Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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: 155 | Reviews: 72
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 brewdoc75
2.44/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Mahogany brown with light undertones. Moderate to strong carbonation. Head dwindles to a lace quickly.

S: Roasted malts, some chocolate and a faint fruitiness. Maybe some prunes or raisins. Really not exciting and the fruits are a bit offputting.

T: Faint roasted malt flavors with a hint of chocolate. Strong fruitiness ending in sourness. Not what I was expecting. These flavors end quickly into nothingness, leaving only a faintly bitter sourness in the back of the throat.

M: Light bodied and thin. Good carbonation.

D: I'm not a huge brown ale guy, so take my review with a grain of salt. Even for a brown ale there was some stuff going on here that didn't belong. I may have had a bad bottle. I may pick up another to give it another whirl, but I'll probably pass.

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 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 FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

377th review on BA
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Brewskys

App- A rounded off brown color with some dark no. A fluffy 1/2 in head and some decent cling.

Smell- Same as the NBC Brown, as I had them back to back. Pretty standard brown ale scents. Roasty with a bit of little touch of grains and dark chocolate.

Taste- Again, the Empyrean beers let me down. It was a standard brown ale with some light roasty smokiness and a bit thin with some nuttiness behind it.

Mouth- Very thin bodied and a slightly higher carbonation level with a weird after taste.

Drink- After the NBC brown this was my least favorite beer of the night but was a decent tick in the middle of America. Probably would not go back to this.

Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank a couple of these with a buddy during a homebrew session, bottle mentioned best by August (hopefully 2014), so there might be some fresher bottles out there. Poured (into a pint glass) a deep, rich mahogany with a 1/2 finger of off-white (maybe leaning towards tan) head. Dissipated rapidly. The appearance was the best part of this brew. Had to work hard to get a nose on this one, but some bready notes and a hint of apple/pear(?) came through eventually. The taste was smooth, not overpowering... it was a bit tart on the front end, just a bit of alcohol (funny for a 5.3%). Mild malt character and pretty balanced bitterness (for a low IBU). Par for the course for a brown ale (at least from my experience). Pretty nice mouthfeel on this, with some fair-to-middlin' carbonation keeping things interesting considering the medium body. As mentioned off the bat, definitely towards the end of the shelf life, but promising... would like to try a fresher bottle down the road to re-evaluate the aroma and taste. I won't turn one down at the next homebrew club meeting.

Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with two-finger light tan head that goes quickly leaving a little lace. Deep amber color. Burnt chocolate nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Starts almost sweet, with chocolate overtones, quiet finish. Not a bad brown. $6.93 for a 6-pak of 12oz bottles from Supersaver Lincoln, Ne.

Photo of NickSMpls
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice look but thin on the tongue.

Photo of jhammerly
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep brown with a slightly tannish head, the body is a bit thin when held up to the light. It has some transparency to it. A faint smell of roasted malt that touches the nose. A sweet, nutty flavor that is common in most brown ales, just a bit thin on the palate. Though I am not the biggest fan of brown ales, I do find this a decent brew that is a good session beer.

Photo of budgood1
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a murky red river brown colour without much head or lace. dark roasted malt aroma...cocoa and milk chocolate aromas paired by some nougat and toffee notes...another brown that smells like a liquid milky way candy bar. taste is more of the same...ample choco malted malt flavours...malted milk balls...a bit yeasty, definitely malt heavy with some obvious different malt combinations...all showing off some unique aspects. can't help but notice the lactic angle, too. but anyway....medium bodied and a respectfully gentle and easy going mouthfeel makes for a good drinker.

overall...a brown to appease the masses. flavourful, but in an uninspired way. might pair well with some smoked meat or a good steak. pedestrian at best.

Photo of Adamthome1
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have reviewed this beer in the past. Being from Nebraska I like to support the local brewery. Is it just me or has this beer changed for the worse? Maybe I just had a bad batch but it seems that while all other micro beers have been raising their prices in the last year or so I can still get Empyrean beers for the same price of $5.99 at Super Saver in Omaha. So my conclusion from the price standpoint is that they have substituted inferior ingredients to keep the price the same as opposed to raising the price outright and not sacrifice taste. I've noticed the Vanilla Porter tastes a bit off too but not as much as the Third Stone Brown.

The key things that feel different to me are the taste and aftertaste where the aftertaste is the most noticeable difference and is not very appealing.

Maybe it's just me, still an allright beer that I will support.

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 aforbes10
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Lazlo's and this is from my notes:

Apperance: dark brown color (duh), no head, some lacing.

Odor: malt, chocolate and yeast

Taste: Almost exaclty like a newcastle. malty with that strange newcastle metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fine and smooth with some carbonation.

Drinkability: I guess i could have a few (although i didn't)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack in Omaha at Spirit World. The pour is a dark amber brown with red tints throughout the beer. A limited white frothy head with limited lacing. But both dissipate over time. Eventually both are gone before the end of the tasting. The smell is grainy with some nutty and caramel notes.

