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Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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 jettjon
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Since I rated this “Handcrafted Ancient Ale” much lower than most others, I guess I must be missing something. So, on to the second evaluation:

Head from a vigorous pour is thick, creamy and whitish, and fades quickly. From a normal pour, there is practically no head at all. Color is a yellow golden-orange, no doubt from the saffron. If anything, the nose is unpleasant, reminiscent of a bad macro. There’s something else there, though, an underlying sweetness akin to honey with alcohol, presenting as a mead would. Still, it’s almost musty-smelling.

I really focused on the flavor this time around. It’s not quite so meadish, but the alcohol and honey are definitely there. It’s sweet but not incredibly so. There’s a spiciness I can’t place. That alcohol is definitely there and not as well-integrated as some I’ve tried. (Bornem Triple and Gulden Draak come to mind.) I don’t get the saffron/grapes/etc. flavors some are seeing. Just honey, sweet, and alcohol.Mouth is flat with an alcohol and yeast finish, much like a mead. There’s a metallic/yeast after that is not terribly pleasant.

Drinkability is not that great. First, it’s powerfully flavored and tends to overwhelm the taste buds. Second, it’s got twice the ABV of your garden-variety brew, so a couple go a long way.

Overall: Really, I call this a mead-style brew. They claim to use honey and Muscat grapes, so I guess that’s not surprising. However, I would enjoy a good honey mead more than this barley beer/mead concoction. Also, the price that I paid ($2.75 per bottle) is ridiculous. I think what kills it is the unmasked alcohol. It really detracts from what otherwise would be an intriguing style of beer. This is definitely an interesting and probably unique style of beer. I would recommend trying it once, but I won’t be trying it again.

Hey, I rated it even lower this time around. Ain't that a hoot.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A unique brew from Dogfish Head. Poured out to a deep, dark gold color with a hint of amber in it. Head was rather short lived, but a very thin layer of foam remained after a minute. No lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aroma was similar to a Monster Energy Drink; scents of herbs, honey, earth and sweet spice were all present, with only a touch of malt toward the middle. Taste was good, but also different; flavors of buttery fruit, floral notes, and grain were all present and well received; some minor malt and earthy characters were also present. Mouthfeel was good, with a thicker syrup like character present, giving the beer a touch of viscosity. Decent drinkability; this beer is probably not one you'd have more than one of in a sitting, but likely one you'd want to revisit. Recommended.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. An interesting concept beer, let's see if it's more than just a gimmick.

Pours a golden amber, slightly cloudy, with a finger of white creamy foam in my chalice fit for a king. Smell is spicy/herbal up front, like baked goods. Taste starts with the spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and subtle clove, very similar to their Punkin' Ale, then belgian pale fruit, ending in a unique saffron tickle. Mouthfeel is crisp and syrupy, but refreshing. An interesting mix of Punkin' Ale spiciness with some unique belgian like notes. I could drink a few but that's about it. More than just a quirky concept, but not transcendent.

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Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm reviewing this DFH offering in my DFH pint glass that I received as a part of a trade about a year ago. Pretty sure I got the glass from Sulldaddy as part of Secret Santa '04. The beer was obtained from Total Beverage. As it just appeared on the shelves there, I'm guessing this was recently brewed by DFH. Pours a one finger mostly white, but partly drab yellow head. The beer itself is a midly cloudy light pumpkin orange with some particulates suspended within. Smells, oh...stingy rough alcohol, pumpkin, sweet malty and sweet esters, some caramel, wax. Tastes sweet esters, sweet amlt, thick body, with a rough alcohol ending. This is a really rich malty beer and I'll bet it would age really well. Said to be brewed with honey, grapes and saffron. I don't see the honey or grapes and I don't know what saffron tastes like. I guess I just get a malty dark flavor with a hint of spicy flower and a late alcohol burn. Thick body and moderate carbonation. An okay beer that needs time for the alcohol to settle and malty sweet to develop.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very golden in color but with no head. Near flat as far as carbonation is concerned.

Smells quite strange, like stale urine or a cheap macro malt liquor that has sat out all night.

Flavor is overly sweet with nasty dry finish. Nearly unpalatable IMO. I could proabably whip up sugar water that tasted better than this.

DFH certainly experiments a lot and I have read some great reviews of this bier. But as far as my taste buds are concerned, this bier is waaay off the mark.

"Stick to IPA's and Stouts Sam"


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Photo of EStreet20
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown glass bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Truly does pour a golden color. A little pale with a one finger white head that drops down to a film over the beer.

S - There's the grapes they describe. The white grapes are definitely leading the way here. Has a lot of white wine type aroma with some bitter alcohol hints on top of the white grapes.

