Hot Box | Indeed Brewing Company

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87
very good
103 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
indeedbrewing.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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!

Added by sacrelicio on 02-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
19
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of spacecake9
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky reddish brown.
S - Smells like peppers!
T - Flavor is smoky, charred, some pepper but no heat.
M - Average carbonation and mouth feel.
O - I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Good beer Indeed.

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Photo of Bwbrev
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Balvenie
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soze47
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really smokey. I actually think they should've picked either smoked malts or peppers. Not both.

Sweet smoked nose. Sweetness isn't too specific. Taste is really heavy of the smoke up front and some licks of spice toward the end. Some welcomed coffee bitterness comes out as it warms to make it a little more complex. Sweetness gets a more refined role as I drink it too - almost a bittersweet chocolate quality.

Mouthfeel is great. It is just fluffy and light enough to not be oppressive with very strong flavors.

It grew on me as I drank it - at first I thought it was a borderline drain pour, but it really opens up and presents some in expected nuance toward the end.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dave2234
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B-Town
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly red tinged black with a smallish head. The aroma of mesquite barbecue type smoke is the first thing to hit me, as well as some herbal and vegetal notes, like grilled asparagus and burned rosemary. There are also some musty, forest floor scents present. The flavor begins with big wallop of acrid campfire smoke, with eventually smooths out to rich espresso and bittersweet baking chocolate flavors. The smoek leaves a prickly sensation on my lips that is not entirely pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium thin, with low carbonation. Overall this was an interesting beer, but I did not find the smoke and spice worked well together. I will restrain my ratings a bit, as I feel it was served too cold at the bar I was at, but even as it warmed there ws something bit disintegrated about it.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris-1911
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AGB
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lupigrant
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl
L: Pours nearly black with a thin light tan head that leaves splotchy lace.
S: Smokey, pepper notes with a chocolate and light coffee background.
T: Smokey chocolate, dried fruit, hint of bacon, faint coffee, pepper. The malt character is moderate to moderately low, the yeast driven flavors are moderate, and the smokiness is moderate to a little above.
F: Creamy with medium carbonation and body O: An interesting beer that needs a touch more pizzazz in the base beer to shine.

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Photo of Breyen
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrandonEnriquez
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaversfan12
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

spicy, smokey taste. great mouth feel

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Photo of WMbeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFizzinator
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warmbier804
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big smoke flavor, big pepper flavor, only small heat from the pepper.

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Photo of The_Dude_710
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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