The taste is strictly malty as per style with a good mix of roasted and smaller hints of chocolate and crystal blended in. A good overall taste from the malt and a light earthy hop that is minor but supports the beer well. There is a sweetness in the malt which lightens the taste and gives it a slight watered down flavor. That effects the body making what should have been a full body feel a little less. The carbonation is a little much for a English style but not overpowering.

Overall a good taste but a little watery. Make a stronger malt base and I think it would rank much better.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

--Chinese proverb

Foreboding burnt orange with bronze-like undertones and a generous number of rapidly rising bubbles. The result is a thick slice of buttered wheat toast colored froth that is especially creamy and rich. Decent enough lace solidifies a good score.

The nose is pretty typical for an English brown (or an American brown for that matter). It features midrange malts that have a modest cocoa character and a bit of fruitness. No hoppiness isn't a sin in beer of this style.

Third Stone Brown will not turn the head of your average beer geek. In fact, with each sip, the taste score slips closer and closer to average. It's a relatively light version of the style and is slightly too boisterous bubbled. The 'best by' date isn't until mid-summer, for whatever that's worth.

Flavors include cocoa powder, baked nuts, an orchard fruitiness, and a peppery phenolic quality on the drying finish. More boldness and more depth would have been good. TSB is probably a pretty good burger-n-fries washer-downer. Solo, it isn't a standout.

The mouthfeel is more 4.0% ale than 5.3% ale. The carbonation has settled down some, though it's still slightly too sharp-edged and doesn't pamper the mouth in the least. More malt and fewer bubbles should fix this one right up.

Empyrean beer has recently started appearing in local beer stores. Third Stone Brown doesn't really get us started off on the right foot, but maybe the rest of their lineup will be more to my liking.

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 sulldaddy
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I pour this one and get a clear rich mahogany colored brew. Nice tight off white head foams up nicely and hangs around for a while. Medium carbonation levels and mild caramel aromas and even a hint of chocolate present. The brew is very nicely balanced with malt sweetness up front and some gentle hop flavors on the finish. No hint of alcohol flavor or warmth. No ABV on the bottle but I would guess around 5.0 tops. Very smooth brew with a light body, and easy to drink. Clean finish no flavors linger in my mouth after swallowing. Could be a little thicker but overall a tasty beer!

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

Pours a beige head. Leaves some rings. Color is a clear golden brown.

Aroma: Caramel and chocolate malts. Nutty. Milk chocolate.

Taste: Roasted nuts, chocolate, caramel. It is creamy and milky.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, this was a very average brown. Very basic beer. Easy drinking, but nothing too flavorful.

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

Bottle sent to me by a buddy in SD who rocks!

Appearance: Pours more like a dark dull iced tea than a rich mahogany, with a tiny off white crown that offers little retention and a small outer ring of lace.

Smell: Subtle roasted malt, a bit of nutiness, and powdered cocoa.

Taste: Same as nose but with a bit of an acrid quality.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: Light in body, low in abv but lacking in flavor.

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 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 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 elmocoso
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of a cola, dark brown with an amber hue when held to the light. Slight beige head that is gone to soon. No lacing even. Very slight islands of bubbles where the carbonation beading rises.

nose is sweet, very sweet. there are slight roasted and chocolate flavors in the near background but the smell is most defiantly sweet-malt dominated. I also detect a slight spiciness that may be attributed to the Willamette hops.
Like in the smell, sweet dominates the taste of this beer. There is a lingering graininess that benefits the beer, adding to its overall complexity, but again, malt is the overriding characteristic to this beer's taste.
The Mouthfeel of the beer scores high marks for tis full bodiedness and easiness on the palate.
General drinkability suffers from the overplayed sweetness, but this is a decent beer that might be a great first step for somebody new to the craft brew world.

el

Photo of BeerBob
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Third Stone “Brown” pours... well... brown, from a 12oz... yes, you got it... “Brown Bottle” This is about brown as brown will ever get, with a white as ever white head of foam. How, you ask is this possible???... I don’t have a clue.

Bread, liquid bread, is the first thing that comes to mind, when I take the very first sip from this home grown , Nebraska brew. Biscuits and breads are first and foremost with chocolates and malts washing over the rest of the mouth with each and ever imbibe. Hops are so far in the background as to be almost imperceptible.

Nose is a damp wet musk, with no hint of malt or hops... none whatsoever. Some head and some lacing, but not it’s claim to fame.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: dark, chestnutty brown, with a short, dunnish head. Aroma: chock-full-o-nuts, with lesser tones of cocoa and pepper behind. Rich, creamy, and airy.
Body is full, but texture lacks. Hops are largely MIA.
A drinkable drink, but it's missing much in the way of character, and reminds me too much of a Newcastle.
Toward the end, I felt better about this brew. The nuttiness remained on the palate and ably stood it's ground, but overall flavor should have stood out more. It merely laid about, had no spark or tingle. Too mild for me.
Thanks go to bditty187 for helping me try it out.

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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.