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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-11-2001

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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 590
Photo of MAB
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of vw72
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of fishyakLA
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of smbslt
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of Anacross
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 too bad but there are better options available in our stores.

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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 Libeertarian
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of garrettdeanjohnson
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hops on the front end, and tasteless on the back end. Looks decent, a little thin, but decent. Nothing too special. If you're into beers, this doesn't quench your palate.

Overall, you can get way better porters for the same price.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%

Deeply toasted, lightly roasted, chocolatey malt forms the aroma, with lightly roasted and deeply toasted malt dominating the flavor profile. Chocolate weaves throughout, along with raw barley. There's a bit if an acrid character that is slightly offputting.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm giving Wasatch ONE MORE chance!!! Don't let me down please!!

Appearance (4) : Pours a 2 fingered beige head with sticky webs of lacing on the glass. The body is a deep, rich cranberry red/chocolate brown color with only a little bit of transparency. I can see my fingers on the other side if I hold it up to the light (which also gives way to the cranberry color).

Aroma (4) : Some chocolate hard candy (like those chocolate/caramel creme savers), mocha coffee beans, a little whiff of peppermint, plant, and a faint hint of woody char as well. Soy sauce. Bouquet is fairly strong.

Taste (3) : At the front, there's nothing. I mean literally nothing. Water. Maybe (and I'm stretching) some faint black licorice. This yields itself to easy drinkability but it's a porter, not a lager. Towards the middle you get a little roast coffee bean, and then some mocha, finally a char finish with some woody notes.

Out of the bottle, the coffee notes are more pronounced up front, and the finish is subdued. Overall there's not much of a difference.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy and carbonated, slightly charred finish.

Overall (3.39) : A porter-lite. Easy drinking but nothing phenomenal. Easy to pass up.

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Photo of corywalston
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A. Aggressive poor, ½ inch mildly thick kaki head. Little to no carbonation. Color is dark amber like cola.
S. Roasted malt, creamy, sweet, caramel.
T. Cola, a little oyster stout, sweet, milky, tart.
M. Watery.
O. Pretty good for only 4% ABV. Taste like a standard porter. Give it a try. The label is awesome.

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Photo of Kari-D
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

After drinking mostly IPAs, all night this was a good warming down beer. I would not suggest drinking it solely, but as a wind down it seems to cool the pace very well, with its low alcohol content, and its bold flavor, it doesn't leave a person craving for more.

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Photo of argock
3.15/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No obvious freshness date. Rec'd as a generous b-day gift from my sister Tami.

A: Fairly see-through brown with 1-finger of light beige head with average retention but no lacing. (3.25)

S: Chocolate milk and cold black coffee are the dominating aromas with a bit of darker caramel malt and some raisin and fig. (3.5)

T: Flavor is pretty thin although provides a good punch up-front with cold coffee, caramel/toffee, and dark chocolate which fades to a slightly sour woody medium0dark malt. No hoppiness or yeast character. Finishes a little sour-bitter. (3.25)

M: Pretty thin and watery overall with low carbonation (as it should) but overly light body with out much staying power on the palate. Yes, I know it is low ABV, but it should be brewed for a bigger mouthfeel taking that into account. (3)

O: NOt too impressive, actually pretty disappointing, it misses on feel and the flavor peters out to a sour woody flavor that is not too pleasant.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but quite earthy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 Stinkypuss
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep amber color with a white head. Aroma is malty and light. In the taste, malty but kind of wort tasting and raw, not so much a finished product. Somewhat buttery with toffee notes. Hardly a hop character to note. Light, watery body with a slight chewy malt edge. Overall, this needs cleaned up, it's not very good porter.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a nonic pint glass. Purchased on my trip to New Orleans at the end of March.

Opaque, dark brown to black. Brown highlights when held to the light. Dark beige head is 3/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Thin lines of lacing here and there.

Dark dried fruits, fruit cake and dark malt in the aroma.

Taste mimics the aroma well. Fruit cake, dried fruit, dark malts, nutty.

Easy Drinking, medium bodied with light carbonation.

Tasty beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

App: very little carbonation, with blackish-tinge of brown coloring, and little / mild aroma (eve a bit metallic, eventhough poured into a pint glass)

Entree: nice initial hit, smooth taste with a light finish (please not that normally, I would use the word "aftertaste" in some reivews, which means not a desirable trait/characteristic)

Dessert: lighter body than expected for a porter; cannot stand that to enter a review, have to see the total average score, which at time of review was 75--which to me is well below this offering. P

It's a good one in my book--Ch33rs!!!

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Photo of BigGold
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have had a number of times over the years, most recently at Squatters, Salt Lake City, on nitro draft into slender nonic-style pint glass. A not bad beer becomes quite enjoyable on nitro. Rating updated accordingly.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Dark but not quite opaque. Tan head dissipates a little too quickly. No lacing.

S - Mellow roastiness. Earthy hops. Munich malt. Gives off a generous amount of aroma.

T - Smooth flavor. Mild chocolate malt. A little slanted towards hoppy from earthy flavors midway. Quick finish with little reminisce of any flavors.

M - Light to medium-light body, semi-dry, light carbonation.

O - Off kilter flavor profile for the style. Malt character underwhelms the hop flavors given. Without knowing it, I would have probably guessed this to be a munich dunkel.
Good session beer.

Recommendation - Pick up a six pack to enjoy on a warm day and throw the football around. Not really one to quaff in a snifter for too long.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/27/14 though I had tried it a few times in the past couple of years. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a large tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights that has a 1-finger beige head that settles down to just around the edges of the glass. Some very light spotted lacing was seen but not much. The aroma is of dark roasted malts but not really strong. The taste has the roasted malt along with a touch of chocolate. A bit on the thin side for a porter unlike others I have tried. Perfect carbonation. A bit of a slight bitter finish. Overall it was OK.

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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.28 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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