Mini Milkshake has a fairly thick texture for an IPA, but nowhere near as thick as some of the milkshake beers I've had in the past. Initially I hated the taste, there's citrus, cream, and far too many fruity hop flavours all bashing against your taste buds, really it was quite unpleasant. However, things do get better, I don't know if it's just because your taste buds adapt, or because the beer takes longer than it should to settle, but after the first five or six painful sips it starts to taste drinkable. I'm not going to say that Mini Milkshake becomes a good beer, I'm just saying give it some time to grow on you. I'm going to give Mini Milkshake from Shiny Brewery 5 out of 10, and that's much higher than I was planning after the first sip.
As outmeal stouts go Dark Drake isn't as smooth as some of the others you'll find, but it still goes down pretty nicely, and has a medium/thick texture. The taste is liquorice and roasted coffee beans, it's actually sweeter than I thought it was going to be with a bit of caramel coming through right at the end. All in all you'd have to say Dark Drake from Dancing Duck Brewery is a pretty good oatmeal stout. There's a good level of taste with nothing too over powering so most dark beer drinkers are going to enjoy it. I'll give the beer 7.5 out of 10. It's very good at what it does, it's just nothing that hasn't been done before.
There's a rich coffee and cream aroma while the texture is seriously thick, as a good stout should be. You can tell Dark Angel isn't a particularly strong beer from the taste which has some coffee and caramel notes, but nothing that changes the taste from a very drinkable but fairly standard stout. Dark Angel from Durham Brewery is very good at been what it is and that's a nice enough stout to make you think I'd have it again, but not unique enough to make you go looking for it. It's a pretty good session stout if ever there was such a thing so 7 out of 10 seems a good fair score.