Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dogfish Head - Midas Touch

It's rare that I come across a beer with such an interesting story behind it. According to Dogfish's website, Midas Touch has ancient roots:
"This recipe is the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine & mead; this smooth, sweet, yet dry ale will please the Chardonnay of beer drinker alike."
 2700 years old... that's a classic brew!

9.0 ABV

This is a great-looking beer...the golden honey color has an nice, warm glow.It has a nearly transparent appearance and a thin, white head. Doesn't bubble much, but a good swirl releases a good burst of carbonation.

Rich, warm and fruity. At first, I caught a strong whiff of banana. Drawing in a deeper sniff reveals honey and grape scents.

Taste & Feel
Liquid gold. It has a smooth body and warm honey flavor. Don't confuse that with being too sweet... it actually has a dry, malty finish heavy with barley flavor. The higher alcohol content gives it a slightly boozy feel and leaves a soft warmth at the back of the palate

This is a beautifully crafted  beer. Kinda makes you wonder what the hell we've been working toward for the past 2700 years... seems to me, the ancients pretty much nailed it.

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