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Hot Box - Indeed Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Good friends. Good beer. They are what get us through these insanely long winters in Minnesota. That’s why we teamed up with our friends at Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub in South Minneapolis to bring you Hot Box Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter. This collaboration beer is brewed with hickory-smoked peppers and malt cold-smoked over alder, maple and apple woods. Sweet and smoky, with hints of dark fruit and coffee, Hot Box provides just enough heat to keep you thawed during the coldest winter months. This beer may not be for everyone, but then again, neither are Minnesota winters!

(Beer added by: sacrelicio on 02-28-2013)
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beerguy23, Mar 21, 2014
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with good-sized tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Definite smoke, almost peaty, peppers, heat and molasses.

Taste: The smoke and the hot peppers take center stage and compliment each other nicely. Some balance with the molasses and chocolate notes from the Porter base. Lingering smoke and jalapeño.

Feel: Fairly smooth, medium to full body with moderately low carbonation. The heat from the peppers makes the finishing mouthfeel a little bit uncomfortable at times.

Overall: A very tasty beer that I wish I had more of. While the heartburn inducing finish is a little bit of nuisance, it doesn't fully detract from this unique offering from Indeed.

bsp77, Jan 25, 2014
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MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 15, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a slight hint of brownish amber. Moderate bubbles and a very big four finger light tan head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very smoky, woody, and dark roasted aroma. Huge aroma of smoked malts with hints of charred wood and beef jerky. The jalapeno and Fresno peppers come in as well adding to the hot smoking scent. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, toast, coffee, biscuit, and nut. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very big hickory smoked dark aroma. Pretty nice smell.

Taste: Follows the nose well with a big rich taste of hickory smoke, hot pepper, and dark malt. Big upfront taste of smoked malts and burnt wood with a little beef jerky like taste. Nice hot bite of jalapeno and Fresno peppers blend in with the smoked malts. Roasty malt taste with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little nut. A little hop bitterness behind the heavy malts. Very smoke forward with a nice blend of peppers and chocolate. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty hot from the pepper. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A very good smoked beer. Good smoked dark malt taste with just enough pepper to add a nice kick without becoming too hot. Would pair well with Mexican food.

MattyG85, Mar 23, 2013
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n8opot8o, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle

Hot Box Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter. Collaboration of Indeed and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub. Imperial porter aged over smoked Poblano & Jalapeno peppers.

Pours a dark, clear brown with an attractive two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Smokey aroma of wood and chile smoke. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and earth. Has a little bit of a ashy campfire smell that knocks the score down a little of an otherwise excellent aroma.

Definitely more than Minnesota spicy. Heat and spice hit the back of the throat and hangs around. Plenty of wood smoke in the flavor as well. Not rauchbier level of smoke but still a big flavor player. Good sweetness from the malt adds balance and complexity with notes of cocoa and coffee. Pick up some earthy and grassy hops as well. Very complex flavor and worth digging into.

Medium body with creamy, smooth carbonation and texture. Pleasurable to drink.

Maybe one of the more radical beers to be packaged in Minnesota. Not Minnesota nice.The spice and smoke is going to alienate a lot of locals, but it is an excellently crafted and composed beer.

morimech, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bigbeers84, Feb 11, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review from notes, 7/4/14

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, but not black - pours with a medium sized, tan head - fades to some nice wisps, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Nice chili aromas and a solid porter base - vegetal chili peppers, can't detect any heat in the aroma - nice undercurrent of smoke and smoked wood - porter base has some nice chocolate and roasty malts

Taste: Nice chili pepper flavor, nice porter flavors, lacking heat - dry and roasty, chocolate and caramel malts - light sweetness - overall, the chili flavor is somewhere between subtle and well-balanced, with some chili flavor and some light heat - nice smoky flavors as well, and everything comes together nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: Not hot, doesn't come in a box... but still good

This is definitely a porter with chilis, not a chile beer. But it's a good example of a porter enhanced by smoke and chilis. I don't think it will blow any minds, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

angrybabboon, Jul 12, 2014
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billhelm, Mar 17, 2014
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first waxed bottle! I was surprised at the amount of head here, but I'm no expert on porters. Very dark, obviously, but a shot with the ol' flashlight (5.11 ATAC) reveals a deep dark burgundy.
Smells great! I wish I could smell it better but I've got the worlds crummiest sinuses (oh no! he's not qualified to review beers! ban him!) Smells a little smoky and peppery, as should be expected.
The taste rocks. I wasn't sure how porter and peppers would work together, but it's awesome. The only other pepper beer I've had was Alaskan Jalepeno Imperial IPA - so this was a fun bottle to crack - something totally new to me. The sweet maltiness and the tickle of the peppers are terrific compliments, and that savory pepper taste rounds it all out very well.
Mouthfeel is good. Gets a bit creamy after a moment, nice for a porter.

Overall? (whispering) I just use a calculator to get the average of the first 4 scores and adjust based on emotion. 4.00!

Hop-Droppen-Roll, Jul 09, 2014
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Zach122, Oct 24, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black as night with a two finger beige head with great staying power and some nice lacing. Smell is dark malts, slight bit of pepper, maybe a little bit of chocolate but the malts are the showcase in the nose along with some smoke. Taste is smoky with more chocolate, more peppers, and definitely the malts in the background. Actually I would say the peppers and the dark malts are the most upfront and seem to go well together. While it's slightly hot it also has the distinct taste of jalapenos which I love. If the peppers are going to be upfront it's nice to taste a jalapeno as I love them. Mouthfeel is decently thick when swished around the mouth due to the nice carbonation. Definitely not thick like an aged BCBS but still some thickness there. Overall I like this beer more than I thought I would as it has been sitting and staring at me for over a month and I finally popped her open. Really a pretty nicely balanced beer as the smoke, malts, and peppers really all seem to compliment each other instead of overwhelming one another.

The beer is 9.0 ABV if anyone knows how to update that.

TheBeerDrinker, Mar 20, 2014
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Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.