Monster Extra Strength Reviews


Formerly Monster Nitrous

Monster Extra Strength was first launched as Monster Nitrous back in 2009, but since Monster rebranded these drinks down playing the whole nitrous thing.

Here’s most likely why…

These drinks do not contain Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). How do we know this? Well, it is illegal in the USA to market and sell a food product containing N2O  as a ingredient for human consumption and it can only be used as a propellant such as in whip cream. 

So if you were planning on getting some type of euphoric feeling from these drinks, you will be disappointed.

The label states it uses nitrogenated water, which is usually done with nitrogen gas and this technology is also used in the brewing industry to give certain beers a frothy foam.

In any even, here are reviews for Super Dry and Black Ice.

Extra Strength Super Dry

extra strength super dryAs if Monster wasn’t already charging ahead fast enough, they’ve gone ahead and bolted a tank of nitrous in their trunk.

Here I offer a review of one of the three flavors I’ve seen of Monster Nitrous: Super Dry.  In the lustfully exciting world of aftermarket car tuning, a nitrous tank is one of the most extreme additions one can buy. 

A good shot of nitrous can temporarily give horsepower boosts in the triple digits.  The best type of nitrous is “dry” as opposed to “wet”,  hence the name of this flavor.


When you first try this drink, I challenge you to concentrate on the flavor.  It’s not easy, considering that you’re going to be perplexed by the experience, which is unlike any other on the market.

Have you ever put something in your mouth that fizzes?  Fizz candies, soda pop candies?  Alka Seltzer?  Oh you did?  You know you’re supposed to dissolve the Alka Selzter first, right?  Well anywho, this is all I have to equate the Monster Nitrous experience to.  It’s a very open, airy, and expansive carbonated beverage effect that you just have to try for yourself.

Once you get past the bubbly, it’s evident that Monster went back to the drawing board.  All evidence of the basic Monster taste has been dissolved away by the carbonated and nitrogenated water, and what’s left is a delicious citrus taste with a berry hint.  It’s a winner!


Unscrew the cap from the sweet new can and within lies a 200% DV of Vitamins B2, 3, 6, and 12 along with 2,000mg of Taurine.  Caffeine?  Rudely buried alongside guarana in what’s known as a bullshi.. err proprietary blend.  Monster, grow up and disclose the content already, you’re above this.

See the caffeine content of Monster Extra Strength here.

Leading the ingredients list is “carbonated and nitrogenated water”.  The word nitrogenated tells us nothing about how many nitrogen and oxygen molecules we’re dealing with in the bond, which is everything considering their claims.


If Monster normally gets you moving, so will Monster Nitrous.  To my disappointment, don’t expect much more than that.  In the one time I had this drink, I noticed no difference in effect from a 16oz can.  Oh, FYI the Nitrous can holds 12 ounces.


Monster Extra Strength (Nitrous) energy drinks deliver a stellar experience that will place them in a Top 20 list of almost every energy drink consumer.  I just wish we had more information about how legit their claims of nitrous oxide injection are.
Reviewed by Dusty Smith

Black Ice

monster-black-iceBlack Ice is the latest addition to their Extra Strength (Nitrous) energy drink line, which I had though they forgot about since they haven’t released anything new since the intro. of the other 3, but better late than never I guess.

So how will the new 0 calorie, 0 sugar Monster Extra Strength (Nitrous) Black Ice fit in?


I pop the top to that familiar “pop” the nitrous gives and boy does Black Ice smell good.  I’m in for a treat… not so fast.  Wow, boy is this fizzy, the taste is very sweet, maybe a hint of citrus in there, but dang is it fizzy.

It was a little to sweet and bubbly at first, found it to be better after letting the Monster Nitrous Black Ice sit for awhile and then trying it near room temp after some nitrogenated water had dissipated.

Monster Black Ice Ingredients

Monster Nitrous Black Ice ingredient wise is very similar to Monster Absolutely Zero.   Of course no calories or sugar, along with the same amounts of all the vitamin B’s. 

The energy blend is 200mg less in Black Ice compared to the other Nitrous Energy Drinks, yet made up of the same energy blend of Caffeine, Taurine, Panax Ginseng Inositol ect.  Seems like Monster just took Absolutely Zero and applied there “Nitrous Technology” to it.


The effect of Monster Black Ice was pretty good.  I took my time drinking it, which took about an hour to finish because of the sweetness, so I had a very good energy rush that lasted about 5 hours.  A very minor crash at the end, hardly recognizable.  Better rush than any of the 16oz Monster’s, in just the 12oz Black Ice.


I was very excited to get my hands on the newest Monster, yet it did leave me a little disappointed.  The nitrogenated water and artificial sweetener was a little to strong for my liking. 

I prefer Absolutely Zero, a milder version of Monster Nitrous Black Ice.  If you’re a fan of the other nitrous flavors, then go ahead and give Black Ice a try, yet if you prefer your energy a bit smoother, then stick to the other Monster varieties.

Reviewed by Brandon Trouten

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  • Nick

    That is very clever marketing, lol. No doubt it’ll probably be a huge success whether or not people actually enjoy the taste. I’ve never even seen this though, so I’ll have to keep an eye out, but there is only 1 store in my area that has a good variety of drinks.

