Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,287
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
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Gots: 519 | FT: 3
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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:
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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Photo of wcintula
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer might just be a little too off the wall for me.

Pours an orangey color with a bit of cloudy head, the beer is a little hazy. The smell is strong of grape and honey, like juice. The taste is like a very spiked grape juice a bit of a shock to my senses. There is a sense of spice and there is a very warming estery feel from the alcohol. The body has a bit of carbonation to it and is somewhat velvety.

I left the unfinished bottle by bedside in a 60 degree room over night and picked it up again in the morning to find that the grape did mellow out and after a bit of oxidation it was a bit more enjoyable, and drinkable. I don't think I'll go after this again too soon.

Photo of Chico1985
1.65/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle date is 6-30-10. Pours perfectly see through amber orange, small white head turns to ring and cap. Plenty of slow rising carbonation bubbles.

First thing that comes to mind upon smelling is a bready macro scent. Once it warms it's followed by huge floral notes and sickeningly sweet fruit.

A completely messy, awful mix of flowers, perfume, bread and honey, white wine, finishing with a lingering taste of cheap vodka. Heat burns in my chest like I just had a shitty mixed drink. IT BURNS!!!

I had high hopes for this for some reason. I got about 6oz in before a drainpour which I rarely do. I can't understand how anyone could enjoy this.

Photo of NYRfan4ever
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a different beer, but that is what we have come to love from DFH. The alcohol is definitely apparent in the taste, but not overbearing. The same goes for it being sweet, they include honey in the recipe so of course its going to be sweet but it's not too sweet like many other beers. Definitely would recommend this beer to anyone who is looking for an easy to drink sipper.

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, clear. Lots of nice fine bubbles. Creamy head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Perfumy, hay, some touch of honey, I could smell a little grapes.

Malty up front, hay, sweet honey, touch of vanilla bean. Tart grape skin, golden raisin. Black pepper in the middle, a little warming. Smooth finish with semi sweet flowery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of creamy. Carbonation is mild.

Pretty good. It's a sipper.

Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden hue with a thin quickly dissipating head; but a thin film hangs on; there is a wonderful bubbling effervescence; lacing is decent

S: Very grainy with a subtly sweet sugary--honey--aroma; but the earthy funky, hay, and grains dominate

T: Alcohol stings at first but then the beer settles into a nicely balanced grainy, earthy quality; there is a sweetness that fades--I love how the grainy hay quality lingers on the tongue long after it's over

F: Bubbly and nearly perfect mouth feel

D: The alcohol strength makes this beer a sipper and since it's not that well hidden, the drinkability is hurt a bit--but it's a damn good and slightly odd brew

Photo of TheStig
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On tap from my local Dogfish Head Alehouse and served in a snifter. I couldn't accurately gauge how long it took for the bubbles to calm down or the head to level off since i wasn't actually able to watch them pour it, but there was still a finger of creamy almost-white head. Color was a rich golden copper.

S: I almost thought I had a glass of wine in front of me, thanks to the prominent hearty grape aromas. I can't say exactly what sort of grape, but it's comparable to some fine Shiraz I've had in the past.

T: Sweet and multilayered, this is not a beer for chugging or something to down in a few gulps. Take a small sip and let it play over your tongue so you can try and pick out what flavors present themselves. This isn't terribly bitter, but its alcohol content does feature prominently.

M: Clean and light, with no off-putting after-textures.

D: Midas touch occupies a space that straddles beer, mead and wine, and this is a great alternative beverage if you're accustomed to drinking those three and want a change. Not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but it's mighty tasty. An excellent choice for your next viking funeral or D&D match!

Photo of jampics2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Brought to the table in an open mouthed stemmed glass. If Midas drank this, it must have been before he had his powers, because this is anything but gold.

Transparent yellow/copper color with slightly active carbonation. Small white head dissipates to a ring quickly with surface scum lingering on.

Smells pretty good except for the booze that appears late and almost overpowers everything. White grapes, muscat, honey and saffron are all noticeable. Just not expressive enough to overcome the booziness.

Taste is full of grape and honey flavors. Malt sweetness doesn't come through. Masked flavors are just too insubstantial to overcome the alcohol kick. The spice/saffron and mild bitterness break things up momentarily. Just not that good.

Crisp and dry with lingering bitterness and booze. As it gets warmer, the booze makes it almost wretched. Just not a good beer IMO. It's not gold, Jerry, not gold at all.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times from the bottle, but jumped at the chance to have it on tap when the Winking Lizard got a few kegs in stock.

Had in a small tulip on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence. As always, WL bar maids poured it too cold.

I let it warm a bit, as the wife did with her's. Pours a honey gold color with minimal white head, clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smells of grapes and summer fruit (apricots, peaches), with a bit of malt underneath.

