Long story short, I have a bottle of Rogue's Old Crustacean that I purchased somewhere between 2001 and 2003. Is it worth opening at this point, or am I going to kill someone?
I've had Chimay from '95 that wasn't too bad, and barleywine should hold up better than Chimay. Definitely worth a shot.
Absolutely not. The beer will be severely oxidized, but is perfectly safe to drink.
"...or am I going to kill someone?"
C'mon, it's one little seven ounce bottle* of an 11.5% beer- you'd really get that out of control as to commit murder?
(* Or is yours 12 oz? I forget when they switched or if they did both back then. )
I think I may still have a bottle or two in the '95 to '98 vintage. There's some stuff that kind of got forgotten in the beer pantry/cellar.
It's probably pretty good. That beer usually ages pretty well. May have some oxidized flavors.
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