Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing
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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
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-10-2011 05:23:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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
2.58/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +14.9%
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!!!!
Go-to winter beer these days.
I am now used to a wonderful roast sweet malt aroma, and easy drinkability.
07-09-2011 12:53:54 | More by heygeebee
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
06-05-2011 04:35:50 | More by CrazyDavros
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
11-07-2010 01:05:56 | More by drtth
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
3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
(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
11-10-2009 14:15:14 | More by rhoadsrage
4.08/5 rDev +24%
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.
08-29-2009 21:16:53 | More by yeastbite
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-27-2009 10:50:02 | More by LittleCreature
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured a brown colors. looks creamy with a nice head
second tooheys product that I try, and the taste is good. easy to drink as well. Another decent brew from Tooheys. I like the big size bottle as well. Mouth feel is creamy a bit, not too much, smells good. overall good beer.
06-03-2009 07:53:23 | More by Otterburn
4.05/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
05-15-2009 20:57:26 | More by Buebie
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
3.55/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-01-2009 07:47:02 | More by Macca
3.7/5 rDev +12.5%
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...
10-03-2008 09:42:23 | More by WHROO
3.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-24-2008 02:33:38 | More by Cs1987
3.75/5 rDev +14%
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.
04-15-2008 22:48:13 | More by sterstar1
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
Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.