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Third Stone Brown - Empyrean Brewing Company

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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.7/5  rDev -25%

12 oz bottle courtesy of mi padre. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a small cap of tan head. Not much for retention, but does leave some nice lace and collar.

Nose is incredibly fruity, lots of red apples and pears. Some light notes of caramel and floral hops come through, but pretty much smells like a candied apple.

Taste is ok, not what I’d call a delicious English brown ale. The fruitiness is too high, the malt flabby and the beer just doesn’t leave you wanting more. It’s not a drain pour, but falls well short of average for the style. Carbonation is too high to call it smooth and atypical of English ales anyway. Bummer, I like the name, label and origin...but the beer flat out sucks.

twiggamortis420, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to Todd for sharing the growler during the Council gathering at Lake Poinsett. Well sealed and a nice and fresh pour, it's mahogany with a slim tan head that doesn't leave much lace. Nose is roasted malt and cocoa flakes. Taste is akin to the nose, but adding thin elements of caramel, biscuit, coffee and nut. Decent carbonation, but is too light in the body. I've had this several times now in different formats and it's got some promise, but I'd prefer a little heavier body and more robust flavor.

JackieTH, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly. Mahogany color, some haze to the body. Very little lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Hints of chocolate and coffee.
T) Roasted malts. Chocolate. A subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy, crisp yet smooth. On the lighter side of medium for the body. Chalky.
O) A decent brown ale. I'd have another one.

u2carew, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

beerbrains, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Cooper, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -16.7%

crobinso, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

HoistinBrews, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

JuicesFlowing, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of lang409
3.78/5  rDev +5%

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.

lang409, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of mwayne
4/5  rDev +11.1%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of mike76
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%

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.

mike76, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16.7%

sgttibbs, May 30, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

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...

philbe311, May 18, 2012
Photo of Steimie
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Steimie, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

mothman, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Timmah11
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Timmah11, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Haybeerman, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

cbcrunch, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

TippySelenoid, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
4.5/5  rDev +25%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

pokesbeerdude, Dec 26, 2011
Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.