Wasatch Polygamy Porter - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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BA SCORE
75
okay

221 Reviews
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Reviews: 221
Hads: 535
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2001

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
1.53/5  rDev -53.1%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

RJT (619 characters)

Photo of jalepeno4
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
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." (292 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
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 (604 characters)

Photo of OregonGrown7
2.02/5  rDev -38%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of azdback
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (389 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #4 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

Honestly, this beer struck me as more of an English Porter than an American one. It was mellow and even with minimal vibrant flavor tones that really stood out. Even and consistent and an easy one to drink, but for the style, I'd hope for a bit more kick in the mouth. (306 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (almost black) with some ruby red visible around the bottom of the glass. The head is thin and light tan. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt with some chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the nose. There's dark roasted barley malt, coffee, and those chocolate notes are very faint. It's mostly roasty in the flavor, but not to the point of tasting burnt. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is high, but only because the beer is so thin. This is an average beer that doesn't bring much to the table. (577 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- pours dark brown with a small tan head with decent retention, no lacing.

S- tomato soup, smoky, cocoa powder, pretty mild overall.

T- mineral, toast, grass, herbal hop, cocoa powder, finishes very dry. Undertoned taste for a typical porter.

M- medium carbonation, very light body, slick, drinks more like an ale.

O- taking its style I to account, it's just too light for a porter, if I was in the mood for a porter, I wouldn't choose is one. It is however very drinkable and could be a good switch up as a session beer option. Interesting. (548 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at airport.
Black with a night light tan foam surface. Wood, coffee, dry hazelnuts and hints of toasted cream on the nose. Smells dry and I light that in a porter. Taste follows with a dry and woody flavor with hints of cold pressed coffee and some soil or dustyness. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and salivating finish. I like the beer, particularly at 4%. (372 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.44/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Deep amber brown color. About one finger of frothy beige head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

3.5 S: Big roastiness with some toastiness thrown in. Light chocolate. Grainy malts. Not overly powerful, but pleasant and powerful enough.

2.0 T: Taste is missing everything that I like about the nose. Much less roastiness, almost no chocolate, way less graininess. There isn't much going on overall.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Too much carbonation. Lacking all creaminess.

2.0 D: Aside from the nose, this isn't a winner. Fairly bland without any good porter qualities. (603 characters)

Photo of NODAK
2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color with two fingers of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of malted milk balls with a little roast.

Flavor has a surprising amount of roast but the chocolate and other dark malt flavors fall away pretty quick.

One of the lightest bodied stouts I have had. Not really surprising considering the low ABV. Nice level of carbonation.

Ok for a low ABV beer. I want more of everything from my porters however. (478 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

A: Blackish with amber highlights. A tan, half finger head that leaves with the other wife. Moderate lacing.

S: Malt heavy, astringent. Lots of licorice.

T: Light expresso. Semi sweet chocolate. A dry finish.

M: Light to medium; frothy, watery.

O: Not too exciting. Too watered down. The least tasty porter I've tried. The novelty is cute, but the taste makes this Big Love beer a "one and done." (423 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Utah session beer 6/6

Poured chilled in tulip water glass

A: solid black with hefty head; dissipates, leaving a nice head film; med carb action; streaks of lacing
S: very prominent charcoal/roasted grain aroma; lingers a while
T: very flavorful; chocolate; very prominent roast-grain quality; hops add a nice mix underneath--in the aftertaste I discern grapefruit

Not bad, esp for a light ABV porter (402 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is disturbingly underrated on BA here. maybe the nitro tap made all the difference, but i thought this was a sensational porter, especially for being within the 4% limit. pours a dead sexy coffee black with a 2 inch nitro cream head, more like an oatmeal stout than a porter, but man does this look rich. smells kind of dull actually, some roasted barley and even a touch of yeasty must in there. flavor is light but satisfying. dark malts and some english style malt features too. touch of bittering hops in the background. feel is lovely, creamy and drinkable, if a bit acidic for some reason. overall a great porter with an even better tag line, "why have just one? bring some home for the wives!" gotta love it. (720 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (462 characters)

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

Consumed 4/14/12

Note: I bought this beer entirely because of the name, first time I have done this in years

Appearance: Light brown, clear, pours with a little off-white head, fades to a small ring, minimal lacing

Smell: Pretty good, but mild - roasted and toasted malts, some chocolate, a touch of molasses, and an overall graininess - kind of smells like a grain tea, or a bag of specialty malts for an extract homebrew recipe

Taste: Again, mild, but acceptable (seriously, this is from Utah) - roasty, toasty malts - nicely dry - some dry chocolate, baker's chocolate, chocolate malts - a touch of coffee - kind of tastes fizzy

Mouthfeel: Light, highly carbonated, pretty crisp for a porter

Overall: Decent, but the beer is really isn't as memorable as the name of the beer

The label of this asks, "Why have just one!" Well, just one is probably enough for me. It's not bad, it's just not particularly good in any way. The aroma is good, but the taste is just too mild, and the mouthfeel suffers as a result. (1,019 characters)

Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
75 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.