Tangy taste, like beer and Chardonay wine mixed together (but good!). Tart grapes, some banana at the top of the mouth, honey, some spice and clove.

Thin mouthfeel, making it easy to put down the hatch.

For me, I always find this one to be a treat - but in small doses. The wife is a big fan, and will definitely be drinking this one again.

Photo of BeefyMee
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

~2005 vintage...don't even remember actually. Must be at least 5 years old.

A: After wondering how many floaties this ancient beer would have, I was delighted to see it pour out crystal clear. Brilliant amber color but virtually no head.

S: Smells of alcohol, honey and golden raisins. Extremely sweet. There's also a fleeting sense of scotch or brandy or some kind of liqueur.

T: Very sweet like golden raisins as in the aroma. Honey flavor isn't as strong as I expected. That alcohol presence is still there in spades. It doesn't burn or overpower but it's very obvious.

M: Feels spectacular. Luscious viscosity coupled with some hidden carbonation belied by the missing head.

D: Darn drinkable for an experimental beer of high abv.

I had some trepidation going into this one, but I'm very happy with the outcome. Can't wait to try this again.

Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich gold color with a small and quickly dissipating head.

Slightly spicy, some biscuit, a boat load of sweet grape juice, and a barrel of honey.

Follows the nose closely with grapes and honey dominating. Little barley mixed in; hops maybe but I am probably imagining them. Crisp with a dry finish. Has lots of winey characteristics.

Thick in the body with a slight syrupy feeling. Alcohol is very well hidden, so it goes down easy, but the syrupy character eludes that this is a sipper. It will be a little sweet for some but overall, it's a good beer and definitely worth a try!

Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This elixir has a clear, amber kissed, golden body...the head was small, thin, and fizzy...it didn't stick around very long...not much lacing

S - This is a little better...the nose has notes of honey, pale malts, some yeast, apples, and grapes

T - There is a lot of sweet honey in this beer...the grapes make it taste like wine while the honey throws in a mead like quality...the apples provide a little tartness...the pale malts and yeast keep it tasting like a beer, even though it's just for a brief moment

M - Light bodied...smooth, refreshing, no alcohol, sweet finish

D - Interesting...I was expecting a beer but this is Dogfish Head we're talking about...this elixir was almost cider or mead like...if I wanted a beer I wouldn't go to this but if I wanted something different and wine like I'd go for this

Photo of MikeB20
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color with very little head that quickly dissipates.

S: Very sweet and flowery with a clear aroma of alcohol. A little bit of grape and honey as well. No malt to speak of. Alcohol will begin dominate as it warms in the glass.

T: Sweet and those muscat grapes come through on the first taste. A very slight bitterness at the end but this is definitely a sweet brew. A bit champagne like but with a lot more going on.

M: My first impression was thin but it does seem to coat your mouth a little. Carbonation is comprised of a lot of tiny bubbles.

D: I'm not sure I'd have more than one of these with some food. It's quite sweet and that doesn't really appeal to me as something I'd session. It's a fun beer for sure, perhaps a good one to bring to dinner for something different than wine. I enjoy something completely different from time to time and I think this beer would work.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger of pretty fine head. Not much retention. Very little lacing. Color is definitely that of a golden elixir.

S. Yeast, grapes, apples, maybe a bit of honey. Pale malt. Sweet smell. A bit of pepper. Closest thing I could describe it to in terms of beer would be a Belgian Tripel.

T. Taste is different to be nice. Somewhat pungent quality to it. I can imagine that this might be what the first beer tasted like. Makes you appreciate how far brewers have come. I really don't know what to compare this to or how to judge it by style, so I will simply go off of taste. Some sweetness. A bit more of the apple taste.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. I like and respect Dogfish Head, but this beer is just not my cup of tea. I understand the idea and the principle of this. However I will take modern recipes over this one any day of the week.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from the bottle

A-very nice amber little to no head. Very clear and crisp.

S&T-nose is very good. Sweet honey and barley. Very grassy hops with a very boozy note. Flavor is much the same as the nose the initial burn from the alcohol make u think it will be very boozy but it fades nicely with a sweet honey and hop bite

M&D-medium to light body very crisp and easy to drink

Photo of clarkm04
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a bottle on date of 7/29/10 into a small 10-ounce snifter.

Appearance- A very deep yellow, honey-like color. Very minor head retention and light carbonation

Smell- Very earthy with hints of honey. Much more in line with wine than beer.

Taste- Very smooth and mead-like. You can definitely taste the honey in the flavor profile. The 9.0% ABV is masked very well by the malty foretaste. There is a slight bittering back taste. Overall fairly balanced and good.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation. Sits very smoothly on the tongue.

Drinkability- For a 9.0% ABV beer it's incredibly high. I would only consider consuming two a night but more drinkable than other 9.0% ABV beers.

