Wasatch Bourbon Barrel-Aged Polygamy Porter | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Bourbon Barrel-Aged Polygamy PorterWasatch Bourbon Barrel-Aged Polygamy Porter

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NicolasBird on 01-21-2018

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Vidblain:
Photo of Vidblain
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Polygamy Porter was one of the first nitro beers that I ever enjoyed from a bottle - it's old hat now, but I was tremendously impressed at the time. I bought a lot of Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro and Polygamy Porter Nitro for a while!

I stumbled across a four pack of Bourbon Barrel Polygamy Porter the other day, while tracking down Barrel Aged Darkness bottles... and my curiosity got the best of me. Full disclosure: my hopes were not high. My recently experiences with canned BA stouts have been uniformly disappointing.

Sadly, my expectations were met. Poured in to a snifter, BA PP has a fair amount of carbonation but minimal head. It smells quite powerfully boozy... and the taste very much reflects that. Somehow, it still manages to feel tepid and thin. The bourbon is a strong alcohol presence, but it doesn't have much distinction - and due to the strength of the bourbon, it's difficult to decipher anything beneath that boozy presence.

I'd prefer a bottle of the nitro just about any day. This was an unfortunate disappointment.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamesStreet
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tulip glass a beat by date of 12/18.

A: Head was small slightly off white small didn’t last long. The body is a pitch black affair, with no light escaping the edges.

S: very light toffee, vanilla, oak, and leather.

T: Light flavors of oak, a little toffee, and honey nice toasted malts and chocolate on the finish.

M: fairly thin and a little watery carbonation is low but that is to be expected has a silky mouthfeel.

O: It’s not bad, it’s not great, it’s just ok.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & ruddy mahogany with one finger of mocha colored head. Respectable head retetion & lacing

S: Dark fruit, vanilla, faint booze notes. Bourbon & raisins buld as it warms

T: Follows the nose, barrel dryness as well, along with some roastyness & a little leafy hops up front. Nice Bourbon & caramel notes once warm along with some chocolate & dryness, little black cherry & leafy hops. Finishes with Bourbon barrel, a little dark chocolate, dark cherry & vanilla, plus some leafy hops

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, warming

Very good take on the style. Will buy more if I come across, too drinkable, handle with caution!

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Photo of andrewh995
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown that allows some red light through and with a light tan head. Smells of bourbon and chocolate. Tastes of boozy bourbon, chocolate, some sweetness, and lightly roasted malts. Medium-light thin body (oddly enough for a 9.5%) with medium carbonation. Overall it’s an ok beer. Tastes good but the flavors don’t work as much for me and the thin body was strange for such a big beer.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours an extremely dark brown - not QUITE jet black, but a little bit darker than the regular Polygamy Porter. On the nose, the bourbon and alcohol come through very strongly - stronger than I would prefer honestly. Luckily, it's not as harsh on the taste as the nose suggests. A lot of the sweetness of the normal Polygamy Porter isn't here though - the chocolatey flavors are hidden and coffee notes are non-existent. I get a lot of bourbon, licorice, oakiness, some nuttiness, dark fruits, a bit of dark chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla. The alcohol is noticeable and gives it a little bit of a sharpness on the back end. Not a huge fan of the mouthfeel, and the body still seems a bit light - though the base beer has a very light body, so maybe it was unavoidable.

Maybe I'm being a little bit harsh because this isn't a style I'm accustomed to. This blows up my palette. I don't know if I'll get a chance to try it again, as this is the first time they've done this, and who knows if they'll do it again? I will say that it's good, it's got a lot of interesting flavors. I can appreciate all that's going on and the flavors become more prominent as it warms up.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wowza, just looking at the score for this beer, I already know I'm gonna have a big positive deviation on this one.

Pours a middle of the road brown without delving into anywhere near sludge territory. The aroma is a nice almost year long contribution of bourbon barrel up into a solid dose of brown and roasted malt. Total Goldilocks amount, not to little, not too much.

Mild unsweetened chocolate presence. I really like that this is a tried and true porter, not a junked up sludge monster. Barrel aging has a lot of good examples with non stouts, but man, the porter isn't getting its due. You get light heft but a solid amount of bourbon without any alcohol burn or heat. I don't know what the price on these is given that pops brought one out, but I have to believe they are affordable like all their other beers. Carbonation lower providing more smoothness and nuance to flow.

A welcome addition to the beer world.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated best by 01/05/19 poured into Thulsa Doom.

Chocolatey brown edging amidst a dark chocolate body and a thin ring of wispy beige head.

Lovely bourbon barrel aromas invade the nose, just tons of generic (and that's okay) sappy, sweet, boozy bourbon barrel. Slight chocolate and roasted notes.

Flavor comes up a bit empty for me. Some horehound/light molasses step forward with cola flavors and some faint peppermint and cocoa, followed by bourbon sap/oak to round out the profile a bit. The heat is dialed up a notch and the aftertaste is quite a bit better than the beer itself. Kind of like a bourbon soaked coffee bean.

Feel is again, empty. Typical Polygamy profile, really unimpressive and thinner than a gnat's wing. Slight heat and dryness on the finish.

Overall, I will never like Polygamy Porter. I've tried it in three forms, and it is just a shitty beer. I can honestly say I've acquainted myself with the beer and all it can be, and it's nothing I can recommend. A bourbon barrel beer should be much more complex and enjoyable than this.

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Photo of Buck89
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a glass. Deep brown color with a modest tan head that slowly settled. First whiff brought whiskey and oak. Deeper inspection revealed chocolate and faint roasty malt, but mostly whiskey. Big bourbon taste up front, and this dominated the flavor. Some roasty porter elements, but they seemed overwhelmed by the barrel. Slightly thin on the feel. Overall, too much booze to support this style.

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Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a quickly diminishing tan froth. Caramel, black cherry and pine in the aroma. Taste involves roasted nuts, currants, faint milk chocolate and a hint of bitterness. Medium in body and has the qualities of a big old porter but doesn't seem like the BA added much. Was hoping for more, but not completely disappointing in this one as it still has some merits. Still a fan of Wasatch but gonna look for others in their lineup.

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Photo of moonman1994
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NicolasBird
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time at the beer store and then took one home to review. Upon pouring into a tulip, I was immediately greeted by a huge waft of bourbon way before I even got my nose close to the glass. Accompanied by a sweet chocolate smell, the bourbon is very pronounced. It pours very dark brown, not quite black, not too thick with very little head to speak of. Tastes like chocolate and vanilla infused bourbon porter. Great taste although I think it needs to age in a can/bottle a little longer as it seems like the beer is somewhat in its infant stages and a little age would bring out the flavors that much more. I'm not a fan of Wasatch beers but I went into this one unbiased as I do love a good bourbon barrel aged beer, and this passed the good beer test. I will get a few more to age and see if the flavors get more pronounced with time.

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Photo of corywalston
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasatch Bourbon Barrel-Aged Polygamy Porter from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 21 ratings