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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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 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 133 ratings.