Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by purplehops on 10-31-2001

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

This beer is extremely well layered. The hints of dry honey up front, strong grape essences in the middle. Touches of saffron in the finish. This is a classic example of what beer used to be before the advent of hops. All the the ingredients used to make this used to be the domain of kings. It's regal and complex.

It is a very rich, thick brew with a decent amount of carbonation. The aromas are just as complex as the flavors, I definately picked out the honey and white grapes.

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

A- The pour left very little head, and the head itself was very light and fluffy. The brew ifs very golden and clear in color.

S- Fruit and Saffron mix in a joyous smell that is this beer.

T- Very sweet and the taste of honey and saffron are quite present. Great brew, very sweet and malty at that.

M- Small twinge of carbination, but feels good on the palate.

D- Easy to drink, a definite for the summer time liking.

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

I made a horrible mistake not buying more of this today. Hopefully it won't be gone by tomorrow (never seen this before in Orange County).

Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. Some crust remains, but this not a heavily carbonated beer; just enough to lighten it's deliciously syrupy mouthfeel.

The scent and taste is really more wine/mead than beer. The only types of wines I like are dessert wines, particularly muscatels/moscatos/muscats. Suffice it to say, I enjoy a sweet alchol beverage now and again. This was fantastic. The honey and grape notes combined for a delicious, semi-tropical concoction. Then there's the sense of history; this is about as old a recipe as you're going to find.

Even the wife liked it! It's nice to try something exotic. I can absolutely see how this wouldn't be most beer drinker's cup of tea, but I really dug it.

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Photo of jda007
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a limited availability beer and is definitely worth a try!

The color is a clear burnt amber. It was served in a bell-shaped glass. (Think Belgian style)

The scent is unusual for a beer, almost like a wine. The taste is very rich with a warm aftertaste. It reminds me of a cross between a wine/cider more than just a beer. The tast is very complex: according to the label, this "handcrafted ancient ale" has "barley, honey, white muscat grapes, and saffron." The honey, grapes, and saffron are all very distinguishable. If you roll the beer gently around your tongue, you will experience a beer unlike any other in complexity and originality.

An excellent quality beer!

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

After sipping my first Midas, I fell in love with the taste of the muscat grapes. Paired with the sweetness of the honey and the saffron, midas touches taste was balanced, crisp, and on a warm afternoon, a perfect accompaniment.

I would definitely drink more of these, though I do not think they are much of a session beer. This recipe was a hit for DFH

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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 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 bucklemyshoe
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into my Stone I.R.S. tulip. Pours golden-copper with a small, fizzy head. Honey, sweet grapes, orange, and lemon fill my nose. The tastr is in segments: honey first, then sweet moscato wine, and hoppy bitterness to finish. It leaves the lips and glass sticky. Magnificently original.

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Photo of hoopermcbeal
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, the colour is a clear golden. I was quite surprised that this was 9% alcohol, it goes down remarkably smooth. I defiantly get the hint of grape and honey. It leaves a bit of a bitter after taste, which I don't mind at all. The smell I got from it was a musty sweetness, reminds me of a white wine scent. I couldn't taste the saffron, but I could see it having some influence in the colour.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, clear glass, 2002 bottling consumed 8/2006

cloudy brownish-red pour with a thin foam ring and dancing swirls on the surface. deep guava nectar vibe to the appearance here. dotty lacing left behind in trace amounts.

smells very much like a riesling or other boozy, sweet white wine varietal. some cider/sucrose thing happening, reminds me of the people's pint braggot i recently consumed. very unbeerlike, very rich in aroma. faint belgian yeast notes arise with warmth as do some belgian-related fruits.. dates, plums and slight age funk.

first sip brings out the white wine in spades. five year old muscat grapes.. what do you expect? alot less sweet than fresh and alot more interesting. this beer has aged spectacularly without sourness or off flavors. the finish maintains the familiar honey flavors, and brings the majority of the sweetness to the aftertaste. the finish also possesses a previously-unnoticed spice. part licorice, part coriander. odd mix, unsure of what it is. intriguing and adds a nice balance to the sweet fruitiness of this beverage.

not much carbonation but it goes down smooth. leaves some sticky smack on my lips and brings me back for more, even at 9%. i had no problem putting this whole 750 down and i am not ashamed.. this is a damn fine beer. i didn't have any of this vintage fresh.. but if you did, and you think the beer still tastes the same, put a fresh one down. you will reap a bounty after 4-5 years.

thanks rwitter for the opportunity

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Let me begin my saying this is one interesting beer, so much so that as much as I enjoyed it, i am still unable to identify some of the exact tastes/smells i am experienceing. That said here is my attempt at a review, i hope it does this amazing liquid justice:

A - amber color w/ large 2 finger head that doen't hold up to long but leaves nice lacing to remember it by

S - Immediate spicy pepper, followed by honey and grapes and some alcohol, and more spices that i can't name. extremely complex.

