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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 07-29-2002)
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Photo of mike76
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%

i don't drink dark beers because they are usually too heavy and give me a bad after taste but this beer is excellent. it is like drinking a light beer with a good taste i cant wait to have another of these. i just hope i can get a case mailed to me since its not sold in my area.

mike76, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Loki
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%

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.

Loki, May 15, 2003
Photo of tjd112
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%

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

tjd112, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of swid
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%

I was able to try the premiere release of the cask-conditioned version of Third Stone Brown; it is a wonderful improvement on an already fine brown ale.

A thick, creamy tan head forms over a dark brown body. FireWorks served this beer at an appropriate temperature for a cask ale (around 50F). A slight nut aroma; but no particular smell dominates this beer.

The cask version of Third Stone is exceptionally smooth, and is fairly sweet, with a distinct toffee flavor. After the initial taste, a hint of coffee is picked up, and finally the hops. Finishes quite clean, with a light caramel flavor.

Hands down, this is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever tasted. Empyrean has created an exceptional cask ale. It's highly unfortunate that it will only be available once every few months or so...

swid, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
4.5/5  rDev +25%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Romulus141
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Poured into a pub glass. I've had this many times before at the Brothers bar in Lincoln.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown with a fair amount of cream-colored head. The head dissipates after some time, but a thin layer remains on the top of the brew. Lacing is apparant on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fulfilling wheat smell is predominant. The smell is strong, and a good indicator of the taste.

Taste: Full-bodied, with a strong burst of roasted grain. The taste is very distinctive, and it makes an immediate impression. The finish is quick and crisp, and there is no lingering aftertaste. All in all, this is a very good brew.

Mouthfeel: It is thinner than some other ales I've had, and a little over-carbonated. However, it is still quite good. Though, I would cut down on the carbonation a bit if I had the opportunity. Empyrean really likes to lay on the carbonation it seems.

Drinkability: Quite good. I order pitchers of this at the bar often, and it is not filling or too rich for a session. Combined with its superb flavor and light mouthfeel, this is the ideal brew to drink while at a bar in Lincoln, NE.

A very good brew, and one of my personal faves from the local breweries in Nebraska.

Romulus141, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of woogie359
4.5/5  rDev +25%

woogie359, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of renae1979
4.5/5  rDev +25%

renae1979, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

neonbrown82, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

kraticus41, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Daverocker1, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of pjyancy
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

pjyancy, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Bear1964
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Bear1964, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of bditty187
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%

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).

bditty187, Jul 29, 2002
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a murky, unfiltered muddy brown, like a puddle full of dead leaves. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp. Light lacing leaves rings on the glass. The beer smells of faint toffee, butter, malts. The taste is buttery, with biscuit cookie, malts, and faint toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with a roasted malt finish.

Overall, really good. Tastes like an Autumn ale with less alcohol. Love the unfiltered murky brown. Awesome.

JuicesFlowing, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Bdc
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Sampled from bottle, traded with Bditty187 from NE. Pours a clear, medium-brown with a frothy off-white head that steadily dissipates. Aroma is simply awesome: nutty, spicy and floral. Balanced flavor is earthy with a hint of chocolate and perhaps coffee. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. An excellent brown ale.

Bdc, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%

Had this brew before but sampling right now on 8/7/13. Pours a very dark brown with about a 1-finger off white head that leaves good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts for the most part with a light hint of caramel with a slight nutty flavor. The taste is exactly the same and is very pleasing and smooth to drink. No bad aftertaste. Great anytime of the year and is available every season.

BeerWithMike, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Clones21
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Clones21, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Reanimator
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours bottle brown with some porter-esque ruby hues. Big malty aroma with some sort of herbal/spicy quality that I can't nail down.

The flavor is milk chocolate and light roasted coffee, like a breakfast blend - a very nice combination. Some more of that herbal-spiciness as well, not sure what it is but it isn't unpleasant. Medium bodied mouthfeel, nothing special here.

I love this brewery and their consistently great beer across many different styles, and like all Empyrean Ales the Third Stone Brown is incredibly drinkable and delicious.

Reanimator, Aug 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

tvv375ia, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

dtomes, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.