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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Photo of SneakyPotato
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Dark, with red showing around the edges. It looks quite similar to their Captain Bastard's Oatmeal Stout, just a little reddish when held to the light. Nice pillowy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Small amount of lacing on the glass. I was impressed with the appearance

S- Not a strong smelling beer, but notes of roast and malt are definitely present. The head is fragrant, and pleasant to take in.

T- I was extremely underwhelmed. This beer really tastes "watery" in every sense of the word. There hardly is any initial taste except for a slight roasted chocolate as the liquid passes over your tongue. It finishes slightly dry. It was a very boring, one-note experience. Tastes like somebody poured a little roast flavor into a lighter beer, or decided to mix one part stout to one part water.

M- Very thin for a porter. Disappointing. I wanted it to be creamy because of it's initial appearance.

O- Looks much better than it tastes. It's downfall is the fact that it hardly has an initial taste, and the mouthfeel is thin. This is an easy-drinker, and could be a good way to introduce people to the world of porters and stouts. I won't order one on tap again.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Tan head is foamy but quickly disappears, although it leaves some lacing.

Smells of sweetness in the malt, and a little bit of hops. Some chocolate, cocoa, and dark aromas as well.

More chocolate in the taste and very sweet. Not a bad tasting porter, although the ABV is a bit low and the body is incredibly thin.

Not a bad beer by the TV on a cold night, but there are many better porters out there.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- poured dark chocolate with nice head & good lacing
S- slight hop and malt, nothing scrumptious
T- thin carbonated without much heft, slight creamy flavor
M- thin bodied without much left
O- missing malt makes a difference, 4.0 abv. great name & bottle, but I'll pass on the brew. Crushed expectations.

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pint glass in John's backyard in the aftermath of an Eagles loss to Dallas

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Photo of vegassommelier
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Overall, quite unimpressive for the money ($10.99 six pack) when put up against other offerings in that price range.
Good full aromas of a typical porter, but lacks a lot on the palate. A touch thin with a lack luster finish compared to other beers in the same category and price point.
Someone looking for a dark beer without the overly malty finish will enjoy this, however I will pass on this one next time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. bottle marked DRN-05/07/13. Sampled on July 29, 2013.

It pours dark brown with ruby red hues glistening in the light and a long lasting silky tan head.

On the nose I get dark toasted malts, butter, and a low hop presence. Maybe there are a few coffee grinds in the mix.

The body falls into the thin to medium range but creamy.

The taste tends to have a sweeter sensation than the aroma may imply with dark malts and butter in there too. Clean but mellow hop finish.

I do find it ironic that this only gets an "okay" rating on BA even though this has won a few silver medals over the years. I guess it all depends on who they are competing with.

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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 Mikecap
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Two fingers of light brown head that disappears quicker than expected.

Smell: Some chocolate and smoke, roasted barley and maybe some dark sweet fruit.

Taste: Sweetness from the malt and a bit of roastiness typical of the style. A little bit of chocolate and coffee but not a ton there.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of porter but still smooth with light carbonation. Goes down easily and not a sipper by any means.

Overall: A pretty solid porter from Wasatch that I just had to try because of the name. At 4%, this is a nice session beer and something I'd try again. Not bad at all.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass, small white head. Nose of the beer pretty good a little chocolate, little coffee, and little roastiness but they all complement each other nicely. First sip, something is missing. I get chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts but the beer is a little thin. I find myself wanting more. As i continue to sip i begin to enjoy the easy drinking nature of this porter and like i said the taste and smell do deliver. Looking at the bottle it clocks in at 4%abv so essentially a session porter. Overall i liked it, it may not compare to some of the big boys but i don't think its trying.

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Photo of Algebrew
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured a clear, semi-dark ruby brown throughout with a whitish beige head that fell apart all too soon.

Smell: Rich chocolates, malts.

Taste: The beginning peaks rich and sweet; the middle calms down into the richness of the chocolate; the end fades into a soft coffee or mocha flavor that lingers on the taste buds until the next sip.

Mouthfeel: It was a bit light, but I think this one was wanting to go for that.

Overall: An interesting light porter with a pleasant taste and smell, but I'm fine with just one.

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Photo of mrw1zard
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass, black with a small head. Aroma of dark roast / barley malt / coffee, bitter finish with lingering coffee notes. Watery and thin. Not bad for a porter, but not something that I would seek out in the future. Take some home for the wives!

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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 bmwats
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown or black. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a slight trace of the once present head. No lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, cardboard, and maybe a slight hint of molasses.

T: Roasted paper, tea leaves, with some indistinct sweet hints.

M: A little sweeter than it should be, and a little lighter feel than it should be.

