Cheesecake always feels like a bit of a cop-out dessert. Like chocolate fudge cake, it's nice, but it's safe. Anagram gives it a bit of a twist, and at 12% it's almost as heavy as a slice.
Brewed in collaboration with fellow Swedish brewery Dugges, it's the kind of beer that sits in your cupboard staring at you menacingly until you resolve to drink it.
Lots of blueberry fruit flavours coupled with creamy cheesecake, all served on a dense, rich stout based to create a beer that flirts with dessert. It's the equivalent of dessert wine, but for beer.
Anagram Blueberry Cheesecake Stout: Taste Test
The headiness of the booze really hits you with the strength when you pop the cap off the bottle, but with it comes a quite delightful artificial fruitiness - the kind of flavour you get from blueberry sweets.
Initially you don't get much except that slight burn of the alcohol, which is an odd sensation with the dense body, but not unpleasant. The creaminess comes through quickly in the flavour profile with that blueberry flavoured sweetness working well with the alcohol to give it a real depth of flavour.
The aftertaste keeps the strong alcohol flavour, a consistent burn on the back of the throat which underlines the strength of the beer. There's also a lingering sweetness from the blueberries which is a really nice finish to a really good beer.
Anagram Blueberry Cheesecake Stout: Bottle Notes
A short, squat brown bottle. Understated, with a simple black bottlecap and minimal design. As you would expect from a Swedish design, it's contemporary, simple yet effective.
The front takes inspiration from Omnipollo's triangular jumbled-letter logo, but this one includes the letters for 'Dugges' which takes a while to work out, but when you do get there you feel like you've solved a crossword clue.
The back has the name of the beer in a pyramid style, with the beer style and brewery names on the back in smaller writing. It's not a lot to shout about, but it oozes class. It actually puts me in mind of some of the Belgian strong beers: short bottles that really hide an absolute weapon of a beer.
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If you're feeling like you need to satisfy your sweet tooth with this one then you can get a bottle of it from Honest Brew, but it will set you back £10.44 even if you're a member.
Non-members will pay a few pounds more at £13.39, which is really quite expensive for a 330ml bottle of beer. Not all bottles of beer are like this though, and if you're a fan of heavy-hitting dessert stouts then it's definitely worth the money.
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.