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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,594 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,594
Hads: 4,517
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 174
Gots: 757 | FT: 7
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 10-31-2001

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
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Reviews: 1,594 | Hads: 4,517
Photo of IAmAPenguin
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: orange zest, herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and plum wine. Appearance: see through copper with a thin foam top. Taste: grape juice overtones with fairly complex notes of slick molasses, plums, figs, sweet orange peel, saffron, herbs, resinous hop oils and graham cracker malt base. Overall, this is a very interesting beer with a huge grape fruit juiciness to it. I can also taste the honey and it works well with the graham cracker tasting malts. Very unique beer. A rating. (475 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Midas touch

appearance: orange amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice malts, sweet grape, and a nice sweetness.

Taste: bold bitter barley, thick honey-like syrup without the sweetness, and a light grape flavor.

Mouthfeel: thick but medium in body.

This beer is just in your face bold and thick. While higher in alcohol content, it is masked decently. The flavors are strong. This is what I imagine a concentrated barleywine to taste like. (487 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle as a gift brought home from Virginia for me:
Medium amber & a small, bubbly white head on top that holds pretty well considering this is a 9% abv. beer.

Bitter and subdued at first but with a bit of effort the background sweetness, grapes and honey come through stronger thankfully. There is plenty of spice, some of which seems to linger a bit and this is followed by a solid malt smell and some caramel too.

Strong malts & caramel backing it up, honey plus a pinch of spice follow. Strong with some floral flavours coming into the mix as well.

Full bodied with medium to high carbonation & plenty of spice. Dry towards the end qith some alcohol but this is relatively well hidden.

Very nice again from Dogfish Head but nowhere near as good as their 90 Minute IPA which goes to show just how good that particular offering was. I enjoyed this one more and more as I worked my way down the glass, possibly due to the alcohol content but it was certainly a good beer. (982 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a modest white head that dissipates into a ring around the rim.

Sweet grape, honey, grainy malt, and spices form the initial aroma. Toasted notes and underlying scents of raisin and vinous tones add complexity.

Flavor is dominated by toasted malt and slightly cloying honey, with hints of grapes adding complexity. Saffron is subtle and lightly savory. The finish is a touch dry and bready.

Body is smooth and on the full side, with moderate to low carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth. There's a touch of tannic astringency.

Interesting brew, with more malt than I recall. Not as complex as it could've been, especially for the price. There's a diacetyl note that surfaces in the aftertaste and detracts, as well. (763 characters)

Photo of langstrom
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Bright and gold. Clear, little head with large carbonation that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Not impressive. It smells like a glass of beer you pick up the day after a party and smell for no reason at all. Well, that smell and a hint of light fruitiness.

Taste: The aftertaste is the strongest positive of this beer; it's light, fruity and pleasant. The initial flavor seems too malty and bitter. The high ABV is apparent in the flavor, and the bitterness quickly leaves and there is a subtle introduction of grapes and sweetness. For a quick moment, you wonder if you just drank champagne.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. Feels fresh and light. Unfortunately that's not a saving grace here.

Overall: I'm disappointed by this Dogfish, and I won't likely buy it again. It tastes pleasant for its ABV, but that's also not a saving grace for a beer. The fruitiness does not do enough for the bitterness and strong taste of alcohol. (931 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack at Table and Vine. Beer poured nicely and has a very clear, yellow appearance. Definitely lives up to the "gold" theme. Very thin head at first until nothing much was left and thin lacing. Fruity aromas of grapes and honey, along with a spice I cannot put my finger on. Definitely an attractive smell. Taste was decent; the beer was sweet with grapes and a citrus flavoring with a touch of that honey that you can smell. Nothing that made me go "wow", but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Very refreshing beer; light and crisp, but the drink warrants slow drinking thanks to its almost wine-like flavoring. Overall, an interesting drink indeed. (656 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't in love with this one from Dogfish Head. I like the feel of the Belgian styles in this beer. But I don't know if I got the honey in this one. I did feel like it was a sweet beer. No hops, and not bitter at all. This beer feels like a lot of malt was used in this one.

The aroma was decent with some herbs, and a slight sweetness.
The look of this beer was light, with a slight amber look. The head was gone quickly.

