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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  • Joe

    This drink is amazing. You cant describe the taste…or feeling, you just have to try it. You will know what i mean.

  • Brian

    I had the Anti-Gravity drink yesterday, and it was amazing. As someone else said above, the texture is totally unlike any other energy drink on the market. It reminds me of drinking the foamy parts of a 7-UP/Sherbet punch, but with a passion fruit flavor.

    I’m not sure what to make of the Killer-B, though. It has the same great texture, but the flavor just doesn’t seem right. It’s not necessarily bad, but it tastes like something that just shouldn’t exist.

  • Riley

    “Also, it comes in a unique resealable can.”

    It’s not unique, I’m pretty sure Monster has been using them for awhile, and Jolt before them

  • Brian

    As an addendum to my post above, I realized that the Killer-B flavor smells like the lemon honey I have in my cupboard. Furthermore, my wife says it tastes like Brisk Iced Tea, and I’m inclined to agree, although there’s something there that reminds me of alcohol. It’s definitely one of the strangest beverages I’ve had.

  • Polite

    I wish I could find these in Australia.

    I think I will have to import some for myself and my friends.

  • Silly Man

    It says right on the can that they have combined Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Dioxide in large letters. This article needs to be updated. Why would they lie in such big letters if there was no nitrous oxide in the water?

  • Greenking17

    Monster nitrous is pretty good tasting. Kind of has a silky smooth texture going down the throat (thats what she said). Too bad Monster can’t come up with more drinks with Lo-Carb, and lo-sugar content.

  • Chris

    I admit that at first I thought it was real nitrous oxide. I guess there is a slight chance it might be, or like others have suggested, nitric oxide. I do like the flavor of the super dry though, and the fact that it comes in a 12 oz can that is also resealable. Not too little of a drink, not too much, just right.

  • Chris

    Also, keep in mind that there has to be some truth to what they say, otherwise they can really get nailed for false advertising. It may really be nitrous oxide, but they may have had to use it in such an amount or in such a way that it wouldnt be illegal for them to use like this.

  • MaddMike

    To be honest its a bit of relief to hear its not nitrous oxide…i thought i was gonna have a heart attack or something lol…regardless the drink still tastes great and still gives you that kick of energry we all seem to be attracted to..

  • Joshua Perry

    i read this a 10 minutes later tried a drink i just bought. A&W’s float. supposed to be like a root beer float in a bottle.
    nitrous oxide is an ingredient. says “(creates foam)”
    it’s the very last item on the list, so it can probably be allowed in small enough concentrations.

  • Jawnuhthun

    I just found these drinks for the first time earlier today. I’ve tried all three, and the Super Dry and Anti-Gravity are pretty good. The Killer-B, however, is disgusting in my opinion. It smells like a really bad beer mixed with green tea and honey that’s been sitting out for about a week, and the taste is just horrible. Super Dry, to be honest, reminded me a lot of regular AMP or Vault, just with a more creamy texture to it. Anti-Gravity had sort of an orange-juice after-taste, but it wasn’t bad tasting at all. My personal favorite is Super Dry, however.

    Also, they DO contain small amounts of Nitrous Oxide. Through drinking they don’t give the same affect as they do when used as “Laughing gas.” Companies use Nitrous Oxide to keep a creamy, and foamy texture to their drink. For example, if, like Joshua Perry says, yo uget one of A&W’s floats, they use the chemical to keep the root-beer style foam to the drink. You can also poor the Nitrous Monster into a clear plastic or glas drinking cup, and compare it to a regular Monster. You’ll no doubt notice that Nitrous Monster has MUCH more foam to it. (The Killer-B when I poured it into a glass, looked like a dark beer… Seriously.)

    All in all, I think they used the Nitrous Oxide in it to keep its foamy, creamy texture. Oh, and the “unique resealable can” as someone has already stated, isn’t so unique since it’s been used before, however, when you open a Nitrous Oxide for the first time, or after letting it sit for a while, it will startle you with a loud pop and kindof “explode” so to speak. It’s an interesting occurance, and I actually like opening it to hear that “exploding sound.” The reason it does this is all the foam from the nitrous oxide, by the way.

  • Jawnuhthun

    “The reason it does this is all the foam from the nitrous oxide, by the way.” is actually supposed to say the “CARBONATION” from the Nitrous.

  • ted

    oh, thanks Josh, that helps, at least A&W were clear in their ingredient list…

  • schamby

    Nitrous Oxide _is_ listed as an ingredient on the can, but my guess is that the NO2 is used the same way as in whipped cream and Guinness ‘draught in cans’–as an aeration or emulsifying agent that dissipates almost instantly upon breaking the seal, resulting in a highly-aerated, almost foamy liquid but nothing else. The trace amount left in the drink after opening would then be far below the ‘legal limit’ as set by the FDA. All in all, more marketing buzz than anything else, but my guess it will be a very effective marketing ploy.
    FWIW, I just had one about an hour ago–pretty tasty but probably not worth the extra cost, IMHO.

  • Aunt Susie

    Guys, it’s SALT.

  • Drinking one now and it tastes alright but the NOx won’t add anything to it, it’s just hype.

    When you open the can, there is a little smoke/fog at the top and that’s the NOx dissipating.

    I’m sure they will sell millions on hype alone, people will probably pour it into their gas tanks too.


  • Cat

    I drink the Anti Gravity version quite often and my son prefers the Killer-B (although many say they hate it, I have found several that love it, it tastes like honey, hence the name) but I haven’t tried the third flavor.

    Very smooth and full of gusto when you first open it (foamy) which makes for a good drink when cold.

    As one commenter said, the Monster Import is fantastic as well. The resealable can is not like the Nitrous version, it’s much different, and they claim the idea came from Europe and it’s not been done in the USA yet.

    I think the other responder (that said it “had been done before”) was thinking of the usual resealable cap/top instead of what they actually used, which is more of a can seal. Great marketing!

  • Sei

    I actually googled “Nitrous Monster” to get to this page. Just finished my first can of Anti Gravity, I have to agree that they really nailed the flavor. It’s the first time I actually enjoyed drinking an energy drink, not to mention I’ve never had a soda with a foam head. It’s been 10 minutes and I’m starting to feel the buzz, as well. Definitely worth a shot, though it’s a 12 oz. can for $3.19 at my local Quick Chek.

  • Ben

    Is it just me, or does the Killer B (could be the other nitrous ones too, but I’ve only had the Killer B) taste like beer…?

    I think its beery (BEER-y, not berry) flavor is because of the nitrogenated water, since that’s used in beer, too. All I know is that I don’t drink beer, and it tastes freakin’ nasty to me even though I like almost all of their other flavors.

Last Modified: September 11, 2014