Rockstar Energy Cola Review

Rockstar Energy Cola has been discontinued in the USA but is still available in Canada.

rockstar-energy-colaEditor’s Note: We’ve combined forces on this one with both input from Dusty and Brandon, so see what they both thought about Rockstar Energy Cola and vote for who you agree with.

Brandon: Interesting… an Energy cola… from Rockstar? Ok. Very exciting to see Rockstar coming out with new flavors and types. Even more excited to finally get my hands on one of these new flavors. The can… very nice, all black, flat finish, great job on the outside, but now lets pop this top and explore the contents…

Dusty: Rockstar Cola, is the most gorgeous beverage I have ever laid eyes on. That’s where I’m going with this. The first time I saw this black beauty in the cooler I literally stumbled a bit as I came to a screeching halt in awe. With the main matte black powder finish and gloss black accent up top, It couldn’t help but be reminded of a sexy JDM-style import car with a flat-black finish (like this GT-R). Seriously, I just can’t get over this can’s good looks, you have to see it in person!

Taste

Brandon: Not only is the paint on the outside of the can flat, so is the liquid inside. Flavor wise, Rockstar Cola tastes like a flatter version of an off brand cola. The aftertaste was a little off, but taste wise, thought they could do better. Compared to Red Bull Cola, I’d go with Red Bull.

Dusty: You know what Rockstar just did with this drink? Once again, they made Red Bull look like absolute fools. Rockstar Cola is a whole level above Red Bull Cola when it comes to taste. I still don’t get what Red Bull was thinking when they littered our cooler shelves with their half-baked cola recipe.

Don’t tear into this drink with expectations of a Pepsi or Coke replacement, because it’s not. Pepsi and Coke are THE staple sodas of the globe, and we can’t expect Rockstar to step into the ring and best them. What we can expect from Rockstar is the refinement of a category and establishment of the standard to beat. That’s what Rockstar Cola is – the best cola energy drink ever made, and the one to beat.

Ingredients

Ingredients are close to regular Rockstar 2000 mg taurine, 160mg caffeine, 50 mg guarana, yet carries a little boost of 300 mg Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, so its got to be good… right?

Effect

Brandon: No real buzz felt, I guess I would compare it to your regular Rockstar, but no where near the best of the Rockstar line, at least that’s what I thought. So if you need that boost to truly party like a Rockstar, then go back and grab something else, this Rockstar Energy Cola isn’t going to cut it.

Dusty: Rockstar Energy Cola was able to send unto me a solid, confident energy boost. It was the perfect amount to pull me through an early morning, and it faded off smoothly just in time for lunch. Upon which I could bust open a shot I had waiting. Hmm I might be a tad dependent.

Verdict

Brandon: Little disappointed. Was looking forward to Rockstar hitting a home run with this cola as they did with their Recovery Lemonade, yet Energy Cola left me looking for more. Taste just didn’t match the coolness of the outside of the can. If you’re looking for a drink to go along with your dinner, you’ll be alright, but if your looking for an Energy Cola to give you that boost to do something your mind is telling you “no” to, then your better off looking somewhere else. Sorry Rockstar fans…

Dusty: Truthfully, on the whole, I absolutely love this drink. I was very pleased with the uniquely smooth cola taste and standard Rockstar boost. If you’re feeling bored or overwhelmed by the usual energy drink tastes out there, grab a Rockstar Energy Cola and throw a wrench into the systematic monotony that is your energy drink cycle.

Reviewed by: Dusty Smith and Brandon Trouten

Drinks are reviewed by an independent drink reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of this site.

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  • Dusty
  • The Crowing

    I’ve never seen one in any of the coolers in my area.. And I hit almost all of them throughout my monthly scan for cool new drinks. I’ll definitely keep my eyes open since having said this I will inevitably find one at the next cooler I stumble upon.

    I’m assuming, however, that I’ll be more on Brandon’s side because I think Red Bull Cola has incredible taste..

