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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Indeed Brewing Company and Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub in South Minneapolis have teamed up to create HOT BOX, an Imperial Smoked Porter aged over smoked jalapeño and Fresno peppers. Northbound expertly crafted 150 pounds of hickory smoked peppers in addition to cold-smoking the malt from a unique blend of alder, maple and apple woods. A testament to friendship, and the craft brewing community, Hot Box has intense aromas of smoke, and a subtle smouldering heat that warms you from within.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3209) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle from a locals for locals trade Atom. Pours dark reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas of smoked malts and peppers. Smoked meat flavor with some smoked peppers and earthiness. Just a hint of heat on the back end, nice and not overwhelming like many pepper beers. Medium body with average carbonation. Quite enjoyable. Thanks Adam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Draft on tap at the brewery (Minneapolis, MN). Pours a deeper rich blackish hue, opaque body with a touch of plum midnight color on the edges and bottom. Frothy tannish head dies to a nice filmy layer, decent retention and lacing. Aromas are a bit toasty and carmelized, mellow toast and coffee meet subtle roast, earth, black malts and a bit of smoke, earth and subtle soil. Earth, chile and chipotle smoke and heat. Nice dark fruit, smokey earth and pepper. A bit of toast, earth and black malts. Some touches of chocolate, earth, subtle ash. The peppery life integrates well with earth, smoke, a faint cinnamon and biscuity life. Backend isn’t hop, the pepper additions are smokey and earthy, dark fruit and depth give this some real good flavor and depth without being thick, brooding or overwhelming. Finish is a bit toasty, smokey, with lingering peppers and earth. Carmelized, softened cocoa and a bit of creaminess at times. Gentle heat but nothing all that present instead focusing on the smoke and earth. Fun stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1194) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Brown body with active legs and a long retaining off white head. Aroma of peppers, smoke. Fairly simple beer here with smoke being the main player, pepper heat coming in second, and some vanilla and caramel base. Not super complex, but I do like the flavor profile. Fairly solid beer here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 75cl ][ Tasting ][ Free ][ Tasting Globe ][ 1.24.15 ]
>> Clear deep red pour, okay foam. Spicy salsa nose, red jalapeño. Taste is papery, watery, weak, spicy red jalapeño. Dusty, not really imperial porter palate or roast wise. Would need a lot more body to balance out the heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7531) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2015
On tap at Northbound. Pours a clear deep amber an earthy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of pepper with a touch of heat and roasted malts and dark roasted underlying. Flavor has same strong peppers that only have a touch of heat with a back bone of dark grain and light roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7860) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pour on tap at Northbound, dark reddish black pour with tan head, aroma brought big smoke, earth,smoked malt, some slight vegetal note into a slight spice, earthy note, touch of cocoa and roast in there. Taste is a mix of dark cocoa, roast, big smoke, vegetal notes into a slight smoked malt, touch of pepper heat, finishing bitter, earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3969) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
750 ml. bottle. Pours a darker reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of peppers, smoke, and malt. Taste is chili peppers, smoke, roasted malt, and some caramel. Pretty good in small doses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1097) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2014
750 mL bottle supplied from Stine in Minnesota - many thanks! 9% abv, on bottom-left side of bottle. To oversized snifter, it pours a (wtf!) ginger ale-tinted medium brown with which an off-white head ringed head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of white vinegar, rain-soaked Camel cigarettes, caramel apples, camefire smoke, iceberg lettuce, wheat dough, chocolate malt, paprika, basil, and German yeast. It probably shouldn’t smell as though it were a slice of craft pizza and all its crazy toppings - or at least I’m guessing. That’s neither good nor bad. Tastes the same with the addition of peated malt, light-roast coffee beans, and spent grain. Only by swallow does an attractively contained peppery spiciness come through, which I very much like. Here are just the facts, though: This is an imperial porter base, and I like my IPs chewy and dark, and this is 1. Watery as hell, and 2. Looks like a blend of Dr. Pepper and a ginger ale. So, yeah, interesting, but truly wasn’t my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1440) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014
750ml bottle thanks thome50. Pours a medium brown with a small tan head. Aromas of smoked chili peppers and roasted malts. Taste is spicy as all get out, and semi dry. Really over the top pepper heat, along with a touch of smoke. The end result is very good, though. High boost imperial ported accented with hot peppers and smoke. I dig this beer a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (313) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2014
A real nice cool heat on the aroma and taste. The smoked peppers play a real nice role and keep a great subtle spicy palate. Definitely best with grilled food as a lot of this would be tough to drink on its own.

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