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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,345 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,345
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 154
Gots: 595 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of jeffthecheff
1.43/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance was impressive. Golden color, with a nice white foam head. Looks good enough...

But then you smell it. Oh man, this gave off an awful nose. It had some grape aroma, and some spices. I know this might not sound bad, but I really cringed as I smelt this.

And the same goes for the taste. It has the grapes and the spices in it, with some sour notes to it. It was interesting, and so different from anything I've had, but it was not good.

Besides the taste and the aroma, this beer wasn't awful. Mouthfeel was okay excluding those factors. However...this had very low drinkability. The awful taste took its toll on drinkability. I split this 12 oz bottle with a friend, but the 6 oz's I had were unbearable. I had to pour the end of it because of how bad it was.

Overall, this is an awful beer. I bought one bottle because I saw a segment about it on the History Chanel and was interested. Yes it was interesting because of the story behind it and the fact that it was different, but as a beer this was awful. I'm so sure of how bad this beer is that I won't even re-visit it again. Too many good beers out there.

Photo of philbe311
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slight white head fades almost immediately... Golden color with an orangish hue... Slow enticing carbonation... Thick syrupy coating on glass with solid lacing... This could pass for a glass of champagne...

S - Grapes... Spices and herbs... Pear... Floral aromas... Musky... Definitely some funkiness...

T - Lots of herb and spice... Funk is abound... Dried fruits... Grassy..

M - Potent... Dry... Solid backbone... Carbonation throughout... Funk... Slightly syrupy texture...

D - Unique... Imaginative... Interesting... While all of these treats are commendable, they don't always come together to equal a great beer...

Photo of daftafne
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip it had a decent, transient head. Light copper color with great clarity and effervescence. Smelled primarily of grape, some honey and sugar. Clean taste - surprisingly simple flavor profile. Begins with grape and honey very briefly then gives way to sourdough-esque barley and a little spice (saffron perhaps). Pretty light body, crisp and bubbly on the tongue. A bit astringent and lots of alcohol warmth. This is my second time (first time was about 2 years ago) having this brew and I remember liking it a lot more. As it stands now, it is an interesting beer but not all that impressive.

Photo of BucksBrew
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and clear. It has a beautiful lack of turbidity, and a nice white head.

S - Less aroma than I expected. I didn't pick up much from this. But I was a little tipsy.

T - A yummy sweetness with herbal notes. Very minor herbal notes. It was extremely characteristic hops. Sweet but bitter.

M - Crisp but not exactly light. Had a good body and attacked multiple portions of the tongue.

D - Too sweet for too many, but a very good single beer.

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

This is a pretty decent sipping beer, but quite strong, and maybe too strong. It pours a pretty syrupy, orangy amber color, with not much head and zero lacing. It has the look of a liqueur or a sherry. The aroma is quite vinous and with plenty of ABV. There are some spicy notes in the nose, but the aroma is not too terribly enticing.

The taste begins with a blast of ABV and then the other flavors emerge. This is definitely a vinous compound, with grape skin, and liqueur like qualities. There are some raisiny flavors in addition to the grape, plenty of orange rind, and perhaps a fig like note or two. The beer is strong, a sipping type beer with a high ABV that isn't masked over, and one gets the impression it was intended to be hidden in any fashion. The beer is very smooth, a bit syrupy, enjoyable, but not great.

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

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Chimay chalice, a bright gold with brilliant clarity and a small 1/4" white foam cap. The head recedes to a ring and leaves just dots of lace that cling.

The nose is sweet of fruit and faint spice. Pale malt and a mild note of alcohol is predominant, with a mild earthiness following.

The taste is very sweet from the start, with grapes, honey, banana and bubblegum. The flavor is very much like a Tripel, with a similar potency as well. Almost cloying sweet with a slight acidic finish.

Medium heft in body with a semi-syrup like mouthfeel. Decent carbonation and reasonably drinkable for the big 9% ABV. Worth tasting for the style if you can handle the sweetness.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold with a medium sized white head.

S - Leafy/herbal, floral and cidery. Fresh grapes are very strong, with a muscat/concord quality.

