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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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 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
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

PhantomVodoo, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

sulldaddy, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

far333, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Todd, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

GeoffRizzo, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Loki, May 15, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, May 01, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a creamy light tan colored head that fades into a thin lace that eventually disappears completely. Nose is rich chocolaty malts with some herbal earthy notes. Light to medium in body and smooth in texture. Taste is dark malts, caramel, and unsweetened chocolate blended with some roasted nuts and woody earthy flavors. A very nice brown ale. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

Morris729, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

marc77, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a quickly dissipating head. Solid beer, good malt profile, very drinkable. No extremes here, but it is a brown, and that is how it should be. I could drink these all night long. A tasty beer. Thanks go out to bditty187 for a choice Christmas present.

jtw5877, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of bditty187
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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).

bditty187, Jul 29, 2002
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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.