Cheers, I've decanted into a barrel, with a little added sugar. I'll give it a week and see how it's going.If you're really desperate you can drink it straight out of the FV. It will be 'green' and uncarbonated. So, it's best to give it at least 4 or 5 days to start to mellow and gas up, 10 days is better. Your stronger speciality beers such as Russian Imperial stout need at least 6 months in a bottle, preferably a year (I've never got to the 1 year stage).
Usually the brew is reaching peak condition just as you pour the last couple of pints. Therefore you need to start the next brew just as you keg/bottle the previous one. I do about 17 gallons a month on 2 brewdays.
Edited to add. Just received an IPA kit, I'll start that off tomorrow. Timing seems to be the key. Thanks for the tip