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 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 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 brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: About the lightest colored porter I have ever seen, with a translucent, dark brown color and a rocky head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate powder with some roasty aspects underneath

Taste: Chocolate malt up front, with a slight roasty aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor fades somewhat, but finishes clean

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: An easy to drink session beer that is held back by the Utah laws; the biggest impact is on the mouthfeel, but this beer does a good job overcoming this liability

Thanks, Wasatch, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Born: 1/31/11" printed inconspicuously on the lower rim of the bottle.

Looks dark brown in the glass, light amber edges when held to the light strangely enough. Transparent ruby color when backlit. Plenty of spotty lacing, with a drippy, Darkthrone-esque display on the opposite side of the glass. A crescent of foam clings to one side of the glass also.

Mellow aromas of tobacco, toasted malts, wet barley.

Dry and bitter, slightly astringent with some ashy burnt tobacco and low level notes of bakers chocolate. Lingering dry bitter aftertaste. Astringency doesn't help the mouthfeel, though it's still relatively light and drinkable. This is a case where the name is better than the beer, basically a novelty. Rot in hell Warren Jeffs :)

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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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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 Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Wasatch (Naturally!) for hooking me up with a bottle of this in a trade.

Pours a very dark amber (nearly brown) with 2 fingers of poofy light tan head. Thin creamy retention that stays rich and leaves big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma isn't overly assertive but still has some punch to it courtesy of light roasty notes of chocolate and caramel with some floral hops mixing in the back.

The taste is lighter up front with some caramel sweetness but then opens up very nicely with a bloom of roasted chocolate malts that spread out across the palette and ends with some firm hop bitterness. Finishes pleasantly with a nice dry roasted feel. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied (something that I would expect for a 4% beer) but still maintains a sharper carbonation that gives the overall feel a nice pop.

This was a pleasant surprise. Despite the lower ABV, this still packs a nice roasty punch that combines with the lighter feel to keep this very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice.

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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 mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot of dark and charred malt flavors. On the dry side, perhaps more like a stout, but a chuggable, thirst quenching brew in any case.

Quite a watery body. Modest foam on the dark brown beer with a reddish cast. Adequate carbonation in the mouth. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very faint malty sweetness followed by the hint of stale coffee and scorched grain. But all very pale.

There is not much of interest here. It reminds me of the dark lagers that were endemic to pizza places in the 1970s, like Falstaff and Michelob Dark.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pecan shell brown on the coaster, bright crimson when held up to my sunlit front window. The khaki colored cap is about two fingers after the pour, has a rumpled, bubbly surface and is beginning to leave solid sheets of shotgun-riddled lace. For a lighter end of the spectrum porter, this one looks pretty good.

Unfortunately, there's very little for my nose to appreciate. In fact, I'm not even sure I could identify this beer as a porter if blinded. There's a faint hint of chocolate malt... and that's about it. I'm going to require more porterness on the palate or this will be a long twelve ounces.

Polygamy Porter is no better than average. I expected it to be light, but I didn't expect it to be this lacking in flavor. They don't always go hand in hand after all. The beer tastes like weak, watery iced coffee. I guess there's a little chocolate maltiness in there as well, it's hard to say. It isn't sweet, bitter or sour. Maybe a little bitter on the finish if I have to choose one.

Mouthfeels this light are (barely) acceptable on amber ales. On second thought, they aren't acceptable on any non-light beer. For a porter, it definitely doesn't measure up. Things start out watery and become more thin from there. I won't even mention the fact that the brewery calls this beer 'medium bodied' because I wouldn't want to embarrass them.

The two taglines on the neck label and the main label respectively are "Bring Some Home for the Wives" and "Why Have Just One!" Pretty funny... except that it isn't going over very well in the Mormon community. I share their concern, but mine is directed toward the beer itself, not the name. Not only isn't Polygamy Porter the marrying kind, it isn't even worth a one night stand.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Wasatch, cheers John!

