Wasatch Polygamy Porter | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


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 DuqTroops
4.3/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark and brownish in color.

Smell - Smells as if there are deep aromas of coffee and an espresso flavor.

Taste - Smokey with some coffee flavoring in it. Great to have with a cigar in a hot tub after a long day of skiing in the mountains of Utah!

Mouthfeel - Little carbonation - heavy drink.

Drinkability - Drank a ton in the hot tub!\

Note - I had this both out of a bottle and on tap - draught is better!

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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 jneiswender
4.14/5  rDev +26.2%
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".

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was available on tap when I visited Squatters Pub and Brewery and how could I pass this up? I remember when they advertised it on a local billboard several years ago, leading to a huge outcry and really putting them on the map.

It had a foamy, light-tan head upon arrival. The color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights. The nose was roasty and chocolaty. The mouthfeel was very effervescent, creating a tingling sensation on the tongue. I got a light chocolate/charcoal taste on the tongue. The finish had a lingering chocolate flavor. I ended up just having one but only because I did not have multiple wives to take some home to, plus the Provo Girl had been crooking her index finger in my direction for some time up to that point ...

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.11/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Amanda for this extra!

Poured deep brown in my Duvel tulip. An impressive off-white head sat 2" high and offered large rings of lace. Deep garnet hues in the light. The aroma was somewhat odd. Metallic and perfumey, it kind of reminded me of a horribly infected beer by Cooperstown Brewery. But there was an underlying sweetness and touch of coffee and chocolate that was its saving grace. The flavor, however, is quite nice. Well balanced caramel and biscuity sweetness with a smooth, coffeelike roast. Hint of tanginess in the finish. Incredibly smooth, the carbonation is nearly perfect. Could use a bit more of a body, as the combination of flavors and texture is still leaving this a bit thin. However, it is light and refreshing and I would drink this incessantly. Thanks again, Amanda!

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Photo of IPAlpha
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently in Salt Lake City Utah. On my flight back home I stopped in an airport bar. They had this beer on nitro-tap. It was dark with a real nice head. The smell was strong but smelt very good. The taste was excellent. I will definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Total Wine/ Tempe because i've always heard nothing but great things about this beer. Deep brown pour, not much of a head. Smell was a light maltiness, faint caramel. Taste was what you'd expect from a 4% porter, very light with some noticable roasted maltiness, but just so dang light and watery. Overall a very nice sessionable beer and very easy to drink, very solid beer.

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Photo of wrightst
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer brought to me by Scott Unrien and Judy Katz after another one of his daring adventures across uncharted America. (oh, and there was a wedding too)

Appearance: This beer pours a delicious chocolate black color. The head rises during the pour, but fades quickly to a low center lilypad and big bubbled ring around the edge.

Smell: It has a salty, smoked meat/cheese smell. When you agitate it a bit, you get a caramel sweet odor, but it mostly a dry, salty presence.

Taste: The sweet, malty flavor is strong at this beer's onset. Soon after, the smoked flavors begin pouring in. It is a very complicated and full flavor, inviting the tongue and mouth for second and third sips. The aftertaste reminds me of roasted almonds. It lasts for a significant amount of time. Somewhere in there, I get awkward hints of Teriyaki sauce. Oh nevermind, thats what I had for dinner.

Mouthfeel: The body is much lighter than the flavor. I would have thought a much fuller, thicker body would be necessary to carry this much flavor. I have decided that it is to this beer's advantage that it is light, but only in terms of drinking a third or fourth. However...

Drinkability: I'm not sure if this flavor is one I'd want to use for a long beer drinking session. The body is fitting for high drinkability, but the flavor asks too much. On the flip side, I would drink this beer again in a heartbeat, and I could imagine starting a session with this beer and following it with some less complicated flavors.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish mahogany brown color, thin off- light brown head that lifted quickly away, lacing in minimal spots. Aroma is of choclate milk that has just enough touch of toasted/roasted grainy malts underneath to give it some complexity. Taste is mostly chocolatey with a favorable milky flavor that has a nutty toastyness within some of the finish that I really liked. There's a bit of roasted coffeeness to it too thats mellow on the bittering and keeps the chocolate tones from going into something maybe a bit to much. The feel is what lacks within, a bit thin throughout, clean and dry finish thats not bad, actually quite good, it just needs some body with a bit of heft and some creamyness. Still enjoyed the hell out of this beer while in my hiking and camping days in Utah. Maybe because I was really thirsty that I reviewed with such high numbers, but sometimes its just about that. During my ten days in Utah I had quite a few stinker beers and this wasn't one of them. Call me crazy or thirsty, its not bad at all.

