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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!!!!

Edit

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

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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
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