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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,053
Reviews: 1,547
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 132
Gots: 416 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

stoney1031, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Ethanol4one
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with those who say that this beer stands alone, without easy comparisons.

It's time machine back to a time before video poker, boxed wine or guys like Dick Cheney on Segways, so comparing it to big bland brother, or even all the various popular, hopped up or milky styles of craft ale springing up is a little like postulating what the world would look like if Nero had a Moog (synthesizer).

Aroma was breaded, not like Chicken fried anything, but more like that bakery on the Seal pier in San Francisco, where the sour dough is the star. Didn't really detect anything I'd call saffron, but haven't had much saffron to compare. And since it's 40 dollars per pinch, I guess I can guess why.

Tasting amounted to grapes balanced against other components, sort of like a strong, distinctive spiced sherry, sweetened back and well balanced or a sangria with citrus notes.

It's not overly spicy like the minced meat pie-fruit cake effect of Raison D'Etre, or done poorly with the ripple of another grape-beer cross over from the 70's, "Malt Duck", brought to you by National Brewing Company of Baltimore (the makers of Colt 45), and the first beverage that made me yack, and which kept me well away from hooch until my late teens.

Mouth-feel is what sets it apart from the glycerine dessert, sherry, ice wine iterations with a thicker, if course malty sensation that a stout may leave behind.

Overall, this is an extraordinary beverage, and one I'd order again. I'd like to see thicker head, and more saffron favor, but who am I, King Midas? Exactly.

Ethanol4one, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mannyman3000, Dec 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

dunix, Dec 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Kaymord, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Azntaiji
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured 12 oz bottle into oversized wine glass. 1 finger of head that quickly diminishes, with a mute pink-orange color.

S - Smells of grapes and fruit. Does not smell like a beer, very wine-y.

T - Instantly can taste the Muscat Grapes. Very weird for a beer, slight sweet taste of honey. Very sweet, something that I'd drink as a dessert beer on a special occassion. Taste of grape throughout the whole palate. I don't pick up any Saffron whatsoever. Drank this one pretty quickly, and the 9% ABV sure does kick in, amidst being very hidden throughout the taste.

M - Very low carbonation, syrupy, laces to the glass.

O - This is a weird beer. Period. I don't even know what to classify it as. Overall the taste is too sweet for my liking and this is something I'd only have once or twice a year, if that. Regardless, you must try this beer to know what it tastes like. I think more carbonation would make this beer better, but other than that it's a beer of its own.

Azntaiji, Dec 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

AlMarzo, Dec 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Rave, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

beerman999999, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Cougar990, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

lionelzeus, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Docrock
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass..

A. Golden straw colored, slight head on pour that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Minimal lacing

S. no discernible beer character, slight funk which I am guessing is their spices, but saffron? Not picking it up

T. Definitely taste the body of the Muscat grapes, which is a grape I have a strong attraction too.

M. Thinner than I expected for a 9 above brew. Minimal carbonation, aftertaste lingers for quite awhile. It's not an unpleasant aftertaste, just lingering..

O. An unusual beer, not quite sure how to classify. Would I drink it again, probably but wouldn't be my first choice. If your in the mood for something different, this is it!

Consumed 12-8-12

Docrock, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

tmm313, Dec 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

lndsy, Dec 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

DMarlinJ, Dec 05, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is interesting in the sense that it is really impossible to rate. It's based off an ancient beer, it's in it's own category, so really there's no other beer to gauge it against.

So I'll just hit the important parts,

S: the aroma was nothing special, kinda bland.

T: was thick and tasted almost more like wine with the very strong flavors of grape and honey, but tastes exactly like I would think an ancient beer to be like, not exactly a beer but not exactly a wine.

M: taking into account the process of how I took the taste again the mouth feel was great, it was smooth and had no indication of the fact that it was a 9% beer.

O: was highly impressed with this beer as a beer, it was ok but for wthat DFH was going for it was easily a 5. So it becomes a 4. It's beers like this and breweries like this that are the reason why I'm excited to try a new beer everytime I go somewhere. I would definitely have this beer again.

CTAdams, Dec 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

djgoodwi, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

CN1234, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 4,053 ratings.