on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2582) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (454) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (887) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
Deep dark pour. The smoky, roasty elements of the beer dominate in the nose and flavor. This makes for an interesting brew, but not the most easy drinking. I wouldn’t have minded a little more chocolate to get a mole thing going, but maybe thats just personal preference. Mouthfeel is a little thin and grainy. Overall a good beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pretty good for a pepper beer. Smokiness is very present from the quality collaboration brewery

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
thewalkindude (8) - - MAR 11, 2013 does not count
Ordered on tap. I didn’t even realize this was a pepper porter. Would not have ordered it if i had known. Spice is mild but present. Biggest problem is that the aftertaste reminds me of burning rubber and bumper cars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour, earthy hot pepper aroma, minimal carbonation. Flavor was good dark malt, slowly building hot pepper and peat. Decent beer, good in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared at portablepartys tasting. Pours black with little tan head. Aroma is smoked malts and chili pepper, flavor is nice warm chili but.it.doesnt dominate the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
From tap at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is thick smoked, glaced ham smoked. Thick malty, smoked and solid chili bite. Smooth dark malty, smoked ham and solid chili warmth in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
750 ml. bottle shared by Andy. Pours black brown with a thin wispy head that leaves a tiny collar. Aroma has peat smoke and sugary sweet smoke. Taste is strong smokey peat hidden meat and malt with some bacon and yeast and more smoke. Palate is medium and chalky with and finish.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1  2  3

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50