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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,274
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 145
Gots: 507 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything King Midas touched turned to... a saffron colored liquid with a vigorous amount of carbonation? I don't mind a bit that Golden Exilir isn't a golden elixir because this color works just fine. The pale orange crown is cracklingly fizzy to start, then settles down and maintains a one finger thickness for a respectable amount of time. It isn't sticky, though, and very little lace ends up on the glass.

The nose, while different, is neither aromatic nor interesting. I can easily appreciate the white grapes and the honey, but not the saffron. It would help if had any idea what saffron smells like. I really expected more complexity from this brew. Perhaps it'll be present on the palate.

Midas Touch is one of those beers that doesn't impress me right out of the gate, yet has the potential to do so over the course of the bottle. Like the nose, there isn't much depth. This is a vast oversimplication, but DFHMTGE reminds me of a maibock: sweetish blond malt coupled with a lack of accessory flavors.

Sure, the dessert wine fruity sweetness of the Muscat grapes is present, as is the somewhat subtle honey flavor provided by the... uh... honey, but it doesn't tantalize my taste buds with tremendousness and make me impatient to take another sip. I'm sure the saffron added color. I'm not so sure it added flavor. Time to visit the spice rack.

The mouthfeel is the best part about this beer. It's full and lush and viscous without being overly thick or sticky. The initially boisterous bubbles have now settled down and are barely noticed in the mouth.

I love the story behind the inspiration for Midas Touch Golden Elixir. It's just too bad that it isn't better beer. Dogfish Head continues to be an interesting craft brewery that thinks and brews outside the box. With a few notable exceptions, however, the end product doesn't match the hype.

Photo of ojiikun
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip chalice, right from the bottle, just a hair under 60 degrees.

First and foremost, this isn't beer. This is mead. Actually, you could call this a beer, a mead, or a muscat wine. Very much all three.

Pours a beautiful golden colour - the colour you *wish* mead were. Crystal clear with a champagne-like off-white head, and even the little trails of bubbles. Suds fall fast but last long enough to lace half the glass.

Smell is true to the constituent ingredients - honey, sweet grape, and even a little saffron (though not as much as you might fear/hope). Little notes of citrus appear with the grape on the occasional sip. Doesn't smell boozy at all, excepting that warm-leather nuance that sweet spiced highvols have.

Taste is surprisingly mild and clean. Nowhere near as sweet as a traditional mead, but the flavours make it seem sweeter than it really is. First flavour somehow reminds me of buttercreme frosting. A surprising amount of bready yeasts and grains hit after all of those delicate scents. Finish is very muscat with hints of . . . red meat (probably the saffron talking)?

Possibly the smoothest fermented beverage I've ever had, but not sticky. Being neither tart, nor sappy, nor bitter, and not even boozey, it's almost hard to sip slowly enough to really enjoy the depth in this one.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with a small white head. It smells sweet, like honey, grapes, and something I'm not exactly sure what, I assume that's the saffron. The taste is very sweet as well, like honey and grapes, and some other unfamiliar light spicy taste (like the smell, I assume it's the saffron like it says on the label). There's also some alcohol warming in the taste too. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, with medium body. The drinkability is OK too, but one might be my limit at a time since it's very sweet. Overall this is a very unique beer. I still don't know what to make of it. I'd drink it again, but it's something I would have to be in the mood for, since I don't think this is a beer I could drink all the time.

Photo of Alkey
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear golden color with a reddish tint and very little head. Some sweet smells of grapes and spicy alcohol. The taste is a bit on the sweet side with grapes, honey, and some strange spice flavors. I'm not sure if its the style but it taste more like a wine to me than a beer and is something I don't much care for.

Photo of OStrungT
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale golden yellow color with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells of honey. Not as strong as mead, but it definately has a very strong honey aroma. Behind that, it smells spicy with some yeasty aroma. It also smells quite sweet.

