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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%


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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mike76


4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 22:41:23 | More by mike76
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Loki

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 07:25:55 | More by Loki
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swid

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Serving type: cask

10-15-2004 02:02:46 | More by swid
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tjd112

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 21:38:16 | More by tjd112
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Romulus141

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 00:52:17 | More by Romulus141
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 06:59:32 | More by neonbrown82
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2003 14:30:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 15:48:10 | More by bditty187
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 22:21:23 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Bdc

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 02:23:38 | More by Bdc
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:54:49 | More by BeerWithMike
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Reanimator

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 16:03:01 | More by Reanimator
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Clones21

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:21:30 | More by Clones21
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jtw5877

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a quickly dissipating head. Solid beer, good malt profile, very drinkable. No extremes here, but it is a brown, and that is how it should be. I could drink these all night long. A tasty beer. Thanks go out to bditty187 for a choice Christmas present.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 15:20:28 | More by jtw5877
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Morris729

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a creamy light tan colored head that fades into a thin lace that eventually disappears completely. Nose is rich chocolaty malts with some herbal earthy notes. Light to medium in body and smooth in texture. Taste is dark malts, caramel, and unsweetened chocolate blended with some roasted nuts and woody earthy flavors. A very nice brown ale. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 16:41:54 | More by Morris729
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with one finger of head that dies down to a small collar quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is very malty. There is sweet caramel and toffee, and just a hint of nuttiness. The taste is also malty. Lightly toasted malt and caramel flavors dominate. Just a hint of macadamia nut. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability fairs well though. A nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 00:29:15 | More by SheepNutz
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty assertive aroma for a brown ale...sticky chocolate syrup...also getting some molasses on the nose...a bit of fruity (pears, apples) hop notes...

Sweet on palate....big chocolate flavor....should rebrand this as a chocolate brown ale and it would probably sell more....the chocolate is more of a milk chocolate and while evident not overwhelming. The hops noted on the aroma are not making an impression on the taste...

Body is light side of medium but not watery....no off acidic notes...nice and smooth drinking.

If you like chocolate leaning brown ales this is for you. I like it. Not an all-time great but very solid.

Would I buy this in a sixer? Yes I think I would when the mood strikes me for this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 20:36:17 | More by ZAP
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 04:22:25 | More by PhantomVodoo
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear, brown with a white head that doesn't last long. Lots of visible carbonation.

It's got a sweet and roasted smell. Not hoppy at all.

Roasted malts in the front of the mouth. Grassy bittering hops in the back. Balanced beer.

It's a bit crisper than I would have liked. It's medium bodied.

This beer's easy to drink, not very complicated and flavorful enoough to make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 20:49:41 | More by TippySelenoid
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 00:03:13 | More by mikesgroove
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phenomenologian

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, some smoke comes out. It pours with no head at all. It has some tiny bubbles foam at the top. It has foam but is something I would not call head. The foam laces a bit though which altogether is a pretty good sign. The lack of head makes me question it a bit. The Burning Skye Scottish ale had pretty much no head either which is brewed also by Empyrean in Lincoln, NE; are the beers they brew subject to getting more flat than at bottling? I don't know. It makes me question it though

The smell is of barely and hops. The barley is a nice strong combination with the strong hops. Liking the smell.

The taste is a strong strike to the palate: in a nice way. The barely comes out at first taste. Hops come together as you continue to taste. Towards the end, barley stands out with roasted tones and maybe some chocolatey fruity tones with that but maybe Im delusional. Love the taste.

The mouthfeel is not harsh and the beer has little carbonation. It has carbonation enough that it s an enjoyable beer to drink.

Overall, Empyrean beers like this one have odd turnouts with the head but it is pleasing to all other senses. Give this one a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:26:41 | More by phenomenologian
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled nutty with a touch of chocolate.

T - It tasted nutty with caramel and chocolate flavors. Smooth and creamy with a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice brown ale. Another solid offering from Empryean.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 22:53:39 | More by zeff80
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 19:32:57 | More by GeoffRizzo
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at any of the Lazlo's resteraunts, but I had this at Brewsky's in the Haymarket.

Appearance: Brown, as one would expect. I had no control on the pour, but this came with a decent head that linger until about half way through the glass, some lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, predominately chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

Taste: Definately able to taste the sweetness of the malt. The chocolate is like dark chocolate to me, somewhat sweet, yet bitter. Also caramel flavor. Not much in the way of noticable hops present.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, easy drinker.

Drinkability: A decent beer, especially when I consider what else is available locally. When in Lincoln (to visit or just passing through) I would recommend picking up some offerings from Empyrean Ales, which this is a good starter. Their year round production beers are available in many places in six pack bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2004 05:29:11 | More by BigRedN
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crusian

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sitting here bored T the Omaha airport, so I decided to review a beer. Pleasantly surprised to see this on tap.
Pours with about a half finger of head into a 20oz plastic cup... classy. Lol.
Looks good actually... much darker than expected, and the lacing sticks to the sides nicely... though not sure if this is due to the plastic or not. Not sure when the last time i had a beer out of plastic.
Nose is heavy heavy carmel malt. Tiny bit of chocolate peeking through.
Taste is what the nose gives... heavy carmel malt, with a bit of chocolate peeking through. I must be feeling generous, or seeing all the other still on tap here is making me soft, because this seems like a much better than the B rating it gets. For English brown style, this is pretty nice. Or maybe it is better on tap. Nice clean finish, a bit seltzery near the back of the palate, but that has been common for the style for me.
Mouthfeel is about medium to thin, and I like thick, but other than that, pretty good English brown!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 20:10:57 | More by crusian
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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.