Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-07-2003 12:00:18 | More by Todd
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-07-2010 05:44:21 | More by Mora2000
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-10-2003 01:22:05 | More by far333
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-24-2006 21:18:18 | More by WVbeergeek
2.8/5 rDev -22%
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.
09-20-2006 01:31:34 | More by IntriqKen
4.28/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
06-11-2003 14:30:14 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
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
12-27-2012 04:14:17 | More by dbossman
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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
06-03-2006 03:53:30 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
04-20-2011 23:37:46 | More by lawlerj
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
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 youre becoming one with nature at every sip (in my case many, many sips). Id recommend this brew the next time youre in eastern Nebraska (yeah, now you have a reason to come).
07-29-2002 15:48:10 | More by bditty187
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
03-21-2004 04:22:25 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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!!
06-13-2003 19:32:57 | More by GeoffRizzo
4.63/5 rDev +29%
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
01-14-2010 21:38:16 | More by tjd112
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
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...
05-18-2012 02:13:34 | More by philbe311
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-04-2012 00:33:14 | More by u2carew
Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.