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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 4,377
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 155
Gots: 625 | FT: 4
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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 changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark golden colored topped with a foamy white head that settles down a bit. This is sweet and tangy with lots of grapes and honey and a bit wine-like. Some alcohol shows and the whole thing seems a tad too sweet. Aftertaste is sour. Pretty good sipper and not surprising with Dogfish Head it's a bit different.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is interesting! I'm picking up some sugary candy smells as well as some dried fruits like cherry, grape and plum. Little bit of spicy/phenolic in the background. Taste isn't what you'd think from the smell. Tastes like a port mixed with a beer fermented with a Belgian yeast then flavored with cooking spices. A bit of alcohol as she warms. Finishes kinda sweet with a lingering spice that holds the taste buds hostage. Thick body, sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Different to say the least. I couldn't see myself drinking this one very often, but I'm glad Sam brewed this for me to try.

Photo of AMoceri7
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed. Sam Calagione does it again with another wonderful, yet different approach to what we love as beer.

At first thought, I was skeptical. The muscat grape and saffron mix seemed a bit on the fantasy side of things but I said why not.

Poured into a snifter to relish in its beauty. Expected a red red wine but a purple amber if you will.

Very small, off white diminishing head, but thats alright, it paid off in the smell. Aroma of honey, grapes, malt and what Im guessing, a pinch of this saffron.

First sip, not what I had expected. Goes down very smooth with a nice warm unexpected alcohol to the throat. Second sip, I had made my mind up, it was good. Very good.

A bit sticky and absolutely chewy, a lot of unfermentable. But all in all, a great addition to the wall.

Photo of MTNboy
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It is a dark cloudy gold brown color. The head disappears very quickly.

Smell- It has almost like a port mixed with beer aroma. It smells like figs prunes and grapes. There is also very bitter sweet floral aroma. I am not sure if that is hops or not but you definitely smell the malt.

Taste- It tastes the same as smell. It has a lot of spice in the flavor but mainly fruity and bitter. It has dry wine like after and you can taste some alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Full and mildly carboated.

Drinkability- It was great sipping beer and I would dink it again.

Photo of stumac
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

so if everything you touch turns to gold, what about your wang? golden junk? my girlfriend probably wouldn't complain...

pours a hazy golden color, has a small white head. the nose is sweet grapes and honey. taste is very sweet, honey, some fruit. medium to full bodied, low carbo, sweet finish.

not my first choice of a beer but definately different. my only complaint is that its too sweet and too expensive. damn you King Midas!

Photo of jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wheat brown with golden highlights. Very little head, there is only a collar of white where the edge of the glass meets the surface of the beer.

Smell is minimal. A mild scent with notes of honey and green grapes, almost wine like. It also can move towards a cider sweet smell.

Tastes more like a cider then a wine or beer. A green apple with a hint of grape flavor that moves to a honey aftertaste. Clean and crisp with a mild bite that is either from hops or carbonation. You can't really tell because of the moderate flavors.

Smooth and medium bodied, this one is easy to drink despite the 9% abv. However its not a great drink. Its a little too sweet for my taste and has a slightly rough bite and aftertaste. Worth a try but I wouldn't want more then one.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- clear dark gold in appearance. Little head and no lace left behind. Nothing special!

S- barley and hops. The malt is strong as well. I also detect a strong grape odor. Honey is there but not prominent.

T- very spicy in the floral/herbal department. Flavor of alcohol comes out moer in the taste. I also taste slight honey and grape. A very strong potent alcohol and grape mix.

M- alcohol and potent. slightly dry and not as refreshing as one would think.

D- i couldnt get past the strong alcohol flavor and on the way down it burned. If it was warm it would be good. a definite sipper but good nonetheless.

Photo of becktone
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes 8-6-08

Eye: Clear gold in appearance . Head formation was never really up there but at least it does have a head. Steady retention of the head, which is more of a thick blanket, and an overall nice texture -creamy- make up for the size...given the type of beer/drink this is I think that this "froth" is more appropriate. Lacing is perfect....it makes up for any flaw in appearance.

Nose: Herbal notes and honey are prominent. Nice overall round mellow aroma. No hops and not much coming from malted barley, mostly comprised of herbs and honey as aforementioned. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Tongue: Honey and some herbal notes, much as in the aroma. Alcohol is present, lending a spicy character to give some balance. Hop bitterness is just there, not really noticeable but if you look for it one can find it. There are also some vinous characteristics here-kinda dry much like a dry white wine.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Mouthfeel is medium-light. The honey in here gives it some body, carbonation is spot on. Great beer, one that everyone should try. This is one for wine drinkers, it would be a nice crossover for them in my opinion, and if you love mead than this one is also for you. This is one I'll definitely be buying again, easy to drink, however, I can't see drinking more than two in a sitting. Just a nice beer to sit and relax with.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this over the weekend along with some 90 minute and Palo Santo Marron...first DFH I've seen in the Valley so figured I'd pick up whatever the store had. Poured into my snifter.

A: A clear, bubbly goldenrod color. Very small white head that dissolves to a thin film with a nice bit of lacing. Looks thin but again, quite bubbly.

