Short, Dark & Wired
Other Half Brewing Company

Short, Dark & WiredShort, Dark & Wired
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Stout - American
Ranked #11
Ranked #2,802
4.24 | pDev: 6.13%
Other Half Brewing Company
New York, United States
Short, Dark & WiredShort, Dark & Wired
Notes: A slightly beefed up version of our regular Short Dark and Handsome Stout with the addition of coffee, vanilla and cocoa powder.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 96 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - massive hazelnut head atop a pitch black body.

S - vanilla, good coffee, nuts, chocolate. Smells like a chocolate milkshake.

T - tons of vanilla-laced cold-brew coffee, poured over bittersweet dark chocolate. A little roast, molasses, and a hint of misplaced sourness. Low bitterness, low sweetness, low booziness.

F - slightly lacking medium body with higher than normal carb.

O - the nose is a wonder, but the taste and body don’t quite match that wonderful smell.

Oct 27, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives fudge colored with a modest cap of khaki; a few strands of lacing linger

Smell: Slightly roasty, with chocolate and vanilla tones; hints of coffee and cream

Taste: Moderately roasty, but the chocolate and vanilla elements are prominent; just a touch of coffee and cream, through the middle

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonated

Overall: My first exploration of Other Hand outside of their highly regarded IPAs and I am just as impressed with their skills with the dark side

Oct 26, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Can to sniffer.

Look: super thick black, tiny brown wisps replace a head.
Aroma:Super coffee aroma.
Taste: Vanilla and cocoa mix well with coffee. Very sweet.
Feel: Very thick and chewy.


Oct 23, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark and thin looking brown color, with a small foamy head and not much lacing.

Surprisingly, the aroma is mainly semi-sweet chocolate here, with a not a ton of coffee and a little bit of vanilla. It's a little bit of an insipid aroma to this one- not super bold or bright.

Surprisingly enough, this didn't really work for me. The coffee flavor is old and not bold. The chocolate flavor is definitely nice, has a bit of a chocolate malt/cold hot chocolate feel to it. There's not a ton of vanilla, and no real roast character to tie it all together. This just feels lazily constructed to me.

This is very thin, but still pretty drinkable, with a lower level of carbonation.

I don't know if this had to drank exceptionally fresh or something, but it just didn't hit any buttons for me.

Apr 30, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rebrewed and canned 2/8/18..Tall can.

Pours dark and stout like...mocha cap, with some low froth and just a tad of lacing left behind.

Nose of dark chocolate, vanilla and some cafe a lait on the finish'

Tasty stout, medium bodied, and highly flavorful. Wonderful feel in the mouth. Liquid velvet. More chocolate, more vanilla and more soft coffee flavorings....

OH continues to amaze, crushing each style they take on....this is an awesomely good stout

Feb 14, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another nice stout from Other Half, with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla added... Aromas present the expected merger of the aforementioned additives, rounded off with a little bit of roasty char... On the palate, bittersweet and dry, suggesting cocoa powder, cold espresso, and hint of vanilla-molasses for sweetness... Medium-full bodied and smooth, little bit of stickiness on the finish, but otherwise dries nicely... Overall, fairly mild, which may be appealing to some, but i personally prefer a beer like this to have a little more punch... 12/16/16 canning...

Jul 04, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ebony tap pour with no visible carbonation initially, but lacing on draughts. A lot of chocolate in the nose. Flavors of cocoa, dark chocolate, a bit if espresso and a tiny bit of booze. The finish is I clean and a bit flat. -easy to enjoy

Feb 09, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Smooth oily, really dark brown, opaque and creamy pour. Mocha foam head settles and rings the glass with a few islands.

Roasty malts, strong coffee and bittersweet cocoa dominate the aroma.

Smooth and rich coffee and cocoa flavors. Hint of sweetness balances the bitterness nicely. Vanilla gets a bit lost.

Silky smooth mouth feel, nice carbonation level for the style.

A satisfying brew. Look and feel are best characteristics, but is above average in all categories.

Jan 17, 2017
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brownish black and oily, with a thin tan head that laces the glass well.

Aroma of heavily roasted malts and coffee, pleasing to the nose. Nice robust mocha like flavor really quite tasty. Bitter, roasted malt and sweet coffee note in the finish. Big and malty with lots of vanilla and chocolate.

Overall, a solid take on a breakfast or dessert stout. Very much a satisfying drinking experience sipping this on a winter night.

Jan 17, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

In a pint glass at Mission Dolores.
A: Dark, black, opaque.
S: Loads of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Obviously, but undeniably. YUM.
T: This is like FBS or Coffee & Cigarettes. Delicious, delectable, and predicable. Maple, roasted malt, char, vanilla, coffee, lightly bitter.
M: Kinda light bodied, strangely. Crisp.
O: My kinda stout. Another rousing success from Other Half.