T - Sweet again very grapey. Spicy alcohol gives it a Belgian-like flavour. Moderate bitterness (this still has hops right?) There's some solid depth of flavours in this. Some medicinal flavours.

M - Somewhat slick, minimal carbonation.

D - Interesting. Grapes are quite strong but don't obliterate the rest. Tastes a bit like a blond Belgian with grapes. I imagine the DFH version is much better than whatever the ancient brewers were making...

Photo of hwwty4
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet. This beer pours a slightly hazy golden with almost no head and left just a slight lacing. The aroma is spicy, with hints of barley and honey but with nothing else from the label coming through. The taste is funky but not necessarily in a good or bad way. Barely and honey come through with an odd spiciness. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a good balance of carbonation. While, I have a 4 pack I think I might want to try to unload this on some of my curious friends.

Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque reddish yellow. White head that sticks. Minimal bubbles. Smells like a sweet white wine. Sweet grapes with a musky undertone.

Definite grape flavor, quick hint of bubblegum. Alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Reminds me of champagne. Because of this, I almost expect it to have more carbonation, so it catches me off guard a little.

Very drinkable, were it not for the abv. Personally, I could drink it all night. And I would feel it in the morning. Definitely considering finding this for New Year's eve.

Photo of BravoTwo
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey golden coloration with a thin white head and no lacing that held up at all.

S - Grapes and honey in the nose with a sweetness that is appropriate for this beer.

T - Grapes and honey, background was very malty and had a spice note to it that was pleasant and very interesting. The best way to describe the taste is interesting, which is good for this novel beer.

M - Thicker mouthfeel in this beer, with very little carbonation

D - An interesting beer, with really neat flavors which would be nice to have with dinner or to have one to try. Not, obviously, a session beer but a nice diversion and definitely worth a try.

Photo of jdg204
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Actually pulled this brew for the wife, sounded interesting and up her ally (Beer meets White Wine). Was excited to try something billed as this unique.

A: Deep golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin, floating patch.

S: The smell is of honey with an herbal background.

T: Honey and barley malt. Maybe the grapes, that gives it an almost winey character and some balance, the saffron? Well, it's an unusual additive to beer. This has an unusual taste (as expected)... can't say I really love it though.

M: The feel is medium, with lingering sweetness and an alcohol sharpness.

D: Well, I was glad I gave this brew a chance but I have to say it greatly underperformed on all expectations. Wife hated it, which kind of ruined the purpose, and I was certainly no fan. Definetly not a brew I'll be revisiting or recommending.

Photo of dfitch81
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've certainly never tried anything quite like this... According to DFH, this is "the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world!" Pours a clear golden-amber with nearly no head. Still, it is pleasing to the eye: looks like a goblet-full of honey. Smells of white wine and honey with a dose of grape-flavored cold medicine. It isn't a bad smell at all, just...unusual. On first taste my 'buds struggled to sort the unfamiliar flavors - a medicinal quality which quickly transitions to a tart grape flavor, complemented by honey and a hint of saffron. The high alcohol (9% ABV) is noticeable in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, honey-like in texture. Drinkability is exceptional for a beer with such high alcohol content; limit yourself to one of these for sure, 'cause this stuff would love to creep up on you and knock you on your ass. A sipping beer, no bones about it.
I'm glad that I tried this product of ancient brewing techniques. Will it ever be a regular in my fridge? No. Why? Because it is a special beer best saved for the right occasion. Midas' vinous qualities recommend it for pairing with fine gourmet - it is just as sophisticated as any good wine, but so much more interesting...

