Hot Box - Indeed Brewing Company
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Decent beer, imperial porter with smoked chiles, collaboration with Northbound Smokehouse. Dark brown, almost black, with a decent mocha head. Smell is peppery and a bit chocolatey. Taste is pretty hot, with a good chocolatey background. Lots of smoke. Good beer but I wouldn't seek it out again.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2013 18:48:51 | More by sacrelicio
3.76/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2014 00:50:44 | More by TheBeerDrinker
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
i respect it, but i don't really love it, thats my take on this smoked chili porter. all kinds of woods used here for the malt, and the pepper is intense on it, so for the lover of a little heat in their brew, this is for you. chocolate brown in color with an oatmeal looking head over an inch tall. it smells heavily smoked, with the pepper coming second. a little watery perhaps on the body, but it doesnt hurt it much in my eyes. i get a lot more pepper heat than i need here, its not dominant, but its real strong, and has the curious property of mellowing out with temperature, opposite of what i have known to be the standard. the smoke is the best part, its complex and heavy, rachbier style, woody and earthy and a little bitter. if i was in charge of this beer, i would increase the grain bill, a little darker and bitter malt, and id scale back the pepper just a touch, but the alcohol is well hidden and i would like this a lot better if i could handle the heat, but I've never cared for much of that in my beer. impressive offering though, indeed has been doing some very unique stuff.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 00:27:36 | More by StonedTrippin
3.79/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 19:00:20 | More by angrybabboon
Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.