Pour chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head.Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & toasted malt & some caramel

T: Dryness, coffee, & roasted grain up front. Dryness dominates as this warms, along with chicory, & roasted malt. Finishes with some caramel, more dryness & roasted malt

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation up front. Pretty good balance

Drinks alright, too much coffee & dryness for me. Not a bad porter

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nearly no head. Quickly settles to rim bubbles only. Interestingly, it does leave a bit of spotty lace. The color is deep, dark brown where a modicum of light passes through.

Smells of chocolate and of milk, but not like chocolate milk. How can that be? Not chalky like some porters.

Lighter body than most porters. This is accentuated by a higher carbonation. Beyond that, the flavor is decent: some chocolate, some vanilla. Short aftertaste. No notable hop or alcohol. The beer is a good introduction to the world of Porters.

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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 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 WoodBrew
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Poligamy Porter, good name by the way, is another victum to Utah law...I can't believe the Utah beer lovers haven't tried to succeed to the republic of Colorado. The appearance is a deep amber with no head. The was not much to describe as far as the smell...nothing maybe a hint molasses. The taste carried something sweet, reminded me of toffee/molasses...but not much else. Did not have a lot of body....very light. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth, but its not a great porter.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #4 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

Honestly, this beer struck me as more of an English Porter than an American one. It was mellow and even with minimal vibrant flavor tones that really stood out. Even and consistent and an easy one to drink, but for the style, I'd hope for a bit more kick in the mouth.

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Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown to nearly black. A thick tan head descends to a creamy thin cover. A bit of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of dark malt with caramel and toffee. Dark fruitiness and some earthy notes present. Not bad, but very mild.

The taste is of roasted dark malt with a slight hint of smokiness.Slight coffeeish and cocoa notes are present, though muted. Earthy, slightly woody hops mix in.

Carbonation and thinness are a bit too much here. A "flat" feeling is left on the palate.

Thinness almost wrecks it. Not bad, but could turn it up a notch or so...

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our last two trades.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with some ruby highlights. The head is short and falls quickly to a surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light coffee and roasted malts are easy to detect but mild.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, and hints of molasses sweetness make up a simple and straightforward porter. Some prune sweetness lingers in the background while there is a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: as the label says "Why just have one!". This is a light porter that is very easy to quaff but this is thin on the mouthfeel but it has a decent flavor profile. Worth a try - and enjoy the label.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, some carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing. Scents of malts, and chocolate. The taste is malty, very slight hop, with some toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable would make a nice session brew. This brew tastes alot better on-tap.

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basically, this is a good but not great porter. It's got the trademark roasted chocolate malts with a hint of coffee, but it all tastes a little watered down compared to full strength (say, 5% abv) porter. Still, that helps the drinkability, and it's nice to have a dark beer besides an Irish stout, that's highly sessionable. Worth a try for the name alone.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of dirt mixed in. Decent, but not as full flavored as I would have liked. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter chocolate notes as well as some roasted malt. Overall, the beer is a little bit watery tasting. Thin to medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my ever ready New Belgium tulip.

Aggressive pour produced a nice 2" tan head that left good lacing for most of the glass.

Not much aroma .. Chocolate malts are prevelant albeit lite. American yeasty fruitiness is the main smell.

Flavor is much better than the nose... chocolate malts and some roasted grain.. lite caramel notes and honestly pretty light across the board... light body.

Anyone who reviews this beer MUST realize it is made in Utah... 4% must be tough to do well and make it taste "American".

Some of the Utah brews I've enjoyed over the years have been very good.... Uinta Barley Wine is very respectable and the Squatters IPA is great... I am going to be honest on this review.. honestly It's light, but pretty OK.

Edit: We as BA's should give the Utah guys some love.. I've lived in Eastern Idaho which is as bad as Utah but with more of a Mormon overlord presence... Some Utah brews are pretty good.. BTW, St. Provo Girl is a great German Pils.

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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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