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Wasatch Polygamy Porter - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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424 Ratings

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jdense


3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Squatter's Pub SLC airport, waiting for the frickin' fog to clear in Pasco WA 11.28.10.

One finger light tan head, quick dissipation with some lacing. Dark brown body with garnet highlights, no visible carbonation. Nose features roasted malt, some coffee, pretty sweet, negligible hops. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roast, a bit sweet, noble hops on back end, coffee more noticeable as it warmed. Medium light mouthfeel, pretty thin for style. Pretty sessionable drinkability, but in terms of flavor, this is no Black Butte Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 03:24:09 | More by jdense
Photo of TheSteiny


3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first official review, so please excuse any inaccuracies in my review process.

For my review, I poured the porter from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Had a nice dark amber-brown color. Clarity was more akin to a heavy ale than a typical porter. Head left a little to be desired, but I have a feeling this was more due to bottle pouring. Good color to it, but sadly it maxed out at a quarter inch thick or so.

S- First whiff and the roasted/malty smell came roaring out. Not overbearing, but apparent. There was just a hint of a dark chocolate smell.

T- The taste was solid, but definitely not the best porter I've ever had. The roasted malt flavor was definitely there, but by no means overbearing. I only noticed the chocolate if I let the beer sit in my mouth for a bit or really paid attention to the aftertaste. I think strengthening the chocolate would have improved my opinion a bit.

M- This is where the beer loses some points with me, sadly. I can't really put my finger on it, exactly, but the beer almost felt watered down. While this added to the relatively light texture of the beer, I think a heavier feel would have been more appropriate for this style of brew.

D- Overall, I enjoyed the Polygamy Porter. It went down easily and had good flavor. If I saw it on tap, I'd likely have a glass. Wasatch has done a decent job, and I look forward to trying their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 08:38:58 | More by TheSteiny
Photo of mmmbeer


2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Not quite black, crimson when held to light, and capped with an inch of tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Mild chocolatey aroma. Flavor is rather thin, but consists of light chocolate and roast, and a dash of hops on top of a thin, very dry body that leaves a short finish. Very easy to drink, but I don't really have the urge to. Easily the worst beer I tried on our Utah trip.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 17:46:29 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:02:29 | More by mothman
Photo of emmasdad


3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, Utah. It was in the secret beer room, and I swear I received some withering stares from some of the gas station's patrons. I bought it to take home to give out to non-ba friends, but ended up drinking a couple because it was pretty good. Good notes of both dark and milk chocolate, along with roasted malt. The 4.0 abv makes it easy to put these away fairly quickly and easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:17:40 | More by emmasdad
Photo of dbossman


3.63/5  rDev +11%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:44:42 | More by dbossman
Photo of FLBeerGuy


3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Nose is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

An OK porter, nothing special. Very sessionable with only 4% ABV Like the label says, why have just one?

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 16:41:20 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of wrightst


4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the great trade!

The beer pours a chocolate brown, deep with a little light creeping 'round the edges. Not exactly Mephistopheles, but certainly mischievous. The smell and taste are malty sweet. It is a simple beer, so it is placed in a difficult position, afficionados won't appreciate the simplicity, and neophytes either go for hops or lighter beers, and forget the Bud crowd and others still scared of the dark.
Mouthfeel and carbonation felt right for the style.

Enter the name. Perhaps the saving grace of this beer is a beer from Utah with this name. And at 4% ABV, why not have more than one?

Drink Beer, Be Happy.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 04:09:32 | More by wrightst
Photo of 4000qtrap


2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 03:52:04 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at 'The Bit and Spur', Springdale, outside Zion NP. Had this for desert after a very good Pasta dish.

Pint glass, dark, almost black body. A rich creamy head of tanned bubbles sat on top, sadly they fell away very quickly to just a collar and thin wispy covering.

The smell was encouraging, roasted/toasted malts with some coffee and dark chocolate hidden in the background.

The taste however let it down somewhat, as did its depth of body. I know the 4% ABV law doesn't help the brewers of Utah, but this just seemed a bit weak and thin in the flavour stakes.

