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Hot Box - Indeed Brewing Company

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Hot Box
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BA SCORE
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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TheBeerDrinker

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

03-20-2014 00:50:44 | More by TheBeerDrinker
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billhelm

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-17-2014 22:46:05 | More by billhelm
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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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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-11-2014 00:46:14 | More by bigbeers84
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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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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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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-03-2014 00:27:48 | More by ahbithwabm
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

02-02-2014 03:28:42 | More by MNBeer1017
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2014 14:27:06 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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rainerfish24

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-30-2014 19:26:00 | More by rainerfish24
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Pug

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

01-26-2014 05:21:35 | More by Pug
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ama

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

01-26-2014 00:59:26 | More by ama
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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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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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seangibbs60

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-07-2013 17:15:15 | More by seangibbs60
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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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

11-16-2013 17:27:46 | More by yokken
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-13-2013 01:58:42 | More by mmulebarn
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 21:38:10 | More by Zach122
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josephwa

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

10-15-2013 21:20:33 | More by josephwa
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

09-30-2013 15:41:12 | More by ryancl
Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.