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RATINGS: 2191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle poured orange amber with very little head or lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and over ripe fruits. Flavor is malt, spice, cinnamon etc. Sweet malty and light alcohol finish. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2005
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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Portland Brew Fest 05 - I notoriously passed this bottle in the grocery store in favor of other more "monetarily comfortable" options, but was able to get a taster at the PBF. As expected, this beer proved particularly bizzare. Very different honey profile with several herbs lurking beneath the surface - the saffron comes across as something like jasmine or lavendar. The ommision of a bittering agent occasionally proves slightly unsettling, the finish seems to be slightly unpleasant - sweet and just bizarre. Props for invention however.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2005
This beer comes out of the bottle in your face. The first swig is heavy, overpowering, sweet. Other than the honey sweetness, the first thing I recognized with the muscat grapes. I know that in Florida, at least, the muscat grape is an integral part of wine making. It has its own sweet and dry qualities. Once youve tried muscat juice straight up or wine derived from this grape you should have a decent sense of what to expect. This is especially true on how this drink finishes: very mellow, a little sweet and a little dry, which is all in all a nice balance. If this is what people used to drink back in the gold old days, then they were having a pretty good time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
12 oz bottle: pours the color od polished copper. bright and shiny. the aroma is very mush of grapes and honey. hints of malt. i was expecting a bigger head. grapes and honey dominate the flavor upfront, but the malt backbone comes in later. full, syrupy mouth feel. very creamy. very reminisecnt of a nice chardonay.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours a lovely golden honey color with a white head. Sweet honey, grapes, and spice in the aroma. The grapes dont dominate the flavor by any stretch but they are definitely noticeable. Only a hint of saffron and a good amount of sweet honey. Delicious beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
This is really a strange brew. Very sweet, syrupy, lots of alcohol on the palate. Ive had barleywines with higher %ABV with less alcohol taste. The alcohol really cuts through in this elixer. Some nice malt character too. Lively palate. Altogether, not my favorite beer, but interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This is definitely not what Dad used to drink while watching the Bears. Pours a beautiful frosted dark tan color with no head. Smells cloyingly sweet. Thick and nicely carbonated body. Tastes like honey, very malty, fruity (oranges?), sweet, no hop flavor I can find, but a sour aftertaste that I dont like. Very alcoholic, will put you down if you drink it too fast, but at $13 for a four-pack at the "discount" liquor store, why would you? Ive had real mead from a great home brewer (and super nice family), and this is too sweet for mead. But having had both now, I prefer this beer, or whatever it is (sorry, Pip). I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (2793) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Pours a deeper thicker golden with a smallish head. Aromas of a barleywine, mixed with some warmer-like spices, such as cinnamon or clove. Tastes a bit like a barleywine... does not try and mask any alcohol- as that flavor is definitely present. Finishes thick... but nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2005
08.29.05 12oz bottle, dated November... dont know what year, but I assume its 2003; Ive had it for over a year, for sure. Slightly hazed golden pour with only a trace of a white head, no activity. Aroma is spicy and rich with honey, graham cracker, cinnamon, and some musty old grapes. The yeast is bold and doughy and reminds me a bit of the Au Courrant in the way it blends with the grapes; this is not a bad thing as it seems to add a certain buttery-oak quality that I quite like. The beer, despite a still appearance, is light and vibrant on the palate; the beer never becomes thick or cloying, it dances from salty up front to a tart-bitter finish. Flavors of yesterdays wine reduced and spiced in the pan, fragrant even after the swallow. Lingering sweetness of honeyed cereal. Odd, but another worthwhile experiment from DFH.


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