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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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3,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,980
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 129
Gots: 370 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of assurbanipaul


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a thin head that fades to a ring. Aroma is sweet and can be detected at a distance, like walking by a honeysuckle bush. More elements of honey, white grapes and a mild spice as you get closer.

Taste lies somewhere between a fruit beer and a honey mead, with the fruit in question being the muscat grapes. Obvious white grape and honey flavors, a bit of white wine, very sweet but less sweet than would be a honey mead or fortified wine. The alcohol is well-hidden but just a touch of that flavor is picked up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin and smooth but the sweetness keeps it merely sippable. Has a bit of a riesling quality that I like. Would make a great introductory/crossover beer for a wine advocate to try. Definitely a unique brew.

08-20-2006 03:26:22 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of gunnerman


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

08-18-2006 23:07:53 | More by gunnerman
Photo of Byeast


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Served from a 12 ounce purple bottle , with a fingerprint , and "Midas Touch" in ancient script.

Appearance: Poured a honey-orange gold , with a small pure white head.

Smell: Slightly perfumey, kind of like chardonnay, spice , saffron , honey , and grape skin.

Taste: A bit of sweet fruitiness like papaya , white grape skin , sweet honey and bit of honeydew , saffron and spice , biscuity malt , damn good!

Mouthfeel: slightly dry

Drinkability: A very neat brew by Dogfish , very complex and tasty , very drinkable , well hidden alchohol. This would be a great brew to share with white wine and champagne drinkers.

Notes from the Dogfish website on Midas Touch:

His golden touch may have conferred fabulous wealth on King Midas, but he nearly starved to death when even his food and drink were converted into the precious metal. The well-known legend is based on an actual ruler of the ancient kingdom of Phrygia in central Turkey around 700 B.C. Under a huge mound at the capital of Gordion, a University of Pennsylvania Museum expedition in 1957 excavated an intact burial chamber which likely belonged to King Midas himself. The body of a 60-year-old male was laid out in state on a thick pile of purple and blue-dyed textiles inside a unique log coffin.

Most remarkably, the tomb held the largest Iron Age drinking set ever found--157 vessels, including a ram-headed and lion-headed situla--for preparing, serving, drinking and libating a special beverage at the funerary feast of the king. The secrets of the beverage were revealed by the new methods of Molecular Archaeology. Dr. Patrick McGovern of the Museum discovered that the residues inside the vessels belonged to a "Phrygian cocktail," which combined grape wine, barley beer and honey mead. Starting with the ancient chemical evidence, Dogfish Head Brewery "re-created" a marvelous golden elixir, truly touched by King Midas.

08-18-2006 03:22:25 | More by Byeast
Photo of Drew966


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Midas Touch Golden Elixir pours a hazy orange with a minimal head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit fruity. The taste is really interesting, kind of fruity, honey is noticeable, the alcohol is quite noticeable. Kind of a malty, sweet beer I would say. I wouldn't drink it often, but it's really pretty good. I would have to recommend trying it, but personally, one bottle is enough, I don't need a four pack.

08-17-2006 23:15:30 | More by Drew966
Photo of SteveO1231


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

12oz. brown bottle, no freshness date. Pours a hazy golden copper with a thin, white, bubbly head. Nice carbonation and little pieces of lacing but not much. Interesting aroma of caramel and biscuity malts, fruity notes of white grapes, and lightly spiced. Almost wine like. Very light on the palate, Light pilsner like malt sweetness up front, the middle is fruity of white grapes and granny smith apple. The abv taste really comes out in the finish and really warms the belly. Leaves an aftertaste of apple peal. This in an interesting brew, I like it, but I don't think that I'd be able to have more than one in a sitting. It's like I'm drinking a glass of white wine. High ABV makes me feel good by the end of this bottle.


08-17-2006 19:00:50 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of watermelonman


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

This poured to a bright and clear mix of gold and orange. The head and lace are minimal.

The smell has a lot of honey and muscat flavor. Lots of spice comes through in the taste. The mouthfeel is light and fairly sharp. Drinkability is high; the big alcohol is not detected at all.

08-17-2006 16:14:26 | More by watermelonman
Photo of cproioi


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

This beer was an intersting beer to say the least. It poured a honey color body with a white head that disipated fairly quickly and left little lacing. The smell and taste where very strongly filled with honey. I really couldn't detect anything else, well maybe but I have no clue what Saffron smells or tastes like, I'm pretty poor. So I could of detected some of that just not known it. The mouthfeel was rather light a carbonated. The taste lingered a while. It was a slow beer that was extremely similar to a mead my friend made with a Belgian strain of yeast as the starter.

