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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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3,921 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,921
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 123
Gots: 340 | FT: 5
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.

12 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001)
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techfed87

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours a moderate-sized head. Color is a dark yellow/bronze.

Smells starkly bitter, almost to the tune of some very dry wines.

Taste is almost like that of mead, with a definite honey presence. It's taste is strong and very unique. I haven't had a beer quite like it. As it warms, the complexities become more apparent, which add to the flavor immensely. You have to give it to the sheer flavor of this beer, it's very in your face, which is amazing if you like its style. However, I fear it may be too much for those who are on the fence about trying it for the first time.

My advise: if you're into the extreme, this is definitely a beer for you. If you're skiddish, I may suggest some easier brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:09:34 | More by techfed87
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gunnerman

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of the Midas touch to see what the ancients used to drink. Poured into a pint glass, very reddish golden color with no head and heavy carbination. Smell is amazing with fresh sweet ripe fruits, I can smell graps and mangos along with some roasted malt. Taste really got me, very fruity but tasty you want to make sure you swish this beer around your palate to truly appreicate the ripe fruit flavors, very good tasted like sweet grapes. Another good addition from the master crafters at DogFish head.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 23:07:53 | More by gunnerman
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper with a half inch of off-white head, shrinking to a thin glaze, ringed around glass, and lacing falling down the glass. Aroma, while not the most appealing, is a neat mix of unusual elements, such as honey, biscut, light fruits, grapes, and saffron, combining to give a decidedly mead-like quality to it. An A for effort.

The taste is much the same, only more pleasant. Starts with honey and light fruits, grapes with a spicy bitterness that grows into saffron and ends with a warm mead-like sweetness under a funny, bitter ending, like the saffron combing with an almost tannic quality.

Quite a complex beer here, with layers of easily identifiable strata, but still needing to be explored. Not a stand alone beer, I'd like to have this with a grilled salmon fillet or something. Good effort on a beer with tons of character

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 22:08:34 | More by objectivemonkey
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jreitman

California

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with little head and a lot of carbonation. You can definitely taste the muscat grapes they use in here and not much else. For what it is, I really enjoyed it as a beverage. The only reason I would dock it points is if I knew there were going after a certain style and did not follow specs. Very interesting and worth a try, especially if you enjoy dessert wines.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 09:03:20 | More by jreitman
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold from Finch's tap to a 10oz goblet a semi translucent honey'd gold with a single finger off white foamy head lasting just a bit with nice lace.

big sweet, floral aroma, slighty citrus and lemon rind with a bit of spice.

spicy forward, sweet honey follows along with hints of tart citrus.

smooth and creamy, slick on the tongue with a bit of heat on the way down.

drinkable - yep.

one of my favorite beers, and interestingly a bit more spicy on tap that from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 23:33:50 | More by robwestcott
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bfields4

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Comes to a light orange with a head that quickly dissipates. Not quite opaque with carbonation coming through.

Citrus grapefruit smell. A little even sweeter than the traditional grapfruity hops smells.

Alcohol and spice provide a nice intro to a little sweet honey that mingles well with the grapefruit bitter tastes. It almost seems that the tastes are a pho IPA close to an IPA, but all the flavors are just a little different.

A big, full carbonation make for a nice frothy mouthfeel for this complexly flavored beer, but not something that I would drink more than one or two of.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:36:10 | More by bfields4
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scottfrie

California

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
12oz bottle into SN tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color with a thin fluffy head that didn't stick around. Faint lace.
S: Vanilla, honey, bubblegum, mint, cotton candy, and white grapes. Notes of earthy grains, light malt and slight floral hops. Strong mint bubblegum or toothpaste. Slight alcohol and cough-syrup smell.
T: Bubblegum/cotton candy, rubbing alcohol/cough syrup, melted plastic, rubber, saphron, and slight sour notes. Reminds me of that ballon in a tub stuff where you put a blob of orange plastic on the end of a straw and blow air into it to make plastic bubbles. Slight honey.
M: Rich and creamy, soft, with good carbonation. Finish has a bit of a bite and slightly warms the throat.
D: Not for everyone. My parents hated it. Unique and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:55:57 | More by scottfrie
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Even in 3500 BC, beer looked exactly like beer. Not much head, but you can forgive that for a 9% abv. A nice gold tinted straw ale color, and for lack of a style to compare to, I'll call it an average beer appearance.

S- Fruity, malty nose, I catch a hint of what at first seems like Belgian brett, but that seems upon further inspection to be the grapes. This brings on a sweet & syrupy aroma, followed up by a hint of alcohol. Complex and genuinely pleasant.

T- Wow, not what I expected after the smell. A strong berry/grape flavor, and yet not very sweet. Meady and winey, just as advertised, and very rich, like a lighter version of Samichlaus. I can see an ancient king liking this.

