Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Third Stone BrownThird Stone Brown

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BA SCORE
81
good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 07-29-2002

A myth shattering ale that proves all dark beers don't have to be filling. Sweetly smooth with nutty hints of roasted caramel flavor. Brewed with American, Canadian and English grown barley and American hops.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by Clones21:
Photo of Clones21
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Third Stone Brown is a very solid Brown Ale. I am a big Brown Ale fan so I may think more highly than others.

Smell- The smell is actually not that great. It's does not great you well. Smells kind of dirty in a way with roasted malt.

Taste- The taste is much different from the smell. This beer has a great roasted caramel and toffee taste. This beer also went down very smooth and could probably put away a six pack of these. Loved it.

I recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys dark beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz short, brown bottle. No freshness date.

A dark brown beer, dropped bright ruby hues and a creamy white wisp lace. Aroma holds a touch chocolate and grain.

Smooth, malty, medium-bodied with an underlying chewiness. Immediate flavours of caramel, fruity grape juice and a mild hop spice come to play. Touch of chocolate, hints of coffee and a faint smoke beneath. Esters in the back bring attention to some alcohol lingering about and notes of berries. Crisp, a bit dry with notes of grain in the feel. Mild citrus bitterness with a sharp grass edge balances out, and complements, the malt flavours. Finishes dry.

A decent brown ale; flavourful, drinkable and enjoyable ... not something I'd session with though.

Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some toffee, caramel and nuttyness.

The flavor is not quite as good as the smell, but it is still very nice. I get chocolate, hazelbut, toffee and caramel.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice English-style brown ale.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Spicy cocoa nose with a faint hint of wet cardboard. Pours deep dark brown under a thin light tan cap. The palate is malty chocolate with a grainy tart dry astringency on the finish. Creamy medium full body and medium carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one didn't wow me. Dark brown with a high beige head that took a while to settle. Faint smell of sweet malt and caramel. Mouthfeel was slick and watery. Flavor was malty, with hints of toffee and a very faint hop bitter with a strage twang to it, hard to describe. Sweet malt lingers on the palate.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears caramel ruby brown forms a decent sized tan beige head leaves rings of uneven lacing. Aroma contains toasty roasts with a slight metallic character some tart fruity tones and herbal earthy Williamette hopage. Taste is roasty upfront with a touch of soft chocolate, toasted nuts, and more mild fruity undertones light herbal/earthy hops with overall mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated stays on the palate leaves me with a nutty finish. Drinkability is solid nice brown ale straight out of Nebraska thanks to bditty187 for the sample I enjoyed it pretty much just nothing to over the top.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An agressive pour gave me 4 fingers of foam....had to be careful after it died down to yeild a half finger of tan atop a very dark amber brown.
Smells like toasted malt, caramel, and burnt sugar
Sweet toasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel yeild to a citrus sour hops.
Aftertaste of sour hops and burnt sugar with a hint of alcohol.
A different sort of brown, to me.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep mahogany body is capped by a thin lid of creamy off-white foam. The nose delivers fresh, gently toasted caramel and cocoa/chocolate malt accented by a mild floral, grassy, and smoky/woody note. With a quick whiff it sometimes appears to have mild characteristics of an earthy single malt Scotch wiskey. Interesting, and inviting! The body is soft and smooth across the palate; medium/light in body with a restrained carbonation. The flavor delivers all that the nose promises along with a delicate nutty and bready character that rounds it out greatly. As you progress through the glass different flavors appear more distinctly, lending to a decent level of complexity. There's also a cusp of roastiness (smokiness?) that gives it a really unique and intriguing character. Impressive! It finishes dry with a note of softly sweet malt that builds on the palate- going from short to lingering by the end of the glass - but balanced by a mild grassy hop flavor.

Photo of dbossman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahogany hue with a solid and steady two-inch head; and pretty decent lacing

S: Sweet roasted malts, nuts, toffee, caramel, toasted grains; decent aromas but a bit sweet and a bit subdued; I wish there was a roastier more pronounced character but it works

T: Similar flavor profile to the aromas--though more of a pronounced nuttiness and more roasted malts, toffee, and brown sugar; I wish there was more depth and complexities but it's an easy-drinking beer nonetheless

F: A tough thin but it works for what it is

O: With more of a complex flavor profile and body this would be a very good beer; as is, it is a decent, easy-drinking brown ale

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at brewskys in lincoln (nearest the airport), NE along with a truly tasty primerib patty melt!