D: Goes down easy, session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Slight head, but no lacing. Nose is....something....roasted with some sweet, chocolate, and coffee accentuates. Flavor is shallow roasted something with sweet something. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured dark in color. The color really resembled a Coke or Pepsi in my opinoin. I just poured a small off white head.

S - Wonderful smell. Lots of things going on. Huge chocolate smell up front. THere was also hints of cherry, liquorice, and a slight smoky smell.

T - Pretty disappointing taste after such a great smell. The smoky was there but the others were just not there for me. I expected lots of chocolate, but it was absent for the most part.

M - Silky with a very dry finish

O - This beer smells better than it tastes. The smell was great but the taste didn't live up to it. Still, an easy drinking porter and one could definately drink several.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch Polygamy Porter has a medium, creamy, beige head, a dark, reddish-brown, yet clear, appearance, some streaming bubbles, and splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of creamy, dark-roasted malt and maybe a whiff of dark cherry. Taste is of roasted malt, charcoal, brown bread crust, a shadow of dark cherry, and some powder of some sort (the coal?). Mouthfeel is light and watery, with a bit of slickness, and Wasatch Polygamy Porter finishes wet, plain, and just good. Overall, I would say that this beer is at the lower end of what could be classified a good beer. It's worth checking out, though.


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Photo of jalepeno4
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall this beer is OK.
I drink it when I visit SLC.
Love the label!
It looks dark, smells clean and appealing.
It's best after skiing or biking.
I wish the ABV was higher.
As far as porters go, it's not enough of a porter.
In the words of some Irish friends I met on a ski lift,"It's thin."

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 4% abv seems like a reasonable late afternoon drink and with the very cold of January (10 degrees) and porter seems welcome.
Nice soft chocolate with hints of roast and a little bigger kick of vanilla.
Very dark with highlights of burgundy. Creamy tan head that leaves some lacing.
A light drinking beer, but holding enough flavor to be enjoyable. Soft roast and chocolate. This one seems to have a bit of age on it with a hints of sourness creeping in. Fortunately those are fleeting and got to this one before all hell broke loose. Finishes soft and mildly drying holding bits of hop flavors.
Light body. Fullness from carbonation, but it is soft.
This is a perfectly nice light drink, hitting the spot just fine.

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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 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 joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled across a fantastic airport bar with a fantastic microbrew tap selection while on a short layover in Salt Lake City
A - near pitch black with just a little light around the edges, one finger of head with solid retention and plenty of lacing
S - coffee and roasty malt aromas, mild chocoalte, very mellow
T - Roasty and cocoa malts dominate, mild grain and leafiness, touch of cola
M - smooth and light with just a bit of a chaulky cocoa feel
O - a pretty solid offering from a brewer i had never tried, but this was the first of about 5 i managed to get down my gullet before my connecting flight

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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 azdback
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Great Divide pint glass. Medium dark brown color, a bit lighter highlights. Head is a very small half of a finger, maybe just a large collar, that is light cocoa colored and thin in body.

Smell is light chocolate and coffee, some bright hop aromas.

Taste is not much like the nose. Like the nose there are some bright hops but after that the coffee and chocolate are very light and really meh. Other than the water this was brewed with I don't get much more.

Mouth is very thin with mild carbonation. Body doesn't exist and the finish is weak and dry.

Overall I am really glad this one was a sample given to me because paying for a "Porter" and getting this watery mess would have really pissed me off. This one is a very light Brown, at best. Precede with caution.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for the name & slogan alone, which are easily the best I've ever seen on a beer label. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is darkest brown with ruby showing through the edges. Nice roast in the nose, rounded with chocolate & grain.

Polygamy Porter would be a highlight-reel if not for its one glaring weakness. Thin. Thin thin thin. The watery mouthfeel is the first & last thing I experience as the liquid slides down my throat; thin doesn't quite cut what this beer is. There is a nice roast, light nuttiness, sliver of chocolate, the roast is the only thing that stands out. Easy to drink, just like a cool glass of water.

I imagine this is what steins of beer cut with water in a Middle Ages tavern tasted like. So close - give me more chewy, & this would be a 4% ABV winner, & the world certainly need more of those. As is? Decent enough.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing wrong with Wasatch Polygamy Porter. It's just a little boring. It's also a bit dry for my tastes, but some people like that.

A: Dark black color and a poor head that fades quickly. 3

S: Nice coffee aroma with, maybe, a little sweet malt. 4.5

T: Very dry and a little flavourless. Milky with some mineral flavours. 3

M: Milky with a low amount of carbonation. 3

O: 3.5

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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 acevenom
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (almost black) with some ruby red visible around the bottom of the glass. The head is thin and light tan. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt with some chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the nose. There's dark roasted barley malt, coffee, and those chocolate notes are very faint. It's mostly roasty in the flavor, but not to the point of tasting burnt. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is high, but only because the beer is so thin. This is an average beer that doesn't bring much to the table.

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