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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,594
Hads: 4,518
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 174
Gots: 759 | FT: 7
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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 BARFLYB
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. Bottled feburary 2009. Have not had this in years.

A- Midas touch golden elixiris just that, golden with a light straw pale yellow within. A vigorous pour only produced a faint white cap on the top plus a ring around the glass. No lacing at all.

S- I smelled it as soon as I popped the cap. This does not smell great, in fact it reminds me of a macro with a big grain bill. Some warming helps this with a nice white grape sense plus some other crazy DFH ingredients. Some grassy hops. All in all pretty weak.

T- The taste is a huge step up from the smell where the honey used is actually included giving off a nice sweetness. Next up is the muscat grapes which are up front throughout. Other ingredients including saffron are used but since im not familiar with any of them, I cant comment on how they progress the flavor. I like this, I don't love it.

M- Midas touch has a medium body with just a bit of carb leading to a slightly fizzy and crisp feel. The honey used gives this a nice sweetness that does not linger plus adds to the body of this ancient beer. Not huge enough that you need to take small sips, so I took mid sized gulps. The alcohol is hidden nice and not noticed.

D- Just as long as I dont smell it, I can stand this, but im glad I purchased a single. Not sure if a uber fresh bottle would help as the hops would be blocked by the crazy ingredients, and I dont see aging this helping any as im not in love with it. (1,494 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a gold amber color with a small white head that quickly settled down to a small ring around the sides of the flass.

Aroma has some sweet honey and grapes with a little spiciness to it.

Taste has some sweet honey followed by the flavor of the grapes. It has some crispness and spicy flavors coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a beer that is 9%. It tastes much lighter then that and the alcohol is well hidden.

I enjoyed trying this one but it isn't something I will seek out on a regular basis. It's something different and worth trying though for sure. (721 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large champagne bottle, with cork and cage. Pours cloudy orange/golden. Nice nose of fruit, wine, raisins. Lovely soft flavors of fruit, wine, grapes, spice,pepper. Buttery mouthfeel, tastes similar to a saison to me. with the spice and earthyness of the flavors. Interesting beer. Vinious notes, grape skins etc. Dogfishhead continues to amaze. Innovaters and risk takers. Try their beers, visit their locations and be thankful for em! (436 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Jan 6th 2011, boy should have paid attention to that date...

Barely even a half finger white head made off the pour but I'll admit it has some staying power. Body is a clear pale amber light orange with large carbonation bubbles stuck to the glass. A few come up and make their presence known. Kind of a weak looking brew.

Smell is a mix of off putting and nice. Bitter bile but also, a candied like Belgian yeast scent (it's the Muscat actually that's making the sweetness), with a big floral bent. Pollen. I am kind of on the fence with this one since the first scent is quite off putting.

Taste is shockingly better. Big thick and carbonated blast of honey and fruit in the mid palate, with a nice honey and dry bread finish on the swallow. Mouthfeel is a little interesting and unexpected, very playful in feel of mix of big body with a package of carbonation.

Overall I still enjoy this in the taste and drink. I've had this many times before, but I think I needed a fresher bottle (or just go for on tap). I seem to remember liking it more in the past, perhaps a re-review is in the cards for this one. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 9% alc./vol, purchased at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a full head at first, but quickly dissipates to a smattering of bubbles, pretty fizzy if you ask me.

S: Full honey scent, wildflowers, rose petals, and white grape juice, a very sweet, almost herbal smell to it.

T: Very tasty and complex with a lot going on. Actually get a wheaty, bready character at first, very grainy. The honey and green grapes come in next giving a flavour reminiscent of fine champagne. The beer ends with a slightly spicy finish, probably from the saffron, with a complex alcohol note.

M: Smooth and crisp, winey, slightly tannic, but has a nice warmness to finish the beer, very calming and enjoyable.

D: A beer that first intrigued me due to the historical aspects of its creation, the beer itself is what's intriguing me now. I just wish that this beer was more easily available here so I could delve into its flavours more regularly.

