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Wasatch Polygamy Porter | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-11-2001

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Photo of NODAK
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.15/5  rDev -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."

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.92/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't finish my Utah vacation without trying the ubiquitous polygamy porter. The beer is dark brown, approaching black, but far from opaque, with plenty of light penetrating the edges of the glass. A half inch of sudsy tan head settles down quickly to a thin band. Lacing looks creamy but slips the sides quickly.

Aroma is basic but good; roastiness, subtle coffee and chocolate. Decent flavor; the roast, coffee, and chocolate are there but quite muted, and there is more acrid bitterness than anything else. Not super flavorful; if anything it's a little bland and doesn't quite live up to the nose.

The mouthfeel of this beer is nice enough; it's medium to thin, with average carbonation that stops short of being fizzy, and there's a slight creaminess that helps things along a bit.

A decent but unexciting and unexceptionable porter. Goes down easy and is light on the booze but lacks any depth of flavor.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.17/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pour had a dark brown body with a rich, creamy, one inch head. Light roasted, earthy scent. Taste was as I expected; smooth roasted brown malts. Very light mouth feel and reminiscent of Guinness draft. I could have more than a few of these. An all around great porter that I was glad to run into.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. poured into a Great Divide Shaped pint glass.

A - Pours a clear dark brown with 1 finger of khaki head that leaves specks of lacing behind.

S - Roasted malts, some metallic/mineral aromas, brown sugar, a little smoke as it warms.

T - Roasted malt, bakers chocolate, some watered down coffee. Grassy hops are vaguely present. Finishes nutty and dry with a tiny bit of sourness.

M - Light to medium body, smooth texture, soft carbonation.

An easy drinking Porter for sure. It's a little lackluster but could be a nice session.

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Photo of jegross2
1.96/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Polygamy Porter

12 oz poured into a pint
A- clearish black/amber color. light comes through but nothing else. foamy brown head
S- some dark chocolate and a good heap of coffee beans, some bitterness. a really solid smelling porter,
T- A surprising amount of fresh hop character comes through here. Not so much coffee and chocolate as it is maltiness. A really solid blend of malts.
M- Good carbonation and easy drinking but what I really look for in a porter is a thicker creamier texture with lots of charater and this beer is lacking. But easy to take down and not so heavy you need a nap after.
O- A pretty good Porter, Im on vacation in Utah and am trying as many local things I can before im out.

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, tan head that settled to a ring after a bit and no lace. Color is a deep, dark, clear mahoganey. Aroma is beery, roast, cocoa, malt, hint sour. Flavor is like nose and quite mild; fairly dry, and has some carbonic tang to stand to the malt. Body is on the thin side and makes carbonation seem more pronounced. Finish is like flavor, has a short length, and is balance. Kind of like a mild or 60 shilling beer.

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Photo of dali27
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A little lighter than your standard porter in color. It's still dark brown, but on the lighter side of dark brown.

S: Slight roastiness in the aroma, and not much else. Maybe it's too cold, or maybe it's just light beer in porter packaging.

T: I liked the taste of this beer. Again, it's a little on the light side. Slight roasted malt flavor, not much on the standard chocolate or coffee flavors. Enjoyable but bland.

M: Thin and watery. A porter light.

O: All in all, I would consider this to be a pretty average/below average porter. This is my favorite style of beer, and I have a hard time giving any a poor rating, because let's face it, a poor porter is better to me than a lot of other beers. This one though is really nothing special.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice tan foamy head rises from the blackend brew. Some bubbles too.

S - Lots of coffee! Some maple syrup too. Slight fart aroma.

T - Coffee and caramel is about all I can taste. Very watery.

M - Very thin and lacking. Overly carbonated too

O - Not too much going on with this brew... There's a lot missing. Too much coffee and not enough other goodies. This brew has a nice base, but it needs to be built up...

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Photo of RedBiddy
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of ottovon
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on October 5, 2011 at the pub in SLC airport.

A: Deep Brown with a ruby hue. Brown head that lives lacing down the glass.
S: roasted malt, dark chocolate. A touch of sweetness, with hints of coffee.
T: a lot like the aroma. Roasted malt is the dominant flavor. I get dark chocolate and coffee. Starts out with a touch of sweetness and finishes with some roasted malt bitterness.
M: medium thin body with low-carb.
O: pretty good porter. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.46/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers snifter.

Appearance - Dark ruby brown body. Light brown head.

Smell - Strong coffee. Roasted nuts. Soy sauce. Sadly, this was the best part of the beer.

Taste - Very acidic, watery, and astringent. Stale coffee.

Mouthfeel - Stale water. The mouthfeel alone is a deal breaker.

Overall Drinkability - Stale coffee watered down. Possibly the least appealing porter I've ever had.

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Photo of Bockrules
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle (with raunchy even by non-mormon standards graphics) into a pint glass.

A - Pours a used-motor oil black with a 1-finger, tan head that doesn't look like it will be around long. And it's gone halfway down the glass... Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - A little bit of chocolate and crystal malt a hint of raisins and earthy hops. Fairly weak nose.

T - Crystal malt upfront.The body is primarily driven by crystal and to a lesser extent chocolate malt, while earthy hops and dark fruit flavors are barely perceptible in the background and attempt to add some semblance of balance and interest. Almost seems like more crystal malt flavors come out as the beer passes over the back of the tongue which transitions to a slightly dry, coco aftertaste as advertised.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation that comes off feeling weak and watery.

I'd heard about this beer years ago while I was in undergrad in Ohio, so naturally I had to pick it up as I was travelling through Utah this summer. I wasn't anticipating this to be anything worth coming back for due to Utah's 4.0% abv law, but this was even worse than expected. The lackluster appearance and hardly perceptible nose aside, this beer was doomed by it's mouthfeel. Porters are supposed to have a robust and creamy body, this one seemed like someone mixed a glass of water in with it. I give the overall score a few bonus points because this brew is so iconic, but contrary to what the bottle suggests, I would stop after one.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep dark brown body with light mocha colored soapy head.

Smell - Mocha, coffee, toffe, with hop presences.

Taste - Really milky, comes off as a little watery.

Mouthfeel - Great drinkability, but at the cost of some of the classic rich porter taste.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear dark mahogany in color, with a massive, dense tan head, which retains well. The lacing is thin and broken. Small streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of earth, bitter cocoa, and cold coffee notes, as well as a fairly strong herbal hop presence. There is also an odd cooked vegetable note.

Taste: Opens with an odd cooked vegetable note, soon after, a wave of cold coffee appears, with a little earth. These flavors soon fade away, leaving a lingering charcoal note at the close.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery, with a little sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather disappointing, the flavors seemed very weak and understated, and the body was lacking. I like the American Porter style, and wanted to like this beer, especially since it is is brewed in Utah. There are few places in America less amenable to the manufacture of alcohol than Utah. I think that anyone who establishes a brewery in Utah is deserving of respect. Unfortunately, this beer misses the mark.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint Pilsener glass.

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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
76 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.