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Hot Box - Indeed Brewing Company

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87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +28.9%

Everything about this beer is perfect, it's an excellent example of every style of beer that makes it up, porter, smoke beer, pepper beer all balanced perfectly together, and this year I don't even have to go down to indeed to get one! This is in my opinion an amazing example of how complex a beer can be but still beautifully simple if that makes any sense. This is just such a balanced beer and perfect to pair with food and friends in the ridiculously long frigidly freezing winter we've had here. None of the flavors overwhelm the palate or over take the others. So pleasant, not too much smoke or heat, I'd say the smoke a high low and the heat is moderate but you still have a great porter as a base, I think indeed should start canning the porter without the smoke and peppers as a year round beer, that would be glorious! one of my favorite beers that I tried and forgot to rate of last year and it's just as good if not better this year, yum!

02-03-2014 05:30:09 | More by Beerlover
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

07-01-2013 18:38:10 | More by KarlHungus
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BeerDrew

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

05-30-2014 03:17:22 | More by BeerDrew
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FakeDeniro

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Look Dark more like a stout then a porter but who cares.
Smell Campfire not too strong.
Taste Campfire up front followed by a sweet milk chocolate with a little heat after!
Over all a great smoked beer. The heat was not very strong but works well with the sweet chocolate taste it follows.

07-08-2013 10:50:54 | More by FakeDeniro
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

03-25-2013 15:57:11 | More by SaxmanRick
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xmorgan

California

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

Had in tap at Señor Wong in St Paul

Appearance: dark (poor lighting) brownish whit foamy head with food lacing

Smell: Smokey and malty nice smokehouse nose

Taste: smokey with an alcohol finish it does not finish so well and leaves a overly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: bold beer that would be excellent with meat and stronger cheese, enjoyable in meals but the aftertaste makes it harder on its own, enjoyable but. Oils not drink more then one at a sitting

03-23-2013 03:09:16 | More by xmorgan
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n8opot8o

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-30-2014 01:44:52 | More by n8opot8o
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-02-2013 22:26:18 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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kiddwhiz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-17-2013 21:34:54 | More by kiddwhiz
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minnesotaryan

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-07-2013 00:42:40 | More by minnesotaryan
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-18-2014 01:30:21 | More by Kenai4
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-03-2014 00:27:48 | More by ahbithwabm
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

03-23-2013 07:14:05 | More by MattyG85
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

09-30-2013 15:41:12 | More by ryancl
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morimech

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

01-25-2014 18:54:11 | More by morimech
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-24-2013 21:22:07 | More by EgadBananas
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refractor82

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-07-2014 12:33:23 | More by refractor82
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-03-2014 13:12:24 | More by FeelinSurley
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-27-2013 13:43:32 | More by KWMiles
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-14-2014 22:21:17 | More by CTJman
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Djsaturn1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-06-2014 03:18:29 | More by Djsaturn1
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skynyrdbyrd

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-16-2014 04:19:26 | More by skynyrdbyrd
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-05-2013 03:23:15 | More by XmnwildX12
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

01-25-2014 04:58:56 | More by bsp77
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Hop-Droppen-Roll

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

07-09-2014 00:55:20 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
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Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.