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Wasatch Polygamy Porter - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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395 Ratings

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2001)
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Photo of Jparker37


3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Dark but not quite opaque. Tan head dissipates a little too quickly. No lacing.

S - Mellow roastiness. Earthy hops. Munich malt. Gives off a generous amount of aroma.

T - Smooth flavor. Mild chocolate malt. A little slanted towards hoppy from earthy flavors midway. Quick finish with little reminisce of any flavors.

M - Light to medium-light body, semi-dry, light carbonation.

O - Off kilter flavor profile for the style. Malt character underwhelms the hop flavors given. Without knowing it, I would have probably guessed this to be a munich dunkel.
Good session beer.

Recommendation - Pick up a six pack to enjoy on a warm day and throw the football around. Not really one to quaff in a snifter for too long.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:45:02 | More by Jparker37
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/27/14 though I had tried it a few times in the past couple of years. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a large tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights that has a 1-finger beige head that settles down to just around the edges of the glass. Some very light spotted lacing was seen but not much. The aroma is of dark roasted malts but not really strong. The taste has the roasted malt along with a touch of chocolate. A bit on the thin side for a porter unlike others I have tried. Perfect carbonation. A bit of a slight bitter finish. Overall it was OK.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:06:26 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of SneakyPotato


2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Dark, with red showing around the edges. It looks quite similar to their Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout, just a little reddish when held to the light. Nice pillowy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Small amount of lacing on the glass. I was impressed with the appearance

S- Not a strong smelling beer, but notes of roast and malt are definitely present. The head is fragrant, and pleasant to take in.

T- I was extremely underwhelmed. This beer really tastes "watery" in every sense of the word. There hardly is any initial taste except for a slight roasted chocolate as the liquid passes over your tongue. It finishes slightly dry. It was a very boring, one-note experience. Tastes like somebody poured a little roast flavor into a lighter beer, or decided to mix one part stout to one part water.

M- Very thin for a porter. Disappointing. I wanted it to be creamy because of it's initial appearance.

O- Looks much better than it tastes. It's downfall is the fact that it hardly has an initial taste, and the mouthfeel is thin. This is an easy-drinker, and could be a good way to introduce people to the world of porters and stouts. I won't order one on tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 08:53:05 | More by SneakyPotato
Photo of Labeorphile


3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Tan head is foamy but quickly disappears, although it leaves some lacing.

Smells of sweetness in the malt, and a little bit of hops. Some chocolate, cocoa, and dark aromas as well.

More chocolate in the taste and very sweet. Not a bad tasting porter, although the ABV is a bit low and the body is incredibly thin.

Not a bad beer by the TV on a cold night, but there are many better porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:51:29 | More by Labeorphile
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- poured dark chocolate with nice head & good lacing
S- slight hop and malt, nothing scrumptious
T- thin carbonated without much heft, slight creamy flavor
M- thin bodied without much left
O- missing malt makes a difference, 4.0 abv. great name & bottle, but I'll pass on the brew. Crushed expectations.

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pint glass in John's backyard in the aftermath of an Eagles loss to Dallas

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:48:12 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of vegassommelier


2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Overall, quite unimpressive for the money ($10.99 six pack) when put up against other offerings in that price range.
Good full aromas of a typical porter, but lacks a lot on the palate. A touch thin with a lack luster finish compared to other beers in the same category and price point.
Someone looking for a dark beer without the overly malty finish will enjoy this, however I will pass on this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 06:20:18 | More by vegassommelier
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. bottle marked DRN-05/07/13. Sampled on July 29, 2013.

It pours dark brown with ruby red hues glistening in the light and a long lasting silky tan head.

On the nose I get dark toasted malts, butter, and a low hop presence. Maybe there are a few coffee grinds in the mix.

The body falls into the thin to medium range but creamy.

The taste tends to have a sweeter sensation than the aroma may imply with dark malts and butter in there too. Clean but mellow hop finish.

I do find it ironic that this only gets an "okay" rating on BA even though this has won a few silver medals over the years. I guess it all depends on who they are competing with.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 20:06:32 | More by puboflyons
Photo of smcolw


3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nearly no head. Quickly settles to rim bubbles only. Interestingly, it does leave a bit of spotty lace. The color is deep, dark brown where a modicum of light passes through.

Smells of chocolate and of milk, but not like chocolate milk. How can that be? Not chalky like some porters.

Lighter body than most porters. This is accentuated by a higher carbonation. Beyond that, the flavor is decent: some chocolate, some vanilla. Short aftertaste. No notable hop or alcohol. The beer is a good introduction to the world of Porters.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:02:47 | More by smcolw
Photo of Mikecap


3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Two fingers of light brown head that disappears quicker than expected.