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with stark white head. OK retention and little lacing. Aroma is weaker than expected. Muscat grapes, honey and spices peek through. Taste is sweet malt, honey and spiced fruit. No hop presence and maybe a lack of complexity. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, full and nicely conceals the alcohol. A tasty brew that I will revisit.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a. poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet yielding a fairly thin khaki-colored head sitting atop a just slightly hazy golden hay colored beer. Hues of orange and lemon when held to a light. The head emptied fairly quickly leaving minimal foam and almost no lacing.

s. Grass and hay, barley, over-ripe champagne grapes, green grape skins, and some subtle spice notes of star anise, cardamom, and maybe saffron? A sweetness fights perpetually with the malt and barley notes.

t. bitter light malt hits first, then hints of grapeseed and muscat grape skins, with a grassy, hay-like middle. Tastes of straw yield way to some grape sweetness and finish with some of the subtle spices that were hiding in the nose. Not as "wine-like" or "mead-like" as I was anticipating... reminds me of sweetened and spiced buckwheat tea mixed with beer more than a wine.

m. Medium body, a bit creamy, and smooth with ample fine carbonation to help along the carbonation. It tends a bit to the syrupy side, but not surprising given the abv.

d. Hmm. It's interesting. and worth trying. But I can't ever see trying it again. I was hoping for more, but was left with a sweetened grassy and underspiced brew. It's hard for me because I love experimental beers, and I'm, in general, a fan of most of what DFH does. This one just falls short, and I can't really find a compelling reason to drink it. The sweet/syrupy is similar to a light barleywine, while the barley and light grape notes hearken more toward a spicy lager. Not really feeling this one, from the first sip to the last. Definitely worth trying for the experience. but that's about it.

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

Always excited to try a new Dogfish Head. I have heard a lot about this beer, but have not read the reviews so that I could keep my mind open.

A- Deep golden color. More of the orange/golden range, not exactly straw colored. Some haze. Nice cream colored head. Decent retention and some lace.

S- The smell was similar to grape soda mixed with sweet caramel and honey. Similar to honeycomb and cinnamon.

T- I don't know if this is what I expected. Peppery and sweet with a hint of blackberry and purple grapes. I don't think this one tasted like wine at all. Just because there were grapes does not mean that it tastes like a wine. Very, very sweet. Some straw and spices. This is strange and very sweet. Gets points for being so obscure.

M- Sticky and medium bodied. Easy going mouthfeel, went down easily. Some burning from the alcohol but otherwise undetectable.

D- I am very happy that I got to try this. Otherwise, I would not go for it again. Decent, but not amazing. Worth a try just to experience it.

Photo of BMoney575
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-10-08
Bottle on 6-27-08

Pours a very cool hazy gold color, with a fizzy head that lasts a surprisingly long time.

Smell is very, very subtle fruit, with an almost wine-like dryness at the end.

Taste is also very subtle, a little light fruit and a little honey. Very sweet, but not offensive, and the alcohol adds a warming on the finish.

Mouthfeel is super thick and syrupy, goes well with the style.

Drinkability is not so good, sweet, thick, and high abv.

Overall, not nearly as extreme as I had expected/hoped. Still worth a try though.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the most unique beers I've ever had. I like the fact that the history of this beer is so awesome and whoever thought to conjure up a beer recipe from a tomb is the man. The beer itself is hard to judge just because it's so different. I've never had saffron so I'm not sure what it even smells/tastes like which made it hard. Overall though it smelled decent, had a good well balanced taste and hid the alcohol well for being 9% ABV. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of katan
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pours golden to dark golden color. Little head, but tons of carbonation that is almost lager crisp.

S - A very interesting combination of honey and malty sugar notes. Love the subtle hints of saffron in the final smell. Very spicy and intriguing.

T - Starts with a very light bitter note of malt and grape that transitions to sugar sweetness. Finishes with an tart combination of dried honey flavors and spicy saffron. As a curry lover, I really relate to this taste.

M - Has a fairly thick constitution to it. Carbonation is light to non-present, giving it a smooth texture.

D - Not able to detect much alcohol in it, which is very deceiving. This beer probably would wear on me after 2-3 since it is so sweet. But, the uniqueness of it keeps me coming back.

Hard to say how this beer lines up. Is it beer, is it wine, is it mead? All the ingredients make classification hard. Either way, I find it very good.

Photo of kkipple
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at a mini DFH tasting courtesy of my buddy Adam.

A. Very clear gold, white head fades to cover the surface and lingers.

S. Weird. Pungent honey, spice, (clove), booze, malty and sweet..

T. More sweetness. From start to finish Midas is sweet -- guess that many adjuncts will do it... grainy and quite mead-like, the honey is really kicking in... the grapes are easy to find but don't help the overall experience. Kind of bready and just a hint of tartness, likely from the grapes. There's a lot going on here but it's rather muddled and too thick and sweet... certainly not a session brew.

