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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (116) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2393) - 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 (2079) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Was worried about this but once I smelled the aromas I was hooked. Hickory and maple smoke without usual metallic smoke character of some smoked beers. Flavors of balanced coffee peppers and smokiness. Medium mouthfeel and flavorful finish.

   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.

   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 17/20
ryanfolty (2391) - 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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (1003) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014
750ml bottle thanks thome50. Pours a medium brown with a small tan head. Aromas of smoked chili peppers and roasted malts. Taste is spicy as all get out, and semi dry. Really over the top pepper heat, along with a touch of smoke. The end result is very good, though. High boost imperial ported accented with hot peppers and smoke. I dig this beer a lot.

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