Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4/5 rDev +7.2%
Served in a DFH Alehouse snifter.
Pours a golden honey amber with a small bit of white foamy head that doesn't lace too much at all. The smell is overwhelmingly in fsvor of honey and white grapes, though not overly sweet. A modicum of floweriness also comes through, but only as background radiation. The taste follows, with the honey and grapes once again taking a preeminent role, and just as in the smell the sweetness is nicely toned down. The flowers from the smell are replaced by an equally mild bit of hoppy bitterness, creating a nicely balanced flavor. The body is nicely moderate and very smooth, lending this brew a high level of drinkability, though the ABV may try to say otherwise.
02-19-2010 18:27:50 | More by TMoney2591
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden/orange color with a small, white, foamy head that left some minimal lacing.
S - It smelled of honey and barley. It also had some sweet fruity aromas, too.
T - It was spicy, but not a hoppy spice. The honey was fairly dominant with some sweet caramel flavors.
M - Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat sticky. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This really is unique. Very sweet and yet quite spicy.
02-06-2009 21:31:24 | More by zeff80
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
09-24-2008 19:22:45 | More by largadeer
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
From the banks of the Euphrates, via Delaware...
This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, very apple juice-esque, with a minimum of fizzy white head, that leaves no lacing. The smell blew me away - how on earth did they get my Mom's Concord grape juice popsicles' essence into this beer? Oh yeah, the Muscat grapes. Wow, this smells good - the barley malt becomes more evident, and the sweet grape recedes, as the beer warms. The taste has a sweet, herbal note at first, and then a fair dollop of field honey, with the malt backbone holding things up nicely. The carbonation is noticeable, but not detracting, and the significantly elevated alcohol appears only as a nice warming. It finishes dry, with the muscat sweetness pleasantly sticking around. A lovely and interesting beer, nice to point out the historical methods employed to make our favorite beverage.
03-05-2009 07:24:27 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
This is only available in 750 ml bottles. It pours a clear, gently sparkling, deep orange-ish amber body with a creamy yellowish head that drops shortly but keeps a decent collar and leaves some minor spotty lace. Sweet, and almost candyish grapes (like Concord grapes) sweep across the nostrils accompanied by a distinct honey-ish character. It's very mead-like with some alcohol and a slightly herbal note. The aroma is interesting; not really welcoming, but not off-putting either. The full body is enhanced by a fine and moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor is most reminiscent of a mead, but also like a fortified wine; and it even has some sherryish notes. There's not much beer character to it, but I think the malt component helps to add to the body; and also softens the alcohol component. Definitely interesting, althought I view it as more of a wine or mead than beer. The high alcohol helps to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying, but it had its drawbacks - most importantly a lacquer-like quality. Still, fairly well done for what it is.
01-21-2003 21:08:53 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours clear with an orange hued golden color. Not much head. Smell is almost rustic with a smoked lemon edge. Heavily sweet on the tongue, no doubt due to the muscat grapes and honey used. The feel is light and bubbly at first and ends with a silky aftertaste, and you in no way can tell this one has a 9% ABV. Definitely a unique brew that is worth trying, though for some it might be a bit too sweet or soft. For me though I really liked it and would go for it again. But to drink many at one time might be too much because of its sweet tone. Definitely good as an after dinner beer because of its sweetness.
12-30-2007 04:25:20 | More by RblWthACoz
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of grapes, spice, lemon, honey & barley. The malt character is faint and there’s not trace of hops.
T: The taste is a combination of fruit, spice and alcohol. I’ve seen the comparison made between this beer and champagne and I’d have to agree. There’s some faint caramelized malt in the background and very little hops, if any. I sampled this beer on-tap at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland a few weeks ago and remember it being a bit sweeter with a little more malt backbone.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and a little sticky.
D: Flavorful, but not my type of flavor, not filling, doesn’t go down as easy as most beers, I suppose this would be a good transitional beer for a wine-drinker, but to this beer-lover it seems a bit off. The one good thing I can say about it is that it’s certainly unique, such is DFH’s MO.
12-23-2006 04:31:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a clear, deep golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves minimal lace.
S - Lots of honey/pilsner malt aroma with just a hint of toast. A little bit of yeast or grape fruitiness going on, but little else; the malt character is nevertheless quite nice.
T - Sweet, cracker malt up front with a great honey flavor and some spicy hops. More musty, pilsner like hop and malt interactions in the middle that lead to a similar finish. The aftertaste has more of the earthy hop character with a lively honey note that clear up any misconceptions about the beer being made with really good pilsner malt rather than real honey.
M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - Quite a nice beer. I haven't had one of these since much earlier in my Beer Geek career and I was not expecting it to have held up to my fond memories, but if anything I enjoy it more now than I did then. The honey character is fantastic and combined with the herbal hops and spices it is pleasantly reminiscent of a good pilsner. The flavors are much less subtle than those of a fine German lager, but they are eerily similar and tickle a lot of the same parts of the palate. I also appreciate that despite its powerfully sweet finish it manages to avoid becoming cloying (at least for one bottle). I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but it is a very nice beer and I am glad I revisited it.