M. Thick, dense, dank. Syrupy. Er.

D. Good, if you're surrounded by toned Sumerian babes and drinking this out of clay pots. Otherwise, not so much.

Hrmnnnm... I've had this several times and keep hoping it gets better. So far, no luck. Worth a shot for the weird factor, but the Jiahu is much better. Buy a single and see for yourself.

Photo of phattysbox
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip glass. Amazing color from this brew - one of the best looking beers I have seen. Shimmering colors of orange and shades of red from the saffron, nicely done. About a 1 inch head that slowly retreats to a thin sticky lace.

Smells sweet. Light honey in the nose followed by an slightly acidic wine character - muscat grapes clearly pull through. Unfortunately, the taste drops off for me, but prehaps is just not for my personal liking. A sweetness pulls througout the brew, light honey and malty sweetness. Again the grapes make their presence known. The saffron gives a nice herbal character to the brew.

A bit cloying in the sweetness department, not to say that it is bad - just not for me. Glad to try though!

Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is interesting and overall quite enjoyable but a little on the rough side.

Amber gold, it has a medum, off-white head soon thinning to a lasting, thin foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma is quite nice, freshly baked bread, grain, hints of hay, grapes, sweet wine, hint of honey. It has an overall meaty, alcoholic, fruit-and-grain quality slightly reminiscent of better high-gravity malt liquor, particularly Steel Reserve, or a more pungently alcoholic maibock.

The taste is similar in overall character and in being reminiscent of something like Steel Reserve but more refined and smooth with greater complexity. It is rather sweet with a meaty, pungent, fruity alcohol quality, freshly baked bread at first, plus grapes and raisins, hint of grass and spices, grape skins, sweet wine and raw honey, hint of burnt butter or burnt caramel. Alcohol is quite evident in oily, spicey, feel and warmth but mostly pleasantly so. After the first few sips, the fresh bread quality dies down and the alcohol starts to take over a bit, threatening to become too rough and interfering with the drink a bit but never really dragging the drink down. The fresh bread element, though weakening in the front and middle, remains in the finish.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden and crystal clear, a nice finger thick cap of white head reasting at the top.

Smells very funky, has a very strong farmhouse vibe to it. Maybe that's the honey and spice though.

Very sweet, has a nice spicey/grainy feel to it.

Very smooth, a little creamy maybe; slides down the throat like silk.

Very drinkable beer, different but very good.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Clear golden-amber in color with a white head that retains somewhat poorly.

Smell: Spices and honey-like sweetness, mild fruity esters. Saffron and muscat grapes aren't specifically noticed in the aroma, though this is actually pretty muted overall.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light sweetness and esters up front. Honey is faintly noticed, but I can't taste the saffron at all. There's a touch of spiciness, but coming more from the yeast. Light acidity. The finish is reasonably dry and only slightly bitter. This isn't nearly as cloying as it sounds, but it's not as interesting either. Not a bad brew.

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

Poured an orangey yellow with a bit less than a finger of white head. Head is short lived and thin, minor lacing but nothing special.

Smell is wide, grapes, wine, quite a bit of spice.

Taste is very unique, spice dominates, mild sweetness from the honey, a bit of a wine finish.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, very tasty.

Drinkability is good, but I'd have this only once in a great while, as it's really to sweet and spiced for me to have often.

Photo of CJohn
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a ~20oz glass goblet.
The liquor is a hazy golden yellow. The head formed an initial half inch and was stringy on the sides for the rest of the drinking.
The smell was strongly wine (How do I rate that?)
The taste was smooth, alcohol was present and had a bitter "falling" aftertaste. I tasted the grapes and the barley and the honey made this a sweet one, though balanced well with the sour/bitter grapes.
The mouthfeel was average, not very thick, not very thin.
I dont think its a very drinkable beer, maybe two in a night, maybe. Though still a decent offering from DFH. Not something I see being a hit, though I dont think it was meant for that either.

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,345 ratings.