T - A bit bland. More of a bready taste than I'm used to with DFH ales with some of a dry white wine flavor in there. Not bad, but not as flavorful as I expected. I'm definitely not getting the honey coming through much aat all, which I definitely thougt would be evident.

M - A nice carbonation is present here. I do like the fact that this goes down smooth and still has some carbonation.

D - Goes down nice and easy for a high alchohol beer. Can sit with this 4 pack and finish it off on a weekend.

Notes: Wierd beer. One that I definitely don't hate but also don't love. however because it's such a unique flavor I can see having an "itch" to drink this every now and then. All in all good, just not the first or second beer I'd pick for the price on most trips to the store.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a clear copped color. The aroma is candy sweetness with grapes, like the grapes in grape juice. This beer tastes really weird. It took me a while to figure out if I like it or not. It sort of has a cream ale malt flavor that I don't like. It's much stronger than a cream ale, though, and I do enjoy the fruity grape flavor. Some honey sweetness too. This beer isn't great, but it's certainly unique.

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Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar and then disappears.

The aroma is some bready malts with a little vinous (white wine) bitterness.

The flavor is very sweet malts with honey and fruitiness (grapes) and a little spiciness. It has a dryish, lightly alcoholic (champagne-like) finish. The aftertaste is very sweet and syrupy (almost treacly as it warms). It's kind of mead-like and wine-like. It's medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a bit too sweet (and expensive) for me, but very interesting considering the backstory.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew ours a deep golden honey with a quickly fading head. No lace, Aroma is of grapes and honey, I get more of a green grape juice sweetness to this than the honey. Saffron? couldn’t find it or anything that could be considered saffron. Taste is smooth, honey, green grapes and a touch of alcohol. Sticky on the lips and a bit warming in the belly. Be a good winter beer when the cold winds blow. For a high ABV I could enjoy a few of these to sip on while I’m lost in T.V land or just chillin……Tastey

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
Pours out a clear, dark honey color with a thin barleywine type head, sheet lacing, and alcohol legs running down the glass.
Aroma is sweet, malty, grapey, alcoholic. Flavor is sweet& tart (lemony), mildly acidic. Picking up some honey as it warms.
Finish is long and lemony sweet. Tasty Can't drink more than one in a sitting tho.

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Photo of asabreed
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I had this chilled before, I'm putting it to the test, the second bottle from my 4-pack. And I think it's still holding up at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Not much head or lacing at all, which I was hoping for (though it's not faint enough to warrant a 3. The color, though, is certainly gold, and I consider myself lucky for drinking it I suppose. Could be better, but nice, is what I'm saying, I suppose.

Smell: Honey and the white grapes come through mostly. Sweet malt and sweet things otherwise. This is a sweet beer (as far as sucrose is concerned), so there should be some sugar there. I know saffron is valued, but I don't know much about it. Either way, this is novel and very nice as far as getting into the glass.

Taste: Honey and grapes, once again, at first. Malts, completely. Slight yeast. Aftertaste is malty, smooth, original, odd, and noteworthy. This is certainly a singular brew.

Mouthfeel: Tons of sweetness -- the body is quite thin, along with the carbonation. But then again, the carbonation is there, but dies at the end. Too much malt and sweetness?

Drinkability: Maybe I should've reviewed this NOT at cellar temperature? I had it a few days ago at a cooler temperature, and I would've given it much better reviews, so I suppose, since I have a few bottles left, I'll possibly do that again with a cooler sample.

HOWEVER, this is a singular beer, and it's more worth a shot than most, as this is a rarity for the most part as far as beers like this. Try it, definitely. DFH continues to experiment, and I'll buy anything they put out because they're tenacious, and really, sometimes it seems like they don't give a shit about how everyone's going to take it. And I love that about them.

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Photo of 12vUnion
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'd would have actually rather not given this a score. There really is no parallel in the beer world to compare it with. It is what it is. Dogfish Head always makes unique beer, but not always the most drinkable. But that isn't necessarily the point. Yes, it must be drunk. But it's more of an experience. And Midas Touch is something to be experienced. I can nearly guaranty that you won't be coming back or that you'll easily enjoy it. But give it a try with some friends. It's something to talk about.

The saffron they added to the beer make it a fantastically golden color. Mostly thin and transparent. But it sparkles like pure gold.

It smells of fruit and spice. Heavy alcohol in the nose. Pleasant and intriguing. It draws you in with mystery like an ancient tomb.

The taste takes you in another direction. You can't compare it with another beer. To me, the taste, at least in the front, is strongly similar to a sake or possibly even a rum. The alcohol comes out very strong up front. Grapes, honey and alcohol makes this wine like. Nearly a (cheap) Japanese sake I'd say. But that's misleading. Grape and pear come out pretty well if you can get past the alcohol and spice. There are so many complicated little flavors that your moth tries to lump it all into one sensation.

