RATINGS: 53   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 jalapeo 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (43286) - 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 (14372) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2015
On tap at Northbound. Pours a clear deep amber an earthy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of pepper with a touch of heat and roasted malts and dark roasted underlying. Flavor has same strong peppers that only have a touch of heat with a back bone of dark grain and light roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 75cl ][ Tasting ][ Free ][ Tasting Globe ][ 1.24.15 ]
>> Clear deep red pour, okay foam. Spicy salsa nose, red jalapeo. Taste is papery, watery, weak, spicy red jalapeo. Dusty, not really imperial porter palate or roast wise. Would need a lot more body to balance out the heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pour on tap at Northbound, dark reddish black pour with tan head, aroma brought big smoke, earth,smoked malt, some slight vegetal note into a slight spice, earthy note, touch of cocoa and roast in there. Taste is a mix of dark cocoa, roast, big smoke, vegetal notes into a slight smoked malt, touch of pepper heat, finishing bitter, earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2015
What a beer! Pours a brown red color with a medium white head. The aroma is all big massive peppers. The flavor genuinely tastes like smoked peppers, not hot, big smoky malts. Some chocolate and toast. Awesome. A bottle would be too much alone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7135) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Draft on tap at the brewery (Minneapolis, MN). Pours a deeper rich blackish hue, opaque body with a touch of plum midnight color on the edges and bottom. Frothy tannish head dies to a nice filmy layer, decent retention and lacing. Aromas are a bit toasty and carmelized, mellow toast and coffee meet subtle roast, earth, black malts and a bit of smoke, earth and subtle soil. Earth, chile and chipotle smoke and heat. Nice dark fruit, smokey earth and pepper. A bit of toast, earth and black malts. Some touches of chocolate, earth, subtle ash. The peppery life integrates well with earth, smoke, a faint cinnamon and biscuity life. Backend isnt hop, the pepper additions are smokey and earthy, dark fruit and depth give this some real good flavor and depth without being thick, brooding or overwhelming. Finish is a bit toasty, smokey, with lingering peppers and earth. Carmelized, softened cocoa and a bit of creaminess at times. Gentle heat but nothing all that present instead focusing on the smoke and earth. Fun stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6226) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
750 ml. bottle. Pours a darker reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of peppers, smoke, and malt. Taste is chili peppers, smoke, roasted malt, and some caramel. Pretty good in small doses.

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