Power Horse Energy Drink is best known for its role in the 2008 assassin film Wanted. Like Brawndo, it’s another energy drink you know from a film but probably had no idea existed in reality, so I’m here to tell you all about it. And like Brawndo, you very likely won’t find it in stores but I’ve got the hook up. While it’s true the people behind Power Horse didn’t send me samples to review, my good buddy Mike Bricker recently ordered a case off the internet and was kind enough to give me a can for review. *Internet Hug*
So does Power Horse prove to be an energy drink worth your hard earned cash or is it just a worthless novelty drink from Austria? Yeah, Austria.
The first thing you’ll notice about Power Horse is its itty bitty can. Is cooot! But despite its tiny can it packs a rather potent punch. You see, Power Horse uses a short, fat can for storage as opposed to a tall skinny can. Keep in mind, though, that it’s only an 8.5 oz single serving beverage as opposed to the 16 fl oz. 2 serving containers so it’s basically the same amount of liquid as a regular size Red Bull in a more comfortable shape. I’ll talk more on this when I discuss value, but for now let’s examine the drink itself.
Power Horse’s aroma is very reminiscent of Rock Star. Extremely sweet, slightly salty, closely resembling Smarties candy. The difference is in potency. The can claims to have High Potency, yet it isn’t apparent in the scent as Power Horse has a more mellow aromatic trait than Rock Star, which tends to give me the jitters just from smelling it. The softer scent of Power Horse is far more comfortable and less obnoxious, which is far better than an overpowering aroma.
That similarity to Rock Star carries over to the taste as well with the mellow trait intact which is a blessing because Rock Star is, in my opinion, way too strong. Too salty, too sweet, too bitter. Power throws all that out the window in exchange for a softer, more accessible tasting beverage which is actually beneficial for the drink due to the short, fat can. Something in such a small container is easy to chug, especially thanks to the can’s wide mouth, and if it weren’t for the soft, mellow taste of Power Horse I think there would be lots of Austrians in the hospital from exploding throats right now. It is very easy to slam back, but you’ll wish you hadn’t shortly after because now you’ve run out of energy drink.
But at least you’ll manage a decent kick. The sad thing is, however, while Power Horse most definitely isn’t a novelty drink, it packs a novelty punch. It isn’t jittery or uncomfortable, it’s just weak. It’s a good kick in all respects other than potency, which is a real shame. But like Red Bull the power of the kick can be directly related to the amount of liquid in the can. Maybe if it were packaged in an industry standard of 2 servings it could be a real contender. If you can, drink two.
The chances are, however, you won’t want to do that. Power Horse is way too expensive for its own good. Just like the evil drink Red Bull, Power Horse seems to think it’s ok to charge $1.99 for its dinky single serving when there are tastier, superior drinks like Monster on the market for 2 servings at the same price.
While Power Horse is definitely to novelty drink, I also can’t credit it as being a big time contender in the energy drink race. There are so many better, cheaper drinks out there with superior kicks. That being said, Power Horse was surprisingly tasty and I definitely recommend everyone pick up at least one can to try if they get the chance. Especially if you were a fan of “Wanted.”
- Great, soft taste
- Delicious mellow flavor
- Fat can
- Lackluster kick
- Too expensive
- Short can
Overall: 7.13/10 (Average)
Aroma: 8.0/10 (Soft and comfortable. Doesn’t burn nostrils)
Taste: 8.5/10 (Mellow, tasty, and accessible)
Kick: 6.5/10 (Below average)
Value: 5.5/10 (Way too expensive