Monday, May 14, 2012

The Flaming Moe Energy Drink Is Nothing Special In An Energy Drink!

The Good: Has just enough in it to energize the consumer
The Bad: Makes one gassy, Taste is nothing to write home about.
The Basics: The Flaming Moe Energy Drink could be pretty much any energy drink . . . and it is unpalatable.

One of the nice things about being a reviewer is that it has afforded me with a great opportunity to learn about myself. I, for example, have learned over the course of reviewing several different energy drinks, that I am not a fan of energy drinks as a general rule. I started reviewing energy drinks when I was excited to discover Duff, the fictional beer from The Simpsons had been canned up as an energy drink (that review is here!). Now, I end the energy drink reviews pretty much where I started as I have a Flaming Moe to review.

Anyone who watched The Simpsons in its early years is likely to know what a Flaming Moe is. The Flaming Moe is the concoction Homer came up with and Moe made famous. For a while, it made Moe’s bar into the drinking destination before Homer exposed him as a fraud by revealing his secret ingredient before Moe could sell the recipie. Now it is an energy drink by Boston America corporation, a novelty food company whose line has expanded to energy drinks.

The Flaming Moe energy drink is not an alcoholic beverage and it is likely to be the closest thing fans of The Simpsons get to the drink, at least in the United States. The Flaming Moe energy drink is what it is: it's a pretty disgusting energy drink which is designed to get fans of The Simpsons to spend money on the merchandise. This mediocre drink is trading on the hope that there are enough fans of The Simpsons willing to try it. I was not impressed by it at all, though the Flaming Moe Energy drink did wake me up when I needed an afternoon charge.


The Flaming Moe Energy Drink is an energy drink in the tradition of Red Bull, a carbonated beverage designed to liven up one's nervous system through a combination of herbs, caffeine, taurine (seriously, you don't want to know) and sugar. Unlike a sports drink which is targeted to replace specific nutrients the body loses while working out, energy drinks are intended to provide quick energy and focus for the mind. The Flaming Moe Energy Drink comes in an 8.4 fl. oz. aluminum can. This is a typical drink can and it is opened with the usual metal tab which gives the consumer access to the beverage.

The 8.4 oz. can is a single serving of Flaming Moe Energy drink and it is very easy to drink it down in a single sitting.

Ease Of Preparation

Flaming Moe Energy Drink is a liquid in the 8.4 oz. can which has Moe holding a Flaming Moe from The Simpsons on it. This can fits in nicely with other energy drinks designed for gamers, with their bright labels and recognizable iconography. Preparation is as easy as opening the metal can and drinking it. I recommend refrigerating the can first as this drink is even more disgusting at room temperature or warm.


The Flaming Moe Energy Drink has a strong citrus smell to it, like sweet oranges. When chilled, the smell of the metal can is overcome by the orange aroma, but not for terribly long.

On the tongue, the taste is initially sweet and flavored like the orange that it smells like. The light taste of orange soda, however, does not endure for more than a few seconds before the beverage takes a turn toward the putrid. The Flaming Moe’s initial sweetness and actual flavor of orange quickly turns sour and slightly bitter, enough to make one’s lips pucker and this is an unpleasant drink to swallow as a result. There is nothing in the drink that connotes heat, spice or fire. This is just dry and sour, with a taste that is very close to unsweetened orange juice and Red Bull.

The taste was so bad that it made it almost impossible for me to finish even a single serving. It gets no better as it reaches room temperature. In fact, as the Flaming Moe gets warm, it loses the hint of the citrus flavor and ends up settling exclusively on a flavor that is sour (my mind keeps wanting me to use the word “oily” in describing the warm Flaming Moe, but I am unsure why).


As an energy drink, Flaming Moe Energy Drink is made primarily of filtered carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and citric acid. Before a litany of preservatives and colors, Flaming Moe Energy Drink is noted to contain 1000 mg of Taurine, 120 mg caffeine, 50 mg Inositol, 25 mg each of Guarana extract and panax ginseng extract. All of these ingredients create a sense of alertness in the consumer that is actual, not just a sales tactic. When I was getting a little hazy at work, drinking this beverage actually cleared things up for me, and not just because I was gagging and shaking my head!

Nutritionally, the Flaming Moe Energy Drink is nothing one wants to try to live off of. In addition to getting your heart running, the Flaming Moe Energy Drink will probably promote cavity development with its 28 grams of sugar. As well, there is 170 mg (7% RDA) of sodium in each serving. There is also 50% of the RDA of vitamins B3,6, and 12 and 25% of the RDA of B5. At least theFlaming Moe Energy Drink is fat free!


The Flaming Moe Energy Drink comes in an aluminum can and I have no idea what the shelf life is supposed to be. It tasted disgusting, but not rancid, so I assume it was okay.

This drink is a translucent orange color, but if it gets on light fabrics it will certainly stain them. Consult a care guide for your clothes, though I suspect light clothes would need bleach to get this out. Still, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.


The Flaming Moe Energy Drink is too gross to recommend; there are other energy drinks that are far less unpleasant to consume!

For other energy drinks, please check out my reviews of:
Powerade Fruit Punch
Celestial Seasonings Fast Lane Tea
Powerade Mountain Blast


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my or my index page on the subject!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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