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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

Third Stone BrownThird Stone Brown

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BA SCORE
82
good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 117
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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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Todd for sharing the growler during the Council gathering at Lake Poinsett. Well sealed and a nice and fresh pour, it's mahogany with a slim tan head that doesn't leave much lace. Nose is roasted malt and cocoa flakes. Taste is akin to the nose, but adding thin elements of caramel, biscuit, coffee and nut. Decent carbonation, but is too light in the body. I've had this several times now in different formats and it's got some promise, but I'd prefer a little heavier body and more robust flavor.

Serving type: growler

09-04-2012 15:10:32 | More by JackieTH
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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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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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dbossman

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:14:17 | More by dbossman
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:48:02 | More by twiggamortis420
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby.
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:33:14 | More by u2carew
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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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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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lang409

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's something worthwhile here in the burgeoning beer scene in Lincoln, NE. The Third Stone Brown from Empyrean is a worthwhile contender. A nice mellow nutty brown with a lite malt foretaste makes it a great sessionable beer even on a hot day. True to a malty brown you will feel full after a couple. If you go to Lazlo's, which after chatting with one of the brewers I found out is where Empyrean started, try some of their other beers as well. 3 samples for free and all beers on tap (flight) for $7. Not a bad deal in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 20:18:29 | More by lang409
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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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:13:34 | More by philbe311
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:54:45 | More by mothman
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy reddish-brown color. Poured a 2 finger bubbly off-white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in thin rings that did not hold evenly.

S: Caramel malt and roasted nuts. Faint milk chocolate and a light bitter.

T: Smoky/roasted malt flavor. Transitions quickly to a mild, building bitter. A little caramel/chocolate flavor lingers.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and malty. A little warming in the finish.

D: Easily drinkable. Mild - probably as the style should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 16:11:31 | More by Haybeerman
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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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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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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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budgood1

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:17:46 | More by budgood1
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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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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a 3 finger dense foamy head which fades but maintains a nice presence. Spotty lace. Dark brown with red tones.

S: Light chocolate, cream/milk. Bitter and alcohol finish the aroma.

T: Thin and light. Very light cocoa, smoke. While this may not be overbearing in flavor, it is actually nice for the style. Browns aren't typically supposed to be over the top.

M: A little thin and drying. Decent.

D: Perfectly drinkable (though not great). Great for food!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 16:26:10 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 23:37:46 | More by lawlerj
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FosterJM

California

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 17:47:44 | More by FosterJM
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koopa

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:53:01 | More by koopa
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Mora2000

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:44:21 | More by Mora2000
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from a77cj7 via the Under 100 - Fishing for Minnows BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a ruddy reddish brown color with a one finger of light brown head. Head recedes to a film that retains throughout. Spots of wispy lacing lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is cocoa, light roasted malt notes, caramel malts, and a bit of nuttiness.

T: Taste starts with some sweet caramel malt notes before moving in to a a nutty mingled with toffee flavoring. Cocoa comes in and fills out the middle with just a mild roasted malt in the aftertaste. Tastes from the middle to the finish are muted and somewhat watery.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly creamy body.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, not much of a kick, a touch too watery in the taste though I really was enjoying this beer for the most part.

D: Goes down easily,

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:32:57 | More by Jayli
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 12:51:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.