Wasatch Polygamy Porter
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #1,138
ABV:
4%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,180
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 15.52%
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
628
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Utah Brewers Cooperative
 
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SCORE
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SvenGolly from California

2.16/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I go to Utah just about every year to ski. Always loved the irreverence of Wasatch Brewery names. So it's a bit disappointing to write this review.

PP used to be the best Porter you could get in Utah when everything was 3.2 (without going to a package store). Now that the laws have changed to allow 5% ABV beers, Polygamy Porter at 5% is no longer on top. In some ways, upping the alcohol level seems to have brought out some skanky, caramel notes especially on the finish.

It's primarily sold in cans which means most are going to drink it straight. Bad idea. It definitely improves on pouring but not enough to make me buy it again.

Look - like dark roast black coffee.
Smell - mild chocolate, mild burnt coffee, undescribable off note
Taste - caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, malt
Feel - a bit harsh and oddly acidic.

Mar 06, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky brown color.

Very minimal khaki head; almost no lacing.

Oats, bread & milk in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Honey & grains in the flavor, but very watery. Cloying.

A disappointment.

Dec 05, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark reddish orange with a quarter finger light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Somewhat less head from an aggressive pour than expected from a "nitro" can. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, cocoa and a little coffee. Flavor is lightly sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, light lactose, a hint of coffee and cocoa. Light lingering vanilla and dark malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice light porter leaning towards a milk stout profile. Nicely balanced cocoa, vanilla and malt. A little light in body and intensity, but quite agreeable and pleasant. Humorous can art work. This can lists 6%, probably higher ABV due to buying this in Montana (or maybe the ridiculous Utah low ABV laws have changed). Undoubtedly better flavored than the old 4% one must have been.

Aug 09, 2019
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GeoAggie from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall not bad. I got it on draft at a pub in Salt Lake and it looked great. The taste was very chocolatey, almost overwhelmingly chocolate, but this makes it after fun nod to Mormon culture. The aftertaste is artificial tasting.

Mar 11, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color and nearly impenetrable to light. There’s a fingernail of creamy beige on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is tough to seek out, but with some effort i’m detecting some dark malt and dark chocolate. I’m tasting bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The mouth is very creamy and due to the addition of nitrogen. There’s also a light chalkiness.

Dec 06, 2018
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Elwoody from Utah

4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great porter on nitro, with dark chocolate and coffee notes and slight hint of cherry. Wish the Abv was higher as it is it almost has a bread taste but it’s great bread. A little light on body but drinks easy year round.

May 23, 2018
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into Seidel Mug.

L: Deep dark brown, light shines through to show mahogany hues. thin khaki head fades into nothing.

S: Lots of chocolate, some sherry, faint coffee.

T: Chocolate, sherry, coffee, weird tastes at the end.

F: Medium body, crisp, weird after taste.

O: Bad.

Jan 01, 2018
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UtahBeerPleb from Utah

3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very very dark brown - not quite opaque, but pretty close. The head is pretty good. It has a very good look. The smell is fairly muted, but there's definite chocolatey and faint coffee notes. The flavor matches the nose - lots of dark chocolatey malts, maybe a bit of coffee. The texture is quite creamy, so while the body is thin, it hides it decently well, at least at first. It gets harder to hide that as you work your way through it though. It has good flavor, but the lighter body definitely hurts it. It's difficult to make a session porter, and it's not bad for what it is - an approachable, crushable, somewhat sweet dark beer.

Of course, the artwork and taglines are a Utah classic.

Dec 02, 2017
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flagmantho from Washington

3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Squatters Pub Brewery, the sister company of Wasatch.

Appearance: dark, hazy brown with a finger of tenacious and creamy tan foam due to the nitro. Great.

Smell: a little roasty, but really it's way too light, even after warming up.

Taste: sweet and caramelly with a light roastiness. Not bad if you like the caramel/toffee character in porters.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad porter, but the aroma isn't great. Still, very drinkable if you like the sweeter porter varieties.

