King Slayer
WE RATE IT: 4.75 / 5
This is a bit heavy on the history. Luckily, Loch Leven Brewery have given this tale justice with a Scottish ale that’s only deadly in one way: how morish it is.
Brewed in Kinross, Scotland by Loch Leven Brewery
06/11/2020

King Slayer Review

King Slayer is named after a sporting disaster that led to the death of a monarch, by one of his closest protectors. Talk about drama.

Gabriel de Montgomery was captain of the Scottish Guards in France who were, in 1559, the King’s personal bodyguard. Count Montgomery was facing off against King Henri II of France in a jousting tournament, where he accidentally fatally wounded the King.

King Slayer bottle and pour

As far as the beer’s concerned, this is a bit heavy on the history. Luckily, Loch Leven Brewery have given this tale justice with a Scottish ale that’s only deadly in one way: how morish it is.

King Slayer: Taste Test

As a classic ale, it’s root in bitter with similar use of goldings hops as part of the brewing process. The aromas are malty and rich, with a slight sweetness to both the scent and on the tongue.

It has a lot of depth of flavour, with the slight sweetness combining well with the malt-flavour and a touch of roastiness to finish it off.

It’s incredibly morish and quite light despite the depth, with the subtle flavours making it an ale that you could just keep drinking without thinking too hard about it.

King Slayer: Bottle Notes

It’s not the most inspiring or unique bottle design, but the black and red label design creates a striking contrast which combined with the bold white font of the beer’s name are classy.

Not sure why the strength is featured the same size as the name, but each to their own.

King Slayer bottle

King Slayer is part of Loch Leven’s ‘Great Scots’ range, which has a unique silver seal with the name of the particular Scot - in this case Montgomery. I can’t decide what the symbol is inside, it doesn’t look like anything. But it adds to the mystery.

Buy King Slayer Scottish Ale

You can get it direct from Loch Leven’s brewery shop, which is great for buying more than one.

You can even get it on Amazon, but again you have to buy in bulk.

 

By Adam
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.

Beer Nutrition

Alcohol
5.2%
Brewery
Loch Leven Brewery
Vessel
Bottle
Size
330ml
Beer Bio
Malt, sweet, roasted barley
Style
Amber Ale
IBU
20
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