Originally Posted by bigbeergeek
I'm in the "who gives a damn" camp with it comes to these things, but I call it "India Black Ale" because that's what the BJCP style guidelines call it.
Where did you see this? As far as I can tell, the BJCP guidelines don't call it anything. There's no category for CDA, IBA, Black IPA or whatever else you want to call it in the 2008 guidelines, the most recent official release.
The Brewers Association guidelines, on the other hand, are now calling it "American Style Black Ale"...which seems about as generic and non-descriptive as possible so as not to offend anyone on either side of the argument.
I'll keep calling it CDA, as that's what it's called at most of my local brewpubs.