Smell: Some chocolate and smoke, roasted barley and maybe some dark sweet fruit.

Taste: Sweetness from the malt and a bit of roastiness typical of the style. A little bit of chocolate and coffee but not a ton there.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of porter but still smooth with light carbonation. Goes down easily and not a sipper by any means.

Overall: A pretty solid porter from Wasatch that I just had to try because of the name. At 4%, this is a nice session beer and something I'd try again. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 15:55:36 | More by Mikecap
Photo of jkeefe1800


3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass, small white head. Nose of the beer pretty good a little chocolate, little coffee, and little roastiness but they all complement each other nicely. First sip, something is missing. I get chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts but the beer is a little thin. I find myself wanting more. As i continue to sip i begin to enjoy the easy drinking nature of this porter and like i said the taste and smell do deliver. Looking at the bottle it clocks in at 4%abv so essentially a session porter. Overall i liked it, it may not compare to some of the big boys but i don't think its trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:28:46 | More by jkeefe1800
Photo of Algebrew


3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured a clear, semi-dark ruby brown throughout with a whitish beige head that fell apart all too soon.

Smell: Rich chocolates, malts.

Taste: The beginning peaks rich and sweet; the middle calms down into the richness of the chocolate; the end fades into a soft coffee or mocha flavor that lingers on the taste buds until the next sip.

Mouthfeel: It was a bit light, but I think this one was wanting to go for that.

Overall: An interesting light porter with a pleasant taste and smell, but I'm fine with just one.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 08:35:14 | More by Algebrew
Photo of mrw1zard


3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass, black with a small head. Aroma of dark roast / barley malt / coffee, bitter finish with lingering coffee notes. Watery and thin. Not bad for a porter, but not something that I would seek out in the future. Take some home for the wives!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:54:17 | More by mrw1zard
Photo of FlatRabbitRed


1.45/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I bought this one at a Total Wine and More in Glendale AZ, so it's hard to say how old the beer was. Overall disappointed, but kind of figured seeing that it is a novelty brew. If there ever were any aroma or flavor hop additions, they were long gone from the bottle I drank and I could not distinguish any of the bittering hops. Could not make out any yeast flavorings either, this beer was very clean of distinct flavors, no caramel or roasted notes.

Plain ale with black malt additions ...nothing more.

This beer had a beautiful dark color and reddish held to the light, one of the best looking beers I have ever seen ...unfortunately, that was the only good thing to say about it ... I don't buy beers to look at them.

To be fair, I will try to find a fresher one and change this post if in fact it is better.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 06:21:26 | More by FlatRabbitRed
Photo of bmwats


3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown or black. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a slight trace of the once present head. No lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, cardboard, and maybe a slight hint of molasses.

T: Roasted paper, tea leaves, with some indistinct sweet hints.

M: A little sweeter than it should be, and a little lighter feel than it should be.

D: Goes down easy, session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Slight head, but no lacing. Nose is....something....roasted with some sweet, chocolate, and coffee accentuates. Flavor is shallow roasted something with sweet something. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:30:56 | More by bmwats
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured dark in color. The color really resembled a Coke or Pepsi in my opinoin. I just poured a small off white head.

S - Wonderful smell. Lots of things going on. Huge chocolate smell up front. THere was also hints of cherry, liquorice, and a slight smoky smell.

T - Pretty disappointing taste after such a great smell. The smoky was there but the others were just not there for me. I expected lots of chocolate, but it was absent for the most part.

M - Silky with a very dry finish

O - This beer smells better than it tastes. The smell was great but the taste didn't live up to it. Still, an easy drinking porter and one could definately drink several.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 00:44:54 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch Polygamy Porter has a medium, creamy, beige head, a dark, reddish-brown, yet clear, appearance, some streaming bubbles, and splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of creamy, dark-roasted malt and maybe a whiff of dark cherry. Taste is of roasted malt, charcoal, brown bread crust, a shadow of dark cherry, and some powder of some sort (the coal?). Mouthfeel is light and watery, with a bit of slickness, and Wasatch Polygamy Porter finishes wet, plain, and just good. Overall, I would say that this beer is at the lower end of what could be classified a good beer. It's worth checking out, though.


Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 14:00:42 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jalepeno4


3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall this beer is OK.
I drink it when I visit SLC.
Love the label!
It looks dark, smells clean and appealing.
It's best after skiing or biking.
I wish the ABV was higher.
As far as porters go, it's not enough of a porter.
In the words of some Irish friends I met on a ski lift,"It's thin."

