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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

4,224 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,224
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 140
Gots: 491 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a strange beer for sure. And yet, with my past travels involving dessert wines and mead, perhaps less than I'd think. Poured into a flute glass from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a golden, yellow hazed color complete with decent carbonation and a modest little head. Bubbles glide up this thing (in part, thanks to the flute glass) in a very champagne-like feel. It actually looks a lot like a slightly carbonated dessert wine that has specifically used grapes affected by noble rot. A ring rests at the top as the remaining carbonation settles. The look is slightly cloudy and unfiltered, and while I haven't poured the remaining residue from the bottle into the glass, I have a feeling doing so would highly alter the flavor. More on this later.

Definitely lots of sweetened, dried grape aromas right up front, with a dab of honey and herbal varieties soon following afterwards. Definitely quite astringent, especially for a beer so low on IBUs. Rather than hold any hoppiness (indeed, there's literally no hops here), the herbs blend with the alcohol to create a prickly sensation on the nostrils. There's a slight musty, funky flavor resembling grape peel and wine must that coats the mouth and nose about a minute after sniffing it. Definitely a little bit of honey increases in presence as this warms up, but the grape tartiness is the most overpowering phenolic result here.

At the front of the tongue, this is filled with a pilsen malt, slightly bright yet grainy syrupy flavor. Unlike the aroma, where the grapes were fully at the front, they seem far more muted behind the barley notes. A little bit of honey follows once again (this time more noticeable), and the saffron and previous spices resembling rosemary, basil, and more medicinal characters are very subtle - often resembling a mild spiciness that melds once again with the alcohol. Alcohol is not noticeable. The honey definitely is trying to win this battle here, but I can't tell if it reminds me of honey-like malts, or actual sweet honey. Either way, it IS very sweet as a result, and the feel is kind of sticky, slightly astringent, yet not too overpowering. And while I don't mind sweetened beverages like this, I do think one whole bottle of this might be too much for me, as I'm starting to get a little dizzy with all the sugar going on here. Not sure if it's caused by the high alcohol, the chemical composition of the grapes, or the honey... But it's definitely strong.

Okay, it's definitely a really interesting experimental beer, and the concept behind it is great because it gives you a modern day interpretation of an ancient fermented beverage recipe. Works well as a digéstif, especially after a slightly zesty meal. VERY sweet and slightly astringent though (yet not acidic or dry), so keep that in mind before trying this. Can't give this a super high score for drinkability, although in terms of creativity it definitely gets recognition from me.

Post-script: Pouring the remaining residue in is recommended after all. It gets slightly smoothened out, with a yeasty profile becoming slightly more predominant and reducing any thinness or excessive sweetness.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 4,224 ratings.