Friday, July 09, 2010



RATING: 9.6 OUT OF 10!

I've never really been a fan of Monster Energy Drinks. I've always thought that they were underpowered and overrated. Not this one though. Let's start with the can design. Orange on black with a black Monster 'M' slashed into the can. The only problem I have with the can is that it is resealable. Now that's all very nice but Monster says this is one serving. I can understand the need for a resealable can in a 24 ounce Monster but in this.....what's the point? Next we have the smell and taste. The smell is basic Monster with some fruitiness. As a matter of fact, the Monster smell is quite prominent and slightly overpowers the fruitiness. When I took a sip, I got a tropical fruit flavor that sort of reminded me of Monster M-80 but with less of a pineapple flavor. There are no fruit juices used in this drink, just natural flavors. The unique thing about this drink is that it has carbonated and nitrogenated water. This means that the drink leaves an airy feel in your mouth, similar to having a chocolate mousse or one of those Yoplait Whips. All in all, this is probably one of my favorite carbonated Monsters. Ok, time for some energy blend performance figures. 3.4 milligrams of vitamin b2, 40 milligrams of vitamin b3, 4 milligrams of vitamin b6, 12 micrograms of vitamin b12, 2,000 milligrams of taurine, 400 milligrams of panax ginseng and 5,000 milligrams of the Monster Blend which consists of glucose, l-carnitine, caffeine, glucuronolactone, guarana, inositol, maltodextrin, and yerba mate. Now the yerba mate is a new ingredient in these Nitrous Monsters. In total this has over 7,447 milligrams of energy enhancing ingredients. 7,447.412 to be exact. That means it has nearly 621 milligrams of energy per ounce. I think that is quite substantial. Well done, Hansen Natural Beverage Company (the people who make Monster).        And now on to the kick. Get ready for a shock everyone......because this one works. Monster Nitrous provides a great kick that isn't underpowered but not over the top. It has almost a perfect balance between focus and insanity. I really enjoyed this Monster, I honesty, truly enjoyed it. But there is one drawback: The price. There really is no way to buffer the blow to I'll just come out and say it. It's 2 dollars and 98 cents. That makes it more expensive per ounce than a Red Bull. And I though that was a scam. Thankfully, my rating system says that I shall not take off points for overpriced drinks. Final rating: A staggering 9.6 out of 10. Welcome, Monster Nitrous, to my Elite Energy Drink List. You've rightfully earned your place.

Thursday, July 08, 2010



RATING: 9.2 OUT OF 10.

I am surprised that very few energy drink reviewers have touched on this beverage. This is Starbucks Ready To Drink Doubleshot Espresso and Cream. Since it says Doubleshot, I will assume that this is a double shot (2 ounces) of espresso along with reduced-fat milk, sugar, cream, nonfat milk, caramel color, and ascorbic acid. No, that is not a typo, milk is included twice. Anyway, moving on. I took some ice and put it in a glass. Then I poured the contents of the drink inside. It comes out a rich brown which is just what I expected. I took a sip and it is rich espresso with cream. It's sweet but not as sweet as some other coffee drinks such as Monster Java. I could also taste some slight coffee bitterness coming through. This was a very nice coffee drink and I would love to drink it again. Ok, so why am I reviewing this drink? Well, in this little 6.5 ounce can there are 130 milligrams of caffeine. That equates to 20 milligrams of caffeine per ounce. That is more concentrated then All City NRG, which is a 16 ounce energy drink with 300 milligrams of caffeine. So there is definitely some serious beans in this beverage. I know it's not as potent as Shock Coffee but this was not marketed to be a seriously caffeinated coffee drink. The kick was nice and lasted maybe 3 or 4 hours. However it works as fast as an energy shot, especially if you slam it like I did. It is actually a pretty good buzz that is not over the top.  This is certainly a beverage that I would recommend to all coffee drinkers. If you are looking for the rich taste of espresso and cream and can't wait to get to Starbucks, then pick up a 4 pack of these bad boys. You won't be disappointed. 9.2 out of 10. The kick just needs to be a tad more powerful to make the Elite List.

Friday, July 02, 2010



RATING: 4.6 OUT OF 10.

It looks like Dewmocracy was at it once more with a 3 drink showdown between Distortion, Typhoon, and White Out. Distortion was Mountain Dew with more lemon-lime flavor, Typhoon was a tropical punch if I'm not mistaken, and White Out was a smooth citrus flavor. The voting lasted until June 14 with White Out coming out on top. Distortion had 13 percent of the votes, Typhoon had 40 percent and White Out had 44 percent. White Out won a lot of the states but it was darn close between it and Typhoon, and it ended in only a 4 percent difference. I'm not exactly sure what that is in numbers but I can assure you that 4 percent is a small margin. Ok, I have the winner here right in front of me, so let's have a look at it. First off, the can still says you can try all 3 flavors still but I doubt that is correct because the voting ended 16 days ago. I haven't finished the can quite yet (you'll see why in a moment) but I think I have the taste down. It's like they mixed regular Mountain Dew, which is lemon-lime-orange, and Sprite which is lemon-lime. Some people also say that it's Mountain Dew mixed with Squirt and I couldn't argue. It does taste like Mountain Dew mixed with Squirt but with a lot less of a grapefruit taste. So maybe it's 1/3 original Mountain Dew, 1/3 Squirt, and 1/3 lemon-lime soda. Ok, so the energy enhancing ingredients are 54 milligrams of caffeine. Sorry, this one skipped out on the ginseng that they put in Voltage. As far as other nutritional information goes, this has 170 calories, 60 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of total carbohydrates, and 46 grams of sugar. Well, it's a bit calorie-ridden but I won't deduct any points. Even though the "kick" hasn't kicked in yet I will still talk about it. It's a can of Mountain Dew White Out. It has 54 milligrams of caffeine. Don't expect it to do much at all. I've had many Mountain Dew's in the past and they never work. But, a Mountain Dew is a Mountain Dew. I'll give this new addition to the line-up a 4.6 out of 10.


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