M- Thick, syrupy, coating, this lets you know it was there. Again, a lot like a Samichlaus.

D- Not an everyday beer by any means, and not a pounder, but a nice occasional desserty delicacy.

The last of DfH's 'Ancient Ales' that I've tried, and I'd say it's the best for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:10:08 | More by rawthar
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear golden color with a minimal white head.

Nose is wheaty, sweet, and grainy with clover hints.

Taste is grainy and malty, a hint of alcohol, and honey sweetness.

Feels moderate to full with mild carbonation that has a sharp tingle as it goes down.

Like a trippel with some honey and clover sweetness. Pretty enjoyable beer. Would definitely have again but too strong to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 00:06:12 | More by Cylinsier
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aubuc1

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a light clear orange with a thin white head. Steady carbonations rising.

Smell is of sour grapes, spice, and some malt. Very interesting.

Taste is odd. Definite grapeskin taste, honey, and mellow malt.

Full mouthfeel and very drinkable for the high abv.

Interesting beer that is definitely worth the try. Dogfish head does it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:36:03 | More by aubuc1
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diamondc

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had Midas Touch on tap a few times, and enjoyed this marriage of wine/beer/mead. Bottled on date was 07/29/09.

Not much going on in the appearance department. It's golden colored, yeah, but the head dissipates quickly leaving just a small steady stream of bubbles to the top (thanks to the Duvel glass). No sign of lacing either.

The aroma is very nice though. Grapes, honey, lavender, oranges, a bit of alcohol rearing in the background.

The taste was at first very wine-like .. white grapes and honey dominate over the malt. A bit of a toffee taste does come up towards the end when warmed up to room temperature along with a black peppery spiciness. Hops are almost non-existent here. Very unique and tasty.

There is only a slight hotness on the aftertaste. The brisk carbonation keeps this from becoming a syrup-y affair. The high ABV makes this a good sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 08:30:42 | More by diamondc
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an oddball!

Golden orange color. Almost no head, a little lacing.

Smells honeyed, fruity, grapey, yeasty, sweet.

Tastes honeyed, tropical fruity, mandarin oranges, grapey, like a white wine. Delicious. Tastes like a golden belgian ale also.

Mouthfeel is good, certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 06:44:33 | More by sacrelicio
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sopor

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is an interesting and unique brew! Lots of fruity spicy flavors, and I like Saffron. I also get a kick out of the fact that it's almost as expensive as pot!

Sparkling pale gold with minimal champagne-like head, very inactive. Smells spicy and fruity with a slight tang and bread notes.

Light fruity malts with definite fruit flavors and and spices. I knw what saffron tastes like so I can pick that flavor out, and it's good! Honey, saffron and the muscat grapes are distinct but light. Some candy sweetness and vinous-champagne qualities.

Slick but not overly thick & heavy, the carbonation is next to non-existant. A very tasty sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 20:47:04 | More by sopor
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mexikrainian

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Golden Draak tulip.

Aroma: honey cloves, vanilla and spicy.

Appearance: deep golden hue with short-lived white lace.

Mouthfeel: medium body.

Taste: syrupy, crisp and metallic with bitter finish.

Overall impression: rich, crisp and unique with high alcohol. very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:07:53 | More by mexikrainian
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden honey colored brew that is slightly hazy with a bright white finger thick head that is reduced to a nice wispy layer.

Smells of honey, grapes some yeast and herbal, earthy hops.

Tastes interesting. There is a pronounced spiciness up front with this brew that may be off putting to some (not me however) - white grapes, and there is some honey in the back with some hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Medium, leaves a coating on the tongue. Carbonation is good.

This is a different brew - not in a bad way. Easily one of the best of the style that I've had. I actually could session this. Caseworthy - although the abv and initial taste (let it warm) may leave more for me if I'm sharing...giggity, giggity...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 18:40:20 | More by ujsplace
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marburg

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer would have been served to royalty. I'm not going to say that this is *that* superb that it's fit for kings. But conceptually, this is a very experiential, regally flavored beer. Lots of flavor, lots of aroma, lots of oomph.

A bit hazy. Melon orange and rich, dark gold in color. Intense spiciness. Incredibly aromatic -- floral, honey, golden raisins (wrong DFH beer, I know; but it's there, I'm sure of it), and pulverized, dilluted plum skin lending a mouth-wateringly unripe sort of fragrance. Definitely alcoholic. A big sweetness. Honey and exotic spices. I suppose that characteristic aroma and flavor I can't put my finger on might be the saffron that this is brewed with. Very much a sensory overload sort of beer. Sheer experimentation. While not all that subtle, it's fascinating stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 16:04:14 | More by marburg
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a traditional dark amber color. The smell is impressive, mostly like dark malts with a hint of alcohol. The taste is pretty original. A lot like the dark malts, but there are a few spices and things added that make it unique it a lot of ways. A coriander-like taste gives it a light touch, while the hops give it a lingering taste on the tongue. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 00:24:03 | More by Toddv29424
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle...