This beer tastes very honey like. It is also surprisingly sweet. It is almost too sweet, but not quite. It has a slightly spicy flavor also.

This beer goes down smooth, despite the very sweet flavor. It leaves a honey like aftertaste.

This beer would make a decent sessnion beer. The only problems are that it is so very sweet, and the alcohol content is up there.

Overall: This beer is great. I am definately going back to O'Brien's for a few more before they run out.

Photo of DavidJFaber
1.63/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maybe my bottle of Midas' Touch was off but my experience was different from those reported by other BeerAdvocate.com users.

When I popped the cap it immediately started foaming. It had been at rest for some time so it was not shaken-up. Perhaps it was because the bottle had been at room temperature. I left it at room temperature for a reason, however. Because Midas' Touch is based upon a multi-millenia old recipe and because the refrigeration technology of the time was not what it is now I wanted to try the beer the way it was drank originally. Anyway, I digress. After the head died down a bit I sniffed the beer; it reminded me of a 40oz. of Steel Reserve 211. The flavor was not terribly dissimilar to other malt-liquors sold in convenience stores the country over. I actually gagged at the ridiculously sweet character of the beer. In the end I only sipped it twice before turning it over to my friend who is known for enjoying beers with a considerably higher malt content. He too was turned off but decided to gulp through it none-the-less.

All-in-all I wouldn't ever bother with Midas' Touch again.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty tangerine golden orange with a small head of white bubbles that disappears to nothing very quickly.
Aromas of grapes and citrus hops. Clean and bright.
Flavor is much more complex than the aromas. White grapes, pale malt sweetness, tangerine and nectarine, A soft and warm honey sweetness overlays everything. Brisk citrus hops balancing and drying everything out at the end.
Warming alcohol in the aftertaste....still with a clean mouth feel.

Definitely made to be drunk with a meal.
Wonderfully complex in a farmhouse and belgium manner.
Thanks Lando for this, another sample, of DFH.

Photo of demcorhip
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber coloured ale with almost nonexistent head and very scant, very fine lacings. Initially large bubbles raced to explode at the top of the glass, but settled down to a finely carbonated brew.

Bready and toasty malts, sweet, floral honey, and floral saffron spice.

Reminded me alot of the one and only braggot ive had, only much more refined. Honeyed barley, mild tang from the muscat grapes, and a finishing touch of the floral saffron spice, with a touch of warming alcohol.

Rich and almost syrupy mouthfeel from the honey, yet avoids being cloying. Interesting balance, honey sweetness balanced by bready malts, grape acidity (although mild), and floral and grassy saffron spice.

I found this to be a kingly drink indeed. Would love to drink this all night long in a great hall lit by torches and candlelight in a big tin mug. Them rich bastards had it good in the old days... Ill be drinking this one again!

Photo of JasonA
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears and smells like nothing special or at least nothing like its cost ;). Not much if any head, small funnel of bubbles which is pretty to watch. Considering the style of beer, what does the color really tell us unless we see some floater ;). Light amber closing in on copper.

Taste takes me away. Light start with no bite. Smooth blend of spices and flavor that continues to build until swallow. For ABV of 9, very impressed with how the alcohol is masked.

Finish is very nice. Nothing too strong. VEry enjoybale, though not a choice I would buy for large consumption.

I wasnt sure what to expect for its style, but this beer left me very impressed. While I might not by another 4-fer, I would love to find this on draft somewhere as something to start my noght off with.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midas Touch poured into the glass crystal clear and pale amber in color. The head was a short-lived off-white foam that fell to a wispy cap and collar. The lace had a habit of slowly sliding back down to the liquid.
The smell was more of nectar than of a beer. Most noticeable was the lightly floral honey. Mixed in were sweet malt, a bit of grassiness and grain husk coming across as nutty.
The taste was patently sweet. Honey in the forefront with the grain husk nuttiness and light grassiness from the hops. The hop bitterness was at a minimum, but this still finished lightly dry. The 9% ABV was very well disguised.
The body was medium and the carbonation was a bit underdone. The mouthfeel was wine-like, almost like champagne that has lost its fizz.
This was interesting and the taste was actually not bad. This is not something I could see myself drinking occasionally, but not in any real quanity.

