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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Miami66
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Miami66, Mar 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

KlayWey, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of brewdoc75
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

brewdoc75, Nov 16, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Steimie, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Timmah11, Mar 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

FosterJM, Apr 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

sgttibbs, May 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Shawner, Dec 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

crobinso, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Mikus, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Herky21, Mar 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

sneezye, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

BearMittens, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

jhammerly, May 13, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

budgood1, Sep 16, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Adamthome1, Nov 25, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

arguemaniac, Jun 26, 2006
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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)

aforbes10, Jan 13, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Oelschlager, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

RDW, Aug 02, 2014
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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.