How long to age Ten Fidy???

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by RyanCave, Apr 19, 2013.

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  1. RyanCave

    RyanCave Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    Hi everyone,

    Picked up a 4 pack of Ten Fidy tonight, realized its incredible, and now want to throw some in my cellar for a while.

    How long should I keep them??
  2. FUNKPhD

    FUNKPhD Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2010 Texas
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    I've heard of people keeping them for years and they're awesome. But then there's the crowd that says cans do this and that to the beer, but I think they're just looney.
  3. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (582) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Why not just try one each year and make notes of how they change...or every other year...
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  4. RyanCave

    RyanCave Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    That's a great idea! I think I'm going to grab another 4 pack, and I'll be hitting the brewery in August so I'll grab more then

  5. danimalthegreat

    danimalthegreat Initiate (139) Feb 19, 2013 Texas

    Consensus is that Ten Fidy is best around 2 years and many have noted that it falls off around Year 3.
  6. Baab200

    Baab200 Aspirant (272) Jan 9, 2013 New York
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    I was lucky enough to find a four pack from November of 2011 and I have to say it was very good! Velvety smooth
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  7. cde1218

    cde1218 Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2012 New Jersey
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    It's pretty easy to find it already aged for you...I've come across 2011 and 2010's pretty easily on the shelf in NJ.... Guy at the beer shop I go to rationalizing it by saying not many folks want to pay 15-18 bucks for a 4pack of canned stout so it tends to sit around a while..... Works for me! :grinning:
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  8. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2010 Washington

    I have some from '09 forward. The beer becomes more well rounded and develops quite a substantial graham cracker character at around three years.

    I disagree that the "consensus" is that it peaks in 2 years. I've yet to have one old enough to think "this was better x years ago".
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  9. fox227

    fox227 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 California

    Graham cracker! Hmmm. When I had two year old Ten Fidy I noted that it reminded me of roasted marshmallows, which was probably the graham cracker taste reminding me of them.
  10. RyanCave

    RyanCave Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    I got a lot of chocolate and coffee in my fresh one. Sounds like a s'more in a bottle :-)
  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,026) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Ten fidy is seasonal. All the weirdos outside of Colorado let it sit year round, but a lot of places here locally have already sold out.
  12. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,580) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    Consensus of whom?? Almost everyone I know and would consider sufficienlty knowledgable to be part of such a consensus are all over the board! From drink it fresh to let it age forever! I don't know of a "consensus" in connection with aging any beer, that's how controversial it's all become.

    However, to be fair, I DO age Ten Fidy. I age it the 20 minutes its in my car from the closest L.A. store where I pick it up to my kitchen where I open it and pour it into a Duval tulip!
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  13. berserk4886

    berserk4886 Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2007 Wisconsin

    Tried a four year vertical ('09, '10, '11, '12) when I was out in the area for GABF this past year. I agree that it becomes a bit more rounded and the robustness fades. Not bad, but not something I'm looking to age personally.
  14. dannon71

    dannon71 Initiate (22) Jun 19, 2005 Florida

    Had an 09' and a 13' this weekend. The 09' was much smoother and less hot than the 13'. The various flavors were milder and more melded than the 13'. I enjoyed it quite a bit but it was definitely beginning to take on certain acceptable but present oxidized qualities imho. You can tell that time is quickly taking its toll but not yet in a bad way, again imo. To each his own but worthy of aging just for the experience. Cheers!
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