  • Thanks for the plug for using my image. I will say one thing the carbonation is a totally different thing in these drinks. They are being a bit deceptive but I think it is nitrogen that is carbonating the drink and not nitric oxide. No where on the can does it mention Nitric Oxide. It does list nitrogenated water. This is commonly found in beer like the Draught Guinness in a can.
    This gives the Monster Nitrous drinks a creamy head of foam like you have never tried before

  • ted

    Thanks for the info. edjunkie, that clears it up…Still not Nitrous oxide like the name suggests…Very Interesting!

  • Evan

    I wouldn’t say they are trying to trick consumers, “Nitrous Monster” just sounds better that “Nitrogenated Monster”. I never thought that they were trying to market it as having special effects (you have to inhale nitrous oxide to get an effect). It’s just an interesting new carbonation method and they taste great.

  • Tim

    I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to email you guys about these drinks…and I admit I said they had nitrous oxide in them as well. I was confused though, knowing that it was laughing gas…I knew something was wrong there. Also you should check out the Java version of these…Xpresso Hammer. 6.75oz, also “carbonated” with nitrIC oxide.

  • The Crowing

    The nitrous bit is obviously a silly idea, but I’ll admit I’m curious to try these drinks. Monster started me on energy drinks, and my tastes have changed enough that I really can’t stand Monster on a normal basis. However they have one on shelves called “Monster Imported” which is basically the same as the original Monster, but I found it much easier to drink because a lot of the chalky flavor is gone (and they claimed on the can that it cut a few calories, but I didn’t bother comparing). Also, it comes in a unique resealable can.

  • Here is what it says on the side of the can. “Call us crazy but we combined Nitrous Oxide with carbon dioxide in a precise ratio and injected it into our potent monster energy base” So lets all be even more confused now. No where on the ingredients does it mention Nitrous oxide. They also say this “This is no Whip it but it will whip you good”

  • tjg92

    I just drank a can of the Anti-Gravity variety, and I have to say it’s the most delicious energy drink I’ve ever tasted. The texture was so unique for this kind of drink, and they nailed the flavor. I don’t know if I’ll be buying these often though because the only place I could find them at is charging $3.24… just insane.

    Anyway, even if they did carbonate this with nitrous I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to get high off of it by drinking it… Are you sure it would be illegal for them to use Nitrous to “carbonate” the water? Isn’t it also illegal to say there is nitrous in it if there isn’t? I’m not sure, you’re probably right.

  • tjg92

    It will also be interesting to see if this drink gets in the same kind of trouble Cocaine energy got into.

  • Tim

    I found the Xpresso thing…also carbonated with “nitrous oxide.” It says that right on the can. But if you look at the ingredients, it says “nitrogenated coffee,” whatever the hell that is. Could be coffee soaked in fertilizer for all we know…the mystery deepens.

  • Evan

    I don’t care what they used, all I know is that they definitely nailed the flavor of the new drinks (besides Super Dry). How available is the Xpresso thing because I still can’t find it anywhere and I love the taste of the Starbucks Doubleshots.

  • oxycodonecandy

    The can says nitrogenated water, I believe, and the side says a precise ratio of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide. I highly doubt they would lie about that due to the false advertisement claims that would soon follow. I advise you be sure before you talk about something. You even say you haven’t read the ingredient list.

  • Tim

    Evan, the Xpresso one is relatively available I’d guess, because if I can find it living in rural Pennsylvania, it must be getting around. FYI I didn’t taste any spectacular difference from regular canned blended coffee…perhaps a tinyyy bit smoother, but that’s all. Costs less than a Starbucks Doubleshot, and tastes better too though…

  • jane

    I tryed all three of them their ok but I’m not really a monster fan in the first place. definetally something different flavor wise.

  • tim w

    ive actually indulged in one of these so called “nitrous monsters”. 2 actually.

    the green, “super-dry” isnt too bad. taste pretty good, quite a kick.
    the yellow, or “killer-b”, is another story. a group of me and my friends compared it to…overly sweet beer.
    the orange is still a mystery, me n my friends didnt get the chance to try it, but i hope it’s more promising than Killer-B.

    lifting for football, i’ve taken lifting supplements before, and in most situations it’s used to help dialate blood vessels, increase blood flow, put more oxygen into your body. giving you more pump during your work-out

  • ted

    Everything I’ve read on line says nitrogenated water is made using plan nitrogen not nitrous oxide. The beer industry has been doing this for a few years. Here’s a good link that explains how they do this. .

  • me

    “Call us crazy but we combined Nitrous Oxide with carbon dioxide in a precise ratio and injected it into our potent monster energy base”

    0:1 is a very precise ratio.

  • Subway

    Oh wow. If they stooped that low I’d be pissed.

    However there is a precedence in the food community for using nitrous oxide for carbonation… (5th paragraph is the relevant bit)

    The press release also claims “nitrous oxide” is a part of the carbonation.

  • random

    Have you guys even tried one yet? lol. I bet half replying haven’t. “internet… serious business”

  • Hope

    Where do you find these in Australia?


Last Modified: September 11, 2014