Poured light btrown with a 1' white head. Minimal lacing & head retention

Nice nut & malt scents

Taste: Fruitty up front, the nuttiness. Finishes fruitty

MF: slightly thin with good carbonation

Goes down easy, but just a run of the mill brown

Photo of lawlerj
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at an Applebee's in Lincoln, NE. Who knew?

A - Nice thick head on the pour, a dark amber brown color. Leaves decent lacing as it was being drunk. Look pretty dang good.

S - roasted malt, a bit of coffee/espresso, not a lot else. Intriguing...

T - strong malt flavor, mild bitterness on the back end. Tastes like a brown ale should in my mind.

M - definitely on the thin side for this style. Could have been better in my mind.

O - overall, not too bad, but not the best brown ale I've ever had. Drinkability wise, I could put a few down, but I'm not sure I'd want to. As an aside, I was just tickled pink that I could get it on tap at an Applebee's. I was thinking the only half-way decent thing I might be able to find was Blue Moon.

Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather wonderful drink if you get right down to it. Third Stone pours an earthy-brown with a smallish tan foamy head, satisfactory lace.

The bouquet is very nice with roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and a great overall organic smell.

In your mouth Third Stone is creamy and fulfilling, excellent.

This is a great drink. You feel like you’re becoming one with nature at every sip (in my case many, many sips). I’d recommend this brew the next time you’re in eastern Nebraska (yeah, now you have a reason to come).

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan head. Brown to amber colored beer.
Aroma of lightly roasty malt, chocolate and earthy hops.

Taste shows a lightly roasty malt backbone with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Some earthiness. Solid hop balance. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Fairly smooth and easy-going.

Overall a solid beer with more hop balance than many brown ales. Big thanks to bditty187 for the bottle!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown, slim head with patches of lacing. A nice aroma of roasted malts, somewhat earthy. Light body, some roasted malts and nutty flavors. Has a nice bready, light burnt toast finish with a lingering creamy feel. Simple flavors, but well done. Thanks to bditty187 for this one!!

Photo of tjd112
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Dark mahogany brown, half-finger tan head that does not last too long, good lacing

Smell - Chocolate, roasted malts, less nuttier than most ales of its type

Taste - Basically follows the smell

Mouthfeel - Thin and light bodied

Drinkability - Could do so all day

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. More goodness from my labor for the industrial side of our business via Randy. Ale pours a muddled with tinges of red, a light tan dissipating head of foam that turns into a decent pool and light ring with moderate lacing. Nose of light chocolate, roasted nuttiness, sweet caramel malts, grains, and light hops. Flavors show nutty roasted characteristic with mild sweet (much less than the nose) medium grain flavor, and light hop balance. Finish is lightly dry, lightly hopped, and mildly tart from the grain characteristic. Medium low carbonation. Decent American brown ale.

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Half a finger's worth of slightly lopsided off-white colored head... No real retention to speak of... What's left is a splotchy veil of lacing and a thin color... The color is a slightly hazy light to medium brown... Their is a slight haziness as well... A good bit of rapid paced carbonation swirls towards the top of the glass...

S - Toffee... Light milk chocolate... Grounded malt balls... A touch of brown sugar... Some light dark fruits... Simple straight-forward and spot on for the style...

T - Simple and perhaps a bit understated... Light brown sugar... Toffee... Caramel... Some dark bread...

M - Light to medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Smooth... Refreshing... A bit thin...

D - Very quaffable... Very enjoyable... Uber sessionable... This is a nice beer from the heartland... I wish I had regular access to this one because it would be something I came back to on a regular basis... Nothing fancy or pretentious, just a simple good beer...

Photo of u2carew
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly. Mahogany color, some haze to the body. Very little lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Hints of chocolate and coffee.
T) Roasted malts. Chocolate. A subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy, crisp yet smooth. On the lighter side of medium for the body. Chalky.
O) A decent brown ale. I'd have another one.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem of a beer that I would have never had the chance to try otherwise. This one came with my third stone gift pack. Served cold and consumed on 12/01/2008.

