The last batch was actually very complex. At first it was very malty and kind of chocolatey, almost like a faint hint of whoppers candy. It kind of turned coffeeish and a little bitter after it went down the hatch (aftertaste). Also had some nuttiness and a surprise hoppiness that you wouldn’t think would be good with a beer of this type, but it is fantastic. My best description would be like a beer flavored carmel mocha latte from starbucks, only not as sweet, with a noticeable hop aftertaste. I know, sounds very weird. I am going from memory here. I have a batch that will be ready in 2-3 weeks. Maybe I will write down my impressions while actually tasting one. I think that would be more accurate. After 3 batches, I notice a little something different on every one. If yours tasted funny maybe something went wrong? The guys on here could help if you gave more specific info on your brew process, etc. I know from personal experience, I have occasionally had a great batch but have had a few bad bottles in that batch. I’m pretty sure they were ones where I had introduced too much oxygen when bottling or maybe didn’t get the bottle cleaned or sanitized. I am meticulous and still have the occasional issue. Heck, I got a bad bottle from a well known craft brewery just a few weeks ago. I figured that was $13 down the drain, but I emailed them and they had me send it back for analysis. They sent me 2 more bottles and a bunch of swag. The point is that if it can happen to a major craft brewer, it can happen to you. I say try again on the slobber… It is an excellent kit. Mine have all been extract. If you like browns like moose drool, you will love this when it turns out right. Also try morebeer.com’s American Honey Porter kit. It rocks as well. I love the quick turnaround on it, and the price per beer is exceptional for what you get.
Incidentally, I think Northern guarantees their kits for any reason. I’ve never had a bad kit from anyone, but if your’s came out bad and you think you did what you should, hit them up for a replacement. I’m never afraid to ask. And Northern in particular has always taken care of me, especially when I tell them specifically why I’m not a happy customer and what I want them to do to make it right. Give them a chance.