Update - 5/5/08 - Bought my first 4-pack of this nectar in SoCal, whohoo! (1,048 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.
This is a unique beer which saves it from getting bellow the 2's. A nice deep gold color, but absolutely no head.
Taste was stale honey, some malt, no hops and a hint of caramel.
It was a thicker feel to it than it looked. Coating and an aftertaste of metal and honey.
Disappointed. (310 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting list of ingredients to this ale: brewed with barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron. On to the beer:

Transculent pale gold color which shines brightly, not much of a head to this brew. The smell is highly concentrated on white grapes, subtle spice in the back (is that the saffron?). As for taste...it's very sweet. It's very light in the mouth, yet with that high level of sweetness and alcohol, feels like one of those strong lagers. The alcohol is well perceived and fusel. All those ingredients expect for the barley are noticed in the beer's flavor. Fairly dry aftertaste, with a lingering honey sweetness.

Experimental beers are usually interesting. This one is no different, but not one I could drink very often because of its sweetness. (767 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Golden in color with a soapy lace.

Smells strongly of wheat, with some honey sweetness and spiciness from the saffron.

Tastes tart, champagne like at times from the muscat grapes. There is certainly a grainy/wheat prescence in there as well. Spices mingle with some fruity esters. Pretty decent, grows on me. Alcohol presence becomes stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light with a very dry finish.

Drinkability is moderate. A decent overall brew, strange and not alltogether amazing. Mead like at times. Good for a tasting but not for extended drinking. (595 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know that this is a controversial brew, but I really like it and I get an added frisson from the historical angle. I like the idea of this beer, and happily I like the beer itself.

The brew pours a dark golden like an artisnal honey. The head is fine with small tight bubbles that dissipates to a ring.

The smell is of rich honey and hops and candied fruit- perhaps pineapple.

The taste is a little like a Belgian golden, and is very winey with some distinct grape and honey flavors. I don't detect any saffron unless its in an undefined bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but overall its clean.

The complexity of the beer makes me want to keep drinking more, it is a little unusual, so I like this as a beer to end the evening, not as a session beer. (779 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a very thin off white head that quickly disappears. No lacing at all.

Sweet estery light fruit aroma with lots of sweet alcohol, subtle peppery spice and dark fruit, especially grape.

Slightly tart medium body with plenty of light crisp fruit, especially apple, grape, fig and dark berries. Slight zesty peppery spice with a touch of molasses and honey. Creamy texture with a good amount of sweet alcohol and a dry tart finish. (529 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most unique beer that you can read about here:

http://www.dogfish.com/brewings/Year_Round_Beers/Midas_Touch_Golden_Elixir/1/index.htm

Part a spiced and herbed beer and partly an Archeology experiment this is really in its own classification.

Clingy powdery yeast in the bottom of the bottle that is pretty much impossible to pour without getting some in your glass no matter what you try to do.

Pours slightly cloudy cooper to apricot colored beer without much of a head.

Smell is sweet and very fruity to the nose. Somewhat spicy from mostly scents in the alcohol portion of the beer there is the slightly musty scent of the desert grapes and some faint flower and smoky scents left over from the honey. Saffron a spice I love is detectable as the spicy wet hay scent in this. After it warms up a bit there is a nice rum scent to this ale.

Taste is sweet and spicy and sharply dry from a woody bitterness in the first sip. Flavor is mix of sweet spiced mead and a dessert wine. Lots of levels of flavor here and you can easily pick out the components that went in to this beer particularly left over grape and honey flavors. Saffron is surprisingly easy to identify in this and makes me wonder if anyone has ever made a saffron mead? Surprisingly stingy on the tongue mostly from spice and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good, but what are you really going to compare this to? It is good in my book for just not being awful or great.

Not a bad drinker and I would not have a problem drinking this again but how can you really judge a beer like this? This is an experiment of Archeology in a bottle and as such is a novelty that you won't be enjoying on a regular basis.