08-15-2006 03:58:28 | More by cproioi
Photo of TexIndy


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Had a golden/lt amber color with minimal head and fair amount of carbonation.Definitely doesn't have your average beer smell. It actually smells closer to mead or even wine but it is a great sweet smell. Taste is really good but one is enough as the sweetness would tend to overpower. Also, has 9% alcohol so that should stop you at one anyway. A great "beer" - they call it an elixir - to try once. (2,NA,ML,N)

08-15-2006 01:53:24 | More by TexIndy
Photo of tonistruth


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

A- clear straw with a copper tint (looks almost like the color of honey), 1/2" white head with little retent but settles to a white ring, lace on glass.

S- sweet sugary scents, honey, grapes, some spices in there as well.

T- overall rather sweet, honey, grapes, spices, you can taste some alcoholk in the finish, and the finish....comes out of nowhere and smacks you hard. THe beer is sweet, but just as you start to swallow, sweet intensity turns to danger and ur are force to pucker like you are sucking on a warhead( sour candy) for the first time.

M- should come with a viscosity rating, sticky and syrupy, good carbonation though.

D- I honest think if you try and do anymore than sip this beer, your head will blow from that intense finish or you'll choke. This would be a fun one to keep around and share with some good friends while enjoying a good conversation.

08-14-2006 01:01:28 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Damian


2.17/5  rDev -41.8%

Poured a light amber with a tiny head.

Smell was metallic with some hops, spices and a touch of honey.

Taste was somewhat sweet and honey-like on the front end, but as it moved along the palate the alcohol sting was overwhelming. The beer was so acidic that I had to fight the urge to spit out what I had in my mouth. The aftertaste was quite metallic and had an unpalatable alcohol flavor as well.

The body was rather thin and the beer turned flat very quickly.

I could not bear to finish this drink. The Egyptians may have invented beer but it's obvious that their recipe had changed for a reason. This beer is absolutely retched.

08-12-2006 01:34:13 | More by Damian
Photo of smcolw


3.88/5  rDev +4%

The Dogfish menu says this beer contains "barley, muscat grapes, thyme honey and saffron"

This is a clear amber-colored beer. The little head present disappeared rapidly...no lace on the glass.

Sweet aroma with almost an apple jack smell. The honey is noticable while the hop is not.

Flavorwise, think a cross between a cyser (honey flavored cider) and a British mild. The drink starts off sweet but finishes slightly tart. Very full body with moderate carbonation.

I first saw this beer on PBS as they deciphered an ancient beer recipe. Worthy of a taste if only to taste "history".

08-10-2006 21:03:57 | More by smcolw
Photo of DogFood11


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured into a long stemed tulip it forms a spritzy head that lays down to a thin covering. Golden body with light but active carbonation. No lace.

I get some bigtime strawberries with a peppered backer. Mouthfeel is similair to a macro lager in that its crisp and has a zippy carbonation to sizzle away any aftertaste thoughts. Grapes are evident and make this rather vineous. Grape juice comes to mind as this warms up. Alcohol, although evident for such a high ABV beer it seems to meld well with the body and the fruitiness lightens the load.

Notes: I liked it. It wasn't something I'll pursue. I have to thank my wife for lugging this back from the east coast on her recent trip to Boston.

08-07-2006 00:33:56 | More by DogFood11
Photo of atozymurgy


3.58/5  rDev -4%

What an interesting beer! I read about the creation of Midas Touch in Sam Calagione's book and had to try it, though it took a while to find. It was worth the effort.

Pours a deep gold, with a small and fast-fading head. Thick and sticky. The aroma is dominated by honey, but with a very slight winey prickliness. Some malty notes, too, but no perceptible hop aroma. Rich and sweet.

The taste is quite complex. Again, honey is in the forefront. The malt is stronger here than in the nose, and is very sweet. I can really taste the grapes here, kind of like a riesling or muscato, maybe even an ice wine. Very little bitterness. The overall impression is sweetness, though it's interesting since there are three distinct flavors from grapes, malt, and especially honey.

This beer is very thick. It coats the mouth, and with little bitterness and very light carbonation this could become cloying after a while. Would be a perfect beer on a chilly fall day, but I wouldn't want it on a steamy August night. I think I'd like this better a bit more attenuated and perhaps with a little more carbonation.

