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Wasatch Polygamy Porter - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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BA SCORE
75
okay

452 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2001)
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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
1.45/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

FlatRabbitRed, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of NurdCore
1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

NurdCore, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
1.75/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: Thick black with a nice, full half-inch of cream-colored head that remains big the entire way down. Generous clumps of thick lacing down the entire glass. Gorgeous-looking stout.

S: Weak nose... Some roasted malt and light coffee character, but it's not very aromatic.

T: Roasted malt, a light chocolate and coffee bitterness in the mid-taste, and mild hop bitterness in the finish. I have to struggle to find these though. No real character to the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Good mouthfeel, just nothing substantial to taste.

D: Meh.

Arbitrator, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jegross2
1.95/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewing the Wasatch Polygamy Porter from the Utah Brewers Cooperative. This beer might have the funniest beer label slogan: "Why have just one!"
Score: 65

Bottled 09/04/11, served in a pint glass, and enjoyed on 01/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/red soda color. On the more opaque side of translucent with plenty of ruby colored highlights throughout when held up to light. Poured maybe a finger of light mocha colored head that quickly settled into a thin lace of bubbly head across the top of the glass. Slightly below average lacing for a 4.0% ABV beer. 3/5

Smell: Cream soda and lots of sweet caramel malts are most apparent in the nose. Has a slight roasted chocolate malts and light vanilla aroma too. There is a definite sugariness or corn syrup "soda-like" aroma here, maybe some butterscotch. Some grainy corn too. There is also a little nuttiness and extremely faint coffee. The more I smell this, the more I come to the conclusion that the aroma is too sweet. 2/5

Taste: Tastes like it smells, but much more watered down (both in terms of taste and mouthfeel). Watery caramel malts, vanilla cream soda, and butterscotch. Nothing much else going on. Very diluted flavors. Leaves a faint caramel and even light nutty (almonds?) finish. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Incredibly light bodied with light carbonation. I did not think it was possible to brew a dark beer with a more watery consistency to Miller Lite, but here is your proof. Guinness is chewy and viscous by comparison. 1/5

Overall: When the label is the best part, and in fact the only good part, of a beer, something is wrong. This really weak porter that I would not drink ever again. It does not taste that bad, and it is certainly drinkable, but it has less alcohol content than Miller Lite and taste/smells too sugary for a porter.

Recommendation: Avoid this one.

Pairings: This one is more a palate refresher than a flavor compliment...but, uh...cookies?

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

jegross2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
1.95/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

OregonGrown7, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of kennyo
1.95/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

pours a nice an head that disapates very quickly, has a dark, dark red color. Aroma has not much too it, slight chocolate, slight malt. Body is thin, Carbonation is all right for sle. Taste dry, chalky, porter light, tasts like dirt. Polygamy means more than one which is good because if this was called Monogamy Porter and it was the only one I was stuck, uh oh.

kennyo, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -39%

GRG1313, May 11, 2013
Photo of Greggy
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a 2 finger head that recedes into a thin cap. Some nice sticky lacing is present. The body is black with ruby highlights. NO sediment is present.

S- A sour component comes through with chocolate, a bit of hay/grassiness. Not much else. A little odd.

T- Starts out a bit sour and tart with only hints of dark chocolate. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of funk.

M- Carbonation is ok but the sour and tartness is haggard.

D- I don't know if I got an infected bottle or if this is just that bad. I will not drink this again. Major pass...

Greggy, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Michaeldmanley
2/5  rDev -39%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Appears opaque black, lackluster foamy scum attempts to pass for a head, smells of hardly anything at all, perhaps maybe a twinge of burnt stale coffee..tastes and feels in the mouth exactly like a mediocre porter that has been diluted down with water. Stale thin coffee and diluted hot chocolate, that's what we have here for flavor. Thin and watery body, extremely undercarbonated... I'm probably not going to try this one again, and I certainly don't recommend it unless you are a "lite" beer drinker.

