Tooheys Brewing

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Tooheys Brewing
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #49
Ranked #29,067
3.31 | pDev: 17.22%
Jan 04, 2023
Mar 30, 2002
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 3.63 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 07, 2021
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Reviewed by JacintoCupboard from Australia

3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This an outlier on the Australian beer scene; an old fashioned dark mild ale. It's a better beer than Coopers Dark Ale which is a relative newcomer. Toohey's Dark Ale has a fair amount of residual malt sweetness. It is lightly hopped. There are burnt caramel flavours, but not to excess and some pleasant fruity esters. (The Coopers equivalent overdoes the hops and is a trifle overcooked with the burnt toffee aromas, and imo is too dry to be a true mild ale. All of which points to a concession to their core hipster demographic and lovers of their IPA offering.)

The only major fault with Tooheys Old is it sometimes comes undercarbonated and struggles to keep a head. Accordingly, the mouthfeel is on occasions disappointing.
Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by RichardLeahy from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From 375 ml bottle. I rarely see it on tap in Queensland. L. Hard to see but appears appropriate, dark with modest head. S. Coffee, dark grain. T. A little hint of chocolate but otherwise coffee, dark grain and a little smoky. Dry but not bitter finish. F. Light for the colour and taste but not overly carbonated. O. My favourite everyday Australian dark ale, although challenged these days by White Rabbit Dark Ale which is becoming more readily available.

I have reconsidered my review from nearly 4 years ago and upped just about everything. The best big brewery beer in Australia, and still my favorite everyday Australian dark ale.
Oct 05, 2018
Rated: 3.27 by BucBasil from Rwanda

Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by travelguy from Ohio

Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Wil986 from Australia

3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Ahh, Tooheys Old. It's this or Carlton Black for me when at the pub. Nice and mild dark flavours, not overly hoppy but certainly a good roasted flavour. Probably better off tap than in the bottle. I am biased, it is my favourite macro beer.

For me it is a better balanced beer than it's Victorian rival.
May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Mar 09, 2016
Rated: 3.18 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jan 19, 2016
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Rated by m_dorling from Australia

3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Great value dark beer!
Aug 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.
Jun 17, 2015
Rated: 2.67 by JackieKu from Taiwan

Jun 10, 2015
Rated: 3.43 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 30, 2015
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Rated by Andrewziggy from Australia

2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
Very watery nutty smoke and earth
Dec 18, 2014
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Reviewed by SmashPants from Australia

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.
Dec 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by nitrofenix from Australia

Nov 19, 2014
Rated: 3 by NorCalAussie from California

Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 3.6 by Flashbac from Germany

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 3.24 by Stuckey_Stuckey from Australia

Sep 23, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by patre_tim from Thailand

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by NeoClassicist from New York

Sep 12, 2014
Rated: 3.22 by emincems from Turkey

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by chogm54 from Australia

Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by endless1408 from England

May 31, 2014
Rated: 2 by Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

May 08, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Bobhoya from Arizona

Feb 20, 2014
Rated: 2 by Vanz from Australia

Jan 27, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by admiral from Australia

Jan 26, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2013
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
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.
Dec 05, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by jeremy3311 from Ohio

Dec 02, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Gasc0igne from Australia

Nov 22, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by tangoafterdark from Indiana

Oct 31, 2013
Rated: 2.25 by LathouXaris from Australia

Sep 15, 2013
Rated: 3 by pin from Australia

May 21, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Rwalford74 from Australia

May 10, 2013
Rated: 2 by bthaddad from Australia

Apr 14, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by magpieken from Australia

Apr 08, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by magnusdave from New York

Feb 26, 2013
Rated: 3 by Bill235 from Ohio

Feb 22, 2013
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