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 far333
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a light brown high bubbly head that loudly fizzles and pops like soda carbonation as it quickly rises up and settles down.

Low aroma of dark malts, molasses, some smoke and oak.

Flavor is roasted malt and some cocoa, a little powdery and tannic. A mild charred bark nuance comes through.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery, but also finishes dry, even with a bit of a pucker. Prety average all around.

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Photo of bboven
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark opaque brown with jut a trace of head, barely any lacing.

Smells malty and VERY raisiny/plumlike.

Lots more raisin in the flavor along with a little tiny bit of roast. The bitterness is right-on but the flavor is a little weak.

Good carbonation, but pretty thin mouthfeel.

This is a good porter, but it just needs a little more in every area to be superb. I'd probably seek something else out if I wanted a great porter, but I'd buy it if it were my only dark option.

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Photo of bort11
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for hooking me up with this.

This beer actually has a lot of sentimental value to me. When my wife and I were on our way to Vegas to get married, we had lay over in Salt Lake City airport and had a bunch of these in the airport bar. I wanted to save one of the empty bottles as a souvenir, but they wouldn't let me pack it in with my carry on. Now I have one for the shelf.

12 oz bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin tumbler pint glass. Nice dark tan head that stands about a 1/2 inch thick. Recedes to a thin swirling lace. Color is a deep dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light.
Smell has a dry cocoa aroma with a mild charred bitterness. Taste has a little more of a caramel malt up front but then finishes with a charcoal like bitterness. Some coffee notes and bitter chocolate.
Mouthfeel is lighter than many porters with a dry carbonation. Still a very drinkable porter and one that is easy to session. If I'm ever stuck in the Salt Lake City airport again, I will be sure to enjoy a few.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the idea of a beer from Utah being called Polygamy anything, although I'm not sure how the people who run that state would feel.

Anyway, at first glance this is a beautiful dark red porter in the glass with a nice chocolate milk head that did dissapate a little quick.

The taste of chocolate malt is very mild, if fact you have to wait 5-6 seconds after you swallow to really taste anything. I could drink this porter but for a purist, this would not hold up.

A nice try, and not a bad brew, but not worth any extra effort either.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a tiny tan head that vanishes. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is roasty with mild hints of cocoa and coffee. Smells quite nice.

Mild roasted taste upfront, but almost no trace of cocoa and coffee in the flavor. Rather bland from midway through the finish.

Very thin body, low carbonation.

Overall, a really weak attempt at a porter. Lacking in complexity and body, it's not offensive but is instantly forgettable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this beer.

Pours a dark brown with a slight red tint. White head that never quite went away. Nose is roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is simple but full. A good amount of roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate. Kind of a mocha feel. Slightly dry finish. Perhaps a bit too thin.

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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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Photo of ampzilla
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Optophobia, for bringing this back from Utah for me to try.

A - Dark (obviously), traces of ruby at the edges when held to the light

S - Nice aroma, roasted grains and coffee

T -Slightly bitter, quite dry

M - Not a thin as expected, wants to cling to my tongue, but it just can't

D - At 4% this could be quite a good session beer

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Photo of xymyl
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red/blackish in color with a very thin brown head that quickly fades to almost nothing, leaving a ring around the glass and no lacing to speak of. Moderate carbonation is present.

Smell is very light but with distinct milky, coffee and caramel notes.

Taste is a basic light porter and pretty one-dimensional.

Easy to drink, and well made for what it is, but it doesn't really accomplish much. So why is it in my face? Because I'm in Utah and there is not much good drinking here (at 3.2) + I'm giving extra credit for the name and slogan.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this one a couple weeks back...thanks to Wasatch for the trade. Poured to a pint and served at a cool cellar temperature.

A: Dark amber color with shades of maroon, notably transparent - very light for a porter. Capped with a short-lived creamy light tan head, about 1/2 finger.

S: Light cocoa and strong butterscotch/caramel. Very sweet.

T: Lightly roasted malts, very grainy. Hints of watered-down sweetened coffee, something a little like coffee-syrup. Mild spiciness. This little beer's trying hard, squeezing out what flavor it can. A slightly above average tasting porter.

M: Light bodied, pretty watery. Decent level of carbonation and some spicy flavors fools my mouth into a fuller feel.

D: Well it was worth a try. A pretty average porter overall, seemingly hindered by some restrictive ABV rules in Utah (maybe?). Drinkable enough to finish but not good enough to have again...despite the clever "why have just one?" tag on the label. Get it? "Polygamy Porter"? Can't have just...yeah, you get it... ;-). Thanks again, John.

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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 Vancer
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From a nice trade with Wasatch:

Welp, nuttin’ like starting off a brew with semi-naked women on the bottle label! Nice.

Pour of dark brown with a tannish top. Filtered brew, darnit. Nice aroma of malt and sour ale, followed up with a dry and crisp quaff of porter style malt. Somewhat a little thin, but that’s what a 4% cap can do to a brew if you’re not careful.

Smooth and easy drinking brew, this would be a good cross-over brew for the beer newbies that don’t know about “those dark and heavy” beers.

“Why have just one?” indeed.

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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 stouty1
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another good trade with Wasatch, thanks!
A: Yellow brown with little to no head but some lacing in the beginning.