Overall a solid beer, but not one of my favorites. It didn't live up to other beers from Dogfish head for me. (539 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Excellent fruit beer by DFH. Pours a light golden with a quickly receding white head. Aroma of pears, honey, and a bit of light spice. Sweet and tart, with pears dominating, a bit of honey. Not too sweet, and has a nice dry finish. Medium high carbonation. Worth a try! (302 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had this twice. Once from the bottle and once from a glass. The pour was reality dark, with almost zero head. (might have been our glassware). The first thing I notice was spice, spice filled aroma. Putting my nose into the glass, I could sense more of the different spices here. But honestly, I would have a hard time to identify one spice.
I could pick up less spices on the taste, but had a nice smooth taste of honey and a soft semi-sweet grape. The spice was still there, but nothing to really talk about.

I am happy I tried another of their Ancient series. Good, but not really my style. (600 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 5/6/13, so 5 months old. Got this bottle after the wife declared, "You'd better finish this one". Naturally, I accepted the challenge.

Poured a hazy yellow with 1 finger of white foamy head. This did diminish, but stayed as a coating. Some lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell was most enjoyable. Hints of a belgian saison and yeast, with a sweetness coming up from the honey I guess. No bubblegumming.

Taste was quite delicious, getting the sweetness, some bitterness around the edge of the tongue, and what I think was the grapes at the very back of the mouth.

Mouth was about medium, some drying at the end, leaving a sweet slightly grapey taste.

Overall, a pretty interesting beer, which I' ve had several times before, and always enjoyed as being something different. The wife has another one tucked away somewhere, so hopefully she won't want to finish that one either. :) (950 characters)

Photo of TxMdScotty298
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was really interested to try this beer after reading that Dogfish Head made this recipe from findings in a burial tomb in Sumeria. I thought of what the ancient people thought of such a "mind altering" beverage. Beer is one of the worlds oldest forms of payment and this still holds true today. I mean hell, I have helped friends move and do other things for a case of beer. Haven't you? Although I don't think I would worked all day in the desert heat building a pyramid for a ration of beer. Either way, great job Dogfish Head, thanks for taking me back to ancient times. (575 characters)

Photo of Shangus
2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up this beer, and it tasted exactly like steel reserve. If I had known, i wouldn't have paid almost fourteen dollars for a four pack and just got a 40oz of malt liquor. I couldn't taste grape or honey like they claim they use on the bottle. (249 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with an orange tint, leaving almost no head and little lacing.

Smell is of fruit and honey at first with a hint of buttery bread later.

Taste is light fruit and honey up front with a faint taste of bread coming in later. The 9% ABV is undetectable.

Mouth feel is heavier than expected. Almost like diluted syrup. Heavily carbonated with tiny champagne-like bubbles.

Interesting hybrid of beverage styles. I see elements of beer, wine, champagne and mead here. Pretty good. (492 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thin head with short retention but leaving a constant ring.
Aroma of honey, herbs, grapes and flowers and a light hint of stomach acid.
Very unique herbal taste with notes of apple juice, saffron, honey and white wine.
Light to medium body with good carbonation, slightly sticky. Alcohol of 9% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Worth it a try given the experiment to produce a very old ale, but I am glad some nun came out with the idea to add hops. (466 characters)

Photo of Matthew_Taylor
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A read of the label on this beer tells quite an interesting story of long lost brewing methods and ancient grains. A dramatic tale for what equates to a flavored ale.

The pout results in almost no head, and the color is akin to apple juice. A very fruity nose with the scent of sweet dark grapes.

The taste results in a reminder of the head, with a grape juice taste. A tad hoppy on the finish, but the grape masks much of the other flavors of this brew. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a unique flavor.

A heavy carbonation in this beer which makes it taste more like a candy than a beer, but it's a different taste and worth a sample. (649 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On the lighter side of orange but still lighter than gold, Midas Touch has a softly tinted head that's decently sized and holds together pretty well, though it doesn't have a lot of stick to it. Lacing isn't bad, but the hold is stronger than the cling.
The saffron seems to be imparting a perfumey note in the aroma; at least, I assume it's that and it's similar to the relatively few whiffs of saffron i've taken over the years. The honey imparts the underlying essence rather than sweetness, as expected, and it's pretty tart and vinous. All in all, this is quite an interesting beer. A little strength would improve it, as the complexity could be drawn out more.
This has a surprising creamy sort of sweetness in the tartness and the bright acidity. There's a bit of spiciness to it as well. While alcohol isn't hiding, it's implemented well. As vinous as the nose, it's not too different as the honey and perfumey saffron comes out. More spiciness comes out into the finish, and the finish is the full medley.
The body is medium, while the vinous character dries it out some. It's almost a little woody on the palate. Something like solvency thins it a little and adds a hint of an odd bite. (1,196 characters)

Photo of johnnymauler
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet yet dry but very tasty, good with spicy foods. Almost tastes like a mead meets a moscato meets a beer. I don't see how they compare this beer to chardonnay as it is more like moscato and honey. I definitely enjoyed this beer and would get it again based on the food I am having. It is a bit pricey. (304 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always been fond of this brew and consider it to be one of my gateway ones to craft beer...err... mead.