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Photo of Naerhu
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks BroJohn for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!

A - Extremely dark red, almost black.
S - Light chocolate aroma.
T - Very light chocolate flavors and coffee notes with only a touch of hoppy bitterness.
M - Light body, mild carbonation.
D - This is a great light beer. Perfect for this hot summer day.

Nothing fabulous, this is a good beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of weak, but there’s some honey, chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of hops in it.

T: Flavors of coffee, chocolate and smoky malt jump out first and dominate the taste. There are flavors of spice, honey and a touch of hops in the background. The after-taste is smoky and only a little bit sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation (but a little high for the style), finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling especially considering the style and still a good representation of style. One of the two cool quotes on the bottle reads “Why have just one!” The only good answer I can give to that question is “Because you only have one bottle.” But other than that, I can’t think of a good reason. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of veech
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark coca cola beer with reddish hues. There was a one finger head but it only lasted for a few seconds. The clarity of the beer, has light penetrating through showing off the reddish hues.

Nose: Dark roasted malt, burnt caramelized sugar, and sweet bread aroma. There are hints of esters, and molasses

Taste: A dark roasted malt, with burn caramelized sugar with sweet molasses. There is a nice hint of esters, citrus, smokey, earthy, and citrus.

Overall: This is a decent beer that has a good earthy smoky malt complex. There is a powdery astringent mouth feel. The finish is bitter and last a little bit on the tongue. It is was about 55 degrees and I think that it is the best way to drink this beer. It is spot on for the style of beer. I feel that it could be polished a bit more and then it would be outstanding.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had off the nitrous tank at the airport Squatter’s location. From what I’ve seen of the other reviews, perhaps this is the way to serve it. The labeling and tap handle had a lucky guy with seven ladies. I wonder if the mormon folks think that this is funny?

Poured a pitch black with absolutely no light coming through. Very small amount of tendrils of carbonation were lifting up along the edges of the pint glass, but it had an ultra creamy dark tan head that left excellent lacing throughout the pint.

Light aroma of toasted and bitter malts.

A medium-heavy brew, it had a nice round and creamy flavor profile. There was an initial wash of mocha coffee and light bitter chocolate. It finished lightly sugary, with a sweet and dry finish. Not as complex as it could be, but definitely well done.

After reading the other reviews, I’m pretty happy that I didn’t buy a sixer to go, since the bottle version doesn’t even sound like the beer that I had. However, it was damn tasty and could easily become a heavy drinkin’ session brew. If I went back out west, I’d be looking for this one on tap.

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Photo of mallardip
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A - pours a coffee black with a slightly tan head. Not an overly large head, with a small collar of foam.

S - roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Very nice. Nothing overpowering here, but complex at the same time. Very enjoyable.

T - coffee and bitter chocolate dominate up front, followed by some roasty malts and a fairly crisp finish.

M - relatively light bodied, which I like - it's definitely not heavy and goes down smoothly. It feels a bit overcarbonated, but full disclosure, I'm not as familiar with this style.

O - overall, very nice, complex flavors, but at the same time, nothing crazy. Just a solid porter. And a great name.

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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 Erniek
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kpitz for the gift of this beer. This light brown porter has a nice smooth roasted aroma. For a 4 percent beer this actually tastes quite good, has a fullness to it but does need more body. What it does lack in body it makes up for in flavor and drinkability. Finishes nice and dry. A good summertime porter.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this one when I found a six pack driving through nowhere, Utah. Out of the bottle it poured a dark brown with some red hues around the meniscus. Good lacing of the light tan head and moderate retention. The aroma were a little understated, mostly chocolate and some roasted malt behind that. The flavors were smoky at first, behind that being the malt and a peel or rind like hops at the end. Balanced in this regard but the chocolate in the nose is hard to find in the taste. Very easy to drink for the style (at only 4% this is no surprise, stupid Utah laws...) and a good example of the style from an unusual place.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coffee color, tan head settles very quickly. Not quite the aroma powerhouse of some other porters, but has a nice aroma nonetheless. Smells slightly of brown sugar. Tastes of coffee, brown sugar, slightly toasted malt. Mouthfeel is a bit lower in body than i expected. Drinkability is very good. I could easily make this an every day beer.

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