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 22:26:34 | More by jalepeno4
Photo of garymuchow


3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 4% abv seems like a reasonable late afternoon drink and with the very cold of January (10 degrees) and porter seems welcome.
Nice soft chocolate with hints of roast and a little bigger kick of vanilla.
Very dark with highlights of burgundy. Creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.
A light drinking beer, but holding enough flavor to be enjoyable. Soft roast and chocolate. This one seems to have a bit of age on it with a hints of sourness creeping in. Fortunately those are fleeting and got to this one before all hell broke loose. Finishes soft and mildly drying holding bits of hop flavors.
Light body. Fullness from carbonation, but it is soft.
This is a perfectly nice light drink, hitting the spot just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 22:00:34 | More by garymuchow
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a black colour with a slightly off-white head.

Smells of burnt malts with a hint of chocolate.

Chocolate disappears with the taste, though the burnt malts are still there, and combine with a thin mouthfeel to form a dry, crisp taste.

Overall a very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:43:22 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of mactrail


3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot of dark and charred malt flavors. On the dry side, perhaps more like a stout, but a chuggable, thirst quenching brew in any case.

Quite a watery body. Modest foam on the dark brown beer with a reddish cast. Adequate carbonation in the mouth. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very faint malty sweetness followed by the hint of stale coffee and scorched grain. But all very pale.

There is not much of interest here. It reminds me of the dark lagers that were endemic to pizza places in the 1970s, like Falstaff and Michelob Dark.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:57:07 | More by mactrail
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled across a fantastic airport bar with a fantastic microbrew tap selection while on a short layover in Salt Lake City
A - near pitch black with just a little light around the edges, one finger of head with solid retention and plenty of lacing
S - coffee and roasty malt aromas, mild chocoalte, very mellow
T - Roasty and cocoa malts dominate, mild grain and leafiness, touch of cola
M - smooth and light with just a bit of a chaulky cocoa feel
O - a pretty solid offering from a brewer i had never tried, but this was the first of about 5 i managed to get down my gullet before my connecting flight

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 22:44:41 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of OregonGrown7


1.95/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had to muster through a whole 6er of these gems.

A - Wasn't too bad, caramel brown in the light, one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin film.

S- Lighter than what I expected, but gave small notes of chocolate, coffee, malt

T- A lot lighter than I expected, a lot lighter. The flavors indicated by the smell were so toned down , not what I expected from a porter.

M- A lot lighter and watery than I expected. Like some have said, it would be passable if it had just a bit of chewiness, but it just doesn't.

Overall- This seems to be to porters what Coors Light is to lagers. I felt like it had to have been cut with water to taste so bland. I'm now scared to try their "Devastator", becaue I fear it's not going to be quite as extreme as it sounds.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2012 17:43:32 | More by OregonGrown7
Photo of azdback


2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Great Divide pint glass. Medium dark brown color, a bit lighter highlights. Head is a very small half of a finger, maybe just a large collar, that is light cocoa colored and thin in body.

Smell is light chocolate and coffee, some bright hop aromas.

Taste is not much like the nose. Like the nose there are some bright hops but after that the coffee and chocolate are very light and really meh. Other than the water this was brewed with I don't get much more.

Mouth is very thin with mild carbonation. Body doesn't exist and the finish is weak and dry.

Overall I am really glad this one was a sample given to me because paying for a "Porter" and getting this watery mess would have really pissed me off. This one is a very light Brown, at best. Precede with caution.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 05:52:52 | More by azdback
Photo of maximum12


3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for the name & slogan alone, which are easily the best I've ever seen on a beer label. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is darkest brown with ruby showing through the edges. Nice roast in the nose, rounded with chocolate & grain.

Polygamy Porter would be a highlight-reel if not for its one glaring weakness. Thin. Thin thin thin. The watery mouthfeel is the first & last thing I experience as the liquid slides down my throat; thin doesn't quite cut what this beer is. There is a nice roast, light nuttiness, sliver of chocolate, the roast is the only thing that stands out. Easy to drink, just like a cool glass of water.

I imagine this is what steins of beer cut with water in a Middle Ages tavern tasted like. So close - give me more chewy, & this would be a 4% ABV winner, & the world certainly need more of those. As is? Decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:43:10 | More by maximum12
Photo of vandemonian


3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing wrong with Wasatch Polygamy Porter. It's just a little boring. It's also a bit dry for my tastes, but some people like that.

A: Dark black color and a poor head that fades quickly. 3

S: Nice coffee aroma with, maybe, a little sweet malt. 4.5

T: Very dry and a little flavourless. Milky with some mineral flavours. 3

M: Milky with a low amount of carbonation. 3

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 04:11:19 | More by vandemonian
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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
75 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.