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Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 12-26-2008

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 93
Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flynn's Cedarville. Wow is this sour. Pours clear, dark brown with 1/2 head and moderate carbonation. Taste is plum, dark cherry, light wood, and tons of sour mix. Very tasty but truly a sipper. Glad I had a chance to try it, but I do prefer others in the style. (281 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Very deep ruby red. Close to amber/brown in a large, non stemmed glass. Nice clarity and excellent overall look.

SMELL: Wine like sour aroma carrying berries and cherry, though I believe this ale is unfruited. Complex intoxicating aroma broadly in the flemish oud bruin style.

TASTE: A nice sourness going on, lacto seems heavy, cherry is unmistakable from the yeasts wow. Very nice tasting brew that is ample sour but not over the top. The oak used in the barrels was actually imported and the aging vessels built on premise in Boston Beer Co. which is cool. Bolivian oak if I am not mistaken, which gives the barrels a light vanilla flavor though the oak never held any liquid before this beer. Still acetic notes of red wine vinegar are much stronger. Complex with sour and malt notes and a hint of slight vanilla and char in the finish.

FEEL: Full bodied, yet still lively and not heavy on the tongue. The bubbles carried the flavor well throughout the brew. Really nice, meant to be sipped and savoured.

OVERALL: A solid sour beer with large strength and good depth of flavor. I can see why this is a choice blending agent for the Stoney Brook Red and the barrel room series. That being said this is much better than those and a beautiful beer straight up. Imagine a Rodenbach with a slightly more toasty malt flavor and an ever so subtle hint of vanilla. Drinkable for an extreme beer. (1,420 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours kind of a reddish brown, with no head or lacing.

Smells really quite nice- some cherries, damp wood, slight vinegar, red wine, a bit of chocolate, and lots of kosmic funk, clearly.

This is a really nice funky and moderately tart sour. Lots of juicy tart cherry, plum, and a little bit of blackberry, maybe, with some vanilla, a bit of chocolate, some oak/damp wood, and just a splash of lactic acid and vinegar. Really well-balanced, and surprisingly complex and daring for Sam Adams.

This one has a light body, with a juicy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. It's quite drinkable.

This is a really impressive beer. It should get higher marks. (705 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk
On tap @ Pinocchio's Restaurant, Media, PA

I was starting to worry that Boston Beer wasn't keeping up with the changes in the beer world these days, thinking that maybe they'd fall behind because people have tired of their regular beers, and even their seasonal offerings, but this changes everything!!! WHAT A BRILLIANT BEER! It's got a lot of funkiness to it. It's got lactobacillus, it's got Brettanomyces, and it's got a bit of swagger to it as well, yet it's all tightly wrapped up in a clean, focused, and still malty package. It's sour/sweet with lots of red fruit, dark skinned fruit, and wet leather. Remarkably drinkable, interesting, and complex. (690 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a goblet at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Funky, hay, bready, cherries or raspberries , rubber tires, and some sweetness.

Taste: Very funky and tart, some fruit sweetness, bready, and more funk.

Mouthfeel: Tart, bready, funky, Medium bodied, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice stuff, but a bit more funkier than one would like. A little more sweetness would be good, but it did get better as it warmed up. (652 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 ounce growler
Served in a tulip glass

L - It pours dark brown in color. When held to the light it takes on a ruddy appearance. There is virtually no head. An aggressive pours yielded a few tan bubbles.

S - It has a strong tart smell. I get some vinous notes and a little apple cider vinegar.

T - The taste is very tart, almost mouth puckeringly sour. The wine and vinegar I smelled come through in the taste. It definitely leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

F - Moderate and very low carbonation.

O - A rare find. It was cool to taste a key additive to some of Sam Adams beers. One glass of this was plenty though. It has intense flavor, not all of it necessarily good. (677 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/09/11 notes. Had on tap at Night of the Funk.

a - Pours a deep reddish purple color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of some sour raspberries and cherries, fruity malts, and light bread.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and raspberries, sour dark fruits, wood, light bread. Light brett/funk, but not a ton.

m - Medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice wild ale from Sam Adams. Some definite sour dark fruits, though I was disappointed by the level of funk given the name. Easy to drink considering 10% ABV. Would like to try it again. (610 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a reddish looking brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a good amount of funky and pungent aromas coming off of the beer. The taste of the beer is sour upfront, as you drink it though the sour qualities subside just a little making this beer a little more earthy and gives off a touch of wood in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decently carbonated, it went down pretty nicely. Overall it's not a bad sour ale. (455 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark drown/bronze with a finger of foamy off-white head and some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit sour cherry and has a twangy bit of funk in it.

The taste is a bit fruity with more sour cherries and some tart lemon-like flavor. Some bready malt flavor does come out a bit to smooth this out a bit toward the end.

The feel of this beer is light at first with some bubbles making it feel well carbonated but is has a smooth feel that it seems to go too quickly. (533 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at LA Beer Week in Union Station. Tucked in a far away corner of the event sits lonely Sam Adams. Why venture over there, I ponder. Boy, am I glad I did. Went back 3x during the event and received a good 4 oz pour each time. Murky, hazy reddish brown and essentially still in the taster glass. Nose is really complex with a woody oak, stone/earth, fruit, funk mixture. Taste is sharply biting but not too tart. Oh, this is something special. Is that a hint of brandy? Picking up some sour and sweet cherries. A mother funk of wild yeast for sure! Wow, can't get over this one. Taste is simply everything mixed in a big jumble and smooth as silk. Mouthfeel is big and moderately tart with a tannic bite on the finish. Overall, the only selection which received a repeat visit that day. Tip of the hat, Jim. (812 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the American Craft beer festival. Served in a tasting glass.

A dirty brown body and an off-white head

S very distinctive cherry smell in the front

T sour, lemon, grain aftertaste is there as well

M medium

D not bad offering from Sam's. Unusual for them because it certainly pushing the envelope. I would drink this again. (345 characters)

Photo of gregorymsmith
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at American Craft Beer Fest in Boston on 6/18/2010.

Looks unassuming. Reddish brown. Minimal head.

Smell is promising: I'm thinking Flemish Red based on the aroma. Sour and a little sweet.

And a sip... nice! This is somewhere between a Belgian and an American sour, in my mind. Sour fruit, with maybe a bit of fresh hop, and a little sweetness keeping the sour in check. Very refreshing for a beer with this much flavor. It has that great palate-cleansing power; the sour is intense without going over the top.

I'd love to have more and analyze it in more detail, but sadly I don't think it will happen any time soon! (625 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.38/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty brown with a bubbly head. Aroma of whiskey and tartness. Flavor is pretty much all whiskey with some roast. Hmm...there was no mention of this beer being aged in whiskey barrels!! This was quite bad.
5/3/5/2/10 (2.5/5) (279 characters)

Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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