It's really no big deal to drink a year old bottle of homebrew. I have a lot of beers in storage that I've drank....It's not like it will turn poisonous or anything.
In the Dec 07 Zymurgy Charlie Papazian reviewed bottles of homebrew going back to the first AHC competition that he had stored, and none of them went bad, some had not held up but most of them he felt were awesome...We're talking over 20 years worth of beers.
About a month ago I drank a 16 month old bottle of my Ginger Orange Dortmunder-esque Ale, and it was sublime.
In fact there's a lot of stories about beers put away here. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/
Beer's like wine, a lot of them improve with age....That's why stone has "vertical epic" with vintage, and people have vertical tasting parties...Our beer is really no different, it's not something "less than." Or isn't "real beer" it really is no different, just becasue you make it at home.