I checked out your beers last night, Rhoobarb.
We'll start with the stout:
I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what but mine smelled a bit off. Not terribly bad just a hint of bacterial funkiness.
The carbonation was quite high for a stout. I poured it slowly and let it sit for awhile bit but still I detect the unmistakable carbonic acid flavor.
The body was also a bit low for a stout. But like I said, possible my bottle was a little contaminated causing lower body.
Flavor - now this coffee/chocolate flavor is awesome but there is that acidic cringe from ... whatever it is from.
On to the IPA:
Now this beer is exactly what I look for in an IPA. Incredible balance between malt and late addition hops. My IPA attempts seem to go after IBU number but I should learn from this one and know the IPA is about flavor notsomuch a super bitterness. I also enjoyed the low carbonation making for easy drinking.
Aroma really compliments the flavor and lasts till the (not-so) bitter end.
Also not too fruity like some IPAs.
Color is at the higher end of the range but still a really cool deep amber color.
This was a great beer. Wish I had a keg or 2 of it right now!