12-10-2009 08:23:10 | More by nickfl
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Presentation: 750 ml clear glass champagne magnum, blurb about the beer and well packed sediment on the bottom of the bottle. No freshness date.
Appearance: Perpetually hazed with a cloudy sunset orange colour, lace hold well …does not stick much but stay around.
Smell: Perfume-like aroma of raw honey, grape skin and saffron. Suggestions of allspice and earthy undertones.
Taste: Smooth with a bottle conditioned or a conditioned carbonation in the secondary fermentation, Alcohol make a mark as first presence with some spicy estery components as well as a bit of solvent flavours. Big buttery flavour from an over zealous diacetyl is the layer of icing for this brew. Grape skin and a fermented honey twang in the alcohol come through. Mineral and spicy saffron flavours in the middle, vinous and lightly tart. Oddly phenolic with allspice flavours flailing around that border medicinal. The after taste has the remains of grape skin and grain. After shocks of the ester / solvent alcohol continue to warm the body.
Notes: Great to have an experimental brew here and there, bring this to a dinner party to funk things up. After a couple of bottle of this they won’t know up from down or wine from beer. Other than that it is not a beer that would be considered an everyday beer nor a beer you can drink much at all. More or less a beer to share with a meal … seems to pair well with garlic studded pork loin with brown rice (that could be cooked with saffron) and a sun-dried tomato spinach and goat cheese salad.
04-09-2002 21:10:07 | More by Jason
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
Amazing creation and just another reason that DFH gets my vote as the most revolutionary American brewery that I have experienced. Appears a hazy golden orange with an orangish peach tint to the mammoth head that leaves a decent amount of trickled lacing. Aroma contains slightly musty grape notes with a big aroma of alcohol to the nose along with a sharp pleasant honey richness to it. Taste has a wine like finish very sweet rush with slight hints of spice and honey. Very good but doesn't tie it all together for me, I may just not be into mead. Mouthfeel has high carbonation with that bubbly mouthfeel and it's all contained in this light to medium bodied slight syrupy rich consistency. Drinkability is desireable especially seems it would pair well with some good mediterranean style food, but the 9% abv doesn't allow this beer to be one for session drinking.
06-14-2003 11:14:25 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Bottled on 03/15/07
Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 1/2" of pearl colored head. near-zero retention & lacing
S: Apricot, honey & pineapples
T: Sweet honey, dates, pineapples, & some dryness up front. Slight smokeyness & caramel, appleskins as this warms. I start getting grapes/muscadines in the finish, along with warming booze & dryness. Reminds me of a low abv mead in many respects.
MF: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation & lot of slickness
This would work well as in a dessert course, drinks good, but too far away from my likes to drink more than 2. Does hide the ABV well though
10-23-2007 03:15:24 | More by russpowell
3.4/5 rDev -8.8%
A friend gave me one of these as a thank for picking up some Stone Ruination on a recent trip. Poured into a mug.
A - Unsurprisingly it's a golden color. Transparent with visible carbonation. Two-fingered head that dissipates quickly to a nice lace.
S - Smells of grapes with spice. Reminds me of some wheat beers, even though this isn't one. It's also somewhat boozy.
T - Starts out with bready roasted barley, finishes with concord grapes. Tastes better than it smells. There's definitely some spice to this one too.
M - A little thinner than I generally like, but otherwise pretty smooth. Not too much carbonation - drinks a little like a mead, which I suppose is appropriate.
D - One and done. It was finish-able, even at 9%, but drinks more as a novelty than as a regular brew.
Kudos to DFH for pushing the envelope but this isn't a direction that I'm interested in.
11-30-2008 04:09:34 | More by MasterSki
4.47/5 rDev +19.8%
A recreated ancient ale, using such offbeat ingredients as white muscat grapes, and saffron. Pours a big, bone white head, gorgeous amber/orange color, soft, sweet aroma. Lovely texture! It just rolls off your lips and floods your mouth with pleasure. Warm, glowing, the grapes are evident, and, soon enough, the honey comes shining through. Perfect for summertime picnics, of around the fireplace. Fresh, sparkling, very mead-like...I've never had a honey beer quite like this. There is no beer like this, that's for sure.
Great stuff, and reminds me of the best Belgians I've enjoyed.
12-04-2002 21:29:22 | More by feloniousmonk
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Beer poured into a tulip. Beer is dark yellow and has some haze from a bunch of tiny floaties in it. Forms a big white head at first but it falls away quickly leaving almost nothing behind.
Aroma is mostly sweet like honey with mild spices. Overall its rather weak.
Beer is medium bodied with little in the front palate but some OK sweetness at the back. Finishes with a mild bitterness that is OK. Overall the beer is pretty drinkable but its not my favorite beer from DFH. Its worth the novelty but its just OK.
