Third Stone Brown | Empyrean Brewing Company

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82
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176 Ratings
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Third Stone BrownThird Stone Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
empyreanbrewingco.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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

Added by PhantomVodoo on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Miami66
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Aoyoc
2.02/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of KlayWey
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.44/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Mahogany brown with light undertones. Moderate to strong carbonation. Head dwindles to a lace quickly.

S: Roasted malts, some chocolate and a faint fruitiness. Maybe some prunes or raisins. Really not exciting and the fruits are a bit offputting.

T: Faint roasted malt flavors with a hint of chocolate. Strong fruitiness ending in sourness. Not what I was expecting. These flavors end quickly into nothingness, leaving only a faintly bitter sourness in the back of the throat.

M: Light bodied and thin. Good carbonation.

D: I'm not a huge brown ale guy, so take my review with a grain of salt. Even for a brown ale there was some stuff going on here that didn't belong. I may have had a bad bottle. I may pick up another to give it another whirl, but I'll probably pass.

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Photo of Steimie
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

377th review on BA
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Brewskys

App- A rounded off brown color with some dark no. A fluffy 1/2 in head and some decent cling.

Smell- Same as the NBC Brown, as I had them back to back. Pretty standard brown ale scents. Roasty with a bit of little touch of grains and dark chocolate.

Taste- Again, the Empyrean beers let me down. It was a standard brown ale with some light roasty smokiness and a bit thin with some nuttiness behind it.

Mouth- Very thin bodied and a slightly higher carbonation level with a weird after taste.

Drink- After the NBC brown this was my least favorite beer of the night but was a decent tick in the middle of America. Probably would not go back to this.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Shawner
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank a couple of these with a buddy during a homebrew session, bottle mentioned best by August (hopefully 2014), so there might be some fresher bottles out there. Poured (into a pint glass) a deep, rich mahogany with a 1/2 finger of off-white (maybe leaning towards tan) head. Dissipated rapidly. The appearance was the best part of this brew. Had to work hard to get a nose on this one, but some bready notes and a hint of apple/pear(?) came through eventually. The taste was smooth, not overpowering... it was a bit tart on the front end, just a bit of alcohol (funny for a 5.3%). Mild malt character and pretty balanced bitterness (for a low IBU). Par for the course for a brown ale (at least from my experience). Pretty nice mouthfeel on this, with some fair-to-middlin' carbonation keeping things interesting considering the medium body. As mentioned off the bat, definitely towards the end of the shelf life, but promising... would like to try a fresher bottle down the road to re-evaluate the aroma and taste. I won't turn one down at the next homebrew club meeting.

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Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

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Photo of AlbertVogler
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NickSMpls
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice look but thin on the tongue.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jhammerly
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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