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF. (1,730 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a loose bottle at the local beer store. The beer pours a bright golden-yellow color, with a slight head that quickly disperses. The beer has an almost Saison aroma to it. There are notes of fruit, roast, and green spices (which I had a hard time placing...basil and something). The beer is sharp and crisp as it passes your lips, and quickly followed by a roasted barley and peppery flavor. The spicy notes continue through into the aftertaste, combined with a very slightly sour malt character. Lingering finish, which allows some time to take in all the different flavors before the next sip. This is a very unique brew, and rather tasty, but not one I would tackle 'en mass'. (688 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy bold golden colour, with only minimal head provoked through a reasonably aggressive pour. Head disintegrates rather quickly, leaving on a film around the top. Lacing is ok. Overall, not a great looker, but pleasant enough.

Big slightly wine-like booze notes on the nose. Musty phenols, rather similar to a kellerbier, and a little spice, but nothing like the odd fragrances I was expecting. Rather more like a wine-filled cellar - the mustiness suggests age at least.

More strident alcohol notes on the palate. Sharp, somewhat astringent heat through the centre of the palate, and a lifting slightly herbal fragrance on the back, evoking rosemary and carob. Almost a fortified wine character to it though which makes up the bulk of the flavour, hot, heavy and slightly acidic. Mouthfeel is sharp with booze, with a light tingle from the acidity.

I can't say I'm a big fan of this. The wine notes are prominent, but there's not a huge amount of interest otherwise, and it feels as though it is far too alcoholic. An interesting experiment perhaps from Dogfish Head, but not one that I'd care to experiment with again. (1,141 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a bright gold color with decent head retention and adequate lacing. The nose is not too intense, but seems to consist of sweet honey and cherry. Flavors really seem pretty simple, and the beer tastes very light for it's abv. The flavor profile consists of cherry, orange and honey, and there's a bit of dryness on the finish that is refreshing.

This was a decent enough beer, and for it's abv., very drinkable. I would never guess I was drinking a 9% abv. beer. Interesting (if not overwhelmingly wonderful) beer from DFH. (586 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large goblet. Plenty of bubbles rise up the body, an auburn body with glowing clarity. A thickness of pearl white head trims the glass, a thiner patch lays over the center. Lots of suds on the swirl. (I really, strongly doubt this was what the beverage looked like 2700 years ago, but a very sleek appearance anyways.)
Lots of stale malt in the nose, almost akin to a Euro pale, but with much sweeter overtones in the presence of the muscat grapes. Grassy and lightly floral.
Light bodied, flat flavours. Some honey sweetness. The 9% is well hidden. The malts fade in and out of the flavour profile. The grapes come through more the longer you let it sit in the mouth and impart a lot of dryness to the mouthfeel. Despite the dryness, the honey sweetness rings out lightly on the aftertaste. The sweetness and dryness play off eachother in an ackward way.
The drinkability is quite good, just not overly tasty. Overall, it's fairly unarousing to the senses
Disappointing. I question the accuracy of the re-creation, but appreciated it all the same. It is a little bit like part wine - part beer - part mead - and for that it is pretty neat. Although again, far less exciting than its background would have you hope. (1,235 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer by courtesy of Steve (Houston-based BA Xadoor). No freshness info. printed on the bottle, served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark orangey golden hue with superb clarity; no head and gently carbonated body.
S: a stinky edge of honey, slightly earthy hops, plus a spicy hint of late-harvest muscat grapes (as in oak-aged sweet muscat wine); followed by prunes+salty-sweet small, green nectarine+starfruits... a flow of alc. constantly sustains in the background, making an aroma more akin to sweet wine.
T: mead-winey, slightly syrupy and sweet sherry-like upfront; the thick texture has a mixed entry of sultanas, licorice, faintly cinnamon, and a little touch of new American white-oak barrels... oh yes, a little hint of chilli also sustains at the back, due to the saffrons I reckon? The warming and semi-thick aftertaste lingers very well, finished rather tangy, crisp and dryish-sweet, but more like a half-way house b/w barley wine and mead than anything else...
M&D: surprisingly refreshing on the mouthfeel, thanks to the subtly-carbonated body; the overall body is more than full yet the alc. hides pretty well behind the malty theme, but the structure is still simplistic. All in all, this is a barleywine-style beer IMO, a little too sweet for my taste, and I suppose some ageing might bring about an even more balanced performance(?). Still, this is a fine and rare "hybrid" beer I feel so lucky to have tasted--all credit goes to Steve!! (1,486 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a thin wisp of head that is gone before the finish of the pour. The body is a hazy deep orange and a hint of red with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. It sounds like soda pop when it is poured.