A truly unique brew. There's a lot going on in here, and I'd definitely like to try it again at some point. While I wasn't drinking with food, I'll bet this would be excellent with Indian food, many types of Greek and Middle Eastern dishes, and lots of desserts - especially anything with honey.

08-06-2006 15:51:21 | More by atozymurgy
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

750ml, clear glass, 2002 bottling consumed 8/2006

cloudy brownish-red pour with a thin foam ring and dancing swirls on the surface. deep guava nectar vibe to the appearance here. dotty lacing left behind in trace amounts.

smells very much like a riesling or other boozy, sweet white wine varietal. some cider/sucrose thing happening, reminds me of the people's pint braggot i recently consumed. very unbeerlike, very rich in aroma. faint belgian yeast notes arise with warmth as do some belgian-related fruits.. dates, plums and slight age funk.

first sip brings out the white wine in spades. five year old muscat grapes.. what do you expect? alot less sweet than fresh and alot more interesting. this beer has aged spectacularly without sourness or off flavors. the finish maintains the familiar honey flavors, and brings the majority of the sweetness to the aftertaste. the finish also possesses a previously-unnoticed spice. part licorice, part coriander. odd mix, unsure of what it is. intriguing and adds a nice balance to the sweet fruitiness of this beverage.

not much carbonation but it goes down smooth. leaves some sticky smack on my lips and brings me back for more, even at 9%. i had no problem putting this whole 750 down and i am not ashamed.. this is a damn fine beer. i didn't have any of this vintage fresh.. but if you did, and you think the beer still tastes the same, put a fresh one down. you will reap a bounty after 4-5 years.

thanks rwitter for the opportunity

08-04-2006 04:45:58 | More by goodbyeohio
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%

Sits in the glass bright, clear gold, with a medium head. The aroma is of lighly sweet but distinct malt, a floral honey componenet, lightly vinous notes, and alcohol. Still smells mostly like "beer" however. The flavor of light malt is up front and in the aftertaste. Honey and grapes appear mid-palate, along with a prominent alcohol that builds steadily. The finish is quite dry.

This is a unique and adventurous beer to be sure, but I found it to be surprisingly subdued given the ingredients and the concept behind the product.

Sam states in his book that Midas Touch was initially brewed primarily to appeal to wine drinkers, and that he expected sales to come from that demographic for the most part. I'm certain that time has proven that this beer survives not due to the support of the wine community but because of craft beer lovers.

08-02-2006 18:52:14 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of Vancer


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Clear pour of oak / amber, but no head or lacing to speak of….is that the 9% talking?

Aromas of grape wine, which quickly migrates with the quaff of sweet and delicate grape leaves. Very low carbonation really makes this a wine / beer – but pretty darn tasty! It does get a little on the sweet side by mid-bottle, but if you sip it will maintain fairly good drinkability.

DFH always has a different stroke for a different folk. But why does the label say Ancient Ale and BA say herb beer??

08-02-2006 01:37:43 | More by Vancer
Photo of BlackAngus


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Appearance: Low carb, gorgeous golden color, looks more like champagne than beer.

Smell: Malty, hint of honey, no noticeable hop aroma, floral notes, definite grape. I didn't pick up an aroma of saffron, but my palate may not be sensitive enough for such a subtle spice.

Taste: I can definitely taste the grapes and honey, and a hint of the saffron.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, but not cloying. Clean finish, carbonation is nice.

Drinkability: It's definitely a drinkable beer. However, I'd be hard pressed to drink it like a regular session beer...it's a special occasion beer for me. But then, I had to beg, borrow and steal to get some, as it's not available in my area, so take that for what it's worth.

08-02-2006 01:35:43 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

07-30-2006 00:24:03 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($3.45)
pours a bight copper with a slight head that has become a ring around the edge of the glass.
the aroma has a hint of malt, some peaches, hint of honey, smidgen of spice.
the flavor is rich, malt, honey, peaches, unidentified spice, hint of cherry, hint of grade, alcohol.
this is a very interesting beer? i would call it a mead, a high breed of braggot, metheglin, pyment.

07-25-2006 00:33:12 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

I know that this is a controversial brew, but I really like it and I get an added frisson from the historical angle. I like the idea of this beer, and happily I like the beer itself.