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

This is an oddball!

Golden orange color. Almost no head, a little lacing.

Smells honeyed, fruity, grapey, yeasty, sweet.

Tastes honeyed, tropical fruity, mandarin oranges, grapey, like a white wine. Delicious. Tastes like a golden belgian ale also.

Mouthfeel is good, certainly drinkable.

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Golden hues with an off white head that hold fairly well, then settles to a thin cap. Spotty and stringy lacing.

Mixed smells of honey, grape, and alcohol that mix pleasantly.

Suprisingly thick malts give way to a syrupy sweetness. The taste quickly shifts to a very dry cloying bitterness that still wrestles with the honey like sweetness. Low carbonation leaves the beer feeling smooth. The alcohol is well hidden for being 9%.

I don't know what to think of this one. It's definitely not for an undeveloped palate, as the complexity and overall weirdness of this beer may intimidate some drinkers. Try this one for yourself and see for yourself, just remember to keep an open mind when you do.

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

This beer, if you can call it that, must be in it's own category. More of a dessert-honey-beer than a spiced beer.
Pretty dark gold color. It poured out with a big white head that quickly dissipated but left plenty of lace.
Lots of fruit aroma, especially grapes. Also honey, malt, grass and spice.
The flavor is different from a "normal" beer. Lots of the grape-honey taste up front then you get the very slight hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol warmth.
I liked the mouthfeel. Full body for a high alcohol beer and pretty decent carbonation.
Not really what I'd call drinkable in large amounts. Strictly a sipping beverage that might go with a fruit or rich dessert.

I'm planning to brew my own version of this but up the gravity, IBU's and alcohol. If any of you BAs have tried brewing this, let me know how it turned out.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a small, thin, and white soapy head that almost immediately dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The beer is a very clear honey color with almost no carbonation activity within. Barely any lacing is left as you drink.

Smell - Interesting aroma, definitely. You can definitely smell the muscat grapes right away with notes of honey, as the label states are added ingredients. Some mild fermented cherry aroma is also in the background. Rich fruity malt is the foundation aroma for this beer. Very little alcohol aroma on the nose, even at 9% ABV.

Taste - Explosion of the white muscat grapes right away, with lots of honey also in the mix. Very sweet floral notes and candied fruits as well (fermented cherry again, especially). Sweet and rich/bready malt comes out strong in the finish with a wine-like alcohol presence. Some sourness wraps up the finish and the aftertaste becomes fairly weak with mainly flavors of buscuity malt and some lingering muscat flavors.

Mouthfeel - Biting carbonation up front, but not too harsh. Has a fairly full-bodied character with lots of weight to the beer. It is very smooth once the carboation dies off.

Drinkability - The flavors are...interesting. I'm not particularly fond of the strong sweetness from the honey and white muscat, but they are pleasant. It has a generally very rich feeling to the beer, and I think one bottle would be my limit.

A very creative beer here. The flavors are quite unique and are put together well, considering the ingredients. Definitely worth a try if only to experience the uniqueness of this brew. While it was good, I probably won't be buying anymore.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass clear golden with a bit of particulates and a wispy, actually a, nonforming head which did nada to the glass in terms of lacing.

The aroma was a strong presence of grapes and a bit of cut apples and cider. The aroma was mostly fruity with a sweet candy presence and a bit of spice that was indeterminate. The aroma also contained a fussel alcohol aromatic that was not pleasant at all.

The flavor was malty and a bit sweet with grape flavor shining through and a strong bit of fruity character. The beer was a bit cloying in the sweetness which reminded me of candy, too strong and to prevalent. Some light bit of spice was present, again, too light to put my finger on, but more like a smidge of pepper and a bit of clove.

