What can I sayThis list is unscientific.I think this is a key thing. Of course it is unscientific, but it's kind of fun.
I have had pliny a bunch of times - it is a great beer. It is definitely in my list of best 1000000 beers and is certainly in the top 100%.
Now that's commitment, Tom!
I can appreciate that people like to rank beers. I don't. I know that I would prefer a Pliny over the smoked porter I am drinking right now, because they used cherry wood smoked malt at too high of a level for me and I find it to be harshly phenolic. That cherry smoked malt doesn't have the smooth smokiness of weyermann rauch malt or my home smoked malt.
But to me a big part of beer enjoyment is situational. Floating down a river in 105F weather a Coors banquet really hits the spot. Not the Anderson Valley Boont amber or the 21A Hell or High Watermelon we also had - coors banquet. if we had had pliny with us . . . no. I generally despise a light lager and that beer is nowhere in my top 100 or even 1000 beers because under normal conditions it just doesn't taste good to me. But it probably makes my top 50 beer memories, for whatever that is worth.