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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


5
   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!

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2222) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1871) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Dark brown with light mocha head. Nose of pepper flesh and heat, slight oatmeal and chocolate background. Taste of caramel, green pepper, sweet toffee, fig and light yeast. Spicy burn is big enough to make an impression, but doesn’t overpower the great porter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (520) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Waxed 750 mL. Chestnut color with white lacing. Hickory smoke, smoked.peppers, biscuits, and resinous hops hiding in the background. Taste is moderately peppery with a smokey dryness. Medium body with a slight foamy feel. Nice smoked pepper porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31485) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (455) - 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.


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