06-15-2010 01:18:39 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev +8%
Decanted cool into a snifter, picked the bottle up at Thirsty's date of 7/2006 on neck. I might have to review again.
A - An apricot shade of amber w/ a quickly collapsing head made of pin sized bone white head. Streams of bubbles make lines of carbonation up the sides of the snifter.
S - A strange mix of honey-like aromas, spiced tinges and malt liquor like booziness.
M - Sweet grainy w/ a boozy honey kissed feel and a fullnes of rice w/ a candy-like finish.
T - Sweet, mead-like honeyish flavors blend w/ a creamy and dry malty w/ a subtle delicate and spicy saffron tinge. A slightly syrupy full unctous honey and malt synergy of smoothness and a creamy round fullness that begs for return sips. No real harsh malt alcohol flavor, just strong and noticeable abv.
D - a sweet taste that can be savored for at least an hour w/ a boozy yet smooth feeel and easy to drink relatively for the strength. A nice honey blend w/ the flavor and balance of barley and spice, very drinkable and intense. I admire the effort of Sam Calagione and Company for producing this ancient ale from a faraway place.
01-28-2008 15:54:20 | More by Slatetank
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
cool idea, weird final product. pours clear golden with some yeast floaters and a thin white head that dies fast. it literally smells like feet, or like babies, or something that im kind if indifferent to at best, but the honey notes are the most obvious. the flavor too is honey heavy, which im fine with, and the other ingredients come together in a strange sort of way. not totaly palatable or delicious, but clever and unique. the mix of spices and herbs in this is downright odd and its hard to tell if there is balance here or not because its all totally foreign to me. the dry finish is nice though, and its welcomed here as a respite from the weirdness. alcohol is invisible somehow. good carbonation and a medium to full body. overall a strange creation, worth a try because its dogfish head, and because its one of the archeological beers, which i feel like are our duty to try to comprehend. i certainly enjoyed the challenge of this one, but i wont buy it again.
12-25-2012 22:37:20 | More by StonedTrippin
3/5 rDev -19.6%
The beer poured a hazy gold color with almost no head. This did not impress me at all. The aroma was horrible. It smelt cidery. The taste was also bad. It tasted syrupy. There seems to be little complexity. It boasts a 9%abv.. The mouthfeel was lacking. This is a full bodied beer. No very drinkable.
09-15-2003 01:27:37 | More by WesWes
3.86/5 rDev +3.5%
First had: bottle from Total Wine, Cherry Hill, NJ
Poured cloudy golden-yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma of sweet sugars and fruits. Taste of white wine, honey, grapes and cherries, with a little hop bitterness for balance. Medium mouthfeel, with some syrupiness that lingers in the mouth. Very complex and tasty, extra points for innovation, as with many DFH brews. This used to be among my favorites when I first started my journey into craft beer, but it's not something I desire to drink too often these days.
05-03-2011 15:47:12 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +7.2%
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of biscuit malt, flowers, honey, grapes and a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is mainly grapes and flowers, with some honey, biscuit malt and alcohol mixed in. As the beer warms, I start to get a little more caramel malt and spices, although the spices are hard to identify. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-10-2010 05:37:55 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Sweet, fruity, spicy golden ale. Wonderful crisp mouthfeel with a pleasant carbonation. They give the impression of hoppy bitterness somehow, and the rich tangy flavors balance the sugars. The aroma is like no other, maybe it's the saffron. People usually overdo saffron in recipes, I think, so this is the way to do it. There are not many better strong beers, whatever the style.
I've been enjoying this off and on for years. It was such an eye opener when it first came out. I think you really haven't lived until you've tried it, this is one of the classics that makes modern craft brew so fascinating.
12-11-2011 06:20:52 | More by mactrail
3.43/5 rDev -8%
Bottled on 01/04/06
Pours deep golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin, floating patch (nice color - not that great of head retention, but somewhat expected for abv).
The smell is of honey with an herbal background.
The taste is of sweet honey and barley malt. Do I detect the grapes and saffron? Not quite sure. Maybe the grapes, that gives it an almost winey character and some balance, the saffron? Well, it's an unusual additive to beer. Maybe. There is something keeping the sweetness from becoming overwhelming - not hop bitterness though. This has an unusual taste (as expected)... not bad...can't say I really love it though. A restrained peppery alcohol is in the mix. I had this last year when it was fresher, and I do think the alcohol mellowed nicely. Worth cellaring for awhile.
The feel is medium, with lingering sweetness and an alcohol sharpness.
Not so easy to drink - It's certainly a slow sipper. An interesting brew, but I can't say I particularly enjoyed it too much- not really my thing - but worth having as a conversational piece and good enough try. This is my second or third one in the last one, and I doubt I would get again, esp. considering the hefty price.
02-14-2007 21:40:04 | More by jwc215
Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,970 ratings.