Hot Box | Indeed Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours dark brown in color with a khaki colored head that holds well. As it fades, it leaves spotty lace on the glass. The aroma for the most part contains primarily pepper spice that tingles the nose with a fair amount of cocoa in the background. The taste is fruity somewhat yeast driven with plenty of cocoa and peppery citrus burn. This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall I think the base beer is lacking quite a bit as it is thin and lifeless but the cocoa and oeoper addition was well executed and made for a good "save" of the beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first waxed bottle! I was surprised at the amount of head here, but I'm no expert on porters. Very dark, obviously, but a shot with the ol' flashlight (5.11 ATAC) reveals a deep dark burgundy.
Smells great! I wish I could smell it better but I've got the worlds crummiest sinuses (oh no! he's not qualified to review beers! ban him!) Smells a little smoky and peppery, as should be expected.
The taste rocks. I wasn't sure how porter and peppers would work together, but it's awesome. The only other pepper beer I've had was Alaskan Jalepeno Imperial IPA - so this was a fun bottle to crack - something totally new to me. The sweet maltiness and the tickle of the peppers are terrific compliments, and that savory pepper taste rounds it all out very well.
Mouthfeel is good. Gets a bit creamy after a moment, nice for a porter.

Overall? (whispering) I just use a calculator to get the average of the first 4 scores and adjust based on emotion. 4.00!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to KWMiles for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Almost black with some deep rich browns on the edges. Head starts big and bubbly but drops to a small cap and collar in short order. Some sheets and notches of lacing.

Smell: Nice layers of spicy chilies. Some earthy and smoked pepper elements combine with a nice sweet smoked malt. The apple and cedar wood really shine. Some nicely roasted malts add some sweetness. A bit vegetal. Small earthy element. Some cocoa thrown in the back with a mild grassy element. A bit of smoked meat.

Taste: Mild cocoa and dark chocolate. A touch of grassy hop with some earthy elements. Peppers are nicely vegetal with an earthy and smoky element themselves. A touch spicy on the back. Some nice roasted elements with some dark sweet malts. Alder and cherry wood add some nice woody (go figure) elements and a distinct sweetness. Everything is balanced for the big style. Smoky in good measure. A vague dark fruit creeps out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to full body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Way better than Pepper Potts.

A nice pepper infused porter. A balance everyone should chase in the style.

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Hot Box from Indeed Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 103 ratings