Aug 10, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown that lets ruby light through. No head. Smells of chocolate, mild coffee, and malt. Tastes of light chocolate, light coffee, and roasted malts. Medium-light body with almost zero carbonation... Overall this is a below average Porter, mostly hurt by the fact that there is little to no carbonation and a very average flavor.

Jun 27, 2017
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Jimbob-gbr from Nebraska

4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good mild porter. Has a dark brown poor with nice off white tan head. Bready and chocolate and light toffee smell. Milld roast, chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors. Feel is a bit thin but is also only 4% abv. Can have more than one like the label says. Mild enough to enjoy year round

Jun 12, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Backlog. 12 oz bottle. Halfway decent porter. The most special thing about this beer is the label. Smells like wheat bread gone bad. Seems to get less interesting as it warms. No detectable aftertaste. Doesn’t leave much of an impression. By the time I finished it, I thought it was the worst porter I’d ever had. Started decent, ended poorly.

Jun 05, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Since I decided to have dessert after the Ironman 70.3 in St. George, UT, I figured a good porter, especially one as famous as this one, would go well with something sweet.

This beer pours an opaque black hue that has mahogany edges and a thin khaki head that dissipates quickly to a ghostly cream layer. Carbonation is not visible. 4/5 The aroma is very muted but notes of toffee and dark chocolate/coffee do come through, although it is tough to distinguish these notes. 3.25/5 The flavor profile, unlike the aroma, is nice and flavorful with the same toffee and dark chocolate/coffee coming though, but much more strongly here. Bitterness is light and comes across as espresso bitterness that does not linger after swallowing for very long at all. 3.5/5 This is a lighter porter (medium body) that is more akin to the English style than the American. It is actually a bit crisp with a slight drying that lingers only slightly after swallowing. Carbonation is fairly light. 3.75/5 This is a decent porter, especially with food, and has a good flavor profile, but the aroma drags the score down a bit due to the lack of strength. Still, I'm always more than happy to try out a famous beer. 3.5/5

May 23, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. draft (I think)
Glass: Wasatch Brewery slightly curved shaker glass
From: Gordon Biersch in the Salt Lake City, Utah airport
Price: $6.50
Purchased: April 30, 2017
Consumed: April 30, 2017
Reviewed as: American Porter
Misc.: N/A

Grabbed this while on a layover in the Salt Lake City, Utah airport. Went for here because most of the underage people I was traveling with were at different concourses. Had seen this before, but I think this was the first time I had tried it. Maybe way back in the day on another trip to Utah.

Poured a dark brown color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky khaki head when I got it. Serene setting underneath. Outstanding spotty lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled cocoa, milk chocolate, toffee, brown bread, nutty malts and maybe even a touch of vanilla. A tad light, but that is expected for 4.0 pct. ABV. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was not quite as good. Hard to get that much flavor into a 4.0 pct. porter I bet. Got cocoa, chocolate milk, nutty malts, light coffee, even hints of vanilla, and semi-char wood. (Taste - 3.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long slightly roasty finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Not as bad as I thought it would be. Not quite as thick as I’d want it, but I enjoyed it. (Overall - 3.50)

3.52 | 80 | B

May 22, 2017
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MAB from Canada

3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Finally got to taste a "classic" in the beer world. The label and concept alone is enough to give this a passing grade.
The beer is dark, but not realy dark. The feel is thin and a touch watery, but the flavors there are just fine.
I could drink a lot of this and be happy. But it isn't earth-shattering or particularly impressive for the style.

Jan 31, 2017
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark with a ton of red coming through in the glass. Not a very long lasting head, and no lacing as a result of that.

S- Dry, just a touch of bitterness, and a decent dose of dry chocolate are the primary scents that hit the nostrils. Not much else here, very simple and straight forward.

T- Lightly hoppy and dry right off the bat. The burnt malts provide a dry chocolate flavor that borderlines on slightly chalky. Just a touch of a light hopping is detectable on the tongue. Chocolate rides out the flavor as it leaves the tongue. Overall flavor is simple and one dimensional.