A - Pours a cloudy amber body, with a white creamy head, which then disappears completely.

S - Smells very sweet and fruity. The aroma is screaming "Honey!". Hints of cherries, grapes and caramelю

T - The flavour profile is quite rich: lots of honey, apples, both red and white grapes, cherries, plums, caramel. Also a bit spicy. The finish is sweet and smooth.

M - Pretty thick mouthfeel; syrupy, yet not difficult to drink. Very smooth and soft on the palate. The alcohol is masked well for 9% abv.

O - This is a very interesting beer that reminds me of Belgian dubbels, minus the yeast. This is a great experimental beer with a solid malt backbone, interesting ingredients, and no hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:25:33 | More by NightINgale
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weazal

California

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Mostly grain, but also some sticky, raw honey with a bright/sharp herby note - like mint.

T: Saturated in honey sweetness. Relatively light body, mild spices, and then a deluge of yummy honey sweetness. Not the most complex and not, by any means, unpalatably saccharine - in fact, you keep wanting to go back for another sip! The sweetness lingers in your mouth forever!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 07:06:58 | More by weazal
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small head forms atop this rather light-colored and HIGHLY bubbly brew. That will be the only time I use the word light to describe this beer though.
Permeations of honey, sweet malts, and alcohol erupt in the nostrils. An almost scotch ale kind of mouthfeel pleases my palate as I notice quite a warming effect from the alcohol, however no offensive tones from the high ABV. Syrupy sweet maltiness is sheer domination in the overall experience . Muscat grapes and saffron are mentioned on the label as being a part of this beer, but I fail to pick them up. Possibly a slightly higher serving temperature and a bit more maturing might enhance these ingredients? The power of the alcohol towards finishing this beer is a bit tongue-numbing and that is quite ok with me as it doesn't provide much of any unwanted lingering aftertastes.
Definitely something special here, albeit a bit pricey, but worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 03:11:52 | More by AudioGilz
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FightOnAlum

California

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 12oz bootle from tulip and can say this a very different brew and definitely blurs the line of ale, wine, wild beer etc...
I personally enjoy something different/innovative and this is just that. Definitely notice the explosion of flower like smells as well as honey, saffron taste like no others which goes down with a smooth sweet silkiness.

Flower & Herb adventure gets my thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:52:31 | More by FightOnAlum
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a honey/orange/reddish color, I assume the color was somewhat influenced by the use of saffron. It was fairly clear with a slight chill haze to it. Decent carbonation. The head that was produced was of a butter cream/tan color that when first poured rose and stayed for a time before it fell to a ring on the edges. Its body was cloud like fluffy. There was some lace present. The aromas were different then I expected, sweet, honey and grapes dominated the aroma with hints of spices (allspice), saffron, light herbs and alcohol. The tastes were fairly simple, flavors of honey, and alcohol hit you first, then sweet malts, followed by some dark fruit and apricot, and sweet grapes, then as it left my mouth hints of saffron and wine were left. The aftertaste was fairly faint, mostly sweet honey and wine. The body was medium. Once warm it became thicker, creamier and slightly sweeter in the mouth. A pleasure to drink and would drink again on a cool night. Enjoyable served cold and a punch as it warmed, which I enjoyed. Better to let it warm a few degrees.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 00:49:51 | More by Jarod
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature tulip pours a crisp bubbly gold with a thin diminishing head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma is an interesting blend of sweet malts and spice with a touch of mead-like honey. Taste is a nicely complex blend of honey, sweet malts, sweet fruit and spice with just a trace of hops. The beer is certainly on the heavy side of medium, but it is subdued by a dry smoothness and slight carbonation. I remember having this one a few years back and not liking it, I must say, I like this one now!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 23:58:36 | More by atsprings
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C20Percent

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden pale yellow with nice amount of bubbles with an off-white head.

S: Sweet. Fruity. Malty. Almost a champagne smell with hints of vanilla.

T: Rush of spice, with a malty lingering finish. Not off-putting, though. Honey? Vanilla? A sweet champagne taste.

M: Medium to think body -- a bit syrupy when it first hits the tongue.

O: I do like this beer. Just not quite my cup of tea. Definite honey flavors, but doesn't taste of Mead like Port City Tidings. Grapes are giving it the champagne taste. Very good sipping beer. Would probably drink again for a change of pace. Would probably give it a 4.2 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:30:05 | More by C20Percent
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden amber with one-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Mild sweet malt and honey.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Honey and toasted malt flavors. Spiced finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly warm going down. Very drinkable even considering the high ABV.

O: The aroma and taste were a bit more mild than I was hoping for. The strongest thing this beer has going for it is its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:36:41 | More by SolipsismalCat
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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