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

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,478
Ranked #30,374
3.79 | pDev: 17.68%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: The original Kosmic Mother Funk. Not the Grand Cru.
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 5 oz taster glass. A golden-orange color with moderate haze. Small thin white head. The nose brought cherries, berries, bread, hay, and barnyard funk. The taste followed, with a moderate tartness. A bit of lemon, vinegar, cherry, and some caramel malt. This was all wrapped in a nice funk blanket. Better than I expected - would be fun to include in a blind tasting.

Dec 04, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/11/2016 at Natty Greeneā€™s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, some wild Belgian yeast and light malts.

T: The taste starts out tart with flavors of dark fruit and wild Belgian yeast funk. Then some mild sweetness follows from flavors of caramel and bourbon. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

Sep 11, 2016
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby with minimal head and no lacing.

Nose is funk, cherries, and cherry cough syrup. A little muted.

Taste is a somewhat bland. Lots of cherry cough syrup and a little bit of the booze peeks through.

Soft and kind of thick/syrupy mouthfeel.

When I think of sours, I don't think "Sam Adams" and this did nothing to change that.

Nov 14, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the occasion to have this at the Jamaica Plain brewery as part of a class that I took. I'm not quite certain but I think it was served from an extremely large cask. Sam Adams uses this beer to blend with their Barrel Room Series: the Kreik, Stony Brook, New World Triple, and 13th Hour.

A-Golden to say tangerine. Small tight bubbles medium retention.

S-Vinegar in the most appropriate way. Barnyard.

T-Sour, vinegar, light malty taste, and an underlying brightness

M-Highly carbonated giving it a champagne like feel and bright tannins

O-I really liked this thing they have got going. It's not world stopping, but it is a very solid beer that drinks like a geueze. Sam should think about putting this in a bottle.

Nov 24, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Sep 15, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Sep 14, 2011
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Dec 20, 2010
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wethorseblanket from California

4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

Oct 21, 2010
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Jul 01, 2010
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gregorymsmith from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Jun 21, 2010
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
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)

Dec 26, 2008
Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 45 ratings