Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dogfish Head Midas Touch Golden Elixir

Midas Touch Golden Elixir

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, USA

Herbed / Spiced Beer

9.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
Midas Touch Golden Elixir is a beverage based on the residue found on the drinking vessels in King Midas' tomb. Our recipe highlights the known ingredients of barley, white Muscat grapes, honey and saffron. Somehwere between a beer, wine and mead, this smooth, dry ale will please with Chardonnay or I.P.A. drinker alike.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$3.00 Each, ~$10.00 4 pack, ~$66.00 case

This was a gift from my friend Gene. I am also piggybacking this review with an anonymous friend’s Home Brew version of the same beer. The homebrew recipe is from “Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home” by Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head)

The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with a white head.

The nose is modest but sweet with light malt aromas and fruity notes.

What a nice first sip. But I somehow remember this being more robust and complex than what I’m experiencing.

We start out with a sweetness upfront then an interesting mouthfeel in the mid-sip. There is not much going on in mid-sip, just a pleasant washing over the tongue. The back-end is easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is very unique with malt and fruit sweetness with some spicy notes. The final aftertaste is modest with sweet fruit and malt flavors.

All and all this is a good beer but I’m not picking up fantastic or even great; it’s just a good beer. Once again I thought this was a better beer than what I’m currently experiencing.

This is OK, well that’s not quite fair, this is a good beer but I am a little disappointed.

This is close to room temperature now and I’m starting to pick up some off flavors.

A rating of a B is about the best I can do for this. Hopefully it’s just this particular bottle but this beer is lacking something. I remember this having richer flavors and more complexity.

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