Like a fine Cabernet, there's a lot to love about beers on the darker side; however, brown ales can seem a lot more intimidating (and grizzly) than a bottle of robust red. I'm hoping to dispel those myths, starting with Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale ($8 for pack of 6). The brew welcomes you with a friendly and familiar mocha latte scent. There's no doubt about it, this beer actually smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, arguably some of the most comforting comestibles in a woman's life.

From sip to swallow, the Tumbler transforms on the palate, keeping your taste buds engaged by the spectrum of flavor. The medium-bodied beer starts crisp and sweet, but the longer the brew hangs on the tongue, the more bitter and sharp the flavor becomes. Upon swallowing, the beverage has a leathery, drying finish and a sour flavor like grapefruit or San Francisco's famous sourdough bread. Enjoy this quintessential autumnal beer while tailgating outdoors with friends or sipped by the fireside while camping in the woods.