Third Stone Brown | Empyrean Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
175 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
175
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, plum, pear, apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, plum, pear, apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English brown ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at brewskys in lincoln (nearest the airport), NE along with a truly tasty primerib patty melt!

Poured light btrown with a 1' white head. Minimal lacing & head retention

Nice nut & malt scents

Taste: Fruitty up front, the nuttiness. Finishes fruitty

MF: slightly thin with good carbonation

Goes down easy, but just a run of the mill brown

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

--Chinese proverb

Foreboding burnt orange with bronze-like undertones and a generous number of rapidly rising bubbles. The result is a thick slice of buttered wheat toast colored froth that is especially creamy and rich. Decent enough lace solidifies a good score.

The nose is pretty typical for an English brown (or an American brown for that matter). It features midrange malts that have a modest cocoa character and a bit of fruitness. No hoppiness isn't a sin in beer of this style.

Third Stone Brown will not turn the head of your average beer geek. In fact, with each sip, the taste score slips closer and closer to average. It's a relatively light version of the style and is slightly too boisterous bubbled. The 'best by' date isn't until mid-summer, for whatever that's worth.

Flavors include cocoa powder, baked nuts, an orchard fruitiness, and a peppery phenolic quality on the drying finish. More boldness and more depth would have been good. TSB is probably a pretty good burger-n-fries washer-downer. Solo, it isn't a standout.

The mouthfeel is more 4.0% ale than 5.3% ale. The carbonation has settled down some, though it's still slightly too sharp-edged and doesn't pamper the mouth in the least. More malt and fewer bubbles should fix this one right up.

Empyrean beer has recently started appearing in local beer stores. Third Stone Brown doesn't really get us started off on the right foot, but maybe the rest of their lineup will be more to my liking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem of a beer that I would have never had the chance to try otherwise. This one came with my third stone gift pack. Served cold and consumed on 12/01/2008.

The pour was decent, nice dark brown with a smallish head of tan that covered the top of the glass. Nice retention left a good bit of side glass lacing and a nice rounded look to it. The aroma was classic brown ale, little light, but still solid. Nice roasted malts, hints of caramel and other earthy tones mixed in throughout. Rich caramel flavor with a hint of earthy hop. Nice touches of brown sugar maybe and just a hint of bready tones underneath. Solid carbonation and a smooth, easy, medium feel.

Overall a very solid ale here. Nothing earth shattering but still damn fine. I would have no issue at all with going for this one again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears caramel ruby brown forms a decent sized tan beige head leaves rings of uneven lacing. Aroma contains toasty roasts with a slight metallic character some tart fruity tones and herbal earthy Williamette hopage. Taste is roasty upfront with a touch of soft chocolate, toasted nuts, and more mild fruity undertones light herbal/earthy hops with overall mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated stays on the palate leaves me with a nutty finish. Drinkability is solid nice brown ale straight out of Nebraska thanks to bditty187 for the sample I enjoyed it pretty much just nothing to over the top.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a77cj7 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some toffee, caramel and nuttyness.

The flavor is not quite as good as the smell, but it is still very nice. I get chocolate, hazelbut, toffee and caramel.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice English-style brown ale.

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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 Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 120z bottle(room temp) a dark brown with a smallish head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is a roasty malt.

The taste is quite roasty up front, with malty sweet notes also present midway through. The finish is a bit on the weak side and that's too bad because I enjoyed it up to that point.

Bottom line: This is a good English Style Brown Ale that deserves a try.
Thanks go to BDitty 187 for this sample!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Spicy cocoa nose with a faint hint of wet cardboard. Pours deep dark brown under a thin light tan cap. The palate is malty chocolate with a grainy tart dry astringency on the finish. Creamy medium full body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty assertive aroma for a brown ale...sticky chocolate syrup...also getting some molasses on the nose...a bit of fruity (pears, apples) hop notes...

Sweet on palate....big chocolate flavor....should rebrand this as a chocolate brown ale and it would probably sell more....the chocolate is more of a milk chocolate and while evident not overwhelming. The hops noted on the aroma are not making an impression on the taste...

Body is light side of medium but not watery....no off acidic notes...nice and smooth drinking.

If you like chocolate leaning brown ales this is for you. I like it. Not an all-time great but very solid.

Would I buy this in a sixer? Yes I think I would when the mood strikes me for this style of beer.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Third Stone Brown from Empyrean Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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