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Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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76
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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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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 StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 10, 2011
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 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 drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -8.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Mar 14, 2008
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 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 patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

patre_tim, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

soju6, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +21.6%

klipper, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -8.8%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

brendan13, Sep 10, 2007
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
Photo of eric5bellies
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 dansmcd
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

dansmcd, Dec 13, 2011
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
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 belgbeerdrinker
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
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

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 06, 2007
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
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 Bockerdoppel91
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +14%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of vancurly
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

vancurly, Aug 02, 2006
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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.