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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (32032) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10200) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6965) - 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 (4604) - 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 (2859) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - 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 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 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 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.

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