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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-21-2012 16:11:13 | More by beerbrains
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-20-2012 19:45:04 | More by Cooper
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.4%

07-14-2012 11:14:54 | More by crobinso
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

07-14-2012 04:33:50 | More by ssjkyle
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-09-2012 00:34:09 | More by HoistinBrews
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a murky, unfiltered muddy brown, like a puddle full of dead leaves. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp. Light lacing leaves rings on the glass. The beer smells of faint toffee, butter, malts. The taste is buttery, with biscuit cookie, malts, and faint toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with a roasted malt finish.

Overall, really good. Tastes like an Autumn ale with less alcohol. Love the unfiltered murky brown. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 22:21:23 | More by JuicesFlowing
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lang409

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's something worthwhile here in the burgeoning beer scene in Lincoln, NE. The Third Stone Brown from Empyrean is a worthwhile contender. A nice mellow nutty brown with a lite malt foretaste makes it a great sessionable beer even on a hot day. True to a malty brown you will feel full after a couple. If you go to Lazlo's, which after chatting with one of the brewers I found out is where Empyrean started, try some of their other beers as well. 3 samples for free and all beers on tap (flight) for $7. Not a bad deal in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 20:18:29 | More by lang409
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mwayne


4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-10-2012 05:08:09 | More by mwayne
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mike76


4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i don't drink dark beers because they are usually too heavy and give me a bad after taste but this beer is excellent. it is like drinking a light beer with a good taste i cant wait to have another of these. i just hope i can get a case mailed to me since its not sold in my area.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 22:41:23 | More by mike76
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-30-2012 12:26:25 | More by sgttibbs
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Steimie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

04-02-2012 12:25:38 | More by Steimie
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Timmah11

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

03-10-2012 23:31:47 | More by Timmah11
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-01-2012 05:19:53 | More by cbcrunch
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-16-2012 03:09:14 | More by Cramerican
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TrojanWheels

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-18-2012 22:45:10 | More by TrojanWheels
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Clear, brown with a white head that doesn't last long. Lots of visible carbonation.

It's got a sweet and roasted smell. Not hoppy at all.

Roasted malts in the front of the mouth. Grassy bittering hops in the back. Balanced beer.

It's a bit crisper than I would have liked. It's medium bodied.

This beer's easy to drink, not very complicated and flavorful enoough to make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 20:49:41 | More by TippySelenoid
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NoBeerLeftBehind

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-04-2012 22:50:53 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-26-2011 15:45:05 | More by pokesbeerdude
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phenomenologian

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, some smoke comes out. It pours with no head at all. It has some tiny bubbles foam at the top. It has foam but is something I would not call head. The foam laces a bit though which altogether is a pretty good sign. The lack of head makes me question it a bit. The Burning Skye Scottish ale had pretty much no head either which is brewed also by Empyrean in Lincoln, NE; are the beers they brew subject to getting more flat than at bottling? I don't know. It makes me question it though

The smell is of barely and hops. The barley is a nice strong combination with the strong hops. Liking the smell.

The taste is a strong strike to the palate: in a nice way. The barely comes out at first taste. Hops come together as you continue to taste. Towards the end, barley stands out with roasted tones and maybe some chocolatey fruity tones with that but maybe Im delusional. Love the taste.

The mouthfeel is not harsh and the beer has little carbonation. It has carbonation enough that it s an enjoyable beer to drink.

Overall, Empyrean beers like this one have odd turnouts with the head but it is pleasing to all other senses. Give this one a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 01:26:41 | More by phenomenologian
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tvv375ia

Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-23-2011 00:14:06 | More by tvv375ia
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Stouttyme

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-18-2011 23:57:30 | More by Stouttyme
Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.