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Wasatch Polygamy Porter - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
76
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525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2001

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Ratings: 525 | Reviews: 224
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Photo of Todd
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with twist-off cap. No freshness date. Label looks like a little orgy of some kind going on (1 guy, 7 girls). And, I love the saying on the label "Why have just one?"

Appearance: Very dark, black with mahogony/ruby hues. Head is an off-white, pillowing, foam with decent stick and retention.

Smell: Earthy, with chocolate and an almost milky aroma quality.

Taste: Very astringent, earthy and burnt up-front -- from the patent black malt. Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy while the body is light. Carbonation is tight, a bit fizzy. There's little to none on the sweetness front, in fact this beer is dry & crisp. Some chocolate pokes through, but it's faint. Hop flavour/bitterness is also faint, hidden amongst the assertive astringency. Finish is a bit dry, fairly clean.

Notes: It's just a porter. Basic, way too thin and it contains less alcohol than most traditional porters. But what do you expect from a state ruled by religion?

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark brown w/ garnet highlights, decent lacing

SMELL: Caramel, cacao nibs, chicory, light raisin note, mild roastiness, mild

TASTE: Smooth, wet, mineral, grassy, toasted, roasted, Korean roasted corn tea, brown malt, herbal hop, lighter body, dry finish

For a smaller beer it does pretty good, more than enough flavor and a pinch of complexity to keep it interesting. Perfect early afternoon brew to break up the day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of drumline
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a dark black, head dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

Smell - Chocolate a dark malty smell

Taste/Mouthfeel - Earthy and burnt flavors, with a thin, light body. Almost no sweetness or hop bitterness. Slight chocolate flavors.

Drinkability - Very drinkable with the low ABV

Pretty standard porter, although a little too thin for my tastes. Very low ABV makes this a pretty good session beer. "Why have just one?"

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with hints of ruby red coming through on the sides...small off white head that doesn't stick around very long. Subtle roasted cocoa with a bit of molasses and grainy tones.

Burnt grains, cocoa, hints of roasted coffee and molasses roll across my tongue. A bit of hop biterness might be hiding in the back. Overall it's a decent porter, straight up, no frills.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit over carbonated for my tastes. I could have another one of these if it was in front of me as it's tasty and easy to quaff. Bottle states, "Bring Some Home for the Wives!" Thanks to kmpitz2 for bestowing this brew upon me.

Photo of warnerry
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at SLC airport

Pours dark brown with minimal head.

Very subtle smell. Hard to pick up anything really, except a bit of roasted and chocolate malt.

Taste is very watery coffee, light hops and subtle earthy roasted malt. I wouldn't call it "good", but nothing offensive. A bit of chocolate on the finish.

This is incredibly thin for the style.

If this weren't so thin and watery, I think some nice flavors would come through. But I don't live in a world of "if". A disappointment.

Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: leather brown in color, small head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt--not the strongest smelling porter

Taste: toasted malt, a touch of hops to balance, and a bit of earth

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied for the style, small carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: This to me is an average porter. I could have a couple. I could just as easily pass. It does hit all the style bases.

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of dirt mixed in. Decent, but not as full flavored as I would have liked. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter chocolate notes as well as some roasted malt. Overall, the beer is a little bit watery tasting. Thin to medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of mattster
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic pint glass.

Poured almost no head atop a dark brown mostly opaque ale.

Smell is subuded... Some chocolate malts. Taste is more forward then smell with mostly chocolate/coffee notes. Nothing remarkable, but not bad.

Nice mouth feel with good finish. Again, nothing outstanding, but not bad.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I certainly hope that porters in general do not taste this bad. If they do, there's one class of beers that I do not like. Unfortunately, this was part of the mass-beer purchase with some fellow BA's and it failed miserably.

Poured a deep dark color with a cream-colored head with a roasted nut-like aroma. I just could not stand the taste of this beer. Very thin with no body to speak of. Sad to say, I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Hopefully, another porter from another brewer will change my mind.

Photo of mrw1zard
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a light brown high bubbly head that loudly fizzles and pops like soda carbonation as it quickly rises up and settles down.

Low aroma of dark malts, molasses, some smoke and oak.

Flavor is roasted malt and some cocoa, a little powdery and tannic. A mild charred bark nuance comes through.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery, but also finishes dry, even with a bit of a pucker. Prety average all around.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown pour, exceeds the average by having a nice 2" head on it. Big roasty aroma to it, not really easy to categorize as either chocolate or coffee.

Taste is fairly dry, a bit gritty, mouthfeel is decent, not massive, but a good sessionable American porter. Mouthfeel is good for what it is, i.e. not a big 10% imperial porter. Stays away from the Old English style of the beer, this one is hopped, doesn't have the wet wood mouthfeel, no weird Fuller's yeast, and doesn't have a watery consistency.

I also don't understand the three separate listing for this beer, I've had it numerous times, and its always been the same.

Photo of LXIXME
2.57/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty decent light brown head above a clear dark brown colored beer. The head settles into a decent but slightly thin lacing.

Very faint roasted aroma, with a very slight coffee bean base.

Roasted light coffee malts taste that come off kind of watery on this medium bodied, but compared to most other porters and stouts his one is pretty light bodied.

A light roasted aftertaste which seems to have a chocolate hint to it compared with the more coffee taste as you drink it, I kind of liked the way this beer finished, I just wish I had liked the way it tasted better.

Photo of sloejams
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Obviously the first thing you notice about this is the hilarious label. No matter how bad the beer inside would be, I knew the bottle alone was worth it.