WastingFreetime, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of npendres
2/5  rDev -39%

npendres, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of FriedGold2112
2/5  rDev -39%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Satan70
2/5  rDev -39%

Satan70, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brown color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of light roasted notes. Very weak.

Tastes of some light roasted malts. Notes of coffee and chocolate with some sweetness to it. Again, very weak overall. Seriously tastes like there was water added post brewing.

Mouthfeel is light with a barely noticeable amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer was served chilled and in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer looks like coke in a glass. The head of the beer is a pillowy tan coloration. Nice head retention. Too bad the beer looks like coke.

Smell: The aroma of lightly roasted malt very slight cocoa and almost coffee roast. Not terrible but in no way a robust porter.

Taste: Lightly roasted slightly toasted cocoa flavors. Again this isnt robust in the least. No offensive flavors just not brewed to my liking.

Mouthfeel / Overall: The body of the beer is thin. The carbonation is adequate. This beer is not offensive it is just not brewed to my taste. I would skip this one and grab a different porter.

nlmartin, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Pretty weak. Some dry cocoa nib.

Taste: A little roasty. Pretty fizzy which isn't really common to the style and was as though designed to make up for a lack of flavor. The middle is sweet cocoa and the finish is pretty dry with a hint of roastiness and caramelized malt.

Note: Catchy name but I wish they would have put their creative juices into brewing a better beer.

4000qtrap, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of mothman
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a large amount of fizzy light brown head. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Mill chocolate, lactose, and lightly roasted malts. Very weak aroma.

Taste: Light roasted malts, vanilla hints, chocolate and lactose. Not much here.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and roasty. Light body with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not very much going on with this porter. Light flavors, light bodied, high carbonation. This one wasn't for me.

mothman, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chalice it forms a tan head that falls to a thin cover with sporadic lace. Deep brown Dark amber in color.

Similar to a milk/sweet stout in that the mouthfeel is rather creamy, the flavors a bit lighter than normal. Not much in the way of smooth roasty, toasty qualities but more of a crispy burnt astringency that is annoying. Light cocoa / bakers chocolate feel to it.

Notes: Utah is now distributing their 4% brews? Ok I guess thats cool but this brew the mormons can keep. And for crying out loud loosen up a bit, life is too short.

DogFood11, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of StevieW
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nice and and dark deep color, the head settled too quickly but it looked inviting. After a alot of effort, smelled some roasted malty, earthy tones. The taste was overwhelmed with carbonation. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles everywhere. Really overwhelmed what might have been a decent beer. Some slight roasted malty tones where barely noticable. I could barely get it down, but we know the cliche "any port in a storm" I was stuck in the Salt Lake City airport for 3 hours and just thrilled to get a beer.

StevieW, May 30, 2002
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours the way I like to see beer, Dark, generous head and sheets of lace. Nose has hints of roasted grain, caramel, nutlike sweetness. Front is cloyingly sweet, very thin middle, mildly hopped, sparingly carbonated. I would change the name to "Habeas Corpus", "Where's the Body"???

Gusler, Oct 28, 2002
Photo of kwhittle11
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

kwhittle11, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of NODAK
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is of mild roasted malt...chocolate....but pretty tame overall for the style.

What we have here is one of the most watery porters that I've ever had. Very thin roasted malts...chocolate....and water. The extremely low ABV shows here...and when the label encourages you to have more than one, you can see how that's very possible. There just isn't much going on here.

I'd call this an entry porter but the problem with that is I don't believe it does any good to give people a substandard example of a classic style. Just kind of boring and thin here.

NODAK, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of mattmarka1
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of RedBiddy
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice name...Polygamy Porter. I guess that about sums up the positive attributes. The pour was weak...the lacing was where? ...I couldn't find it. The taste was weak. The mouthfeel was was weak. It was like drinking diluted kool-aid....you know that there is supposed to be something more...the beer hints that there should be something more...it just doesn't deliver. What a shame. Nice name though.

RedBiddy, Nov 04, 2011
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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
75 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.