Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monster Energy Lo Carb | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #16

Better known as Blue Monster, this is the low carbohydrate version of Monster Energy Drink. It has only 10 calories and 3 grams of Sugar (per serving). Surprisingly, it doesn't contain HFCS or aspartame - but is it any good? Let's see.....

Monday, November 29, 2010

Vitamin Water Zero Rise | Chad'z Flavored Water Reviews #3

It's been a long time since I did a flavored-water review so I think it's time for another. We go back to the Vitamin Water line and try the "Rise," an orange-flavored drink with electrolytes (it's got what plants crave).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fo's Guesstimation Ale | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #7

Fo, better known as http://youtube.com/WeirdBeer sent me two homebrews: a kit IPA and this - an all-grain brew. However, I don't know what style this beer belongs to. I'm thinking some kind of British style. Another problem was it was sent in a Pepsi bottle and lost significant carbonation so it felt and tasted fairly flat. Not that it's a bad beer. Watch the whole review for an in-depth analysis.

Thanks again to Fo for the beer! And I'm always looking for donations if you'd like to have me try your homebrew.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fo's Hopopotomous IPA | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #6

Fo from http://youtube.com/WeirdBeer sent me two homebrews recently. This is his India Pale Ale, which was made from a Cooper's IPA kit (I believe). Fo said this beer is "crazy bitter" and seemed to mean that more as a word of caution rather than as a description - LOL!

Additionally, this is the first-ever CANADIAN homebrew I've ever reviewed! How would it compare to American beers of the amateur status?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Saranac Shirley Temple | Chad'z Soda Reviews #8

A "Shirley Temple" is a non-alcoholic cocktail specifically made for kids who want something a little more complex than a typical soda. The drink derives its name from the 1930s child star, for whom it was originally invented for. A Shirley Temple traditionally uses grenadine, orange juice, seltzer water and cherry flavoring. But this is a soda made by a commercial bottling company - could it possibly taste the same as a N/A cocktail made at a bar? Watch the review and find out.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 vlog #28 | Linkara; Weird Beer donation; Thanksgiving week schedule

Even though I just posted a vlog a week ago I felt I should make another one because I have a few announcements to make: 1) wanted to let you know what videos are coming out this week and that there may be a short drought of reviews due to my schedule over the next few days 2) Linkara of http://thatguywiththeglasses.com used some images I scanned for him in his latest video and he actually gave me a shout-out IN the video - thanks Lewis! 3) Fo aka http://youtube.com/WeirdBeer sent me a bunch of free beer including two homebrews and FIVE commercial Canadian beers! Wow! Thanks Fo! Check out ALL of Lewis's "Linkara" series in which he mocks bad comic books here: http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/ http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara the FULL Linkara video I was referenced in can be seen here: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/28602-detective-comics-27

Saturday, November 20, 2010

NOS Sugar Free | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #15

If you've been watching this series since the beginning you know NOS is my favorite energy drink to date. I've been trying to find a sugar-free energy drink that doesn't contain aspartame for a while that's actually worth drinking. To my surprised this Sugar-Free version of NOS does not contain aspartame! Of course, it does contain plenty of other chemicals and additives that I can't pronounce, LOL! But is it a good drink? Find out!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mocha Starbucks Doubleshot Energy + Coffee | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #14

Instead of drinking my normal hot cup of coffee, I decided to give the Starbucks coffee energy drink line another try. Last time I had the regular coffee flavor and it was only okay. This time I try the mocha flavor to see if it's any better.

Monday, November 15, 2010

2010 vlog #27 | new couch and some old school BeerTuber shout-outs

It's been two weeks since the last vlog so I thought I was due for another. I shot this in the living room because I wanted to show off my new couch. In this vlog I talk about the skype review and interview I did with Dan Harper; I also plug two old school beertubers - "The Sauce" and "The Lehigh Valley Beer Review". I ask what are you drinking for Thanksgiving and offer up my Westvleteren 12s for trade (or purchase). http://youtube.com/theendosymbiosis http://youtube.com/slm6025 http://youtube.com/xpoweruser

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arnold Palmer Half & Half Lite | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #1

Yes, it time for yet ANOTHER beverage-review series. I call it "MISC soft drink reviews" as the majority of drinks reviewed in this series will be things like tea, lemonade, juice and other non-alcoholic beverages that aren't sodas, flavored waters or energy drinks.

I start out strong with the famous "Arnold Palmer Half & Half Lite" (although I've never actually seen a regular version, so isn't "lite" a little redundant). This is a drink that is literally a blend of lemonade and iced tea. It comes in a HUGE 23oz can! Watch my review for a detailed analysis and critique.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Union College defeats RPI 11/12/10 ECAC Hockey

Friday November 12, 2010 was the first of a home-and-home series between ECAC hockey rivals Union College and RPI. These teams met only a week ago in Lake Placid for a non-conference game which ended in a 3-3 tie, but now that these games actually count towards the standings, how would they fare against each other?

Mike's Hard Lemonade | Chad'z Alcopop Reviews #4

Mike's Hard Lemonade is one of the most famous, and best-selling alcopops. It is an American product, but the company is owned by a Canadian corporation. Anat Baron, the woman that made the documentary "Beer Wars" was an executive at Mike's before she went into film-making. But is it a good drink? I find out.

A hard day calls for a hard lemonade. The ultimate refresher, mike's hard lemonade® combines natural lemon flavors with a kiss of carbonation to deliver a nice, satisfying, "Ahhhh." followed by a nice, satisfying kick.
5% ABV

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chad'z Graphic Novel & Trade Paperback Collection (2010)

It's been over a year and a half since I last posted a video showing off my graphic novel and trade paperback collection. It's changed a lot in the last 18 months, plus I have a much better camera now, so I thought we were due for an update video. This video should "last" for quite a while as I'm not planning on adding or subtracting anything to or from the collection from now on (not anything major, that is). I hope all you comic book geeks and nerds out there enjoy this video. And to answer your question ("Do you have ____?"), if it wasn't in the video then I don't have it. Be sure to check out Linkara's review of The Dark Knight Strikes Again here: http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2009/12/dark-knight-strikes-again-part-1.html http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2010/03/dark-knight-strikes-again-part-2-plus.html http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2010/05/comic-that-dares-to-ask-how-much-lower.html

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ramune Orange Flavor (Japanese soda) | Chad'z Soda Reviews #7

American geeks familiar with Japanese pop culture items such as manga and anime have probably encountered the Ramune line of Japanese sodas. I actually first tried this soda at a hibachi restaurant, and when I saw it at a comic book store recently I had to buy it.

The main appeal to this soda is the oddly- shaped bottle and the strange way it must be opened and the fact there is a MARBLE inside in the bottle itself! So the bottle is most definitely interesting, maybe flat-out gimmicky, but how is the soda itself!?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Monster Energy Absolutely Zero | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #13

I've been looking for a sugar-free energy drink that doesn't contain aspartame or high fructose corn syrup and I finally found one - Monster's "Absolutely Zero". Of course, it has a lot of other chemicals and artificial sweeteners added to it. How would this compare with the other big-name energy drinks?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Coca-Cola (Classic Coke) | Chad'z Soda Reviews #6

I got a new HD webcam so I thought I'd try it out and review a soda I was going to review anyway - Coca-Cola, the Budweiser of sodas (actually, that might be a little too complimentary towards Bud). But you know, Coke is the biggest name in the soft drink business. Did you know they own the rights to over 3000 brands worldwide!?

I don't get too much into the history or backstory behind Coke in this video, after all, it's meant to be a self-contained review. Wikipedia has an excellent article on the history of Coca-Cola here: