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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,218
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 140
Gots: 486 | FT: 3
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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 AudioGilz
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small head forms atop this rather light-colored and HIGHLY bubbly brew. That will be the only time I use the word light to describe this beer though.
Permeations of honey, sweet malts, and alcohol erupt in the nostrils. An almost scotch ale kind of mouthfeel pleases my palate as I notice quite a warming effect from the alcohol, however no offensive tones from the high ABV. Syrupy sweet maltiness is sheer domination in the overall experience . Muscat grapes and saffron are mentioned on the label as being a part of this beer, but I fail to pick them up. Possibly a slightly higher serving temperature and a bit more maturing might enhance these ingredients? The power of the alcohol towards finishing this beer is a bit tongue-numbing and that is quite ok with me as it doesn't provide much of any unwanted lingering aftertastes.
Definitely something special here, albeit a bit pricey, but worth a try for sure.

AudioGilz, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Deep Golden Amber, clear with a stream of bubbles running up from the bottom directly in the center, creating a swirrling hurricane looking "Eye" formation. After the majority of the head dissipates and eventually dissapears altogether there is still the very active bubbling Center "eye" and it creates a great looking swirrling effect until the very end. Actually very fun to watch.

Smell: Spicey yeast, malted barley, slight fruityness.

Taste: A spicey and yeasty first hit, followed by a very sweet malt explosion with hints of dark fruits, wheat and honey.

MF: Extremely lively and crisp, light on the palate and really seems to dance. The after-feel is a bit heavier after the brew settles down a bit. Feels alot like a Belgian Abby ale.

DA: 9% ABV means you need to watch it.
You gotta give the Ancient's real credit if they had beer anywhere as good as this!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of kosmoraios
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting ale - very complex and interesting. I have a feeling that this ale would be absolutely wonderful on tap.

Pours a clear, very gold color into my glass, with almost no head or lacing. The carbonation bubbles are very large.

Aroma is immediately of light honey - very pleasant. The ONLY way to drink this ale is to let it warm significantly before pouring. The spicy-sweet aroma is very enticing.

Taste is amazing. Somewhat syrupy, very sweet, in a light, pleasant way. Honey first, with the white muscat grapes coming in second, followed by the interesting spicy-peppery flavor. The carbonation offsets the syrupy consistancy.

Mouthfeel is oily-sweet and spicy due to the spices and carbonation. A great fall desert ale, but I couldn't drink more than one or two in an evening.

kosmoraios, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a little bit of head. The head falls quickly. Continues to send bubbles up through the rest of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet smell with a little sour tang. For those that have tasted the old English yarrow beer, it smells like boiled yarrow flowers.

Taste: This tastes less like a beer and more like a wine or mead. In fact, I can't really pick up any grains, but definitely taste the grapes and honey. Very low bitterness, with a sweet, lemony-honey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level. is this normal for the "style"? Ask Midas, tastes fine to me.

Drinkability: A little too sweet for me, it is more like drinking a sweet white wine than anything else.

Overall, I am glad I tried this. Not going to become my house beer, but it is pretty cool that Dogfish Head would do something like this. I am interested to try the Chinese and Etheopian beers they are making.

beveritt, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer with a high level of anticipation. Being a huge fan of Dogfish Head's brews in general, this beer intrigued me from the moment I heard of it. Well, I finally came across it at the Earth Fare in Raleigh, NC, and bought the 4-pack, splitting it with another curious taster.

I poured the beer from its 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass. A thin head appeared, but only briefly, as I examined the contents. The color is golden brown, and the aroma reminded me of Belgian ales.

The taste is superb. Vanilla and honey are perhaps the strongest flavors, with the muscat grape coming in just behind. There's no hiding the alcohol here! At 9% ABV it's sure to be noticed. Again, the sweetness reminds me of Belgian-style ales, but the flavor is quite distinctive. Very malty as well; no hoppy bitterness to speak of. The aftertaste lingers for some time, and I noticed a particularly nutty flavor in the back of the mouth several seconds after swallowing.

I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. It coats the mouth and forces you to taste every aspect of it. I highly recommend this beer, especially to those who enjoy Belgian ales and fortified wines.