S: Smell is of clean malt with mild grape. Not a particularly strong smelling beer.

T: My initial reaction to the flavor is that it's got a lot of Belgian in it. Opening is moderately sweet, flavors of honey, grape, mild hops, and flowers. Some spicyness comes out in the end, although I can't really tell exactly what. Overall flavor is mild and yet a lot going on. The aftertaste doesn't really do it for me though..seems a bit artificially sweet (even though it's probably not).

MF: Thin bodied but lots of carbonation to make up for it. Extremely dry, and combined with the high carbonation gives this a nice biting feel. The alcohol isn't particularly noticeable in the flavor, and not much warming.

D: This really reminds me of a Belgian Pale. I certainly note the flavors mentioned on the bottle, but the end result is nothing that out of the ordinary. Everything about this beer is well balanced though, and very nice. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor and feel, but still quite strong. My only real complaint is the aftertaste...everything else is very well done. Nothing really stands out, but noting to complain about either. A solid offering.

Photo of templar316
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden amber, looking like a mead or a pilsner with lightly foaming white suds. The nose reveals something quite different then the pilsner expectations you may have had grape and honey with alcoholic undertones, intriging. The flavor is out of this world, grapes, saffron, honey you can taste it all. It may be a bit too sweet (and strong) to put away several at a sitting, but it is outstanding never the less. Truely an Ale of Kings.

Photo of thequeen711
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The recipe is based on 2700 year old drinking vessels found in the tomb of King Midas. It is a smooth sweet but dry ale. Can be compared to a cross between a wine and a mead, which is more accurate, since way back when wines and meads were made. I found it refreshing and tasty, another winner from the "Head of Dogfish".

Photo of elniko
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Stella glass. Had bottled date of 5/27/2008 listed on bottle.

A: Nearly no head, deep amber hue, no carbonation that I could see.

S: Sweet smelling, could definitely get the hints of grapes and spice in the brew.

T & M: Very very sweet taste with some tartness as well thanks to grapes I am assuming. I can't say that I've had anything that has tasted quite like this brew.

D: It is just too sweet in my opinion. The concept is very cool but I can't say I'll be having this again.

Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden/copper color. A small head forms, but leaves almost not lace.
S: There is not much here. Some sweet spices, but mostly a big peppermint aroma. Some honey and grainy malt as well.
T: The first thing I notice is a big peppermint flavor again. As the taste lingers, and the beer warms up a sweet cereal grain flavor develops. Sweet caramel with some honey and other spices come through. This is a very unique tasting beer.
M/D: Almost too carbonated for my tastes, but a medium to full body. Easy enough to finish.

I am glad I got the chance to try this. A unique beer from a unique brewery. I don't think I would buy this often, but I do enjoy experimental beers like this.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light gold in color with no head forming on the pour at all. Smell is wine-like. There is quite a bit of mead like qualities coming through in the taste. A very different beer. This is why I love Dogfish Head. Perfect amount of carbonation and good mouthfeel. There is much more of a fruity taste coming through in subsequent sips. A little coating/cloying, but doesn't get old. I like.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Light, clear golden yellow body. Thick pillowy head.

s: sweet honey and grapes.

t: honey, white grapes, and a hint of saffron in the finish. a very complex beer with many wine-like characteristics. It reminds me of mead or maybe a dessert wine. Doesn't taste like beer exactly, but it does taste very good.

m: creamy, smooth, medium body. the feel is like a dessert wine that has been carbonated.

d: not an everyday beer by any stretch. i split this bottle with my fiancee and it was a wise choice. the alcohol is well hidden, so watch out. the taste is great, but again, it isn't really a beer flavor.

worth drinking for the story if nothing else:

"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."

Photo of dbONE
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this on tap at Toranado on SF. Served in a stemmed belgian glass.
This one arrived at the table with a shallow off white head that laced pretty well atop the very nice crisp golden color. The nose came across a bit stale with some dry honey and candy sugar that fell into some Palisades fruity hops and a subtle spice.
The aroma carries itself into the palette with an additional herbal hint that is well balance with the strong sugar sweetness.
The mouthfeel held up with the hint of honey, sweetness and spice that blended well for the hangover I was fighting with.
The heat from the alcohol kept this in check, at 9% it turned into a sipper that worked out for the best.
A week later a had the chance to try a bottle, and I have to say that the carbonation was higher and it seemed to be an easier drink.

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

Clear golden, leaves slight lacing.

Smell is intriguing, honey and melon, a twinge of alcohol.

Taste doesn't deliver for me though. Honey is present, along with a mild champagne flavor, and alcohol. An adjunct lager taste is present as well.

Mouthfeel solid, slick and a little bubbly at the end of the sip.

An interesting experiment, probably worth a try, but this wasn't that exciting for me. Not completely unlike Keystone Ice, which is much cheaper.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another unique brew from dogfish. It pours a clear golden and has a light creamy beige head. The nose has honey, candy malts, fruity hops and delicate spices. Taste is also very nice. Good blend of sweet sugars well balnced by the herbs and hops. Full, well carbonated body. Easy drinker for 9%.