The pour was decent, nice dark brown with a smallish head of tan that covered the top of the glass. Nice retention left a good bit of side glass lacing and a nice rounded look to it. The aroma was classic brown ale, little light, but still solid. Nice roasted malts, hints of caramel and other earthy tones mixed in throughout. Rich caramel flavor with a hint of earthy hop. Nice touches of brown sugar maybe and just a hint of bready tones underneath. Solid carbonation and a smooth, easy, medium feel.

Overall a very solid ale here. Nothing earth shattering but still damn fine. I would have no issue at all with going for this one again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of mi padre. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a small cap of tan head. Not much for retention, but does leave some nice lace and collar.

Nose is incredibly fruity, lots of red apples and pears. Some light notes of caramel and floral hops come through, but pretty much smells like a candied apple.

Taste is ok, not what I’d call a delicious English brown ale. The fruitiness is too high, the malt flabby and the beer just doesn’t leave you wanting more. It’s not a drain pour, but falls well short of average for the style. Carbonation is too high to call it smooth and atypical of English ales anyway. Bummer, I like the name, label and origin...but the beer flat out sucks.

Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light brown w/ a garnet tinge. Thin, ivory white head leaves no lace. The aroma is a combination of earthy and herbal hops and biscuit, with woody hints of fresh tobacco. Mild waft of chocolate malt. Nutty, light dryish chocolate notes upfront in flavor yields to cleanly sweet caramel and well toasted malt. Subtle earthy, perhaps Styrian Goldings hop flavor. The mild hop bitterness leaves residual sweetness that manages to complement the light chocolate notes well. Lightly bodied, but not anymore so than the typical brown. Finishes w/ a fading leafy, tobacco laced sweetness. A unique brown thats reminescent of a dark mild / American brown hybrid. Not a showstopper, but quite quaffable and innocuous. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jhammerly for getting this one to me:

Not a bad brown ale, but nothing stellar either. A nice mouthfeel with some decent nuttiness and a tasty touch of roast. The hop bite is there and though it balances to some extent, it’s pretty mild. However, this is a brown ale, after all, so I wasn’t expecting a tremendous hop spice anyway. Recommended.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good, drinkable brown ale. Pours to a light nutty amber brown color, still fairly transparant. What little head exists fades quickly to a thin ring. Carbonation is quite weak.

The smell is fairly robust but still has that light and sweet caramel maltiness with only a hint of roast. Smells very clean with noble hops.

The taste is also quite good. One of the better browns I've had. Very smooth and dry with a slight sweetness in the finish. Nice caramel flavor with roasty coffee undertones. Very well done.

The mouthfeel is a bit sharp with the carbonation, even though the beer appears to be damn near flat when first poured. Very crisp and clean, almost lager-ish. Very refreshing. The body is fairly light with a nice clean noble hop finish.

Drinkability is great. I only wish Nebraska brews such as Empyrean were available outside of Nebraska.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a clear, deep, chestnut brown with a small tan head that thins. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma is nutty and slightly roasty with a bit of a medicinal smell.

Taste is slightly malty and nutty upfront followed by a mild bitterness and a slight medicinal taste at the finish.

Thin body, light carbonation.

Not quite a drain pour, but the slightly medicinal character will keep me from drinking one of these again.

Photo of Loki
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle with very appealing packaging. The label and name hint of earth, nature, a tribal presence, and a time long forgotten.

This brown ale pours a deep, dark brown with a ½ inch cream colored head that fades fairly quickly. Very dark for a brown ale.

Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt and oats come forth from this brown ale. Are we sure this is a brown and not a porter? Just wondering.

The tastes prompt my question of whether or not this is a brown ale. Tastes of roasted malt, oats, semi-sweet chocolate, and coffee rolled across my tongue and around my mouth, also some hints of caramel. There is also a smoky, earthy taste and feel to the body. The body of this ?Brown / Mild Ale? was medium to medium-heavy and flowed very smoothly across my tongue and down my throat. What a great brew this Third Stone is and how apt the name for this full, earthy brown ale.

Thanks to bditty187 for this Nebraska brew. I have to get more. Now I feel guilty having said all those bad things about Nebraska and NU while I lived in Colorado and since then. Well actually I don?t, but almost.

Note: I had this beer after having a much lighter Heather Ale, I don?t know if this is why I found it heavier and more enjoyable than the others that reviewed.

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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.