CWiggins, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I first had this brew about 2 months ago and we are hooked. As soon as you pop the top a blast of well balanced honey, saffron and a hint of vanilla hits your nose. Poured a copper hue w/ a small head that fully diminished. The good thing about this brew is what you smell is what you are going to taste. Full body, syrupy, honey sweet and full of spices that goes down warm and w/ a hint of alcohol. Careful this brew packs a punch at 9% ABV a four will start off a nice buzz. Way go to Dogfish Head for making a one of a kind of brew.

GimpyCane, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a rocks glass from a 12oz bottle at 35 degrees.

Picked up a 4-pack from the Dogfish Head in Rehoboth. Pours a light golden color with only slight head. Smells of a sweet-spice and a little fruity. Definitely a typical DFH complex taste..first was of grapes and a little malt, but after a couple seconds, cloves and honey came out as it warmed my throat. Goes down smooth, but the alcohol presence is pretty noticable.

A very enjoyable brew by DFH...went great as a dessert beverage.

JohnnyM2002, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Portertime
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a brew. This beer had a superb taste that I enjoyed to the last sip. Honey and saffron tickled my tastebuds. The purple labeled bottle with a big gold thumb print was also attractive. I whole heartedly recommend this beer to anyone who wants a distinct, flavorful beverage. It's even nine percent alcohol so it'll get you krunk!

Portertime, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange semitranslucent body. Low carbonation, lace and retention.
Smell is a strong spiced honey and molasses experience
Mild honey, spice and muskat. Sweet yet tart and the same for the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium to full body with decent coating.
This is a brew to let warm up significantly, but then it gains tremendously in smell and taste.
Great brew so full of flavor and definitely a different beer.


oelergud, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle for $3.69

A: Clear darkish orange. Very little carbonation, only a thin bubbly head that disappeared quickly

S: Smell is very sweet, with the grapes predominant. Can't really smell the honey, and I have no idea what saffron smells like.

T: Once again sugary sweet. Can taste the muscat grapes, a hint of honey. The alcohol shows up slightly at the end, but nothing substantial. Some characteristics of a white wine, IMO.

M: Thick and a little sticky, but surpising light.

D: This sweet and 9%? Sticking to one...

Is it a beer? A mead? A wine? If nothing else, Sam and the rest at DFH are creative. I think its been suggested earlier, it might be good to give to a non beer drinker. However, in some respects, not 'beer-y' enough for me. Still worth trying though.

mjd83goblue, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber color, not much head to speak of. Honey, spices and alcohol dominate the aroma. Taste is sweet, to me the meade is the most dominate flavor here. The alcohol is quite evident in both taste and I feel a little bit of a burn. I wouldn't want this more than every so often, but it is interesting.

Dizzy, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out very pale yellowy orange with no suds to speak of. Very slight lacing.
Smell is sweet alcohol. Very slight fruity aromas. I can detect no honey here. Mabey a grape smell at the very back.
The alcohol is most prevalant. The sweetness masks the malts but they come through. Here is where the honey taste comes in.
As it warms there is a bitter taste that proceeds the sweetness.
Not hops but a dark flavor like good wine.
Mouthfeel is syrupy but very nice. The alcohol rests in the back of the throat and stays there till you are finished.
For a Mead type of brew it's not bad. I was just wishing I could get more of the honey flavor coming through.

peabody, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, an overpriced $3.49, bottled 4/5/06

appearance: poured into my la chouffe snifter...clear golden body, frothy white head forms immediately with not much retention and slight lacing....sparkling bubbly body. pretty looking beer

smell: toasted grain and barley, sweet and syrupy aroma, honey, vinous white grape, lots of spice, a tad earthy...complex but not terribly attractive especially when compared to the flavour

taste: big sweet body, honey, vinous white grape, barley, toasted grain/malt, a tad boozy, spicy saffron, candy sugar, light cherry, peach juice, fruit syrup. Its got great complexity and is generally an enjoyable beer. For the style (or lack there of really), I rate it highly

mouthfeel: syrupy, a bit boozy, smooth body, medium/full

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

assurbanipaul, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gunnerman, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Byeast, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Drew966, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.


SteveO1231, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

watermelonman, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cproioi, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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)

TexIndy, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tonistruth, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Damian
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Damian, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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".

smcolw, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

DogFood11, Aug 07, 2006
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 4,218 ratings.