Just sampled a somewhat copied version of Dogfishhead's T'ej Ale. Very much a sipper! Made a starter 24hrs. before brew day. 3/4 cup light DME, 650ml water to boil, cooled to 80 degrees and pitched Wyeast 4632 Dry Mead.
Brew day: In a separate smaller pot, 8oz. gesho (an African tree root) with 1lb. light DME boiled for 20 min. and set aside.
In main brewpot, 3.3lbs. Light LME and 12lbs.(!) light amber honey (from Northern Brewer catalog) with 2oz. cascade hops(60min.)
@30min. 2oz. cascade hops.
10 min. remaining, add yeast nutrient and the set aside gesho boil mixture.
Cool to 80ish and pitch yeast starter. Put in secondary couple weeks later. Bottled three weeks after that. Needs some time to mature. ABV 9.9
What do you think?