Polygamy is something I know nothing about. I have one wife, and I like it that way. With the recent news about the FLDS compund in Texas, you might wonder, what’s the deal with polygamists? I watched Big Love, and while I was entertained, my questions remained. So I turned the the answer to all of life’s problms, and cracked a bottle of Polygamy Porter from Wasatch Brew Pub.
I have no idea how I originally heard of this beer, but I know the wife and I got a laugh out of the slogans “Bring some home for the wives” and Why have just one?”. The other day when checking in on a sick neighbor I noticed a 6-pack on the corner of the kitchen, it was a little dusty but I recognized the label. It was Polygamy Porter. My neighbor’s sister is from Utah, and since she would be on her way to visit shortly, he told me to take the 6-pack and enjoy it. So I did.
I have to be honest, Utah beer isn’t my idea of a fun time. Strict laws prohibit “strong” beers, and Polygamy weighs in at a measly 4.2% ABV. At the recent World Beer Cup, Polygamy Porter took home a Silver Medal, so I had to give it a fair shot.
It pours very dark with a thin head. The aroma is very sweet and is a good preview of the flavor. Raisins and brown sugar come to mind, but there’s something else I can’t put my finger on. It’s an earthy, sweet flavor that stumped my wife as well. Not much in terms of hops at all. It drinks easy, fairly thin and light. Not sure if this qualifies as a porter, or if a porter is just the best way to describe a dark ale that’s not too strong.
Not a bad beer for what it is, probably not going to go out of my way to get more. I still find the label and marketing associated with this beer to be hilarious, and good joke can go a long way. Every beer is worth trying, but I wouldn’t save a bottle of this for a tasting dinner.