ironclad Black and Blue comes in a similar can to ironclad Triple Citrus, and while the silver and blue colour scheme is vastly superior to the already great silver and yellow, the excessive text tarnishes the cans appeal. Some of the text is pointless, like listing key ingredients on the front; some text is far too large, like the sugar free plate smack dab in the middle; and then some is just confusing, like the "Black & Blue Blend," and "Black Current." The last two made figuring out the official name difficult, but because several other sources say it's "ironclad Black and Blue," that's what I'm calling it.
Though billed as having a "Black Current" flavour, Black & Blue's focus is less on the black current and more on a fake blueberry taste. The blueberry begins the experience, and it's heavy on the artificial sweetener. In the background is a red grape taste and a faded tartness, and the grape suffers greatly and tastes horribly synthetic from the sweetness. Following the grape is a somewhat distinct black current flavour, but it gets lost in the the thick sweetener. There's certain sourness coexisting with the sweetness, but it's a pungent, earthy sourness that's wholly unpleasant. The carbonation level is low, and it's more fizzy than bubbly. In the end, ironclad Black & Blue is one of the worst tasting sugar free energy drinks I've had recently, and after the highly impressive ironclad Triple Citrus, it does more than just disappoint.
Several B vitamins, taurine, caffeine(154mg), guarana, L-Leucine, L-Valine, and D-ribose make up Black and Blue's ingredient cocktail, and while it contains most of the essential, it doesn't contain a high enough concentration them. The caffeine content is far from enough for a sixteen oz. drink, and in result I only received a two and half+ hour buzz that ended with no crash. Overall, there's no wonder why this drink isn't mentioned on the companies web site; it's terrible.