...The result was damn fine and more of a "black IPA" then the stuff that came in the bottle.
That's great, but the real thing to remember is that it is totally open to interpretation anyway, since the so called "style" has no real rules other than dark and hoppy.
Besides I have a real problem with calling it ANY kind of IPA if it's darker than deep amber/copper. Hell, I've had Porters that fit the description some folks hang on "Black IPA".
There seems to be a lot of arguing on the interwebs about this "style". For what it's worth, I believe that it originated on the commercial level with Greg Noonan, but it's a pretty safe bet that such a beer as brewed up in a few basements somewhere long before he put it on tap and tagged it with a most puzzling name.
The arguments I read aound the net about this style are all pretty dumb, if you ask me. (But nobody did, so I'll stop ranting now.
Basically, it matters not a whit if it's good beer.
(written as I sip on a suspiciously hoppy and hop-aromatic dark dry ale from a 19 year old recipe...