M- Being a 3.2 beer, this isn't really a fair comparison to other porters, as this one is well short of creamy or thick. That being said, it is still a very smooth, lighter drinking beer. Great balance of full flavor and light feel is a solid combo despite its relatively light body.

Overall, solid, but nothing to write home about. If you are looking for a smooth, easy drinking beer with a darker flavor profile, this fits the bill.

Dec 10, 2016
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mallardip from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If there was an IPA version of a porter, this is it. Hoppy notes on nose and palate. Not a bad beer, enjoyable for sure. Just did not expect the hoppyness of this beer.

Jun 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brown pour, lighter than your average American stout, but a giant head that was impressive at least.

Lots off roast dark malt notes in the aroma. Simple enough.

Taste is a somewhat hoppy, earthy, roasty porter edging over to the bitter side of porters. Not overly hopped, its just a less than average amount of malt to make a 4% porter kind of beer.

Feb 01, 2016
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vw72 from Missouri

2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a porter, this seemed a little light. Perhaps because this is from Utah, where they limit the alcohol content (at least for beers bought in Utah). Overall, okay, but seemed like a light "dark" beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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fishyakLA from California

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Utah = old Indian word for lightweight beer. I spent a few days in Springdale UT next to Zion Nat'l Park. It seemed like there was only one beer distributor in town and Polygamy Porter was everywhere, even T-shirts. I had two of these with Mexican food at Oskars in Springdale. It's hard to put this beer in the same name class as Ballast Point's Victory at Sea. For me, it's just a small step up from an amber ale. There is some good roasted grain flavor in this beer. But it lacks the richness and complexity of many other porters. As a paring with Mexican food, it is a small step up from say a Dos XX Amber and was fine to drink. But this is a lite-Porter and should be advertised as such. Cute names are sometimes a marketing ploy. There is lots of ploy in this brew.

Oct 08, 2015
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smbslt from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with sienna hi lites, sand colored head
Some roasted aroma but mostly faint noble hops
Taste roasted grain with slight hop finish smooth no bitterness. Very true to style
Not much fullness in the feel - not watery but not chewable.
Overall nicely done.

Aug 20, 2015
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Anacross from Washington

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A= Brown color with a nice lacing. Beautiful artwork on the label.
S= Caramels and nuts, chocolate ruling.
T= Watery chocolate. Not dry but not over sweet either. Not too flavorful. Unremarkable. I've drank better nitro porters than this.
MF= Very light and watery for a porter.
O= Forgettable. Not offensive but there are better options available in our stores.

Aug 02, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's got a decent amount of coffee in its aroma. The roastiness is relatively mild, which lends to it being a pretty laid-back porter. Very approachable.

Jun 24, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown with lovely ruby hue. Tan, foamy head of low or medium retention for the style. Smoky malt aroma, nuttiness along the lines of a brown ale, and the slightest hint of hop fruitiness. Smokey-tart to the taste, but being on the lower end of medium-bodied, with almost no hop bitterness, fine carbonation, and only mild smokey or toasty aftertaste, not overpowering. As smooth as it is crisp. One of the more "drinkable" porters out there, but not quite what I'm looking for.

Jun 10, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap @ Squatters in the Salt Lake City Airport

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass with a light tan, 2 finger head. The brew itself is a ruby brown color. Fantastic retention, never really dying past a quarter finger's width. Lacing is streaky across the glass with a few spots between.

Smell - Nutty aroma, with touches of earth and faint chocolate.

Taste - Lacks a lot of flavor. What is there is very light walnut shell earthiness backed by faint chocolate. Not much change in the flavor apart from it fading quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a smooth, velvety texture as provided by the nitro. Slightly watery finish.

Overall - Fair brew. Opted for the 6% bottle version on my way back through and found it much better than the tap version, though it was no World Beater itself. If you just need to have a porter, though, go with the bottle.

May 03, 2015
Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 628 ratings