AS far as I know, the BJCP has not officially described a Black IPA. When I judged that category in a competition, we went off of the Brewers Association for that same beer.One of my questions is I have done a Black IPA. How will that be classified? If you look at the classes an AIPA the color will be way off... but the flavors etc will be on.
Ah, yes, I think we did Cat 23 with description of Black IPA or similar when judging.I think a Black IPA would fit best in category 23 - specialty beers.
As for me, I entered my 3rd brew, an all extract chocolate espresso stout, for fun and got a cumulative score of 30! The feedback was great to have and I was definitely happy with my score for it being my 3rd beer. I recommend doing it for the feedback if nothing else.