Wasatch Polygamy Porter | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Polygamy PorterWasatch Polygamy Porter

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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 FlatRabbitRed
1.53/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I bought this one at a Total Wine and More in Glendale AZ, so it's hard to say how old the beer was. Overall disappointed, but kind of figured seeing that it is a novelty brew. If there ever were any aroma or flavor hop additions, they were long gone from the bottle I drank and I could not distinguish any of the bittering hops. Could not make out any yeast flavorings either, this beer was very clean of distinct flavors, no caramel or roasted notes.

Plain ale with black malt additions ...nothing more.

This beer had a beautiful dark color and reddish held to the light, one of the best looking beers I have ever seen ...unfortunately, that was the only good thing to say about it ... I don't buy beers to look at them.

To be fair, I will try to find a fresher one and change this post if in fact it is better.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.78/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: Thick black with a nice, full half-inch of cream-colored head that remains big the entire way down. Generous clumps of thick lacing down the entire glass. Gorgeous-looking stout.

S: Weak nose... Some roasted malt and light coffee character, but it's not very aromatic.

T: Roasted malt, a light chocolate and coffee bitterness in the mid-taste, and mild hop bitterness in the finish. I have to struggle to find these though. No real character to the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Good mouthfeel, just nothing substantial to taste.

D: Meh.

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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 kennyo
1.96/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

pours a nice an head that disapates very quickly, has a dark, dark red color. Aroma has not much too it, slight chocolate, slight malt. Body is thin, Carbonation is all right for sle. Taste dry, chalky, porter light, tasts like dirt. Polygamy means more than one which is good because if this was called Monogamy Porter and it was the only one I was stuck, uh oh.

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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 OregonGrown7
2.02/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had to muster through a whole 6er of these gems.

A - Wasn't too bad, caramel brown in the light, one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin film.

S- Lighter than what I expected, but gave small notes of chocolate, coffee, malt

T- A lot lighter than I expected, a lot lighter. The flavors indicated by the smell were so toned down , not what I expected from a porter.

M- A lot lighter and watery than I expected. Like some have said, it would be passable if it had just a bit of chewiness, but it just doesn't.

Overall- This seems to be to porters what Coors Light is to lagers. I felt like it had to have been cut with water to taste so bland. I'm now scared to try their "Devastator", becaue I fear it's not going to be quite as extreme as it sounds.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer was served chilled and in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer looks like coke in a glass. The head of the beer is a pillowy tan coloration. Nice head retention. Too bad the beer looks like coke.

Smell: The aroma of lightly roasted malt very slight cocoa and almost coffee roast. Not terrible but in no way a robust porter.

Taste: Lightly roasted slightly toasted cocoa flavors. Again this isnt robust in the least. No offensive flavors just not brewed to my liking.

Mouthfeel / Overall: The body of the beer is thin. The carbonation is adequate. This beer is not offensive it is just not brewed to my taste. I would skip this one and grab a different porter.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.04/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brown color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of light roasted notes. Very weak.

Tastes of some light roasted malts. Notes of coffee and chocolate with some sweetness to it. Again, very weak overall. Seriously tastes like there was water added post brewing.

Mouthfeel is light with a barely noticeable amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Greggy
2.04/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a 2 finger head that recedes into a thin cap. Some nice sticky lacing is present. The body is black with ruby highlights. NO sediment is present.

S- A sour component comes through with chocolate, a bit of hay/grassiness. Not much else. A little odd.

T- Starts out a bit sour and tart with only hints of dark chocolate. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of funk.

M- Carbonation is ok but the sour and tartness is haggard.

D- I don't know if I got an infected bottle or if this is just that bad. I will not drink this again. Major pass...

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Photo of DogFood11
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chalice it forms a tan head that falls to a thin cover with sporadic lace. Deep brown Dark amber in color.

Similar to a milk/sweet stout in that the mouthfeel is rather creamy, the flavors a bit lighter than normal. Not much in the way of smooth roasty, toasty qualities but more of a crispy burnt astringency that is annoying. Light cocoa / bakers chocolate feel to it.

