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Wasatch Polygamy Porter - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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444 Ratings

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website

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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3.63/5  rDev +10.7%

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

08-03-2010 21:44:42 | More by dbossman
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3.73/5  rDev +13.7%

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?

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


4.03/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

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


2.03/5  rDev -38.1%

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.

06-15-2010 03:52:04 | More by 4000qtrap
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United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

06-05-2010 04:14:43 | More by BlackHaddock
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2.8/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

05-23-2010 07:10:23 | More by popery
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-27-2010 00:51:21 | More by BretSikkink
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3.88/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

02-21-2010 07:35:01 | More by 1759Girl
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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?"

01-27-2010 02:22:07 | More by ajhod
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3.53/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

10-31-2009 07:32:53 | More by Wasatch
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3.23/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

10-10-2009 03:02:15 | More by John_M
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3.53/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

09-20-2009 06:00:14 | More by Tolnik
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3.8/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

09-15-2009 23:09:00 | More by CHL
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4.1/5  rDev +25%

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.

09-08-2009 00:14:13 | More by Zorro
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3.65/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

08-30-2009 06:43:37 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.18/5  rDev +27.4%

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".

08-07-2009 03:16:51 | More by jneiswender
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3.98/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

07-30-2009 23:16:46 | More by stephens101
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3.73/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

07-30-2009 05:02:48 | More by AltBock
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3.85/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

07-27-2009 00:27:19 | More by benteach
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3.23/5  rDev -1.5%

A: A nice dark black color that has a decent head that fades too fast.

S: A chocolate and malty smell.

T: The chocolate is present, but the malts are the main flavor. slightly heavy flavor reminiscent of a barley dough. A fairly strong flavor that sticks with you.

M: The beer is thinner than it looks. flows well, but the head does not last long enough.

D: Slightly heavy flavor and a bit on the malty side to drink a lot of.

07-18-2009 04:40:06 | More by dasmith52
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3.38/5  rDev +3%

Thanks again to colts9016 for this extra in a trade. Great name for a beer...

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy coffee brown with a 1 finger tan, bubbly head. The head fades quickly to a skim, and soft, bubbly lace clings weakly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The dominant smell of this porter is cocoa powder with hints of mealy, biscuity malt and light, barely notable citrus hops. Not very strong at all, and not as rich nor full as most porters I've had.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste reflects the cocoa powder, and it's complemented by a crunchy espresso bean note. The malts provide a subdued, roasty backdrop, and the hops present more as bright sour apple than bitter, possibly due the bitterness from the roasted grain or coffee flavors. None of the flavors are particularly dominant nor pronounced. Feel is a little thin, with moderate carbonation and a touch of creaminess.

Drinkability: Pretty decent. No detection of the alcohol, and not overwhelming. Still, pretty just eh.

06-24-2009 00:24:00 | More by kels
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance: About the lightest colored porter I have ever seen, with a translucent, dark brown color and a rocky head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate powder with some roasty aspects underneath

Taste: Chocolate malt up front, with a slight roasty aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor fades somewhat, but finishes clean

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: An easy to drink session beer that is held back by the Utah laws; the biggest impact is on the mouthfeel, but this beer does a good job overcoming this liability

Thanks, Wasatch, for the opportunity

05-23-2009 22:59:07 | More by brentk56
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3.95/5  rDev +20.4%

With only 15 minutes to imbibe while catching a connecting flight in SLC airport, my wife and I ducked in the small Wasatch brewpub and sampled a 24 oz glass of my favorite beer style.
A: Dark black coffee with creamy, lacy tan head that retained till the last sip
S: Roasty, hints of cocoa, coffee beans, hint of carob
T: Medium bodied roasted maltiness, more coffee than chocolate, touch of hops for balance.
M: A little thin for a porter but not a major transgression
D: Seemingly supremely sessionable for this style, just wish I had time to find out
The marketing for the beer is so ballsy and outstanding I've been wanting to try it for some time. Glad I finally got to do so. Solid porter that won't knock your socks off, but shouldn't be disappointing either.

05-20-2009 14:12:30 | More by veech
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3.4/5  rDev +3.7%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as an extra in a trade!

A- Translucent ark brown/ruby. Too rough a pour unleashes 4 fingers of light brown head, which fades slowly to but a tiny island of thin bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S- Roasty chocolate and coffee notes dominate, with a hit of earthy hopiness.

T- Quite a bit of burnt/smoky roastiness. Light sweetness. A bit of coffee, some slight earthiness. Low ABV stays unsurprisingly inconspicuous.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Quite thin and watery. This beers major weakness that is holding it back, IMO.

D- Decent. Pleasant, though unspectacular flavor and nose, and low ABV def. make for an easy drinker.

Future outlook: Decent beer with a classic name and label that I was happy to get to try. If the mouthfeel was improved, this beer would be significantly better.

05-18-2009 03:17:35 | More by DoctorDog
Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
75 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.