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Midas Touch - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,611 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,611
Hads: 4,613
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25%
Wants: 190
Gots: 846 | FT: 5
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a spotty head. No lacing with this one. No visible carbonation. The aroma is strong with sweetness. The flavor is of malt, grapes, citrus, and honey. Definitely sweet with no bitterness at all. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is of thick malt and is slightly syrupy. Slightly dry aftertaste that has a mild citrus bite. Very unique brew, and I definitely want to try this again.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruddy orange color and is topped by an off-white head. This beer has a fairly low level of carbonation, and it is surprising how well the head appears. Aromas of acid, grape, wine, musty, sweet, and malt are all in here. It is a bit sweeter in the taste than the aroma suggests. There is no balancing bitterness that one usually finds in a beer, Fruity, but more like fresh grapes than wine. The malt comes through towards the end of each sip but it is in this beer. I cannot say that I am able to pick up any of the delicate honey character, it probably contributes to the sweetness but the other flavors dominate. This beer has a good fresh grape character to it which makes it quite pleasant to drink. There is a soft acidity here (perhaps grape derived), but it is not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Perhaps there is a bit of stale malt flavors in the finish.

Quite an interesting attempt at resurrecting a bit of history. I am duly impressed by any brewery that is willing to take the risk to brew beers like this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy golden yellow with slightly brownish yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really vinous with some candy sweetness, honey, slight spice and citrus notes lurking in the background. The honey and grape character was also more potent palate with sweet citrusy notes but had a candy sugar punch. the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, vinous, sticky finish . It drank very good and was surprisingly better than I thought it was from the firt time I tasted it.

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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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was quite interesting....more like a white wine than beer. The beer poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent was white grape all the way and the taste as mentioned was more like a white wine than beer. There was some hints of spice. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its worth a taste but more than that...no thanks.

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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.

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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.

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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:


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy medium gold body with a very thin layer of ivory foam. There appear to be a ton of really tiny floaties in this brew, but considering what the brewery was going for here, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Smell: light malt aroma with an extremely floral (think floral gum candy) and somewhat fruity nose; I can easily see the comparison to be made with a mead or a Gewüztraminer or something. Usually, this is not my thing, but I'm kind of loving this.

Taste: more of the same as the aroma. Frankly, I prefer this combination of notes as an aroma than as a flavor. This is extremely sweet and would probably serve well as a dessert beer. It's just not my thing as a good ol' drinkin' beer, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. There is a certain amount of stickiness due to the sweet. Overall, not bad, but not my favorite.

Drinkability: well, it is tasty, but more of a small-quantity drink for me. I will note that the alcohol is entirely masked in the flavor, but the warmth and strength really start to hit me as I pass the half-way mark. Not bad; I think I would enjoy this beer again in a few months or a year: it's tasty, but not an everyday brew.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.