a bubbly ring. No lace.
S - Some sweet roasted malt, faint yeast and nuttiness.
T - Quite light on for flavour but there is some roasted malts, ash and cola.
M - Watery thin body but has a chalky quality. Fizzy high carbonation.
O - Very light and mild so easy to drink. The character it has sets it above most Australian macros but still a very average beer.
12-13-2011 02:17:31 | More by dansmcd
2.8/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a dark, very opaque brown colour with a slight flash of red (very slight) when held up to the light (very held up). Thin cream-coloured head but made up of very densely-packed bubbles.
Sour fruit dominates on the nose with the slightest touch of dark coffee. Unusual for a dark beer, normally all I can sense is that burned, roasted scent so this has character. Unfortunately, it's also quite simple for all that.
Taste doesn't have much of a sour character, mostly burnt and a bit gritty on the palate. Slightly watery aftertaste. There are good dark ale characters on the front palate but they don't endure for the whole thing and overall it's quite watery and simple. Mouthfeel is quite smooth but with a slightly rough texture.
Inoffensive, of course, and quite drinkable, but certainly nothing to streak naked around a bar over. Unless that's your thing.
03-14-2008 05:38:00 | More by laituegonflable
2.98/5 rDev -9.4%
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
05-28-2010 15:38:19 | More by eric5bellies
United Kingdom (England)
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
03-30-2002 05:31:27 | More by rastaman
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
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
06-30-2007 23:47:32 | More by dirtylou
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
Dark reddish brown on the pour with a thin, oily-looking off-white head which disappears right away.
A nice smell of dark, caramely malt and (stale) coffee with a really faint rummy character from the cane sugar - though beer probably shouldn't really have that last smell, as such. Like I said, nice, but it's weak. I had to swirl it in the glass and stick my face in there until some of it accidentally went up my nose.
Molasses, coffee... not much else. Bi-carb soda in the finish. This was my favourite beer as soon as I was old enough to drink, which was admittedly some time ago.... is it nostalgia or have they changed the recipe? It used to be nuttier and more bitter. Or did it?
On tap, this is fizzy mess, but out of the bottle carbonation is alright. It's probably not on the cards for Tooheys to make a proper dark mild (pretty sure this is a actually a lager), but a happy medium would be nice... this is close enough, I guess.
Not real interesting, but very drinkable. If you live in NSW, someone's bound to leave some at your house eventually. Go for it.
05-02-2009 11:11:06 | More by Parrotshake
Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.