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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9997) - 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 (9251) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 (5431) - 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 (1146) - 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 (1744) - Penfield, 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 (378) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Ruby brown pour. Aroma is smoke, green pepper. Roasted malt. Flavour is dark fruit, smoke, hickory, green pepper, spice catches in the back of the throat. Interesting and enjoyable beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (116) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This is truly an amazing and delicious beer! The pepper flavor is amazing with just the right amount of heat. The pepper in combination with the Imperial Smoked Porter makes this beer extremely unique with tons of character and flavor. Rich and dark with a thick foamy head. You have to try this brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Woodshed 3.0, Hot Box? Hot Damn! Sample courtesy of Sparky. 750mL pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a dirty tan head of foam. The aroma offers up big and bruising chili pepper heavy salsa, mild molasses notes, malt sweetened dark roasted malts and a light smokiness. The flavor delivers a good dose of smoke and then a thin ring of molasses. Very quickly though big chili pepper meat bubbles up along with a slowly growing peppery burn. This has a thin body and a mild malty backbone that allows the solid pepper to shine but not to the point of going over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle shared @ Woodshed 3.0 by the ever generous Sparky! Really interesting brew that certainly has a lot going on. Aroma is a bit aggressive with loads of fiery chili pepper heat, cocoa, smoke, and wood. Had to move my nose from the bottle because of the capsaicin. Flavor isn’t nearly as assertive but still shows chipotle, chocolate, and charred wood. Not a bad beer!

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