  • Wes

    Tried this today and Dusty was right, it tastes flat to me. This doesn’t compare to the Red Bull version, I just wish the RB version came in this size for the money. I detected a hint of grape for some reason. Didn’t bother finishing the can so if you want “premium cola” and don’t mind dishing the cash, go with the Red Bull Cola version.

  • Wes

    Correction, I meant Brandon was right, my mistake.

  • Brian

    I am highly disappointed at the lack of variety in my local town. I just moved home from college and I cant find anything other than 80 flavors of monster and the original rockstar. Its even still in the old style designed can…

  • Tim

    I loved Red Bull cola, but this stuff is better. I wouldn’t say it’s flat; it’s very carbonated. It just has a smooth finish.

  • James

    I usually agree with Dusty’s reviews on here, yet in this debate I have to side with Brandon. Yes, the can is very sweet, yet the inside left me wanting more. Im not big on red bull cola, but still would take it over rockstars version. Awesome poll!!!!

  • It is a pretty good cola. I have always found Pepsi kind of flat and this rockstar was similar. Kick was sub par as most all the Rockstars are. I will agree with Dusty for sure on the can. It is truly a thing of beauty.

  • Dusty

    Thanks everyone for your input!

    In the end, it looks like only the outspoken disagree with me. lol

  • Evan

    I’ve never really seen the point in cola energy drinks because I would much rather have a strong, unique flavor for the money, but I have to agree that the can is really impressive. After trying Red Bull’s cola attempt, I would be hesitant to try this one.

  • edjunkie

    Try it Evan. It is a much more traditional cola than RB cola is. I like RB cola but it is not a typical cola is. Rockstar cola is typical cola.

  • $h0r+@3

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  • eanowakattack

    The can is so beautiful I just couldn’t say no to it.
    I liked the cola flavor but the drink was really syrupy and flat.
    I like it more than the RB cola, but if I were to get it again I’d mix in some carbonated water.
    +

  • Jessica

    I am an athlete who tries to steer away from the carbonated energy drinks because they tend to burn out quick, and the aftertaste is awful to the point where I’m self-conscious when talking to people afterwards. Last week I saw this new-looking rockstar can that immediately grabbed my undivided attention. When I took a sip, IT WAS ALL OVER! THE BEST TASTING COLA HANDS DOWN! Beautiful smooth taste. Happy to drink it. Natural aftertaste – I LOVE IT! I want cases sent directly to me! 2 thumbs up! 🙂

  • Halo

    Didn’t realize it was a cola until I tasted it – Rockstar never had a cola before, so I always just bought a variety of different colors, since they were all just as good as one another (except for the blue cans which have 50% more caffeine).

    It’s a pretty decent cola taste! More like a flat(-ter) Pepsi than Coca-cola (my favorite cola), but preferable to the various fake fruity flavors.

    Also, and this is really the only reason I drink rockstar – it’s half the price of Red Bull.

  • Ryan Westmoreland

    This is actually Rockstar’s second attempt at an energy cola. They introduced a cola many years ago that came in a red can. It was before they introduced any of the fruity juice flavors. I was very sad to see it go after such a short life, so my excitement couldn’t be contained when I found this new cola. This has become a daily drink for me, especially since the local big box store sells cases of it for less than $1/can. Love it!

  • Landon

    I like it. It reminds me of the old RC EDGE. Red Bull Cola is good, too, and they should make it in 16oz cans. I can’t pick one over the other. Love ’em both.

  • Ken

    Great can color! Great drink! I guess it’s discontinued so I won’t be buying a case every month. One less customer for Rockstar. It was my favorite all time drink!

  • chaotic

    you do realise rockstar is owned by pepsi right? so its likely mixed wit pepsi too.

  • Ted

    Actually, Pepsi just distributes Rockstar but does not own the brand.

Last Modified: September 1, 2014