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Hot Box - Indeed Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.06%
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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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Beerlover, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

KarlHungus, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of BeerDrew
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

BeerDrew, May 30, 2014
Photo of FakeDeniro
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

FakeDeniro, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

SaxmanRick, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of xmorgan
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

xmorgan, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of n8opot8o
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

n8opot8o, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

tuckerlikesbeer, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of kiddwhiz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kiddwhiz, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of minnesotaryan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

minnesotaryan, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Kenai4, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ahbithwabm, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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
Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ryancl, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

EgadBananas, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

refractor82, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

FeelinSurley, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

KWMiles, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Ristaccia, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

CTJman, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Djsaturn1, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

skynyrdbyrd, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.