It poured with medium dark brown with a slight head. The malt character was the initial aroma followed by some chocolate and coffee. The body is thin and that's not particularly something I crave in a porter. The malt finish tries to even it out - a worthy attempt, but not terribly successful.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wasatch- Polygamy Porter

Thanks to Wsatch for this 1.

A- Deep ruby red with a good creamy head on top. 2 ring lacing.
S- Light cocoa powder and coffee bean. Dried fruits like raisin and fig come through.
T- Light mocha coffee with a touch of caramel malt.
M- Boy is this watery. The flavor just gets drowned out. Damn shame.

Overall- Big letdown in the end. A basic porter watered down 25%.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap @ Squatters in the Salt Lake City Airport

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass with a light tan, 2 finger head. The brew itself is a ruby brown color. Fantastic retention, never really dying past a quarter finger's width. Lacing is streaky across the glass with a few spots between.

Smell - Nutty aroma, with touches of earth and faint chocolate.

Taste - Lacks a lot of flavor. What is there is very light walnut shell earthiness backed by faint chocolate. Not much change in the flavor apart from it fading quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a smooth, velvety texture as provided by the nitro. Slightly watery finish.

Overall - Fair brew. Opted for the 6% bottle version on my way back through and found it much better than the tap version, though it was no World Beater itself. If you just need to have a porter, though, go with the bottle.

Photo of cokes
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and clear burnt sienna, stacked with a decent rise of yellowed tan suds.
Initially, the scents are small and sweet: vanilla, hazelnuts, black cherries, chocolate. It deepens with smoke and coffee after it sits for a few moments. It's a delicious and complex smelling beer, it just lacks a bit of oomph to get it all the way off the ground. Regardless, I like it.
Enters the mouth with a more assertive sense of roasted beans and char. Black cherries and vanilla eke out places in the periphery, along with another burst of ash and some dark chocolate. It sags a bit late, but then it carried home by the peppery, dead leaf hops.
As expected, it's thin in body. And in spite of this, or because of it, it's another Utah brew that is downed almost greedily quick.
I expected very little here. Just some gimmicky brew driven by the name. But I like this. The smoke and char and acrid coffee bean essences add the character that makes up for it's lack of body and strength.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This basically looks like a black lager or a very dark brown ale. Very thin, flat, and watery overall.

Smell: Some hints of coffee and caramel and that's about it. A bit minerally as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More vague hints of coffee and caramel. There's just not much flavor here.

Overall Drinkability: It's definitely easy to drink, but that's because it's so thin.

Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Wasatch pub in the SLC airport. Excellent slogan - "Why have just one?"
Pours a deep dark brown topped by a creamy tan head. Aroma of rich dark roasted with a hint of brown sugar. Palate is mostly tasty dark malt with a touch of bittering hops, and some light lactose sweetness. The body is robust but runs a little thin for such a flavorful porter. Easy drinking, as the slogan says.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Poligamy Porter, good name by the way, is another victum to Utah law...I can't believe the Utah beer lovers haven't tried to succeed to the republic of Colorado. The appearance is a deep amber with no head. The was not much to describe as far as the smell...nothing maybe a hint molasses. The taste carried something sweet, reminded me of toffee/molasses...but not much else. Did not have a lot of body....very light. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, but its not a great porter.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basically, this is a good but not great porter. It's got the trademark roasted chocolate malts with a hint of coffee, but it all tastes a little watered down compared to full strength (say, 5% abv) porter. Still, that helps the drinkability, and it's nice to have a dark beer besides an Irish stout, that's highly sessionable. Worth a try for the name alone.

Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark--nearly black with a slight, red tint; minimal head that dissipates to a razor thin film; lacing is quite intricate

S: Dark roasted malts; hints of chocolate, vanilla, and raisins; a bit muted aromas but pleasant

T: Nicely roasted malts--a touch of chocolate and vanilla permeate but all in all the flavors are rather simple; a bit watery

F: Fairly creamy up front but quite thin on the back end

D: Although the thinness and simplicity makes this a tad boring, it is still a fairly pleasant and drinkable beer. I'm not sure if it makes me want a second wife but perhaps a second beer instead

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of tan head on top of a caramel colored beer. Minimal lacing.

Roasted malt smell; that's it and it's nice.

Watery taste, roasted and a little burnt malt and a bit astringent at the end.

Thin body, almost no carbonation.

Higher marks overall because it's only 4% with a descent flavor and smell profile.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Wasatch, cheers John!

Pour chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head.Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & toasted malt & some caramel

T: Dryness, coffee, & roasted grain up front. Dryness dominates as this warms, along with chicory, & roasted malt. Finishes with some caramel, more dryness & roasted malt

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation up front. Pretty good balance

Drinks alright, too much coffee & dryness for me. Not a bad porter

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Wasatch (Naturally!) for hooking me up with a bottle of this in a trade.

Pours a very dark amber (nearly brown) with 2 fingers of poofy light tan head. Thin creamy retention that stays rich and leaves big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma isn't overly assertive but still has some punch to it courtesy of light roasty notes of chocolate and caramel with some floral hops mixing in the back.

The taste is lighter up front with some caramel sweetness but then opens up very nicely with a bloom of roasted chocolate malts that spread out across the palette and ends with some firm hop bitterness. Finishes pleasantly with a nice dry roasted feel. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied (something that I would expect for a 4% beer) but still maintains a sharper carbonation that gives the overall feel a nice pop.

This was a pleasant surprise. Despite the lower ABV, this still packs a nice roasty punch that combines with the lighter feel to keep this very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice.

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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
76 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.