The brew pours a dark golden like an artisnal honey. The head is fine with small tight bubbles that dissipates to a ring.

The smell is of rich honey and hops and candied fruit- perhaps pineapple.

The taste is a little like a Belgian golden, and is very winey with some distinct grape and honey flavors. I don't detect any saffron unless its in an undefined bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but overall its clean.

The complexity of the beer makes me want to keep drinking more, it is a little unusual, so I like this as a beer to end the evening, not as a session beer.

07-23-2006 20:38:29 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks to burdman for bringing this one back from the brewery.

Golden color. No head at all but i'm not sure it's supposed to have one. What do you compare and ancient egyptian ale too? Smell of honey sweetness. Taste is also very sweet. The grapes really show up in the taste giving it an almost winelike quality. Finishes with a note of alcohol. This beer is worth a try just for the experience alone. Nothing about it made me say wow but hats off to dogfish for even trying something like this.

07-23-2006 00:34:18 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of sinistermadman


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Served from the 12 oz bottle. Bottled on 6/20/06.
Pale amber in color with a slight head. A vigorous pour is needed to evince a head. Smell is of alcohol and candy sugar.

Taste begins with a slippery fruit juice and honey tone and melds into a prickly alcohol coated hop bath. Sweetness is perceived only for a flash in the middle. The brew ends with a organic grain laden aftertaste. Taste is not all that complex and is reminiscent of watered down fruit juice. A hopped fruit juice. Not what I expected but it isn't a total loss. Worth a try at best.

07-21-2006 00:00:45 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of kgotcher


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a clear orange color with no head.

Aroma is grassy and earthy. Grape and pear, spicy and malty.

Alchohol esters are noticable right away, slightly malty with spicy tones. Grape sweetness along with hints of honey and grainy maltyness, nice dry finish. Honestly not as strange as I was expecting. Sweet spicy flavor, a bit slick on the mouthfeel but overall an interesting flavor that is fairly drinkable, all things concidered. Not a typical beer at all but I like the historical value of this beer. A taste of what it may have been like long ago.

07-13-2006 04:38:43 | More by kgotcher
Photo of zjungleist


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours honey colored with an average white head. The smell is amazingly complex. Grapes are prominent, fruits, sugars and malts, and lots of other things I can't put my finger on. The taste of this brew evolved quite a bit from start to finish. At first I tasted lots of honey and barley malt, then some strange caramely tastes that reminded me of some sort of fruity, nutty candybar, but those flavors gave way to sweet white wine and fruits. However, those flavors were overpowed by cidery/sugary alcohol midway through the glass, which really hurt drinkability. Also, I'm not sure I tasted any saffron, which seemed like a waste to me since saffron is expensive. The mouthfeel was thing and slightly syupy, with medium-low carbonation. Overall, this is a strange brew indeed. Glad I tried it, but this is not on my Christmas list.

07-10-2006 17:26:03 | More by zjungleist
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance: Pours a super clear reddish golden color that looks almost a little intimidating in its hue. There was a thin active head after a relatively aggressive pour that fell really quickly. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but these don't stick to the surface after they make it there.

Aroma: Now this is different. It has a really fresh and fruity nose with noticeable apricots and white wine. The aroma is sweet, and I don't pick up what would be hops here...if there are any present. As the "beer" warms a bit, there is a lot more of a spicy edge coming on to it. There is also a sweet and floral aroma that I can't really describe. It reminds me of berries and honeysuckle.

Taste: The flavor is also really fruity, but it has a dry and almost bitter edge to it that I wasn't expecting from the aroma. The berry thing carries on into the flavor along with the apricots and so forth. The flavor is really odd and hard for me to describe when relating to beer. This comes across to me as more of a sparkling wine than a beer. There is some noticeable alcohol as it really warms you up from the inside after only a few sips. The fermentation must have been pretty cool, as I don't get the alcohol in the nose. The flavor shows alcohol a little in a spicy presence.

Opinion: This beer is an experience, and one that I think that everyone that fancies themselves as a beer aficionado should try. Even though it is an anomaly of beer, and really isn't much of a beer at all, it is still something to challenge your palate. I am enjoying the mix of flavor, but I also know that one will do me for a while. I would like to let this one sit for a year or two to see how the fruit mellows and the spiciness comes out. It really needs to age cool, so I will hopefully have an update to this post in a year or so.

07-09-2006 03:51:35 | More by SkeeterHawk
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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