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

Pours a clear amber-gold color. Very thin head that fell quickly. No cap, ring or lace.
Boozy, but somewhat light, aroma. Cinammon, grapes/golden raisins, honey, saffron/spice. The grapes lend a vinious aroma that reminds me of sweet dessert wine.
Has a bit of a muscat wine flavor. The savory saffron flavor hits first, followed by a cinammon flavor. Grapes/golden raisins, orange blossom honey and lots of alcohol.
Medium-light mouthfeel. It doesn't coat the tongue, but it does linger for a minute.
Somewhat lower drinkability only because of the ABV and strong flavors. This is not an all-night drinker.
Good end of the night (at home) beer. I think it would take a while to get through a whole sixer of this. Recommended, but share if you can.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange-ish color with 1/8 inch or less of head that disappears pretty quickly, leaving only minimal lace. Head issues are forgivable due to the 9% ABV.

S - Not much malt, but a nice balance of the honey and grapes mentioned on the label. Very sweet and dessert like with noticable alcohol.

T - A moderate vinous character abruptly kicks in smoothed out by the honey. Brew gets bitter mid-palate due to the high alcohol, finishing up with some grain, more alcohol, and a very earthy and bitter aftertaste.

M - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. High carbonation contributes to bitterness and alcohol astringency.

D - What begins as an interesting and flavorful beer ends as a strong, bitter, and somewhat light bodied drink; like a strong ice beer or malt liquor. Aside from the rough finish with the alcohol and not the adequate body or carbonation to cope with the ABV, this is a nice dessert beer.

At first this brew seems to combine aspects of beer, mead, and wine, but despite the wealth of flavor it is beyond me why DFH chose to amp up the ABV and carbonation so much. A great idea, but a mediocre attempt.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright gold very fizzy with a wispy head.

S- Smells of honey intermingled with grapes upon a solid but subtle malt backbone.

T- Very clean, all the flavors blend very well. A great hybrid of beer, wine, and mead flavors. A warming alcohol note is present but not over powering.

M- Very smooth considering the high level of carbonation.

D- For what it is, pretty drinkable.

Very unique, a must try for any beer geek.

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

I had this on-tap at DFH brewings & eats last week.

A- Body is a nearly see-through champagne color with many bubbles that stick to the side of the glass. The head is foamy, white and smooth an was served to me at 1.5-2 fingers. It faded to a nice eggshell and retained that perfectly all the way down. Very little lacing was left behind in the glass.

S- The grapes come through as the most dominant in the nose. The scent is not too dry or too sweet. Hints of saffron and honey come through as well.

T- The initial flavor that comes through is a touch of honey with a dry fruity background and a pale malt base. The saffron kicks in for the finish for a nice touch while the other flavors strengthen and a quite boozy background kicks in. The whole flavor is mild but definitely not boring.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and light with a spritzy carbonation.

D- This one is really a lot like a champagne. The mild flavor makes it quite drinkable, epically on a hot summer day. You can taste the alcohol a little bit more than I prefer but it is still very good. It was nice to try a beer as different as this one.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very bright, very clear, deep golden hue. Thin head but leaves plenty of impressive lacing.

Nose is hidden and seductive...honey is foremost. Some clover, canteloupe and grapes come in as well.

Hmmm, not sure about this one. I'm glad I had it on tap as I have been eying this one in the liquor store lately. Very sweet, bold flowers...this beer (if thats what you can call this) is waaay out there. Does have a nice bittersweet finish though.

Recommended tasting just because of the uniqueness, but I wont be buying a 4-pack of this anytime soon.

Photo of Teke0611
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The most recent batch made it to Colorado, these being dated 6/27/08. It's been quite some time since I've had this, at least two years maybe three. I want to say that I recall it having a bit more spice in a previous life, but it would be unfair to not note that by saying my tastes have changed up significantly since then.

The appearance from the bottle to a NB goblet showed about 3/8 inch head with small continuous bubbles, and in this hot house today (about 80) there was a constant "sweat" present from condensation on the glass. The beer itself really does appear to be a strong golden color - ignore that many beers are golden, but this really does look like gold brick color IMHO.

Sticking my nose down in the glass really opens up this beer - more so than the taste does. It's fragrance is large and in charge :) I would assume that DFH was intentionally trying to not have too much carbonation present, as the mouthfeel made me want it to have just that little bit more.. ?

I saw the history channel special that featured this particular DFH brew and have been intrigued about it but at 12-13 bucks for four beers, I don't think this is something that I would really think about getting again. It's just too expensive. I like Palo Santo and Immort for about the same money!

Photo of lbkornlb14
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sigh, I always look forward to any DogFish head beer, but this one is a big pass for me, I guess I like the fact that its different, but different doesnt always mean good. It was really sweet and spicy, tasted like dessert wine. I dunno what to say about this beer and Im sure alot of you will be in the same boat. I guess I can say that its forgettable, I wouldnt order it or buy it again but It was nice to try. not really drinkable at all, Id be suprised if anyone could finish a four pack, I guess I cant like all dogfish head beers or varietals, but I like most, so for me this beer is a "will not order again" but I do recommend trying it.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
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