So the poll thread discussing whether or not TenFIDY was worth $6 (or so) more per 4-pk than Narwhal got me thinking, as neck and neck as the race was, and considering my own memory of TenFIDY being less than stellar. Could I have been wrong? So I had to conduct a side-by-side taste test. Just to see what all the fuss was about. The results were not what I expected. The start with, both of them poured a fantastic, mocha/latte colored head that lasted, let's say three minutes, and both left really great lacing as the drinking went on. The Narwhal left slightly better lacing. Even holding them up to the light, both were an equally opaque motor oil black/brown. TenFIDY performed much better than I remembered. Last year I had been comparing it to Bell's Expedition, aged 3+ months, so perhaps not a fair comparison. This year, side-by-side with Narwhal, I actually preferred TenFIDY, by a small margin. Interestingly, I didn't care for either all that much until I paired with food. Once the food hit the table... Narwhal took the lead, again, by the smallest of margins. The tough thing about these two beers is that they don't take kindly to being tasted side-by-side. The flavor profiles, while extremely similar, destroy the taste of the other once imbibed. Take a sip of one or the other and then the other immediately after? It's just not going to taste great. No matter which you lead or followed with. I had to do plenty of palate cleansing between tastings to make sure I was being properly objective. Narwhal was boozier than I remember giving it credit for, while TenFIDY was about the same. Narwhal still had a bit more flavor profile going on for it, while TenFIDY was creamier and fuller than I remember. By the time I was done, honestly, I think I prefer TenFIDY. But am I willing to spend $1.50 more per beer to get it? Absolutely not. It's good. It might even be better than Narwhal. But for the cost, for me anyway, it's never going to be worth it. Has anybody else done a side-by-side of these two who wants to chime in?