At least you enjoyed it. Not all flavors are for everyone. I personally appreciate my yeast flavors kind of on the heavy side in this style, where others may only like hints of the esters. Right now I am trying out WLP530 Abbey Ale yeast in a specialty beer I brewed yesterday, it says it has less fruity character than the 500 I used. Some people might enjoy that one even more in that case.
I think next time I make a recipe with candi sugar I will try that recipe, that will save me a few bucks. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe though. I might make some tweaks to it next time I brew it. I was think of using 8 oz of Special B, when you said you got the 80L by mistake that got me thinking... so I might try that in 8 oz instead of the 40, and using about 4 oz of aromatic malt. Who knows, maybe a pinch of chocolate malt just to be different.
And that is cool about John Blue, I used to play hockey as a kid so we may have played in the same rink(different era's though).