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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - 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 (7262) - 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 (2879) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and vegetable notes. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and distinct pepper notes with some spiciness on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very good and interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2014
750 ml bottle poured a clear brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, chipotles and caramel. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of smoke, chipotles and roastiness with a smooth dry warming lingering chipotle finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (723) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Aroma has just a hint of the peppers we came here for. The taste is similar - just a slight touch of the heat, but all-in-all it’s still drinkable and a serviceable smoked beer, which is a low bar for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnokaBrewer (64) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2014
Dark brown in color. You can smell the peppers in the aroma. A Sweet, light, well balanced beer with the taste of peppers, but not overly hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2014
Hot box- Aroma 50/50 smoke and Chili. Taste is pretty much the same. Pours thin. Definitely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (2509) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at the brewery Listed as an "Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter." Pepper, smoke, BBQ sauce, soy sauce. Dark translucent brown. Sharp peppers and smoke / smooth roast malt, coffee, and more smoke / peppers define the lingering aftertaste. Medium body. Peppers are not overwhelming but are pleasant and tasty and complement the smoky malt. Hides the alc. well. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1364) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
10 oz. pour, on tap at the Indeed’s taproom during a Minneapolis taproom crawl (Harriet to Indeed to Dangerous Man) on 3-1-14. Pours dark brown with a small to moderate amount of taupe head. Good-looking. Strong and appealing smell is spicy and peppery and features the roasted malts. Smoky, peppery, umami taste features a Bacos-like flavor. Really good taste. I definitely experience a pepper bite. Quite spicy and hot but not excessively so. Full body. Lively in the palate. Very tasty and enjoyable. This was my favorite beer of the taproom crawl. Indeed seems to be getting most of the credit for this beer, and it is a balanced and strong beer across the board, but it’s the Northbound pepper-smoking that makes this beer special.

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