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Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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76
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.54%
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 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 foles
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately I commited a beer sin and drank this directly from the bottle. And it was quite enjoyable too.

The smell is roasted malts, with chocolate, which was very attractive. This is why I dont think it is a english dark mild ale. Also the carbonation was basically like that of a bottom fermented beer. I was thinking a lighter tasting dunkel. There is no bitterness to speak of.

The taste is very smooth & drinkable, but lacking any real flavour profile that would make it excel.

Overall, enjoyable and one of the cheaper beers by Aussie standards.

foles, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of RDAdams
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had several in pubs across Australia in early December 2007.
It is the best of the Australian beers I tasted.

Appearamce: It's not quite as black as Guiness and pours a medium shade of black with a full tan head that slowly fades into a lacing.

Smell: A bartender in Armidale, NSW suggested I let it sit to warmup for a few minutes, He was right. The sweetness in the aroma becomes more profound when you pickup the mild hint of chocolate, roasted malt, and just a smidgen of hops.

Taste: It's everything you would expect from an ESB - low hops, malt, spices, and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has that slightly-full body desired by those of us who like to chew our beer.

Drinkability: I prefer most ales to American lagers. To me this is a great session beer. If it weren't for my schedule, I'd still be sitting in a pub in OZ drinking Tooheys OLD.

RDAdams, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of onid678
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

onid678, Nov 27, 2007
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 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, Jun 30, 2007
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 Finite
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Finite, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of TheBierBand
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I lived in OZ for a year and this was my beer of choice while there. It is a nice dark beer. Not too robust but very smooth.

The bartenders pour from the tap usually starts with a nice 1/2" to 3/4" head which slowly disipates. Toohey's Old will leave some minor lacing down the side of glass as you drink.

The carbonation is on the light side, but the smell comes through nicely with a hint of sweetness and very little hoppiness.

The taste confirms the hint of sweetness and lack of bitter hops

Overall, I rate this beer highly. I have fond memories while partaking of this beer.

TheBierBand, Oct 11, 2006
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
Photo of jarmby1711
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ?

jarmby1711, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

BeerNutta, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
2.33/5  rDev -29.2%
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

DaveFL1976, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of amicar
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tasted somewhere in the vicinity of Maitland...

Nice black but still see- through color with slightly off white head. Slight smell of roated malts and tiny spiciness. Tastes nice; mild roast flavors and slight sweet carmel touch, without being the slightest bit "in your face." Is a bit on the thin side, and personally, I like my roast malts a little more standoffish. However, the light touch with the roast malts and smooth mouthfeel make it easy to drop a few back.

amicar, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of annatar
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

annatar, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of Kulrak
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Kulrak, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.18/5  rDev -64.1%
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.

Weizenmensch, Aug 13, 2004
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 29, 2004
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really the best Australian beer around. Pours jet black with a nice fluffy head. Great aroma of chocolate and some spices. This however, is not a stout. Its more of a black ale, similar to a belgian black ale or a german schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but nothing bad. Flavor is rich and inviting, with a nice hop bite after the chocolate. Australia had a lot of crappy brews and most of Toohey's offerings were in that group. This one, however is not.

ChrisBowers, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

diablo14, Oct 15, 2003
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 Kwak
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This low alcohol beer has a bubbly head a little rocky like a milk shake a good shade of tan.
This beer has a bold body with a nice strong brown color.
I enjoyed the flavor, bitter chocolate, spice's and nut's.

The finish was dry with the slightest bit of alcohol flavoring.

I liked this one!

Kwak, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of Anonmatel
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Anonmatel, May 01, 2002
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
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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.