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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29683) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Tap at Winterfest 2013. Nice collab by 2 of my new favorite local brewers. Deep mahogany pour. Malty with smoky peppers. Very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Winterfest 2013. Very good smoke aroma. The flavor is less exciting, with green pepper and light smoke. Dry malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2581) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2156) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Had on tap at Winterfest 2013. Great spicy pepper, smoked sausage scent and taste. Had some nice black pepper taste and a decent roast. One of my top favorites of the night.

   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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 On tap at Winterfest 2013. Muddy brown pour and no notes of any head so either none or I forgot to mark it down. Pretty cool these two have already done a collaboration together and it was a solid brew. Had again at ABR 2013 and bumped my ratings to go from 3.7 to 4.1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (1756) - 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!

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