An Imperial Stout or Russian Imperial Stout were very high alcohol beers produced in 18th century England for export to Catherine II's court in Russia. Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark in colour with flavours that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) and chocolate. Innocente's Imperial Stout has an extra level of complexity with the use of a small percentage of Scottish peat-smoked malt. To further add to the flavour complexity, Until Proven Guilty was aged for 12 months in red wine barrels (cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and pinot noir) from Niagara's Lailey Vineyard lending deep flavours of leather, smoke, dark chocolate, dark fruits (cherries, raspberries, blackberries), licorice and blackforest cake. Not for the faint of heart, this beer is dark and brooding...meant to be shared and savoured (hopefully fireside!) over the course of an evening.