T very spicy affair, a lot going on here. bunch of sweetness from the fruits, the alcohol presence lets itself be known. this is very very sweet, but not overly so. there is a slight bitterness just to make things interesting. amazing tasting beer!

MF - creamy, very smooth, medium body

D - the only thing holding the drinkability down is the higher abv. because this beer has amazing smell/flavor. (so much so it's hard to narrow down what makes it so great, perhaps i will have to buy more and update my review) must try!

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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

After a long craft beer drought caused by the budgetary concerns of a recent college graduate I was relieved by a recent windfall which resulted in my acquisition of Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery. I found myself drawn to the concept, after weeks of consuming domestic beer the opportunity to enjoy a brew inspired by one of the earliest breweries had me excited.

After opening the bottle and pouring its contents into a pint glass I found myself intrigued by the amber hues with strong condensation and the thin white had that dissipated rapidly. The scent of honey and flower brought to mind a picture of the earliest sedentary societies and for a moment I envisioned what it would be like if I were to share this brew with them.

Following a toast to those who inspired this recipe I sipped the beer and found myself pleasantly surprised to taste a beer with an actual mouthfeel. While beer aficionados frequently laud those brews with a long mouth feel I tend to believe the abundance of carbonation precludes a mouthfeel on par with what a complex wine can offer. In contrast, this honey heavy concoction has a buttery quality that coats the mouth and makes it a great selection to pair with food.

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

I had this beer for the first time years ago when the allure of drinking ancient brew let me smile smugly at my Coors-drinking friends. And when I had a bottle tonight, the recipe still has that mystique for me. Some may say it's the hype but I think it's because it truly is a different beer. For one, I can't decide if it's more like a barleywine or a mead. It pours like an elixer, but more silky, and with a deep gold color. Its taste reminds me of a mead, with a combination of fruity tones, but they are not sweet. At some points it feels like a wine, with a dry grape flavor. It's a complex beer that alters as you drink it, as the temperature changes, and as the alcohol settles in. It's a nice sipping beer, but I think it begs to be paired with something like a stinky cheese.

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

Rating a bottle at UC's international beer tasting. I've previously had it a few times. Poured clear with a slight honey color. Almost like a BMC. Poured a little thicker than average which would make sense with a higher gravity beer. The first thing I noticed on the taste was the total lack of hops (hooray for a beer recipe that pre-dates the widespread hopping of beer. There is a slight taste of white grapes, similar to a whine with a huge honey follow-up. The honey taste is pretty heavy but the beer is still incredibly drinkable. at $15 per four pack its an occasional drinker at best, but still a personal favorite.

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

Appearance: Golden/clear amber hue

Smell: Wow! White grape juice & Honeysuckle

Taste: Grape, honey, and floral. Slightly bitter on the back of the tongue after you swallow.

Feel: Medium to full-bodied. Low carbonation. Surrprisingly dry for being sweet. Nice balance.

Drinkability: Unique and a nice twist. Almost a cross between a dessert wine and a ale. Will drink again and again.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden peach like color with good lacing around the beer. Smells of honey, citrus, white wine and spice. tastes of bread, honey,wine. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation and for being a 9% abv they did a good job of masking it. I will be buying some more of this stuff..

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

Appearance: A clear, pale, amber, a thin white lacing with a nice foamy ring.

Smell: Mild, some barnyard funkiness, a little malt sweetness.

Taste: A light caramel sweetness, then a little funkiness, a light clove spice, a lingering caramel or raisin sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, light carbonation and very drinkable.

Drinkability: Interesting brew. To me it tastes like it has Belgian sweetness, saison flavor, and hef spice, also some scotch style stickiness.

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

I bought this beer with a high level of anticipation. Being a huge fan of Dogfish Head's brews in general, this beer intrigued me from the moment I heard of it. Well, I finally came across it at the Earth Fare in Raleigh, NC, and bought the 4-pack, splitting it with another curious taster.

I poured the beer from its 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass. A thin head appeared, but only briefly, as I examined the contents. The color is golden brown, and the aroma reminded me of Belgian ales.

The taste is superb. Vanilla and honey are perhaps the strongest flavors, with the muscat grape coming in just behind. There's no hiding the alcohol here! At 9% ABV it's sure to be noticed. Again, the sweetness reminds me of Belgian-style ales, but the flavor is quite distinctive. Very malty as well; no hoppy bitterness to speak of. The aftertaste lingers for some time, and I noticed a particularly nutty flavor in the back of the mouth several seconds after swallowing.

I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. It coats the mouth and forces you to taste every aspect of it. I highly recommend this beer, especially to those who enjoy Belgian ales and fortified wines.