The finish was even heading to dry with more spice emerging as the beer dried out on the palate. The body was medium full and the carbonation was fairly low. The beer was syrupy sweet and having not had this in several years. It's safe to say I won't try it again for several more.

12 ounce bottle.

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

Poured a beautiful golden color, with almost no head.

Smelled great, very fruity. Reminded me of Raison D'Etre and Raison D'Extra.

Taste was pretty good. Overall pretty sweet. Almost like a sweet wine mixed with a light beer.

It was on the thicker side in the mouth, but a lot thinner than some of the DFH brews I've tried.

Fairly drinkable. Just remember the alcohol content, as it is well hidden.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with the label featuring thumbprints and the DFH shark. Pours a clear pale gold/straw color. The two-finger head is thick and creamy, showing good retention solid lace.

The smell is very yeasty, malty, with strong orange peel and spice, honey, and a dank note of wet carboard--very similar to their other "ancient ale," Chateau Jiahu.

The flavor is really close to that of the Jiahu as well--in fact already having the one, they are so similiar that I can 't really review the other except by the way of comparison. The Midas Touch delivers much more of grape and plum characteristics, and less of the orange and honey found in the Jiahu. The alcohol is discernable in both, but I think slightly more in the Midas Touch--though it is a pleasnt warming presence. The Midas Touch is a bit lighter and cleaner, as the Jiahu seems to have more a ricey, malty weight to it.

The mouth is a little syrupy, but complex and sweet, slighty drying on the finish before a sugar smack developing on the lips. Both of these brews are great, but I wish there was a little more differentiation between the two. I would give the nod to the Chateau Jiahu for being more well rounded and complex. However, they both strongly illustrate why DFH is one of, if not the most innovative craftbrewers in the land.

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

The beer poured a lush golden color into the glass with a minimal white head that runs away quickly giving way to some nice lacing on the glass.

The nose of this beer is pretty complex and has characteristics of more than just a beer. There is a nice honey and muscat grape aroma to this ancient treat.

The taste is very smooth despite the higher abv. This is accomplished through the nice honey, grape and spice taste that you get while enjoying this one. The body is medium but filling due to the mead like character of this one. Very enjoyable. Although the beer is a filling brew, I find it pretty darn drinkable...takes me back to the Midas Touch era...

Photo of clabaugh
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear, pale goldenrod. The head is light and wispy, and retains for only a few moments. Lacing tacks unevenly to the glass.

Smell: Malty and sweet. The muscat grapes are easily discernible, and they're accompanied by a pleasantly bold honey aroma. Some spicy, raw earthiness perks up the nostrils.

Taste: Rich, aggressive flavor dominated by toasty malts and honey. The grapes impart a certain acidity, while the alcohol content is anything but shy. Any hop character finds itself rather mute. Saffron comes through more clearly as one drinks.

Mouthfeel: Faintly syrupy with warming properties. Slickly coats the mouth and tongue with an almost candy-like residue. Rather nice.

Drinkability: Abundant flavor that I find very appealing. Indulgent, pastry-like sweetness is a treat to imbibe. Quite relaxing and warming, but not overly inhibiting. Fine beer.

Photo of Grundle20
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost like champagne into a snifter, color and all. Lots of bubble action that produces a decent head with mild retention.

Still getting that champagne reminder along with tart apple coupled with mulling spices. The scent travels quite well from the glass.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Smooth and full with little carbonation to speak of. I'm reminded of a mixture between lager and mead because of strong honey and mulling spice notes offset by a mildy sweet wheat lager character. In the after taste I catch the grapes which camp out on my tongue for a spell.

With dinner I could work wonders with this beer. I can't wait for the holidays to introduce this beer as an accompaniment to our existing tradition of mead. It's mild enough to enjoy casually as well. Not my Friday/Saturday night beer but quite a treat.

Bottom Line:
A pretty unique beer which I see almost infinite food potential for. Give it a shot if you're finding your beer variety becoming a little stale.

