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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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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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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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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 13:23:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Had this at brewskys in lincoln (nearest the airport), NE along with a truly tasty primerib patty melt!

Poured light btrown with a 1' white head. Minimal lacing & head retention

Nice nut & malt scents

Taste: Fruitty up front, the nuttiness. Finishes fruitty

MF: slightly thin with good carbonation

Goes down easy, but just a run of the mill brown

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 03:53:30 | More by russpowell
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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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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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 21:18:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 05:27:18 | More by jdhilt
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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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 120z bottle(room temp) a dark brown with a smallish head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is a roasty malt.

The taste is quite roasty up front, with malty sweet notes also present midway through. The finish is a bit on the weak side and that's too bad because I enjoyed it up to that point.

Bottom line: This is a good English Style Brown Ale that deserves a try.
Thanks go to BDitty 187 for this sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 23:42:31 | More by Bitterbill
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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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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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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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 22:21:09 | More by sulldaddy
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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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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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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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far333

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2003 01:22:05 | More by far333
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marc77

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light brown w/ a garnet tinge. Thin, ivory white head leaves no lace. The aroma is a combination of earthy and herbal hops and biscuit, with woody hints of fresh tobacco. Mild waft of chocolate malt. Nutty, light dryish chocolate notes upfront in flavor yields to cleanly sweet caramel and well toasted malt. Subtle earthy, perhaps Styrian Goldings hop flavor. The mild hop bitterness leaves residual sweetness that manages to complement the light chocolate notes well. Lightly bodied, but not anymore so than the typical brown. Finishes w/ a fading leafy, tobacco laced sweetness. A unique brown thats reminescent of a dark mild / American brown hybrid. Not a showstopper, but quite quaffable and innocuous. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 17:15:26 | More by marc77
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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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IntriqKen

California

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 01:31:34 | More by IntriqKen
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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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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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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 01:22:43 | More by Oxymoron
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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.