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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   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.


4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Draft at brewery. Some pepper in the nose. Black body. Had a sample of this at the 2012 winter fest and loved it. As great as I remember. Perfect amount of heat. Hops counteract, yet accentuate. Phenomenal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shaunmaloney (26) - Kasson, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Great beer, love the balance between smoke and peppers. The aroma is not too much and pours well into a tulip from a bomber. With the title I was hoping for abit more kick from the peppers but all in all I really enjoyed this beer and have been pleasantly surprised by this brewery. Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Poura a very dark brown with an off white head that lingers. Aroma of smoked malts and peppers that tingles on the nose just a bit. Tatse is an awesome mix of smoky malts and roasted peppers, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter but the unique finish with a dash of burn is helping the score. Really fun beer to try, glad I picked up a bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mag_burk90 (13) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2014
From bottle, tasting @Liquor Barrel Golden Valley. Aroma is peppers, delicious. Taste is the perfect amount of spice, pepper, and malt. Lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting. A tasty, well-balanced pepper beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (626) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a dark, amber brown with good-sized, lasting head. Aroma of smoke, coffee, pepper. Flavor is a very smooth mix of these three elements, along with some chocolate and dark fruit (prune/plum). Very tasty and worth tracking down. I tried a Stone Crime (hot pepper beer) not that long ago and this has it beat by a long shot. Would definitely buy another.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redbeard3 (107) - - FEB 1, 2014
If you come across this winter seasonal from indeed snatch it up! The balance of the smoke, heat and malt in this beer is wonderful and leaves you wanting another one. Had on tap at the brewery in a tulip glass.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (487) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Waxed 750 mL. Chestnut color with white lacing. Hickory smoke, smoked.peppers, biscuits, and resinous hops hiding in the background. Taste is moderately peppery with a smokey dryness. Medium body with a slight foamy feel. Nice smoked pepper porter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2013
On tap at GTMW 2013 - Pours mahogany with a thick foamy tan head. Nose is smoky meat, chile, metal, and a weird milky note. Taste is smoky meaty malt, light chile heat--real mellow. Thin and medium carbonated. I would have liked a little more chile heat in this one to cut through the dark malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Holy smoked peppers, batman. Not spicy peppers but roasted peppers. Smelled it from over a foot away! That is the main draw if this brew. I could not drink much of it but the flavor profile is so unique and interesting that a great rating is due.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (995) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle via mattyb83 and mtjoseph. Thanks! Pours a deep brown with fairly big tan head. Aroma is overpowered by smoke. Slightly vegetale with the smoked jalapenos. Taste is still lacking a TON of peppers but pretty nice from the addition of the base beer. Nice amount of smoked flavors from the skins of the pepper. Still, more smokey than pepper in the end. Spicy as it warms up more but nothing crazy hot.


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