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Hot Box - Indeed Brewing Company

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86
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
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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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
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kiddwhiz, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

MNPikey, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

cofeeguru, May 09, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Indeed Hot Box Imperial Porter/Smoked Porter, with Peppers, or Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter? One of those things. In collaboration with Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub in South Minneapolis. Brewer/owner Jamie Robinson, of Northbound, worked at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery with Indeed brewmaster Josh Bischoff, and, I believe, co-owner Tom Wisenand. Jamie smoked some malt (and the peppers) at Northbound, then went over to Indeed in North Minneapolis to brew the thing.
9.5 % ABV.

And now it's at last on tap at a bar near me, and in my glass, and I'm about to drink one.

Solid ebony appearance, lush, lace-leaving, light tannish head atop. A beautiful thing.

Aroma: Pepper heat and smoke lead the charge, with smoke a bit ahead. Very rauchbier-isch. Lightly sweet smoke-y malt, with peppers creeping slightly behind.

Taste: Boards the palate with full aplomb, again with smoked malt dominant, and pepper taste just after. Jalapeno and Fresno peppers were employed in this, and I'm glad they aren't a major part of it. They're there, but they're not stoking your tongue over hot coals, piercing your senses with hot pokers, drilling the palate with intense chili heat.

I've not been shy about sharing the fact that jalapenos and I are not exactly friends. I love spiciness, but am incapable of handling intense heat from those and other, hotter chilis. Cheers to those of you who are happy with them, and call me a wimp if you want. I pick them out of my meals, and do not care for them in my beers. Especially lagers. But ales, especially porters, imperial porters? Smoked porters? Imperial smoked porters? Those I can handle.

One flaw, if any, would be that traditional porter-y flavors do not emerge, for they are all but swamped by all these extra, added tastes. There's some chocolate malt lurking below, some slight roast, a light cherry or other dark fruit. But swamped over by the smoke and the pepper.

One thing that doesn't dominate, however, is the alcohol. That's staying on the mellow side, despite it's …whoa. Spoke to soon. There it is.

All in all, another excellent effort from Indeed.

feloniousmonk, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

eawolff99, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

SaxmanRick, Mar 25, 2013
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

stpa0501, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

herman77, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

minnesotaryan, Mar 07, 2013
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Hopstout, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

sacrelicio, Feb 28, 2013
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Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.