S- The smell is a slightly earthy mead note with a fragrant alcohol finish. As it warms there is soft notes of pear and white grapes with a sweet cherry note after that aswell.

T- The taste has notes of grapes and a sharp note of alcohol with some carbonic bite in the finish. There is a white fresh grape taste at the finish aswell. The malt note is very soft and slightly sweet following the taste of grapes.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture. There are some notes of fizz and alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer is very soft and the flavors are very foreign. The notes of grapes are distinct but faint and the malt is very soft aswell. I don't taste a lot of depth but it is and interesting beer and it starts to grow on me after awhile. (1,033 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a three finger white head that leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Slight honey nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smooth, malty and sweet from the honey. Different from anything I have had. Also has grapes and saffron - the ancients had good taste. The high ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 750ml from Lukes and $3.20 for a 12 oz from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (374 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a room temperature 12 oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers goblet,

Appearance: The ale pours a nice clean goldenrod color. It almost reminds me of a mead (which I guess it is a close cousin to). There are no particles, but nor is there a head or any remnant of one.

Smell: The aroma is unique. I smell honey and raisins primarily, even some green grapes. This smell is not one that you'll find in any other beer.

Taste: The ale is lightly carbonated, giving it a soft taste. Within the taste itself, the crispness of green grapes are apparent, along with the slightly sweet hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: The complex flavors in the ale give it a pleasant mouthfeel. It could use a bit more carbonation though.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited by a 9% abv price tag. But the backstory on this ale (check out dogfish.com) makes it worth a try. (880 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, there is a very nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice oil slicks/islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, sweet, slightly tangy/bitter, yeasty, and slight spice. The taste is very nice consisting of malts, yeast, honey, and some spice's. Medium body, a well rounded and complex brew. Very drinkable, a true to style brew from Dogfish Head, highly recommeded. (466 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from my brother's trip to Beers of The World In Rochester, NY.

Bottled on 7/13/11. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured straw yellow. Pale. Translucent. One finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bready malts, a touch of sweet caramel and grapes.

T - Sweet grainy/bready notes are predominant. A very noticeable overall sweetness is evident throughout, especially in the middle with some honey and sweet bready notes noticeable. There is also a nice, subtle grape taste in the finish. The ABV is slightly noticeable and cuts through the sweetness a little.

M - Light body with a slight chew and light to moderate carbonation.

O - After half the glass, the sweetness becomes somewhat overpowering and distracting. Hard to finish. (771 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with a small head with light lacing. Spicy honey, fruit aroma, similar to a tripel. Nice fruit and honey, light malt. Pleasant sweet vinous flavor in the middle; sweet honey finish. I like this quite a bit and evidently better than most reviewers. Definitely pick up periodically. (367 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with chadbrew. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an airy 3/4" white head over the crystal clear light golden brew. Head fades at a quick pace, with average lacing. Aroma is minimal, honey sweet with a touch of grapes. Taste is upfront pale malts, then the dry grape essence comes in, and lastly the alcohol kicks it up a notch, leaving a somewhat harsh aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit tough, due to the alcohol being so forward, and drinkability is limited by that and the fact that the syrupiness gets to grating after awhile. Another one of those interesting experiments, have to appreciate what they're trying to do, but I don't have to go there again... (730 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle dated from September of '09 and poured it into a New Belgium snifter. It poured a light amber with good clarity. It featured a quarter inch cream colored head which sat on top of the brew. The smell was very boozy. It almost smelled like wine so I guess that's where the muscat grapes come in. The taste was like a combination of a light, light Belgian mixed with a light white wine. It had good, sweet flavor with a little alcohol on the backend. It drank very smoothly and was pretty light bodied. I really like the Midas Touch. It's definitely worth trying, especially when you add in how unique it is. (627 characters)

Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.