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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Zadok
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown with minimal head nor lacing.

Nice aroma of malts with a hint of fruit.

Smooth malty flavor with a tinge of dark fruit.

Smooth mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overal has a decent drinkability with good flavor and mouthfeel. Could consume several of these. Not to much else to say.

Zadok, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Reanimator
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bottle brown with some porter-esque ruby hues. Big malty aroma with some sort of herbal/spicy quality that I can't nail down.

The flavor is milk chocolate and light roasted coffee, like a breakfast blend - a very nice combination. Some more of that herbal-spiciness as well, not sure what it is but it isn't unpleasant. Medium bodied mouthfeel, nothing special here.

I love this brewery and their consistently great beer across many different styles, and like all Empyrean Ales the Third Stone Brown is incredibly drinkable and delicious.

Reanimator, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at the Omaha, Nebraska airport

Attractive label and bottle. This was the only local beer served at this airport bar. Cost was $6.00 for the single bottle (airport prices).

I expected a hearty beer but was surprised that it was on the light side for a brown ale. The flavor was well-balanced with an initial malt and citrus taste and a mild-hoppy finish.

I enjoyed the beer as a prelude to the flight to Chicago. I'd try other examples of their beer.

Tucquan, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving Type Sampled: On tap at Old Chicago in Kearney, Nebraska.

Appearance: Nutty Brown with copper hue. 1 finger rocky head, lead to nice tight lace.

Smell: Malty, cider vinegar, grainy.

Taste: This brew is slightly sweet right up front. I taste a spectrum of flavors, from nutty to chocolate to caramel. I don’t get a whole lot in the way of hops, mild grassiness. However this brew is very well balanced. I do taste a mild oxidization probably from poor draft equipment.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Average, A little on the sweet side for me but still a nice brown

BadRockBeer, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Romulus141
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pub glass. I've had this many times before at the Brothers bar in Lincoln.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown with a fair amount of cream-colored head. The head dissipates after some time, but a thin layer remains on the top of the brew. Lacing is apparant on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fulfilling wheat smell is predominant. The smell is strong, and a good indicator of the taste.

Taste: Full-bodied, with a strong burst of roasted grain. The taste is very distinctive, and it makes an immediate impression. The finish is quick and crisp, and there is no lingering aftertaste. All in all, this is a very good brew.

Mouthfeel: It is thinner than some other ales I've had, and a little over-carbonated. However, it is still quite good. Though, I would cut down on the carbonation a bit if I had the opportunity. Empyrean really likes to lay on the carbonation it seems.

Drinkability: Quite good. I order pitchers of this at the bar often, and it is not filling or too rich for a session. Combined with its superb flavor and light mouthfeel, this is the ideal brew to drink while at a bar in Lincoln, NE.

A very good brew, and one of my personal faves from the local breweries in Nebraska.

Romulus141, Nov 08, 2006
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 arguemaniac
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
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 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 russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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

russpowell, Jun 03, 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
Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Bitterbill, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

neonbrown82, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
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
Photo of Fugazme
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fugazme, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

bigbubba, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Oxymoron, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

beergeek279, May 18, 2005
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BigRedN, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of Bdc
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bdc, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of swid
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

swid, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SheepNutz, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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elmocoso, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of BeerBob
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BeerBob, Jun 26, 2004
Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.