Served in a DFH Alehouse oversized snifter.

A: Poured a fairly clear, bright orange, with a slight bit of chill hazy and a lazy head.

S: Definitely grapes and quite a bit of acid (stomach, that is)... or maybe that's just soggy barley? DFH signature profile in spades.

T: Delectable honey flavor from the get-go that I found very inviting without being overbearingly sweet. I got a bit of that "breakfast cereal" quality from the nose on there but nothing offending. Saffron isn't exactly my favorite spice in the world, but it kinda works here.

M: Very thick, like slightly diluted honey, low carbonation, and virtually no lacing left on the glass.

O: I could never have more than one at a time, but this is damn good stuff. (840 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap in the tasting room at Dogfish Head. It poured a luminous, hazy orange with a bright, thick white head. At the beginning of the nose, I noticed citrus but that quickly gave way to a white wine smell from the grapes used. I didn't find any saffron. The taste was something sweet (honey, white grapes?) meets butter. The mouthfeel was tight carbonation with a yeast strain aftertaste.

This was my first ancient ale. It would probably be a great beer for those who like champagne. (494 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy golden color with a medium head that sticks to the glass.

Smell: I smell the grapes and honey (at least I think I do) but the smell is dominated by butter. I don't know what to expect from saffron, so maybe it's there or maybe it's not. Either way, not nearly as bold of a smell as I predicted, but the alcohol seems to be concealed.

Taste: Again, butter, somehow. Honey is in there too, and the grape, which I could barely make out in the smell, I just can't find in the taste. Starts off tasting like, say, a 5% ABV beer and finishes tasting like the 9% ABV beer that it is. The taste is complex, and I can't pinpoint everything that is going on, and that's a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Rather creamy, with a medium-heavy mouthfeel. It's pleasant until later into the taste when the alcohol and spice start to burn and it gets a little bit sticky on the tongue.

Overall: I probably don't know enough about "ancient beer" to know what should or should not be here. Do I like it? Yes, it's interesting, and I appreciate the flavor profile. However, the butter smell and flavor, whether intended or not, is a bit much, and the alcohol, while well hidden during the first 80% of the test, overpowers everything in the finish. A good beer to try to say you had it, but not something that would work as an everyday beer. (1,345 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a orange amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- white grapes, touch of honey, and herbal/floral aromas.

Taste- white grapes, honey, herbal notes. This brew is different from what I am normally accustomed to. Finishes sweet (like white grape juice).

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- For my first ancient ale, this delivers a unique flavour profile. (422 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed at the Tap House over 20 minutes.
Golden appearance, obviously--nothing special. Decent clarity. Thin head falls fast, leaving little lacing.
Buttery sweet scents with mild herbal notes.
Tastes like a honeyed version of the nose with a winey edge. Fairly bland and short.
The mouth is soft and uneventful, contributing to the lack of length in the taste experience. But it's smooth enough to be drinkable with a high alcohol content that's not very noticeable.
Overall, this brew is not much of a beer, and not adoptive of the best qualities of mead, either. A fusion of styles that fizzled. (600 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of honey, grass, grapes and a slight breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet honey, earthy/grassy notes, bready malts, grapes and a touch of white wine.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (526 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer that I really wanted to like...

A-Head dissipated quickly, yellow with a hint of orange
S-Smells sweet, and you get a grape must funk
T-Very complex, there are many enjoyable layers, perhaps too many for my inexperienced palate.
M-Good carbonation for the high alcohol content, fine bubbles
O-This is a flavorful beer that is not an everyday experience, I would say that you should try it once, its just not for me. (433 characters)

Photo of DFlynn
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosted pint glass. Poured smoothly to a 1/4" white head. Probably should have used a goblet in hindsight.

A - 1/4" head disappeared quickly. Orange, slightly copper color. Fine carbonation rising throughout a 10 minute delay.

S - white grapes from the start, maybe a touch of cinnamon.

T - sweet hit first, followed by a finish of warm spices and caramel

M - much more full bodied than expected from the look. Carbonation returned with the taste - somewhat fooled by the appearance.

O - good overall, probably best enjoyed post meal, or with a sweet-ish main course.

This is a very complex beer that could be perceived many different ways. I had just finished a spicy Antipasto salad, and I'm sure that influenced my comments. (766 characters)

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.