I've encountered a highly unusual situation. A brewpub went out of business some time ago, and the owner is getting rid of a bunch of equipment.
There are two barrels of dark LME – I haven't seen them, but I'm told they are ~30-50 gal each, stainless steel, never been opened, and have been stored at room temp for, get this, 15 years... I was told that the original price for each of these barrels was ~ $5k.
I know that old LME gets dark, but I like dark beer – in fact I often brew with molasses... but I am not a fan of “extract twang”.
I've searched around here, and found conflicting information. Some say that if it's > 1 year old to dump it, some say that if it's stored cool and without O2 contact, that it will make tasty, but dark, beer.
So – is this stuff any good? I could probably pick it up for a song... or should I recommend that the guy sell it for pig feed?