hey all - final update on this one (which I actually named Hops on Pumpernickel)
scored a 41.5 2 weekends ago, didn't medal, but that's ok - specialty category can be a bit tough these days - great comments - only suggestion was the one judge wanted to see more roast or chocolate character in the nose and flavor, but I disagree with him there as i feel I get a hint and that's all I am looking for.
I still have a couple gallons left and its tasting mighty nice.
Roast and/or chocolate should not be in the flavor profile of a Black DIPA. Just the dark color. That's why we used the Black Prinz in ours.