well, my Vienna SMaSH used nothing but Northern Brewer and it was the greatest beer in history It's going to be one of my staple beers, brewed year round. It'll be my next batch after this.
In any case, i need to use up this grain, so i'm going to give it a shot. I like really malty beers, too. But thanks for the input.
Brewer and manager at my LHBS convinced me to go with 2 ounces of Roast Barley and 1 oz of Carafa for the grains to keep the color without too much roast flavor. Also, i'm going with S-05...nottingham may leave it a little dry and i mash pretty low, plus i should use an american yeast. Recipe edited.