I'm not sure how much I can actually say to describe it to you. By far not the best beer in the world. But I won't even classify it as a beer. It's entirely out there on its own. I won't enjoy much of it. But I can appreciate everything it is. Disregard the score and just get a bottle. 6 ounces is even a little much, so do share it with your friends. It's an experience to behold.

Note that Midas Touch is another name for grog. A mix of beer, wine, juice and honey. That's actually pretty much what this is.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a bright copper color with just a touch of a fizzy white head. Decent carbonation in the form of tiny, tiny bubbles. Interesting aroma - all ingredients stated on the bottle come through, especially the muscat grapes. Hints of saffron, honey, malt, and a general sweetness pervade the nose. Palate is even more interesting. Sweet with honey and grapes, offset slightly by the sweet malt and herby saffron. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky from the honey, but I guess that's to be expected. Big alcohol kick from the start makes this a longtime sipping beer. Nice, and very interesting.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudos again to Dogfish Head for trying something new and expanding our conceptions of what beer can be. Midas Touch is definitely experimental, and though I encourage experimenting, some experiments are interesting failures--not this one, though. It's a success. I couldn't drink glass after glass of this, and it's not going into my regular beer rotation, but it is enjoyable in addition to be interesting.

The taste of alcohol comes through strongly, not masked at all by the tastes of honey and grape that are also present. The aftertaste is tart and lingers for a while, revealing some additional complexity, like slight hints of strawberries.

Beer has no limits. Give this one a shot. If you can, get a single bottle rather than a four-pack.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, midas very well may have touched this, or saffron, either way. Pretty thick, with little head or lacing.

S - Grapes, it almost smells like wine it's so hammered with white grapes. Noticeable honey and alcohol touches the nose also.

T - Grapes and alcohol with the honey to smooth it out. To a very untrained mouth, you would think you are drinking a chardonnay.

M - Very smooth and buttery, it moves around like a liqour, a little thick, with a heavy dose of alcohol, it is nice on the mouth.

D This is where it takes a turn, I was just able to get 6 oz. down, it is a very strong, very heavy hitting beer.

I split this with another BA and we had a bit of trouble drinking it. The different taste, texture and high alcohol warrants you from drinking this more than twice a year. This beer was good, but I don't know if I'd reccomend this to everyone.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden honey in color with a brief, sizzling head that dissapears quickly and leaves no trace behind.

Aroma is sweet and filled with fruity goodness. Pear, melon, apricot, white grape, and peach. There's obviously a boatload of honey ion here as well.

Flavor is sweet yet crisp, very fruit forward, and brimming with honey. If I didn't know better, I'd say this was mead. Melon, pear, grape, and mango are the highlighted flavors.

Medium bodied, stick-sweet, and almost syrup-like texture. Interesting and tastey, but no more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of hero27
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is by far it's most lacking quality. Head is minimal..and the lacing is nonexistant. Not even a ring of lacing on the edge by the time I was finished.
Smells strongly of grapes, honey, lemon, oranges, & spices...
And for the taste..actually, I found the honey, muscat, and spices to be a rather pleasant combination..I'm not entirely fond of fruity or experimental beers, but this was quite the exception. The uniqueness of this beer alone gives it high marks for taste.
..and how is this 9%? The sweetness must knock out every iota of the alcohol presence in this one. Remarkably, the powerful sweetness in the taste doesn't take away from the drinkability. I actually wanted to reach for a 2nd bottle as soon as I downed the first one. Dangerously different...and recommended for every BA to try.

Thanks to ski271 for the bottle.

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Photo of alexwag
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual Sensation: A lucid honey hue even throughout. Minimal head/lacing. Looks tasty on a hot day, but not much to distinguish it, aside from the golden clarity. Midas indeed.

Nasal Sensation: A little bit of sweetness (honey) and a touch of spice (saffron, apparently). A touch of grain. Very subtle.

Oral Sensation: Woah. Burst of spice, honey and barley up front, a splash of carbonation, mellowing to a very nice toasted barley/oat that rides off into the sunset. The white grapes add tang and give it vague wine characteristics, which I think are pretty cool.

Feel of the Mouth: Nicely balanced -- the sweetness of the honey gets a bit heavier as you drink through, but the spice and perfect amount of carbonation carries it well, for the most part.

Imbibability: A tasty beer, but the sweetness gets a bit thick near the end of the bottle, to the point that it's trying.

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Photo of ski271
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium orange-amber with hardly any head. A second bottle yielded maybe 1 cm of slightly off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing head after a very aggressive pour. Very sparse lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet. Honey, bready malts and grape are most dominant in the nose, along with only some light saffron (thought it would be stronger), a little soapy yeast.

