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Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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77
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 46
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 Otterburn
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Macca
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of WHROO
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of Cs1987
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of sterstar1
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 ?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.