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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - 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 (2283) - 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 (1245) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2240) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shaunmaloney (36) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mag_burk90 (14) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (662) - 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.

   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.

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