S: Malty and sweet. Some hints of molasses.

T: Sweet with a hint of brown sugar and burnt malt. Slightly dry aftertaste but only at the back of the throat.

M: Nice mix of water and thickness but i prefer mine a little meatier.

D: Very easy to drink and not a bad Porter. I could have a couple more of these.

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Photo of flexabull
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a weak fading head, a touch of lacing.

Aromas are of bitter dark chocolate, sweet roasted dark malts, and a hint of coffee.

Flavors are rather mild. A bit of a roasted nut quality, oaky, and a hint of sweet creaminess on the finish.

Mouthfeel is lean and watered down.

This is drinkable, but rather uninteresting. Not bad though considering that this is brewed to fit the ABV laws of Utah.

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Photo of drumline
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a dark black, head dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

Smell - Chocolate a dark malty smell

Taste/Mouthfeel - Earthy and burnt flavors, with a thin, light body. Almost no sweetness or hop bitterness. Slight chocolate flavors.

Drinkability - Very drinkable with the low ABV

Pretty standard porter, although a little too thin for my tastes. Very low ABV makes this a pretty good session beer. "Why have just one?"

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: Brass colored crown cap has the word ‘Wasatch Beers’ on it. Main and neck label are color coded. Dark green label has an orange colored edging/ Picture of a rather biblical looking dude with many nymph like chicks and the words ‘Why have just one!’ – a reference to Utah and its supposed Polygamy laws I guess.

Appearance: Lucid ruby mahogany body with some dark brown to bolster the apparent black body when at rest on the desk. Tanned head rises quickly but settles to a thin covering with a thick halo ring around the edges.

Nose: Roasted malts and some dark chocolate with chestnuts and a coconut shy hairy edge. Smells like a thousand other run-of-the-mill dark Brewpubs beers that I have had.

Taste: Heavily biased on the roasted malts and caramel. Sadly there is no bitterness to balance this so it becomes a one-sided affair. Nutty finish with a gentle woody hint. Nice enough flavors but they seem short lived and the body struggles hard to support them, what is here is decent enough but the flavors are one-dimensional and very “dark” in nature. This really needs some bitterness to balance things out a little.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, by far the biggest weakness of this beer is the weak body. It is, simply put, just too damned thin and wishy-washy.

Drinkability: The thin aspect makes this one easy going, and a “Porter” that is more of a sessionable dark brew than you would think. Sadly the heavy accent on the darker flavors makes it a beer that I have had enough of after only 355ml...next.

Overall: It clearly suffers from the 4% alcohol and a very weak body, but this is a decent enough beer with plenty of flavor considering the low strength. However, the flavor is not Porter-esque at all, it lacks bitterness and it just resembles any other average dark lager or ale out there. Nice enough, but it just wanes too much unfortunately for this to be anything more than a one off sample try based on intrigue.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a dark brown with reddish hues and a large billowy head of foam that shrank but stayed as a solid layer for the entire seesion.

The smell is on the light side but I can sense some chocolate and some roasted malt.

The taste is also light. Some chocolate makes its way to my taste buds followed by just a touch of roastiness. That smooths out even more until the finish where I can just taste a bit of bitterness but that disappears quickly leaving very little flavour in the after taste.

Bottom line: A light tasting sample of the style that is just missing a bit of oomph to make it a more drinkable Porter.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clean very dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a nice foamy tan head and nice lace lines. The aroma starts with a strong chaocolate character with a nice fresh roasted coffee note and a sweet nutlike hint of malt in the background. The very watery mouthfeel washes away any potential roastiness in the flavor. Leaving you feeling quite unfullfilled. Is this supposed to make you feel that Polygamy would leave you feeling similarly unfullfilled?

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4%? Huh. Ok.

A: Pours like cola with the same color and viscosity. Head is medium beige color and wispy.

S: Caramel, banana, almonds and cookie dough.

T: Begins with some conspicous milk chocolate with a slight sour twang. Little bit of caramel...little bit of butterscotch...lot of "brown crayon". Finishes with cola moments and a minimal amount of roasted barley and bittering hops. Aftertaste has some raw dough and graham.

M: Thin body, thin mouthfeel, abrasive mouthfeel. There really is no body here.

D: This beer is akward. Its sort of like that homebrew you made that didn't turn out "bad" but it was far from good.

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Photo of RonTugnutt
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours from a 12oz bottle, "why have just one?" looks alright, thin quick dissapating head, dark color without much thinkness. smells pretty chocolaty, i would say that the smell is this beer's strongest feature. as far as taste, not really that good. it has that chocolate flavor, a touch of caramel, but the strongest feature of the taste was the yeast. very chalky, kind of like a mealy apple. gross. boring, watery mouthfeel, would be more drinkable if it tasted better. overall, i would say that if you like funny bottles and have busted tastebuds this is a great investment. otherwise, not a chance.

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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 sloejams
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Obviously the first thing you notice about this is the hilarious label. No matter how bad the beer inside would be, I knew the bottle alone was worth it.

It poured with medium dark brown with a slight head. The malt character was the initial aroma followed by some chocolate and coffee. The body is thin and that's not particularly something I crave in a porter. The malt finish tries to even it out - a worthy attempt, but not terribly successful.

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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 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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Wasatch Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
3.28 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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