Jan 14, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with 2 fingers of fluffy brown head that quickly disappears, no lacing. Aroma is full of bakers chocolate, cocoa, a touch of coffee, and some vanilla; very inviting. Taste has more bakers chocolate upfront with a bit of coffee and vanilla in the finish. Medium body and moderate+ carbonation. Super tasty beer, the added chocolate is quite prominent with the coffee and vanilla playing supporting roles. The base beer is very much in the background but I really dig the adjuncts.

Jan 08, 2017
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Danstaats from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding stout. Great Body, great cocoa and vanilla aroma. Overall impressive. Mouth feel is spot on. smooth up front and mild bite on the back end.

Jan 04, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-draught @ The Well in Brooklyn, NY.

$7 per 16 oz pour.

HEAD: ~3cm cap of khaki colour recedes to a surface floater within 4 minutes and then dies after 2+ minutes thereafter.

BODY: Opaque black. No yeast/lees visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. A nice looking stout, but not a unique or special one in terms of appearance.

AROMA: Hits classic notes of chocolate and vanilla, with subsidiary notes of roasted barley and faint coffee in there too. Dark malts, some cream, milk chocolate.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a balanced enjoyable stout with nice vanilla and chocolate notes. No overt hop profile (to style). No off-notes.

TASTE: Lovely notes of shaved vanilla bean and evocative chocolate. Dark malts sit in the background, tying the beer together. No real coffee presence, but then it doesn't need it - and the subtle roasted barley flavour is enough.

Almost impeccably balanced. Nice flavour profile all around. I love seeing more of these classic stouts on the market; not every stout needs balls to the wall bourbon barrel vanilla bean coffee ground coconut flake smoked malt milk chocolate nonsensery.

TEXTURE: Smooth, almost silky. Wet. Rightly medium-bodied. Soft enough. Perfectly carbonated. In short, well done.

OVERALL: I just wish I could revisit it in a more review-conducive environment. Terrific drinkable work from a rightly well-regarded brewery. Up there with Interboro's Approved Stout in terms of the NYC market, and highly drinkable stuff that I'd happily buy a sixer of at $10 a pack (if only). That said, the coffee is shockingly shallow, and there is ample room for improvement. The kind of stout I'd happily drink all night.

Hat tip to Other Half.

B+ (3.87) / VERY GOOD

Jan 03, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the can, pours pitch black color with a 1 finger light brown colored head that was full of tiny bubbles, dissipating slowly and leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells really great with strong roasted coffee grinds up front, then espresso and vanilla beans, charred wood, toffee, brown sugar, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and dark fudge. Seems like chocolate malts all the way.

Tastes of burnt dark roast coffee, vanilla, smoked malts, charred wood or ash, coffee grinds, molasses, cocoa powder, dark chocolate bar, brown sugar, piney hope, soy sauce, herbs or fresh cut grass and then more chocolate at the end which resembles chocolate milk powder.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, more like a porter than a stout. It flows down easy and hides the ABV masterfully, but doesn't have any stout thickness or resemblance of viscosity as well as very mild carbonation. While it's non stout like in feel the aroma and flavor more than make up for those shortcomings as this is a very tasty and enjoyable brew. The dry chalky finish leaves the flavor of burnt coffee and cocoa powder lingering like a nice roasty espresso.

Dec 28, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice head that fades slowly. Light lacing. Aroma coffee, molasses and vanilla. Taste is light coffee, vanilla,chalky chocolate and toasted malts. With a chalky finish. Big stout fan but this one is not my style.

Dec 27, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body, big aroma of milk chocolate and coffee grounds. Flavor is very vanilla-forward with coffee coming through in a big way as well, with hints of chocolate. Medium body, very drinkable, big flavor.

Dec 25, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black chocolate. Nose is of roasted malt, coffee, molasses and light vanilla. Taste of light coffee, rich chalky bakers chocolate and toasted malts. Nice dry chalky finish to it. A medium body easy drinking stout.

Dec 21, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up when it was released a few weeks back, as this had a date of 12/16 on the bottom of the can with "Let Yourself Go" written above it. Both the Short, Dark, and Handsome and the Short, Dark, and Extra Handsome were quite good for having a relatively low alcoholic content and coincidentally, this was also 7.40% ABV. The addition of the coffee and cocoa powder gave this a bit of a burnt feel to it, which made this beer taste a bit like a Porter.

The pour to this was pretty much what one would expect it to be as the liquid was thin, dark brown, and sufficiently carbonated while the head was tan, bubbly, and faded quickly. Lots of coffee, espresso, and cocoa powder in the nose. This was quite dry once I gave it a taste as the powder was more prevalent than I would have liked and an overwhelming dryness came into play. Nowhere as thick as a "motor oil" Stout, it had the feel of milk chocolate with more grit and with alcohol.

The booze was a plus though, as it gave this beer some strength to go with the toasted malt and range of chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors. While not a bad beer, I was hoping that this would be a bit stronger and get me wired. It's worth having once during these cold nights as a welcome change from Other Half's hoppier offerings.

Dec 19, 2016
Short, Dark & Wired from Other Half Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 96 ratings