We had our ABNormal Brewers meeting tonight at Fat Jack’s, and as I was coming in, I noticed they had Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch on draft… so I gave it a try. It was a nice lead in to an interesting club meeting. We had guests there from Prairie Fruits Farms who helped us try different beer and cheese pairings. I got to try several cheeses – goat and sheep – that I probably never would have. We also had our annual officer elections, and I was once again elected as Vice President of our club.
The Midas Touch was a slightly hazy, golden honey color, with a very thin head. There didn’t seem to be much carbonation in it either. The smell was very sweet and interesting with some honey, floral, and almost raisin-like aromas.
The body was surprisingly full, and the mouthfeel was very smooth, almost syrupy. The taste was very complex with a sweetness that included honey, spiciness, and floral flavors. The sweetness was almost cloying before the alcohol heat kicked in during the fairly dry finish.
This isn’t the type of beer I’d recommend drinking with a food pairing, as it’s complex and full enough to stand on its own. If you did pair it with food, I’d go for something lighter like a baked or grilled chicken breast or chicken caesar salad.
This is one of those beers which I had read and heard a lot of hype about and was really looking forward to trying it. I’m glad I got a chance to try it, and I found it incredibly complex and full. However, I did not find it to be too drinkable, and was glad I only had a half pint of it. This beer has a great story behind its development, but I’m glad beers have evolved since this one was developed.