Photo of Onibubba
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been several years since I had this, so I snatched up a 4 pack right away when it appeared in my favorite nearby establishment. Bottled May 2006. Pours a clear gold with no head. Like most beers I drink, I pour cold. I like to taste the difference as the beer warms. Initially, not much to the aroma, but it takes a lot for me to notice much in the smell department. Faint smell of grapes and honey. Taste is surprisingly reminiscent of a Saison. Not at all like I remembered. As the beer warms, this taste goes away and the more familiar riesling sweetness comes out. This is not overly sweet, but it is very heavy. Something in the taste is really not agreeing with me. Wish I could put my finger on it.

I'm aging the rest of these and will give them another shot next year. A very different beer that should be experienced, but may not be to everyone's taste. A bottle was nearly too much for me to drink.

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

12oz. brown bottle, bottled on 07/28/06 inkjetted on neck.

Sparkling 18K gold. Modest, gold tinged small and medium sized white bubbles, that quickly dissipates to a small pile at the margins. A handful of large bubbled carbonation streams diminish and are replaced with a few sluggish small bubblers. Thick, sweet aromas of cloves, grapes and honey. Initially sweet and a bit thick, white wines such as sweet Rieslings instantly come to mind. There is a tingly spiciness that permeates all corners of this as well as a clove-derived flavor. The spices seem to pile up through consumption. Lots of honey sweetness in the finish, but this is partially offset by the spiciness so that it is not overly cloying. I still pick up a bit of alcohol, but it is well integrated with some white fleshed fruit flavors. Medium-full body, the carbonation is on the low side which adds a bit to the heavy, but slightly slick mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit sweet and a tad heavy, but still interesting. I found the draft version to be a bit more enjoyable.

Photo of aforbes10
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i bought a four pack of this in chicago a couple of weekends ago. it was expensive but it was the first time i'd seen it so i figured it was worth a try. poured orange/gold with a good amount of carbonation and a little white head which faded quickly. looks a bit a like an apple/strawberry cider might. Smell is pungent and spicy with some green apples, alcohol. smells a bit like a slightly spicier version of old english to me, which is a strange thought. whoa! that's a new taste. strong alcohol and spices....cardomon, coriander, alchol and some peatiness and smokiness and malt on aftertaste...almost like a mead (but no honey flavor really). i dont like it all that much and i dont think i want another necessarily...but its interesting enough that im happy to have had it and i might share it around or bring it to a gathering of beer-o's

Photo of jabocu
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp and clear golden color with light orange hues. Got a very thin cap as I poured, but it was gone very fast, and almost looks like a still wine or mead. Aroma is full of honey, floral, and freshly crushed muscadines. Very faint hint of alcohol on nose. Flavor is very sweet, but not cloying. Honey and wine is up front with suprising delicate floral spiciness. Reminds me of a dessert wine as it finishes. Surprisingly refreshing with all the honey and sweetness. Medium crisp carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Photo of acrawf6
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not dated on the bottle, but i assume this beer is about 6 months old.

Pours out a slightly hazy orange with a bubbly white head that drops a bit quickly.

Smell. Sweet and fruity. My initial reaction was white grape juice. But also has some sweet caramel, tiny bit of pineapple, and a vanilla spice. It also seems to be a touch earthy.

Taste. A bit strong on the alcohol, and a bit yeasty. Taste is also sweet, and with a bit of grapes. It's kinda like a strong and heavy reisling. Has a slight tart flavor in the middle of my swallow, slightly like strawberries. Apples come out a lot too in the flavor. But there is also an interesting creamy flavor that is very unique, like buttered croissants, or a cream cheese pastry flavor. Very interesting. Aftertaste is warming of alcohol and has a nice sugary cinnoman flavor after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-full body, alcohol really gives it a warming effect. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, without saying, not like any other beer i've had before. Very nice experience. Would love get my hands on some more of this

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 4,274 ratings.