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

Finally got around to watching the great documentary "Beer Wars" and after Dogfish Head's extensive coverage, I decided to go buy a pack of the Midas Touch for the holiday season. I'm glad I did.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a beautiful shade of gold. It's almost an amber color, but not as dirty as a regular amber ale. Very shiny and little head retention, but nonetheless it looks dashing.

Smell is nice and full of herbs, mainly saffron. The hops are lightly delicate and not overpowering whatsoever. Definitely a nice well-rounded smelling brew.

Taste is excellent. For how light this brew is in terms of viscosity, it's very flavorful. With the nice balance of spices and ingredients, this is a highly quenchable beer. Definitely a sipper though.

Mouthfeel is good. Flavor keeps strong retention and doesn't lose its luster. No complaints here.

Drinkability is top notch. While it is a sweet tasting beer, I personally would drink it in cycles. This is a great beer anytime of the year, but it's definitely best around the holidays. My extreme appreciation goes to the makers at Dogfish Head for making such good products. Keep it going!

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

Interesting and delicious
pours a light amber with 1/4 inch head that dissipates and leaves no real lacing to speak of.
smell was sweet malts, honey, and quite grapey with slight earthy hop notes, very slight indeed.
the taste was sweetness up front from the grape and honey that finished slightly dry from the alcohol. Very wine like at its essence. very enjoyable but sneaks up on you

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

Pours a light shade of pure gold with magnificent clarity. A fizzy white head of one and a half fingers is short-lived and leaves spotty lacing. Active streams of fine bubbles expel most curious aromas of dates, sack mead and grape-soda. A whiff of alcohol lies in the background, and no detectable barley or hop scent to speak of. The first sip has the sweet twang of cidery ester, pale malt sweetness and sharp Pils malt. A light concorde vinous note develops early, and dry, sparkling mead tones are dominant throughout. The aftertaste is mild, with only hints of an herbal, gruit-like taste that gives resonable balance to the complex flavor. The drink has more a feeling of a wine & mead concoction, and consequently manages the mellow suggestion of alcohol well, which might have been more obviously perceived in a more familiar beer tasting brew.The body is on the lighter side, but obviously thinned out by highly fermentable sugars; and the carbonation is appropriatly spritzy; keeping the mouthfeel snappy and preventing any cloying; lest the drinker become overwhelmed by the peculiar sweetness clinging to his tounge. The finish leans toward residual, but the drying alcohol and subdued spice character allow a well-rounded, if not esoteric beer down to the last swigs.

Obviously the brewers intended to produce a period/historic beer, and in the process re-created something totally alien to most contemporary ales and lagers. But I appluad thier innovation and score this generously because the applied beer catagory is indistinct and varied and because I like it.

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

A- Clear dark gold with an orange tint. Saffron may be adding to the unique color. Large bubbles.
S- Sweet smell of grapes and honey. Pretty intense. Wine-like alcohol.
T- Lots of flavor. Sweet barley, honey and grapes dominate with a warm alcohol burn. Saffron is subtle. I cannot detect hops or identify them in the flavor. Closely resembles hard cider with it's sweet tartness.
M- More like hard cider or a wine spritzer than a beer in it's mouthfeel.
D- Great sipper and great with food that white wines would usually pair with.
Notes: An intense high alcohol brew(?) like this seems unlikely to be a crossover beer, but try sharing with friends who would usually be drinking chardonnet or hard cider and see what happens.

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

Courtesy of Andrew Lancaster - he picked it up at a Beer & Cheese Shop in North Carolina!

Appearance: Golden - Honey Colored - Decent head that fizzles out pretty quick

Smell: Nutmeg, Fried Chicken, Curry, malt, roasted nut

Taste: Nutmeg, Honey, Coriander, HoneyDew - alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium Bodied - not fizzy - very smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy drink - "I can slam down about three of these, it's very easy to drink!" - Anonymous

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow-gold color with a thin one-finger head. Carbonation seems even.

Aroma is mainly honey with saffron and only a hint of grape. Sweet. Similar to a few other beers I've had where they claim to be based upon ancient recipes.

Taste starts out sweet with the honey and saffron.Spiciness kicks in the middle with Grape is noticeable at the back of the throat. Seems to be a good experiment in extremes.

Mouthfeel is mainly the mixture of tastes (sweetness, spiciness) and it becomes light and fluffy all the way at the back of the throat, as if you didn't even drink a thing. Finishes smooth in other words. Alcohol warmth is present and with some aging, will no doubt fade over time.

An complex and interesting ale. I can honestly say I haven't had anything like this before. I have had a few examples of ales claiming to be made with ancient recipes. Those were either too cloying or too mundane. This one has the right balance. For that reason, I'm going to rate it higher than typical reviews. You have to be able to pick out the flavor in order to truly enjoy this ale. As I said, it might be even better with some aging and might take on more of a port-like quality. I'm no expert there but this is worth a shot at least once. Try it. It won't hurt you.

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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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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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