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  1.  (867.81)
    seriously want brawndo. it's one of few drinks that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it.. except for like. water.
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      CommentAuthorRantz
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    One of the programmers brought in a case of these small red bull-sih cans called SPIKE. It's covered with warning labels, telling you to only drink HALF a can. I've tried pretty much every energy drink I've come across, I have a collection of over 80 unique types, and most days I go through a few fukolas, Jack Black's Blood Red Cola, or Rockstars, plus a half case of Pepsi Max. Energy drinks don't faze me much.

    I got halfway through a can of Spike and thought I was going to fucking DIE. Gut pain like I was being disemboweled with a grapefruit spoon, burst out sweating, shaking, bile in mouth, the whole bit... fucking HORRIBLE HORRIBLE shit.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    On a less werewolf-y note: my wife has been drinking Five Hour Energy for her anemia, and she says it's made a big difference. It's just a little bit of caffeine and a huge dose of B12, along with a little niacin and B6.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    @Fauxhammer

    Isn't that essentially what SF Red Bull is, except with some flavor so it doesn't taste like peepee? Or is the "huge dose" seriously huge (In the 500% or more range)?
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      CommentAuthordocquan
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    @ Florence

    Those Jolt megaliths are almost too much for me, and I'm a caffeine evangelist! A roommate of mine gave me one over the summer, and it's the first energy drink that's actually given me the shakes, although there were no other adverse effects. Best part, though? The sound it makes when you open it, and the C02 steam. Makes it feel like popping a grenade or some shit.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    @rickiep00h

    5-Hour Energy has something like 2800% RDA of B12, but without the taurine and shit.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    Holy hell! My kidneys quiver with fear at the amount of filtration necessary with that much B-vitamin coursing through the veins...
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    I wouldn't drink it too often, and I've yet to try it, but, for the missus, it was either that or B12 shots, and she's sick to death of needles.
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      CommentAuthorStux
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2008
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    Good God, i saw that 24 energy drink being sold in multipacks whilst i was in Morrisons. Wonder if it has a big following amongst the CS: Source crowd?

    Had a can of relentless today, was okish
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    I used to drink energy drinks when I lived in Eugene, Oregon. My allergies were so extreme that large doses of caffeine were the only thing that kept me lucid--though "lucid" may be questionable. I used to drink Jones Soda Energy drinks--which taste just like Jones soda but with a horribly bitter after taste. But my absolute favorite energy drink is the Arizona Diet Green Tea Energy Drink (it's the one on the right):

    green tea energy!


    It tastes like some horrible combination of green tea with non-alcoholic beer. I love it because it makes no attempt to taste good. It just says "fuck it, let's go with how gawdawful bad we are, when you drink us you'll know you're doing something stupid to your body." Note that it is "lightly carbonated," which is such a monumentally bad idea for this drink, I can only assume that the Arizona R&D team were determined to surprise and disgust people awake with the taste to make up for the reduced caffeine content from the non-diet version.

    Having moved away from the grass-seed producing capital of the world, my body went into some kind of bizarre hyper-sensitive state. Without the allergic reaction doping my body into oblivion, any exposure to caffeine for the first year afterward made my heart skip beats. Which, while I was told by a physician was not in any way dangerous, was really disconcerting. Perhaps someday I'll have the pleasure of drinking energy drinks again without feeling like my heart is going to explode out of my chest.

    Someday.

    Perhaps I'll drink Tab, which is marketed as "Fuel To Be Fabulous," and tastes like Pez.
    • CommentAuthorSelena
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
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    Dickens "Energy Cider" was the first real energy drink I had, and though I can no longer find it, I really, really wish I could. Mostly because the effect was over quick - I don't like feeling jittery for hours on end. Also, one of the key ingredients was - (in the immortal words of Dave Barry) I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP - Horny Goat Weed. Supposed to increase virility and "appetite." Don't know if it actually works, since I stopped being able to find it when I was 17, but an intriguing claim nonetheless
    Dangit, Arty! I was gonna rant about that :p
    I think my favorite energy drink of all time.. the one that made my heart want to explode.. was a mix of
    Jolt Silver
    and Pixie stix. Though if you start with no caffiene whatsoever it'll keep you awake (at least in my case) for.. i dunno... two or three days. Beware the crash though. You''ll also need Bawls to get through too.
    • CommentAuthorweelibin
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    I like coffe in heroic quantities.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    God, how could I forget Jolt! That stuff kept me awake through so many long, lonely hours doing security...and docquan is quite right, the pop and the steam almost justifies the after-shakes.
    • CommentAuthorSelena
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    If I have one complaint about Jolt.. it's that the can is a little bit fragile.
    Case in point: I dropped it from about a 1.5 ft height and it exploded. All over my clothes.
    Right before work.

    At least it still tasted pretty good...

    And weelibin - I've never actually had coffee before, save for a sip or two, and I must say it probably tok about three months off my life expectency. It tasted kinda weird. Oh well.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    This is Kofola:

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    It was the communist version of Coca Cola back in the "good old days" in Czechoslovakia, and it's still going strong. I first found out about it when I was in a village in the east of the country one year after the Velvet Revolution, and this place felt incredibly far away from everything. I had been on an extensive hike, I was absolutely exhausted and and I really needed a sugary caffeine jolt. I asked for a Coke at the little shop in the train station which looked like the place at the beginning of Once upon a time in the West. The man behind the counter looked at me angrily and replied that no, of course they did't have Coca Cola, but I could have Kofola. NO COKE. That's when I knew I had truly left civilization behind.

    It tasted like a mix of coffee, cough syrup and root beer.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    That man (?) on the label does not present an incentive to ingest this...this kofola.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
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    ive been liking Rockstar: Punched. It tastes like Hawaiian Punch.
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    I can't believe there are this many energy drinks... who really needs that much fucking caffeine?
    And what exactly is taurine? I've heard its made from something... not vegan.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
     (867.99)
    @shanewest

    a) It's not necessarily the caffeine that is the energy boost. Caffeine mostly induces the quick boost, whereas the huge doses of B vitamins usually keep the energy levels high by helping with metabolism, etc.

    b) about 5 minutes on the internet tells me that taurine was originally produced from ox bile, as it is an amino acid-like compound that is a component of bile. It has been shown to help various types of metabolism, and oftentimes infants and certain people are deficient in it, so it has to be ingested rather than synthesized by the body. Obese mice and those with high blood pressure also seem to be lacking in it. And cats can't produce it but it is necessary to their health in many ways (eye, muscle health, etc.)

    And, while its origin is from oxen or cows, it is now often produced synthetically through chemical processes.

    Hope that helps. :)