There are plenty of good flavoursome beers below 4% ABV, this isn't one of them in my eyes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 04:14:43 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of popery


2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible for a low abv American-style porter, but it's below average for the style as a whole. The beer pours dark brown, almost transparent despite the color, with a dissipating head. Not particularly exciting. The aroma is mostly washed-out roasted malt. Some of the nice ashy dry porter flavor shows up, but it's too little, too late. There's a hint of chocolatey malt, but I'm not quite sure if I just assume it's there and my mind is making up the flavor, a sort of pavlovian porter effect. Mouthfeel is fine. Ok session beer, forgettable porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 07:10:23 | More by popery
Photo of BretSikkink


3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, looks like a soda during the pour. Good-sized tan foam has good stick all around. Nose is lightly roasted with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Hops are mild, maybe a little herbal. Tiny whiff of DMS-soft veggies.

Flavor is pretty easygoing, with the roasted barley notes melting nicely into a light hop resin. Not much for complexity, but the carbonation and low abv make it a decent session.

Nice that Utahans can laugh at themselves and brew a decent despite their draconian brewing laws. Recommended, but not too highly.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:51:21 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of 1759Girl


3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance>Rootbeer warm brown, creamy head, clear, lackluster liveliness.

S>Burnt toast, vanilla

T>low complexity, really v. good, hang, toasted marshmallows & barley. yum!

m>tingly .hmm average

D>good. Might be more persuaded by the funny advertising than anything. It's a nice change to my normal beers to have the carcinogenic ashy taste of this porter, but I probably couldn't have a whole six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 07:35:01 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of ajhod

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light bodied porter, no real hop characteristics other than a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue

Head falls away fairly quickly, body is a bit seltzery, as is kinda expected with a 4% beer.

Color is nice, more like a VERY dark garnet than brown.

Goes well with dark chocolate. Has a roasted flavour which comes out as the beer warms.

All in all, a good solid low gravity porter. At 4% it is a good session beer, and well worth picking up a six pack. As their motto says, "Polygamy Porter, Why have just one?"

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 02:22:07 | More by ajhod
Photo of Wasatch


3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, some carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing. Scents of malts, and chocolate. The taste is malty, very slight hop, with some toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable would make a nice session brew. This brew tastes alot better on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 07:32:53 | More by Wasatch
Photo of tigg924


3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 12:48:52 | More by tigg924
Photo of John_M


3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the SLC airport "brewpub" location in the D concourse. Have always liked the label, and even own a PP T-shirt. So high time I tried it I guess.

This beer doesn't look very porter like, looking more like reddish ice tea. Don't get a whole lot of head retenion or lacing either. The nose is equally unimpresive, consisting of some sweet roasty malt aroma and not much else. Flavors replicate the nose in this one dimensional beer, and it has something of watery finish. Alcohol is well disguised, not that at 4% abv., there's all that much to disguise.

Mehhh. Been a while since I've had a porter this boring/uninteresting. Glad I just got a single "cheater pint glass" of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 03:02:15 | More by John_M
Photo of Tolnik


3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a wonderful brown beer that poured a fair amount of head that reduced to wisps of lacing. The aroma of a robust, slightly smoke, caramel. The taste follows close suit to the aroma of the beer with a sweet malt tone that follows suit. Overall a good sweeter porter to have.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 06:00:14 | More by Tolnik
Photo of CHL


3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Very dark but clear beer with tan head. The smell is malt, roast, and cocoa--not so remarkable for a porter.

It's a bit thin, but the taste is delicious, and it's quite drinkable due to it's composition, high carbonation, and low abv. The label asks "why have just one!" and it's a good question. Would happily drink a few.

Due to the thinness, it's not a deep beer for savoring, but I find it's an actually a refreshing brew when I'm in the mood for malt and dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 23:09:00 | More by CHL
Photo of Zorro


4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear dark red colored beer with a small tan head.

Smells of sweet malt and smoke, distinct toffee candy smell. Slight coffee aroma but really this is more small candy maker caramel and less patent malt.

Starts out smoky and pleasant, tastes drier than it smells. Keeps hitting the smoke and artisan caramel flavors. Quite tasty and a smoked porter by taste.

Mouthfeel is light, Blame the Utah 4% on tap only laws for brewing all their beers dry.

Still this is a mighty tasty "light Porter" not really a style but an accurate description.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 00:14:13 | More by Zorro
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to BA wasatch for the namesake extra.

