As long as they remain sealed, they are safe to drink, though the flavor might be compromised somewhat. If they have an off-smell upon opening, or they look cloudy or full of sediment, you should probably just discard them. I don't think beer improves with age, like wine does.
Use them for cooking - drunken meatballs with beer (lot's of recipes, very tasty, make a big batch, freeze leftovers to reheat later), pot roast with beer, beer beef brisket, chicken legs/thighs with beer, beer bratwurst, beer bread, etc. If you have a crock pot/slow cooker, there's lots of beer recipes just for slow cookers. Beer both tenderizes meat, and adds a unique flavor profile. In bread, it contributes to the rise, and the flavor. If you're not an experienced bread baker, you might find a quick bread to be easier than a yeast type. Beer is the liquid in the batter, mix, pour in pan, bake. No kneading, no rise time, easy-peasy.
Beer is also very effective in getting rid of garden snails/slugs. Save some jar lids from products you use (mayo lids would do), or use tuna cans, set the lids out where the slugs/snails hang out, dig a shallow hole to set them into so the rim is level with the ground, pour the beer in. The snails/slugs will drink the beer, fall in and die. Apparently Bud is the most effective and preferred product for this use (snails & slugs especially like Budweiser?). It's the yeast in the beer they like, they will keep drinking it, eventually they fall in the lid/can, and drown. Pick out the dead ones, discard, fill up lid/can with more beer, so the slugs/snails can party hearty and leave your garden plants alone.
12-15 years old? Can't say anything about it... But a beer (say any brand) lasts for only 6 months to 2 years maximum. So, it's better to throw those bottles away instead of inviting a food poison to yourself or any homeless.
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