Overall- The story behind this beer is very unique and so is the taste. Probably one of the most unique alcoholic beverages you can find. It defies classification and is a smooth drink. For me, this is every once in a while beer. The taste though unique and worth trying isn't beery enough for me and the cost of this beer deters me from purchasing more than a 4-pack once a year.

Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2+ year old 12oz bottle (7/21/08)

Pours a honey tinted golden orange color with a thin netting of head sitting above. Ice wine like in the nose, sweetness with depth. Golden raison and honey with a delicate sweetness and a calm alcohol note at the very end that dries out the sip just enough. Awesome what this beer has turned into..

Photo of mavbrew
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden brown with a finger thick, white head.

S: Has a grape/floral scent. Almost smells similar to a white wine. Also has a faint honey smell with some alcohol.

T: The taste is sweet and earthy. The grapes are apparent upfront and finishes with some honey and a bit of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied, very little carbonation. Leaves a sweet bitter feel.

D: A smooth 9% indeed, very wine like in taste but overall a good beer that you won't come by to often, grab a glass and give it a try.

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle dated from September of '09 and poured it into a New Belgium snifter. It poured a light amber with good clarity. It featured a quarter inch cream colored head which sat on top of the brew. The smell was very boozy. It almost smelled like wine so I guess that's where the muscat grapes come in. The taste was like a combination of a light, light Belgian mixed with a light white wine. It had good, sweet flavor with a little alcohol on the backend. It drank very smoothly and was pretty light bodied. I really like the Midas Touch. It's definitely worth trying, especially when you add in how unique it is.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, rich golden color, almost no head, dissipates rapidly, no lacing.

S - Notes of honey, straw, grape

T - Mead-like, Whiskey-ish, sweet

M - Medium body, good level of carbonation

D - Sold in a four-pak, and about two bottles of these are about all I would want to consume, especially at 9.0ABV. Pairs well with food, especially grilled foods and pizza. Very enjoyable brew, made more so by enjoying with a friend at the brewpub!

Photo of eeguguy
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden amber, somewhat cloudy. Very light head.

Smell: sweet, sharp, impression of lemon or other citrus.

taste:strong, but not overpowering considering its ABV, aftertaste is actually kind of pleasant.

mouthfeel: heavy, good amount of carbonation, much better when absolutely cold

drinkability: Not bad for how strong it is. Much more than a 6-pack may be a little much.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a Sam Adam's Sensory Glass with 2 fingers of fairly slowly fading head that leaves a pretty good amount of head. Interesting flaky particulate in the body. Visible carbonation. Looks very champagne like.

S - Very grapy smell. No alcohol heat. Very little grain smell.

T - Again, very champagne like. Not quite sure what else is going on here. Slight alcohol heat near the end of the sip. Saffron adds an interesting spicy/sweet combination. Doesn't leave a pleasant taste in my mouth. Slightly cloying. No hop bitterness, could certainly use some.

MF - A bit too carbonated. Tingles the tongue and interferes with tasting.

D - Poor. Bad aftertaste and too carbonated.

Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK,I have a positive bias for Dogfish Head, but I had avoided this brew for a while. It was suggested by a vendor as his favorite and I decided it deserved my taste. It surprised me with an excellent balance and drinkability.

Make no doubt, this is a very sweet concocton. It is not at all boozy, especially considering it's strength. I can see why a brew like this may have been popular in days long gone.

This is a worthwhile rbew to try. Go ahead and step into the past.

Photo of beancounter
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a standard pint glass at about 50 F.

A - Dark gold, no head, small slow but steady carbonation.

S - Clover honey

T- It taste like a hoppy mead with floral undertones.

M- A bit thin but I think it's appropriate for this "style"

D- Disclaimer - I love mead (honey wine). This beer taste like mead with floral notes. It's very drinkable and quite pleasant. However, if you don't like the taste of honey, you may not like this beer.

Photo of Snamnoum
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy orange hay colored with small white head and average lacing

Smell - saffron and grapes dominate the nose, very desert wine like, some pale malt, tons of fruit, and some yeast

Taste - extremely sweet upfront, followed by citrus (orange/lemon) and some spiciness. Then some bready yeast and an interesting saffron bitterness (very different than hops) to round out the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy Sauternes/desert wine esque feel

Drinkability - this really assumes the role of a fortified wine or desert wine. Its definitely for sipping. Very sweet, fruity, and well spiced. Worth a try, a very unusual beer.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into my Stone I.R.S. tulip. Pours golden-copper with a small, fizzy head. Honey, sweet grapes, orange, and lemon fill my nose. The tastr is in segments: honey first, then sweet moscato wine, and hoppy bitterness to finish. It leaves the lips and glass sticky. Magnificently original.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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