Taste: Very sweet. Like taking white grape juice and mixing in a big dollop of honey. Some more mild bready, sweet malts in there, herbs and some light yeast, more so on the sort of wine-like finish. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms, as do the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lightly syrupy texture, and hardly any carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a weird one for sure. Wasn’t sure if I liked it at first, but once I knew what to expect, it was much more enjoyable. It’s surprisingly smooth and VERY easy drinking, especially considering that it’s 9%. This is a mood beer, something I’d enjoy on a rare occasion, and that’s a good thing considering its price. But it was a pleasant break from the norm, and I’m glad I tried it.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Hazy golden orange with visible particulates. Medium head that is slow to form and quick to disappear.

Smell - Not very beer like. It smells a lot like a Reisling and not at all like a beer. Probably the muscat grapes. It smells like alcohol, but in a vinous way.

Taste - Bizarre is the first word that comes to mind. Initially it has a winy Reisling taste that is joined quickly by powerful honey flavor. It has the barley aftertaste I'd expect from a decent lager mixed with a strong honey flavor. All of the alcohol taste is meshed with the wine flavor. Very strange, but nice. I imagine this is what it would taste like to pour honey in Reisling and then wash it down with a light lager. The flavor is good but it gets old quickly. Long after you sip, the honey taste stays on your tongue lulling you back for another sip of the peculiar brew.

Mouthfeel - Thin and frothy. Not drying per se, but I wouldn't use the word "refreshing."

Drinkability - Ugh. After five sips I don't really want anymore. Granted if I wait two minutes the honey lingering on my tonuge make me sip again. I guess it might go with some food, but it's strange flavor would detract from whatever you are eating. I would like to taste it it again I suppose, but I would probably share with friends. It is difficult to drink even 12 oz of, but the curious flavor makes it worth a try, just expect the unexpected.

This "beer" is difficult to rate because it is so strange. Dogfish Head continues too impress me with their creativity though. Shame I can't make it to Bocce.

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Photo of thechaacster
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle for 4 bucks. Steep, but my curiosity got to me. Pours a hazy, murky gold with light carbonation. Looks like a big glass of honey, actually. Strong aroma of pure, fermented honey. The fermented, semi-sweet honey is the first and strongest flavor. White grape is next up, with only a bit of malty ale character noticeable in the end. Alcohol warmth is strong and lasting. Seems to be a mead first, then a wine and a beer. More of a braggot than anything else? Bleeding edge weird experimental beer, this is not something you could drink often but is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's quite a neat drink-thing. It's somewhat mead-like, but more like a braggot with the carbonation and dainty head. Aromas are right on a chardonay with honey and sweet spices. Tastes also chardonay like with more sweetness, corriander, allspice, and some others that I can't describe. High alcohol boarders on phenolic. Quite perfumy and sweetly tart throughout. A well formed experiment. I like it, though only on occasions.

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Photo of mntlover
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a small one finger white head that falls fast to a ring that leaves sparse lace.

Aroma is sweet malt mixed with honey almost mead like. Some light fruit white grapes and flowery spice which I assume must be saffron. Nice soothing aroma light soft sweet flowery.

Taste is light bready malt mingled with honey and white grapes smooth easy on the palate. Finish is light spice nice flowery mingled with lightly sweet lingering maltiness. No notice of the 9% at all.

Mouthfeel is smooth almost medium.

Drinkability is good goes down smooth and easy, certainly worth a try. But for myself personal wouldn't buy repeatedly for the price.

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Photo of packetknife
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow color with no real head but plenty of bubbles, something like a dark champagne. Smells of hops & honey on the nose, strongly and very appealing. Tastes roughly the same with some malts and hoppiness quickly giving away to honey/mead tastes and very decent acidity/feel. Very drinkable for a nine-er and two bottles went missing between "innocent" looking friends.

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

A light golden color, with a simple, smallish cream-colored head. The liquid is hazy - there is a suspension of miniscule flecks.

The honey is prominent in the aroma as are the grapes, with herbs and a little citrus. There is also a significant malt smell. It is a sweet smell.

The flavor is intense, much stronger than the aroma: a sharp complex flavor which blends the honey and herbs and a significant fruitiness which seems to lend as much bitterness as it does sweetness. The alcohol plays a big role as well, boosting the spicy kick this beer delivers. The finish is sweet and sour, somewhat syrupy, and holds the aroma pleasantly in the mouth for some time.

The body is thick, with carbonation on the low side - it is very creamy.

It is a pleasure to drink, but I cannot take a sip of this beer and do anything else at the same time - my mind is occupied while drinking it. Every sip says something new.

Another winner from Dogfish Head.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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