Notes: Utah is now distributing their 4% brews? Ok I guess thats cool but this brew the mormons can keep. And for crying out loud loosen up a bit, life is too short.

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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 StevieW
2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nice and and dark deep color, the head settled too quickly but it looked inviting. After a alot of effort, smelled some roasted malty, earthy tones. The taste was overwhelmed with carbonation. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles everywhere. Really overwhelmed what might have been a decent beer. Some slight roasted malty tones where barely noticable. I could barely get it down, but we know the cliche "any port in a storm" I was stuck in the Salt Lake City airport for 3 hours and just thrilled to get a beer.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I certainly hope that porters in general do not taste this bad. If they do, there's one class of beers that I do not like. Unfortunately, this was part of the mass-beer purchase with some fellow BA's and it failed miserably.

Poured a deep dark color with a cream-colored head with a roasted nut-like aroma. I just could not stand the taste of this beer. Very thin with no body to speak of. Sad to say, I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Hopefully, another porter from another brewer will change my mind.

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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 Gusler
2.3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours the way I like to see beer, Dark, generous head and sheets of lace. Nose has hints of roasted grain, caramel, nutlike sweetness. Front is cloyingly sweet, very thin middle, mildly hopped, sparingly carbonated. I would change the name to "Habeas Corpus", "Where's the Body"???

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Photo of Jredner
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very mild aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Black to light brown body with a diminishing two finger thick tan head. Watery flavor in the fore gives it a steeped malt feel. Some bitterness from the roasted elements. Lacks oomf and any sort of a deeper flavor profile. Just a watery roasted malt tea really.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Deep amber brown color. About one finger of frothy beige head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

3.5 S: Big roastiness with some toastiness thrown in. Light chocolate. Grainy malts. Not overly powerful, but pleasant and powerful enough.

2.0 T: Taste is missing everything that I like about the nose. Much less roastiness, almost no chocolate, way less graininess. There isn't much going on overall.

2.5 M: Lighter body. Too much carbonation. Lacking all creaminess.

2.0 D: Aside from the nose, this isn't a winner. Fairly bland without any good porter qualities.

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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 mmmbeer
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at SLC airport

Pours dark brown with minimal head.

Very subtle smell. Hard to pick up anything really, except a bit of roasted and chocolate malt.

Taste is very watery coffee, light hops and subtle earthy roasted malt. I wouldn't call it "good", but nothing offensive. A bit of chocolate on the finish.

This is incredibly thin for the style.

If this weren't so thin and watery, I think some nice flavors would come through. But I don't live in a world of "if". A disappointment.

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Photo of hopdog
2.52/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with douglas88 (thanks!).

Poured a medium to deeper brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, earthy, and some chocolate. The roastiness dominates the aromas. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and coffee. The flavors were really thin and watery. Body thin and watery too. Light lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of Morris729
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Considering the name and the bottle design with the guy and group of women and phrase “Why have just one?” this has got to be the funniest beer I’ve ever had. Pours a deep brown ruby color with a moderate light tan head that has a nice retention. Nose has some notes of sweet caramel malts blended with some charred grains and sour day-old coffee grounds. Fairly thin in body and a bit watery. Taste is also a bit subdued with notes of sweet roasted malt, caramel, and toffee followed by some astringent notes of grain husk. Because of the novelty of the beer, I’m glad that I had the chance to sample it. Thanks to my friend (and hopefully future BA) Sasquatch for the sample!

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Photo of LXIXME
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty decent light brown head above a clear dark brown colored beer. The head settles into a decent but slightly thin lacing.

Very faint roasted aroma, with a very slight coffee bean base.

Roasted light coffee malts taste that come off kind of watery on this medium bodied, but compared to most other porters and stouts his one is pretty light bodied.

A light roasted aftertaste which seems to have a chocolate hint to it compared with the more coffee taste as you drink it, I kind of liked the way this beer finished, I just wish I had liked the way it tasted better.

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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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