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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Third Stone BrownThird Stone Brown

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BA SCORE
82
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -33.9%

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.

06-13-2006 01:58:15 | More by MaltyGoodness
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

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

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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

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

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

05-13-2006 22:53:08 | More by jhammerly
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

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

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

02-24-2006 21:18:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

01-14-2006 06:59:32 | More by neonbrown82
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%

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)

01-13-2006 20:06:47 | More by aforbes10
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Fugazme

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a dark brown glass with a very moderate head. Some decent lacing. Look is decent.

Smell is pretty grainy. Some corn and some dough. Nothing that reaches out and grabs you. Not bad, though.

Taste is fruity and malty. This is a decent rendition of a brown, in my opinion.

I'd probably buy again.

11-04-2005 06:54:49 | More by Fugazme
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bigbubba

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

The beer is a light brown, and a bit yellowish. There is no head and very little carbonation. It has a decent malty aroma with some chocolate present. The taste is good, nothing special but nothing bad either. It is very mild with no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is too watery for my taste, and the lack of carbonation doesn't help either. The drinkability is good, it is smooth and light.

I definitely want to try this again, the bottle I had was fairly old and that may have hurt the scores.

10-31-2005 23:01:08 | More by bigbubba
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

09-23-2005 01:22:43 | More by Oxymoron
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a dimple pint. The color is a dark amber with a ring of wispy head that quickly dissipated. The smell is a caramelish, slightly nutty malt sweetness without much hop to it. The taste is slightly caramel sweet, with a strong hop backing in the flavor and a good nuttiness in there. Mouthfeel is about what I'd expect. As for drinkability, this would be a very nice sessioner that I could have a few of.

Thanks to BlueMooner for the bottle. A very nice little brown ale, easily the best of the state adding beers that I've had. While I'm not a huge brown ale fan, they have their place as session beers and I'd have this one again. A very nice state to add.

05-18-2005 18:23:08 | More by beergeek279
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +28.6%

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...

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

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

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

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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09-03-2004 20:04:17 | More by elmocoso
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

06-25-2004 23:36:19 | More by BeerBob
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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!

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

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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!

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

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

07-07-2003 12:00:18 | More by Todd
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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!!

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

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +31.1%

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.

05-15-2003 07:25:55 | More by Loki
Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.