Monday, November 22, 2010

Hard 8 Caffe B Energy Shot Review

Today I will be trying the last of the Hard 8 shots that I have sitting on my desk. This one is supposed to taste like Italian Coffee Mocha, but we will see about that.


Well, the shot is brown in color and shaking the shot creates tan foam. The aroma is not the most inviting one. It is a combination of coffee, chocolate and energy ingredients, which do not make the best combination. The shot, though, tastes surprisingly great. It tastes like a coffee mocha, although, I am not sure if it's Italian because I really cannot tell the difference. Chocolate and coffee dominate the taste at first, but soon the energy ingredients and the artificial flavourings start to become apparent...really apparent. This is the point where the taste goes down because sour and bitter notes start to show up. Don't confuse these bitter notes with coffee ones, these are completely different. They are bitter from the energy ingredients. Overall the sourness, bitterness and the artificial sweeteners do make for a great finish and aftertaste. On the bright side, the chocolate and coffee flavourings do come and go.


Just like all the other Hard 8 shots, this one contains 120 mg of caffeine and a bunch of vitamins. The performance is absolutely the same so I will be brief - initial signs of energy start showing within 10 to 15 minutes, followed by brief period of calmness and focus, followed by the caffeine kick. There are no jitters at any of the stages. The energy lasts for a couple of hours and there is no crash.

Medicinal Ingredients:
  • Niacin - 48 mg
  • Vitamin B5 - 24 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 19.2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 - 576 mcg
  • Caffeine - 120 mg
Energy Blend: ginseng extract, ginkgo biloba, taurine, guarana extract, carnitine, glucuronolactone, glutamine.

Other Ingredients: water, sugar, natural coffee extract, citric acid, sodium acid sulfate, natural and artificial colors, sucralose, sodium citrate, potassium benzoate, potassium sorbate, acesulfame potassium

Cost - $3.00 from
Taste - 6.7/10
Energy - 7.6/10

Overall - 14.3/20...not the greatest tasting Hard 8 energy shot, but it works pretty good

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