Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
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 Weizenmensch
1.19/5  rDev -64.8%
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. (1,405 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
2.37/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Toohey’s Old
Queensbury Hotel 08-23-2005
Toohey’s 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 shouldn’t have. However, it’s not as bad as Fosters or Carlton and you can adjust if you pretend like you’re sucking on pennies. Mouthfeel is again soda-like and overly carbonated. Not the easiest drinking beer in the world. Drink it if it’s free or really, really cheap. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Appearance: 2.5
Smell: 3.0
Taste: 2.0
Mouthfeel: 2.0
Drinkability: 2.5 (882 characters)

Photo of onid678
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (362 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 (379 characters)

Photo of Stew41
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (269 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.62/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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. (2,092 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (462 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (869 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
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 (547 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a modest beige head that quickly disappears over a dark brown body that has hues of red and gold when held to light.

Smell - 3.0
Slightly sweet, stale bready malt, no detectable hops. Improves with warming with faint dark chocolate and coffee aromas.

Taste - 3.0
Some of the bland grain and husk flavours that I usually associate with Tooheys beers are there, but in general, Old is a step above the rest of the brewery's products. Slightly toasty with a hint of caramel, coffee and vague fruitiness. Bitterness is low, just enough for balance and no real hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Moderate carbonation is somewhat coarse over the tongue, body is more akin to that of a pale lager; quite light.

Drinkability - 3.5
A very sessionable beer, but not for real beer enthusiasts.

OVERALL - 3.05
It's sad to know that one of the best macro brewed beers in Australia barely achieves a score of 3. Toohey's Old is not a great beer, but it is something I have turned to at pubs that give only macro offerings. Inoffensive and drinkable, but there are so many, much better micro brewed alternatives. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tooheys Old.

A = Poured a dark ruby colour with little head.

S = Smelt of coffee.

T = Tasted like coffee with roasted malts. No bitterness. Pretty smooth. Leaves a coffee aftertaste in your mouth. Almost coats the tongue.

M = Very little carbonation made it very easy to drink.

D = Ok. Wouldn't be one I go for again. (333 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

for the mass produced beers of the land down under, this one gets it done. roasty and drinkable, this is the pick of the lot in most sydney pubs. for me, this one is more nostalgic than high quality. this was my go to drink for some of the best years of my life, so i'll always have a special place for it, despite how average it is on the grand scale. a slab of these will cost ya about 40 australian bones, and carrying it home 6 blocks from the bottle-o is great for the biceps. its got a faint alcohol taste, with plenty of dark malts and a little bit of gentleman's class to it. mediocre brew in the land of lousy brews. (625 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown colour poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of light brown head that slowly falls away. Quite heavy lacing is left.
S - Smell is light roasty notes with some coffee and chocolate.
T - Some major roastiness hints at first with a light chocolatey touch.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation.
D - Tasty sessionable beer. There are others I'd go to first but I wouldn't knock this one back. One of the best macro brews I've had. (470 characters)

Photo of Finite
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - 330ml short brown stubby with red OLD logo. Stating it is a "Smooth Australian Ale"

Apperance - Dark brown, cola like, Rresonable head, moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Smell - Coffee and rosted malts, low hop aroma hinting at a smooth beer.

Taste - Coffee and burnt malts, low hop bitterness makes for a smooth beer with some bitterness comming from the roast malts. Pretty simple beer but does well.

Mouthfeel - Little bit thin, smooth, low carbonation adds to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink, good session beer and beats alot of the macro crap you can get on tap. This stuff is almost everywhere. (655 characters)

Photo of annatar
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Black" was once the king of nsw pub beers along with "Brown" (Tooth's Old aka. Kent Old Brown), but all the historic Australian ales were pushed aside by adjunct lagers in the 20's/30's. Somewhat lucky that Tooth's and Toohey's kept on to these old beers in the hinterland.

Pours very black with a stringy off white head which doesn't last. Tastes strangely similar to New but with a much more satisfying maltiness and a slight chocolatey nuttiness to it. Quite sweet and smooth. Like most ales in Australia probably not actually an ale, feels quite lagery and often very carbonated. (587 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They now label this a Black Ale .
This has always been a fascinating beer for me .Frequent holidays into NSW gave the opportunity to see pubs advertising New and Old. To a Victorian this was an and example of NSW oddity.
The beer is ruby red/dark brown in colour having little head or bead.
There is a sweet molasses smell
The taste is of toasted and burnt grain and a sweetish finish which is not at all crisp or dry .Swished around in the mouth you get a parmesan cheese astringency
It would probably be better left out of the fridge for a little while and would be a great winter beer, Perhaps a pint or 2 before a game of football ? (643 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, 2 fingers of head which reduced quickly.

Smell - Sweet and coffee-like.

Taste - Also coffee-like. The roasted malt dominates the taste a little too much.

Mouthfeel - A bit watery, low carbonation.

Drinkability - The excessive roasted malt makes this harder going than it should be.

Overall - A good alternative to Tooheys usual low quality lagers. (371 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)

Photo of soju6
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a good tan head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, a mild blend of coffee and chocolate with just a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and creamy. has plenty of carbonation.

O: Surprisingly good beer that goes down easy. This is a quality beer from a brewery I did not expect much from. Worth checking out. (522 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 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)

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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
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