12oz bottle. no date found. label suggests, "why have just one!" teehee... tasted in mid/late-may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

very dark brown, almost black, w red hue, esp under the light. no sediment. 1.5-finger tan head, fades to thin but persistent layer. decently consistent, albeit thin, rings of lace.

aroma: dark malt and caramel, hint of plum, gentle earthiness from trace of roast and hops. vanilla? a bit simple and faint, but unoffensive.

taste: dark malt and caramel again, w hint of coloa. gentle underlying acidity, esp towards finish. mild to medium bitterness from mildly earthy hop, reveals trace of roast or coffee hint as well. a touch watery, but nothing "off" for the style.

light to medium body, just a tad watery, but smooth w acidic and astringent textures peeking out into the finish. mild carbonation has tingle and moments of fluffiness.

not as good as their other beers i've tried, but i guess it's okay. again, at least i'm not feeling all too sorry for utah beer drinkers anymore.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 06:43:37 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of jneiswender


4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pils glass.

A-black walnut and a tan head

S-toast, roast, smoky

T-biscut flavor, almost a mesquite smoke aftertaste


D-Truth be told, only got this beer for the name and I was in Utah. After having a lot of crumby beers earlier in my visit, I was very suprised by this beer. It was quite flavorful and the smokiness is very unique. I did as the label told, "why have just one".

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:16:51 | More by jneiswender
Photo of stephens101


3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite black with shades of burgundy being seen when held to light. Though big and bubbly, the tan head wisps away quickly. Toasted malts quickly rise to the nose with some chocolate notes, pine and Taste is much less complex than the smell. It strikes me as initially weak, but after a second or so, oddly enough, some hoppy notes and bits of roasted nuts and malt begin to show. It's like there's a timed release on this thing. Weird, but pretty darn good. Later on some subtle hop notes show. A bit above medium, and pretty drinkable, the Mouth-feel is spot on for the style. Creative and pretty damn hilarious cover art to boot, and I would not pass up another opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 23:16:46 | More by stephens101
Photo of AltBock


3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a square label that has a painting of a naked man hugging a naked woman with banners covering up their private parts. Standing beside the naked couple is 4 naked woman, one fully clothed woman, and 4 stocks of barley. Directly below the couple is red banner with the saying "Why Have Just One" in gold lettering. On the outskirts of the label is where you can find the Government warning, address of the brewpub, and a brief history of the brewery. The only piece of information missing from the bottle is a bottled on date or best before date. Served in a standard Flying Fish pint glass.

This Porter appears to be a dark chocolate black color at first, but when it's held into the light, it's more of a dark cola brown color with a faint ruby red center. On top was a 3/4 of an inch fizzy light tan colored head of foam. This fizzy head of foam quickly fizzled down into a few bubbly islands and a tiny string of fizzy rings.

It's not the most potent Porters around, but it was still good. I guess it could have been worse. This Porter was lightly roasted with roasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate, a pinch of brown sugar, and rounding off this roasted aroma was a few dark fruits.

As for the taste, it was a little like the aroma, except for the level of dryness that was placed at the tail end of the taste. As for the flavors, I could only pick out dark roasted malts, a touch of roasted coffee beans, and a splash of dark chocolate. I thought I could taste some dark fruits trying to peak their head around the corner, but that's when the dryness kicked in and that covered up what subtle taste of dark fruits I thought was coming at the end.

This was a light bodied Porter with a high level of carbonation and a faint roasted aftertaste of roasted malts and roasted coffee beans.

The label was right! Why have just one? I would like one or maybe two more of these, but I was only able to score one of these. On second thought, I don't know if I could be married to more than one of these beers. I could see how more than one could get messy and pricey.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 05:02:48 | More by AltBock
Photo of benteach


3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have to admit, the name drew me in quick. They are right, you cannot have just one.

In only a short time the head disappeared. Only some lacing. Very dark brown.

Very nutty odor. Maybe some smoky aroma as well, although it is faint.

Chocolate, nut taste. It leaves a strong, but pleasant, aftertaste.

Creamy, but on the light side, only a bit watery.

Very good porter, very unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 00:27:19 | More by benteach
Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
75 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.